Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Death is But a Dream Spotlight~Excerpt~Giveaway

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Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes
Publication date: Fall, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology


Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it's the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead
“Callista Saunders?” the man called out in a loud, booming voice. “Plutus?”
I swallowed, gripping my gun even tighter behind my back. I didn't want to draw attention to us and I wasn't going to shoot until this guy made a dangerous move. Still, he made me uneasy. I felt that at any moment, he would make a dangerous move.
“Who wants to know?” I yelled back.
“Oh you know who,” the man said.
The man grinned and even from twenty yards away, I could see rows upon rows of pointy teeth. Which wasn't…right in a human being.
“You can fuck off!” Plutus yelled.
Don't antagonize him! I wanted to shout. While the man didn't make any hostile movements towards us yet, he oozed evil. It felt like I was choking.
“Oh, you see, I can't,” the man said. “My...employer...isn't happy that you shot off his face.” He gestured at me. “And he also wants you,” he gestured to Plutus. “Alive. 
“He's a manticore,” Plutus muttered under his breath. “Part man, part lion, wings, and the tail of a scorpion.”
“Wait...what?” I asked, turning my head to look at Plutus.
Of course, that was when the manticore chose to attack.
A barb whizzed by my face. I immediately crouched to the ground and moved along to the front of the car, using it as a block. Other barbs flew by me, embedding themselves into the ground with an unhappy sizzle.
What the hell?
Plutus joined me at the front of the car a second later, feeling his way around the car.
Spines?” I asked him.
He was breathing heavily. “Poisonous spines,” he elaborated. “He shoots them from his tail.”
I peered around the car. The manticore gestured for the kobaloi to circle us. “Okay, so watch out for the spines,” I said.
“And the tail and the teeth,” Plutus cautioned.
I cursed under my breath. “I wish you had stayed in the car,” I said through gritted teeth.
“I'm the reason why they haven't killed you yet,” he told me. “They need me alive.”
I need you alive too.”



Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average. You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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