Henry couldn’t believe Marshal Cain had fought him that hard. She was feisty. It would make killing her that much sweeter. If he made it that long. He was currently in bed. He’d called work to say he was sick. He was waiting for his wife to leave so he could slip downstairs to his office and check the wounds.
He’d come home yesterday claiming to be ill. He’d used pneumonia as his excuse. He’d caught it from the Marshals. Everyone had believed it, even the Marshals.
The first task had been to relocate his elbow. Once that was done, he had passed out. When he came around, he removed the knife with half a bottle of whiskey and serious willpower. He didn’t have anything that would work as a local anesthetic at his house. The knife had really hurt. She’d plunged it all the way in, until the hilt had bruised the skin. His shark suit had lost lots of rings, he’d had to dig a few of them out of the wound before stitching it up. Then he’d set to work stitching up his arm.
It had been grueling work. His hands had shook. Sweat had poured from his forehead. His entire body had felt like it was being electrified. The stitching wasn’t very even, but it worked. He’d stopped bleeding.
Today he was hoping to redo the stitches, make them look more professional. Scars were easier to explain when they looked like they’d been fixed by a professional. He had hoped he had at least caught her lung.
Title: Elysium Dreams
Author: Hadena James
He skins his victims alive, taking pleasure from their pain.
In the cold, dark nights of Alaska, a hunter is stalking his prey. Once found, he takes them into the woods and skins them alive, prolonging the experience as much as he can, but the satisfaction always wanes.
Aislinn Cain and the Serial Crimes Tracking Unit have just finished up another case when they get the call. Now they are packing their bags and heading for Alaska in March. The team must overcome the hostile locals and harsh climate to catch a killer before he strikes again.
Hadena James began writing at the age of eight. By the time she graduated high school, she had published a couple of short stories in literary magazines. She completed writing her first novel at seventeen. Hadena began college as an English major, but quickly changed to a history major. However, she continued to write and took several extra classes in creative writing.
College showed her that while she could write short stories, novel writing was truly where her heart lay. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in European History with minors in German and Russian Studies. During this time, she received a couple of contract offers from publishing houses, but ultimately turned them all down.
In August 2012, she self-published her first novel. In retrospect, she is appreciative of the contracts offers she received when she was younger, but believes she made the right decision with self-publishing.
When she isn’t busy writing, Hadena enjoys playing in a steel-tip dart league. She loves to travel throughout North America and Europe. Her favorite cities to visit are Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. She is an avid reader, with her favorites being classic literature; Edgar Allen Poe, HP Lovecraft, Gaston LeRoux, and Jane Austen; modern favorites include Clive Barker, James Patterson, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Her favorite book is “Good Omens” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. She writes all of her books while listening to music and the bands tend to get “honorable mentions” within the pages. Some of her favorite bands are Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Rammstein, U2, Marilyn Manson, Oomph!, and Rob Zombie.