The Demon Royale (The Dream Slayer Series #2)
by Jill Cooper
Published: October 10, 2012
The only thing worse than dying, is running away…
Since becoming employed by a supernatural protection agency, Natalie Johnson’s life has been more interesting than ever. While most teens are working on their summer tans, Natalie works on slaughtering the undead lurking just outside her town’s borders.
The workload takes more than just a toll on her love life, it dampens her spirit and her health, as the town is plagued by a mysterious murderer intent on stealing the residents’ souls. Natalie’s investigation is hampered by her declining health and the sicker she gets, the more inadequate she feels.
Guilt over her inability to act, weighs heavily on Natalie’s shoulders during a time when her strength is needed more than ever. As some of those closest to her begin to lose faith, she must make the hardest stand yet to save the soul of the one person she can always count on:
Natalie can’t catch a break. There is always something happening in her little town. She not only has to deal with vampires, but she also has to find out who’s murdering people in the most gruesome way.
In Dream Slayer, Natalie and her “alter” faced pretty much the same problem. The actions happened in both dimensions. With Demon Royale, the slayer and Natalie are facing two different problems. The characters are the same, but there are different obstacles.
The only characters I really connected with were Natalie and Michelle. Natalie begins to doubt everything about her, and goes through a range of emotions. Michelle proves that she’s not completely selfish, and actually cares about her friends. I didn’t care for Tristan’s attitude. He was a downer, and not like his normal self.
There are a ton of mind games at work in the sequel. You learn a few things that may change your opinion of some characters.
Most of all, you’re left with these questions: who is Sammy, and what is Damien’s angle????
1. Did you always know you were going to be a writer?
Pretty much, yes! I remember being very little, maybe 6 or so, and being asked to write a story for school. I loved it, and drawing the pictures. It was about a lion who escaped the zoo and the zoo keeper who had to find him. I guess I always loved mysteries.
Is your family supportive of your writing?
My husband reads everything I write and is my biggest fan! And my harshest critic. He’s my beta reader #1 and offers me valuable feedback. I couldn’t do it without him!
2. When do you write best? AM or PM?
I am an AM writer for sure and a morning person. Sorry, night owls, but I can’t do it. I do most of my writing in the afternoon when my daughter is napping.
3. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Honestly there is very little time when I’m not writing, or not thinking about writing. Or thinking I RATHER be writing!
I have a 2 year old so alot of my time is spent at the park, or on the floor coloring, playing trains. I also love to cook. I hate to clean, but HAVE to do it sometimes. I love to go to the movies with my sister, am a shopaholic and spend evenings watching the latest TV shows with my husband!
4. What inspired you to write The Dream Slayer Series?
Good question and one I love answering.
I was in Vermont, so that was inspiration number 1, on vacation and happened to catch a Buffy rerun on TV late at night. Buffy was always marketed as a normal girl with extraordinary power. But she’s not REALLY normal. She’s beautiful, popular, has it all.
I wanted to write a story about an empowering heroine who is the exact opposite of Buffy. She’s not pretty, kinda plain, not popular, and her home life is a mess. I wondered what power would do to that sort of girl, and how it would affect her.
Then I wondered what she would do with her time and realized, she’d be lonely. She’d want friends. And over the course of time, kind of invented them in her dreams.
5. Who would be your dream cast for this series?
That’s such a tough question! I don’t think I would want anyone famous to really be cast! rather unknowns who could completely embrace the roles would be best. For take up the Charles Buckle I could see one of the more recent Dr. Who actors take up the role. Or that dude from Heroes who wore the horn rimmed glasses.
Food: Pizza, Cheeseburgers, Sunnyside up Eggs, Chicken Salad
Bands: Nirvana, Alice in Chains, LadyTron, NickleBack (Sorry it’s true), Madonna (I know she’s not really a band, but her ego is big enough)
Books: The Stand, Pet Cemetery, Vampire Lestat, The Murder Book, The Sword of Truth, The Visitors
Movies: Anything Star Wars, Anything LOTR, Indiana Jones 1 &3, Back to the Future 1 &2, Clue
Songs TOUGH QUESTION! Mad World, LOTR Sound Track, Secret of Nihm Soundtrack, Rolling in the Deep, It’s Time for Saying Good-bye
Thank you so much for stopping by! 😀 That guy from Heroes totally creeps me out. I’m not sure if it’s because of that show, but I think it is. 😛
About the Author:
Jill Cooper loves tea more than coffee and is obsessed over finding that perfect recipe. She lives in Danvers, MA with two cats, a toddler, a husband, and a 1964 yellow taxi. Her life is chaotic, but fun. She is currently working on a new Sci-fi thriller and the sequel to the Dream Slayer. She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com.