Cover and Title Reveal for Slayer Chronicles, Book #3!

Minions, you’ve been so patient – far more patient, I might add, than your Auntie Heather is normally capable of. So very patient! But your patience is about to pay off. I have the cover art for the third (and final) Slayer book. And the title. And I’m going to share them with you now. And then I will implode from the awesomeness. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

The title for Slayer #3 is THIRD STRIKE! And here’s the fab cover:

But there’s more! I’m going to share a peek at the prologue with you right now! (Before you ask, I still don’t know the official release date, but should soon) For now…here’s a glimpse at what’s waiting for you (and Joss!) in THIRD STRIKE:

PROLOGUE

Em carefully lifted the teapot from its place on the doily and poured the steaming blood into two ornate china cups. The color of the burgundy blood against the white of the china was bold and interesting, Em noted. Not like the color of blood soaked into a rug or spattered against the curtains. Perhaps it was the purity of both things, blood and china, she thought, that appealed to her in such a comforting way.

One cup had been placed in front of Em, and the other in front of her guest, who sat in the shadowed quiet of Em’s parlor. Em offered her guest some sugar, but she politely declined. Em plopped three cubes into her cup, marveling at the crystallized sugar cubes as they melted away into the blood, and sat back with a sigh, content to blow the steam from her cup of AB negative—something an old friend had once described to her as the champagne of blood types.

“How exactly will you arrange for him to be alone?” The girl’s words were softly spoken, and Em couldn’t help but wonder whether or not she was up to the task. After all, it wasn’t as if this boy, this Slayer called Joss McMillan, were someone easily disregarded. He was skilled. A dangerous quality for any human with a blood thirst for vampires. He had to be dealt with, and quickly. Em just hoped that she wasn’t choosing poorly by sending this girl to do him in. Though her advantage was obvious, she was still young.

Very young, in comparison to her youthful-looking host.

Em sipped from her cup, and as she returned it to its saucer on the table, she dabbed at her lips with a napkin before placing the napkin in her lap. Not many were subjected to this old-world side of Em—the ladylike grace and appreciation of finer things. Not many often saw beyond her youthful appearance of wild colored hair and gothic-style clothing. Few had ever been invited into her parlor, but here she was, with this girl, debating whether or not the girl had what it takes to face an enemy of skill. She was very new to vampire life, as it were. Young, naive, and certainly not well trained. Em wondered if she should have just killed Joss herself, but the thought passed quickly through her mind before it disappeared once again. No. This was the right killer for Joss—the girl had a reluctant hunger inside of her to take the boy’s life. And the boy clearly had a reluctance in him to face her. Hunting him down herself was a recipe for disaster, in Em’s eyes. Em didn’t hunt down the majority of those who have wronged her. She had people for that. People like this promising new protégée. “Everything’s been arranged. Have you been in recent contact with your drudge?”

The girl picked up her cup at last and took a healthy drink, wincing as she burned her tongue. She nodded as she bit into a thin wafer cookie in an effort to soothe her mouth. Through a mouthful of cookie, she said, “I have. My drudge stands at the ready to assist me.”

Em wrinkled her nose at the girl’s lack of manners. Truth be told, she’d killed kings and queens for less. But she liked this girl, this newborn vampire, for reasons that she could not yet identify. And so she let the girl live. For now, anyway. “I trust you know what will happen to you both if you fail to take the young Slayer’s life?”

Her hands strangely steady, her voice oddly confident, the girl looked at Em and said with a tone that conveyed that she was well aware of what was at stake here, “If I don’t kill Joss, you’ll kill us both.”

“Wrong.” Em’s lips curled into a cruel, sadistic smile. “If you fail in your task, I won’t just kill you both. I’ll obliterate your remains and lick your blood from my walls.”

There was a pause—a distinct one—before the girl responded. But when she did, her voice sounded just as confident, just as driven as Em had been hoping it would. She returned her cup to its saucer and reached for another cookie. As the sweet treat reached her lips, she smiled in a way that mirrored Em. “Don’t worry. I’m looking forward to taking Joss’s life away. He deserves it for what he did to me.”

