Friday, 17 May 2013

BEWITCHING TOURS **REVIEW**: "Stranger at the Hell Gate" by Ash Krafton **REVIEW ADDED**

Genre: urban fantasy
 Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
 Date of Publication: March 2013
 Word Count: 20000
 Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor


Jagger Sintallon, a half-demon warrior, has dedicated his existence to fighting demons who enter the world through Hell gates. A loner of conflicting ideals, he offers shelter to a troubled woman but knows he is too rough, too dangerous, and too cocky for her delicate nature.

Dedicated to Divine Will, Sonya Camael, a Seraph, is determined to discover why she is drawn to Jagger's doorstep and the reason behind her mission. She needs the demon's help but fears he may get himself killed before she can figure it out and the world slips into Hell's dominion.

Sonya faces grave danger with evil stalking her every move, and Jagger shouldn't care but realizes he cares more than he'd likely admit. Sonya knows Jagger cannot win this war alone, but will her divine intervention mean his imminent end? Or will just the right combination of Heaven and Hell set the world right once again?

Jagger hung his head, looking very much out of patience. With an exasperated huff, he turned in place, his boots clomping. Cocky stance, head back, and eyes daring her to say something. But these things she only partially registered because when he turned to face her, his entire upper body—chest, face, arms—glowed with the marks of past insult and injury. And that sickle shape burned into the skin over his heart—

She whimpered, heart-sick to see him in this way. Her mother's blood cried out at the thought of what agony he must have endured to stand here now, so marred and wounded. Covering her eyes, she dispelled the Seraph sight and fought the tears.

"Hey." He was in front of her within moments, pulling her hands down and leaning to peer at her downturned face. "Hey, what's wrong?"

"You. You've been through so much. Just look at you."

"I'd rather not. I'm not a pretty guy."

"Jagger. These scars. You have countless hurts. I can't see a part of you that isn't injured." She raised her eyes, tears brimming on her lower lashes. "Let me help you."

"What, you're a plastic surgeon?"

She swallowed and regained part of her composure. "Better."

He looked alarmed and rocked back on his heels. "You don't mean—"

"Yes, I do." She held onto his hands and kept him from backing away. This felt right, this decision.

His eyes shifted. "Ah, I don't think it's a good idea, doll. Our kinds don't mix well."

Hello, Again: Thoughts on Writing a Series

Writing BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2) was much different than writing the first book of the Demimonde series.

When I wrote BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1), I had to introduce my characters and start building their world from the ground up. There was back story, there were new supes, there were rules to create--all in order to tell the story of a woman who learns she'd been living in a world of secret paranormal beings (and she was pretty "super" herself, after all.)

The second book was easier in that respect. I just got to go back into the world I created and visit the characters I'd come to love.

I admit, there were times during editing when I'd forget to proof and just read. I got to focus on the story, the action, and the people (a term used loosely) without having to worry as much as I did with book one: why can a demivamp control a human? How does a DV turn into full vampire? Where to my Weres fit in? All those questions had to be asked and answered when I started the series. With the sequel, the groundwork was laid and I could just see where the story went.

Other writers might enjoy this post at Query Tracker Blog…but readers like me might simply be content to enjoy a second chance to visit the demivampires of Balaton, Pennsylvania.

As for me, I'm going back for thirds. *grin* Soon I'll be back at the keyboard, writing WOLF'S BANE (Demimonde #3). Hope to see you there…

Ash Krafton writes from the heart…of the Pennsylvania coal region, that is.
She is the author of the Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press).

BLEEDING HEARTS (Demimonde #1) is a six-time RWA finalist and was voted "Reviewer Top Pick" by Ash continues the story of Sophie and her Demivampires in her latest release BLOOD RUSH (Demimonde #2). She's hard at work (when she isn't watching Doctor Who) writing the third book, WOLF'S BANE.

Ash Krafton's poetry and short fiction has appeared in several journals, including Niteblade, Bete Noire, Abandoned Towers, and Silver Blade. She's a member of Pennwriters, RWA, and Maryland Writers Association. She lurks near her blog and contributes to the QueryTracker blog.

Ash lives with her family and their German Shepherd dog deep in the Pennsylvania wilds, awaiting the day the TARDIS appears in the driveway (the dog most likely keeps the Doctor away. What a beast.)

Until then, she writes.

Find Ash at:

This was a perfect book for me at the moment!
Its short but sweet.  Easy to read, and quick to read too!

There's one storyline and thats it - no drifting off to another kind of story, just the one - why was Sonja sent to Jagger.
Nice and refreshing!
I dont want to really write much about the book as it would give it all away!
Jagger is half demon and intent on destroying any and all demons that travel through the regularly constructed "Hell Gates" that his brother keeps conjuring up!
Sonja is a half angel who was told that she needed to find Jagger for her mission.  The true aim of the mission doesnt present itself until towards the end of the book, but again, as the book is quite short and straight to the point, it doesnt feel long to wait.

recommended for a short read that you fancy a quickie to read during a lunch break or two!


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