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» Friday, May 29, 2009

Great summer read - Angie Fox Demonslayer

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 23

I'm baaaack!

Wow, it was kinda weird not posting for a few days. I'll be continuing on with the Countdown until the Summer Solstice on June 21, since that's such an important date for Tori in A Little Light Magic.

Check with me on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and maybe on the weekend, too :-)

For today's Great Summer Read, I have a real treat. You've heard of The Dangerous Book for Boys, The Dangerous Book for Girls, and maybe The Dangerous Book for Dogs, but none of them hold a candle to The Dangerous Book for Demonslayers by NYT Bestselling author Angie Fox!

Angie's giving away a two book set to one lucky reader who comments on any post this week. The winner will receive the aforementioned Dangerous book, along with Angie's first demonslayer novel, The Accidental Demonslayer.

A second lucky winner will get one of Angie's "Kiss My Asphalt" tee-shirts!

And on with the excerpt...

From The Dangerous Book For Demonslayers....

Chapter One

The Hairy Hog biker bar stood on an acre and a half of scrub brush, right off Highway 40. The beer was cold, the pool table fixed and the juke box jinxed to play two-for-one Lynyrd Skynyrd. Not that we’d been able to enjoy it for long.

We were blowing through Defiance, New Mexico, with my grandma’s gang of witches on a somewhat sensitive, definitely secretive rescue. Good thing the biker code didn’t leave room for our hosts at the Hairy Hog to be asking a lot of awkward questions.

We’d stopped long enough to buy a few rounds downstairs before bunking in the attic. Well, some of us. I crept back into the bar with the sunrise and saw that the rest of the “Freebird” crowd had opted simply to pass out in their wooden bar chairs and on the stained concrete floor. From the look of it, not to mention the smell, they’d spilled as much booze as they drank.

I fiddled with one of my silver stud earrings like I did every time I was nervous. Just my luck the sleeping beauties weren’t going anywhere.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the mule. I hadn’t wanted to do this in front of people, unconscious or not.

“Pardon,” I mumbled as I braced one hand on a rust-flecked cigarette machine and eased a black boot up and over the very hairy man who seemed to be using the selection knobs for a pillow. His mouth slacked open and a snore rumbled in his throat. Of course he wouldn’t have noticed if I’d tap danced across his what-nots, but I was raised as a good Southern girl and, well, old habits die hard.

I blew out a breath and smoothed my purple suede skirt. Things would work out. They had to. I didn’t even want to think of what could happen otherwise.

Instinct had pulled me out of bed at dawn. I’d dressed quickly and strapped on my weapons. My new demon slayer mojo gave me an insane attraction to trouble. Right now, it was leading me to the long, dark hallway that ended at the kitchen of the Hairy Hog. I cleared my throat against the stale cigarette smoke crowding the narrow space, as if the worst wasn’t right around the corner.

My heels struck the floor like gunshots, but there was nothing I could do. Chances were, whatever was in the kitchen knew I was coming.

Focus. I touched one hand to the rough, wood planks that lined the hallway. The other, I rested on the round, flat switch stars at my belt. They were the demon slayer weapon of choice, and let’s just say I didn’t go anywhere these days without them.

My heart pounded. I focused my breathing, prepared for the attack. I could see the danger like a dot of light in my mind.

A grinding, screaming machine kicked on. Demonic robots? I ran the last three yards, kicked my way past a plastic trash can and threw the kitchen door open.

“Eeeeeya!” I hollered, ready to strike.

Grandma lurched away from the sink, clutching a handful of her Hairdoo by Harley T-shirt. “Crimeny!” She hollered in a rusty Southern twang born from years of Metallica concerts and Jack Daniels straight from the bottle. “You want me to reach seventy-nine?”

“Stay where you are.” Grandma wasn’t the type to let herself get ambushed. But there was something very, very wrong in here.

I scanned the small industrial kitchen. An exhaust fan rattled over the stove. Dented pots hung from nails tacked into the wall and an ancient refrigerator huddled in the corner. Crumbs littered the counter, along with empty pretzel bags and a half-collapsed beer can pyramid. The place reeked of overcooked grease and sour mayonnaise. At least I didn’t detect the sulfuric stench of demons. “Cut the disposal,” I said.

“Oh for the love of Pete.” Grandma shoved her long gray hair out of her eyes and flipped a switch. The metal monstrosity grumbled to a stop.

“Keep back,” I ordered. A large pot rumbled on the stove. Perhaps full of imps or other minions of the devil? I stalked the stainless steel vessel of evil.

