Friday, June 1, 2012

Demons and Blood and Hotness, Oh My!
Christine Ashworth & Demon Hunt Cover Reveal

Does anybody else have the same gut reaction as me?
Angels = Good
Demons = Bad
Am I right?

So why would I want to read about demons? Never been a big monster fan here (though I did love Monsters, Inc.).

Then I read this by author Christine Ashworth, explaining why "I Love My Demons":
WikiPedia (that source of all maybe-not-entirely-accurate information) says this about demons:

“Demon or Daemon, Diamon, from Ancient Greek, is a supernatural being from various religions, occultisms, literatures and folklores that is described as something that is not human and, in ordinary (almost universal) usage, malevolent.  The original neutral Greek word “daimon” does not carry the negative connotation initially understood by implementation of the Koine (Hellenic and New Testament Greek)…(I’m cutting a lot of stuff here)…originally intended to denote a spirit or spiritual being.”  (Bolding is mine.)

To me, when I first read a variation of that a couple of years ago, it meant freedom to create. My demons didn’t have to be tied into any one religion or way of thinking; demons weren’t tied to the Devil, they didn’t have to be bad, and while some demons were considered to be Fallen Angels, they didn’t have to have wings unless I wanted them to.

What that all means is, you can make your demon good or bad or, like most of human kind, a bit of both. They can be tied to the devil and a religious Hell, or they can be tied to the Greek Gods, or they could live independently of man and man’s religion (like they do in my world) on their own plane called Chaos – which exists in a slightly different dimension from our own world. (And of course, the Chaos Plane is called that by the Fae and the Humans, not the demons themselves.)
So, now finding the idea of a daemon intriguing and kind of hot, rather than scary, I picked up a copy of Demon Soul - and loved it, as you can tell by my GoodReads review. (If you can't stand sexy men, killer sexual tension, and action that never stops, better avoid this book.) I've been impatiently waiting for another book by Christine Ashworth in this paranormal Universe, and it's out! Today today today !!

It's December, and Los Angeles is in the grip of a serial killer – or so P.I. Gregor Caine would like to believe. But the moon grows fat as it builds toward the Winter Solstice and a rare eclipse. An old woman searching for a friend gone missing believes danger is coming, and the Blood Dreams that keep interrupting Gregor's sleep portend a swarm of demonic activity.

After summer's setback, Kendall Sorbis is finally getting started on his Revenge Life List. First up, open a portal to the Chaos Plane. Second, invite the Caines to come and play...

The only bad thing, this one's (only) a novella. Think of it as a delicious  appetizer, tiding us over until Demon Hunt comes out in a few months.

And Christine was sweet enough to give me an exclusive cover reveal here for the next full-length novel. (Squeeing like little girl - so flattered and honored - it's not often that an author you admire gives you an exclusive.)

Demon Hunt
Tribred Gregor Caine decided long ago to deny his blood legacy. So he isn’t happy when paired with a full-blooded Fae to hunt the demons threatening to overrun Los Angeles. As they fight side by side, he finds she calls to both his Fae and his demon blood; a call he can’t resist.

Warrior Fae Serra Willows crossed into the Human Plane to help destroy the demons released from the Chaos Plane. Finding and shutting down the portal between worlds is more challenging than she expected...and Gregor and his world more seductive than she had ever imagined.

As the killings escalate, Gregor and Serra realize one of the most deadly demons from the Chaos Plane has marked Serra as his own. To save her, Gregor has to face his greatest fear—losing his humanity to the darkness in his blood. But in a race against time, that darkness could become his greatest strength. And he will kill to claim Serra’s love.
I'm not a big fan of suspense/action novels. Nor of paranormals. And yet, the writing is so brilliant and the characters so compelling, I'm on the verge of being converted.

Even if I'm still scared of "regular" demons.

Christine Ashworth is a native of Southern California. The daughter of a writer and a psych major, she fell asleep to the sound of her father's Royal manual typewriter for years. In a very real way, being a writer is in her blood - her father, Chet Cunningham, sold his first novel before he turned forty and has over 300 novels to his credit. Christine’s brother, Scott Cunningham, sold his first book before he turned twenty-five.

At the tender age of seventeen, Christine fell in love with a man she met while dancing with the California Ballet Company. She married the brilliant actor/dancer/painter/music man, and they now have two tall and exotic sons who are as intelligent as their parents, thus ensuring lively dinner conversation.

Christine's two dogs rule the outside, defending her vegetable garden from the squirrels, while a polydactyl rescue cat holds court inside the house. Everything else is in a state of flux.

Demon Soul is Book 1 of the Caine Brothers Series and is now available in trade paperback format, as well as in Kindle, Nook, and Kobo formats. Book 2, Demon Hunt, will be available summer 2012 from and in all the above formats.

Christine says: My website, Wicked…With a Side of Saucy at is where I talk about wine, and books, and other things that catch my attention. I’d love to see you there. Cheers, and thanks for reading!

Questions, comments, breathless admiration?
I hear that Christine may drop back to answer questions - 
if Gregor and the sexy Caine tribreds allow her to.

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