Author: Samantha Long
Awakening (Guardian Series, Bk 1)
Word Count – 64,306
Genre – YA Paranormal
(Scale of 1 to 5, Five being the Highest) – 2
Heat Level (See Scale Below) – 1
• Sweet – 1 (anything from no romance to sex behind closed doors)
• Mild – 2 (can contain several lovemaking scenes, without graphic language)
• Highly Sensual – 3 (can include hot, frequent love scenes, standard for mainstream romance)
• Erotic Romance – 4 (includes clinical/graphic terms for body parts and intercourse. It may include light BDSM, more frequent use of BGLT sex scenes, ménage and anal sex as long as its frequency does not outweigh normal sex. It must contain a romantic theme.)
• Erotica – 5 (highly explicit/graphic/frequent, may include heavy use of BDSM, GLBT, ménage and anal. Not entirely dependent on romance.)
Excerpt (1-3 per book) –
Excerpt 1 –
“Does it die?” Panic bubbled in Sophie’s chest. The creature stared at Aidan.
“Why are we waiting around to find out?” Morgan’s voice echoed off the walls of the empty library.
“What are you worried about?” Jackson fisted his hands. “It can’t even see you.”
Out of the corner of her eye, Sophie saw Tristan sitting with his back against a wall. Lilli leaned against him, her skin nearly translucent. Lilli’s weakness reached out and swirled at Sophie. It didn’t seem like her friend had enough energy to move.
The creature grabbed Aidan by the neck and lifted him off the floor.
“Stop it.” Sophie’s heart hammered in her chest. The creature pinned her with its gaze.
Tasty. A voice hissed into her mind, preceding a darkness so horrifying she almost fell to her knees. The creature realized it didn’t want Aidan anymore and hurled him into a row of bookcases, which fell to the floor like dominoes.
The creature advanced with his claws outstretched. Fear threatened to suffocate Sophie. A woman’s laughter echoed in her mind the closer it got. God, it’s tall, Sophie thought. She had to crane her neck back to see it fully. Her legs wouldn’t listen to her mind’s command to move, and her vision shifted to the premonition from the night before. Chains clinked together in the distance, and heat blasted her.
“Get away from her!” Books flew out of thin air.
The shrill voice knocked Sophie out of her trance. She backpedaled fast. Books continued to fly. “Morgan?”
The air shimmered next to Sophie. “Don’t think this changes anything. I still think you’re a freak.”
Excerpt 2 –
“I’m wishing for that glitter now.” Aidan glanced sidelong at Ruth.
These vamps were definitely not attractive. Their bones hung gnarled and scabbed. Large patches of hair were missing from their heads. What was left hung in matted, greasy strands.
It took a moment for Sophie to realize that the one holding Katie had a single yellow eye. A hollow hole stood out where the mate used to be. Blackened burn scars covered his face.
Each of the other guards looked as if they’d suffered from the same disease. She guessed they had.
Sophie shook her head slowly. It struck new fear in her to comprehend the fact that vampires were real. Courage drained from her body. “The sun is gone,” the leader said. His body stooped under the heavy weight of the large hump that boiled on his back.
The vampire’s fangs lengthened.
Drops of venom formed on them.
Time was running out. She reached out for anything to stop the leader. Deep in his mind, she found his name from when he’d been human. “Augustus. Please, leave her alone.”
His yellow eye didn’t even blink. Instead, it pierced into her. He ran his tongue over Katie’s neck, a trail of green saliva wetting her skin.
Katie sobbed and struggled against the iron-clad grip. She didn’t look much better than Augustus, with her scratches and dirt-covered skin.
Augustus sneered at her effort. “She really is spirited.”
The reality of their situation hit them all at once. Vampires were real. And they wanted them dead.
If she’d had the courage to glare, Sophie would have. As it was, she had no clue how they were going to get out of this alive.
Jackson watched the three guards on either side, assessing them. He shared a calculated look with Tristan.
“The others are awake.” Augustus tilted his head back. His eyes glazed over.
Excerpt 3 –
Sophie tried to figure out a way to warn Morgan. The darkness thickened. It slid behind them and blocked the doorway. Morgan couldn’t see it, but something told Sophie that she could at least tell it was there on a subconscious level.
