Fiction Fest: A preview of Heather Frost’s ‘Guardians’

Guardians_2x3Heather Frost’s “Guardians” is the third book in the “Seers” trilogy and officially hits the market today, July 9.

Frost recently graduated from college and already has three books to her name! Her debut novel, “Seers,” was released in 2011 and her second book, “Demons,” was released in 2012 and was a finalist for a Whitney Award.

Based in New Mexico, “Guardians” brings the “Seers” series to a close as Kate undertakes a dangerous mission to destroy the Demon Lord before he comes to power. Patrick, her immortal Guardian and love of her life, has glimpsed her fate; confident that Kate’s destiny is to die fighting the Demon Lord, he will go to any lengths to keep her safe—even from herself.

“Guardians — and each of Frost’s novels — are available in book stores and on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and BooksAndThings.com.

EXCERPT:

Kate has gone to visit Clyde, a Demon she feels she can trust, for information about the Demon Lord, without the knowledge of her Guardians.

Clyde watched my face for several long seconds, then he instinctively reached out and patted my arm. “The Demon Lord has a most wanted list—his prioritized enemies. It just usually involves Demons who’ve offended him. So far as I know, a Seer’s never quite made the cut. Demons squabble over ’em, hoping for the reward, and the Demon Lord sends Far Darrig after some—but that’s the end of the story. I think you’re the first Seer, Kate.”

I blinked up at him. “That’s supposed to make me feel better?”

“Philippe had to pass the word along,” Clyde continued quickly, sounding apologetic. “If he didn’t, he would be risking his life. But Selena gave him pictures of you and everything. I have one, if you’d like it.”

Feeling a little disconnected, I nodded.

He pulled his hand out of his pocket and handed me a folded sheet of paper. I took it from him, slowly uncurling the edges until I held a full-size page, half of it taken up with a picture of me. It was my senior picture from school. I didn’t even want to think about how they’d gotten this. The smile on the picture was small, and the words beneath seemed surreal.

Kate Bennett, Seer. Wanted alive. Believed to be under heavy Guardian protection. Two positively identified Guardians are Patrick O’Donnell and Antonio Alverez. Both are extremely dangerous. A reward of—I choked—one million US dollars will go to those who manage to secure her. Seer may or may not be in hiding.

My home address was included on the bottom as a starting point for anyone interested in getting the reward, along with Selena’s number, in case there were any questions.

Clyde’s voice seemed really distant. “You haven’t seen any of these bounty hunters yet is because they’re being cautious. They want that money. Badly, I would imagine. The Demon Lord doesn’t usually offer quite so much. “This isn’t the Demon Lord’s style,” I argued weakly, still staring at the monetary amount I was worth. I guess I could have felt honored or something In reality, I only felt sick.

“If you want my honest opinion, Kate, I think you should leave here—the sooner the better. Maybe even leave the country.”

“What? I can’t leave. They have my address!”

“That’s exactly why you need to leave—try to cover up your tracks.” Clyde shrugged helplessly. “I don’t know what to tell you. But you can’t stay here, Kate. For that amount of money . . . Every Demon in the state is going to be trying his best to get at you. The Guardians can’t protect you from that kind of attack. Your enemies are too many.”

“But what can I do? My friends, my family . . . They’re all in danger. Even if I leave, I can’t bring everyone I love with me.”

Clyde’s face was calmly serious. “They’re not going to rest until they have you, Kate. That’s the Demon Lord’s style.”