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What Bad Men Do by Halston Hughes

Howdy everyone! I'm back! Kind of, there's more coming in the future about what happened and why things have been taking so long to get rolling again. Let's just say there were shenanigans. Many... many... many horrific shenanigans that will be explained in the near future in addition to the happenings of how I'm handling reviews going forward.

That said, it's time to get to our feature presentation.. complete with a brand new cover representative of Proctor Bane experiencing a state of 'Dude where's my shirt!'

Things that I love reading... dragons, dinosaurs, antiheroes and... the bad guys. Maybe it's part of my emotional damage... I just adore the bad guys. It may have to do something with that bad guy over there or even Jesse Blue from Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, but in the long run there's something about that bad guy. In this fan girl's case it was very much the original Lotor but maybe not Lenny Weinrib's voice acting, but Tim Curry's during V3D that sealed that deal for me.

And then there is Xavier from my own serial fiction. Right now, he's definitely a bad guy readers have a love/hate... sorry not sorry... type of relationship with.

It seems that so many of us love a villain that we love to hate, their flaws redeemable or not, their charisma and so much more, an antihero drawing you into a world built by an author is a wonderful thing.

Doing the antihero well... in a way that keeps you coming back? Keeps you reading? Now that is a different story all together. In the case of What Bad Men Do by Halston Hughes, not only do we have a bad guy who's actually a good guy with redeemable (but still obsessive compulsive qualities). I mean a hunter who hunts monsters is a fantastic trope and one that so many tell, but not exactly well.

The trailer for this Vella is as amazing as the tale itself and you can enjoy it here or on Twitter.

So... let's get started with the Blurb so we can dig into the nitty gritty!

If I had the chance to write a brief five star review for this Vella, it would simply read the following:

What bad men do is a gritty monster hunting monsters romance of a dark nature, featuring murder, serial killers and stalkers centering around the sweet and somewhat innocent Ophelia Winters who manages to capture the attention of a cold hearted killer as young woman. Unfortunately or fortunately for Ophelia, it's these moments of brief distraction during an encounter with Proctor Bane which ultimately save her life and nearly costs Proctor his own. Join Proctor and Gavin as they encounter Ophelia as an adult in a bid to save her life in an adventure hat will endear this hunter killer to you as a reader and leave you breathless when you find out who the real killer is!

Worth every token you'll spend, this steamy romance will keep you reading well into the night and also leave you wondering just who or what lurks in the shadows you see yourself.

Unfortunately, I'm not able to post reviews on Amazon and despite so many attempts to find out why, this leaves me with few other outlets. Luckily this review blog is an amazing one for it.

That said, if you ever want to post my review as a reader somewhere in order to support the author you can use this image:

Now... the details... while doing my best not to spoil all of the things!

My absolute favorite thing about how Hughes crafted this Vella comes in the form of unexpected author's. They're an amazing surprise that keeps the reader completely immersed in the world that they have created.

How did they do it?

Instead of traditional author's notes, where in Vella it isn't uncommon to see messages regarding functionality of Vella appearing regularly as it is a new platform, or even promoting their own work... Hughes gives readers an additional look into the world of What Bad Men Do by adding direct commentary from Ophelia and Proctor without adding to the word count.

This is genius! I can't even begin to tell you how exciting it was to see an author do something absolutely creative in their author's notes. Here's what they look like in line and inside the Kindle App (which is now available for Android and Kindle Fire!!). This one is from the end of Episode Five and won't give away too much! How cool is this? Completely unique (and probably won't stay completely unique) to What Bad Men Do, these little blurbs directly from Proctor's and Ophelia's perspectives are absolutely the icing on the cake.

This one, from Ophelia's perspective tells us that the obsession that Proctor has with her is reciprocated:

This one is one of my favorites and comes from Episode Four, so like Ophelia's note to readers, this one isn't going to spoil much.

