by Lexi George
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.
I loved this story. Unfortunately, no one else did, so I decided to regroup. I fell in love with romance in the seventh grade when I discovered Georgette Heyer, and my love for the genre grew from there. Joanna Lindsey, Loretta Chase. Jayne Ann Krentz, Lisa Klepas, Iris Johansen, and Julia Quinn are some of my favorite romance writers, to name a few. Soooo, I decided to try my hand at writing a romance. I love Regency, but that intimidated the heck out of me, because of the historical details and accuracy required. The difference in a phaeton, a curricle and a barouche? Please. And don’t get me started on all those English titles.
I came across a writing prompt on-line that offered feedback on the first chapter of a paranormal romance. This was back in 2008, and vampires were BIG. Naturally, being ornery, I chose to write demon hunters instead. I liked the paranormal element, because of my fantasy leanings, and because I’ve always loved myths and fairy tales.
First came the hero and heroine. I pulled out a baby name book and selected their names and started writing with a vague storyline in mind: heroine out running one night with her dog when she gets attacked by a demon and left for dead. She is saved from certain death by a hunky, immortal demon hunter. I thought the book was going to be dark and full of angst. I even had a dramatic title in mind, Dark Encounter. To my surprise, the story took a humorous turn. When the dog started talking, I knew this was no Dark Encounter. This was Demon Hunting in Dixie.
Remember Christine Feehan’s vampires, stolid and emotionless until they meet their life mates? Well, there’s a little Carpathian in my demon hunters, because they are all business, until they fall in love, and then wham! they are goners. I enjoy writing an ensemble cast with zany secondary characters, and the inspiration for them comes from Ms. Heyer. She had a wonderful gift for writing quirky characters that make me chuckle to this day. The Southern crazy in my books comes from first-hand experience.No, I’ve never met a vegetarian zombie, a giant catfish, or a regenerated corpse, but I’ve lived in the South most of my life, and it has definitely rubbed off on me. I grew up in a small town where everybody knows your beeswax, and I have a Southern mama. Nuff said.
So, there you have it. My inspiration for the demon hunter series!
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Lexi's Newest Book: Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb
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 . . .
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