Friday, August 29, 2014

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THE DARK PROPHET

Vampires and angels and demons, oh my!
 
The Dark Prophet, the bestselling second novel of the Chronicles of Koa series, by International bestselling author, K.N. Lee, is FREE for a limited time on Amazon.
 
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DARK PROPHET
Book Two of The Chronicles of Koa series. 

Not all vampires are created equal...Koa is a half-blood vampire with not only the ability to fly, but survive in the sun's light. She will do anything to protect her mother and break her curse. The demon, Bund, wants more than her mother's life. He wants something from Koa, a power that she doesn't even know she has, and will rip through as many humans as he can to get her to surrender.
 
Agent Koa Ryeo-won, and her boss, Halston, formed a crew of supernatural agents to stop Bund. But is a prophet, a temptress, a War-Breeder, a half-blood with an enchanted sword, and a few angels enough to stop what Bund has planned
 
In the midst of a war between the humans of the mortal world, and the creatures of the Netherworld, Koa discovers the truth of her past. She finds herself torn between two men, and in the center of everything. Faced with all of her returned memories, Koa also finds herself more powerful than ever.
 
Being a half-blood is hard enough, but what exactly is Koa's other half? The Truth can save...or destroy everything.
 
Will the Netherworld Division stand behind Koa once they learn her secret?
 
***Bonus Material*** 
Chapter 1 of K.N. Lee's young adult fantasy, Academia of the Beast, is included at the end of The Dark Prophet.

 
 
AMAZON-VERIFIED EDITORIAL REVIEW Author Michael Holman, author of Resolve and Retribution, gives Dark Prophet 5 out of 5 stars!
 
The best sequel novel I've ever read - period.
 
When I finished reading K.N. Lee's The Chronicles of Koa: Netherworld, I remember the anticipation which began to build from that moment for the story I knew was coming. Well, Dark Prophet...certainly did not disappoint.
 
Koa and Halston are back, better than ever. It sets a precedent for me to finish reading fictional works the very same day I start them, but that's EXACTLY what happened this afternoon. An original, detailed plot -- unique characters a reader finds themselves investing in readily -- true hang-on-for-dear-life action...this book has it ALL. Lee writes in such a way she engages her audience from the opening sentence. I'm thrilled to say I've seen it happen twice now.   
 
At this point, allow me to make something crystal clear: I'm not the type of reader who simply decides to review written material with the coveted 5-star rating just because others have before me. That's just not "how I roll." But...I'd already seen Lee's talent with her first Koa publication; Dark Prophet validates my anticipation.

Five stars? By all rights, there SHOULD be a 5-star PLUS designation specifically for K.N. Lee.

There's already a legion of fans out there who share my opinion. Join us and get this book, folks. It's that simple.

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EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXCERPT: Dark Prophet

Raven closed her eyes and sighed.

Eunju.

She missed hearing her real name. To be free from her curse to live as a cat. To have her beloved daughter back. Those were the things she now fought for.

The carnage before her was sickening, but she had to remember why she was there and what they were up against. Still, days of tracking Bund’s crimes were beginning to wear on Raven. She only hoped that soon Koa and Halston would return from the Netherworld with the one vamp that could reverse her curse.

“This is awful,” Alice said to Raven as she knelt over the little girl’s body. “For someone so young to suffer this way.”

Alice covered the girl’s mangled face up and stood. She had to be careful not to step in the puddle of blood. She shook her head. “It’s fairly fresh. I’d say this was probably his first kill of the morning.” Alice let out a long breath. “What a damn shame. He’s certainly not trying to be discreet about any of this.”

Raven followed behind her, saddened by what she had seen. “How are we going to stop Bund?”

Alice flicked a hand and the two detectives who had been investigating the murders woke up from their trance. She sidestepped them and disappeared into the crowd on the sidewalk before they even realized what had happened.

“First, we should tell everyone to keep their children inside, lock their doors, and pray that Bund doesn’t become bold enough to start snatching little girls out of their bedrooms.”

Raven squeezed her eyes closed. She hated to imagine what happened to the girls that Bund chose. Just thinking that Koa had been harmed by him brought back terrible feelings of sorrow and worry.

Alice glanced back at her. She smoothed her short pink hair with the palm of her hand. “But we can’t exactly tell the humans about the existence of vampires and psychotic demons, can we?”

