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  • 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.


  • New COVER REVEAL for REAP & REPENT

    One year ago March was the first release of Reap & Repent, my first novel. Since then, it’s been released in a box set and then as a single title with a traditional publisher. I’m happy to report that I just received the rights back to all of my Reaper series books and will relaunch the series over the next few months.

    Here’s the schedule:

    Reap & Repent (Book 1) March 2015

    Reap & Redeem (Book 2) May 2015

    Reap & Reveal (Book 3) July 2015

    Reap & Reckon  (Book 4) in progress!

    Without further ado, here’s the new cover…

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    Well? What do you think?

    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.


  • Heavenly Hierarchy of The Reaper Series

    Go ahead. Google ‘heavenly hierachy’.

    It’s a mess isn’t it?

    1,110,000 results.

    No one agrees about who does what or is responsible for what or protects, overseas, exists who/what/where.

    Much like Congress, if you want to know the truth.

    It’s actually a miracle in itself anything EVER gets done…in Heaven or on Earth.

    And do you know why that is? Because no one KNOWS the truth. It’s all part of the great mystery of life…and afterlife.

    Except Congress. It’s a mystery for which there may be no more truth. But I digress…

    Much of my Reaper Series research, background and inspiration came from one book:

    Angels: An Endangered Species by Malcom Godwin

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    I found just enough there to use as a springboard, bending those bits and pieces to my own god-like will and creating a world for my reapers.

    As in any world, including our own immediate one, there are rules, bureaucracies and hierarchies. As much as we hate it, some are always at the top while others are on the bottom. My reapers are heavenly hosts, not quite angels but certainly not human either. They exist in the in-between but aspire to transcend to angelic status at the end of their journey.

    Following Malcom Godwin’s example for my own fictional world, here’s what they have to look forward to:

    Highest Triad

    1. Seraphim 2. Cherubim 3. Thrones

    Middle Triad

    4. Dominations 5. Virtues 6. Powers

    Lowest Triad

    7. Principalities 8. Archangels 9. Angels

    The In-Between

    Reapers

    Earth

    Humans

    Of course there is an equal but opposite hierarchy down below (Hell) as is above. Think Dante’s Circles of Hell. But more on that in another post.

    The thing about this hierarchy is that the Divine Core (God) is the center and the light. The farther the heavenly hosts fan out from the center power, the farther they are from the Divine source of light and love.

    I’m sure you can imagine all sorts of problems with that setup: miscommunications, failures of faith, bureaucracies.

    For all things reaper in the first three books of the Reaper Series, our heroes are most concerned with the Powers in books one and two. Things get more complicated in book three and by book four…all bets are off. Heaven’s neat little caste system is about to be turned on its end as the threat from below grows stronger.

    As long as there is good…there is evil: the great balancer of the universe.

    The question is… Which will win in the end?

    To get the whole story, start with Reap & Repent:

    The only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

    Reap & Repent: The Reapers Book One – Available Now!

    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)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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  • 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…


  • First Read…an excerpt from Reap & Redeem.

    ???????????????????????As promised, here is an excerpt from Chapter One of Reap & Redeem.

    Remember Reap & Redeem is the second in the The Reaper Series. It’s Kylen’s story and will be available October 6, 2014.

    Here’s the blurb:

    Kylen is finally freed after being possessed by a demon for a century, but to what end? The love of his life is dead, and his soul is tormented by the crimes the demon used him to commit. Hunting and killing the demons invading Meridian, Arkansas is the only thing keeping him alive in his broken state, but after he inadvertently saves Alivia Evans, a human woman, from demonic possession, he finds a new purpose. This beautiful stranger needs him to keep her alive, and in protecting another’s soul, Kylen find a new hope for saving his own.

    The only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

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    Ready for the excerpt? Here you go!

    Reap & Redeem

    Chapter One 

    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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    Nate continued to insist they could at least try to save the hosts, but Kylen was adamant that it was in no one’s best interest. After all, the hosts were only human. A demon’s essence burned through a human body like dry tinder. If a host did manage to somehow survive the first twenty-four hours, their delicate psyche would be so damaged that there wouldn’t be anything left to save. Without the demon to animate them, they would be nothing but a babbling husk.

    Kylen knew a thing or two about possession.

    He’d spent the past hundred years with a demon riding his body. Being a reaper had its perks as well as its challenges. One perk was that it was damn difficult to die. As long as a reaper fueled enough and kept his head, he was immortal, so Kylen’s body could have withstood the demon’s toxic venom indefinitely. The downside was that it was damn near impossible for a reaper to kill himself. The demon had always kept Kylen’s body nourished enough to maintain the necessary energy flow, and though Kylen had occasionally been able to break through and wrest control from the demon, it had never been for long enough.…

    Kylen had possessed the will.

    Just not the means.

    Then he had finally been freed, and somehow he had survived both the possession and the freeing.

    Most days, he wished he hadn’t.

    “Let’s get out of here.” Deacon hoisted the wrapped-up body over his shoulder and left the building, crossing the invisible barrier onto the consecrated soil of the dark cemetery. “Ready to go home, Kylen?” He placed his palm on the nearest headstone, and Nate followed suit.

    “I can’t wait.” Kylen placed his hand on the stone as well, and the three men began to shimmer as they were drawn into the consecrated subway.

     

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    Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)

    Still plenty of time to read book one and join in on the fun. Reap & Repent is available for pre-order. Order now and it will magically appear on your ereader June 2. 

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