Deadly Destinations: Gina X. Grant’s Kirsty d’Arc on Hell! & win SCYTHE DOES MATTER

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Today’s Deadly Destination is from Gina X. Grant‘s Kirsty d’Arc on Hell! from SCYTHE DOES MATTER, The Reluctant Reaper #2 (published on July 19, 2013 by Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star)). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.

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Gina X. Grant’s Kirsty d’Arc on Hell! from SCYTHE DOES MATTER

Location: Hell. Fourth Evil Dimension from the left. No, your other left.

Welcome to Hell. We play favorites.

Hi. My name’s Kirsty d’Arc and I’ll be your Reaper this evening.

Nice to meet you. Sorry about scything your ass, but your Deal with the Devil is due, and Lucy Phurr’s not big on forgiveness. That’s not part of our mandate.

No, you don’t go into the light. That’s also the other place. When it was my turn, I tried climbing on the sink to crawl into the bathroom light fixture. Didn’t work. Yes, that’s your body. Doesn’t it look dead? You do need a trim, but no need to worry about that now. When your soul pops out of your dead body, you appear as the “you” you really are. You don’t have a reflection up here anymore; we’ll find a mirror in Hell. You look fine. Completely and utterly different, but fine.

Yes, I’m sure you’re afraid. I was, too. At least I can teleport you because you’re actually dead. But when it was my turn, I wasn’t dead before I went to Hell. Yes, we’ll be leaving shortly. Just let me finish my story. Why’s everybody in such a hurry to get to eternal damnation?

See I’d jumped in front of my boss to save him from what I thought was a crazy robed terrorist. And Dante–that’s my Reaper–scythed me by mistake. Because it wasn’t actually my time to die, my body fell into a coma here on the Mortal Coil (that’s Earth to you). And FYI, when I say Dante’s my Reaper, I mean he’s my Reaper. Taken. Spoken for. Hands off!

My soul had to go to Hell, but Dante couldn’t teleport me because I was technically still alive, so we had to walk. We travelled this dusty red road that stained my favorite shoes, then through the void which looked like my hometown of Toronto in February–dirty and gray. We had a great battle with the gee-gnomes (don’t let them sting you, they alter your DNA!), and finally arrived at the slippery slope paved with icy GI*s.  (*Good Intentions.)

I’ll never forget how I felt when I first gazed upon Hell.

I was a trembling mass of anxiety. Exploration, separation, free-floating, expensive-floating. You name it, I had it. Forget butterflies; I had a herd of caribou occupying my stomach, prickly rack of antlers poking my insides.

Hell wasn’t like anything I’d pictured. Or like my grandfather had threatened in his fire and brimstone sermons. It was worse: dim, alien, menacing.

Ready? Hey, come back here! Let me just grab your wrist. Careful, my scythe is as sharp as a beam of black light. Now I’m going to bob my head like I Dream of Jeannie, then we’re going to whoosh-bam like on Stargate. What? Yes, a lot of what goes on in Hell bleeds through to the Mortal Coil. Especially to Hollywood.

Okay, we’re here. See those buildings over there? The gray stone Gothic one with the turrets and crenelated balustrades? No, that brown stuff is stucco. It’s not actually… Anyway, that’s the Reincarnation Station. The shorter lines are people waiting to be reassigned. Thanks to the population explosion, they move fairly quickly. You die today, you’re reborn in a week, maybe less. If you’ve accumulated a ton of really bad karmic kredit points, you can work it off by joining the Frequent Diers Club.

Now the much longer line is for people wanting to appeal their reassignments. There are always “extenuating circumstances.”

Sure you can file a Wrongful Reapage Appeal, but I don’t recommend it. I waited a year for my Appeal to be heard and in the end… What? I am not making this about me.

Oh, sorry. Maybe a little. I have a bit of a problem with that.

I’ll take you to see my gal-pal Sybil Serpent. She’ll help you get your paperwork filled out, but you look a little gray. Let’s take a few minutes while you adjust. You might as well pull up a stone bench and get comfy. You’re going to be here awhile. A looonnnggg while.

But hey, Hell’s not so bad when you consider the alternatives.

And to you urban fantasy fans out there, thanks for taking my little tour de Hell. We’ll be seeing you all… very soon!


 Gina X. Grant writes wacky books featuring 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. Previously, Gina wrote a different brand of book under the pen name Storm Grant.

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1 copy of The Reluctant Reaper book of the winner’s choice


Available on July 19, 2013 by Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star)


Be careful what you wish for; it just might get you!

