Thursday, May 19, 2016
Guest Blog and Giveaway Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb by Lexi George
These Are A Few Of My Favorite . . . Er . . . Demons
Made you think of that song, didn’t I? But, instead of raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, today I’m going to talk about some of my favorite demons from movies and fiction.
Disclaimer: I am a world-class chicken. The flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, and I have NEVER seen The Exorcist. There. Go ahead and say it. Yes, I am a wuss. There’s a certain irony in the fact that I write about demon hunters.
That being said, I will forge on.
1. Lucifer Morningstar. The main character from the eponymous comic book series. Can I just say Neil Gaiman is a genius? And now it’s a show! Tom Ellis is perfect. Smooth, urbane, sarcastic, and a snappy dresser. And, like every tortured hero, he has his dark side.
2. Hellboy. One of my favorite superheroes. Gruff, stone hand, cloven hooves, stumps where he filed his horns off, and he smells like roasted peanuts. He smells like roasted peanuts! I love roasted peanuts, and I have a soft spot for a guy who’s a champion of good, has a sense of humor, and loves his daddy. His foster father, not Azazel, his . . . um . . . demon dad.
3. Black. Black is Dilvish the Damned’s demonic metal horse in the fantasy short stories by Roger Zelazny. Dilvish is a half elf whose soul is banished to hell. He escapes with Black, his trusty equine companion. Black likes scotch and, in human form, is a burly black-bearded man in a kilt. Naturally.
4. Isabeau “Bo” Dennis. A succubus on the show Lost Girl. Bo has attitude to the max. Girls can kick butt, too.
5. Betelguese. Betelguese or “Beetlejuice” is a trickster in the movie by the same name. Say Beetlejuice three times to summon him, if you dare. He’s rude, foul-mouthed, and perverted. In short, a real sweetheart of a guy. He blackmails the young girl Lydia into marrying him. She is saved by Adam and Barbara Maitland, a couple of Caspers who haunt the house purchased by Lydia’s parents. I have a fond spot for the movie Beetlejuice. When my oldest was four, she begged me to watch it, and I acquiesced. I’d forgotten about the F word in the graveyard scene. Fortunately, Thing One didn’t seem to notice. Still, it was a horrifying moment in Mom-i-tude.
6. Randall Flagg. Flagg, aka the Walking Man in Stephen King’s The Stand, appears in several King novels, but he made his first appearance in The Stand wearing jeans and cowboy boots. Lloyd Henreid, one of the characters, becomes the Walking Man’s servant after Randall frees him from prison . . . but only after he’s subsisted on rats and the leg of his cellmate. Shiver.
7. Sardo Numspa. Numsy was the devil in the Eddie Murphy movie The Golden Child. Love this movie, and Numsy’s sophisticated manner. Eddie, of course, is his sarcastic self and the combination is hilarious. “I-I-I w-a-n-t the kni-i-fe.”
8. The Creepy Clown in It. As is often the case, the book was way scarier than the movie/miniseries. Maybe the Clown isn’t strictly a demon, but he is certainly the epitome of evil.
9. Lord of Darkness. Tim Curry is fabulous as the devil in the movie Legend in all his red, horned magnificence. He just wants to be loved.
10. The Nazgul from Lord of the Rings: Technically, they are wraiths, but they look pretty demonic to me, with their scabrous hands and black cloaks. And they ride flying reptile-monster-thingys. As a young girl, I loved the fact that Eowyn, Shieldmaiden of Rohan, slew the Witch-King of Angmar.
So, there you have it, a few of my favorite imps. What about you?
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?
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.