“A man needed to respect his weapon.” A Reap & Redeem excerpt.

It’s Sunday…time for a snippet from Chapter Two of Reap & Redeem.

Reap & Redeem graphic 2He squatted in the darkness by the outdoor spigot on the side of the house, letting the water run over his hand and his blade. Pulling a soft cloth from his back pocket, he dipped it into the stream of water before turning off the spigot. He caressed it across the blade, removing the last traces of blood from his scythe, polishing it until the moonlight glinted off its deadly surface.

Satisfied, he crossed to the detached garage and pulled the whetstone down from the tool pegboard. He dragged a bucket outside the garage, overturned it and sat facing the woods. Reaching out with his senses, past the magical circle of protection that was vigilantly defended by Nate, he watched and listened.

There were things out there in the woods. Things that were drawn to him still; things that awaited his command.

He drew the whetstone across the curved blade of his scythe with a slow, easy pressure, stroking its length. He rocked his body forward and back with each rasp of the steel, enjoying the hypnotic rhythm of the work. Honing the scythe to perfection was a comforting task. Turning the blade, he sharpened the other side, careful to return its lethal edge. It was a supernatural weapon, given to each reaper upon his or her first reaping, so the task was unnecessary. Still, it was a ritual he’d performed for years, and it gave him peace in the darkness. A man needed to respect his weapon.

When he was finished, Kylen slashed it into the waist-high weeds before him, watching as they fell to the ground with a whisper. He stared off into the darkness again, resting the blade across his thighs. The night was soothing to him. At night he wasn’t reminded that he could no longer see in color.…
Ever since the demon had been torn from him, he saw the world in shades of gray, and he could no longer make out people’s auras. He could see the light but only its intensity. The color had been stripped from him, which was handicapping him as a reaper. Every reaper worth his or her salt knew that the color gray represented dark thoughts and unclear intentions. Well, that pretty much summed up his inner world these days.
He hadn’t bothered to mention this disturbing fact to any of his roommates.
He had thought it would be a temporary affliction. But now, months later, his color vision still hadn’t returned. It was one more thing that had been stolen from him.
Damaged was an understatement…and he wanted revenge. If he had to, he would find each and every demon himself, making sure Deacon had ample opportunity to send them to their final deaths. Then he would find his own…death, that is.
He was more than ready for it.

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Reap & Redeem coverReap & Redeem blurb

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

Reaper Revealed: Olivia’s Bucket List

Olivia, the heroine of Reap & Redeem, is dying. The first thing she did when she found out was make a bucket list. She’s been steadily checking things off that list and is down to the end…of her life and the list.

Do you have a bucket list? What’s on it?

A snippet from Chapter Nine of Reap & Redeem

Reap & Redeem coverOne by one, she’d been ticking off the items on her bucket list. She was down to the last fourteen. Of course, they were the most frightening ones, which was exactly why they were last. Cooking at a homeless shelter was nothing compared to #53 and #58: get drunk and have a one-night stand.

She shuddered.

The idea of a bucket list had seemed so wonderful at first. Essential even. As she’d ticked her way through the list, she was surprised by how easy most of them were to achieve. Of course, her wishes weren’t too exotic. No running with the bulls in Pamplona, swimming with sharks in South Africa, or other such craziness. And she had no intention of leaving a trail of unpaid debt behind despite her former coworker’s suggestion that she charge everything to a credit card, Visa be damned. Her parents would have been so disappointed with her if she’d even considered such a thing. In preparing for her death, she’d proceeded as cautiously as she always had in life, with the notable exception of #53 and #58.

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Reap & Redeem coverReap & Redeem blurb

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

Interview With Author Dorothy Dreyer: My Tethered Soul (Reaper’s Rite Series)

This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

Think on THAT a while…

Welcome, Dorothy Dreyer!  You’ve just released My Tethered Soul (Reaper’s Rite book two).  Tell us a little bit about your story.

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My Tethered Soul follows Zadie in the second installment of the Reaper’s Rite series. In the first book, Zadie’s sister was haunted by a Reaper, and Zadie’s job was figuring out how to help save her. In this book, Zadie has become the Reaper’s victim, and she must try to break free of his hold on her.