Em released a breath in a soft sigh, settling back in her chair, satisfied. Her eyes moved casually over the walls of her suite. “That’s good to hear, young one. Because I rather do like this wallpaper. It would be a shame to have to replace it.”

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93 Responses to "Cover and Title Reveal for Slayer Chronicles, Book #3!"

  1. NomNom

    OMG! So Excited! 🙂

  2. Mercedes

    AAHHHH! I can’t wait for this. I know who the new vampire is (I think) and love how this is all intertwining. Thanks Auntie, stay awesome.

  3. Ella

    Thanks Heather!!!! I can’t wait to read this! :mrgreen:

  4. Ahh!! OH MY SANTA CLAUS THIS IS AMAZING!!!(:(:(:(: I CANT WAIT TO READ IT!! (Except I still have to read the second one… Sorry haven’t gotten a chance to get it yet._. ) but STILL, I have an idea who this young girl is but I’m not 100% sure yet…only 99% haha (my silly self) I have wayyy more to say but I figure I’ll just email you!!(: I’m so proud of you Auntie Heather!!(:(:(:(: :mrgreen: 😉 😆

  5. Oh my. This is going to be epic. What color wallpaper does Em have?

  6. Tina

    its kat yay 😈

  7. Luke

    Halfway through reading the prologue, I had a pretty good idea of who the newborn is……this is going to be epic.

  8. Panda

    It sounds awesome Auntie!!! 😀 i cant wait to read the whole thing!!! 😀 :mrgreen:

  9. Kelly

    I absolutely love these books sometimes I think I’m apart of the story and want to react. 😀 😆

  10. Nicholas

    This is the final book it can’t be no

  11. I am DYING to read this book. I know this doesn’t go along with this blog, but I think it would be really cool if auntie heather wrote books from Henry’s point of view. I’ve always wanted to know what goes on in his head… The books would be hilarious too.

  12. blood brained

    so going to die waiting for it 😯

  13. megatron

    That is so Kat :p

  14. Kaitlyn

    I’m so exited! *fan girl squeal* :mrgreen:

  15. Alexis Loveless (Auntie's Prodigy)

    Auntie Heather, What can I say. Ever since Eighth Grade Bites when I read the about the author I knew I could relate to you. You have been the one I love to talk to and think about every day. All I’m saying is just… thank you for being you.

  16. ClareMarie

    Hehe! This is AMAZIN’! Just the other day I started getting antsy about when this would be released. Huge relief to see signs of life. I love your stories, Auntie! n_n Can’t wait to get my hands on this one for real!

  17. Ashley Dewey

    OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO FRICKIN’ EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -squeals with a MASSIVE amount of excitement-

    Ohhhhohohoho…. I can’t wait much longer for the release!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    – Ashley Dewey (-|–)

  18. Lydia

    OMG! It’s Kat! AHHHHHHHHHH! 😀 Oh, I wonder who her drudge is! Henry, maybe? Well, at least, if that is the case, then she THINKS he’s her drudge.

  19. InTotalShock

    😯 Not a word my jaw dropped when i read it

  20. Lydia

    Oh Auntie Heather, please tell us if Vlad will be in here. Please. 😀

  21. Beetle Subaru

    Auntie Heather, Is the mystery girl speaking with Em Joss’s sister? That would be so awesome if she was! You rock Auntie Heather! You’re epically awesome! :F

  22. OMG Is the girl Kat?

  23. Sqacktastic

    Oh my gosh love it! Who is the girl and talking to Em?? I want to know!!! Can’t wait to read it! Love it!! 😯 :mrgreen: <3

  24. Bri

    Ooooh!! Auntie!! I wonder if this newborn is who I’m thinking of~ A certain someone who has green eyes perhaps?
    Ah! I’m so excited!! BRING IT ON!

  25. Crystal

    OMV I FREAKIN’ LOVE IT! 😯

  26. bookworm

    It’s Kat, it has to be Kat! OMG LOVE IT *fangirl scream*

  27. Megan

    OMG I know exactly who the newborn is!! You have no idea how bloody excited I am for this (haha pardon the pun).

