Yes! I’ve spent the last few months with Jake Cottrell…the protagonist in The Twelfth Paladin, and let me tell you, he got himself into all kinds of trouble, but he’d have it no other way! Take a minute, or two, and get to know the reluctant hero behind the madness in my new supernatural/thriller, The Twelfth Paladin, coming soon from Melange Books.
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Nora: So, Jake…thanks for taking time out of your busy life to visit the Noracast. I imagine this is pretty lame compared to your supernatural adventure, though, huh?
Jake: Hell, no! I can use a breather, although it will be a short one. It’s not like Micah gives us rookie paladins any time off. Wickedness would like that too much…
Nora: Yep, I totally get what you’re saying. Now, real quick, sum up what your story, The Twelfth Paladin, is about.
Jake: Okay, sure. This story involves an angel and demons, my father…Tony Cottrell, plus murder and mayhem get a stab at ruining my chance at redemption too. For better or worse, I’m the kind of guy who can never get enough smack-downs. You know…an amazing feeling of floating so high, a freaking rush like no other, that you need a smack from the hand of God to bring you down. Well, that’s what my buddies and I chase after in Clearview, Oregon, but those awesome smack-downs are found in the midst of dangerous situations, like racing, bungee jumping…oh, anything that gets the adrenaline pumping. Since walking on the dark side was hazardous to my health, naturally, I had to risk everything and dive deep into chaos. I actually dared Hell to burn me. Hell agreed.
Nora: Are you insane?
Jake: More than you know.
Nora: Uh-huh…yes, you are. Never mind that for now. What’s your connection to Davis Travers?
Jake: Oh, man, he’s one nasty fellow. Looks like an angel, speaks like a saint…and so rich he tossed temptations in front of me too good to resist! We go all the way back to high school. Just wait until your readers learn about his twisted acts of deceit. I hate that guy.
Nora: Sounds like it. And Rachel Darnell?
Jake: Hum, let me think for a second. She’s, um…too hot for words, really. Rachel is the epitome of Hell on earth, so freaking beautiful and treacherous. Yes, a bad combo, I know—yet, I had to have her.
Nora: Why is it wickedness desired you, was hungry for your soul?
Jake: Well, Nora, because I didn’t care one iota about my soul, and lived for the day. Every day was a party, an excuse to wreak havoc, wherever and whenever, the hell I wanted. Motocross, my buddies, and hanging out at this local bar, Zeke’s, were what I did best. Consequences for my actions? I never even considered them, until I made the biggest mistake of my life. Yeah, I hope to only pay for that during this lifetime. We shall see…
Nora: So, you’re a seeker of mischief?
Jake: Absolutely, love it. It’s a wonder my dad, Tony…didn’t pack my bags and kick me out long ago. I guess he let me stay with him since my self-indulgent, totally useless mother, Elizabeth, left us both. I was like five years old. Okay, time for me go. I’ve a bad feeling.
Jake: Yes! Don’t you feel the heat-wave contaminated with mangled whispers of regret, and the smell of pestilence spoiling the air? Devils are everywhere.
Nora: Yikes! Well, then…get to it, and do what you do.
Jake: My pleasure.
Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished from his command and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor.
Jake slips far away from righteousness, outwardly proving Micah’s judgment, by replying to a wicked email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Forever a seeker of mischief, Jake dares hell to burn him. Hell agrees. Davis Travers thickens the plot by introducing Jake to Rachel Darnell. A temptress extraordinaire, she erupts from Hell to steal Jake’s soul. After a steamy seduction from the dark side, Jake is left spellbound.
With his soul dangling between Heaven and Hell, Jake soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell as he fights for redemption while transforming into the twelfth paladin. Feel the heat as you grab your precious soul and go for a virtual roller coaster ride into Hell and back.
As you can see, Jake has issues with temptations. What gets to you…something that you want to resist, but causes you frustration? Is it your favorite dessert, a desire to live life on the edge, a relentless need to buy things, or is a special person driving you crazy? For me…it’s those warm, glazed donuts screaming for me to devour them as I hurry past the bakery in Kroger. Oh, to be sure, I’m taking a few perfectly baked victims home tonight…
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