Do you consider your books urban fantasy, paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre?

Paranormal / Urban Fantasy/ Slightly Horror. I’ve always been interested in stories with magical elements. It’s a genre where I can let my imagination run wild, and what writer doesn’t love that?

Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your novels? If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it.

Reapers are the main bad guys in my books. Soul sucking corpse-like entities that hide in the shadows and lurk in dark corners. They prey upon their victims, either claiming their lives or driving them insane in the process.

Is this a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!

This is a series, and one should really read My Sister’s Reaper (Reaper’s Rite book 1) before reading My Tethered Soul, as there are some important bits of knowledge you’ll need to really grasp the second book. I’m writing the third installment as we speak, but there is no publication date as of yet.

What else are you working on?

I’ve got some older manuscripts I’ve been itching to revamp, as well as a super secret project that’s not ready to be revealed yet.

Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?

Lilura—Zadie’s mentor—is a cranky old lady who’s always got something to say. She’s a hoot. It would be great to sit down with her and chat it up a bit. I’m sure she’d have me spitting out my tea (her specialty) just about every other second with her words of wisdom. I can imagine Kathy Bates playing her—though she’d need a lot of makeup to make her look older.

Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?

I’m a plotter. Once an idea sparks for a book, I think on it a while until I figure out where the story would lead. I need to know how the story would end before I start. That said, once the basic plot is figured out, the pantser in me usually makes an appearance and adds, subtracts, and flips the details.

How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?

Best case scenario, about nine months. But my WIP has taken me much longer due to promoting book one and putting writing on hold when I revised book two. Revising doesn’t usually take me terribly long. I’ve been blessed with awesome editors who know what they’re doing, and they make it easier for me. Before it even gets to my editor, it gets a thorough read through from my crit partner, and she whips it into pretty good shape.

Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?

Read, read, read! This advice isn’t just for new authors, by the way. Writers have to know their genre and know what’s out there. Then they have to think about how to make their  story unique and authentic and something that readers will have a hard time putting down.

Can you give us a taste of what to expect? 

My Tethered Soul Book Blurb

It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out.

When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.

Exerpt

My body shook, knocking my teeth together. Why was the bed rocking?

“Zadie, wake up.”

My eyes were slits as I pushed Mara away. I was entirely too tired to get up yet. “Five more minutes.”

“Zadie, come on.”

“What do you want?”

“There’s mud all over the floor. Footprints.”

I scrunched my forehead up, my eyes still not all the way open. “What? What are you talking about?”

“There were muddy footprints all over the floor. I wiped the ones up in the hall so Dad wouldn’t see, but there are more here in your room.”

My eyes widened. I sat up and focused on my bedroom floor. Sure enough, a trail of mud led up to my bed. Panic jump-started my heart as I realized someone could have been in my room while I slept. But the footprints only led up to my bed, not away from it.

I grabbed my sheet and ripped it off of my body. “Oh my God.” 

Where can we find you and your books online? 

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MyTetheredSoul (Reaper’s Rite 2)

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My Sister’s Reaper (Reaper’s Rite 1)

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Author Links: Author Website |Twitter | Facebook Fanpage 

DoryMedium14Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. Born in Angeles City, Philippines, to a Filipino mother and American Father, Dorothy grew up a military brat, living in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Guam, New Jersey, and New York. She now lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, two teens, and two Siberian huskies. Dorothy not only writes books with some element of magic in them, but has a fondness for reading those kinds of books as well. She also enjoys movies, chocolate, take-out, and spending time with family and friends. She’s known to make a pretty sweet cupcake when she has the time. She also tends to sing sometimes, so keep her away from your Karaoke bars.

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Cover Reveal for Haunt My Heart

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It’s here! Thanks to Sweet ‘n Spicy Designs for my awesome cover for Haunt My Heart.

Beta readers are sending their note in now and editing will begin soon. Look for a January 2015 publishing date to be announced soon!

I can’t wait to share Sarah and Tanner’s story with you. Here’s a sneak peek:

A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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Reapers Revealed: Anger Management – A #Snippet from Reap & Redeem

Dark hero and reaper, Kylen, has issues. Big ones. But give the guy a break. He did spend the past century possessed by a demon. He’s done his time and some days are more than he can take.