  28. Emo-ly

    OMG. LOVE IT. SPEECHLESS. 😯 SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME. I THINK I MAY BE WANTING TO GET MARRIED TO THIS BOOK.

  29. Lydia

    It would make sense if Henry is her drudge. We do know that Kat did see Henry in the summer right after 9th grade. Plus, Auntie said that Henry will be in this book and play a large part in it. 😉

  30. Kayla

    Is this going into paperback/hardcover format? I have students asking for it in our middle school library but I don’t know what to tell them since all it shows on amazon is kindle. They really love your books but I would hate to tell them we can’t get the last one in the series.

  31. Kayla

    I was wondering if this is going to be in hardcover/paperback format? I have a lot of students asking me in the library for this book but all I can find is the kindle format. They really love your books and I would hate to tell them we can’t get the last one in the series.

  32. Heather Brewer

    Kayla, it will be in hardcover, yes.

    Also! I will not tell you Minions who the mysterious young vampire is. 😉

  33. Brittany

    Me. My friend. My uncle. My art teacher. Minions of yours that this news shall excite in my area alone! 😀 I can’t wait! I’ll be waiting for a release date…

  34. Zoe

    OMFG!!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH AUNTIE! (Even though I’m super late ^_^) I just picked up the First Kill today at my library. (Lucky i read fast)

  35. bookwormish natasha

    EEEEEEEEEEP! Loved the prologue but now I’m going to be obsessing more about when it’s realeased. 😛

  36. Cat

    THE COVER IS PURPLE AND ONG IT’S GONNA BE AMAZING I AM FREAKING OUT!!!!!!!! FREAKING OUT AHHHHHHHHXJXNXNJZKCNMSNCNCJFBSJCBXJDNSKS
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😆 😆 😳 😳 😛 😛 😯 😯 :mrgreen:

  37. Vincent Hare

    Okay…after the observations I took from reading book 1 and 2…it just HAS to be kat. Some of you ask “Is it Joss’s sister?” It can’t be because Joss never did anything to Cecile…He loves his sister. “‘He deserves it for what he did to me.'” Out of curiousity…who do you think killed his sister? Other than that, EPICOSITY as far as the cover and prologue goes. Thanks Auntie Heather.

  38. Zoe

    OMFG THANK YOU AUNTIE!!!!

  39. Raquel in Black

    I say its Kat! Doubt that the drudge is Henry though because he’s with Vlad and he would have said something. The drudge has to be someone new or someone that isn’t mentioned a lot.

  40. Lydia

    You’re right Raquel in Black. Henry would have said something to Vlad. The only thing I can think of if she turned Henry into her “drudge” is if the previous summer was never mentioned in ELEVENTH GRADE BURNS. So, if it isn’t Henry, I wonder who he/she is. It could be a person from Bathory (doubtful), California (doubtful), or Stokerton (most plausible). I wonder if it is a new person or somebody we have already met before. I just don’t know how Henry will fit in with the picture or Dorain, for that matter. Ah, well, it’s fun to hypothesis. If it isn’t Henry…Meredith?…no….otherwise she would have known about vampires. So yeah, check her off. Hmm…Honestly, I think it would be cool if it was Greg. Ha! Again, I don’t think that would happen, though. Still, it would be cool if a non-Slayer family member knew of Vlad’s secret other than Henry. That would also explain him being in Stokerton (college) and why Henry would be there. However, it is super implausable thanks to the later Vlad books. If Greg knew Vlad’s secret, there would have been very interesting dialogue between the two. Nelly is super doubtful; I don’t think that Mrs. Brewer would make her a drudge. Perhaps it could be one of the Slayers. Now, that would be very interesting. If Morgan or Cratian (who we know is not the best of Slayers) or somebody else in the Slayer group was made a drudge, then there would be a very difficult challange for Joss. Then again, that would also sound a lot like the first book of the Slayer Chronicles, so I’m not sure if Mrs. Brewer would do that. Besides, it would be very difficult for Kat, a novice vampire, to make a drudge from a Slayer. Then again, if that was the case, Abraham would already think that Joss is innocent of being a drudge thanks to the second Slayer Chronicles book. You know, if he knew that only the first vampire’s bite is the only one that could make one a drudge. This would also be a reason why Vlad never remarks on this, because he didn’t know the new drudge. Then again, this drudge can be somebody totally new and I’m overthinking this way too much and wasting my time. Ah, but I love thinking about these things. I can’t help my (hobby, obsession, lack of life, OCD).

