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Monday, January 26, 2015

#EXCERPT and #GIVEAWAY: Dream Slayer Finale by Jill Cooper

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Resolve  EbookThe epic two book finale starts here. The stakes are higher. And the enemy is one of their own. It's all come to this. This moment in time. Everything Natalie Johnson has fought for. Newly promoted paladin commander Natalie Johnson is about to bring the demonire tracking system online. If she's successful Meadow's Creek may finally be safe from bloodsuckers. If not, the egg on her face will be enough to make a gourmet omelet. But when old friends and foes begin showing up in town under questionable circumstance, it's clear something new is on the horizon. The murder of a prominent official threatens to cripple the brittle peace Natalie has brought to town. Alternate realities and timeline jumps all converge revealing truths, deceptions and worst of all, roads not taken. Natalie must face her worst fears, her biggest regrets, and most of all a deep longing that nothing will ever be the same again. Meanwhile a long sought after ally brings them all to the brink of madness. And his betrayal? Could be the biggest heartbreak of them all. In the tradition of young adult vampire fiction such as Twilight and Buffy the Vampire slayer, comes The Dream Slayer.

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Fury Ebook  The 2nd part in the epic finale starts here. Once [SPOILER] believed in her and now, one last time, Natalie will put everything to the test to bring him back. But with half of Natalie’s team in critical condition, the fight won’t be easy. WOMP’s order to shoot [CENSORED] on sight to protect their vast empire of secrets will pit Natalie against the organization she’s been faithful to since she first heard the word paladin. Now that relationship will be put to the test. Natalie will find a way to restore his soul, no matter the risks. No matter the stakes. Even if it means revealing her identity and location to her mortal enemy. And the end? Well, it might just prove to be the very beginning. In the tradition of young adult vampire fiction such as Twilight and Buffy the Vampire slayer, comes The Dream Slayer.

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EXCERPT:

Natalie's eyelids trembled shut. "It would never work between us. You and theslayer... I can never move past that."
"I know." Damien lowered his hand. "She's more important to you than everything else. That's why I stayed away. I stayed with WOMP, debriefed for weeks. With Operations finally dead I was able to find clarity. I cleaned up my act. Updated my look. I shed the darkness and shadow that have haunted me for years. I stepped into the light."
"For me?" Natalie croaked. If it was all for her, she didn’t know how she could ever say good-bye. Such a sweeping romantic gesture.
"To prove I could be worthy. That I don't have to be the one who isn't right for you. That I could be right, and not wrong. But being here." Damien glanced around the room and shrugged. "It's complicated enough and you don't need me here. Tristan's a good guy. He'll treat you well."
Damien moved to leave, but Natalie snatched his fingers to keep him grounded to his spot. "And if he doesn't understand me like you do? If he doesn't see that the warrior Natalie is the same as regular Natalie? That they can’t be separated?"
He stroked her hair gently. "Then he's a fool." Damien whispered. "I must go, I'm sorry if I've caused you pain." He kissed her hand and then was gone.
Natalie closed her eyes and cried silent tears. From the window she watched Damien stand on the curb. He glanced up at her. Their eyes locked and in that moment, Natalie lost all her resolve. All her will power. She raced down the stairs and out the front door into the rain.
"Rich!" Natalie screamed, running onto the sidewalk.
Damien turned. "Natalie?"
"Don't go!" Natalie called and charged after him with every intention of flinging herself into his arms. But just as she was about to she was hit by a flying body. It was Andre. With a squeal, they both tumbled to the ground as something whizzed by Natalie's ear and shattered a potted plant on the porch. She tried to push herself up, but Andre instructed her to stay down, using his body as a shield across her.
"Sniper on the roof across the street." Eric said into his collar, hopping over the white fence that bordered her home. "Secure a perimeter around it. Don't let that guy out of your sight!"
"Natalie!" Damien squatted down low to check her for injury. "Are you hurt?"
"No." Her body shook as Natalie realized what just happened. She looked at Andre. His eyes were studying the street and then the horizon, clearly looking for something, but his face was calm and complacent. He snapped his gum.
"Did someone just try to...assassinate me?"
"Yes, Ma'am." His voice was calm, collect. "This is why you need a security detail, Ma'am."
"You could have been killed." Natalie said as he helped her off the ground.
"It's my job, Ma'am. I'd take a bullet for you any day." Andre passed her to Damien like she was a baton in a relay race. But the weight of his words hit her. Sure, Andre was a loyal agent and one of her body guards, but to sacrifice his life so readily? For her? "Get her inside, would you Smith? Stay with her while we lock down the area?"
Damien nodded. "Tonight I will be going nowhere."

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jillcooperAbout the Author:

I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I'll say I don't want to write like everyone else. I don't want to craft stories you've read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you've ever read.

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.

If you do, then I'll have succeeded. If not, I'll keep trying. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter | Literary Addicts | Goodreads | Tsu  

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