A snippet from Chapter Four of Reap & Redeem

Reap & Redeem coverHe walked into the hotel lobby and leveled his gaze at the ragged young clerk who was reading a magazine behind the iron-barred, bulletproof service window. The clerk looked up, his eyes wide as Kylen paced toward him, steel-toed boots thundering across the worn oak floor. The kid backed away.

“A room.” Kylen demanded.

The clerk didn’t speak. He was too busy staring at Kylen’s right hand.

“Did you hear me?” Kylen followed the kid’s gaze to the open scythe gripped by his side.

Well, shit. He hadn’t even realized he’d drawn the damn thing. Force of habit. His rage had demanded a response. Even if it was subconscious. His motivations didn’t make much sense these days, even to him.

Pawing at the Peg-Board of room keys beside him, the boy kept his eyes fixed on Kylen as he pulled one loose without bothering to note its number. The key jangled against the diamond-shaped key ring in his trembling hand before he tossed it onto the counter. He gave it a shove through the tiny pay slot before backing up all the way to the wall behind him. Kylen scooped up the key and headed to the third floor without another word.

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Reap & Redeem coverReap & Redeem blurb

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

Laura Kaye Talks About the Hard Ink Series & Hard To Hold On To

This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

Think on THAT a while…

Welcome, Author Laura Kaye! You’ve just released Hard to Hold On To.  Tell us a little bit about your story.  

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Hard to Hold On To is a contemporary love story between a troubled Army veteran and the woman he recently saved. It is the third book in the Hard Ink series, which features the survivors of an Army Special Forces unit trying to recover their stolen honor after being unjustly discharged from the military. I am donating all of the proceeds of the first two weeks’ sales of the book to the Wounded Warrior Project.

You also write books about vampires and Greek gods. Do you consider your book(s) urban fantasy,  paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre?

EoE_500 newIn general, I consider the Vampire Warrior Kings and Hearts of the Anemoi series to be paranormal romance. The Hearts of the Anemoi is the series that focuses on Greek gods, and it’s sometimes deemed fantasy romance because gods and goddesses often represent a lighter form of paranormal, but the series gets quite dark as it progresses to the end in East of Ecstasy, which just released in the spring.

I’ve been interested in the supernatural since I was a kid. My family totally believed in this stuff and there was a lot of supernatural lure in my family history. So it was natural that I’d start writing where I did most of my reading – in the paranormal realm. My vampire romance Forever Freed was the first piece of fiction I wrote and sold.

Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your novels. If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it. If not, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction?

My favorite all-time paranormal creature is the vampire. Immortal, powerful, animalistic, fangs! What’s not to love!

Is Hard to Hold On To part of a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!

Yes! Hard to Hold On To is the third story in the Hard Ink series. The series will ultimately have at least four full-length novels and three novellas. The next release, Hard to Come By, comes out on November 25.

What else are you working on?

I’m currently writing the last book in the Hard Ink series (currently untitled) and preparing to re-release a backlist title (Just Gotta Say). I also just submitted proposals for two new series to my agent!

Of all the characters in your fictional world, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together?

I really love all the characters in my Hard Ink world. I’d just really love to be able to hang out in the Hard Ink building with the whole big crew! *♥* The series really started with and around Nick Rixey and his brother Jeremy, and it would be a blast to have the pair of them give me some new ink! Ahem.

Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?

I’m a total pantser. Now, I’ll confess that writing romantic suspense has required more plotting from me. But, in general, I plot as little as possible and usually only a few chapters ahead of where I am. The steps I take before diving into a new book? Um, I open Word? LOL

How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?

I’m a fast writer, to a certain extent because my current deadline commitments require me to be. Under normal circumstances, I am for 3,000 words a day at least 5 days a week. If I hit that, I’ll produce 15,000 words a week, which means it should take me about 2-3 weeks to write a novella or about 6-8 weeks to write a full-length novel. However, I’ve written 100,000-word novels in 4-6 weeks on more than one occasion. I revise as I write. So, each day when I sit down, I re-read the previous 10-20 pages and revise it, and that gets me back into the flow of the story. When I reach the end, I’m done.

Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?

