Evernight Teen Summer Kick-Off Blog Hop: Spotlight on Slayer for Hire #YALit #giveaway

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Welcome to Evernight Teen’s Summer Kick-off Blog Hop!

It’s a great opportunity to get to know Evernight Teen: Gritty Fiction for Today’s Young Adult. Our stories include fresh teen fiction that’s raw, gritty and real.

My spotlight is on Slayer for Hire by P.E. Cunningham

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Blurb:

Nineteen-year-old Billie Eshleman loves the TV show Slayer for Hire, and has a major fangirl crush on its hunky star, Dylan Garber. When the show comes to her home town to film a movie version, it’s her greatest dream come true. Unfortunately, she’s not the only fan trying to crash the set. A real vampire has fixated on the fictitious “slayer,” and is determined to make Dylan her mate—like, for the rest of eternity.

With help from Dylan’s co-star, Matt—an actor with vampire-related secrets of his own—it’s up to Billie to keep her idol from joining the ranks of the undead long enough to finish the movie. And, incidentally, keep herself alive in the process.

14+ for adult situations

Excerpt:

The guy with the cross tattoo shook himself all over like a dog. Then he grinned at me with those big prosthetic teeth. His B.O. hit me with a stench like three-week-old hamburger. “You look tasty,” he said. He started toward me.

All of a sudden my sight of those scary teeth was blocked by a shapeless wool poncho. I never heard Dina run up. She just appeared between me and Tattoo Boy. They started to circle like dogs. I backed out of reach, but didn’t run. I’d just seen this skinny guy toss Rolly like a basketball. Dina would need help. What I could do with no weapons, I had no idea. Kick, maybe? Worked on the hockey field.

That’s when I noticed Tattoo Boy’s eyes. When he’d grinned at me, they’d been blue. They were red now. I don’t mean bloodshot. I’m talking solid scarlet, with a black pit of pupil in the centers. He hadn’t had a chance to slip contacts in. My gut did a ten-story plummet. Reality had just run off the rails here.

He bared his pointy teeth at Dina and hissed.

She bared her own pointy teeth and hissed right back at him.

Okay. Totally freaked now.

In a move almost too fast to follow, Dina whipped off her poncho and flung it in Tattoo Boy’s fangy face. Under the poncho she had on a scoop-neck top, jeans, and a bandolier full of wooden stakes. She yanked one free. Once Tattoo Boy untangled himself from the poncho and flung it away, she dove in and rammed her stake into his chest.

He looked at the stake. Then he looked at her. His lips started to move. Before any words could form, lips, face and everything else cracked and crumbled and collapsed on the mall’s worn linoleum with a little puff.

I kept waiting for Rog to yell, “Cut.”

Dina calmly plucked another stake from her bandolier. She looked over at me. Her eyes were solid crimson.

“You might want to run now,” she suggested.

She left me before I could speak or scream, or do anything other than pant. I stared around at everything except that pile of ash on the floor, and realized our part of the mall was almost deserted. I glimpsed Matt, recognizable by his height, up at the other end, herding people toward the exits.

What about Dylan? Surely they’d gotten him to safety when this disaster started, right?

I ran, but not for the nearest exit. I headed for the spot where I’d last seen Dylan. Matt seemed to have his own safety under control, but I couldn’t cut out until I knew for sure Dylan was all right. What kind of fangirl would I be if I did?

But first, I detoured for the sporting goods store. I needed a weapon. I grabbed a hardwood baseball bat from the front-of-the store display. Not my first choice, but it was handy. Then I plunged toward the junkyard of abandoned cameras, dollies and cranes where Dylan had last been filming.

I didn’t see anyone around. Maybe they’d all got out. Then two shapes buzzed past me, so fast I only saw blurs, like the vampires on Slayer for Hire, just without the SFX.

Trust me, I did not like how the evidence was mounting up.

The blurs slowed enough to resolve into two of the fang-faced attackers. They grabbed two people struggling to wedge themselves out through an emergency exit. One was Rog. The captain of this flick had stuck with his sinking ship past the last minute. He had Dylan with him, at least until the leather boys yanked them apart. I hefted my bat and pelted toward them.

“Hey, I know you,” one of the Fango Brothers said to Rog. “You were on Leno. You directed RoboSoldier II. Man, that movie sucked.” He swooped in close. He looked like he was biting Rog’s neck.

The other one had hold of a struggling Dylan. “Relax, pretty boy. We’re part of your fan club. Our president wants to meet you. She sent us to pick you up, seeing as how you won’t answer her letters.”

