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Hearts of the Hunted

Kathleen Tudor

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All Camille wants is to continue the mission of the new Underground Railroad, to get Transformed—those who have developed superhuman abilities—out of the embattled Midwest and into Canada where they can live free. But that's before she's saddled with Hannah, who was raped and Transformed by a rogue criminal that the police refuse to acknowledge even exists. The women have no alternative but to team up to stop the menace, each for their own reasons. Through danger and fear, Camille and Hannah play a high stakes game to bring their adversary to justice. And they find themselves growing closer than either imagined possible, in the process. Now each must face her greatest fears in order to bring a serial rapist to justice, protect the Transformed community, and get back to their lives. Or maybe, chart a new path, together.

I was naked on the city streets, but thanks to my particular skills at camouflage, no one gave me a second look—or even a first one. The Transformation takes us all differently; I've seen some people who grew horns or fangs or turned awesome colors, but while those things may be useful in their own way, they don't help with blending in. And in the Midwest, where bigotry and fear rule the day, blending in with the normals is usually a matter of life or death.

That's what makes me a perfect agent of the Underground Railroad—I can blend in anywhere. I slid down the sidewalk slowly, hugging the walls to avoid being touched or bumped as I moved invisibly through the city. I have never been able to figure out if my skin refracts light or changes colors or something else I haven't even thought of, but what I do know is that when I want to hide, no one can see me unless I move too quickly.

When I got to the fire escape on the back of the building I wanted, I let myself pick up the pace. Even when I'm moving at normal speed like this, I'm just a blur, and even if someone happened to be looking at the fire escape as I was going up, they weren't going to do anything about a little blur in their vision across the street.

Once I was on the roof, I grabbed my waterproof backpack from where it had been stashed on top of a maintenance shed, chinning myself up on the edge to reach it and scraping my elbow on the way down. I thought of how Riley would have scolded me for the way I take chances, but Riley was long gone, retired to Canada three years ago, and I'd taken up the job he'd left behind.

I hurried into my clothes and reappeared as I carried my backpack with me down the stairs and into the building.

5 - Sean at World of Diversity Fiction
"I loved the fact of how a character found a way to capture the bad person in the story. It was an awesome way to make this bad person did something without realizing it. I’d love to see more of that world from Kathleen. I truly liked the world the author created and I wanted more! Yes, I wanted more based on new characters in the same world. I didn’t think this book needed to expand into a novel-length because I felt it was a complete story."

Length

20,500 words

Release Date

December 14, 2012

Book Type

Novella

Categories

Lesbian

ISBN

978-1-937058-70-8

Cover Art

Nathie Block

Keywords

F/F, urban fantasy, rape, crime, suspense