Top 10 Fun Facts About Angel’s Keeping

BedtimeKyrieGuest blog by Brantwijn Serrah, author of Angel’s Keeping

  1. “Raschael” is pronounced like “Raphael”
  2. The characters in Angel’s Keeping are mostly incubi and succubae. The “familiar” name for these demons is exsul, or “outcasts”. They descend from the original fallen angels and are the oldest race of demons.
  3. All demons in the Blood and Fire series have fangs (even the witches).
  4. Three characters in Angel’s Keeping have appeared before in my short stories: Raschael and Father Gabriel appear in The Wages of Sin in the Ravaged, Volume 2 anthology; Malael appears in Bad Dreams, my recently released “hentai” short.
  5. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas, by Blink-182, plays at the strip club Raschael visits. The whole strip-club scene came about so that I could work the song into the story; it’s one of my husband’s favorite holiday songs.
  6. In Angel’s Keeping it is revealed that a group or family of exsul is called a horde. From other Blood and Fire books, we know a group of witches is called a coven; a group of weverwolves is a pack; a group of shadow-walkers is a prowl; and a group of vampires is a colony or brood.
  7. In the Blood and Fire series, roughly 99% of all exsul are pansexual. The ones who aren’t are called tavari: the “unfortunate”.
  8. Though I’ve had stories in mind for the Blood and Fire series for more than 10 years, Raschael and Kyriel are some of my newest characters. I only really discovered them about a year ago.
  9. Angel’s Keeping was written in less than 10 days.
  10. Fans of Lotus Petals might be excited to know that Raschael and Rhiannon (my vampire leading lady) do cross paths at some point…

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As a succubus, preying on humans is Raschael’s business, and mortal holidays are a frivolous waste of time. So maybe her king meant to punish her when he sent her out to hunt on Christmas Eve. Or maybe he just wanted her far, far away, so he could banish Raschael’s one trusted friend.

Now Raschael must track down a missing fallen angel, and she doesn’t have a clue where to start. Bigger predators are closing in, and Rasche’s only lead is a Christmas stripper named Noelle.

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Book excerpt

The waitress ditched her tray of drinks and took Rasche by the hand, leading her into one of the back rooms. The Christmas theme survived even in the private show quarters, though with a more generous degree of triple-X action. The small space Raschael’s escort chose had been decorated with garlands and wreaths, and a stocking hung by the door, but on top of the holiday trimmings there were also striking boudoir pictures. They all contained the same sweet, golden angel, but in much less “angelic” form.

Raschael spun to address the woman personally. “Who are you?”

By way of answer, the woman nodded her head at the bright red stocking. Noelle, it read in sapphire blue, glittery letters across the trim.

“Noelle?” Rasche asked. “Really?”

“Yes, really,” Noelle replied with a brilliant smile. “It really is my God-given name. Honest.”

“All right, Noelle, then about Kyrie-”

“Oh, now, now.”

Noelle took Rasche’s hand again, stroking her fingers, and led her to the soft red leather seat stationed in the center of the room. She gestured for Raschael to sit and, before Raschael could stop her, climbed expertly up into the succubae’s lap.

“First thing’s first, gorgeous. How about we get a little more…intimate?

She raised a hand and snapped her fingers. The faded strains of Blink 182 from the main room became inaudible, as Lady Gaga’s “Speechless” flowed into the room’s own speakers. Noelle lowered herself over Raschael’s body, rocking in time with the sultry piano, wrapping arms around the fallen one’s neck.

Forgetting herself for the briefest of moments, Raschael closed her eyes and let the first swell of carnal desire stir to life in her loins and chest. The dancer didn’t stop her when she lifted up her hands and cupped them over warm, soft buttocks.

