I’m excited to be visiting the Vampire Book Club today to talk about Demon Hunting in the Deep South, book 2 in the snarky paranormal series about demon hunters in Alabama. It’s the story of Ansgar, a frosty, emotionless demon hunter who melts like an ice cube on a hot July sidewalk when he meets shy, self-conscious Evie Douglass.
Evie has spent most of her life trying to stay under the radar, not an easy thing to do in a small town like Hannah, especially when petite socialite Meredith Peterson is around. Evie has been Meredith’s favorite target since seventh grade. Meredith and her bitch posse of skinny girlfriends take great delight in tormenting Evie about her size, calling her names like The Whale and Thunder Thighs.
Lucky Evie: Meredith’s husband is her boss, which means more torture time for Meredith. Evie thinks things cannot get any worse . . . until she finds Meredith brutally murdered. On Evie’s desk. In her office at the mill, only a few days after a very public scene in which Meredith accused Evie of having an affair with her husband.
Worse, the police find a bloody knife in Evie’s car—a knife they suspect is the murder weapon.
Suddenly, awkward, timid Evie Douglass is the Number One suspect in a sensational murder case. However, Evie has bigger problems. Hannah is infested with demons, soul sucking, body snatching creatures of evil. And for some reason they want Evie. The only thing standing between Evie and death or possible possession is a hunky blond demon slayer named Ansgar, a Dalvahni warrior. The Dal are a supernaturally gorgeous race whose sole purpose is to hunt down and capture rogue demons.
Evie could swear, though, that Ansgar is interested in more than demons. She could swear he is interested in her. Ridiculous, of course, because he’s sex on two legs and she’s . . . Well, she’s Whaley Douglass.
To add to Evie’s troubles, Meredith doesn’t have the decency to stay dead. Her ghost shows up to torment Evie and she’s more of a beyotch than ever. And Meredith has deathnesia. She can’t remember who killed her, which leaves Evie to solve the mystery of Meredith’s death, or go to jail for a murder she didn’t commit.
Writing Evie and Ansgar’s story was great fun and a challenge, because Evie is the polar opposite of Addy Corwin, the smartass-to-her-DNA heroine from my debut paranormal romance, Demon Hunting in Dixie. It took me some time to get to know Evie, but I ended up falling in love with her, just like the hero, Ansgar. Sure, she is shy and self-conscious, but she is also smart, funny, loyal, and kind hearted. The book was fun to write and packed with zany characters. There’s a Chihuahua serial killer wreaking havoc on lap dogs in Behr County (fear not, he is captured!), fairies, a raging bitch of a ghost, a studly demi god running around in his birthday suit, and a lovesick succubus on a bender. Oh, yeah, and Ansgar, the sublimely arrogant super warrior who gets his comeuppance when he finds, much to his astonishment, that he cannot keep his hands or his mind off a certain curvy redhead.
Demon Hunting in the Deep South comes out from Kensington July 31, 2012, and is available in print book and e-book format on-line and at bookstores everywhere. I hope you will check it out.
Don’t you just love it when an alpha male gets knocked for a loop by a little thing called love?
Want in on this fun series by Lexi George? Here’s your chance. One VBC winner will take home their choice of either Demon Hunting in Dixie (Book 1) or Demon Hunting in the Deep South (Book 2). Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian addresses only. Be sure to enter via the Rafflecopter form below on or before Aug. 15.