1) BICHOK – Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. You can’t revise what you haven’t written and you can’t sell what you haven’t written. So write EVERY DAY. Yes, every day. Even if you only commit to an hour a day or even 100 words a day, you need to get in the habit of making forward progress. And never underestimate the amazing power of getting to write “The End” and proving to yourself you can finish a whole book.

2) Read, read, read. One of the best ways to learn how to WRITE is to READ extensively in your genre. Find books you think do a great job at characters or worldbuilding or suspense or pacing and study them (just be sure that your application of those techniques in your own work is in your original words!).

3) Treat it like a profession, by which I mean join the professional organizations, do the work consistently, study and hone your craft, and always present yourself professionally (on social media, on your website, and in only submitting or publishing your work when it’s in the absolute best shape it can be).

4) Find a critique partner, preferably someone else who is professionally pursuing publication and not just a friend who will tell you it’s great! Because it may be great, but everyone benefits from having other writers who know the craft and the genre give you feedback on your work. You can find critique partners through local and online writers groups.

5) Don’t give up! At the beginning of your writing career, you will get a lot more nos and rejections than yeses and acceptances! Persevere and don’t give up! Every big name author you know experienced rejection at some point in their career.

Can you give us a taste of what to expect? 

Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight.  He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

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Jenna awoke with the immediate realization that she was wrapped so tightly around Easy that she might as well have been lying on him. But she couldn’t bring herself to feel bad or guilty or embarrassed about it in the least. Because his heat and his touch and his clean scent in her nose had allowed her to sleep without nightmares. And because she refused to regret something she wanted and might not get to have again.

After all, he’d said he liked her, but she had no idea exactly how he liked her. Maybe he meant like a kid sister. Or maybe he meant as a friend.

Except … his hips shifted under her leg, and she did not think she was imagining what she was feeling. He was hard. He was holding her, and he was hard.

Jenna’s heart tripped into a sprint. Not out of fear but out of curiosity, amazement, interest. Because Easy made her feel safer than she’d ever felt in her life.

He was hard. She was more than a little intrigued.

Easy was patient and kind, and he made her feel special and cared for. And from his handsome face to his incredible muscles to the ink on his chest, he was totally, freaking gorgeous.

And he’d saved her life.

Couldn’t forget that.

The simple act of thinking about the man in these terms made Jenna’s belly flip.

And while she half expected to freak out at the idea of sex after she’d been pawed by Bruno’s assholes, when she looked at Easy, she didn’t see any of that, she didn’t feel it, she didn’t think about it.

What she thought about instead was that, if those assholes had killed her, she would’ve died without ever knowing what it felt like to love a man. And be loved in return.

She could’ve died.

The realization made her feel like she’d never really been living. But now she could. Now she had a second chance.

Jenna shifted herself closer, her body reacting to her thoughts and her closeness to his.

A hand clamped down on her thigh.

And Jenna’s heart turned into a hammer inside her chest.

“Jenna,” Easy said, voice full of gravel and warning.

She tilted her face upward, bringing her lips against his throat. And before she’d even thought about it, she kissed him. A long, soft press of her lips against the suddenly jumping pulse in his throat.

He groaned, and it was a sound as sexy as it was tortured. Beneath her thigh, he hardened further.

She kissed him again, dizziness threatening as her body slingshotted from sleepy to utterly, eagerly awake. And aroused.

“Jenna,” he said again, though this time it came out as more of a plea. His hand slid up her thigh. His fingers pressed into her back, pulling her tighter against him.

She slipped her fingers from his and gently cupped the other side of his neck as her lips found his skin again and again…

Where can we find Hard to Hold On To online?

Buy at Amazon | Amazon.ca | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

Hard to Hold On To on Goodreads

Other Books in the Hard Ink Series:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can

Hard to Come By (11/25/14)

Laura Kaye croppedLaura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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Reapers Revealed: Heads Are Rolling – A Snippet From Reap & Redeem

We’re closing in on the Oct. 6 Release Day for Reap & Redeem, book two of the Reaper Series. Let’s get this party started with a scene from Chapter One where heads are already rolling.

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Kylen kicked the head across the floor of the dark shed with his steel-toed boot. Blood dripped into a pool on the floor from his scythe, which he still gripped tightly with one hand. He straightened to his full height and tilted his neck from side to side, listening to his spine crack and pop. Another demon down.

