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Angels and Demons
By: Gracen Miller

Where does the road to Hell begin?

“Hark the fallen angels sing, glory to the newborn King…”

Did you catch the difference in the stanza? Welcome to the world of the Road to Hell Series, where angels aren’t necessarily looking out for the good of mankind!

With good intentions?

Angels were believed to be messengers from God, as well as protectors of mankind, while offering them guidance. It is believed there are different levels of angels. The most lethal of the lot are archangels, which are God’s warriors. Many of us are familiar with God’s main messenger, Gabriel, who performs acts of justice for God. Most of us know his fiercest fighter, Michael, an archangel with a flaming sword. Two angels were sent to save Lot and his wife from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Angels visited other godly people in the Bible to guide them from whatever crisis was ongoing or about to occur.  But not all angels came with good intentions…

Or demonic design?

The Book of Enoch relates that 200 angels departed heaven and came to earth to marry and have children with human women. Some believe that their offspring are Nephilim and are the Giants from the David and Goliath story. Another accepted belief is that Lucifer was an angel, and he rebelled against God and led a revolt in heaven. We all know that Lucifer is now believed to be the devil or Satan, the one who rules Hell and tempts us away from God.

Hell’s become more than just a playground for the wicked…

But maybe legends aren’t as accurate as history would have us believe…

In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind's liberty has begun...

What would you do if your son went homicidal overnight and you learn a demon has designs on your future? It wouldn’t help that your expertise isn’t in supernatural warfare or that you don’t even believe in God for that matter? And how would you handle it if your best friend sold his soul to the devil to save your life?

Madison Wescott from my Road to Hell Series isn’t going down without a fight. Growing up a Baptist preacher’s daughter, she knows all the ins and outs of Biblical scripture, she just stopped believing it all, discounted them as fairytales to keep people scared into righteousness. Discovering that demons are very real and have targeted her family, she won’t let that stop her determination to avoid the blueprint life has designed for her and her son. And when Nix sells his soul to save her life, she’ll do anything to save him, even open Pandora’s Box…but once you open it, there’s no turning back!


You can read the first three chapters of Pandora’s Box and Hell’s Phoenix, on my blog at:
http://madisonroadtohell.blogspot.com/ (click on the links at the top of the page). NOTE: Books must be read in order.

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Pandora’s Box Blurb (book 1):

Where does the road to Hell begin?

What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight and your husband disappears on his way to work? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.

With good intentions? Or by demonic design?

Phoenix Birmingham bursts into Madison’s life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed, but only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them. Even with Phoenix's aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail while they pay the crucial price with their souls?

In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind's liberty has begun...

Hell’s Phoenix Blurb (book 2):

Hell’s become more than just a playground for the wicked…

Going to Hell was supposed to save Madison, but knowing she’s dead because of his failure leaves Nix with only one thing to live for. Revenge. With Micah’s help he learns to use his Messianic power. Anything for Mads has become his mantra, even if it means killing innocents to gather the power he needs to succeed. A tsunami he unleashes on a Gulf Coast city is stopped with magical interference, and Nix is more than surprised to feel Madison in the opposing magic. Can he and Micah set a trap to lure her out?

Pandora’s Box…once you open it, there’s no turning back!

Madison has done the unthinkable, opened Pandora’s Box to save Nix from Hell. And failed. She’s willing to risk her own life to rescue Nix, but she worries about the welfare of her accomplice in the mission and leaving her son behind. Following up on a lead, she’s ambushed by Nix and Micah. Shocked and hurt to discover Nix has become a willing participant of Hell, she’s more certain than ever she won’t escape the demonic fate her husband outlined for her. While in Hell, she discovers denying the emergence of her succubus is futile, which means getting Nix out of Hell after embracing her inner demon just became a very real dilemma…

PANDORA’S BOX is available now at the following sites in ebook and print formats:

HELL’S PHOENIX available now at the following sites:
Decadent Publishing


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I got TAGGED! This could be fun

I think this could be a lot of fun for us bloggers.  It provides us with the opportunity to get to know one another better. Don't ya think? 
I was tagged by Sassy Book Lovers.  I really enjoyed reading the answers to their questions, and I thank them for mine. 
To participate:


  1. You must post the rules.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
  4. Let them know you’ve tagged them! 
My answers to Sassy's Questions

Here Are Our Questions. (copy & paste)

1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I have visited many places. I loved Roatan, Honduras. It is so beautiful, but very poverty stricken.

