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8Apr/13Off

The Audiobook of ‘Demon Draw’ Has Been Released Into the Wild

Hello, fiends! I have something that may be of interest to you... the audiobook of my longish short story, “Demon Draw.” The voice actor/producer who completed this dramatic rendering is also going to produce A Shadow of Lilies. Check out his website, Keplar.net, if your curious about his work. He layers a wide variety of voices and sound effects to make some creepy demons.

Oh, yeah, added bonus to the audiobooks. I got sweet-talked into doing voice-acting, which I have zero training in. I play the voice of Valena. You really ought to listen to my hick accent, it is hilarious. So if you want to know what my voice sounds like, there you go! I really think I sound awful, but I will leave the final judgment to you...

Of course, I have to give an update on A Fury of Angels. No delays-yet. I hold my breath in anticipation for release at the end of the month. I am working on the second draft still-and nothing has gone wrong! Whoo hoo! No delays, no sickness, no sudden emergencies, nothing has impeded me! So you guys keep sending me happy-waves until I publish the book!

And without further ado, here is “Demon Draw.”

Hear the book on Podiobooks.Com!

Listen on YouTube

 

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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3Mar/13Off

Demon Draw

Hello fiends! As always, I will first reassure you that I am busy writing A Fury of Angels every single day. Even Saturday and Sunday so you can get it in your hot little hands soon.

But I have also been a busy bee with other projects. I just published the longish short story “Demon Draw.” Its about-you guessed it, you clever reader, you-demons! I know, shocking and scandalous. Well, it is actually about demons, prostitutes, and the church, so I guess that is a kind of scandalous...

Anyway, here is a 500 word sample. The entire piece is pushing 8,000 words, so it is the longest a short story can be before it becomes a novelette. Look at me, always pushing the edge...

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As Valena feigned sleep in a stranger's bed, she swore that this was the last time she would draw a demon. The incubus she was drawing haunted one of the most respected ladies in the inner quarter, and Valena had been sent by the church to finish it off.

That is, of course, if it did not get her first.

Her muscles were tense and trembling, every one of her nerves wound tight. Demon drawing was finicky business, and the stupid old biddy who had summoned the incubus had realized too late that bringing a demon from the pit was not worth the fleeting carnal thrill. When one dealt with demons, shivers of thrill quickly became squeals of animal terror.

Valena shook, lying under covers that smelled faintly of lemons and age, preparing to risk her life to bind yet another incubus. As she fingered her vial of holy water, she cursed the idiots who had summoned this plague of fiends by opening the way to Hell. She rubbed her other palm against the worn handle of the sacred knife, reassuring herself that it was still there, sharp and deadly, the only lasting defense against an otherworldly attack. She searched both holy items for a tickle of divinity, but found nothing. She reached under the bed and rooted in her satchel, finding the hard and reassuring edge of the binding collar that was hidden there.

A whisper swept over her, and a nervous energy began to strain around the edges of the room, between overstuffed chairs and venerable family portraits. Sweat bloomed under her hairline and a nervous clamp clutched her belly.

If this job had not paid so ridiculously well, she would have bolted at that first whisper. But a greater terror than the fear she harbored for the demon kept her lying there, under the weight of the covers.

So she stayed, trying to prepare herself for the attack.

Then there came a smell—it was of something that was like burning cork, but not quite. It had an edge of rancid decay, of carrion under the baking sun. She clutched the vial reflexively, and braced herself as a discordant crackling assaulted her ears. Sparks and shoots of light burst before her. The air grew stale and chill. Her toes curled, and she stopped breathing.

The outline of the demon's shoulders blazed in the dimly lit room. Valena gulped. This was going to be a big one. The priest had warned her that this was an especially powerful incubus, seductive and beautiful even to one with tastes like Valena’s. The beautiful demons were far harder to resist than the gnarled ones with bulging eyes and needle teeth. Something old and seductive shimmered before her, rising from the thick dark, a shadow in the shape of an alluring nightmare. Such was the contradictory nature of demons.

Then he was there, right there, the single candle by the bed revealing black eyes and gleaming teeth, maggoty skin and white hair...

Here are the links to the rest of the story-if you dare!

Read the rest of Demon Draw at:
Smashwords
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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