Today I have a special treat for you. An excerpt from a new genre for me, and a new author and I cannot be more excited to share this with you. I read this excerpt myself and loved it.
I, Lilith Straight, was the woman you always wanted to be. I was married to someone better looking than your husband, we lived in that house you always wanted. Within a year, however, all of that changed. My marriage dissolved, my house burned down, and my job hardly paid the bills. So when I was hit by a car and died, I thought my life couldn’t get any worse. Boy, was I wrong.
Hell was not the place I imagined. It was worse. During my brief stay, I learned some disturbing truths about my family. Most worryingly my ancestor’s deal with the devil promising him every female descendent as a succubus.
So these were my options: Life on earth as a soul-sucking seductress. Or death and pass the succubus baton to my sweet little daughter. There was no choice. Welcome to hell on earth, Lilith. Mother, teacher, wanton she-demon.
Excerpt from Straight to Hell by Michelle Scott
“Lose the sweater.”
Blinking, I saw Mr. Benedict standing in front of me. He was looking casual but elegant in a brown leather jacket and jeans. Behind him was a set of glass doors that opened onto a posh restaurant overlooking a dark cityscape of twinkling lights. We were high up, thirty stories at least.
“Unless the next two words out of your mouth are ‘I’m sorry’, then don’t talk to me,” I said. But at the same time, I shrugged off the cardigan. “Besides, back home, it was freezing.”
“I have nothing to apologize for,” he said, “and you’re not back home; you’re here.” He took the sweater and stepped back, eyeing me critically. “Not bad, but – “ He loosened another button on my dress, his fingers lightly brushing the skin above my breasts.
I jerked away. “Do you mind?” I was still angry but, at the same time, I would have given anything for him to unbutton my dress even further. Lord, how this man made my head spin! “What are you doing here anyway?”
He gave me a steady look. “This is an important job. Simple, but crucial.”
“And you want to make sure that I don’t screw it up.” I glared at him. The last thing I needed was a babysitter. “I can do fine on my own, thank you very much.”
“Maybe. But I wanted to make sure there weren’t any mishaps.”
I gave him a look of silent scorn, the one I’d seen on Ariel’s face often enough.
“Your target is in the bar. You won’t need to approach the hostess’s stand.”
“I’ve been in restaurants before,” I told him. “I think I can handle it.” But truthfully, I wasn’t sure. Not that the fine dining intimidated me. No, it was the job I was supposed to do. Having William here made the stakes seem higher now, and I felt like I was taking a test of some kind. My palms grew moist and my heartbeat quickened.
“What are you waiting for? Get moving,” Mr. Benedict said.
Resisting the urge to give him the finger, I went into the restaurant without a word.
Michelle Scott has been a fiction junkie all of her life. Although she’ll read everything from literature to mystery to modern classics, she has a special penchant for urban fantasy. She is also a huge nerd and an unapologetic Doctor Who fan, preferring Tom Baker above all others.
In college, Michelle earned her BA in psychology and met the guy of her dreams. Thirty years later, she has never once used her psychology degree, but is still married to Mr. Right which proves that a good college education is worth every penny.
Currently, she is a straight-laced community college English teacher by day, while at night, she stalks supernatural beings in her hometown of Detroit. Michelle lives with her husband and three children, all of whom are addicted to Doctor. Who (and urban fantasy) as much as she.
Straight to Hell, book one of the Lilith Straight series, is available on Amazon.uk.