By: Jade West

I hold my breath.


Every muscle holding tight for the moment.

Until it comes.

And in that moment I’m alive.

“Run,” the monster says.

And, fuck, how I do.



Wow. This book was really something for me. One of those soul books that reached in deep and death-gripped my insides until I was done.

As always, there were so many people who helped me along the way.

*Clears throat*

John Hudspith, my amazing editor. I love you and you are awesome. I couldn’t do this without you. This is all.

Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs, just WHAT THE HELL with this cover? How gorgeous can you possibly make something?! You have magic powers, and I LOVE them.

Wander Aguiar for the gorgeous photo, and Andrey for being so helpful in helping me acquire it so smoothly.

Jonny James for being the absolute hunk of pure gorgeousness that’s actually on the cover. Thank you for the way you look so awesome half-submerged in a swimming pool in a tux. That rocks. It helped me write. For sure.

Also for being so polite and sweet and humble – these are a set of traits that are possibly even more gorgeous than the tux. It is close, though, not gonna lie.

To Jon at Read Owl Book Trailer (who also happens to be my other half) – I’m very proud and super impressed by the Bait trailer. It is magnificent, and I apologise for being an epic pain in the ass during its creation.

My PA Tracy, for always having my back when I’m in the middle of the craziness. I count on you and you always come through for me. Thank you.

My author buddies, who have been super amazing on this project – Isabella Starling, Leigh Shen, Willow Winters and Jo Raven. I love you all.

Isabella, yes, I’m mentioning you again. Having you in my life has made it a better place. You inspire me, you amaze me, and I’m so proud of you. I’m honoured to call you a friend. And you are ALWAYS welcome in my house. *Please come again soon… please…*

To all my other author buddies, who make me smile every day. You know who you are by now.

To my beta readers – your enthusiasm means everything. Of course, of note – as always – is the incredible Louise Ramsay, who I always count on so much for early feedback.

To my friends, who barely saw me throughout the creation of Bait, and who put up with my incessant book talk so patiently. Maria, Dom and Lisa, particularly – I love you all.

To the bloggers, reviewers, my book group members and all of you amazing people who support my work. I couldn’t do this without any of you. I am, and will forever be grateful to all that you do for me.

And to my family – Mum, Dad, Brad and Nan – who it pains me so much to be away from when I’m buried deep in a project, your support always means the world. I count my blessings every day for the fact that I have you on my side.