Reaper Redux: The Daily Commute and Other Wonders


One of the coolest things about writing fiction, urban fantasy and paranormal romance in particular, is worldbuilding. If you’ve ever wanted to be Queen of the Universe. This is your chance.

The world of Reap & Repent opens up before Ruth Scott, and she must learn to navigate it with only days of training, not years like most reapers enjoy. Under Deacon’s tutelage, here are a few things she learned along the way.

Talk about trial by fire.

Consecrated Subway: This is the way supernatural entities travel (reapers especially). Reapers can travel from consecrated ground to consecrated ground through the invisible tunneled ‘subway’ by concentrating on where they want to be. Reapers can travel short or great distances if strong enough and with practice.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

“Think about where you want to be, say the hallway where we ran into each other at the hospital. You’ll pop into the consecrated ground that’s closest to that location. From there you’ll have to hoof it.”

“That seems very inconvenient. Why can’t you take a bike or car or something with you?”

“You can take with you whatever you can carry, within reason. A car? No. A bike, sure…but then what are you going to do with a bike in the middle of a hospital?” he asked, caressing her arms absently. “You’re making it more complicated than it needs to be. You aren’t going to have a problem here. You’ll see.” 

Sleepers: Lost, unreaped souls often missed because they died violently and were buried or lost to odd locations. AKA haunts. Finding a sleeper is rare and akin to the whole needle/haystack scenario. Deacon’s only ever found two, and he’s been a reaper for more than two hundred years.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

He really didn’t want to make this trip very many times. If she didn’t show up, he’d have to track her down another way, but that would take even more time. Time he couldn’t afford to waste. Souls piled up if you weren’t diligent. And while the souls of the newly dead pulled at him, that feeling began to fade after a day, or sometimes even a few hours, making them more difficult to track down. If too much time went by, it was all but impossible to find them unless you practically stumbled upon them. The lost and lingering souls were called sleepers. He’d found a few in his day, but it was like picking a needle out of a haystack.

Potentiates: aka The Powers inhabit the perilous border between the realms of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory as a sort of border guard, protecting human souls from devilish infiltration. Potentiates have been inactive for a couple millennia.

Purgatory: Where all souls are sorted and sent to either Heaven or Hell. The underground Grand Central Station of soul deposit complete with a Star Wars-esque cantina. Rashnu presides here. Do not mess with Rashnu.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

Deacon leaned over and whispered, “Try not to freak out—this will get easier. This is Purgatory—a way station. It’s a neutral zone. A no man’s land of sorts. All reapers can meet here and interact, but there can be no conflict. It’s a forced détente essentially. Pray you don’t see most of these creatures on the topside.”

She couldn’t imagine any situation where she would. 

Don’t fear the reapers. My reapers are hot, hot, hot. You may not be that sad to meet one someday. 

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


 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.

2 Responses to Reaper Redux: The Daily Commute and Other Wonders

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