Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb
Demon Hunting Series
Genre: paranormal romance
Date of Publication: May 24, 2016
Number of pages: 452
Word Count: 105,000
Cover Artist: Lyrical Press
Deep South legends. Deep fried curses. Deep dish revenge . . .
This Debutante Is Having A Ball!
Way down south in the land of cotton, one belle's plans are soon forgotten--when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle. The Alabama heiress should have known something weird was going on when she saw the deer's ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi!
But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That's just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he's a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers and rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hunt her down?
Most importantly, what's a nice debutante like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim . . .
“Sugar,” Sassy murmured. She laid her head on Grim’s shoulder. “Fairies.”
With a drowsy sigh, she relaxed against him and went to sleep.
Grim stilled. A surge of lust hit him, hard and fierce. Sassy smelled delightful, a dizzying combination of summer roses and female. Curling tendrils of her hair lifted to caress his jaw, like flowers reaching for the sun.
I am her sword and shield. The vow rose unbidden in his mind. Here and now I vow to protect her, from anyone or anything that threatens her.
An admirable sentiment, I am sure, the Provider said, but hardly necessary. She leaves tomorrow, and you return to the hunt. That is good, is it not?
Yes, of course.
Then why the hollow ache in his chest?
I forgot how funny this author really is! I love her storylines as I'm from the south and it cracks me up every time when she comes up with the funniest things to do and say! And even though each story has A Dal warrior in it who hunts demons, none of them are repetitive or boring. Each new book of the series adds something unique and fun! Sassy and Grim are a great couple- when they finally figure it out. And I loved seeing some of the others as well!
Sassy is rich, pretty and high society. So when she goes to Hannah's back woods to deal with land, a mill, and a house her dead brother left her, she's supposed to be in and out- quick! But of course it's never easy. A demon, a crazy witch, a demon hunter, a mutated demonoid, her dead visible family members and her absolutely ridiculous mother all become part of her stay. Seriously, it's hard to do humor in paranormal when you have a serious topic like demon hunting. But Ms George does it flawlessly and it's a perfect mash up of just enough grit, sexy, and serious in one! Grim is serious, sassy and funny, and together they are sexy. I also loved seeing Taryn. And Evan. And the psycho witch! And I loved the twists! And boo to her crazy mom and fiancé!! Ugh!!!
I love the writing and I love the storyline. Basically I love everything about this book and this series. I remember reading the first book of the series and seriously laughing til I cried and I'm thrilled to say they are all just as funny that followed! Well done and I can't wait to see more! The traitor, taryn's quest, evan's quest, dell's adventure. Yep I'm looking forward to it all!!!! :) 5 PAWS!!
First, tell me a little about your book.
Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb is the fourth book in the demon hunter series, and it tells the story of Sassy Peterson, a pampered heiress who comes to Hannah to unload a timber mill, and gets sucked into supernatural craziness. Here’s the blurb:
Way down south in the land of cotton, one belle’s plans are soon forgotten—when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle. The Alabama heiress should have known something weird was going on when she saw the deer’s ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi! But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That’s just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he’s a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers and rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hunt her down? Most importantly, what’s a nice debutante like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim . . .
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
Mine began with a love of books and reading. I was that nerd, who roamed the library shelves, and lost myself in other worlds. I’ve always written (bad poetry, mostly), but I didn’t start writing fiction until I was in my thirties. How I wish I’d started sooner, because I didn’t get published until I was fifty!
What inspired you to write your first book, and what was it?
The first book I ever wrote was a fantasy, and it’s a story I still love. Here’s the blurb:
Raine Stewart is dying, and no one can tell her why. For twenty-five years, she’s been poked, prodded, and tested for every disease known to man with no definitive answer. Lately, Raine’s convinced the culprit is a brain tumor. What else would explain the sudden appearance of her long-dead aunt and a vision of a strapping, dark-haired warrior in her bedroom mirror?
But a tumor can’t explain the arrival of a wizard dressed like a Renaissance Faire reject—a wizard who invades Raine’s home and carries her off to a land where magic and monsters are real. He has his reasons, he tells her—and really, “kidnapping” is such an ugly word.
Then again, abduction may have its upside. Raine feels better than she has in ages… too bad she might not live long enough to enjoy it. The Dark Wizard wants her dead. And what the Dark Wizard wants, the Dark Wizard gets.