Grandma threw a skinny yet surprisingly strong arm in front of me. “Don’t open that. Those poached eggs have at least another minute left.”

“Well geez, Grandma.” How could she be worrying about eggs at a time like this? I surveyed the kitchen again. I had to be missing something. The chill along my spine, the fear at the back of my throat, my basic demon slayer instincts had never lied to me before.

“Did you know your left eye is starting to twitch?” Grandma asked. “You need to chill out. You’re tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time.”

Sure. Relax. If I’d done that last week, Grandma would still be in the second layer of hell. I was the slayer of the group – the only one who could kill demons. I was also insanely attracted to anything that could chop off my head, steal my soul or wipe out North America. And right now, no one seemed to care but me.

Oh my god, how hilarious was that excerpt????

Don't forget - this week's BIG Countdown to Summer prizes:

Comment on any post from Sunday May 24 through Sunday May 31 to enter the contest for the following prizes:
  • Druids of Avalon series three book set: Celtic Fire, The Grail King, Deep Magic by Joy Nash
  • Lucy the Elephant tee-shirt, direct from Margate, New Jersey!
  • Angie Fox two book set: The Accidental Demonslayer and The Dangerous Book for Demonslayers
  • Angie Fox "Kiss My Asphalt" tee-shirt (Angie's excerpt of her latest "The Dangerous Book For Demonslayers" will appear on Friday May 29th)
Four winners will be chosen at random and posted on Monday June 1.

See ya!

Joy Nash

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Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

I can't get over the name of the bar - the Hairy Hog! I seriously need to read this series!

7:44 AM  
Blogger housemouse88 said...

Hello Joy,

Loved the excerpt. Can't wait to read this series. Count me in for the contest. Have a great day.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Dina said...

That shirt looks great too.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Angie Fox said...

You know when I was trying to name that bar, I looked up some real biker bars. Actually, none of them have websites, but I went onto some biker message boards. Oh my. Let's just say that most of the names were unfit to print - or at least they would have made my editor blush.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Angie Fox said...

Thanks, housemouse!

Oh and Dina - I'm glad you like the shirts. I'm having a lot of fun with them. When I brought the design to my t-shirt guy, he protested, telling me it was "too girly." Err...that's the point!

10:13 AM  
Blogger Cameron said...

Great excerpt! I can't wait to read this one!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Infinite Designs said...

This looks so awesome and I love Pirate :). I really enjoyed book one and know this one will be great too!

Pam S

10:28 AM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

Love Angie's book and I loved this excerpt!!! She and her books are a hoot!!!
and glad you are back!!!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

11:23 AM  
Blogger Cathy M said...

You are so right, Joy, love Angie's humor. I can't believe I haven't read any of her books yet, must remedy that.

1:04 PM  
Blogger FD said...

Thanks for the excerpt. Demon hunting isn't the best way to start a day. lol

2:58 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

I read the first book and can't wait to read this one!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Pissenlit said...

Hee hee hee! Fun excerpt!

5:04 PM  
Blogger dsadler53 said...

I enjoyed Angie Fox's first book tremendously and I'm sure the next one will be just as funny

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have missed your Blogs. Have seen The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers, but not read any excerpts. Funny is good. Should have known from the cover. My friend has wanted that t-shirt since she first saw it.
Will be looking forward to your blogs. Enjoy what is left of May.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

Sounds like an awesome series!

10:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Angie, nice to see you here! I know I am posting late, I have been working on my kitchen all week! I can't wait to read your new book. It sound awesome and I am sure it is. Thanks for sharing your books with us!

1:03 AM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I enjoyed the excerpt - I like funny!


3:09 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

It is nice to have a girly, but cool looking shirt, that silly man, lol.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Like the excerpt...sounds like a fun read. The shirt is great. My grandaughter would love it....

9:50 PM  
Blogger Blodeuedd said...

Is this open worldwide?
Cos oh yes I would be so in for this :)

4:44 AM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

I heard a lot of good things about this book and had it on my TRL already. Love the excerpt. I can imagine some of those names for Biker's Bars. lol
Nice meeting you here.I'll have to play catch up with this book and the first.
Have a great ay.
Carol L.

5:07 AM  
Blogger Laurie G said...

SOUNDS GREAT!! I'm definitely going to look for Angie's book!

8:25 AM  
Blogger Martha Eskuchen said...

Great excerpt! This series sounds like a lot of fun!!!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Kytaira said...

This sounds like such a fun series. I kept wondering if maybe Grandma was the demon.

8:55 PM  

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