Noelle smelled of warm vanilla. She had a luscious body, petite with classic curves, Renaissance in a way…but with eyes closed, Raschael’s mind made her Kyriel, little and lithe and naughty. Under her hands, Noelle’s plump hindquarters might have been Kyrie’s slim, boyish ass instead, and the sweet scent of heather rose up with the remembered sounds of Kyrie’s intoxicated desire, from earlier in the evening. Rasche lowered her face to nuzzle against a plentiful swell of tender breasts, and she sighed before she could stop herself, moving her body against the other woman’s with yearning.

“Why don’t you tell me about your friend,” Noelle whispered against her ear, gyrating ever-so-delightfully against Raschael’s body. “Why are you out searching for her on Christmas Eve, hm?”

“She ran away,” Raschael said. Her palms caressed the dancer’s ass greedily. “And I’m responsible for bringing her back before she gets in trouble.”

Noelle tsk’d her. “Now, now, Raschael. You make her out to be some sort of bad puppy.”

The dancer extended a leg and swung herself neatly around, facing away now to grind her pert little rear down on the succubae’s lap instead. Noelle’s hands stole to hers and guided them up to stroke tits through gauzy white fabric. Raschael’s fingertips found stiffened nipples, and she teased them through the thin material.

“Who told you my name?” she asked. “Kyrie?”

Mm, could be…”

Noelle’s hands closed, warm, over Rasche’s own, as the dancer welcomed her to knead, stroke, and caress. Rasche inclined her head to breathe in deep, relishing the scent of beautiful blonde hair.

“Listen, honey,” she whispered. “I’m sure as hell enjoying this, and if I had the time to spare I’d be all over you in ways you can’t even conceive.”

“Mm-hm,” Noelle replied. Her hips rolled in languid, mesmerizing rhythm, and Rasche let out a little growl as she returned the motion in kind.

“Oh, sweetness, I’d fuck you until you couldn’t stand,” she said. “But not now. You’re going to tell me if you’ve seen my girl, and where she is, and then we’ll see about making it up to you. Sound good?”

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When she isn’t visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can’t handle coffee unless there’s enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.

In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She’s also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.

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Review: Maltipoos Are Murder (Doggie Day Spa Mystery) by Jacqui Lane

malitpoos murderReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

This book was told in the first person.

Cara Rogers works at her Aunt’s pet spa – this is one job I’d love to try. Being a vet, not so much – blood and me don’t get along too well. Cole Sampson has come to talk to her and this is when the mystery begins. I have to say that I’m no good at figuring out the mysteries – I got this one wrong. You’ll have to read and see if you can get it right.

This is a perfect cuddle read. So if you have a dog, or cat, find your best reading area and cuddle up with your baby. Maybe you’ve lost your baby, like I have, so a stuffed animal may make a nice substitute. But this book is not just for pet lovers – even though dogs are the animal of choice here. The tone of the story would have changed otherwise. I never realized how exciting a pet spa could be – I’m in the wrong profession.

In one scene, Cara mentions a poem and if you’re interested you may want to check it out. If you would like to read it yourself you can find it here http://www.bartleby.com/364/335.html. This may have been a mystery but it didn’t stop this author from making me laugh – once you get to that point in the story you will understand why it was so funny.

I was disappointed once the ending appeared. I wasn’t ready for this story to be over but I did love the ending. It was more of a HFN than an HEA. So you can certainly use your imagination to come up with your own ending. Me, I’m hoping that there is going to be a book two in the Doggie Day Spa Mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed Jacqui’s tale and so will you. And if you want to know more of who Jacqui is, make sure to read “About the Author” at the very end.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Demon Creed (Demon Outlaw, Book 3) by Paula Altenburg

demon creedReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

Creed is on a Demon mission and that mission takes him to the ranch where Nieve is working. This is a world that has prejudices against those that are different – they are different through no fault of their own. It reminds me of our own history where slaves were considered expendable. There’s also hate for what people don’t understand and that includes the lack of compassion.

Willow has revenge on her mind as well as something more sinister. Nieve may be a woman who doesn’t appear to have much on the outside but on the inside she is very strong. And seeing this world she lives in, she needs to be. There is a point where the light goes on for Nieve – too bad more people couldn’t be that enlightened.

