September 11, 2014

EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Courage and Other Demons by Jill Daugherty




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Title: Courage and Other Demons
Author: Jill Daugherty
Age: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Open Mike Publishing
Release date: January 2013
“It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane with him to fly halfway across the world; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible choice I could make.”

The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?

EXCERPT:


My stomach flipped over repeatedly when I heard the doorbell ring at ten o’clock on Saturday morning. My entire family was on hand to meet Simon, and I braced myself for whatever humiliation might result from Brandon spending even thirty seconds with Simon. My parents might inadvertently say something that would embarrass me, but Brandon would definitely put a tremendous amount of effort into saying or doing something that would make me want to crawl under a rock for eternity. When I walked down the stairs, I was relieved to see Simon in the entryway talking to my mom, my dad standing next to her. Brandon wasn’t far away, however, and he had a look on his face that suggested he was waiting for an opportunity to do something really obnoxious.

“Please, call me Amy,” my mom was saying as I walked toward them.

Simon smiled, but shook his head. “I’m afraid my brother would be very unhappy with me if I were to call you anything but Mrs. O’Neill. He’s very old fashioned.”

“Nothing wrong with that,” my mom said. “I think the world would be a better place if we were all more polite and well-mannered.”

Simon caught my eye and his smile widened.

“Hi,” I said. “Ready to go?” I wanted to get out of there before Brandon could follow through on any hideous plans he might be forming.

“So you’re taking my sister to see some DAM art?” Brandon asked. I knew he was rude, but using a swear word in front of someone he didn’t know was a new low—even for him.

“Brandon,” Dad admonished.

“What?” he asked innocently. “It’s the Denver Art Museum. D.A.M.”

I rolled my eyes and my parents gave Brandon looks that implied he was treading on thin ice. Simon, however, was trying to stifle a laugh.

“Is there somewhere to eat at the DAM museum?” he asked Brandon. “We might get hungry after looking at all the DAM art.”

“Oh please don’t encourage him,” I pleaded.

“I hope you wore your walking shoes,” Brandon said. “There are a lot of DAM stairs at the DAM museum.”

“Okay, that’s enough.” I opened the front door to leave.

“I’m going to drive your sister to see the DAM art now,” Simon called over his shoulder as we walked down our front steps.

“Be sure to take a lot of DAM pictures,” Brandon said as we walked away. “And bring me a DAM souvenir.”
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Jill Daugherty lives in Denver with Bailey, the world’s cutest puppy. By day, she works with gifted children and their teachers, but somewhere on the drive home every evening, she transforms into a writer. When she’s not working, writing or cleaning up Bailey’s latest mess, she likes to...uh, no, that’s pretty much her life. 

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3 comments:

  1. This one looks and sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Every time I see that cover, I stop to think how great it is. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

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  3. Great. The world ends in my backyard. Hehe Looks good.

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