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Friday, September 13, 2013

Excerpt and Giveaway The Dysus Dreamer (The Halfling Chronicles) by J.A. Garland

Published July, 2013


"A powerful half-demon is kidnapped, bloodthirsty werewolves are on the rise, and a planet is dying. A demon warrior and dark elf joining forces are the least of their worries."

Demon warrior, Slade Aesus, is determined to destroy the werewolves controlling his cousin. But a beautiful elf, consumed by her own vengeance, finds the wolves first. Botching her assassination attempt, Annwyn has the most powerful Packs in the world biting at her heels. Both fiercely independent, can the two join forces long enough to fulfill their missions and stay alive?


A solid assassination operation takes one part opportunity, two parts discipline, and three parts disposition. Having two out of three this chilly Seattle evening, Slade considered himself in abundance of good fortune.

Parked in front of a solitary office building, in the zone clearly marked “No Parking,” Slade cleared his mind of distractions consisting of the little here and there that could creep in and throw him off, just a hair, but enough to jeopardize his mission. Satisfied, he slid out of the rental car and re-tucked a stylish black golf shirt monogrammed with “Constantine Vineyards” into a pair of crisp, steel gray slacks. In this particular scenario, image was crucial.

Tonight, the element discipline presented itself by his waiting for the precise moment to strike. He made a living analyzing people and their habits, so he knew his targets relaxed around the holidays and were less likely to see the danger lurking behind his smiling façade. The current festivity du jour was Christmas, and coupled with his gift, destined Slade a popular man. I'm counting on it.

He moved around to the trunk, where he heaved free a slatted, wooden case. It smelled of musky oak. The peaceful scent hinted at candlelit dinners shared with a long time lover. His jaw clenched. Not in my past and not in my future.

Slade lugged his precious cargo toward the sprawling metal office building. Immense, the structure stabbed farther into the heavens than any other in the area, yet fell short. Just like my target. Outwardly, Joe Larsen appeared a dedicated family man, a real pillar of the community whose flourishing internet and telecommunications business, ProCom, employed hundreds. In reality, the werewolf belonged to the Dirty Dozen, a group of the twelve most ruthless wolf Packs roaming the earth.

How ironic. I was once your target. A year ago, the Dozen kidnapped his cousin Amber, a half-demon, half-human. Able to keep a shifter from shifting, Amber's ability proved irresistible, since more times than not, the Dozen's meetings devolved into an unproductive, fur-flying brawl. We saved Amber, but left behind some unfinished business. Starting with Larsen, the wolves would learn a lesson...a demon’s memory rivals the most scorned woman, and paybacks were indeed a bitch.

About the author

Writing under the pen name, J.A. Garland, Jennifer is a full time firefighter in the state of California, an addicted trail runner, a connoisseur of all things cheese puff, and a urban fantasy author. When she isn't slogging through the obstacles at a mud run, you can find her hunched over her computer unleashing demons, vampires, and werewolves upon the world.

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Unknown said...

What a great website, and thank you for hosting Dysus Dreamer. **Takes a sip of coffee and settles back in her chair** Okay, I'm ready to answer questions from your readers!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Is this the first book of that saga???

NoraA said...

This story looks like a winner. I love mixed supernatural stories. Thanks for hosting this giveaway

Sierra McBride said...

This is the second book of the series. : )

Thanks for the rec and giveaway !

Unknown said...

This looks like a great read. Thanks for this giveaway!

Unknown said...

pare fain...sper sa merite

Unknown said...

E foarte interesanta cartea si sper s-o citesc si eu cat mai curand.Are un subiect foarte frumos.

Chaotic Karma said...

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! The Dysus Dreamer looks great! :)

~Veronica Vasquez~

Mimi Smith said...

This sounds fun. I love PNRs with lots of different creatures (um, species?), magic and war! The stakes are alwys that much higher.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Am citit acea parte din capitol, si mi-a placut. Am o slabiciune pentru cartile cu femeile model:))
As vrea mult sa o citesc.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Vera Machado said...

Seems to be a great book!

Thanks for the giveaway!!! :D

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an awesome read!

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Unknown said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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