  41. Psuedo Nym

    Ah crap.
    As soon as it said “young girl” I knew it was Kat.

  42. Bel

    What a tease! I love it. Can’t wait to get my hands on the book. My daughter, son and I went to see if it was out yet this past weekend. We are anxiously waiting! We’ve already called dibs on who is reading it first. Unfortunately I am third. If they want to read who am I to say no. I will wait my turn. Thanks for the books and the world they send us off to!!

  43. Bel

    What a tease! I love it. Can’t wait to get my hands
    on the book. My daughter, son and I went
    to see if it was out yet this weekend. We are
    anxiously waiting! We have already called dibs
    on who is reading it first. Unfortunately I am
    third. If they want to read then I will gladly wait
    my turn. Thanks for the good books and the
    world they send us off to!

  44. Heather Brewer

    I am looooooving your theories on who the young vampire girl is. You’ll find out soon, Minions! I’ll post a pre-order link soon!

  45. Lydia

    Then again, Auntie, it would be a MAJOR tease to us if that young vampire girl WASN’T Kat, which, at this point, I consider to have a 99% of vampirism. I thought that she was a vampire since she talked about Siberia. 😀

  46. Lydia

    By the way, Mrs. B, I am reading Dracula. Really? Abraham von Helsing, a college professor, and Abraham McMillan, a college professor? Really? 😀 😀 😀 (I was thinking that the only reason why you made him a college professor was to give him and Otis a bit more of a history (snicker) together, you know? Both were college professors. Think about all the interesting happenings that could have happened if they taught…well, Fanfiction here I come. Then again, I can see both Abraham, Tomas, Vlad, Otis, and Joss hanging out at a bookstore. Well, if they didn’t know about each other.) 😀

  47. Damian

    Well, if it is Kat…

    Oh, my dearest Kat, how I wish you did exist…

    Oh, sorry. I just found this sight and I feel as if I’m in the presence of a goddess. I’ve been reading Madame Brewer’s work for about four years now (Vlad FTW!) and the fact that SHE’S RIGHT FREAKING HER is blowing me away.

    Oh, right, my comment. Heheh…
    😳
    Yeah, anyway, I hope it is my dearest Kat.

  48. Damian

    Sweet Mother of Vampirekind…

    Four, almost five, years of reading has come to this…

    THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH AUNTIE HEATHER!!!

    Which sounds weird to me, since I have a sister named Heather ._.

  49. Amy

    Oooohhh, as soon as I read “He deserves it for what he did to me.” I immediately knew that it was Kat!!
    So excited, but I do admit that I’m sad that this series is coming to an end. 😳
    Looking forward to the release Auntie!~ 🙂

  50. Otilia

    OH EM GEE AUNTIEEE HEATHERRRRR !!!! I Am sooooooo excited and sad because this is the last book of the series 🙁 what a pity. oh well but now you have me super happyyy. I wonder what’ll happen… anticipated. thank you auntie heather.
    *bows down to you* 🙂

  51. cheyenne

    OMFG!!!! I want to read it sooo bad please releace it soon also i think the girl might be his sissy or kat 0-0 grrrr must read -dies till book cones out-

  52. Aryana

    This is fangsome,but promise me three things

    1.Make a movie out of this

    2.Make another book.

    3.Most importantly,keep writing the chronicles of Vladimir Tod and never ever stop.

