A big welcome to Gina X. Grant, who is celebrating the release of The Reluctant Reaper, Book #1 in the series of the same name (published June 17, 2013 by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star digital imprint) which we described as: “funniest thing [we’ve] read in ages. The puns are terrible, the plot twisty, the characters fun.“
Beware the Stapler of Doooom!!!
Gina X. Grant
Kirsty d’Arc is not a chosen one or somebody with a great destiny. She has no superpowers, nor will she get any. In fact, she’s a lot like you and me.
Okay, just me, then.
As the book opens, as in so many books, our heroine is still alive. She’s working away at her job as a junior account exec at a small PR firm. It’s her twenty-fifth birthday, and she’s a bit hungover and a bit distracted. So when she’s attacked by feral office supplies, it’s one helluva shock!
Kirsty rises to the occasion, fending off the attack, knocking her snarling stapler to the coffee-speckled carpet in a black metal heap.
In Kirsty’s words: “Leaping up, I threw myself against the far wall, grateful for the support as my knees wobbled. I peered around my office, wary of other threats from seemingly harmless office supplies. The pencil might put my eye out; the eraser could choke me to death. Even my calculator could no longer be counted on.”
Name one other urban fantasy that features feral desk accessories. Go on. I’ll wait.
So much urban fantasy is dark. Pitch dark, angsty and filled with harrowing experiences and brooding heroes. And we love them. The chosen ones and the reluctant warriors. But you can’t live on a steady diet of dark chocolate, so when you need a break from dark, c’mon over to the light side. THE RELUCTANT REAPER is funny. It’s filled with engaging creatures, clever plotlines and some truly awesome puns.
In the grand tradition of movie trailers, let me share with you some of the best lines:
“Lead on, McDeath.” I nodded grimly and followed him through the wall.”
Oh, Dante. Is that a scythe in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?
My chest tightened painfully, like I was caught between a rock and a heart place.
The Earth moved. So did Hell. And possibly some of the furniture. In fact, the sex was so good that even the neighbors had a cigarette!
There’s lots more. Welcome to Hell. We play favorites.
Gina X. Grant writes wacky books featuring a host of crazy creatures. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents The Hunger Games. The first three books in Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER series release Summer 2013 from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. (Under another pen name, she’s written a number of books with a… shall we say higher sensual content. If you don’t already know, she’s not telling.)
One copy of THE RELUCTANT REAPER by Gina X. Grant
Available on June 17, 2013 by Pocket Star
Life for Kirsty d’Arc might not be perfect, but it’s far from hellish. She likes her job, has a great BFF and truly admires Conrad, her boss. But when she dives in front of a lunatic’s blade to save him from certain death, she finds out Conrad isn’t so admirable after all. In fact, he’s traded her soul to the Devil!
While her body lies comatose on the Mortal Coil, Kirsty’s spirit is dragged straight to Hell…which is not quite the fire-and-brimstone abyss she’d expected. In fact, the place is quirky, wacky, and not without charm. Desperate to reunite body and soul before her time runs out, she seeks out allies, earning the friendship of a powerful drag demon, a psychic server and most importantly, Hell’s civil servant. But what of her growing attraction to Dante, the sexy Reaper with a flair for romantic language—can she forgive him for scything her soul?
Stuck in the netherworld, Kirsty vows she’ll do everything on her postmortem bucket-list, starting with getting her life back and ensuring that Conrad has Hell to pay!
Series Publication Dates
Book 1. THE RELUCTANT REAPER: Death is what happens while you’re making other plans. June 2013
Book 2. SCYTHE DOES MATTER: Be careful what you wish for, it just might get you! July 2013
Book 3. ESPRIT DE CORPSE: Hell is where the heart is. August 2013
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