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Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Event: Demons - The Hunter Tour (Guest Post & Giveaway)

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Alrighty, now we have author Theresa Meyers joining us on her blog tour for her upcoming release, The Hunter! The Hunter is the first in her new series, The Legend Chronicles, which follow three brothers who are Darkin (demon) hunters and who just happen to be The Chosen. The Chosen are the only ones who can bring a legendary book together to close the gates of Hell.  Theresa mixes a little bit of the supernatural, steampunk and the old west together for a unique new paranormal romance.



Demons Aren’t Always Dangerous

Most of the time when you hear the word demon, there aren’t a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings that pop up. Chances are a chill skates over your skin. For thousands of years demons (or more accurately termed daemons or daimons courtesy of the Greeks) were considered just naturally occurring spirits. They weren’t malevolent or dangerous supernatural forces. They just were.
In Mesopotamia, they were like angels, able to act independently from God, but with a bad side. They were bringers of things like headaches, pain, blindness, disease and nightmares and became associated with death, particularly of a recently departed soul who couldn’t find rest. Demons in particular became most feared for their ability to take over and control the actions of a living person. Then comes along the very popular television series Supernatural which makes demons appear to be black-eyed, souless monsters intent on over-taking people like body suits.

But when I envisioned demons in my paranormal world, I found something profoundly different. Demons, like people, have to make choices. Sometimes they don’t always make good choices. Take my most recent heroine Lillith Arliss in my steampunk paranormal book The Hunter for example. She’s a succubus. Beautiful. Alluring. Able to take men’s souls because they willingly offer them up to her. But she’s not happy being a demon. In fact, the only reason she is one is because she struck a bad deal. Lillith (who goes by Lilly) was the daughter of a con artist. As such she was raised to make deals, lie, do whatever it took to survive the streets. When she has an opportunity to protect her little sister from being turned into a trollop by her father as yet another way to bring in money, she takes it, sacrificing her own soul to save her sister.

What Lilly is desperate for is a way to return to being human. She doesn’t like stealing men’s souls. She absolutely despises Rathe, the arch demon lord she made a deal with. And like angels cast down into tortured circumstances for their choices, Lilly is more good than bad at her heart. She’s a good person forced into a bad situation by crummy choices.

Now I’m not saying there aren’t nasty demons in my fictional world. There certainly are. Rathe is a prime example. He’s a fallen angel. Lucifer’s ugly, sadistic big brother. While Lucifer was at least cast down because of pride, Rathe was cast down because he truly did wish to see God’s human creations perish. He believes Darkin should rule the world and use humans as cattle and he’ll stop at nothing to make it happen.

During All Hallows Eve they say the veil between the worlds becomes thinnest, allowing us to communicate with spirits of all kinds. If that’s so, then what kind of demon would be your worst nightmare, and if you met a kind demon, what would it be like?


THE HUNTER
by Theresa Meyers
978-1-4201-2124-7
Price is $6.99
Zebra paranormal romance with steampunk elements
They’re the Chosen—Winchester, Remington and Colt—brothers trained to hunt down supernatural beings using the latest steam-powered gadgetry. It’s a hard legacy to shoulder, and it’s about to get a lot more dangerous…

A DEVIL OF A JOB

Colt Jackson has gotten his name on many a wanted poster with success in the family business: hunting supernaturals across the frontier. Lately, though, there’s a sulfur stink in the wind and the Darkin population is exploding. A rift in the worlds is appearing. To close it, Colt will have to do the unthinkable and work with a demon to pass arcane boundaries no human alone can cross.

Except when he summons his demon, he doesn’t get some horned monstrosity: he gets a curvy redheaded succubus named Lilly, who’s willing to make a bargain to become human again. He also gets Lilly’s secret expertise on the machinations on the dark side of the rift. And her charm and cleverness help to get them out of what his silver-loaded pistol and mechanical horse can’t. Of course, when all hell breaks loose, he might have to sacrifice his soul. But what’s adventure without a little risk?

About Theresa Meyers:
Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer's Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993.
In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books. She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car. They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, three cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd puppy, several rabbits, a dozen chickens and an out-of-control herb garden.
You can find her online on Twitter, Facebook, at her Web site or blogging with the other Lolitas of STEAMED!


