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Now Available Book #5 Jack Templar and the Lord of Demons

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Jack Templar and the Lord of Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5) by Author Jeff Gunhus

Excerpt:

Just then, Eva stepped out from the brush directly into the forest path, straddling it with her feet set aid apart like a gunslinger in an old Western. For the life of me, I don’t know how she got that close without me seeing her, but she did.

“Hey,” she called out. “Wolfboy. Where do you think you’re going?”

Even as a vampire. Eva retained her English accent. Usually, that took the edge off what she said, but she managed to deliver the challenge to Daniel with so much condescension and mockery that I thought he might charge at her.

Daniel spun around, lips curled back, every tooth showing. What I thought was a snarl before was no more than a tiny growl compared to the vicious sound that now came from his mouth. The skin on my arms and across the back of my neck turned to gooseflesh. I was, after all, a monster hunter. That snarl activated every instinct I had to pull my sword and fight. But I held steady, knowing that if they attacked each other, it was going to be up to me to pull them apart.

“I’m right here,” Eva hissed, baring her teeth to show her vampire fangs. “Come and get me, you dog.”

The words were barely out of her mouth before Daniel launched himself toward her. She crouched low where she was, her face twisting into a terrible mask, her fangs extending out of her mouth past her lower lip, her hands held in front of her like claws.

Daniel took three enormous steps, landing the third immediately beneath the rabbit still desperately kicking to free itself. The second Daniel’s paws touched the ground, the forest floor gave way and he fell out of sight. The cloth covering the hole we’d fell into the trap with him, dragging a layer of dirt and leaves in with it.

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The woman cackled loudly, a laugh full of phlegm deep in her throat. “The old ways. Oh, how I do love them,” she said, crossing the room toward the fire.

She walked hunched over and with the shuffle of a very old woman. Dressed in a black robe, she was hard to see in much detail except for long hair that trailed behind her, reaching all the way to the ground. As she reached the fire, more than one of us sucked in a quick breath in shock. She wasn’t even an old woman at all, but a beautiful girl, maybe just over twenty. Her skin was smooth and reflected the color of the flames that burned in the hearth. When she smiled, perfectly white teeth glistened behind full, red lips.

“Hello there,” Daniel said, sounding every bit like the wolf in his blood.

“Oh please,” Eva muttered.

“If we are intruding, we can certainly just be on our way,” I said maybe a little too hopefully.

“A werewolf, a vampire, and four human boys,” she said. “What an odd group to be traveling together if you’ll excuse me for saying. And speaking like members of the Black Guard no less. Curious indeed.”

“We are all friends,” I said, “We are bonded together.”

“If you thing you’re going to be able to add some heads to your wall, you’re mistaken,” Eva said.

“Eva,” I hissed. Diplomacy wasn’t her finest quality, but I was crazy to think to stop her.

“What we need you to do,” Eva continued, “is call off your pack of weird dwarf-children out there so we can get back on the road and away from this nuthouse.”

The works were out so quickly I couldn’t stop her. We all turned to the woman with the crooked old body and the beautiful face to see how she would react. Part of me thought she might attack us. I thought the six of us could take her if it came to that. But I didn’t think we could hack or way throughout the Talib gathered outside, especially since the longbow appeared to be their weapon of choice, meaning they could strike from a distance.

The fire behind the woman rose up in height as if a wind blew up. The wood crackled and spit sparks up into the chimney. She turned to us, her face transformed into a snarl. Her hands came up from the folds of her robe, twisted and deformed, more like claws than anything else.

“Dwarf-children?” she bellowed. “You dare mock me? You dare mock my pain and suffering?”

“No,” I said. “We’re not mocking you. We’re just a little scared it all. Sorry.” I punched Eva in the arm. “Eva, say you’re sorry.”

Eva stared the woman down and said nothing.

“Okay, I’m sorry on her behalf,” I said. “But really, it looks like we’ve come here in error. If we could be on our way, we promise not to disturb you again.”

The woman lowered her hands and slid them back under her robe. Her face relaxed and the snarl disappeared, replaced once again with the beauty that had been there before. “I’m sorry; it’s too late for that,” she said ominously. “I am Bella of the Woods, and you may not leave without accepting the hospitality you asked for.”

The way she hissed out hospitality caused gooseflesh to appear up and down my arms. I had a bad feeling her idea of hospitality wasn’t a pot of tea and some cucumber sandwiches. The way the others shifted uncomfortably behind me made me think I wasn’t the only one who picked up on it.

“I hope those things on the wall weren’t given her hospitality too,” T-Rex said under his breath.

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With two of Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre’s Creach forces gather strength. With tow of their group on with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.

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Author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As the father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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