Hallowed (Guardian Series, Bk 3)
Word Count –
(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 –
She followed them over and saw Tristan setting up his sleeping bag. She turned and walked to the other side and rolled out her bag next to Morgan’s. There was no way she’d be near him right now. For some reason she didn’t feel safe with him anymore, not with the hate she saw in his eyes. The way he’d spoken up like that, basically calling her a traitor in front of everyone, told her all she needed to know right now.
It didn’t stop the pain from being any less agonizing.
“I’ve set up watches, so get rest while you can.” Demetri knelt beside where Sophie sat. “Don’t worry about him right now.”
“I won’t.” Sophie looked at Demetri. “I’ve got bigger things to worry about.”
Demetri’s mouth twisted. He nodded and went off to give more orders. She wasn’t trying to be rude, she was just tired of everyone knowing that Tristan didn’t want her anymore. And worse, half of the warriors agreed that she was a traitor.
Sophie took off her machete and sheath, her katanas, and left the dagger in her boot. It was the same one she’d “killed” Akeldama with. Even though it didn’t really work the first time, she wanted to use it this time. A poetic justice, maybe. She stretched out on the bag; it wasn’t the best place to sleep with roots and rocks pressing into her back. It took all she had not to laugh. There was no way she’d be able to sleep right now. Not with Tristan only a few feet away, not with Samuel inside of her. Not with the end of the world, of everything, haunting their heels.
The campsite settled around her as she stared up at the canopy of green foliage. People drifted off to sleep, trained to rest in any situation. She heard the even breathing of Lilli and Jackson, Aidan and Morgan. Tristan was still awake, and he was tense. His anguish brimmed off, slunk over to her. The footsteps of the sentries pounded in her head.
Let me help you. Samuel drifted through her mind, pulling her under. Don’t fight me, please. I want to help you.
Samuel…no. I need to be alone. Sophie tried to fight him, but she was so tired of being alone, tired not just physically but emotionally.
Excerpt 2 –
The demons looked similar to the Wendigo, but beefier. They had the same tall structure and hungry gleam to their eyes.
Damn it, Samuel. You said we had a few more minutes! Sophie ran hard but could hear the demons’ heavy breathing behind her.
I may have miscalculated.
Can I outrun them? The demons were gaining on her group.
Samuel hesitated, then said, No.
Fine. Sophie slid to a stop, pulling her katanas out of their sheaths. If she couldn’t outrun them, that left only one option. Fighting.
Five of the cannibal demons headed toward her. They were a foot taller than she was and their eyes shone with an unearthly hunger.
“Did you think you were going to fight them on your own?” Morgan appeared next to her, bow and arrow aimed at the middle of the running pack of feral demons. She winked at Sophie, then let the arrow fly. It struck the middle demon in the head, making it fall back.
You have to kill them with fire, Samuel hissed.
Samuel says we have to kill them with fire!
“Be right back with fire boy. Try to hold them off.” Morgan disappeared.
Sophie took a steadying breath and eyed the demon that stood back up. The other four were nearly on her. She could smell the sulfuric sweat dripping from their gray, leathery skin. Their mouths opened to show row after row of ragged teeth. She swallowed her fear and pointed the swords out from her body.
“I’m here, darlings.” Aidan spread his arms, fire engulfing his body.
The demons stumbled to a halt, the glow of the fire on their faces.
Morgan yanked Sophie out of the way of the heat and flames.
“That’s right. I have fire. Lots of it.” Aidan grinned. “Who wants to go first?”
The demons looked at each other, growling low in their throats. It didn’t seem that they liked Aidan’s appearance, but they also didn’t run in the other direction.
“Aidan, kill them. Stop playing around,” Morgan hissed at him. She pointed back toward the others. “We have a bunch of nervous horses behind us.”
Aidan charged the demons and they scattered. He latched onto one, but the others used the opportunity to come for Morgan and Sophie.
Sophie swung one of the katanas and connected with a demon’s neck. It toppled to the side, screeching in anger and pain. She choked on the smell that hit her and tried to keep her eyes open. Whatever was in their blood stung her eyes.
Morgan teleported behind the demon she fought, kicking it in the back. It stumbled forward into the grass. “Aidan!”
He spun toward her and lit the demon to a crispy black.
Sophie sliced again, chopping off both arms. It kept coming, ignoring the pain—if it even felt it—and mashed its teeth.
It’s getting closer.
