Fantastical characters are great because you have the ability to create the boundaries of your world. Vampires and werewolves came and went. Angels and demons are simmering down. Instead of making up completely new entities, I took my childhood love of Greek mythology and added a few tweaks. From pretty cool abilities, warped relationships, and torrid lives, these stories stuck with me and I’m so excited to mold them into my own twisted tale.
Each character in Hellhound is grouped into a category relevant to their birth, and mating outside these categories is strictly prohibited. A few of these groups include the Elders, shape-shifting sentinels, archers, trackers, undertakers, gatekeepers, and crypt keepers. Elders are the leaders, and each clan has its council of Elders. They are the most powerful, the descendents of the Greek pantheon hierarchy. Our heroine/huntress, Selene, is the daughter of Elders, destined to marry the firstborn son of another Elder to ensure their survival and purify their powers.
While the majority of the clans look normal, they transform during heights of anger or arousal. A black birthmark of swirls and random patterns appear on their temples, fangs extend, and their essences leak into the room in the form of gray smoke, black if they’re powerful. Elders, on the other hand, transform to the lighter side with white hair, fair skin, blue eyes, silver essences, and white birthmarks. A distinct line has been laid to separate the powerful and the laborer.
Selene has an interesting combination of blood, and the forefront of her powers hail from Hades and the Titan goddesses Selene and Mnemosyne. Through Hades, she can control her essence, or the core of her powers, by bringing them outside of her body. She leans toward the dark side, favors the night, and is attracted to the darkest essences. Because of her bloodlines, she’s given the nickname of Hellhound. Through Selene, she finds strength and soaks energy from the moon. Through Mnemosyne, she’s able to extract memories, the most coveted of powers, and is the only known person to battle against the muses.
Demetrius, the green-eyed, self-proclaimed Black Angel, is a tracker, a lowly hunter who sniffs out criminals. He hails from Erebos, who controlled shadows and the darkness, and is able to turn into a cloud of shadow and tracks prey from the skies. He’s a loner, lives outside the clan, and accused of, not only killing Selene’s betrothed and her father, but also as being a rebel leader. They make an interesting, illicit couple but breaking the rules comes with a terrible price.
Selene is the Hellhound, a powerful and ruthless descendent of the Greek gods. She is bound by tradition and tied by bloodlines to lead her people against the mortals. Although she is arranged to marry Nathanial, she falls for Demetrius, the self-professed Black Angel, and things take a bitter twist. When she stumbles across the corpses of her father and Nathanial, all eyes move in on Demetrius. Selene must take the assignment to hunt down her accused lover. Facing the untrustworthy cerebral chamber, powerful shape-shifting sentinels, superhuman archers, and a deceitful Council, the Hellhound must work quickly to uncover the truth before she is forced to annihilate her lover.
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Suspense
Release Date 05/01/2013
About the Author
Kaylie Austen was born in India, and raised in Austin, Texas where she attended the University of Texas. Her multi-cultural upbringing fueled her desire for languages, cultures, and travel. Kaylie is perhaps best known for her sudden and infectious laugh. She enjoys anything science fiction and fantasy related, and writes in both genres for adults and young adults.
Kaylie began writing at the tender age of ten, and completed her first novel at the age of sixteen. Throughout her school years, her writing earned trophies, awards, publication in scholastic magazines, and scholarships. Kaylie currently lives in beautiful Washington State with an amazing husband. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to contact her.