Thursday, December 20, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: The Sexy & Damned by Diane Thorne

UFI welcomes Diane Thorne Author of The Sexy & Damned series. Thanks for Joining us!!

A holy and unholy cast in the Sexy & Damned series

The Urban Fantasy cast:

Celee: The Stripper

Paran: A voodoo man whose soul can jump into other bodies

Greger: The vampire warrior trying to save his soul

Jay: A wannabe rock star who's a regular human

Murdock: A demon who acquires souls

Jon Hadley: A priest

Sariel: An angel

The creation of characters in my Sexy & Damned series started with the main one, the Stripper. Celee is a young woman who has had an extremely difficult life. Her parents died during her teen years. The State forced her and her siblings into separate foster homes. She ran away and planned to work to get custody of her brother and sister. Well, she soon found the only way to survive was by stripping, and supernatural creatures paid better than humans did. Sadly, those high paying customers such as vampires used and abused her. She'd spent enough time in the hospital drained to the point of death that her heart turned cold. She wanted to fight back.

Murdock, a demon, offered her a deal. He proposed a way for her to fight vampires, a chance to live forever and gain their abilities to beat them. The price? Her soul and she brings people to him when he asks. That's right, all she has to do is fetch people, deliver them to Murdock, then walk away. What happens between the person and Murdock is not her concern. She take's his deal and becomes sexy and damned.

But Celee didn't exactly get what she wanted when she bargained with Murdock. Sure, she got vampire strength and immortality, but her survival doesn't depend on human blood. (Not telling you what she needs so you can read and find out.) Also unlike regular vampires, she has a beating heart. That's write. She's not entirely dead.

Paran, the Godfather of clubs in the Midwest, is her boss. He's a twisted character to watch out for. He's survived over the centuries by switching bodies and he has close connections with Murdock. Don't trust him.

Jay is a human singer who longs for fame. Celee met him a few years back and had to deliver him to Murdock. The demon offered Jay what he wants, and the wannabe rock star accepted. Damn demon didn't say WHEN he would deliver to Jay, so the wannabe rock star works and works, trying to achieve his goal.

Jay doesn't blame Celee for bringing him to Murdock. She didn't force him to do anything. He loves her and wants her, but she resists. Jay tries to win over Celee. His efforts pan out better in book 2, The Complicated Stripper.

Greger, the vampire, seeks to build a case to save his soul. He needs help on a job and finds Celee, so he follows her. He proposes a deal with her, and she can hardly refuse. He has something important she needs to survive. (hint, hint)

Meeting Greger turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Celee. At the end of book 1, she discovers her soul may have a chance of avoiding Hell. Enter Sariel, a handsome angel who is like a lawyer.

We arrive at book 2 and Celee has another job, one with plenty of complications! Hence, the name: The Complicated Stripper. Pieces are coming together for her in book 2. Another character is added to the series, one who will challenge Celee in the future, without any doubt.

Celee will have to make some difficult decisions soon. I have 2 more books planned right now. I may continue the series, but will have to wait and see what my holy and unholy characters have in store. I start with a basic plot and everything else falls into place. You can be sure there will be romance, heartbreak, and surprises.

Thank you for reading my post. (A special thank you for having me as a guest.)

EXCERPT (From The Deadly Stripper):

He pushed open the door to the women's facilities and pulled her inside.
"Jay, we need to talk."
He opened the door to the handicap stall and jerked Celee into it.
"We will…later."
She stood next to the wall, bewildered, while he turned the lock. "Please tell me you didn't drag me here to fuck me. What am I now, your bathroom call girl?"
He met her gaze and took hold of her wrists. "You're not my call girl. I never thought you were. But I am going to fuck you because you’re the one I want."
He raised her wrists and backed her against the wall. Her ass bumped a railing while the front of their bodies collided. Pinning her arms above her, he covered her mouth with his and thrust his tongue deep inside.
Her body lit up like a flame as their tongues mingled in a feverish kiss. She could've resisted, could've used her vampire strength to move her arms and push him back, but she enjoyed his fiery passion and how he strived to please her. He wedged between her legs and rubbed his groin against her. From the hardness of his cock to the greedy kiss, she gave up her goal. Talking could wait. Feeling him deep inside her couldn't.
He raised her arms higher above her head, then held one over the other. Clearly, he wanted to control her, hold her in place while he had his way. She'd let him because she knew it excited him, made him want to touch, nip, and lick every bit of her. He placed his free hand on the side of her face, his thumb close to her lips.
"I want you, Celee. I'm so fucking hard right now." He kept his mouth so close she could feel his breath.
"Show me, Jay." She kissed him. "Show me you want me."

Diane is a lifetime lover of the paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy. Her mind constantly wanders into other worlds full of dark and mysterious creatures. Vampires, werewolves, demons, and other supernatural creatures are her friends. A few bite, others tempt, and some are hot as hell. Reader beware: She is not responsible for any titillation, increased temperatures, hormonal stirrings, or unusual bite marks. Besides writing, Diane enjoys sunny days, strong coffee in the morning, traveling, shopping with her daughter, laughter, and red wine. She dislikes taxes, slow drivers, cold weather, and cranky people.

Other books by Diane:
Demon in Disguise (Playful Demons 1)
Demons in Disguise (Playful Demons 2
Destined for Love (release date 1/7/2013)
Nikki's Story (Sisters of Lonewood 1, release date 11/27/2012)
Kate's Story (Sisters of Lonewood 2, release date Jan. 2013)

Find Diane and her books

The Deadly Stripper
Sexy & Damned #1
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Celee Spence is a stripper trying to survive in a world full of supernatural creatures. She also works for a demon whom she sold her soul to and got a raw deal. Her life is full of sex and violence with no end in sight. Then, a hot vampire finds her and presents a deal. In exchange for help in locating a young woman mingling in Celee’s industry, he offers the powerful elixir she needs to stay alive. Although Celee lacks understanding the vampire's motivation for wanting to save the girl, she accepts his proposal.

Sexy, armed, and dangerous, Celee places her life in jeopardy to save the human. What she discovers in the end not only shocks her, it gives her a new job to add to her resume. 

The Complicated Stripper
Sexy & Damned #2

Life is beyond complicated for Celee Spence. Tasked by both a demon and an angel, she must capture two teenagers without sending anyone who interferes to their grave. Werewolves and gun-toting gang members impede her job, but she manages to complete it for her demon boss. After she fulfills her mission for her angel friend, she finds out she will have to take the responsibility of caring for the teenager. Celee longs to avoid eternal damnation, but in a world filled with criminals, violence, sex, and non-humans, can a stripper offer the proper guidance a troubled youth needs?

Adding to her challenges, she must learn to control her raging hormones after she feeds, and her vampire donor seems unwilling to help. He suggests she seek out her friend, Jay, a singer who is pursuing his dream of fame. Can a human lover help her manage her carnal appetite?
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