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?
by Theresa Meyers
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!
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!