Kirsty’s afterlife gets even more Hellish in this second installment of The Reluctant Reaper series when her soul-stealing ex-boss targets her beloved aunt. Her only chance to stop him? Becoming a Reaper herself. Fortunately, her hunky new boyfriend, Italian-poet-turned-Reaper Dante Alighieri, is there to help.

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56 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Gina X. Grant’s Kirsty d’Arc on Hell! & win SCYTHE DOES MATTER”

  1. Josephine

    I haven’t read your books yet, but I love the play on words in the titles.

    • Gina X. Grant

      Thanks, Josephine. I try to put as much creativity into my book and chapter titles as the rest of the writing. 😎

  2. Munchkin

    I think these sound like they could be fun! Love to win 🙂

  3. Jasmyn

    Reapers – I’ve grown to love them. I’m so happey they are becoming more popular.

  4. Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing this Deadly Destination. I am looking forward to reading more about it and have added this series to my TBR. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Denise Z

    This series looks like a hoot. I love a little humor blended in with the action. I was just looking at this release this morning and am really excited to have a chance to win a copy. Thank you for sharing with us and making me smile 🙂

  6. Joani S

    This series sounds so good! I checked them out on amazon and saw good reviews and good kindle prices too. I will def be checking them out. Thanks for the introduction to a new great series!

    • Gina X. Grant

      Some good reviews and some didn’t love it. Books are so subjective. I hope you’re one of the “loved it!” ones. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Kirsten

    These books sound amazing! I love reading about reapers and death (same thing). I always love how different authors pus different spins on how reapers or death are. And I love it!! Thanks for the chance.

    • Gina X. Grant

      When I first wrote Reapers, there weren’t many, but now we’ve got a couple of really awesome series out there. I like Amber Bensen’s Death’s Daughter series. Who knew she could write as well as act? Thanks for commenting.

  8. Kai W.

    I love stories about reapers especially when one is technically alive. I haven’t read this series yet but I will.

  9. Tamlyn

    The books sound like a lot of fun, and I could use some fun reads.

  10. Mary Preston

    Loving the titles & the post was fabulous thank you.

    • Gina X. Grant

      Thank you, Mary. I’m digging these deadly destination posts, too. People are really creative. Thanks for commenting.

  11. JenM

    My favorite paranormals feature either reapers or necromancers, so I’m looking forward to reading your series. I agree with you that vampires are over-done these days. After this series, what do you plan on doing next?

    • Gina X. Grant

      People do love their vampires, don’t they? I’m almost done the Sookie Stackhouse series and love it, so vampires for everyone. 😉

      I’m just about to submit a new series to my agent. It’s about a new paranormal creature I came up with myself so I’m not telling. LoL!

      Thanks for asking.

  12. erinf1

    sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 I love humor w/ my paranormal 🙂

    • Gina X. Grant

      Thanks, Erinfl. Some people are finding the humour a little over the top. Be warned. Apparently, it’s toooo funny. 😎

  13. Stephanie

    So happy Reapers are getting more attention. I’ve always loved books on them. Series sounds great definetly added to my TBR pile.

  14. Chelsea B.

    Ha! I really enjoyed this. The novels sound like a blast!

    • Gina X. Grant

      These Deadly Destinations posts are hoot. Kudos to All Things UF for coming up with the idea. I’m glad you thought my novels sounded fun. Thanks, Chelsea B!

    • Gina X. Grant

      I love the covers, too! They’re bright and shiny and stand out when reduced to tiny icon size. Thanks, Angie. Good luck!

  15. Sweety

    Will add this to my TBR list.

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    Rafflecopter name – Rose Lennart

  16. Gidget

    I love finding new series. This looks great. Going to the top of my TBR list.

  17. Nickie

    Love the humor! Reminds me a bit of the tv series “Dead Like Me”.

  18. KimG

    So looking forward to reading this series – thank you for the contest!

  19. Janie McGaugh

    Sounds like a really fun series; I look forward to reading it.

  20. Caty R

    I like how it is reader’s choice because it gives more people a chance to actually start the series. I think that it is a smart move business wise

    • Gina X. Grant

      Thanks, Caty. You probably should read them in order, but if you wanted Book #2, I could probably toss in Book #1 just to help out. 😉

  21. Tina

    The Reaper is supposed to be terrifying. Gina X. Grant makes him sexy and intriguing. And he carries a big scythe. The challenge is to choose…

  22. Cecilia

    Thanks for the giveaway, book sounds really good and I love the fact the cover is different from all the covers that are around now. Great Job, x. 🙂

    • Gina X. Grant

      Thank you so much, Cecilia. I’d heard horror stories about publishers giving books awful covers so imagine my delight when I saw Richard Woo’s bright and unusual designs.