Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How not to summon a Demon

So, what happens when I am stuck with a scene in my two WIPs? I write a short story. It usually is related to my series but I ran into this awesome Writing Prompt and voila! Now I have another WIP! 
Um, I see a pattern here...

How not to summon a demon.


Image may contain: text that says '[WP] The demon stands amid your destroyed kitchen screaming, "How? How were you able to summon me?!" You're standing in the corner flipping through your grandma's cookbook as fast as you can, screaming back, "I don't know!! You were supposed to be chicken soup!"'

"CHICKEN SOUP?! Do I look like a damn chicken to you?!!"
"Uh, well, on my defense you are kinda feathery," I mutter, unable to quench the humor despite knowing he can fry me, quite literally.
Damn it, I should not have gotten drunk. But why in hell would grandma leave a grimoire in the kitchen?
Even weirder, how could I read the spell? 
I could see the gibberish clear now, but it had seemed like English before.
The demon's purple eyes narrow, his towering black wings scrap the ceiling. The faint scent of sulfur makes my nose itch, and I have to tilt my neck to look up at him. My eyes roam his tall frame and my gut clenches painfully. No hoves, no tail, and no stench.
I've not just summoned a demon, I've summoned a high ranking demon. He is wearing leathers and boots, an obsidian sword strapped to his hip.
"And just why were you using magic to make a chicken soup?" he asks, his tone mocking and disdainful.
"Because I suck at cooking."
He cocks a brow and examines me to see if I'm lying, then he snorts. "Summoned by an inept half-human, shameful."
"Hey!" I snap. "Watch your mouth!"
His face grows stony as he leans to my eye level, I keep my arms crossed in defiance even as my knees feel weak.
I've just shouted to a high ranking demon.
That goes high on the stupid-shit-I've-done list.
He blinks and rears back in surprise. "I've seen you before."
"Uh, no you haven't, I'm sure I'd remember."
His wings vanish in a blink of purple light along with his leathers, a black suit and matching shirt replace it.
His eyes focus on a spot above my head and I follow his gaze to find my grandma's photo. She is sitting on the porch with me on her lap, a book opened in front of us. 
"Magdalena," the demon mutters.
I freeze. "You know my grandma?"
A flicker of something akin to sadness flashes in his face so fast I'm not certain I've imagined it.
"When she was about your age, she summoned me as well," he says, zeroing his gaze on me again. "Only she did it intentionally, and it had nothing to do with cooking."
I blink. My grandma knew a demon, the one that had warned me never to peek on her dark magic books, to be a good little witch even if I felt like setting my bullies asses on fire.
Then something much more important finally hit me through the numbness of the rum.
"You called me half-human."
"Did I?" he snipes with calculative eyes, eyes that narrow on my left cheek.
"What happened?" he demands, jerking his chin to point at the growing bruise. 
"I fell," I lie. 
He cocks a brow. "You summoned me using my real name, that means I am bound to do a deed for you. Give me the name of the idiot so I can deal with him and go back to my business."
I blink, feeling my stomach cramp with uneasiness.
"He is much worse than I am, believe me," I say, trying to keep my voice leveled.  "And unless you want to make me my chicken soup I have no use for demon favors."
"For now," he says, his tone giving me chills. I recoil as he leans to take the old notebook from the counter.
"Where is Magdalena? I'd like to give her a little talk about hiding such material better."
Icy pain cuts through my chest. "The funeral is tomorrow."
"How?" he demands.
"Heart attack."
His brow knits as an ugly thought crosses my mind.
"She's not, I mean she knew how to summon demons," oh God, I think I will vomit. "She's not in hell, is she? Please tell me she's not."
He snorts. "Foolish girl, a mortal must exchange their soul for wealth or power in order to end up in Hell, or have done greatly bad deeds. Her soul was amongst the purest I've ever seen."
I breathe again, as the room spins. The rum, lack of sleep and hunger are taking a toll. 
To my surprise, the demon catches me and sets me down on a chair, his hands warm against my arms, face a few inches away. Just then I notice how extraordinarily handsome he is, sharp features and pale skin that makes a beautiful contrast with inky black hair.
I flinch as the door is knocked several times.
"Dinah! I know you're there! Open the door you little bitch!"
My eyes widen. How did that psycho found me?
Fear rears its ugly head and I can't help to shake. I'm in no shape for round two.
The demon growls startling me and moves towards the door with long strides. I follow him on shaky legs and watch as he opens the door and takes the 6-foot-2 football player by the collar hauling him off his feet.
Asher's blue eyes widen in terror, his forehead still has a big bump from where I hit him with the skillet. 
"I see you weren't lying about fighting back," the demon says, voice cold as ice, purple eyes glowing. "Nevertheless, I say he's earned a little reprieve, don't you?"
Before I can answer, Asher lets out an unearthly wail and kicks madly for a second before the demon drops him to the ground. 
Thanks the heavens there are no neighbors around for at least a couple miles.
Asher picks himself up, still wailing and runs to his car. Mud is lifted off the damp ground as he maneuvers out of the property in a matter of seconds.
"There, he will not be back, I can assure you that," the demon says, eyes normal again and less murderous expression.
"Damn it, I would've preferred you making me that chicken soup."
He sighs. "We will be seeing each other soon."
"Huh? Why? I thought the deal was o-"
He disappears, just like that, in a blink.
I swallow and close the door, staring into the empty living room. 
"Thank you," I mutter.
Even though it is quite insane to thank a demon for scaring off your obsessive ex-boyfriend. 
Meh, I've done crazier.

