Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kait Ballenger on Fun Facts about the Hunters of the Execution Underground & win AFTER DARK

June 13, 2013 Giveaways, Guests 58

A big welcome to Kait Ballenger who is here to share several Fun Facts about the Hunters of the Execution Underground…Some That You May Not Find in the Books and celebrating the release of AFTER DARK, Shadow Hunter #0.5 (published on June 25, 2013 by Harlequin HQN) along with Gena Showalter. Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Fun Facts about the Hunters of the Execution Underground…Some That You May Not Find in the Books


Kait Ballenger

As a debut author, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about blog tours it’s that–and no offense to bloggers on this one–authors hear A LOT of similar questions over and over again. This isn’t a problem for us, since most authors love to talk about their work. However, when I was thinking about the topic for this guest posting and the things I’ve been sharing at all the different blogs along my tour, I thought, ‘I’ve said lots about the Execution Underground novels and my process in writing the series, but what I haven’t shared is some of the things that you don’t, and probably never will, see in the books.’ So I thought I’d share some fun facts with you about the hunters of the Rochester division of the Execution Underground, some things that that you will probably never see discussed in the series.

Jace McCannon

Hero of Twilight Hunter (releasing Aug. 27th)

Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger1. You’d never know from the way he talks and behaves, but werewolf hunter Jace McCannon has an extremely high IQ. Based on the grades he received in high school, you wouldn’t think so. But as those of you who’ve read Twilight Hunter know, Jace has a problem with authority figures and being told what to do. In the Execution Underground mental testing scores, Jace scored surprisingly high—specifically in the 91% percentile. Does that mean he’s going to speak using proper grammar? No. Does that mean he’s going to behave like in intelligentsia gentlemen? No. But, in his words, it sure does help him “get his f**king job done”. Just goes to show you: don’t judge a book, or its characters, by their nasty mouths.

2. Jace and demon hunter/exorcist David Aronowitz have been friends since high school. Jace lived in Honeyoe Falls and David lived in Brighton. Though they aren’t in the same school zone, both areas are considered to be subdivisions of the greater Rochester area. Jace rode to Brighton for school every morning, where his mom worked for a maid-service during the day. David and Jace first met when trying out for the school football team. Both of them made the cut—David as a linebacker and Jace as a quarterback. But Jace was quickly kicked from the team after he was caught pantless with the coach’s daughter under the bleachers…and pretty much the rest of the cheerleading squad, but not all at one time, of course. 😉

David Aronowitz

Hero of Immortal Hunter (releasing late Jan 2014)

1. In case you couldn’t tell from his last name, demon hunter David Aronowitz is Jewish. He’s of Israeli descent and actively practices his faith, which he uses in his rituals to kill and exorcize demons.

2. Though David’s favorite hobby by far is riding his Harley Superglide, he enjoys reading—in private—and that was one of the things that he and Allsún, the heroine of Immortal Hunter, bonded over when their relationship first began.

Shane Gray, PhD.

Hero of Book Three (releasing late June 2014)

1. Dr. Shane Gray, occult specialist and witch hunter, was born and raised in Las Vegas and is the son of a well-known Vegas showgirl.

2. He’s an absolute expert at counting cards.

3. Shane acts as the technician for the division and handles all of the electronics and technology for the team. He does this mostly from the comfort of his grandmother’s home in Rochester, but don’t let Shane fool you, because when he gets out on the streets he’s just as capable of kicking ass as any of the other hunters.

Ashley (Ash) Devereaux

Hero of Book Four

1. Ash Devereaux, ghost medium and poltergeist hunter, suffers from P.T.S.D and is a slow speaking southerner who is originally from New Orleans.

2. Ash is an extremely good cook and his specialty, of course, is Cajun dishes. For him: the spicier the better.

3. He drenches all of his food in Tabasco sauce.

Trent Garrison

Hero of Book Five

1. Trent Garrison, who specializes in hunting non-werewolf shapeshifters, is a former soldier in the U.S Army. He served in Afghanistan for two years.

2. Though he considers himself American, he is of Latino descent and his parents were born and raised in El Salvador.

Damon Brock

Hero of Shadow Hunter in the After Dark anthology and Dark Hunter book six

Execution Underground1. Last, but certainly not least Damon Brock the vampire hunter who’s musical guilty pleasure is listening to classic musicians, such as Chopin and Debussy, and who thinks the jazz era was greatly underappreciated.