    I call these the three Ms’ 🙂 😆 :mrgreen: ❗ ❗ ❗ ❗ ❗ ❗

  53. Summer Harkless

    soooo excited! just got bumped to the op of my reading list (and it is like 3 miles long) 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  54. Amanda

    i have a theory about who this protégée could be… anyone else?

  55. ethan

    Its wild to think the whole time in the Vlad Tod books joss and em knew each other

  56. Emily

    Did I hear you say final Slayer book? 😥 It ended too soon…

  57. Nicole Harris

    hey heather gotta release the book ughhhhh so excited you should come to virginia heather and do a signing with the book 😆 😉 Please auntie heather your fav fan

  58. bree

    this cant be the last one there’s gotta be more

  59. Blaire

    Why the last book? I would love to have joss and Vlad actually interacting in the books ya know?

  60. Brendan

    Man, I have read every book in Vlad’s series 5 times. And in Joss’s twice. Need a new book. This looks amazing and will satiate my hunger. My thoughts are this is Kat and her drudge is Meredith Brookstone. Thats just my prediction

  61. scarlet

    but…wait….theres still gonna be more vlad tod COMICS right?…….RIGHT?!

  62. Lexi

    Write faster! I want to download this book to my kindle! 🙂

    Also, is the series going to show the scene where Joss realizes fully that Vlad isn’t evil, like in the fourth or fifth book? Because that would make a really good angsty scene…

  63. Mehmet

    I think she is snow or kat. I hope you will make more books about his series auntie. 🙂 :mrgreen: Dont make this the last one please. 🙁

  64. BreAnna

    wait its the last one 🙁 no!!!!!!!! these books have been like my life. im sad now. 😐 🙁

  65. Dhfhfdj

    Dorian killed josses baby sister think about it it makes sense

  66. Saraphina

    OMFG!!!!!!NEED 2 KNOW WHEN NEXT BOOK IS COMING OUT!!! AND COULD U MAKE SERIES ABOUT ANUBIS U AND RICK RIORDAN TOTALLY NEED 2 TEAM UP :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😈 😈 😈 😈 , :twisted:=SARAPHINA 👿 👿 👿

  67. Gothic vamp

    Wait I thought that tere was supposed to be five books. This is the last one, please say that it isn’t.

  68. Robbie

    Why is this the last one of the seris there should be two more. 😡 but I won’t question you. Your books are amazing. You should make a college seris:) I really wanna know what happens to snow and vlad

  69. celeste

    come to virginia i love u 😀

  70. epic owl

    I really can’t wait to read this book now. I’m obsessive with vladimir tod I have read the vladimir tod series like 5 times and I really like the slayer chronicles!!!!!!!!

  71. epic owl

    I really can’t wait to read this book now. I’m obsessive with vladimir tod I have read the vladimir tod series like 5 times and I really like the slayer chronicles!!!!!!!! 😉 😡 🙄 🙁 😯 😳 :mrgreen: 😉 😯 😆 😀 💡 😎

  72. Andrew

    FINAL BOOK?! what….no. *cries* please make more of the slayer chronicles or of vladimir todd. I want to know everything that happened to Joss that made him change and such. I love both these series so much. Also when is this suppose to come out? 🙁

  73. Ashley

    I can’t wait for the last book to come out I hate to say that I fell like when I’m done with the book it will all be gone to soon. But never fear auntie I’ll follow you the rest of the way mater which way you go because I’m a minion and that’s what mininons do!!!!!!! 😛

  74. Kaylee :3

    I loved the The Chronicles of Vladimir and Slayers Chronicles, but does it have to be the last book? You should continue the Slayer Chronicles, I’ve fell in love with them! I’ve enjoyed them so much, that I have shirts! These books are addicting and I would read them over and over again! Also, I think you should add a charcter into the story and continue the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series. (Possibly a fan!) 😉

  75. Shiki

    Aha last book? Already? :c it’s ended too son ;-;… Maybe come to Kelowna this summer or sometime to talk about your career with Vlad Tod and The Slayer Chronicles.. or something like that… aha like what somebody else said, Vlad and Joss should interact once more!