“You don’t have to keep killing them yourself, you know,” Deacon said, grimacing at the black ooze spilling out of the severed neck.

“Yeah, I do.” Kylen turned and walked to the door, taking a quick survey of the cemetery. A dark, sticky trail marked his course.

“You have to admit, he’s efficient.” Nate picked up the head by the hair and dropped it into a black garbage bag.

“That’s one way to look at it.” Deacon pressed his hand, which was glowing with Reiki energy, to the center of the dead male’s chest, directly over his heart chakra.

Kylen watched as light radiated from Deacon, encasing him and the body in a soft glow. The demon boiled forth from the dead human host in a thick black torrent of sulfurous haze. Spreading his arms wide, Deacon summoned the stream, which penetrated through his sternum. His body shuddered and the light around him sparked and cracked like the arc of a welder. The glow intensified to supernova status before winking out. Several smaller streams of gray light flowed forth from the ruined body, too, entering through Deacon’s mouth.

“Well? Did you retrieve all the souls?” Nate lifted the feet and legs of the body onto the tarp he’d set beside it.

Deacon frowned. “Yes.”

“How many?”

“Three.” Deacon rose and grasped the body by the shoulders, helping Nate maneuver it. “And the demon.”

“I really hate this shit.” Nate said, pulling a spool of duct tape from his backpack.
They rolled the man tightly in the tarp, taping both ends so that none of the bodily fluids would discharge in transit.

“How many more demons do you think there are?” Nate wrapped the head in a plastic bag and walked toward the door.

“Grim thinks there are at least two dozen more,” Deacon reminded him.
“Great. Slow and steady wins the race, yeah?”

“I’m not sure we have the luxury of slow and steady anymore. At this rate, we’re never going to find them all. There’s already way too much collateral damage. This many missing humans in town won’t go unnoticed much longer. We need to find their exit portals and shut down the rest of the demons. Sooner would be better than later.”

Kylen waited in the doorway, dividing his attention between the business in the shed and the cemetery grounds. Deacon was right of course. They needed to close the portals. Permanently. As it was, they were playing a game of supernatural Whac-A-Mole. Close one portal and another popped up. New entrance portals continued to open each week, which then had to be closed by Grim and Deacon. And while one batch of demons gathered their fill of souls before sliding down the small one-way shoots to Hell—the exit portals, the next batch waited for their chance. It had become a never-ending battle and the reapers needed to press on.

They didn’t bother cleaning up the black ooze or the blood trail. The only way to make sure the scene was completely clean was fire, but arson would be sure to draw more attention to the mower garage by the edge of the cemetery than a few stains that could easily be oil or fuel. None of them were concerned about the law. There were far worse things for them to worry about.

They’d burn the body at home, and then bury the ashes and bits of bone. Just as they’d dealt with the other eleven. This host’s disappearance would never be explained. Good thing, since the guy’s head was detached.

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Reap & Redeem coverReap & Redeem blurb

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

Interview With Angie Fox – New York Times Bestselling Author of Beverly Hills Demon Slayer

This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

Think on THAT a while…

Welcome, Angie Fox! You’ve just released Beverly Hills Demon Slayer. Tell us a little bit about your story.  

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Beverly Hills Demon Slayer is about a preschool teacher turned demon slayer who has run off with her Grandmother’s gang of biker witches. Happens all the time, right? I’m having so much fun with this series and this book is just the latest. All of the books are stand-alones and can be read in any order. In Beverly Hills Demon Slayer, an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills and Lizzie the demon slayer quickly realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. So she goes in undercover with the biker witches and things don’t quite go according to plan.

Do you consider your book(s) urban fantasy, paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre?

My books are usually shelved in paranormal romance because I have a full romantic story in every book, and of course – a happy ending. I don’t do cliffhangers. Each book is a complete story on its own.

I love the genre because it’s an exciting, romantic, fun way to escape into another world.

Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your novels? If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it. If not, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction?