But what exactly did Mr Piggy do in order to draw Proctor's ire? Luckily this encounter is clearly outlined in Episode Two and it tells us all just how far Proctor is willing to go not just to protect Ophelia. It also tells us as readers how little he is willing to permit to invade her life and cause her any sort of grief. Strike three, Little Piggy! It's kind of ominous especially with that little note from Proctor above. So, here's what you should do! Head to What Bad Men Do and check out those first three free episodes. I guarantee you will get drawn in and the only thing you'll want is more, even when you reach the last episode. Perhaps we'll see more from Halsaton about Gavin and maybe Ophelia and Proctor in the future.

Now for the fun part, for me as a reviewer and interviewer as I've already enjoyed What Bad Men Do!

Kitty: What was your favorite book growing up? Halston: I read children’s books, but I don’t remember them well. My parents would let me read anything, and when I was ten or eleven, they had Jaws lying around. This was years after the movie was in theaters, but I’d heard about it, and the cover, well, when you’re a kid, a giant shark and a naked swimmer is pretty heady stuff. I was too young to understand most of the complex human interaction, but the story structure and characters grabbed me. Kitty: Has that changed as an adult? Halston: I still love a story where the real world falls away, and I’m immersed in another world. It’s a beautiful feeling.

Kitty: Who is your favorite author? Halston: I have many, but the one that stands out is always Anne Rice. My love affair with vampires started with an Interview With a Vampire. She was a beautiful writer.

Kitty: Have these books or authors influenced your writing style? Halston: All the books I read influence my style.

Kitty: What bad men do is a delicious thriller with fantastic author comments to lead the reader through each episode. What inspired you to write the comments as Proctor Bane? Halston: It seemed fitting, as more than half the story is told from his perspective. And in the beginning, it’s hard to relate to him, so I thought that might clue the reader to the fact there’s so much more to Proctor than an Antisocial Personality Disorder.

Kitty: The ‘extra’ body at the crime scene where Ophelia’s parents lost their lives was hinted at, but definitely a surprise. While this helps to make the plot, did you know Claude was alive when you set out to start writing this serial? Halston: Absolutely. I wanted Claude and Proctor to be similar, yet completely different, because of the choices they made in life.

Kitty: Will we see more of Proctor Bane and Titan-3 in the future? Halston: I want to. I hated letting go of Proctor, Gavin, and Ophelia. I think Gavin would be an excellent subject for the next book.

Kitty: Do you have a favorite serial that you would like to recommend to other authors? Halston: The Explorers, Six Shooter and a Shifter, Briardark. There are so many good stories.

Kitty: How do you feel about Kindle Vella? If there was one thing you could change about it, what would it be? Halston: I love the immediacy of Kindle Vella. It’s easy to write and publish an episode. If I could wave a magic wand, I’d make Kindle Vella available worldwide.

Kitty: Do you have plans for serial fiction outside of Kindle Vella? Halston: I’m open to learning about other platforms and opportunities to reach more readers.

Kitty: If you could go back in time and tell yourself anything about becoming a writer and your writing career, what would it be? Halston: Considering I’ve probably made every mistake there is with writing, there would be a lot. But the most crucial one is to believe in yourself. The more you write, the better it gets.

Kitty: Finally, if you could tell your readers anything about yourself, what would it be? Halston: For me, there’s no better feeling than hearing from readers. Writers sometimes invest years of work into a story. To have a reader tell them they liked it, well, that’s what makes it all worthwhile!

In addition to What Bad Men Do, Halston Hughes is also the author of magical fantasy titled Garden of Sighs and romantic comedy Tuesday's Word of the Day: A Sexy Romantic Comedy. In addition to Instagram, Halston Hughes can also be found on Twitter.

Luckily Halston has an Author Tag on Kindle Vella which will make it easy to find any new projects that they release in the future.

What I can tell you is that I am definitely looking forward to more of Halston's work in the future.

Tomorrow we'll be launching the next Read With Me through Kindle Vella Book Clubs! This time, we'll be reading.. drumroll please Divine Counseling by Nikolai Wisekal! On Monday, I'll be launching a new Vella! There will be a post about that and what the heck happened and a newsletter coming later this week.

Until next time, may your adventures be plentiful and exciting! (And if you've been keeping up with Explorers.. no .. not that exciting......

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