2. What book that you have read have you had the most connection with ?
You might be suprised considering my blog, but I would have to say the Davinci Code

3. What is your favourite smell?
My husbands cologne Light Blue by Dolce and Gabanna

4. What is your favourite animal?
My dogs
5. Vampire, werewolf or fae?
Vampires of course, but I write about hybrids 
6. If you could meet one character from any book, who would it be? and why?
I think I would like to meet Charley Davidson from First Grave. We would get along so well. 7. What's your favourite quote? (could be from anything)
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a
mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

8. If you could have one super power, what would it be? and why?
I would like to have the ability to heal people. I think the why is obvious

9. Latest book crush?
Who else....Lothaire from the ImmortalSha after Dark Series. Then would be Vishous and Reyes

10. Which do you prefer hardcover, paperback or ebook?
I love having a book in hand with a beautiful cover. For collection purposes but Ebook is easier to hold.

11. What do you enjoy about blogging?
Sharing common interest with others all over the world.  I have met so many wonderful people.  Thanks to everyone who stops by and visits me at my home on the web.  I love you guys!  hugs and kisses Pimpin' Reads

Thanks to everyone who reads this, we had so much fun answering all the questions. We'd love to hear your thoughts, leave us a comment! :)
Bloggers that I am tagging:

Welcome Deena Remiel and Relic

It’s not everyday I get to sit and talk with a powerful Brethren such as Raphael, so when he said he was available today I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. If you have additional questions for him, I will pass them along and he’ll get back to you with his answers. The main focus of our discussion today is all about the roles the Brethren have and how they came to acquire them. So, let me begin with introductions.
Deena: Raphael, great to see you again. We have company with us during our conversation. These fine people are visitors to Jowanna’s Pimpin’ Reads Blog.
Raphael: Well, hello everyone!*smiles an easy grin* Deena, great to see you as always, and it’s a pleasure to be here.
Deena: “Being here” is what we’ve come to talk about actually, so let’s begin. How did you and the rest of the Brethren come to be here?
Raphael: Well, it’s rather complicated and simple at the same time, really. *sits himself down on the comfy couch next to Deena*
Deena: How so?
Raphael: You see, we manifested on earth during the ancient Gaul period, but we’ve actually been around since, well, nearly forever.
Deena: Lord, you don’t look a day over 36! *winks*
Raphael: Good genes. *chuckles* The thing is, we all had the same jobs in the Beyond, but we worked outside the realm of earth. Kind of like parallel existing worlds. We were always around, just not seen or heard. When we signed up and arrived here, these jobs took on a whole new set of dynamics. We have bodies now.
Deena: Yes, yes you do. Incredible bodies, I might add… *coughs*
Raphael: *laughs* We do like to keep fit. And we have to. Protectors are meant to do just that, protect the human race from evil. Warriors fight against evil. And the Saviors clean up the mess that is made by the clashing of Good and Evil, healing those on the brink of death, and saving countless souls from their miserable life. Our bodies must be in top condition, so we meditate and work out frequently.
Deena: Did you all show up here at the same time?
Raphael: No, Gabriel arrived on his own first. Then, a bunch of us showed up a few months later. I think it was Nathanael, Michael, and me. The rest came shortly thereafter.
Deena: So what do each of you specialize in?
Raphael: Michael is the best when it comes to protections and dismantling the toughest security systems. Gabriel is our information guru. He can find any tidbit of info on most anything or anyone. Nathanael’s amazing at tracking people.  Don’t tell Kemuel I said so, but I think he’s even better than him! And me, I bring people back from the brink of death. In reality, though, if we weren’t the best in our fields, we wouldn’t have been asked to spend the rest of our eternity here.
Deena: And how exactly do you all feel about that?
Raphael: *scratches head* Well, I’m okay with it, and most of us are. But Gabriel had a tough go of it and has returned to the Beyond a few times. But he’s happy here now.
Deena: Oh? What was his problem?
Raphael: He felt he couldn’t do his job properly because of the lack of knowledge and technology. But this last time he came, he was thrilled. I do believe he’s enjoying it here.
Deena: Are you guys assigned teams or do you mash it up?
Raphael: We definitely mash it up. As long as there’s representation from each group, we’re good. And many times we start out on a mission with a few of us and then end up with all of us coming together.
Deena: You’ve had something in your hand since you walked in. What’cha got there?
Raphael: Oh, this? I’ve got here in my hands a few fan packs of trading cards signed by Michael, me, and you, and magnetic business cards.
Deena: Are you saying you’re giving those away to some lucky readers here?
Raphael: Indeed I am! So, if you readers ask me a question and leave your email address, I will answer and put you in the running for one of these packs.
Deena: You’re so cool.
Raphael: You ain’t so bad yourself, lady. *winks* Even if you do put me through absolute Hell in Relic.
Deena: Ha ha ha! Yeah, but I gave you a great woman to share it with. *winks back*
Raphael: Shall we share our journey together with others now?
Deena: I think we should. Why don’t you tell everyone?
Raphael: All right. Hey, ladies! My book, RELIC, just released a couple of weeks ago. It’s on sale for only another few days for $0.99 at AMAZON. I gotta tell ya, it’s worth so much more, so grab it while you can!
Deena: Oh, geez! You’re not too full of yourself now are ya?
Raphael: *shrugs* What can I say? I’ve got a healthy dose of confidence.
Deena: *Rolls eyes* Come on! Let’s take a break while the folks ask questions, all right?
Raphael: Sounds good to me!

