Princes of Hell
Like many traditionally published authors, I decided to dip my toes into the waters of self-publishing. There was a secondary character in UNDONE, the fourth Amoveo Legend novel, who simply would not go away….Asmodeus.
Asmodeus is a member of the Brotherhood, the seven demons that rule over the Underworld and guide damned souls to their eternity of torment. Each of the boys in the Brotherhood is the embodiment of one of the seven deadly sins and Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. Needless to say he’s one sexy bad boy and after I finished writing UNDONE, he simply would not go away.
The man practically demanded his own book and hence, the Princes of Hell series was born. Due to the number of books I’m contracted for with my publisher, I decided to try serializing the first book in the Princes of Hell series. While it was an interesting experiment, let’s just say that I won’t be doing that again. It was torture for everyone involved and my readers told me that they didn’t want their books that way.
To my readers I say…I have heard you loud and clear!
All four parts of Asmodeus’ story are finished and while they’re still available individually, I have put them together in a bargain bundle for just $2.99!
The response to Kai and Asmodeus’ story has been overwhelmingly positive and readers are already asking for the next book. My plan is to give each of the boys in the Brotherhood their own story and Lucifer is up next. Lucifer is the Demon of Pride and the leader of the Brotherhood but there’s a particular Fae Queen who is capable of making him lose his cool.
I’m having a ball writing the Princes of Hell series and it’s probably because it’s totally and completely mine. When an author self-publishes, the entire project is under our control and it’s been a really empowering experience. I do hope readers will come along with me on this journey and I look forward to giving you more stories about the bad boys from the Underworld.
When Kai Kelly inherits her estranged grandfather’s estate in Bliss, Idaho, life becomes anything but blissful. The discovery of a beautiful but unusual ring in the attic, leads too much more than she bargained for. Kai may not realize what she has in her possession, but the boys in Hell sure got the message.
Lucifer and the six other princes of Hell, existed for several millennium believing that the Ring of Solomon–an object with the power to control demons– had been destroyed. However, the moment Kai slips the ring on her finger, the tremor of its power ripples through the underworld.
Knowing the ring’s existence could mean the destruction of all demons, Lucifer sends his six princes to earth in search of the ring and it’s bearer. There’s one catch, a demon can’t take the ring from its owner, it has to be given willingly…or they have to be dead.
Asmodeus, the Demon of Lust, is happy to have another opportunity to visit the mortal world and dally with a human female…or twelve. However, when he arrives on earth, he realizes Lucifer made all the demons mortal in an effort to keep them motivated, focused on their mission and immune from the powers of the ring.
When Asmodeus meets Kai along a deserted section of highway in Magic Valley, it’s more than the ring she wears that catches his eye. He plans to woo the ring out from under her but before long, the lines between lust and love blur.
When the other members of the brotherhood realize Asmodeus has found the ring, they descend on Bliss, determined to get the ring from Kai at any cost.
When Asmodeus is faced with choosing between the brotherhood and his one true love, he realizes the battle for Hell is nothing compared to the battle for her heart.
Here’s an excerpt from ASMODEUS: Demon of Lust.
(At this point in the story, Asmodeus is posing as a human named Aaron Miles in an attempt to woo the ring out from under Kai.)
Aaron Miles had been on her mind all day or, more specifically, the way she felt when he kissed her hand that morning the barn. While the gesture may have been the same as what Ben had done the previous night, her reaction had been far different. Funny how two men could do the same exact thing and have completely opposite outcomes.
In addition to the fact that Aaron suddenly developed an aura when he touched her, there was nothing brotherly about the way he made her feel. Quite the contrary. In fact, it took some serious self-control to keep from jumping his bones right there in the barn. When Kai looked into those pale blue eyes, something deep inside her stirred and fluttered to life, yawning and stretching as though suddenly awakened.
Kai peeked out the window and stole another look at him. How in the world could a man look even sexier when he was covered in dirt and sweat?
Kai had no idea but Mr. Miles sure fit that bill. The man was pure muscle, bone and sinew and his sweat soaked t-shirt clung to every sculpted curve.
She was equally sweaty and dirty but had a sinking suspicion she didn’t look sexy and she certainly didn’t feel sexy. A strong breeze blew through the window and the dark, menacing clouds captured her attention. She remembered the weatherman had mentioned something about a storm coming in and, based on the blackening sky, he was right. Kai glanced at her reflection in the gilded mirror in the dining room as she headed toward the kitchen and grimaced.
“Oh my God,” she groaned and attempted to wipe dirt smudges off her face. “I’m so gross right now. So not sexy.”
Zephyr mewled her agreement and trotted past Kai into the kitchen.
“Oh excuse me,” Kai muttered as she followed the cat. “Not all of us spent the day sleeping.”
Kai went to the sink to wash some of the dirt and sweat from her hands. She made a sound of disgust when she saw the amount of gunk that stuck to the ring. A sense of guilt pulled at her. She should know better than to have kept the ring on while she worked today.
“Great. I have this thing for one whole day and it’s already dirty.” Kai pulled on the ring to remove it but it wouldn’t budge past her knuckle. “That’s weird,” she said under her breath.
Kai looked at her hands and frowned, thinking they’d swelled from the heat, but other than being dirty, her fingers appeared normal. Squeezing liquid soap into her palm, she lathered her hands up thoroughly but still the ring would not come off.