Yes. Lots of beasties. My favorite has to be Lizzie’s pet dog, Pirate. It’s funny because I never planned to write him. But in the second chapter of The Accidental Demon Slayer (which is free right now on Amazon by the way), when Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer and all hell is after her, she takes comfort in her dog. As I was writing, I thought, “This is a sweet moment. Now how do I throw her off?” Simple. I made the dog say something to her. Nothing big. After all, he’s only after the fettuccine from last week. And he knows exactly where my heroine can find it (back of the fridge, to the left of the lettuce crisper, behind the mustard).

It amused me, so I did it. Thanks to her unholy powers, my heroine can now understand her smart-mouthed Jack Russell Terrier. A lot of readers tell me Pirate is their favorite character.

Is this a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!

This is a series and I have at least three more books planned. Book 7, Night of the Living Demon Slayer, comes out early 2015.

What else are you working on?

I have a trilogy that just released called the Monster MASH series, about a paranormal MASH unit in the middle of a great immortal war. Two of the books in that series have been nominated for RITA awards (in 2013 and in 2014). I’m also working on a series about a ghost hunter. Spooky!

Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?

The Accidental Demon SlayerI’d most like to hang out with the biker witches from the Accidental Demon Slayer books. They are some of the most fun characters to write because I never know what they’re going to do.

Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?

I’m a plantser. I like to know where the plot is headed and, of course, why the characters do what they do. But I also like to leave it open for my characters to surprise me and tell their own stories. I go with what excites me, because if I’m entertained and can’t wait to get back to the keyboard every day, I know I’m writing a story my readers will get wrapped up in as well.

How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?

Demon Slayer WeddingIt depends on the book. The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers took me the longest, probably because The Accidental Demon Slayer hit the mass market paperback New York Times bestseller list while I was writing and that freaked me out. Suddenly, I thought I had to write a New York Times bestseller-worthy book (whatever that means) and it totally locked me up.

The least amount of time I took to write a book was three months for My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding. I’d been dying to write it and it just poured out onto the page. Editing usually takes a week or so. I write very tight first drafts. I don’t even start a new chapter until the chapter before is polished to the hilt.

So I’ll write a draft, put it away for a month in order to get some distance, then I’ll read it over and edit before goes to my editor. After the editor finished, by that point I’ve had some distance and I’ll play with the manuscript for another week or two before sending it out for copyediting. The short answer is that I’d rather have it right than fast.

Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?

Yes. Read a lot. That part is also a lot of fun.  J

Can you give us a taste of what to expect? 

A New York Times bestselling series!

All that glitters is not gold…
Demon slayer Lizzie Brown isn’t exactly a diamonds and champagne type of girl. But when an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills, she realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. There’s a demon involved…and Lizzie’s not on the guest list.

She goes in undercover, along with her sexy Greek shape-shifter husband, her biker witch buddies, and a dog that is way too fond of free appetizers and the red carpet lifestyle. Between dodging detection and uncovering ancient secrets, Lizzie has her hands full. And when the demon manages to hook his claws into Lizzie’s eternal soul, she’s afraid she may be stepping out for her final event.

Where can we find you and your books online? 

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Facebook | Twitter

AAngie Fox dining rm shotngie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. Her characters are fun and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, going up stairs when it’s dark behind her, and don’t even get her started on those scary puppets from 60’s-era holiday specials.

She writes Accidental Demon Slayer series, are about a preschool teacher turned demon slayer who has to run off with her grandmother’s gang of biker witches. Happens all the time, right? She also writes a darker, sexier series about a paranormal M*A*S*H unit stuck in the middle of an immortal war. The first book in that trilogy, Immorally Yours, was a RITA finalist in 2013. The third book in that trilogy, Immortally Ever After, was a RITA finalist in 2014.

Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. During that time, she also skipped class for an entire week so she could read Anne Rice’s vampire series from cover to cover.

Angie makes her home in St. Louis, Missouri with a college football-addicted husband, two kids, and a dog named Moxie.

Haunt My Heart Is On Its Way

The first and second draft of Haunt My Heart is complete and out to beta readers. Haunt My Heart is my fourth book and a standalone paranormal ghost romance, which I’ll be self-publishing…soon.

I’m excited about self-publishing and this book seemed like the perfect opportunity to dive in.

Want to know more? Here’s the blurb:

Haunt My Heart -paranormal ghost romance – Available soon!

