I am excited to welcome author Saranna DeWylde, who’s getting ready to release How To Lose a Demon in 10 Days, the first novel in an exciting new series.
Grace does. She’s got more demon than she can saddle. In fact, she’s got a sinfully sexy Crown Prince of Hell named Caspian. She’s also got ten days to get rid of him or Bad Things shall ensue. See, her Russian mobster ex-boyfriend didn’t take kindly to her smutty Mephistophelean contract. It’s not that she’s conspiring with fiends; that was his idea. It’s that she’s conspiring against him with outrageous devilry that runs the gamut from embarrassing to a dead hooker turned dominatrix demon gunning for his soul.
One should never trust demons, let alone shag them. They don’t have hearts. Yet Grace is buying hers some slightly tarnished armor and hoping that once he’s been shoveled into it, kicking and screaming, he’ll find it’s just his size. This damsel in distress needs a dark knight for a Happily Ever After.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of How To Lose a Demon in 10 Days.
My Favorite Heroes
Good guy heroes bore me. I don’t like to write them and I don’t like to read about them. Why? They have nothing to learn. There’s no real journey to take with them. Their journey to love? Maybe. But the stories that I like best are the ones where it’s love that leads to their redemption, where it’s love that really does conquer all. The heroine doesn’t change the hero, love does that. The change begins deep inside him, in a secret, quiet place that sometimes even he, himself, doesn’t see. Not until it bursts out of him like something from Alien. It has to be ugly and stark like that because even in fairy tales, you have to earn your happily ever after.
One of the authors who I think does that best is Kresley Cole. She has this way of taking the villain and flipping the redemption switch and making him the hero, but she doesn’t change who he is at his core. He loves, he is redeemed, but he’s not perfect. A wonderful example of that is in her latest book Lothaire. He found his true love, learned lessons, but he’s still Lothaire.
Another author who does this well is my critique partner Jenna McCormick. I am so completely and unapologetically her screaming fangirl. The hero in her new book No Mercy is a space pirate. Zan seems cold and hard in the first book, ruthless even, but when we get inside his head, he has the weight of the world…er… universe on his shoulders and all of the tough choices he’s had to make have been for the greater good. He finds his true love, and his redemption, but at his core, he’s still a swashbuckling Han Solo, scruffy, nerf-herder type. (My favorite!)
And yes, I’ll admit that Caspian, the hero in my own book is one of my favorites because I try to write the kind of hero I want to read about, the kind of guy that I don’t mind hanging around in my head. Sure, he’s a demon. He does some bad things, but in the end, it’s love that’s his salvation. He doesn’t stop being a demon, because that’s who he is at his core.
I think it’s important to see characters who still have faults earn their happily ever afters because it speaks to that need in all of us and shows that even with all of our shortcomings, we’re still worthy and deserving of happiness and love. It’s still there for the taking if we just reach out and grab it.
What about you? Who are your favorite heroes?
Meet Saranna DeWylde!
Saranna De Wylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.
Want to purchase Saranna’s novels?
- How To Lose a Demon in 10 Days at Amazon | Book Depository
- How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days at Amazon | Book Depository (September 25, 2012)
- How To Seduce an Angel in 10 Days at Amazon | Book Depository (February 26, 2013)
Desperate Housewives of Olympus at Amazon | Book Depository
Lust and Other Drugs at Amazon
Hot and Haunted at Amazon
Temporary Tricks at Amazon
Nice Girls, Naughty Sex: 20 Erotic Tales at Amazon
Furyous Ink at Amazon
The World of Myth Anthology at Amazon
Thank you Saranna for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Saranna is giving away a copy of How To Lose a Demon in 10 Days. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Who are your favorite heroes? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered. (US/Canada only)
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until August 31st at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.