Let's take a trip to demon territory today with two characters from vastly different worlds! Please give a warm welcome to author Paula Altenburg and friends!
Hunter and Airie, from THE DEMON’S DAUGHTER, are at a bit of a disadvantage. Airie, who’s half demon and half goddess, can’t travel beyond the goddesses’ boundary because of her demon blood. Therefore, they’re stuck in the Southwest and desert regions.
That means Matt and Eve, from DESIRE BY DESIGN, will have to join them. They’re good in the boardroom, but basic survival skills may be somewhat beyond them.
Airie and Eve are in charge of organizing activities. Eve is a project manager, so she’s really good at organizing. Plus, Eve is just bossy by nature.
But let’s not forget that Airie was born an immortal. And that Eve has never been to demon territory.
Eve: I think it would be really, really fun to hunt a demon. Matt’s never been hunting before, and when I was growing up, my brothers wouldn’t let me go with them. I’d love to be able to tell them Matt and I caught a demon. Chauvinists.
Airie: Sorry. I banished demons from the world. Besides, it’s wrong to kill things for no reason.
Eve (disappointed): We wouldn’t have to kill it. Couldn’t you set one free—just one—so we can hunt it and banish it again? You know—kind of a “catch and release?” I’ve got my camera. I just need some proof. I don’t need a body.
Airie: I’m not sure you understand. Hunter is the DEMON SLAYER. He’s not going to “catch and release.” It’s best to keep them apart. Besides, isn’t Matt an architect from a big city? I’m not saying he couldn’t slay a demon if he had to, I’m simply pointing out he’s had no prior experience at it. And this is supposed to be a vacation for everyone. For Hunter, that’s work. Why don’t we plan something both men might enjoy?
Eve: Fair enough. Matt’s an architect and Hunter’s a demon slayer. That doesn’t really give them a lot of common ground. Any suggestions?
Airie: There are Old World ruins buried in the desert. Some of those ruins still contain weapons used more than three hundred years ago during the fight against the demon invasion. Matt is interested in buildings and Hunter likes blowing things up. You like historical restoration projects. That might be fun for everyone.
Eve: What about you? What do you like to do?
Airie: I like making Hunter happy. This will be perfect.
Eve (horrified): We need to talk! You can’t build your life around the expectations of a man!!!
Airie (confused): But this is a man’s world now. And I love Hunter. Who else’s expectations would I build my life around?
Eve (even more confused): You’re kidding me, right? I work in a male dominated industry, but I certainly don’t spend my days trying to meet any man’s expectations. Not unless he’s paying me. I mean, I want Matt to be happy. But he’s responsible for his own happiness.
Airie: Oh! (Understanding dawns.) You’re a whore. You should have said so. I had no idea you worked for a living.
Eve (completely baffled): WTF?!? No, I’m not a whore! And yes, I do work for a living. Darn hard, too.
Airie: But the only women who get paid in my world are the whores who don’t belong to a man.
Eve: Someone didn’t do due diligence when they came up with this vacation idea. I blame the author. Sorry, Airie. You’re a lovely person, but you and Hunter are on your own until you find some way around that goddess boundary. (Now shouting at the top of her lungs.) MATT! Change of plans!!! We’re spending our summer vacation at the beach!
It seems like this combined vacation idea wasn’t such a good one after all. My paranormal romance world and my contemporary one are simply too different.
THE DEMON’S DAUGHTER and DESIRE BY DESIGN are both available now if you’d like to see for yourself.
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