©Selene Kallan, 2018.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Spirits and Spells Free Anthology


Want to read some real scary stories?
Then step beyond the veil with twenty-one spooky tales of TRUE supernatural encounters by some of today's hottest paranormal authors. 



Between these pages, you'll witness a pair of disembodied legs cross the street and wake up beside ghostly felines; you'll experience visits from deceased family members and be haunted by terrifying shadow people. 



But be forewarned: these strange tales will send shivers down your spine and make you certain you're not alone, even when you are.
The old saying is true: real life is stranger (and scarier!) than fiction.
Stories included:

Heather Marie Adkins - Residual Darkness
Alex Owens - Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner
Rick Gualtieri - A Ghost Cat, Broken Crystal, and No Body in Sight
Karin Cox - Paws For Thought
Jennifer Rainey - Up Close and Personal: A Visit to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Candace Osmond - Nightmares
Lily Luchesi - The Man in the Black Hat
Alyssa Breck - Wicked Game
Michelle Hughes - A Haunting on North Street
Kim Cleary - Uplifting Real Life Paranormal
Lindsey R. Loucks - Just Curious
Ann Gimpel - The Benson Hut Ghost
Shannon McRoberts - Precognition
Caia Daniels - We See Dead People
Tanya Dawson - My Paranormal Experiences
Brea Viragh - Poppy's Coming
Debra Kristi - A Ghostly Research Trip
LA Kirk - Gravity in Reverse
Selene Kallan - The Chase
Bria Lexor - Encounter with the Devil in Mexico
S K Gregory - A Ghostly Encounter
and a bonus novella from Caroline Peckham - A Game of Vampires (A Vampire Games Prequel Novella)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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Synopsis

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.


Review

This book was a recommendation of JamsuDreams, and I am soooooo happy I listened!
How the hell had I never heard of this awesome saga?
I love the mythology, gargoyles, angels, and demons together were something I've never read before. And I do love some good VS evil, even better darkness disguising as light.
I like Layla, she is feisty and sarcastic and made roll my eyes few times, something I much appreciate in an MC.
The love triangle was well done, it is actually hard to choose a fave. I love Roth, he's a sassy, sexy, and caring guy, but I can't help to like Zayne too. He can be a bit of an overprotective pain sometimes, but his intentions are good. 
The action/romance balance was perfect, coupled with tons of sass and innuendos, something JLA excels at in the Paranormal/Urban genre. 
And Bambi! I am terrified of snakes, but would totally pet Bambi.
I am definitely continuing with the saga, can't wait to see what happens next! 

You can grab it here, special discount for this month!
https://www.amazon.com/White-Kiss-Dark-Elements-Book-ebook/dp/B00DSX0QRS/


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Friday, October 19, 2018

DUST IN MIND - From Ashes To Flames (Official Video)

"From ashes to flames I'll fight to survive

You don't know how much I faced my fears 

All my life I was afraid to find my place 

From ashes to flames, I'll not hide my face..."




Saturday, September 1, 2018

Bloodlines Tag

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My first book tag!
Designed by Jamsu

Hopper: A Magical Creature I’d Take As A Pet

I'd say one of the pack-rats from The Iron Fey, they're so cute! 


Golden Lily Tattoo; Bookish Tattoos I Have Or Would Like To Have

I'd like just about all the runes in The Mortal Instruments. Still have none because I'm terrified of needles.


Moroi: A Paranormal Book

Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian. I'm a sucker for vampires, and I love the mythology of the Midnight Breed series.


Strigoi: A Book With A Character You’d Like To Bring Back

Someone dies in Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick and I am so not over it. 


Dhampir: A Book With A Kickass Character

Keys of the Origin by Melissa A Joy. Melkhar is the most badass character I've ever read, male or female. A fierce, winged warrior, one of the protectors of her world. 


Spirit: Mental Illness Book

I'm currently reading Flutter by Olivia Evans, it's really good.


Sydney Sage: A Book With Witches/ Magic

The Black Witch Chronicles by Laurie Forest. Elloren, Tessla, and Sage are great MCs, and I love the balance between the plot, action and romance. 


