KAREN’S KILLER BOOK BENCH: Welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench where readers can discover talented new authors and take a peek inside their wonderful books. This is not an age-filtered site so all book peeks are PG-13 or better. Come back and visit often. Happy reading!
There’s No Heaven….Like Hell
Faced with losing Pandora Productions as well as her best friend Rebecca to the smarmy Paul, savvy film executive Debbie makes a pact with the demon Shaker, agreeing to bind herself to him as his human master in return for killing Paul. When the intended coup goes amiss, resulting in the deaths of both Rebecca and Paul, Debbie finds herself alone at Pandora’s helm, facing a rising tide of corporate enemies led by Paul’s duplicitous son Dante and the behemoth Titan Pictures. Shaker’s backing smoothes the way, solving some problems supernaturally, others through brutal bloodshed, even as he calls into play various preternatural and human allies to assist Debbie.
As the months pass, Debbie’s strong resolve begins to crumble under the weight of her actions, even as she guiltily concedes the pleasure she finds in Shaker’s arms is becoming something more than just affection. Is there hope for a happy ending built on so much evil? Or is Debbie doomed to lose her heart as well as her soul to a demon who has only been waiting for the chance to claim both?
Title: A Good Year
Author: Tara Fox Hall
Series: Unhallowed Love Series Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Suspense with Romantic Elements
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
A GOOD YEAR
Unhallowed Love Book 1
BY TARA FOX HALL
Three hours later, Debbie entered her penthouse apartment, breathing a second relieved sigh as she tossed her keys on the end table, and kicked off her high heels.
Everything had gone better than she’d hoped. Rebecca was okay, the knock on the head serious but not fatal. She’d awoken raving about Paul becoming a beast in the middle of the ambulance ride to the hospital, and the EMT’s had sedated her. She’d be released tomorrow, most likely.
Debbie had spun a vague story about Paul going crazy, hitting Becky, then running out of the room. Even now, the police were looking for him. He’d be no more trouble. Without him, Becky would be her old self.
A sharp pain minced through Debbie’s fingers of her left hand. She flexed her digits, then went back to her musings.
Becky would have to go along with Debbie’s story. What was she going to say, that Paul had transformed into a monster before her eyes? No one would believe her, even if she did try to tell the truth. Worst-case scenario, Becky would be admitted to a mental hospital for a while, and Debbie would take Pandora’s reins. The deal with Titan would fall through, no matter what. That was what mattered.
Another sharp pain lanced along Debbie’s right hand, then down her index finger. She flexed that hand, then took out the small box Becky had gifted to her. Opening it, Debbie looked again at the bracelet that Becky had given to her. Pearls were her favorite. She fastened it on her wrist, then headed to the bathroom to see how the bracelet sparkled in bright light.
At her second step, burning pain lanced around her left ankle, then travelled upward in a spiral. Debbie shrieked, then went to one knee, her skin crawling with movement, a hundred pricks of fire lancing pain down into her skin. She staggered to the mirror and looked, then shrieked again.
Waspy winged things crawled all over her, stinging her as she watched. Several were emerging out of her skin, shaking off bloody wings. Others were laying eggs in her, leaving pulsating welts behind in rows as larva birthed and gorged itself. As she opened her mouth to scream, Debbie saw two smaller creatures buzzing happily, as they crawled into her mouth, even as a large one squeezed itself out her nose. With a thud, Debbie collapsed in a faint.
“Wake up, human.”
Debbie blinked her eyes, then remembered the bugs on her. She let out a scream, brushing at herself.
“They’re gone,” Shaker intoned from her easy chair, bemused.
“What were they?” Debbie said, shivering as she scanned her mirror image for signs of the bugs.
“Demons call them Invisible Stings,” Shaker replied. “An excruciating way to die, if you don’t go mad first.” He held out the gift box to her. “Don’t you know better than to open boxes?”
Debbie’s face contorted in fury, then she ripped at the bracelet that circled her wrist. “That bastard!”
“No. Your friend, Rebecca,” Shaker said, crushing the box into a misshapen metal lump. “I did a little investigating, while you were unconscious. You’re just lucky that you had a stronger ally in your vengeance that she did.”
“Why?” Debbie said, horrified.
“You slept with Paul, her husband,” Shaker said. “At least, that was the reason the witch who supplied her with the curse gave before I killed her.”
Debbie rubbed at her skin. What would she do now? Rebecca had betrayed her. “Thanks for saving me.”
“Just protecting my investment,” Shaker said pleasantly. “Though I guess you could say you owe me two favors now.”
“Make it three,” Debbie said, meeting his red gaze with her resolute one. “Make sure that Becky stays out of my way. But don’t kill her. She might have wanted to kill me, but we were friends once.”
“Thy will be done,” Shaker said formally, then laughed. “I’m sure Pandora Productions will flourish under your rule.” He produced a bottle of wine, this one with a familiar label. “I know you like reds. Shall we drink to it?”
Debbie glanced at the clock. In a few minutes, the New Year would arrive. “Yes,” she said with determination. “To the best damn year ever. Pour, demon.”
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, children’s stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice. All of her published children’s stories to date are free reads on http://www.childrens-stories.n et.
Links to Tara’s website, blog, books, etc.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TerrorFoxH all
Barnes & Noble:
Date: September 19 – October 9, 2017
Prize: One Amazon Gift Card valued at $66.60
Thanks, Tara, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!