Friday, November 1, 2013

#Excerpt: DREAM SLAYER series by Jill Cooper


EXCERPT:

Inside the room the air was cool and musty. It smelled like what Natalie imagined most grandparent’s homes smelled like; a combination of mint and pain relieving ointment.
Did demonires still had aches and pains? The paladin’s mind emptied as she studied the two sleeping forms in the bed, listening to their light snoring. One form was a woman, short and petite. The other was tall and lean.
Tall and lean? Gregory Silver was short and round.
She walked right into a trap.
Natalie turned and prepared to dart from the room when several pistol safeties clicked off. The hair rose on the back of her muscle and she went ridged. “Move a muscle,” a deep masculine voice said behind her, “and we drop you.”
She froze, not even able to breathe as the lights came on around her. The covers of the bed were pulled back to show she had been part of some kind of sting operation. Grace McFarlane and Jack Davis, both still wearing their uniforms stood. Grace was smiling, but Davis was not as he removed his gun from the bedside table, right next to a simple touch lamp. “I always get my man, Johnson, even when he’s a woman.”
“I can explain…” Natalie started, but knew whatever she said wasn’t exactly going to make much sense.
Davis pointed his gun at her. “No one listen to a word she says. She’s killed dozens, maybe even hundreds. Psychopathic bitch. On your knees.” When Natalie didn’t respond immediately he said it more forcefully. “On your knees!” The paladin guessed she was getting her Jack Bauer moment. In retrospect, it wasn’t as much fun as she thought it’d be.
Two agents behind Natalie kicked her behind her knees and she fell with a gasp. They were awfully strong for human men. She landed with a thud and could feel Fizz moving with anxiety inside her pocket. She prayed he wouldn’t try anything. Fighting her way out of this wasn’t going to work, not with that many guns drawn on her.
“Drop your weapon.” Grace said calmly, aiming her gun at the paladin’s head. “Hands on the back of your head, slowly. Interlace your fingers.”
Natalie did as she was asked. As soon as her hands were behind her head, her wrists were tugged on violently as handcuffs were placed around her wrists. She grimaced as the faces  around morphed green to reveal their true nature; demonires.
How unfair was that? Demonires with a license to pack heat! Talk about tipping the scales in favor of un-justice.
 “Natalie Johnson, you are under arrest for breaking and entering; for the attempted murder of Gregory Silver; and for the murder of as many as fifty-eight citizens of Meadow’s Creek so far. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say…” Davis grabbed her by the elbow and hoisted her to her feet.
He spun Natalie around and pushed her through the crowd of agents that had been on the sting mission. He dropped his demonire face before they got downstairs which told Natalie not all of the town’s police were turned. Some were still human and they would either be a liability or an asset. She wasn’t sure which.
Her cheeks were flushed with humiliation as the faces of the police force were filled with gladness. 
Outside, Natalie was greeted by a host of squad cars. She was led toward one as the back door opened. Across the street her eyes fell to a familiar green face sitting in the passenger seat of a convertible. He gave her a charming smile and waved two fingers at her. Beside him sat the mayor, Gregory Silver. The two clinked two glasses of champagne.
Before she was forced into the back of the police car, her eyes locked with Morach’s and she was overcome with a feeling of loss, despair.
 “Checkmate.” Morach said with a maniacal smile.

Book & Author Details:

BOOK 1
The Dream Slayer
(The Dream Slayer #1)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
When your dreams come true, sometimes you get more than you bargained for...

Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she’s someone else; calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver. Real life is much different. She’s tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

When her bully ends up dead, de ja vu from a dream hits her hard as everything around her begins to fall apart. Whatever killed Sarah in her dreams is now in reality, hunting her from the shadows. And it wants her dead.

Somehow as the lines between reality and nightmare blur, Natalie must discover hidden strength to pull her friends and family back from the brink of madness.


BOOK 2
Demon Royale
(The Dream Slayer #2)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson's life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town's borders.

The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents' souls. Natalie's investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.

Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie's shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on: The Slayer.


BOOK 3
Dawning Apocalypse
(The Dream Slayer #3)
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Protection, murder, deception....

No one can know Natalie works for a supernatural protection agency and is charged with protecting Meadow’s Creek from vampires. But as their numbers swell, their presence doesn't go unnoticed throwing her town under the microscope from the local government and the FBI.

Natalie’s job is pushed even further into the shadows where she must dodge the police, concerned citizens and even her own parents.

Meanwhile a deadly plague grips the town and Natalie suspects it’s more than just a hacking cough. While the stress of working overtime erodes her relationships she will race against time, illness, to face a familiar enemy, save an old friend, and stop an undead seize that wants nothing more than to suck Meadow’s Creek dry.

PURCHASE:

AUTHOR BIO:
Author of the YA Dream Slayer series, Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundries, but most of all strives to entertain. She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances.

Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.