It’s Tuesday, so it must be…TBR Tuesday. Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming author Lisa Medley, who has a great box set of The Reaper series available, currently at $6.99 for Kindle. And leave a comment at the end to be entered for a TBR book that you can either choose from the TBR tab or let me surprise you with something that I don’t have up on the list yet.
First, a little about Lisa: She has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too. She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig. She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case. You can find her at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
About The Reaper series:
REAP & REPENT: They see death. Can they share a life? Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura….Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford….A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.
REAP & REDEEM: He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation? After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them….Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…
REAP & REVEAL: By day he saves lives in the city he loves. Can he save souls too? Nate is an EMT, a witch and a newly inducted member of the Reaper Authority Force. What he’s not is a reaper. With unexplained abilities, his true nature lies somewhere in between the angels, demons and reapers he finds himself involved with. When he’s paired with the reaper Maeve, he struggles to find his place in the rising war to save the souls of Meridian and the world….Maeve has tried to hide her reaper handicap–her toxic reaper energy–from her colleagues. But when she’s possessed by a fallen angel and forced to poach souls for Hell, her greatest weakness might be the only thing that saves her….Nate uses his growing powers and his innate magic to find Maeve. He’ll do whatever it takes to save her, revealing more than he ever imagined in the process.
AND NOW LET’S HEAR FROM LISA!
What is your favorite scene in the series?
Reap & Redeem is reaper Kylen’s story. He’s dark and damaged, so, of course, I give him the absolutely most soul-wrenching heroine to fall in love with. My favorite scene is when he teaches Olivia to use his scythe.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
Let me tell you, the hardest scene was a whole book full of them. I wrote THE END of The Astronaut’s Princess TONIGHT. That entire book was just brutal for me. I honestly didn’t know if I was going to make it through it. My heroine refused to talk to me and play along. We finally came to an agreement, and we’re both much stronger for it.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
I’m halfway through the first compendium of The Walking Dead graphic novels. I’m desperately trying to edit, write and get through the second compendium to Negan’s story before the February premiere!
Your five favorite authors:
Stephen King, J.R. Ward, Patricia Briggs, Janet Evanovich and whomever I’m reading currently, ha!
Book that made you say “I wish I’d thought of that!”
Gosh! Every great book I’ve ever read. It all seems so obvious when I’m finished. In fact, before I started writing, I read more than a hundred paranormal romances and urban fantasy romance books. Each time I thought, I can do that. Finally, I just started writing until I did.
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
Oh, totally guilty! I might buy wine the same way. Seriously, covers are huge for me. Here’s a book I would NEVER have bought because of the cover…The Giver by Lois Lowry. The original cover was just terribly boring and frumpy, but what an amazing story! Covers make ALL the difference in whether or not I dig further to see what the story is all about. On that same note, high concept blurbs on the cover sell me as well. I’m also reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and the blurb on the cover says “Willy Wonka meets The Matrix”. Erm, hello?! Sign me up!
Book that changed your life:
J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood book Dark Lover probably changed my life more than any other. It was the very first paranormal romance I ever read six years ago, and the book that inspired me to start writing my own stories.
Favorite book about books or writing:
Stephen King’s On Writing was the best craft/inspirational writing book. Hands down.
Okay, so don’t laugh. My next work in progress is a Sasquatch shifter story called Shifted in Seattle. There’s a reason why no one has ever captured a Sasquatch. You’ll have to read to find out.
Thanks, Lisa! Now, for a chance at a TBR, have you read a book that you thought changed your life (even if it was the first book of an author who became an important part of your reading life)? Let’s hear from you!