Raven sighed. “I suppose not.”

Alice made a face. “You know, I sometimes think ignorance isn’t quite as blissful as it seems. Maybe the humans wouldn’t be so foolish if they knew that supernatural creatures were targeting them.” She gave Raven a look. “What do you think?”

“Don’t some of them know though? The kids that go out and become pets know.”

“True. But that’s only a slim portion of the human population. I wonder what would happen if we just hopped on the television and made an announcement.”

“The Netherworld Division wouldn’t be a secret organization anymore.”

Alice grinned. “Exactly. Halston and I could fight crime in the open, instead of trying to hide it. But oh well. It would never work. The humans are lucky to not have such worries on their mind. I guess that’s why we do what we do.”

Raven quickened her pace as Alice turned a corner towards a cemetery. “I suppose.”

“Indeed, little kitty. I am searching for the powerful, the fearless… the perfect crew.” Alice reached in her pocket and pulled out a small device that resembled a compass. Raven wished she was taller, to see its face. She heard a tiny clicking sound and saw a gold light shoot from it and stretch far into the maze-like mausoleum buildings.

“Alice,” Raven called, pausing to stare at the light. “What is that?”

Alice lifted a brow. “What? Oh, it’s something Halston made for me.”

Raven sat on her back legs. She licked her paws. She hated being dirty, and the cold dirt was getting stuck in between her claws.

“I can’t wait to see what gadgets he’s created for you.” Alice smiled, walking in the direction of the light.

Raven lifted a brow and hurried behind. “What?”

Alice chuckled. “You didn’t think that Halston would let you into the division and not give you some sort of weapon, did you?”

Raven was speechless. She’d never thought of such a thing. She’d never needed gadgets before, but when she was in her true form, she had enough power to not need the use of weapons.

Raven’s fur stood on end. She looked up at the sky. Clouds slowly began to block the sun and the air grew colder. Night would soon be upon them. She felt herself growing a little weary. There was so much evil that awoke when night fell.

“He makes the best toys.”

“What is that light that comes out of your compass?”

Alice frowned. “What light?”

Raven nodded towards the gold glow. “The one you’re following.”

Alice paused. “Oh wow. You can actually see where the compass is directing me?”

Raven nodded. “Why yes. Can’t you?”

Alice shrugged. “No. It links with my telepathy, leading me by force to other nephilim.”

“Oh,” Raven said. Her eyes began to glow and reflect the moonlight as the sky darkened. “I see gold light.”

Alice smirked, staring down at her. “Cats. It is kind of cool to be able to talk to you. Inquire about what it is that you see and what not. You’ll be an excellent sidekick. In and out of the shadows, there she goes!”

Raven’s ears perked up. She thought that she had heard something out of the ordinary sounds that she always heard. Crickets and rustling leaves were her everyday soundtrack, but she was certain she heard a faint scratching sound coming from one of the keeps. Alice quieted and seemed to sense something as well.

Alice lowered her voice. “We’ll discuss the whole sidekick thing later. Deal?”

Raven looked up at her, unblinking. “I am not a sidekick.”

“Suit yourself.” Alice shrugged, whispering. “I am one hell of a superhero.”

Raven almost laughed but instead she yelped as she heard a loud crash of stone. She jumped, standing on her tiptoes, her black fur on edge.

Alice put her hands in her pockets. She tossed her pink hair out of her eyes. “Oh sweet. The freak show is awake.” She folded her arms across her chest. Raven froze as the large stone door started to creak open. An angel statue loomed down at her, as if daring her to make a sound. Raven held her breath, waiting.

“Don’t worry, kitty. It’s just Spoons.”

“Spoons?” Raven stepped back as a small man crept out of the mausoleum. He was ragged, with shaggy gray hair and large icy blue eyes. He appeared to be over a hundred years old. His spine was curved and his limbs were as thin as rails.

He walked over like a zombie, his feet dragging and his jaw slack. Raven gasped. “Is he… a zombie?”

Alice scoffed with an amused laugh. “No kitty. He’s a ghoul. But don’t worry, he’s pretty tame.” She lifted a brow as she noticed the human hand in his fist.

Spoons took a bite, ripping the flesh off the thumb. He chewed and swallowed. “Well, pretty tame, considering…” Alice’s voice trailed and Spoons stood a little taller, in an attempt to straighten his back.

