The Bounty Hunter
WOULD YOU REMOVE THE HELMET?
A fanged bear killed Li-ara’s husband. Now, a stranger lays at her feet, another victim of a vicious bear attack. His armor identifies him as a Huntsman Bounty Hunter, but the metal did not protect him. With the amount of blood drenching the ground, he’s dying. No, not this time. She couldn’t save her husband, but she will rescue this one. The ferocious beast will not claim another victim, not a long as she lives. A howl drifting across the wind tells her a pack of wild canines has caught the smell of blood and possible death. They are coming for him.
BiiJun fights to live while the hungry canines outside search for a way into the cabin. Too weak to defend himself, he must rely on the stranger. Together, they battle the wild dogs. Somewhere, amid their struggle, BiiJun finds something he did not anticipate – the possibility of a different life; one without hunting, one without the armor and helmet. Could it be possible?
Torn between his loyalty to his Bounty Hunting profession and his desire for a better life, he must make a choice: continue to wear the helmet and remain a Bounty Hunter or remove the covering and start a new life. His decision will not only define his future but that of his clan and the galaxy. Which choice would you make?
NOTE: Some context may not be suitable for young readers. The subjects of child slavery and sex traffic are briefly mentioned.
The Bounty Hunter
grew up in rural Michigan and is the youngest of three. She became a lover of
Science Fiction at an early age when her parents took her to the movies. She
was hooked the moment she heard Patricia Neal tell the robot Gort in The Day
the Earth Stood Still, "Klaatu barada nikto." Inspired by what
was possible, she and her dog spent many days in the fields behind her home,
fighting aliens and investigating unexplored planets. Her love continued to
grow, and while in high school, the series Star Trek hit television, boosting
her fascination with what might be out there. Her friends still comment on how
she skipped the football games to stay home and watch each episode. When in her
thirties, she became an award-winning basket weaver and continued in this craft
for three decades. Upon retiring from her job of thirty years, she moved to San
Diego, California. She volunteered for five years as a guide on the Whale
Watching Boats, teaching people from around the world about the Pacific Ocean's
At sixty-two, Ms. Garcia began to write her Europa Saga, a tantalizing, ten-part sci-fi series of intrigue, suspense, and mystery. Her saga is a fresh retelling of the story of Atlantis and its inhabitants. The books span six thousand years and four generations. Her story launched her into the world of a best-selling author.
Global warming, deforestation, pollution of our air and water, species loss, and the devastation of Earth itself are all subjects dear to Ms. Garcia's heart. She has incorporated those themes into her later books, including books seven through nine of the Europa Saga and Extinction 2038. Her upcoming book Guardians of Earth and the sequel Guardians of Earth II, which should be released in early 2021, also deals with these subjects. If you'd like information on ways, you can help stop global warming and other green topics, sign up for her newsletter.
What inspired you to author this book?
As with most of my books, I dreamt of this one in my sleep. I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I sat down and began typing. The deeper I got into it, the more I was hooked. I've had some tragedies in my life and can incorporate the experiences and feelings into the novel.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book's cover?
I wanted a portrait of my Huntsman, but none existed except for Disney's Mandalorian. And my Hunter is not Mandalorian. I was lucky enough to see a painting by the artist and contacted him to see if he would possibly render me a portrait. And he just happened to live in my home state. Bryan Snuffer did an excellent job in bringing my Huntsman to life. His depiction is everything a hero should be - strong, invincible, determined, and trustworthy. The fact that he's sexy in the suit doesn't hurt either.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
That's a good question. I got my love for Science Fiction from watching sci-fi movies in the 1950s. I couldn't get enough of aliens, spaceships, and other worlds. My dog and I use to battle extraterrestrials and explore their worlds in our backfields. Then in the '60s, Gene Roddenberry brought space to the small screen in Star Trek. In the late '70s, Steven Spielberg introduced Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and George Lucas brought Star Wars to the big screen. Both confirmed my belief that there was alien life out there, and it inhabited mysterious and strange worlds. Today, Jon Favreau continues this greatness in The Mandalorian and deepens the work that those before him began. These visionaries shaped my imagination and defined my life.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Editing. I hate editing. I can sit down and type out a book in just a few weeks, but it takes me months to edit. Since my books have a lot of pages, it's too expensive to have it professionally done, so I do the majority myself with the help of several editing programs. I also have a friend who was an editor and kindly reads my manuscripts for the errors I miss.
Tell your readers about your book.
While it contains fighting and struggles to stay alive, it is
also a love story. The moment BiiJun, a Huntsman Bounty Hunter, steps foot o
Proxima Prime, he senses something is different. Distracted by a female
stranger while pursuing a bounty, he is attacked by a fanged bear. Barely
alive, he manages to reach the stranger for help. As she works to keep him alive,
the howling of wild canines fills the air. They have smelled the Hunter's blood
and are coming for their easy prey.
Li-ara, the female stranger, manages to get BiiJun home before the canines attack. But four walls of wood will not keep them from their prize. They encircle the cabin and begin to calculate a way inside methodically. Too weak to mount a defense, BiiJun depends on the stranger. She is like no female he's ever known. As the days pass, and he grows stronger, the two battle side-by-side to defeat the wild dogs. Somewhere during their fight, his feelings take a turn to something more profound. He has never experienced love and grapples to deal with these strange feelings. But no matter what his heart feels, he is a Huntsman, an elite warrior who has sworn an oath to his way of life. Reciting his creed over and over to maintain his aloofness, he fights against the wolves and his increasing emotions for Li-ara.
He must make a choice, one that will define not only his future but hers and the entire quadrants. Does he keep the helmet on and return to his Bounty Hunting life, or does he remove it and begin a new life with the woman who saved him, the woman he must admit to himself he loves?
Who is your target audience, and why?
Science fiction lovers and science-fiction/romance lovers. The book contains everything the science lover wants - unbelievable odds, battles, weapons, alien worlds, space flight, and a superhero. For those who like an element of romance, the feeling between Li-ara and BiiJun will intrigue them and bring them to tears. Their love is strong and real if they would just allow it to happen.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
I didn't start writing until I was 62, and wrote the ten volumes of The Europa Saga within three years. I reached the status of "Best Selling" author with the first book Europa Awakenings the first year when it hit #1. I was also able to last year to beat three forms of cancer with the help of Divine Intervention.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
Boy, you do ask the hard questions. I think what makes me different from other writers is my approach. I'm not out to make money. I'm in it to tell good stories and bring joy to my readers. I don't come up with a topic that I think will sell, research the subject, do an outline, and write a book. I don't do outlines, use curves, or follow the traditional way to write. I've tried Scrivener and can't use it. All of my books are revealed to me in my dreams. After I dream of a story, I sit down and start typing. I have a general idea of what will happen in the story but no details or specified direction. The story flows on its own, often developing in ways I never thought of. It's like they have a life of their own. The Europa Saga is a prime example. I planned on writing only one book. But the story grew and grew until I published ten. And there is still more to the story I have not put down on paper yet. I also pour my heart and soul into the books, often having to stop typing because of the tears flowing from my eyes when a beloved character dies. I've even had men tell me that I made them cry.