Title: The Twelfth Paladin
Author: Nora Weston
Books Pages: 242
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 the fiery pits 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.
Forbidden desire incited, I fell into Rachel’s maddening world feeling her splendid, bare breasts upon me. No rest for the wicked. A bit delirious, “Damn you,” slipped through my lips knowing I stood upon the jagged edge between life and death. Fuming with monstrous hunger, I danced on that edge feeling good and evil collide in every cell of my body. “Wait…oh…my God, just wait,” I said running my fingers through her black as midnight hair.
“I’ll wait for nothing,” said Rachel skimming my neck with claws fit only for a beast. “You’re mine.” More bewitching kisses, irresistible and dreadful at the same time, demanded I fall into chaos.
Tightening my grip on sin, I said, “You’re unbelievable, magnificent.” The computer screen flickered with a deep blue light as hatred in my soul grew for Rachel, but my flesh…cursed and weak, was so anxious for her essence it made me sick. You’ll be the death of me, but I’d die a happy man. Uh, hold on a second. I don’t want to die. Ready to escape her vindictive entrapment, I dared to look upon Rachel’s eternal beauty saying, “I won’t…can’t let you in.”
“Too late.” Refusing to budge, Rachel slithered her smoking-hot body all over mine sparking a wildfire in my lust filled skin. “You beckoned me,” she said mesmerizing me with eyes so dark they had to be portals to Hell. Soft laughter, accompanied by a playful caress, extracted all fear while Rachel ingested the precious beams of moonlight. “You need me, Jake.” Left awestruck by the mystical presence, shadows froze at the mere sight of her.
“Wrong…you need me,” I proclaimed as every inch of my throbbing, hard body burned for her.
“Choose your words carefully, well…that is if you want to keep your tongue.” Sitting on top of me, she scraped my jaw with those deadly claws saying, “So shut up. I know what you crave. Yes…I…do.” Rachel slid down my tormented body making sure I’d regret rejecting her. Molten hot lips scorched my flesh, and then she chanted a devilish spell that devoured all guilt.
Sexual torment, synthesized to the nth degree of potency, ignited in my veins with a vengeance. No, stop—don’t ever stop. Sh—shit. This can’t be happening again.
No mercy existed as Rachel licked my face and then bit my bottom lip drawing fresh blood to quench her primitive thirst. Glaring into my eyes, she smiled wiping warm blood from her perfectly glazed, red lips. “Um, sin-filled wine.” Soulless eyes gleamed with unadulterated evil as her intoxicating scent and mouthwatering body seduced my soul.
Choppy, maniacal rambling echoed like thunder and then dulled to become a terrifying murmur the likes of which only the Tower of Babble could contain. The hushed turbulence in the room frolicked with Rachel’s enticing lawlessness, until at long last…my conscience revved up to kick my ass. I halted Rachel saying, “I don’t want you anymore. To Hell with you!” I awoke sweating and exhausted from the lunacy buzzing throughout my mind.
Heavy from the encounter, my eyes twitched. Free from Rachel’s spell, moonlight attacked optic nerves extinguishing the rampant fire inside me. Light? Yes, it’s virtuous…and when light is summoned, it’s an almighty force to be reckoned with. That was a priceless lesson for this seeker of mischief to learn.
In the unguarded stillness of the night, I sat up in bed shaking my head while marveling at Rachel’s ardent pursuit. That beautiful…but dangerous bitch is still messing with me. Will it ever end? Feeling fresh, blood-ridden wounds on my chest made my heart flutter. “I let her into my dreams and now look at me,” I whispered catching my breath. Well, thank God I survived this one. Close call…yeah, really close.Sorry to say, the netherworld had splattered my nighttime reality with enviable, but hazardous sexual antics that, if accepted, had the ability to conquer any sense of righteousness I still retained.
Interview: Nora Weston
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Curiosity about what lurked in the dark woods behind my childhood home in Wheeling, WV is what sparked my imagination and certainly pushed it hard toward the Twilight Zone. That speck of land, with strange mounds begging a person to dig, and tiny, green shacks where, I presumed…witches lived, haunt me to this day! Rather than complete my geometry assignments in high school, I wrote poetry and stories, or sketched scenes from those dark woods. Eventually, I became a teacher, and it’s a good thing I love teaching children because I have six of them.
On twitter, I’m almostsanelady. That name fits me especially well. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching five of my six children to drive. Nothing on Earth is as frightening as teaching a teen to drive! Speaking of frightening things, I’ve always been drawn to stories, poetry, and movies that highlight things going bump in the night. It’s exciting to see what so-called ordinary people will do when taken out of their comfort zones and placed into harrowing situations with vampires, werewolves, or the occasional alien who has invaded our planet. If I ever come face to face with an alien, (although it would have to be on the short side since I’m barely five feet tall) I swear I would talk it to death.
2. Do you think it’s easier or harder to write paranormal books?
Easier, for sure, to write paranormal! Leaving this planet for an action packed, science fiction adventure with ghosts calling from the past, or burrowing into this planet’s core where lost souls rule, and bringing to life tales splattered with supernatural elements to imagine battles between Heaven and Hell all make writing paranormal, a dream come true. Well, in my case…mostly everything I write is more on the nightmare end of things. Sometimes, a poem or story of mine starts out mainstream, but in no time at all, ethereal entities show up refusing to be ignored.
3. Is there a question you’d love someone to ask you, but they haven’t? If so, what is it, and how would you answer it?
Nora, have you ever encountered a ghost?
Not sure, but—I will not go into my basement alone. My dogs (both so small a cat could kill them) must accompany me if no one else is home. I know my dogs cannot provide me with any protection! There is just something about this basement that gets me every time I go down about three steps. It has the creep factor big time even though it looks welcoming.
4. You are on a desert island and can choose one book to have, what would it be?
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
5. You’ve been given the task to host a last minute cocktail party. Which authors are on your ultimate dinner invitation list? Alive or Dead.
Great question! I’d invite Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Alexandre Dumas, Dean Koontz, Mary Shelley, Wilfred Owen, Leo Tolstoy, Sylvia Plath, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, C.S. Lewis, H.G. Wells, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Arthur C. Clarke.
6. Describe your hero from your book in SIX words. From The Twelfth Paladin: Jake Cottrell/daring, brave, rebellious, sarcastic, stubborn, conflicted
Favorite Ice Cream topping? hot fudge
Favorite Candy? Twizzlers, but only strawberry!
Favorite Movie? The Count of Monte Cristo
Favorite Season? Autumn
Favorite Superhero or heroine? Alice from Resident Evil
Pie or Cake? Cake, if they are cake donuts.
Nora Weston’s fiction and poetry slips in-between and all around science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her publishing credits include the novels Guardian 2632 and The Twelfth Paladin, plus anthologies, magazines, and e-zines. Themes found in Nora’s work relate to good against evil, Internet safety, the powerful consequences for one’s actions, and the ability we all possess to improve the world. She’s had the pleasure of reaching people through the airwaves on radio stations throughout the US. Recently, her work was published for Bête Noire and Crack the Spine. Feel free to download previous interviews and segments from Desmond Haas/Romance Radio Network and Blog Talk Radio’s Not Picture Perfect, plus B.K. Walker has interviewed Nora on Blog Talk Radio as well.