I knew when I came across this hop that I had to get in on it. I’ve always been fascinated by light vs. dark, sinner vs. saint, and the fine line in between. Humans encompass both aspects and it’s a very legitimate leap for faith and the imagination to buy that there are things that are the extremes of each side. Let’s face it: angels and demons both give us some really awesome lore to play with. It’s true that they’ve both become romantic heroes in their own right, but for me it’s the legends and mysticism that does it for me.
Granted, I’m more spiritual than outright religious these days. I don’t really believe in an ultimate evil – I don’t think we need physical boogeymen running around coercing us into things; free will gets us into trouble enough. But I do think that there are times when negative energy builds up and has a weird effect on things. And I do tend to believe that there is a greater good out there, something bigger than everyone that no one can really understand until we’re part of it.
But that’s not really what this is about is it? Angels vs. Demons…which is better? It’s funny because as a kid (especially a small-town girl growing up in a religious family) I would have automatically opted for the side of angels. They’re good. They’re kind. There’s something attractive about having a protective guardian there for you. They’re safe. People who know me well know that I get skittish around demonic terrority (though for me this usually involves more horror than paranormal fantasy/romance) because that lack of control and the what if this could really happen factor freaks me the hell out. Though admittedly, I’ve always been intrigued by medieval literature/representations of Paradise and Hell because the images are so intense and the mythology is so freakin’ good. But I’ve always shied away from demons.
Until it came time for me to revamp my upcoming release In the Red. Suddenly I had a very real need to invent my own demonic hierarchy with their own reasons for doing what they do. And after I got over my initial hesitation…I will admit that I had a blast writing some of those scenes. Although I hope I don’t suddenly get hit by a bus before it’s published – my research files are filled with various lores and curses and demonic terminology and I’m sure my relatives would have a blast coming across that if they had to go through my things.
Anyway, I found that when I could do it on my terms I really like delving into the demonic. It’s not that angels are boring – because they’re not – but I think they’re harder to write in a way that’s new and eye-catching (Though I’ve seen it done. The Seraphim in Many Waters spring to immediate mind). But with demons there are so many ways to work with them. There’s something to be said for being able to just be bad and not have to have reasons. And for the most part demons don’t have reasons doing what they do – which is fun and a challenge if you’re trying to make them believable. My particular group are into rock n’ roll and the baddest of the bad, the main man himself, is at the center collecting musicians for his own sundry purposes. And then there’s the whole possessed/cursed shoe plot which adds a whole lot more fun to things!
Here is the blurb for In the Red which is coming soon from No Boundaries Press!
What kind of a rock star lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere and plays at weddings and funerals? That’s what Jeremiah Kensington is thinking after an unsuccessful bar gig one night. But then Jack Scratch comes into his life, ready to represent him and launch him to stardom. Jack can give him everything: a new band, a new name, a new life, a new look, and new shoes…although they aren’t exactly new. They once belonged to The One, a rocker so legendary and so mysterious that it’s whispered that he used black magic to gain success. But what does Jeremiah care about urban legend? It’s probably just coincidence that the shoes make him dance better than anyone, even if it doesn’t always feel like he’s controlling his movements. It’s no big deal that he plunges into a world of excess and decadence as soon as he puts the shoes on his feet, right?
But what happens when they refuse to come off?
Until then I’ve got a few other stories available that you’re welcome to check out on the Available Now page. And why should you check them out? Because if you comment between Thurs June 28 and Sun July 1 you will be entered to win a FREE PDF copy of one of my e-book releases (Either The Other Man or Mooner)
So how about you? What do you prefer? Angels or Demons? And what way do you like reading about them – romance, fantasy, inspirational, paranormal, horror? What’s the best angel or demon story you’ve come across?
And now the rules:
Comment on my blog and be automatically entered to win a FREE PDF copy of one of my e-book releases.
We’ve also got GRAND PRIZES on this hop! Every time you comment on a blog in this hop you will be in the running for the following:
ONE winner gets a Kindle Touch
ONE winner gets a $60 Amazon or Barnes&Noble Gift Card.
So the more blogs you hit the more chances you get! Be sure to LEAVE YOUR EMAILS in the comments so I know how to get hold of you if you win my giveaway – no email means I’ll be forced to disqualify you. I will email the winner after the 1st – I’m coming back from Fandom Fest that day so I may not be alive until the 2nd or 3rd – please be patient. I’ll announce winners on the blog after the fourth because of the other blog hop I’m doing that overlaps this one – I’ll do a joint announcement in one post.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out these other fab blogs in the hop!