~*GIVEAWAY*~
Theresa is kindly giving away a signed copy of The Hunter to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment answering Theresa's question at the end of her post and fill out the rafflecopter below! 





21 comments:

mnjcarter said...

This book sounds so good, a cowboy and a succubus!!! Very hot!!

Thanks for the give away!

mnjcarter@charter.net

Karen C said...

I haven't read a lot of books with demons per se recently, but I think a fallen angel is one demon I would want to stay away from. A kind demon would be like us - good with faults, struggling to survive.
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Na said...

A demons who is heartless and cannot feel is scary to me. There would be no way getting to them. Likewise a hero with a heart, I wouldn't mind getting to know.

erin said...

Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I've really been looking forward to this book as all the buzz has been very, very positive.

I think that pretty much any demon (at least in the traditional sense) would frighten me silly. I'm a flight, not a fight so at the first sign, I'd be outty!!! A "good" demon... kinda seems like an oxymoron,buuuut... everyone loves a bad boy trying to reform. This demon would be trying to be good but may still play a lil dirty.

Thanks again!

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Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

I haven't read too many books concerned with demons, but I just started Darker Still and I have to say it adds a certain element to the book that I love!

marybelle said...

Any Demon with bloody weapons would be my worst nightmare. A kind Demon: probably a Fallen Angel on the road to redemption would be great.

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alainala said...

i dont know.. maybe a spider type or the old cloven foot bat wings one.. (but spiders scare me more.. lol)
a kind demon could look the same (but if it was a spider i would probably still run away).. never really thought about it too much.. maybe a cute little imp (who techinically is still a demon)

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Di said...

I've haven't read about demons yet, so I don't know how to answer. Maybe if I get this book I can come up with an answer.

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ML said...

I think the cliched evil demon-the kill first and ask questions later kind-would be my worst nightmare. I think a kind demon is harder to describe because demons are anathema. I think a "kind" demon would, in my mind, be like Skip from Angel-seemingly nice but with all the nefarious demon-y loopholes.

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CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

My worst nightmare would be a life-sized cockroach cause the small thing is already creeping me out big time. Lol. Hmm, whenever I picture a kind demon, it's always small and cuddly with small black orb-like eyes. And it's green. Because of the alien-demon part.

CYP
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Anne R said...

I think the level of risk will vary on the adventure, however if it is extreme adventure than yes, there is risk involved.
The book sounds interesting. Cant wait to read it. Thanks!

areeths at new dot rr dot com

mbreakfield said...

The kind of demon, who would be my worst nightmare would appear kindly but turn on me and hurt someone I loved. The one, who is kind would be like the demon in Angel who owned the club and had a flare all his own.

Barbara said...

I wouldn't want to run into any demon that looked like the typical boogeyman demon...slimy orange skin, multi-limbed, one eye, drooled...ya know, gross...nasty! But someone like Dean from the Supernatural's...yeah, bring him on!

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Ren said...

Oh, want to read this. Cowboy and succubus, oh my!

Demon who will be my nightmares is a cunning demon who tricked me to do anything I don't want or make me sacrifice my precious things. As for demon I would love to have with me, I want to be together with incubus. At last he can make me die smiling in "naughty" ways ;-)

Jolene and Family said...

I think any demon would scare the crap out of me and I hope I would never meet one :) I like to think if I did, I would run across a nice one that has some human compassion

Rhianna said...

Any demon would frighten the hell out of me but a true incubus would probably be the worst. I don't like losing control and the idea of anyone having the power to make me desire them against my will is scary.

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

The worst demon would be one that convinced me I'd read every book and had NOTHING to read and the kindest-one that allowed me to slip in the local B&N to read what I wanted along with a Starbucks fix.

donnas said...

Any would be bad, they would scare me so much. The worst would be the liar though that would try to convince me I was alone with no loved ones or friends.

JessS said...

I'd probably be scared if I met anything remotely demonic, but worst nightmare wise would probably be really big and sharp looking, like teeth, claws, etc. A kind demon would have to be really kind, especially since I'd be freaking out a little at the existence of demons, hopefully hot, but mostly approachable, ie not really indimidating. Thanks!

Vanessa N. said...

I think a demon with sharp teeth and clawswould scare me.

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Spav said...

I think the cariest demon I could encounter would be a soul sucking demon.