There are some scenes where the descriptions are a little gross in the details. It’s not too bad but it is enough that you don’t want to be eating at the time. This is a book that comes with some lessons if you’re willing to listen and Paula makes it a great way to get those lessons across to the reader. She takes a paranormal story and makes it so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it made me realize that I need to go back and read the first two books. I wasn’t lost by not having read them, and I don’t think you had to read them in order to enjoy this one, but just for the pleasure of reading the complete series is why I want to make sure to read The Demon’s Daughter and Black Widow Demon.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Dark Cravings (Dark Series, Book 1) by Madeline Pryce

dark cavingsReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This story is told in the first person.

Micah McGregor and Ella Grey are Shadow Hunters and they have issues about working together. At our first introduction, they seem more like bickering teenagers than badass vampire hunters. And isn’t that what we love, when our couple don’t seem to like each other.

Madeline is a very wicked author. She has included a character that our couple has identified as a succubus. And this is the point where the story gets interesting. Our author uses words that can be graphic at times so it’s not hard to picture in your mind what’s going on. You can feel the craving and can do nothing but read to see where it takes you.

When our couple comes together, it’s one hot and erotic ride. The author shows the reader how bad an addiction can be. It might be really good at the time but you feel worse and worse as time goes by until you get your next fix. It also shows the reader how the personality of the addict can change.


You can tell how creative an author is when they can take a serious situation and put in a conversation that will have the reader laughing. And the reader gets plenty of action. But make sure you pay attention because there’s a lot of twists and turns.

Madeline may not like me saying this but this is not a beach or vacation book. It’s a great book though if you’re stuck inside. You will find that this book sucks you in and everything around you just disappears. A great way to relieve some stress is to get comfortable, put on your favorite music, have a nice tall drink of something and maybe something to nibble on as you sit back and enjoy this book.

Prepare for the forbidden where our couple is concerned – it takes the hot level up a notch. This is an erotic addiction that I hope has no cure. Just like in music, the story builds into a crescendo and just a word of warning that if you have a weak stomach you might get a little queasy – one word, blood.

As you get toward the end of this story, you may pose the question “what would I do in the same circumstance?” It’s also not a book to read when you have to go to work – it could make you late. The good news is that there is another book out now titled Dark Innocence. Once you finish that book you will be ready for this summer when Dark Secrets comes out.

Rating: ★★★★½

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Review: Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, Book 2) by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night by Deborah HarknessReviewed by Sharon S.

I had heard wonderful things about A Discovery of Witches so when I got an opportunity to review the sequel Shadow of Night I thought, perfect! Unfortunately this is a series that needs to be read in order. Harkness did a great job of catching the reader up on her world building, except for what Daemon are. I still don’t know anything about them and considering one of the main characters in this book, Kit Marlow, is one I would think Harkness would have mentioned more about them. What you don’t get by skipping the first book is the emotional connection to the main couple Diana and Matthew. I can tell it was a passionate and emotionally volatile romance, but without it I wasn’t able to fully appreciate Shadow of Night. I love first person POV, but I found Diana a bit sterile and boring in her account of events. The subject matter is fabulous and I recognize and respect what Harness has accomplished with this book and the series as a whole, but I just didn’t like Diana.

Now, Matthew is whole other story. I love a complex and emotionally damaged paranormal Alpha male. Matthew is a 1500 year old vampire and in this book he must face the past he has never really been able to let go of. He is the perfect blend of powerful, sexy and scary. It is because we only see him through Diana’s eyes that make him so mysterious and absolutely delicious! I plan on reading the first book just to experience more Matthew. Another character I connected too was Matthew’s father Philippe, and watching these two interact was heartbreaking and touching.

