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The Demon You Know: A Demon Hunting Soccer Mom Short Story (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Publisher: Julie Kenner (April 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WM3IBW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,344 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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When Julie was knee-high to a grasshopper (an expression that she would like it known she has never, ever used in real life) she informed her parents that she was going to be a novelist, and proceeded to write Kitty Claws, a bestselling book about a cat as Santa. (The book sold out its entire print-run of one, so lets not split hairs about that "best-selling" thing, okay?)

After that stellar start, Julie continued to dabble in the literary arts, writing short stories on yellow pads that she forced her mother to type, scribbling poems on ruled notebook paper that she forced her mother to type, making up skits and songs that she forced her mother to watch and listen to, and diving head-first into high school journalism, at which point, mom finally got a break.

In college, she continued with the journalism thing, picking that as her major and working at The Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas. The idea that she could actually write novels and, oh, buy food too, completely eluded her.

The journalism thing cranked along nicely for about one semester. Then Julie got a job as a production assistant on a movie originally called Splatter, but which was released as Future Kill (and can still be found in Blockbuster and through Netflix), with really great Giger poster art. Julie worked her tail off, appeared as an extra, had a great time, and promptly switched her major to film.

Graduating at the ripe old age of 19, Julie chickened out and didn't move to Los Angeles to become the next Steven Spielberg. Instead, she stayed in Austin and worked as a media assistant until she decided that perhaps law school was the better way to go because, hey, a degree in film slides so seamlessly into law. (Or, more likely, grad school was inevitable and the LSAT seemed doable.) Not one to waste time, Julie took the LSAT in December, and was admitted to Baylor Law School on a full scholarship the following February. Law school and Julie got along great, and after graduation, Julie went to work as a law clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, where she had a fabulous time drafting legal opinions, preparing the judge for court, and taking regular trips to New Orleans on a government per diem. During her two year stint as a clerk, the writing bug bit again, and Julie wrote a stage play that will never, ever see the light of day. Really. So don't even ask.

After her clerkship, Julie decided she could handle moving to the Big City, and she took a job with Skadden, Arps in L.A., where she worked on a variety of cases with some very smart lawyers. After a year, she moved on to smaller and smaller firms (and had a short stint as a production exec at a small film company, thus justifying all those credit hours in college). She continued to work with very smart lawyers, one of whom introduced Julie to Julie Garwood (her books, not the woman herself), and the writing bug bit again.

Though Julie had been dabbling with writing in her limited spare time, she'd lacked focus. Now, she'd found it, and she was determined to write an historical romance. You may, after reviewing Julie's book list, note that there are no historical romances on there. Let's just say that she didn't succeed at that task. Julie did, however, discover that while she has a head for contemporary nuances, the ins-and-outs of historical detail are enough to make her head explode.

The in-progress historical was promptly shelved, and Julie turned her attention to fleshing out a contemporary romance, having decided that category romance was the way to go, since with the demands of a legal job, she'd be much more likely to finish 240 manuscript pages than 400.

Finish them she did, and though she got nice feedback on the voice, the novel didn't sell. One editor, Harlequin's Brenda Chin, returned a rejection letter with a note that the hook wasn't enough of a "sexy premise."

Always up for a challenge, Julie came up with the opening line, "You need a man," which she thought had oodles of sexy premise potential. She just had to find a story to go with the line. Eventually, she did, and Nobody Does It Better, Julie's first published novel, was born. She entered the first few chapters in contests, finaled, and was ultimately judged by that same Brenda Chin, who ended up buying the manuscript. (Which is not the reason Julie thinks Brenda is a really cool person. Truly.)

By that time, Julie had realized that 400 pages were manageable after all, and she'd almost completed a paranormal romance along the lines of The Little Mermaid about a cat who is in love with her master. The Cat's Fancy sold just a few months after the original sale. Both books came out in 2000, along with a second Temptation, and Julie has had at least 3 books hit the shelves annually every since, and now has well over twenty books to her credit, crossing over a multitude of genres, most of which are represented in some way by the clever pictures in the collage at the top of this page.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a "flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations," Julie's books have hit lists as varied as USA Today, Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, and Locus Magazine, all of which has made Julie a happy camper. Julie is also a two-time RITA finalist, both times for books about strong women (a superhero and a demon-hunter). There's probably some deep meaning there, and if you know what it is, feel free to drop Julie a line.

Julie was also the winner of Romantic Times' Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Contemporary Paranormal of 2001, the winner of the Reviewers International Organization's award for best romantic suspense of 2004 and best paranormal of 2005, and the winner of the National Readers' Choice Award for best mainstream book of 2005. Not that she's keeping track or anything.

Julie writes a range of stories including erotic romance, sexy contemporaries, young adult novels, suspense, paranormal mommy lit, and urban fantasy.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on July 5, 2012
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After reading Demon Ex Machina in 2009 and not seeing any future books on the horizon, I had resigned myself to the fact that this much-loved author was done and there would be no more Kate Conner and the curious town of San Diablo. Much to my delight, Julie Kenner has moved into the world of self-publishing, and with this short story offering and a new book to be published later this year, Kate and her daughter Allie have a new life so to speak.

This teaser falls somewhere between books four and five and has teenage Allie is trying to flex her wings a bit. Quickly realizing that just because her mother is a Demon hunter and she has been practicing her self-defense arts, does not mean that she is able to take on a sneaky devil and protect both herself and her friends.

I love this series, just picture Buffy the Vampire Slayer all grown up with a teenage daughter and a young son who is trying to keep the evil world at bay and having dinner on the table at six. With shock and humor, Kate and her curious band of hunters keep their small town safe no matter what comes crawling out of the panty during a cocktail party.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Quinlog on April 23, 2012
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This is a great short story that quickly pulls you into the world of Kate Connor demon hunter. For those who have read the series you will appreciate seeing Kate's daughter, Allie's point of view for a change. A fun read that makes a reader want more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Polito on January 25, 2013
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I miss Kate and her demon hunting ways. So this was a great little tease before the next book (which has been a very long time coming) I like seeing Allie come into her own as a demon hunter and her finding out that what her mom does isn't easy. She got a good taste of what it's like to have to fight a demon and now maybe she'll listen to her mother more.
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By K.Dunst on November 24, 2014
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This was a cute little insight into the world of Kate, demon hunting mom. Allie, her teenaged daughter, wants to be a demon hunter so bad, but is impatient about having to wait until she is ready. A bad night at a party, and a run in with a demon she isn't ready to handle, puts Allie in her mom's shoes. I like this series, and will definitely read more.
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By Skeeter on June 24, 2014
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This was a really good short story. Actually wish it had been longer. And I just knew the daughter was going to get in trouble! Will definitely read more of these.
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By Rhonda on June 12, 2014
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I enjoy the characters in all of the books I've read, so far. They have all been fun quick reads.
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I enjoyed this "Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom" short story very much. I think it was a great appetizer for the rest of the series.
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Loved this short story. A soccer mom that hunts demons. This short story was mostly about her 14 year old daughter going on a date and ending getting into trouble of the demon variety. We see the relationship mother and daughter have, I liked that. The daughter is in training and ends up helping her mom with the demon. The story was funny in some parts. Authors writing style is really good and the story keeps your attention the whole time.
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