My editor is shopping the manuscript right now, so fingers crossed!
How do you choose when and which characters die in your books?
Well, the villain usually dies, and, sometimes, people get caught up in the consequences of their actions. For instance, in book three, Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar, a secondary character steals a bottle and opens it. Unfortunately for him, the bottle contains a demon. Things don’t end well for the thief.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
Oh, so many! Growing up, I loved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I am a HUGE Harry Potter nerd. George R. R. Martin astonishes me with his world building and with the ruthless way he kills off his characters in Game of Thrones. On the romance side, I cut my teeth on Georgette Heyer novels, and I love Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, and Julia Quinn. In paranormal, I enjoy anything Suzanne Johnson writes, Darynda Jones, Charlaine Harris, and Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series.
If you had it to do over again, would you change anything in your book?
I am a constant tweaker, never satisfied with my prose. If you gave me a hundred chances to go back and edit my books, I would do a hundred revisions. The storyline, however, I would probably leave alone. Too complicated, and if you change one thing, things start to fall apart. The domino effect!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sex scenes!!!! I struggle with them, every time. I want them to be sensual and emotional, and beautiful, if you know what I mean. I really pull my hair out over them. Also, I struggle with conflict. I just want everybody to be happy. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make an interesting book.
What book are you reading now?
I work full-time, so I listen to a lot of audio books. I’ve just re-listened to the Harry Potter books, and, right now, I’m plowing my way through Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances. Love them!
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I have learned that books and writing, like anything else, are subjective, and that not everyone is going to like what I write. I have developed a thicker skin than when I first started, but bad reviews still sting. I have learned not to read the bad ones, because they shut me down and make me second guess everything.
I have learned that I’m a writer. I know that sounds odd, so let me explain. When I sold the first demon hunter book, it was thrilling. And then I realized, “Oh, no! I have to do it again.” So I wrote the second one, and the third, and each one came out different, like children. Then came book four, the one coming out in May. I had just started it when my life imploded, and I went through a divorce. I didn’t write for eight months, and missed my deadline, something writers are not supposed to do. But, I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and started writing again. When I finished that book, I knew I was a writer, because I’d written it in spite of the devastation. There. TMI?
If you could be one of your characters, who would you choose?
Probably Addy, the heroine in the first book, because she’s a smartass. Or Beck, the heroine in book three, because she’s kickass. And I love Sassy, because she’s so bubbly and optimistic. And then there’s . . .
Well. You get the picture. I like ʼem all!
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
I say read what calls to you, and don’t let anyone, ANYONE make you ashamed because you like romance, or comic books, or mystery, or erotica, or YA, or Amish biker vampires, or any other genre. We all have a need for stories, and they come in a variety of forms. Read what you like! Life is short. Writers need reader, so please, please, don’t stop reading.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, email me! If you run into me at a book signing or a conference, come up and let’s chat. I am not an introvert, like some writers, and I love to talk to readers. Talk to me!
Also, if you have any interest in becoming a writer, start now. Today. This very minute. Writing is like any other craft, it takes practice, so the sooner you start, the better you will be. My one regret is that I didn’t start sooner. I started writing in my thirties, but I was fifty by the time I was published.
About the Author:
Lexi George writes snarky, Southern-fried paranormal romance for Kensington. Her debut novel, Demon Hunting in Dixie, was released in 2011, and a novella and two more demon hunter books followed. Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar, the third book in the series, was nominated for a RITA in 2014. The fourth book, Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb, is due to be released May 24, 2016. Lexi enjoys reading and writing romance, but her first love is fantasy. A Meddle of Wizards is the story of Raine Stewart, a sheltered, sickly young woman who comes into her own when she’s transported to a magical world, discovers her burgeoning powers as an adept, and faces the evil wizard who killed her parents. Lexi’s day job as an appellate attorney requires reading transcripts filled with murder, mayhem, and worse. Perhaps this is why she enjoys stories filled with humor, action, adventure, and magical creatures. She has a violent aversion to sad movies, having been scarred by Old Yeller at the age of nine. She drinks tea, not coffee, and has never seen The Exorcist, because she is a world-class chicken. She is the third of four children, with all the attendant neuroses.
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