I don’t know about A Discovery of Witches, but Shadow of Night is more like a historical, which isn’t my favorite genre. I got tired of Diana’s constant commentary on her surroundings and the ways of Elizabethan period. I do appreciate the effort it took Harkness to weave factual history and her made up world into one story.

I honestly don’t think I can rate this book in a fair manner. If you have read the first one and loved it, then you are going to go nuts over this one. There are tons of surprises that I am sure you won’t see coming (isn’t that mean <G>, but I can’t spoil). If you haven’t read the first book yet, then do so before picking this one up. And lift some weights, because this book is almost 600 pages long! I am going to give the book 3.5 stars when read as a stand-alone.

Rating: ★★★½☆ (as a stand alone novel)

Buy: Shadow of Night: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)

Review: Broken Prophecy (Heirs of Aedan, Book 1) by Raven Raye

Broken ProphecyReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Killian is thinking of a human and her name is Marcella. His purpose in our world is to find out who is threatening his kind. Marcella Rowan works at Cloudcroft’s hospital. She cares a lot about her patients. Her friend Brenna also works there as well.

Raven gives her readers a little bit of everything – paranormal, mystery, thriller, horror, and romance. She shows what lengths some people will go to for the person that they love. She has also made Lilith, an angel who’s not so angelic, the evil in this piece. I think she could give any other evil being a run for their money.

A circle seems to connect our characters. They all interconnect – both good and evil. For some, family has no meaning. For others, friends and family mean everything. Brenna and Marcella are the perfect friends. They complement each other and seem to know what the other needs. Plus they each have a special gift that can help the other.

This is a story that took a lot of creativity. Raven has taken everything that we thought were just fairy tales, and myths, and turned it around into a story that could be totally believable. She also shows the reader that no matter how “superior” a race, prejudice can exist and until something changes it always will. Hatred can cause a lot of destruction but can love and faith have a chance to change the impossible?

The only disappointment I had was that I kept seeing the pages disappear. I didn’t want the tale to end. But knowing that this is book one means that there will be another tale to follow. It will be interesting to see if Killian and Marcella’s story will continue or if Raven will introduce two new characters. You may want to keep an eye on her web site, http://www.ravenraye.com/, for any possible updates.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley

Where There's SmokeReviewed by Susan S.

Summary: Destiny Carter (heroine) is on the brink of gaining demon status. All she has to do is steal one more soul. The powers below have given her one week to corrupt someone. Anyone. If successful, she’ll become a full-fledged demon, but if she fails-she’ll burn in the fires of hell. Forever! So you see, failure is not really an option here.

When Carter meets a blue-eyed cowboy (named Chance) at a bar, she thinks he’s the one. Not “the” one, but the soul she needs to steal. Destiny’s under the impression that getting Chance’s soul will be as easy as agreeing to a second slice of devil’s food cake. But what she doesn’t know is…that he’s immortal. And he’s got his own agenda!

Review: There are things I really enjoyed. Like the good vs. evil concept and the main characters. How Destiny seeks to tempt and corrupt, while Chance is determined to resist and save. The immortal brothers also add a nice element to the story. They’re part angel, part human. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how hot Carter and his brothers are. Which, they are.

However, I would’ve liked the story to have focused less time on Destiny’s neighbors and more time on Chance’s family. I never connected with the neighbors and wanted to know more about Chance’s cousin, Nevaeh. She makes this grand entrance and is never heard of again. On a few occasions I felt that certain scenes were misplaced. The Old West scene was such a scene. To me, grown immortals playing a real version of Cowboys and Indians didn’t add to the story line.

Overall, it’s a good book which focuses most of its energy on the erotic elements. With some shifting of character focus and some simplifying, the sequels will be even better.

Disclaimer: I received this novel free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Recommendations: For “adult” readers who enjoy the following story elements: opposites attracting, demons vs. angels, and good vs. evil. Also for booklovers who enjoy heavy doses of erotica with very light sprinkles of romance.

What’s Next?

