Reaper Redux: The rules of reaping

Every job has rules employees must follow. Reaping is no different. Wait, yeah, it’s a lot different. But there are still rules.

A reaper’s sole job is to collect and carry souls to Purgatory for sorting. They have territories they cover. Most work alone. Occasionally, there are complications, and that is how The Reaper Series was born.

In book one, Reap & Repent, reapers must adhere to the basic tenets of reaping, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • There are reapers for every species supernatural and otherwise, not one Santa Claus of Death, although Grim is a real reaper.
  • Reapers are immortal as long as their life energy isn’t completely diminished beyond recovery, and they keep their heads. Literally. Decapitation is a deal breaker and permanent death.
  • Reapers are the perfect vessel for demons because they can hold many, many more souls and don’t burn out from the toxic demon essence. It took a while for this to be discovered.
  • Reapers can share Reiki light energy to heal one another or manipulate the auras/actions of humans when necessary. Not recommended for extensive use on humans as it fries their brains and psyches over the long term.
  • The more energy shared with/by reapers, the stronger the bond
  • Reapers are born to supernatural reaper parents. They are in effect their own species like angels or demons etc. but appear human with enhanced abilities, which continue to manifest throughout their lives.
  • Reapers stop aging at the time of their first successful solo reaping and continue virtually immortal.
  • Reapers cannot procreate if they have been traveling the consecrated subway or reaping souls. Must be inactive on both accounts for many, many months (up to a year) before they are fertile again, and then reaper mothers must refrain from traveling/reaping until the child is born.
  • Reapers are raised and trained from birth to fulfill their job and destiny. 

Being a reaper isn’t all rainbows and unicorns on a good day. But when demons invade the realm? There’s a good chance it could all go to Hell.

Want to read more? Reap & Repent coming March 2015.

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Reap & Repent blurb:

They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.


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6 Responses to Reaper Redux: The rules of reaping

  1. Is it easier or harder to make up your own rules?

  2. great article. Great story! And I voted !!

  3. OMG Lisa! Reap & Repent sounds AWESOME!!!! If you need any reviewers I would be honored to help out! I have been reading & reviewing for a few authors as of late, and just LOVE IT! You can either check out my reviews on Amazon Canada or US as well as Goodreads, or just email me or msg me on FB if you would like me to send you some samples. 🙂

    • Avatar Cherri-Anne Boitson
      Cherri-Anne Boitson says:

      Hey Lisa, just thought I would let you know that I filled out the Street Team form. I do have a couple of questions on it, but I will ask them privately either via FB or email. Thanks!!!