“I don’t see her letters or emails or anything. We’ve got people who do that.” Dylan abruptly stopped struggling. He’d finally noticed the guy sucking on Rog’s neck. “What the hell?”

His captor shrugged one shoulder. “He skipped breakfast.”

“Are you friggin’ insane?” Dylan exploded. “Slayer’s not real! It’s a goddamn TV show! It isn’t real!”

The guy showed his fangs. Dylan shut up. “It’s real enough, bucko.”

“So’s this,” I quipped, and swung the bat. Go for the legs, that’s what they taught us in field hockey. Okay, no, not the coaches. Sarah McClosky, our team captain. She could trip an opposing player six different ways and make ’em all look like an accident. Her dad was a cop, so she knew what to aim for. Her tricks were also effective against grabby dates who wouldn’t listen to “no.”

I cracked the bat against the guy’s knees with all the strength I could muster. Considering the weight of the trays we have to lift at the dinner rush, that’s a lot more than you’d think.

He let go of Dylan and staggered back. He should have gone down, but he didn’t. I retreated a couple of steps. Dylan whirled toward the exit door and clawed at the unyielding bar, totally ignoring the “Push” sign.

I took another swing at Fango’s legs. I thought I was fast, but he beat me. He caught the bat on the downswing and yanked it out of my hands. He tossed it away. It clattered and rolled across the floor, too far away for me to make a dive for. Fango grinned at me, and licked his lips.

“Come to think of it,” he said, “I could do with a bite myself.”

Slayer for Hire is available here!

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Question: What is your favorite Vampire book or movie character of all time?

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About Bex Brennan

I never know what to put here. I assume something witty to make you think I'm interesting. But, Im just me -- a published erotica writer, single parent with a day job. I love my kids, writing, my boyfriend (life partner sounds ridiculous), my dog and going to camp on the weekends. *shrugs* That's all I got for ya.

Posted on June 21, 2013, in Blog Hops, Blogging, Book Promotion, Evernight Publishing, Fiction, Giveaway, YA and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Twilight ❤
    farmaki(at)live(dot)com

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  2. My favorite vampire book of all time is The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa,it was an amazing read!
    thanks for the chance to win the book above!
    cookiesmasher5@yahoo.com

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  3. Dante Baptiste from Adrian Phoenix’s Makers Song series.

    Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com (subscribed)
    Facebook: Elizabeth Kotkiewicz Hyatt

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  4. Dracula

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  5. My favorite vampire book of all time is The Vampire Diaries.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    jnmadd1@aol.com

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  6. Shelly Hammond

    Oh wow, favorite vampire book or movie or all time? Hmm. I could watch “The Lost Boys” over and over again (I may have just given away my age :|) so that rates way up there. I also really like Bela Lugosi in Dracula (No, I’m not that old!!! Just he was pretty spectacular in that one!), and Max Schreck in Nosferatu ( now that was 1922, I am most certainly not that old as I am not a vampire myself!). That last one I can remember seeing on a Halloween show as a kid and I used to swear he was sneaking up my stairs when I was trying to sleep for years. Scary, scary guy. Sometimes I still think he’s coming for me! He’s creepy!

    As for books, I like way too many!! A few that pop into my mind quickly include Dracula
    by Bram Stoker (I think just because it’s the ultimate in vamps), Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh (I wasn’t 100% happy with this book, I’d give it about 4 stars, but the vamps were pretty blood sucking brutal good), Bloodsucking Fiends (and the two that follow) by Christopher Moore (these books are so freaking hilarious and the vamps are so funny, highly recommended). There are more but this post is getting really long.

    Thank you for the great book blurb and excerpt. I’d really like to read that one. I love the humor that seems to be throughout and the vamps, at least the one in the excerpt, seems to want to take a good ol’ chunk out of someone! Sounds really good and I’m adding it to the must read list! Thank you for that and thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway.

    Have a great day one and all.

    Shelly H
    booski24@hotmail.com

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  7. shadowluvs2read

    Hi! I love the sound of this! Sounds awesome! I cant wait to read it! The characters sound so fun! Love it! 🙂 Christine Feehan has a great dark series. I love it! Has vampires and a bit of everything else thrown in too! And my favorite movie? Love Dracula. I watched this movie so many times growing up. I honestly kinda felt bad for him. To have his love, then loose her, then find her again in another time and then loose her again…tuff break. Poor guy. Thank you!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Kate Beckinsale in the underworld is my favorite she is awesome she is a very hot actress. . joehawkshaw@yahoo.com

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