SEDUCTIVE New Release & Guest Post! A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Alexa Piper – Includes an Excerpt!

The son of the Lord of Hell, Lark, is engaged to a demon whom he does not love. He escapes hell, his father, and his fiancé. His flight takes him to the human plane, where he finds himself summoned by Chris, former lawyer and current accountant of St. John Investigations.

Chris really just wanted to learn about demonic math when he decided to summon one of the denizens of hell, but confronted with Lark, he decides getting the beautiful demon into his bed is far more appealing than accounting.

But Lark’s escape from hell does not go unnoticed, and soon the Lord of Hell himself arrives in Fairview to take his son back to the altar. Three wicked witches also come to the city looking for a love that was dragged to hell. It might just be one magical desk that holds the key to everyone’s happiness and happily-ever-after.

 

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About the Book

A Midsummer Night’s Demon
by Alexa Piper

Series
Fairview Chronicles

Genre
Adult
M/M Paranormal Romance

Publisher
Changeling Press

Publication Date
June 19, 2020

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Guest Post

ABOUT WRITING A ROMANTIC COMEDY SERIES
A Guest Post by Alexa Piper
2020 © Alexa Piper ~ All Rights Reserved


Writing a series can be hard, or so I’ve heard. I haven’t actually done it for a very long time; I only just delivered the fourth book in my very first series to my editor. One of the challenges is not messing up continuity, which becomes harder with every book, another one specific to the things I write is keeping the tone consistent.

In my case, or in the case of Fairview Chronicles, this mean keeping it funny. I don’t think there’s a recipe for that, or if there is, I’m not aware of it. I also don’t sit down with the intention of writing a comedy, I sit down with the intention of writing about people and the way they see the world. Of course the people I like to write about are a little weird, and most of them are okay with not taking themselves too seriously.

I think that is key for me and for keeping it funny and entertaining for the reader: my characters have to remain optimistic, willing to see the best in a bad situation, because make no mistake, comedy or not, I kill off characters, and there is generally some gore. Sometimes the two are unrelated, the killing and the gore I mean. Just pick up A Midsummer Night’s Demon, you’ll see what I mean.

Another strange thing about writing comedy is that you as the writer won’t always be able to tell whether you did it correctly, because the audience’s reaction is what makes a comedy a comedy. I have to rely on other people for that, scary in and of itself, and when I write the first draft of anything, I do my best and use all my writer’s skill, but in the end, the joke has to connect with the reader. It always makes me happy when it does, and in fact when I first started out, a short story of mine made second place in a small local competition. It got read out loud during the award ceremony, and the laughter from the audience was something I will never forget, because it was wonderful, and it told me I had done my job right.

Series offer one other tool to make a thing funny. Okay, two tools. One is Easter Eggs. Yes, the things you know from movies. I have those in my books. Odd references to other books, and I sometimes get very meta with it. The other tool I use is a well-shaped world, characters with individual and shared history, and so there will be running jokes. The trick is to make those accessible to new readers as well as those core fans who know more about my world than I do.

Whether I am hitting the mark with all of these things is something that you, dear Reader, get to judge in the end. I certainly would love it if you gave my books a chance! The latest in the Fairview Chronicles is A Midsummer Night’s Demon, wicked witches, demons fleeing hell to look for love, and loads of running. All deaths in this book are due to natural causes, but the gore isn’t. Happy reading!

 

 

Excerpt

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DEMON
A Fairview Chronicles Novel
2020 © Alexa Piper ~ All Rights Reserved


Chris was waiting at a crossroads for the moon to reach its zenith. It was a nice night for summoning, or at the very least, it was a nice night, warm with spring, and quiet, perfectly cloudless. Chris didn’t really know what was good for summoning as he had never ever done such a thing before, unless calling forth a witness to the witness stand qualified.

Chris brushed chalk from his hands and looked at the design he had drawn onto the concrete. The circle had needed some adjusting — a manhole had interrupted the pattern, and in the end he had moved it just a bit, hoping that it was still close enough to where the roads intersected to get the summoning done.

The Vineyard was very cozy for calling a demon, Chris thought. He had considered finding an abandoned spot at the docks, but it turned out rich people didn’t hang out in the streets much after dark. Instead, the streets were very empty, and because it was the Vineyard, they were very clean, made scenic by walled-in or fenced-off front yards, some of which sported a fountain or a pond. All the hedges in the Vineyard were well-trimmed.

Chris liked rich people, and not just for their skill — or their gardeners’ skills — with trimming greenery. He was himself not exactly poor, but he didn’t care much for money. He enjoyed taking care of it, though. He enjoyed accounting, because seeing things balanced just so always flooded Chris with a deep sense of happiness.

Thinking that demons should be the best accountants between this world and the one that was called the In-Between was exciting. Chris hoped they did trainings. He would love to learn a thing or two about demonic math or hellish arithmetic.

The moon was almost where he needed it to be, and so Chris pulled out the piece of paper he had found tucked way back in a drawer of Cora’s desk. He had not even noticed that drawer when he’d first taken over for Cora while she and Valerian were in China, but it had certainly been there when he’d opened it to clean and organize it.

He cleared his throat. “I summon thee like dying night summons morning’s first breath, come anon, Lark, demon of demon borne, demon birthed by witch, meet me at moon’s apex where roads cut crosses in the earth, where paths meet and diverge. I call thee. Come.”

Chris looked around. The Vineyard was still quiet. Nothing stirred. A fountain twinkled happily behind a ruler-straight hedge. “Too bad. A demon would’ve been fun,” Chris said and stuffed the paper back into his jacket pocket. He looked at the circle, chalked just like one of Rafe’s books had said to chalk a demon-summoning circle. Chris wondered what the residents would make of it. Perhaps he should leave some of Rafe’s cards in a few mailboxes nearby. It might get them a concerned client who wanted a PI to make sure the neighbors were not Satanists.

Before Chris could take a step away from the chalk circle and toward a mailbox, the air stirred and began to sizzle with electricity. A scent of earth and mulch permeated everything, and rumbling thunder rolled through the cloudless climes. In the circle, someone took shape.

“Wow,” Chris said. He had summoned a demon, he really had. Had Cora been there — or Valerian for that matter — he’d have high-fived them. “Life’s good.” He had another thing to scratch off the old bucket list.

“The human plane!” the demon said when he had become fully corporeal. He stood in the center of the circle and looked around with bright blue eyes. His raven hair appeared feathery soft. Fuck. Are demons supposed to look this good? I hope this one isn’t taken. The demon looked at Chris. “You summoned me. Thank you, I am in your debt. My name is Lark. What’s yours?”

Chris looked the demon up and down. I hope this hell creature is open to doing a bit more than just going over the books and the math. Quite a bit more. “I’m Chris. Your clothes are muddy.”

CONTINUE READING…

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About the Author

ALEXA PIPER writes steamy romance that ranges from light to dark, from straight to queer. She’s also a coffee addict. Her retelling of Dracula, A Tale of Honey and Garnet Wine, might be a cursed manuscript, and every writer should have at least one of those. She also loves writing series, and her Fairview Chronicles follow a ragtag gang of supernaturals who try to make their city safer. Mostly.

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