Ever noticed those newspapers in the rack as you check out at your grocery store? They have two-headed babies, aliens being autopsied, that sort of thing. What if you couldn’t stop looking? What if at that moment the demon spirit of an evil being passed into your body and mind?
We writers are a weird bunch. We come up with some wild what ifs. This book, A Savage Grace, resulted from one of those moments when my imagination grabbed hold of me. It’s a wonder I didn’t react much like Lenore does in this scene when she is first visited by a demon’s spirit.
In the local grocery store Lenore is caught up by a photo of a madman on the front of a yellow rag newspaper at the checkout stand. Everything stands still, his evil eyes snag her attention and the girl behind the counter is concerned. Asks what’s wrong.
Excerpt from that moment:
“What would Diana do if she told her everything was fine, she was simply going stark-raving mad and conversing with a demon-possessed madman? A disjointed giggle choked at her throat, threatened to bubble out and put fact to the statement.
“The voice came at her again, spouting words so filthy she wasn’t sure of their meaning. She stumbled backward into old Mr. Stiles, who had joined the line, frail arms folded around a package of bologna and a quart of milk. He dropped the plastic carton, and it split open, gushing white fluid over his tattered shoes. Staring at the mess, he let go the pack of bologna. It hit the floor with a loud smack and splashed milk up the legs of his threadbare overalls.”
And so our heroine begins an adventure that sees her pitted against being possessed by a demon she finally comes to know as Alf. Lenore is an ordinary heroine. She lives with the man she is engaged to, but we soon learn he is not a bit helpful. They live in her deceased mother’s home in the Ozarks where she creates special blends of tea that sell at a local craft outlet out on the Interstate. Left on her own to battle Alf, she sets out to learn how to defeat him before he takes over her body and forces her to do terrible things. Her allies are strange indeed. A lay-Catholic priest and Eric, the man currently possessed by Alf. With their occasional help she will struggle against possession by this evil demon.
I had a lot of fun writing this book. It’s subject matter is far, far from what I usually write. No western romance, no romantic mystery, though the reader is treated to romps through the Ozarks and a bedding by both the demon and his counterpart once in a while. After all, I have to be true to my brand: Sexy, Dark, & Gritty.
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