Morgan broke through her shock. She had to think. Had to make it out of this alive.
She dashed for the door, knocking her chair over.
Akeldama appeared in front of it just as Morgan reached for the doorknob. Red eyes stood out against black scales that undulated down the left side of her face.
Morgan screamed. She stumbled. Her legs bumped the fallen chair, and she hit the floor on her knees. Her only thought was to get somewhere she could disappear. Then she could think. Could figure out a way out of this.
Akeldama moved slowly around the chair.
Morgan’s body started to shake. Her hand reappeared.
Sophie fought against the restraints her vision had set, but the harder she struggled, the weaker she felt. She needed to see what happened.
“You call yourself a Guardian? All I see is a pathetic weakling who can’t even realize her true potential.” Akeldama came two steps closer. Morgan’s breath hitched as the demon gripped the handles of the chair. “There is nowhere for you to go.”
The chair smashed against the wall. The sounds of the pieces battering the floor jarred Morgan into action. She crawled backward underneath the knee space of the dean’s desk.
Akeldama cackled. The demon’s excitement over the hunt dwarfed Sophie.
Morgan leaned back against the drawers. Her eyes darted back and forth for a way out. “The others won’t save you,” the demon whispered into her ear.
Morgan paled and turned her head, meeting the red-eyed gaze. It was no more than a few inches from hers. She saw a claw gleam in the light.
She clinched her eyes shut and disappeared. The fear gagged her. She fought against it and scuttled around the desk, still invisible.
Akeldama rose to her full height. The pupils of her eyes were whole now, taking in every movement in the room.
Morgan crouched behind a potted tree. She breathed in and out slowly, trying to be quiet. For all she knew, demons could have bionic hearing.
“I will find you, Guardian. I can smell you.” Akeldama swiped at a bookshelf next to her. It cut cleanly in two and then fell to both sides.
The window is too far, Morgan thought, and so is the door. Either way I’m going to have to make a run for it.
Akeldama heard her footsteps and swiped her claw.
Pain seared across Morgan’s side. She cried out and covered it with a hand, trying to press the it away. The shock of it forced her to reappear.
Akeldama’s focus zeroed in on where she stood. Her lips turned up.
The air in Morgan’s lungs felt too thin. She gasped, trying to draw in more. She knew there was no way out. A pressure built in her body as she watched Akeldama shift her weight back and forth. Needle pricks of sensation swarmed her body.
When Sophie moves to Boston to get away from the people who ridiculed her for her psychic talents, she wants to start fresh. But when a demon attacks her study group at the library, she has no choice but to reveal her abilities to warn the others.
She learns the attacks won’t stop until she’s dead. To stay alive she joins forces with the other students and a secret society that has battled the demons for centuries.
The last thing she wants to do is be a pawn in the war of good and evil. When her visions start showing events from a past life, she can’t ignore the connections it shows. She has no choice but to acknowledge the bonds that tie her to the other students, even if some of them refuse, to have the strength to defeat the demon that hunts them down.
Will she survive long enough to stop the demons from destroying everything and everyone she loves?
Book Cover –
Buy Links –
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBUPSLG
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EBUPSLG
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00EBUPSLG
Book Trailer – N/A
Playlist – https://open.spotify.com/user/1294175518/playlist/7qFI8IKQ4rOpfczT85Bd5a
Character Casting (if available) –
Sophie: Nina Dobrev
Tristan: Chase Crawford
Morgan: Jessica Szohr
Aidan: Toby Hemingway
Lily: Kristen Prout
Jackson: Douglas Smith
Elevator Pitch (10 second pitch that you would share in line at Starbuck’s if asked to describe the book) – Sophie and her friends are part of an age-old prophecy to stop a demon hell-bent on setting Lucifer free. They use their special gifts to fight the paranormal creatures the demon sends to kill them and learn there’s much more to the prophecy than they thought.
Target Market Profile – Ages 13-30. Likes paranormal, paranormal creatures, magic, action and suspense.
Competitive Analysis Identify 3-5 books that are similar in genre and content. –
• Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
• Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong
• Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
7 identifying terms. – ya paranormal, suspense, occult, supernatural, romance, demons, powers