Tuesday, June 28, 2016

#EXCERPT and #GIVEAWAY: Blood Debt by Jill Cooper

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001] The queen of the underworld has a new play toy and her name is Jessica Blood. Bad boy Duncan Jasper and passive healer Amanda Blood are on the run for their lives with a horde of demons on their tale. The queen of the underworld, Lourdes, wants Amanda to free Lourdes from her prison and it’s all on Duncan to keep this from happening. But Amanda’s soul is fractured and bleeding thanks to the torture she suffered at the hands of the high-level demon, Vaughn. Now a painful ritual is her soul’s only chance at survival. If Duncan fails, Jessica Blood may never be free from the chains that bind her to Lourdes. Demons swarm to their location and Jessica walks right into a trap they’ve set for her. But to cure her sister, Amanda will have to embrace the pain and welcome the beauty of death. All before they get ready to stand off against Lourdes and the demons of hell, coming to claim their souls. Hold onto your seats! Long-held family secrets and heartache are about to be revealed.


Amanda sat down on the bed beside Ron. His eyes took her in like a scared child taking in a vision of Santa for the first time. Friend or foe? Amanda raised her hand, her fingers trembling at the thought of touching him. Of feeling the evil that circled him; of getting close enough to touch his soul.
“I’m coming for her. I’m not going to stop. You have to stop me.”
“Sssh…” Amanda said gently, closed her eyes and laid her hand against the flesh of his skin, just under his sleeve.
Aware of her pulse and her breath, Amanda’s vision flashed brightly. She stood inside the basement where Ron first encountered Jessica. Her sweet sister, with an unnatural sneer upon her face. Her red hair hanging like vines in front of her face, the red glow of her unnatural tattoos reflecting off the walls.
She grabbed Ron’s throat and she said the words to him that Ron now couldn’t stop repeating. “I’m coming for her. I’m not going to stop. You have to stop me.”
It wasn’t a threat. It was a warning. Something Jessica begged from the very depths of her soul. Oh, how Amanda wept for her.
As she came to, Amanda’s brow peaked and sweat covered her forehead. She had been taking deep, shallow breaths through her mouth that she hadn’t even meant to take. Mike was on his knee beside her and Duncan stood behind, his hands on her shoulders.
“You were crying out,” the worry in his voice was thick, slathering, and rich. All of which made Amanda think of hot fudge, and boy right now, suddenly she was starving.
Glancing down at her hand, Amanda saw her hand was glowing. Had she started healing him without realizing it? The thick black misty around Ron was gone, and he blinked his eyes. With a quiver, he licked his lips. “Amanda, is that you, kid?”
His voice was hoarse, like he hadn’t spoken in days, but the curse was broken. He could talk again. Relieved, Amanda sighed as Duncan and Mike gathered around, grabbing Ron’s shoulder.
Patting him on the back.
“What do you remember?” Duncan asked.
A surge of pain. A clutching in his chest. Amanda answered for Ron because he couldn’t. “He remembers all of it.” She contemplated. “He saw her. Jessica.”
“She killed them all.” Ron’s voice shook. “Killed them all and then she knocked me unconscious. Dragged me around. Placed the knife in my hand and then…” his voice wavered, “and then…”
He couldn’t finish or wouldn’t. Amanda didn’t know which it was, but she was desperate to know where Jessica was. Where she was going. They needed to find her, free her. Amanda gripped Ron’s hand.
“Please…” Amanda begged. She wasn’t above begging. She had no pride when it came to things such as this. “I have to find her.”
“Return to the town where you moved to with your would-be adoptive parents. Do you remember the place?”
How could Amanda forget? It was there that she turned her back on a normal life forever and embraced the Blood life. She had been only a teenager, but that decision had been so powerful. So life changing. How could Amanda forget? And why would Jessica want her to return there…why?
“Three states away, it’ll be a long drive.”
“There’s something there. Jessica…she needs you there and fast. She’ll be able to sense where you are. Where you go. It has to be there where she finds you.”

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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.
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