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.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from L.A. That’s Lower Alabama, not Los Angeles. I grew up in a tiny place called Canoe that has one flashing light, a railroad track, and a country store. As an adult, I ended up living in Wetumpka, Alabama, another large metropolis—not! Guess I like small towns.
Tell us your latest news and current projects?
Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb, book four in the demon hunter series, comes out May 24, 2016, and I am thrilled. This is the book-that-would-not-be-written (I went through a divorce and it knocked the muse for a loop). It was a struggle to write, and it’s great to see it finally being published.
In December, I got a new agent, the fabulous Marlene Stringer, and she is currently shopping the first book in a fantasy series for me. I love this story. 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.
Fingers crossed that it finds the right editor and publisher!
Currently, I am working on book five of the demon hunter series. It’s called Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex, and it’s the story of Cassie, a demonoid, and Duncan, a Dalvahni demon slayer. Cassie and Duncan have a history and more issues that Carter has little liver pills. They get embroiled in a werewolf turf war, and their former passion reignites. Chaos to follow!
I’m also working on a novella. It’s called Vamp on the Lam, and it’s about an elven warrior exiled to Alabama with a bounty on his head after he’s falsely accused of dallying with the Elf Queen. He ends up working security at a haunted casino, and offers asylum to a Regency vampire named Hugo. Pure fun and zaniness, and I hope to finish it this year, as well.
When and why did you begin writing, and what inspired you to write your first book?
Many years ago (twenty, in fact), I had this story in my head that wouldn’t let go. The characters kept talking to me, and scenes would pop into my head, unannounced. I started writing it for fun, and was hooked. I started taking craft classes and joined a writer’s group. I finished that first book and tried, without success, to get it published. I’ve always loved romance, so I decided to try my hand at paranormal romance, and the demon hunter series was born. Oddly enough, when I started writing the series, I thought it would be darker and more serious, but, almost from the first page, it took a funny turn. That was Demon Hunting in Dixie, the book that got me published.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. (Hangs head) I make things up as I go . . . sort of. When I start a book, I decide on the hero and heroine, their names and backstories, come up with a title, and a few plot points I want in the book, and start writing. From that point on, I plot as I go. Generally speaking, writers fall in to one of two categories: pantser or plotter. Pantsers, as the name implies, make up stuff up as they go. Plotters plot before they write. I am a hybrid, I guess, because I am a combination of the two that I call “plotser.”
How did you come up with the title?
All of the demon hunter books have “demon hunting” in the title. I was walking to my car one night after work, and the title “Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb” popped into my head. The book sprang from the title.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Gosh . . . er . . . that’s a tough one. Okay, it’s like this. Sassy, the heroine, from outward appearances, seems to have it easy. She’s rich, spoiled, and privileged. In reality, though, she’s been held captive by her mother’s selfishness, and has to learn to stand up for herself. The message, I think, is that we can’t and shouldn’t judge others by appearances. Every person you meet has a story and problems they are struggling with, no matter how easy they may seem to have it at first glance.
How much of the book is realistic?
Well, there are supernatural and fantastic elements to all my stories, but the human emotions and relationships in my stories are very real. People are people, no matter where you go.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think every writer pours themselves into their stories. It’s why many writers say they feel naked when they write a book. Our experiences and relationships, good and bad, shape us as human beings and as writers. My books are usually pretty fast paced, and the events are not based on my life. Gah, that would be boring!
However . . . The funeral parlor scene in Demon Hunting in Dixie is based on my childhood growing up in a small town, at least in part. While we never had a body go missing, my relatives were forever dying, which meant I was frequently at the funeral home. Addy Corwin’s aversion to funerals and dead bodies in the first book springs from my own experiences in that regard.
What books have influenced your life the most?
Too many to name! 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 ruthless willingness to kill off his characters. 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 to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Georgette Heyer for her clever dialogue and sparkling secondary characters, and David Eddings, who wrote the fantasy series The Belgariad, because I love that he writes with an ensemble cast of characters, and that’s the way I write, too! On a day-to-day basis, Suzanne Johnson has been incredibly generous. She’s the one that got me in touch with Roxanne Rhoads and voila! Blog tour!
What books are you reading now?
I mostly listen to audio books to and from work, because it’s the only way I can squeeze reading into my busy day. I listen to romance, mystery, and fantasy. I just finished re-reading the Harry Potter books, and, right now, I am listening to Lady of Quality, by—you guessed it—Georgette Heyer.
What would you like my readers to know?
I LOVE to hear from readers. Drop me an email and, if I’m ever at an event near you, come find me and let’s talk. But beware. If you say anything funny, it might end up in a book!
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