2. When Damon was a teenager he briefly dreamed of the possibilities his life would take on if he didn’t become a vampire hunter—as a legacy from a long line of vampire hunters before him, he was destined for this—but ultimately he chose that protecting humanity was more important.

3. Though he may not seem like the most hopeful person or character and he doesn’t attend church regularly, he’s deeply in touch with his Catholic faith.

  Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently earning an M.F.A in Writing. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter,book two (January 2014).

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Two copies of After Dark signed by Kait and Gena

After Dark (Lords of The Underworld, #4.5; Execution Underground, #0.5)  by Gena Showalter, Kait Ballenger


Available on June 25, 2013 by Harlequin HQN


A timeless seduction. A unique temptation. And a whole world of dark desires…

From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

The Darkest Angel

Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he’s never known desire-until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long….

And from debut author Kait Ballenger

Shadow Hunter

Vampire hunter Damon Brock’s first assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn’t the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer so desirable when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. As they work to massacre the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they are forced to decide between their lifelong beliefs… and their new found hearts.

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58 Responses to “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Kait Ballenger on Fun Facts about the Hunters of the Execution Underground & win AFTER DARK”

  1. Anne

    Buffy. She’s a great role model for all vampire hunters. 😉

  2. Veronica De Luna

    My favorite vampire hunter is Bones from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.

  3. Rhonda Beyer

    I haven’t read this series yet, but it sounds wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

  4. Meredith Johnson

    My favorite vampire hunter is Jeremy from TVD. Although technically he didn’t hunt them 🙂 Probably why I liked him LOL. Although I also have to second Buffy!

    • Kait Ballenger

      Lol. I have a soft spot for vampires as well, so it was interesting to write about a character who hunts them for a living.

  5. JenM

    It’s hard to beat Buffy – she had exactly the right combo of strength, snark, and heart.

  6. erinf1

    Buffy! B/c without her growing up, I never would have liked vampires 😉

  7. Make Kay

    Bones and Cat from Jeaniene Frost. Also Anita from Laurell K Hamilton

  8. Marie-Claude

    I grew up watching Buffy !!! So my favorite vampire hunter is Buffy.

  9. Katie T

    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!!! I’m actually making my husband watch them all with me! We’re in season 7! So sad it’s about to end … again … lol!

  10. heather

    My favorite vampire hunter are Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress series

  11. Jennifer Demarais

    I like the Vampires who hunt the bad vampires in Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed Books.

  12. Linda Townsend

    Without hesitation, it’s BUFFY for me! She was awesome!
    Thanks for the contest!

  13. Stephanie F.

    Anita from the earlier novels and Cat from Night Huntress. This series sounds fantastic can’t wait together into it.

    • Kait Ballenger

      I agree. I preferred Anita in the earlier novels, up until about Obsidian Butterfly. Not that she’s not awesome in the later ones too though =)

  14. Eva Millien

    I love them all, but if I have to pick one, right now it is Anita Blake in Laurell K
    Hamilton’s series. But your series sounds great and I have already added it to my TBR list, so I might change my mind on who my favorite vampire hunter is.

  15. Kai W.

    It’s Buffy. She is the only vampire slayer that really stands out.

  16. Valerie Rhodes

    Anita Blake series.. for me. Still trying to catch up on other authors.. I’m sure I can find more favorites. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  17. Barb P

    I’m sorry, I really have to go with many of the others and say Buffy!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

  18. Lindsay

    Though he’s not *technically* a vampire hunter, he hunts vampires when he has to 😉 Jace Herondale form The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. (He’s more of a demon hunter but sadly I’m a bit out of my depth when it comes to vampires, I need to read more!)

  19. Barbara Elness

    My favorite vampire hunter is Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, she’s awesome.

  20. Kait Ballenger

    I’m thinking that either Buffy or Anita Blake seems to be the major consensus here! I’m cool with that. Those are both awesome choices! =D

  21. Jen B.

    I still have a soft spot for Buffy. Just something about a chick named Buffy killing vampires that gets me.

  22. wanda

    I have to go with the others who replied with Buffy shes awesome .

  23. Angela VH

    I got a sneak peak at Jace’s story, and I love him!

  24. Viki S.

    My favorite vampire hunter is Cat of the Night Huntress series.

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