Shut up, Samuel. Sophie jerked back when the demon leapt forward.
Sophie immediately fell to the ground. Heat and light rolled over her, and Aidan fried number two. She jumped to her feet and spotted Jackson standing in front of Lilli. Two other demons advanced on him. Demetri and Ruth ran from the edge of the herd to help.
Using her power, she searched for the fifth demon. When she spotted it, she realized it was coming up behind Lilli. Morgan, the fifth demon is behind Lilli!
Morgan teleported to Lilli’s side, bow and arrow ready, and shot the demon in the right eye. Its arms waved, black gunk flying out, and it shrieked.
Aidan ran past Sophie, lighting up the two in front of Jackson before sliding past him and scorching the one in front of Morgan.
“Thanks, genius. Now I’m short an arrow.” Morgan shook her curls off her shoulders, ashes falling as she did it.
Excerpt 3 –
Sophie and Kendra exchanged a look as the goons pushed them toward the platform. Nox put them on display, talking up their attributes, even mentioning they had all their teeth. Sophie kept her gaze locked on the back wall and didn’t make eye contact with anyone in the crowd. She just wanted this over. They needed to be bought so they could escape, and the sooner that happened, the sooner they could be back with the others and continue their mission.
Several demons bid and were knocked down by a group in the back. Whoever it was back there seemed to have all the money in the realm. Once the bidding reached ninety-five diamonds each, only two groups remained. The vampires in the back and a group of ridiculously good looking incubi. She knew what they did and preferred being bought by the vamps.
In the next ten minutes, she got her wish. The vampires won the bidding and a female stepped forward to pay Nox’s deal broker. She was tall and lithe with a head of long, black hair and beautiful blue eyes. After she paid the accountant, she approached the platform and bowed to Nox. “Thank you for your generous gift of the slaves.”
Sophie’s stomach churned. Even after the woman paid a fortune, she still thanked him? He must be as bad as Samuel said.
“You’re welcome, Isidore.” Nox placed a hand on her head and leered.
The name sent a shock through Sophie, but she couldn’t place why. Something told her the vampire was important.
Isidore crossed the platform and grabbed Sophie and Kendra’s chains. Her blue eyes were devoid of emotion as she tugged on the chains and led them out of the great hall. Behind them, Sophie could hear several of the demons grumbling over the loss of the “fresh specimens,” but Nox quickly settled them down by saying he had more humans to share.
The rest of the house was silent, everyone still in the great hall. Isidore kept going until she passed through the front doors and to their wagon. The rest of her group of vampires stood around, waiting, and one who wore a hooded cloak sat on the driver’s bench. Sophie couldn’t see the vampire’s face, it was hidden in the shadows of the hood.
Isidore opened the back of the wagon and inclined her head for the girls to get in. It was an awkward climb, but Sophie and Kendra managed it. Isidore and the other vampires climbed in after them.
“Ready,” Isidore called out.
The wagon started rolling. Sophie eyed the vampires in the wagon with them, but they ignored her and Kendra. There had to be some way to defend themselves if the vampires attacked. Out of the back of the wagon, Sophie saw the main wall of the village pass by as they traveled further into the fields on the north side of the village. They were moving further away from Demetri and the warriors. The wagon kept traveling like that for about thirty minutes before it jolted to a stop. Sophie fell forward, landing hard on her knees.
After the decisions Sophie’s had to make, she’s ready to end Akeldama once and for all. That demon Queen had made everything go wrong in her life. Her boyfriend, Tristan, hates her because she’s harboring a demon in her body and the people of the Society all avoid her, expecting her to spit fire and devour them all.
With their new mission, they have to go into the demon realm, not knowing what they’ll face or if they’ll even live through it. The last person they expect to see saves Sophie and Kendra from being kidnapped and allies come from the most unlikely of places.
A new enemy emerges, one more powerful and dangerous than Akeldama could ever be. To save the world, the universe, and everyone she loves, Sophie may have to give up her own life. Can she make that decision and leave everything and everyone she loves behind?
Book Cover –
Buy Links –
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PYK0CJ0
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PYK0CJ0
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00PYK0CJ0
Book Trailer – N/A
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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) –
The Guardians have to travel into the demon realm to stop the demon queen, who’s tricked them into believing she’s dead. If she reaches the Rift before they do, everyone will be annihilated, including the demons they’d used to fight. The Guardians and the demons they used to despise team up to get there first.
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