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General, right up until the day he was hexed. Awakening 150 years later, he has to find true love if he wants to be corporeal again, a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

Finally, if you’d like to see my inspiration for Haunt My Heart and sneak behind the scenes, click on over to my Pinterest book board.

Stay tuned. I’ll have a few snippets and excerpts posting soon.

 

 

Interview with Chris Cannon, YA Author of Going Down In Flames

This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

Think on THAT a while…

Welcome, Chris Cannon Here! You’ve just released Going Down In Flames.  Tell us a little bit about your story.

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Bryn discovers she’s a shape-shifting dragon when flames shoot out of her mouth for the first time. (Not the present she’d hoped for on her sixteenth birthday.)

Do you consider your book(s) urban fantasy, paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre? Going Down In Flames takes place in modern times, but there is magic and paranormal elements. Of course there’s also romance. How about paranormal, urban fantasy romance?

Is this a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!

Going Down In Flames is the first book in my shape-shifting dragon series. Book two is schedule to come out early Winter 2015. I’m about halfway through book 3.

What else are you working on?

I have a New Adult novel which I’m pitching as The Matrix meets La Femme Nikita. In the future, Psychics are recruited a.k.a kidnapped and forced to work as spies.

Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?

I’d like to hang out with Valmont, Bryn’s knight. He’s snarky and smooth with a side of sexy.

Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?  I’m a panster. I start with characters and put them in a situation, which will cause conflict. I know the major plot points of the book but how I get from point A to point B is a mystery until it pours out onto the page.

Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?

Read, read, read.

Can you give us a taste of what to expect? 

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Directorate’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

Excerpt:

Bryn’s heart beat fast as she flew through the night sky. Up above the clouds, there wasn’t much to see. Everything was gray and damp, which fit her mood perfectly.

The wind buffeted her wings, making it difficult to fly in a straight line. Her short practice flight hadn’t prepared her for this type of exertion. What if she couldn’t make it? A cold blast of wind knocked her off course and sent her veering toward Zavien.

He moved out of the way with ease. “Hello, I was flying there.”

Like she needed crap from him right now. A growl rumbled from her throat, and smoke shot from her nostrils.

He must’ve realized how close he was to being barbecued, because the next word out of his mouth was, “Sorry.”

Twenty minutes later, Garret and Zavien began a spiraling descent. Thank God. She landed next to them on the ground and stumbled sideways. Using her wings, she steadied herself. Why were landings so hard? Tired and embarrassed, she shifted to human form. Her legs felt like they were made of cement.

A tall, black, wrought iron fence stood between them and the buildings beyond. A security guard with red hair and a muscular build like her father’s stood by the gate. He didn’t appear happy to see them. “What are you doing out here? Curfew is in ten minutes.”

Zavien produced a letter from his shirt pocket. “Believe it or not, I’m on official duty for the Directorate.”

The security guard scanned the paper. “There’s a first time for everything.” He pressed a code into the numbered pad on the side of the gate. It swung open on silent hinges. “Best get inside. It’s late.”

Bryn stepped onto the school grounds and examined the campus that would be her new home. Something about this place was off. Old-fashioned streetlamps lined the walkways, casting a haze of light. Imposing buildings, complete with statues of gargoyles, loomed against the night sky. Dark figures could be seen on stone balconies. Some stood on two legs, while others had wings.

Half a dozen buildings surrounded the large park they walked through. The landscaping was too perfect. It reminded her of the time she’d gone to Disneyland, where the bushes had been trimmed to resemble giraffes and lions. There wasn’t a stray leaf or weed anywhere. But this definitely wasn’t the happiest place on earth.

“This way.” Garret led them toward a building on the right. When they reached their destination, he held the door open for her. “Welcome to our dorm.”

As she stepped across the threshold, a sea of curious, hazel eyes met her gaze. She did a double take. Every single person had the same coloring as Garret. Same dark skin. Same brown hair.

And she was gawking. Clamping down on the anxiety attack she felt certain was coming on, she gave a tight smile. Her audience pointed and whispered. Not the friendliest greeting she’d ever received. At least they weren’t pelting her with textbooks.

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0765 72chriscannonpubphotoChris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

I’ll be at the Vegas Valley Book Festival in October.