  • Where There’s a Will – Book Two (Sept. 2012) Ryder and Haley’s story
  • When All Else Fails – Book Three (Release date TBA)

Review-O-Meter Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc., Copyright 2012, Paranormal Erotic Romance, Paperback, Print Pages 292. ISBN# 978-1-4022-6386-6.

Get into Bed with Karen Kelley (Author Interview)

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Karen Kelley: Hello and thanks so much for inviting me to your home on the web!

Keira: We’re happy to have you here! What is your favorite scene in Where There’s Smoke?

Karen: Wow, hard question. I think as a writer you connect with the characters so much and the story becomes a part of you that it’s difficult to choose one specific scene. That said, I would probably pick the scene where my hero lifts the veil that hides Destiny’s past. Here’s a snippet of what happened after he saw her life play out in front of him:

Chance gasped as the vision was swiftly swept away. He went to his knees, trying desperately to fill his starving lungs with air. He’d taken Destiny’s pain and made it his own, he’d felt the demon’s breath on his face, burning him, and it sucked the life from him. He couldn’t breathe, couldn’t draw in enough oxygen.

He shouldn’t have let her life play out that far. It had been too much. The nephilim were never supposed to hear a bargain made with the Devil.

Never.

Too much.

It was too much.

Suffocating darkness closed in around him.

Keira: Talk about opposites attract! A demon and an angel?

Karen: Not exactly a demon yet. Destiny is a demon-in-training. Except she was kicked out of Hell and can only attain demon status if she steals a soul. Chance isn’t actually an angel, either, only half. He’s a nephilim, the offspring of angels who mated with mortal women.

Keira: So is Destiny less demonic than she thinks?

Karen: Life threw Destiny a lot of curves. She doesn’t think she has a choice except to become a demon. Besides, she deserves a better life, even if it’s in death.

Keira: Is Chance less angelic than he thinks? **Waggles eyebrows**

Karen: LOL Only when it suits him—and it usually doesn’t. Nephilim don’t play by the same rules as everyone else. Chance is no exception. Sometimes he makes up his own rules. But when he clashes with Destiny, all hell breaks loose.

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Keira: How did you pitch Where There’s Smoke?

Karen: I didn’t just pitch one book, but a series. The following are my original pitches:

 Book One: A sexy wannabe demon is kicked out of Hell and given a week to reach her quota of one more soul, but a nephilim, who isn’t your typical robe-wearing, bright light surrounding him angel, isn’t going to let that happen, especially when it’s his soul, his body, she wants.

 Book Two: Stood up for the last time, a plain Jane prays for a miracle that will take her from dowdy to dazzling.  She never expects an unconventional nephilim, who thinks he’s God’s gift to women, to show up on her doorstep telling her he can teach her about sex.  Yeah, right.

 Book Three: A lady cop meets her match when she arrests a man who claims to be a nephilim, then can’t shake him once he makes bail.  The guy belongs in a mental ward with all his talk about how she’s going to get shot during a burglary, but then it happens.

The titles were changed so I didn’t include them. The last book has changed somewhat but it’s pretty much the same. I knew editors liked series and I had read a few online pitch sessions Deb Werksman conducted and she always asked about other books. I believe in being prepared.

Keira: How do you define love? (romantic/true love/soul mate – as one or separate ideas)

Karen: For me, it’s all one that grows over time.

Keira: Are you watching ABC’s new TV series GCB set in Dallas, Texas? (Had to ask, you live in Texas… lol) What do you think?

Karen: I rarely get the chance to watch TV and had to Google this one. Gee, thanks *frowning* LOL  Now I want to watch it. The only TV I watch is American Idol and I’m hooked! Philip Phillips is my favorite if you want to know.

Keira: What’s next for you?

Karen: Two more books in this series, Where There’s a Will in Sept 2012 and When All Else Fails early 2013, then we’ll see. There will always be another book brewing inside me. Writing is like breathing. I can’t do one without the other.

You can find out more about my books and my contests at www.authorkarenkelley.com

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