Adrian Ivashkov: A Character You’d Date

Just one? Impossible. I have a crush on almost all the male characters of Keys of the Origin, especially Kalthis.
Yvan and Jarod from The Black Witch.
Patch Cipriano from Hush Hush.
Balthazar from The Evernight series.


The Fiery Heart; Favorite Ships

Yvan and Elloren forever! 


Brayden Cartwright; Contemporary Book

Play On by Samantha Young. Also, I wanna read Consumed by J.R Ward.


Jared Sage; A Character You Just Can’t Stand

Nesta Archeron. Aka the worse sister anyone could ever ask for. Conceited, selfish, cruel. Just nope.


Rose and Lissa: Friendship Goals

Winter and Ariel, Elloren and Tierney from the Black Witch.


Jillian Mastrano Dragomir: A Book About Royals/Royalty

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

This was so much fun! Thanks to Jamsu for the tag. You should totally check her blog, it's full of book reviews and lots of fun stuff.
https://jamsudreams.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Light Mage by Laurie Forest



Synopsis
Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the Wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. 

Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spreading across Erthia. But in order to keep the Wand safe from the dark forces hunting for it, Sage must abandon everything she once knew and forge a new path for herself…a dangerous course that could lead to either triumph or utter ruin.

Rating: 5 Supernovas
Review

Imagine living in a world where people are segregated based on their race. Where religion has been twisted and turned into a weapon, aimed against other's beliefs. Where fear of the unknown leads to hate and cruelty. Where little girls have no right over their own bodies and are forced into marriage. 

Not difficult to do, right?

Sage Gaffney comes from an extremely religious family, even for a Gardnerian. She has been taught that being obedient and following the teachings of the Ancient One will keep her safe. Safe from the demons that want to corrupt her people, safe from the vile men that hurt innocent girls like her. Her bubble shatters when she learns -in the worse way possible- that evil thrives within her own people; hidden behind mountains of lies.

She is thrust into the cruel reality of being shunned by her family, her kind and all the other races the Gardnerians have hurt. But she is not alone, she finds allies from where she least expects, compassion from those who she thought were evil, patient teaching from the shunned; unconditional love from a man she “should” fear. There is a lot of pain and heartbreak for her, but also a lot of friendship and love. 

Sage is brave, compassionate, kind and she learns fast. The kind of heroine I can root for easily; she makes mistakes, but learns from them and comes out stronger in the end. 

The love interest, Ciaran, is one of my fave male MCs. He is different from many others, and I loved that. There are a lot of lovable secondary characters, my absolute favorite is Rivyr, I need more him and his antics. 

A must read by an author that has quickly become one of my favorite. 

Get Light Mage
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Light-Mage-Black-Witch-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B077XY3GCF
Universal link: books2read.com/LightMage

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest


Synopsis

Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.

While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

Rating: 5 stars (Because unfortunately, I can't give it 10)

Review

“Welcome to the resistance.”
The final line of The Black Witch. Enough to keep me on edge for months while I counted the days to read The Iron Flower. The wait was more than well worth it.

Laurie Forest exceeded my expectations tenfold with an action-packed epic sequel. The Iron Flower is an emotional rollercoaster full of adventure and romance that won't let you go until you finish, and maybe even after. It has taken me days to organize my thoughts, there is a lot going on.

Gardneria has become the most dangerous place on Erthia for those who are not Gardnerian. The mage council's rulings becoming more and more repressive, and brutal than ever under the leadership of  Marcus Vogel. 
Elloren and her friends, the lupines, the selkie, the Fae, a Kelt, elves, and Icarals, are more in danger than ever before. But that doesn't stop them from creating even deeper bonds and fighting for what's right.

During the first half of The Black Witch, I wanted to slap Elloren a few times. Not anymore, she has become the kind of heroine I root for in The Iron Flower, defying old age prejudgements and breaking the rules; risking her life to protect those she loves. Fighting with everything she has not to fall into the dark temptation that the dark power coursing through her veins carries.
Lukas Grey, one of Elloren's love interests is back with a vengeance. His power call's to her and creates a dangerous temptation hard to resist. I didn't much like him before, I definitely don't like him one bit now. 

My ship has been one since The Black Witch, Yvan and Elloren. Yvan, the mysterious kelt with incredible powers that helped with Elloren's wake up call. He is without a doubt one of my biggest book crushes. And the level of chemistry he shares with Elloren reaches new burning levels in The Iron Flower. 

There are a lot of tear-jerking moments, so be warned and prepared. The plot twists left my head spinning more than once. The character development was on point; new characters enrich the plot giving you more people to love and hate. 

The Iron Flower is a heartbreakingly beautiful book. I can't wait to read it again and dive into the rich world Laurie Forest has created.

Get The Iron Flower here:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Flower-Black-Witch-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B077PD2ZN1/
Universal link: books2read.com/TheIronFlower

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How not to summon a Demon

So, what happens when I am stuck with a scene in my two WIPs? I write a short story. It usually is related to my series but I ran into this ...