She puffed the hair from her face and grabbed the ring again, pulling as hard as she could. Pain shot up her arm and she released her hand with a frustrated growl.
“I finished up in the barn.” Aaron’s deep, rich voice filled the room.
Kai let out a yelp of surprise and spun around, sending soapy water flying across the kitchen. He was standing in the doorway with a grin on his dirty, beard-stubble face. His blue eyes stood out beneath inky black eye brows and Kai wondered if it was possible for him to have gotten even better looking in the past couple of hours.
“I hope you don’t mind but it looks like it’s about to start pouring, so I moved my bike into the barn.” He tilted his head and leaned against the doorjamb looking all kinds of sexy. Dirty sexy. “Problem?” His lips lifted at the corners.
Kai knew he was tall but somehow, framed by the kitchen doorway, he suddenly seemed like a giant. Gaping at him like a stunned sheep, it took her a moment to find her voice.
“My ring,” she blurted out as she held up a soapy hand and lifted one shoulder. She tugged on it again but still the damn thing wouldn’t budge. “I can’t seem to get it off. My hands are probably swollen from this heat but it’s weird because they look fine.” Her face heated as she looked away, knowing she was a mess. “I mean aside from being dirty.”
“The ring won’t come off?” Aaron’s brow knit with concern as he crossed the width of the kitchen and stood in front of her. “That doesn’t make any sense,” he murmured.
Standing this close to him, Kai got a clear idea of how tall he was. Aaron towered over her, but it wasn’t just his height. He was broad and muscular yet there was something else that she couldn’t quite put her finger on. He may not have an aura but he sure as shit had energy of some kind. An energy that was unlike any she’d encountered before. She’d sensed it in the barn as well, but now it throbbed through her, like a bass beat in a nightclub.
As he took her hand in his and lifted it so he could have a better look, she felt a vibration emanating from his large frame. Kai probably should have been scared or concerned that he was going to evolve into the soul-sucking creature her mother warned her about and steal her light…but she wasn’t.
In fact, Kai was more turned on than she’d ever been in her life. She swallowed hard as his strong fingers slid along hers in a deliciously sexy way. Their hands tangled together amid slippery, soapy skin and it brought to mind images of the two of them in a bubble bath.
Naked and soapy. God help her. That was all she could think about.
Kai’s eyes widened as she watched a subtle glow start to radiate from him as his thumb ran over hers. It was fascinating. No—scratch that. He was fascinating.
She studied the sharp angles of his face and watched as the muscle in his jaw flickered while he slowly and gently turned her hand, looking at the ring from different angles. His body radiated thick waves of heat and Kai’s gaze flicked down his neck, over his broad shoulders and along his muscular arms. From beneath the edge of his t-shirt, a long vein bulged beneath tanned skin and ran along his bicep, which she had the insane urge to lick at like a lollipop.
Aaron’s hand tightened over hers and he stilled. Only their breathing and the ticking of the cuckoo clock filled the kitchen. Cool wind from the incoming storm blew through the open windows but Kai barely felt it. All she could feel was him.
Kai’s body quivered as she looked at their intertwined fingers. She could tell he was staring down at her through laser-sharp pools of arctic blue. In an attempt to steady herself, she sucked in a deep breath, but his rich male scent filled her head, heightening her craving for him.
Given the sweat covering the two of them, they should both stink to high heaven but all Kai smelled was sex and desire.
Kai knew that if she looked him in the eye, any self-restraint she had would vanish and, Dark One or not, she would succumb to the lust that had clawed at her since the moment she met him.
She closed her eyes, trying to think of something to say but no words came. Her mind and body were fogged by desire, heavy with need and weak with wanting. As if reading her dirty little mind, he dragged her closer and held her hand against his chest. Jean-clad muscular thighs brushed against her and Kai felt his heartbeat pounding strong and steady beneath the surface. Calling to her, daring her to look at him.
“Kai,” he whispered. His voice, compelling and rich, surrounded her like a caress. One arm snaked around her waist, like a band of iron as he held her quaking form tightly against his, which remained solid and steady. Soapy fingers tangled between them and the ring felt hot, almost burning against her skin. “Look at me.”
Steeling her courage, Kai opened her eyes and lifted them to meet his. Pale blue eyes looked down at her beneath heavy lids as his hand splayed across her lower back, pulling her closer still. She let out a sound of wonder as the glow around him brightened like a bulb, giving him an unearthly appearance.
As the light grew brighter and the winds howled, Aaron swore under his breath and covered her mouth with his.
On a groan, Kai opened to him as his tongue brushed along her lips, seeking entrance. His kiss was tentative at first, probing gently to see if she was ready but Kai was more than ready. She kissed him back, rasping her tongue along his, and in a flash any restraint he had shown was gone and it swiftly became a frenzy of lips, teeth and tongues.
Kissing her deeply, Asmodeus pulled the elastic out of her hair so that her long locks spilled down her back. He tangled his hands in her hair and tilted her head, allowing him better access, taking the kiss even deeper. One large hand ran down her back and rested on her ass, pressing her against the hard evidence of his desire.
Kai slid her soapy hands up his chest and linked her arms around his neck, pulling him closer, though she knew it would never be close enough. There was something about his energy that filled her up and she knew it would become addictive—he would become addictive. This man with no light was able to stir Kai’s soul and ignite passion in her the way no one else ever had.
He tasted like sin, sex, and seduction and…Kai wanted more.
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