Raphael, a Brethren Savior, an angel with a forgotten past, has lost his power to heal and is on a self-imposed guilt trip to get it back. If he can’t, his tour of eternal duty as Brethren Savior will be revoked. On his journey, he winds up enmeshed in a web of attempted murder and resurrection, all thanks to a woman he’s only seen in a photograph and by chance on an Arizona desert hiking trail. 

Serena Sikes is a wanted woman. Desired by “undesirables” for a gift her brother gave her—a stolen relic with suspected healing powers. Hunted down in the Arizona desert and left for dead, she is found by none other than the angel who cannot heal. 

Raphael and Serena are inexorably bound together, for locked deep within the relic’s heart had lived the soul of his long lost wife. Now, it resides inside Serena. Evil lurks around every corner as Raphael tries to keep both Serena and his dead wife’s soul alive and lustful temptation at bay. 

Three souls bound together by an ancient relic, bound by a timeless gift, and bound by a love that is eternal
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No Dogs Allowed

What inspired you to write No Dogs Allowed?

What inspired me? To be honest my 'girls' challenged me. A couple of friends~ JoAnne Kenrick, Gracen Miller, and Deena Remiel (Check out their work!) all have 1Night Stand stories, and encouraged me to come to the 'dark-side' with them in the multi-author series. Another friend, Margie Hall helped me complete it by having a writing competition with me. (Sounds weird to some, but its a great motivator!) 
You seem to have a fascination with shifters, what started it?

This will be another weird answer to a normal seeming question! ^-^  As a child I was into the strange and unusual. I loved (and still do) horror movies, Dean Koontz and Stephen King books. Anything that went bump in the night. I was one of those bad kids that would stay up waiting for their parents to go to sleep so they could sneak out into the living room and watch things they weren't normally allowed like The Howling, Christine, and Carrie. That love of the strange and unusual carried over into adulthood. If books are escapes, then why read something about the everyday?
Did you research the Xolo before writing the book?

I actually knew about Xolos from helping my (at the time 8 year old) daughter with an assignment, which is why I chose that. xD But I did do more research into them before completing No Dogs Allowed.They have a really interesting history, and I thought they should be brought to the public's eye, so to speak. A breed that is so ugly its cute, that has an interesting and proud heritage. Besides what a great thing for a character to have to deal with huh? ;) 

Raphael is ultra sexy on your book cover, who designed it?

I really lucked out, to be honest. I got the same designer for both my covers~ Mina Carter. She's so talented at bringing heat to a cover! ^-^ 
Do you know the models name? 

*hangs head* Sadly I don't but I wouldn't mind knowing Raphs name! ^-^ He's a hawtie!
What advise do you have for other authors?
Honestly? Don't give up! If you can only think about writing then write! But ALWAYS keep an open mind and listen to your editors. They're there to help you make your story better. And learn how to self edit, that's a huge part of getting accepted. Take out as many 'bad' words as possible~ was, said, then; watch out for too many words that end in ly; and watch your tense changes and head hops.~ Those are all biggies. 

Kenya. She hadn’t counted on a hotel full of dogs giving her sneezing fits anytime she leaves her room. How can she get in relaxation, or even meet a guy when every one she encounters brings on an allergy attack? 

Desperate and blotchy, she decides to try 1Night Stand. Maybe Madame Eve can set her up with a man who will knock her socks off before she knocks him off his feet? Or at least one she can date without taking a Benadryl. 

Kenya finds herself blown away, in a different way, by handsome, charming, explosively sexy Raphael. But they are worse than apples and oranges—they are cat and dog, a huge problem any day of the week, even if she wasn’t allergic to his type

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