  76. CJayy

    MAKE MOVIES OUT OF BOTH OF THE CHRONICLES I WOULD SEE THEM IN THEATER THE DAY THEY CAME OUT AND PURCHASE THEM AS SOON AS THEY COME OUT!!!!! Please I am begging you!!!!!! 😯

  77. Lexi

    Make more books!!!!!!!!! WE NEED MORE VLAD AND JOSS! THEY’RE BOTH HOT!!! 😉

  78. Lexi

    Make a series where the gang is grown up and has kids of their own. Also, could Snow and Vlad have a kid? I mean, I know they’re vampires and that would make the whole thing a little weird, but Otis could raise her while Snow and Vlad watch from a distance and since Vlad’s the Pravus and Snow’s obviously something special too, there should be some kind of loophole to the whole infertile-vampires thing.

    Her name should be Doriah Mellina Tod, Riah (pronounced Ree-ah) for short. Maybe she can be like Pravus #2 or something

  79. Lexi

    Make a series where the gang is grown up and has kids of their own. Also, could Snow and Vlad have a kid? I mean, I know they’re vampires and that would make the whole thing a little weird, but Otis could raise her while Snow and Vlad watch from a distance and since Vlad’s the Pravus and Snow’s obviously something special too, there should be some kind of loophole to the whole infertile-vampires thing.

    Her name should be Doriah Mellina Tod, Riah (pronounced Ree-ah) for short. Maybe she can be like Pravus #2 or something 😀

  80. NIcki Lanza

    This should definatly be brought into a movie. can’t wait!

  81. cecelie crawford

    I have loved all of heather brewer’s books. I can’t wait for this one.
    Vladimir Tod is my life.

    -(-)

  82. cecelie crawford

    I have loved all of heather brewer’s books. I can’t wait for this one.
    Vladimir Tod is my life.

    – (-)

  83. triston anaya

    Im wondering is there going to bs like a chronicles about snow

  84. Fan

    why is this not a movie? your stuff is better than that twilight nonsense ❓ ❗ ➡ 😎

  85. Mehmet

    Will there be a series about snow?

  86. Hanah

    Although I am only on the third book of {The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod}, I just wont to say from reading the first two books, they should make movies for The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and The Slayer Chronicles. BEST BOOKS EVER!!!! 😎 😛 😉

  87. you are the awesomest

  88. MidgetMateo11

    No!!! Please make more books! This series is amazing! 🙄 😳

  89. he is the best

  90. hey are you okay?

  91. krystal klassen

    auntie heather this cant be the last book!!! im sure there is tons more ideas floating around in that head of yours!!! the vlad books went all the way to graduation so why is this one stopping short? i want to read a book that has them both in it! how about another one that branches off after graduation? joss fighting aginst bad vamps and joining together with vlad and the good ones to protect humanity as a whole!!! please please please atleast think about it!!! i would die to have a chance to brainstorm with you help you further serve your many eager fans! just think of all the comments you have on this page alone! there has to be double, maybe even triple the amount of fans out there! you cant disappoint thim with what i see as an incompleat series. there must be no cliff hangers and i dont think that is possiable with only a trilogy! there must be atleast as many books as vlad got to make it fair!!!!!

  92. Lexi

    These books need a movie series. Also, is Joss going to realize how wrong he is about Vlad in Third Strike? I mean, I know he doesn’t actually apologize to Vlad until the last day of their senior year of high school but he was reconditioned by the Slayer Society during the summer before their junior year (I kinda have a crush on Joss. And Vlad. And Henry. And of course Sprat, because pixy sticks are just sexy. And kind of a girl-crush on October and Snow. Thus, I am a totally obsessed fangirl) so that could change things – obviously the Society wouldn’t need to recondition (read: torture) Joss if he actually wanted to kill Vlad. If he hadn’t shown regret for his actions the summer before.

    Also, Morgan should be turned into a vampire.

  93. Ron Worthington

    WE ARE WAITING Slayer Chronicles, Book #3 please hurry

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