Alice gave Raven a sidelong glance. “Good guess though. He does like human flesh as much as a zombie. But I can tell you with about 99 percent certainty that zombies don’t exist.”

“I hear ya,” Spoons drawled in a deep voice. “Talkin ‘bout me, like I’m not even here.”

Raven shivered when his eyes looked down at her. Spoons frowned. “What is dat?”

Alice grinned. “A kitty cat.”

Spoons twisted his mouth. “I don’t like dem creatures.” He sniffed the air. “Hey. You little lyin bitch. That ain’t a cat!” He moved with the shadows, and knelt before Raven before she could run. He had her by the back of her neck, and held her up to his face. He put his cold pointed nose to Raven’s belly and sniffed. “What is dis?”

Alice kicked him in the gut. “Put her down,” she growled. Spoons dropped Raven and she ran behind Alice. “She’s a friend, and that’s all you need to know.”

He looked up at her. He slowly stood. His gaze landed on Raven who hid behind Alice’s leg. “Jus tell me. What is dat?” He scrunched up his nose. “I never smelled anythin’ like it before.”

Alice stepped to him. “You listen to me, Spoons.” She got really close to his face, leaning down to his height.  Her voice lowered. “I would love to offer you a deal. You know, get you back in good standing with Halston and all.”

Spoons head shot up. “Halston?”

Alice grinned. “Yes. You heard me right. Halston is offering you a second chance. Once upon a time you were the best Navigator any of us had ever encountered.”

Spoons backed away. “I don’t do dat stuff anymo.” He scratched his head.

Raven shuddered as his long nails disturbed a group of spiders that had nested in his hair. They ran along his scalp and into his ears. He didn’t seem to mind.

“Come on, Spoons. Do it for me.”

He lifted a bushy white brow. “I don’t care bout you! Angels! Demons! Lemme lone!” He turned to walk away.

Alice chuckled. She winked at Raven. “Ah come on, Spoons. I was just kidding with you. Come back here.” She made her voice soft like a little girls. “Pretty please.”

Spoons kept walking.

Alice frowned. “All right. Have it your way. I’ll be sure to let Greggan know where you are.”

Spoons paused mid-step. He craned his neck around with a terrified look on his face. “G-G…Greggan… is here?”

“He is. And I think he’d love to find you and rip your head off.”

“I’m outta here!”

Raven squealed as he transformed into a ragged looking jackal before their eyes. Thick brown fur covered his body. Still, his blue eyes stood out, even though his face now resembled a feral dogs’.

Alice threw her hand out and as he prepared to run, she made him freeze. He growled. His eyes darted from side to side.

“Lemme go! You bitch!”

“Damn shifting ghouls! Why the hell did you get such a cool trick?” Alice huffed and stepped closer to him. She leaned down. Her voice lowered, almost menacingly. Raven’s ears perked up.

“Listen here, Spoons. I’m not here to force you to join our side, but really, what is the alternative? You join us and you have a chance of surviving what is coming. No one betrays Greggan and survives. You helped smuggle that girl out of the Netherworld years ago. I know there’s something good in you.” She stood up and her voice softened. “Even if you try to hide it.”

Raven felt her heart pounding. She looked from Alice to Spoons and back again. Spoons’ big blue eyes stared at Alice. His fangs were dripping with saliva, and yet he was unable to move to catch the drool, not that he would have otherwise.

“Fine. Just lemme go.”

Alice smiled and in an instant, Spoons was loose. He shifted back to his ghoulish figure and looked at Raven.

“That thing right der… smells like dat girl,” he whispered.

Alice nodded. “Nice observation. She is Koa’s mother.”

Raven felt a sting of grief at the mention of Koa’s name. She prayed that her daughter was ok. She looked at the two of them. It was a surprise to learn that this ghoul had helped save Koa’s life.

Spoons frowned. “What da hell happened to her?”

Alice rolled her eyes. “Enough questions. Can I count you in, or not?”

Spoons spit in his hand and held it out to Alice. “I’m in.” He gave her a pointed look as she stared at his hand in disgust. “But no funny business. I help ya kill Greggan and ya leave me alone, foreva. Deal?”
         Alice grimaced and shook his hand. She groaned in dismay as she pulled her hand away, mucous stuck to her hand like glue. “Ugh. Deal.”



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