Several years ago, I had a conversation with my Tor editor about RIVER ROAD, in particular a couple of scenes involving (not surprisingly) Jean Lafitte and Rene Delachaise. “It’s too over the top,” she told me. “Dial down the humor.” Well, see, funny is how I roll and it’s hard to turn it off, even when buildings are burning and things are exploding. It might be a “Southern thang.”
So it’s not a surprise, I guess, that one of my favorite author buddies is Lexi George, who not only lives about an hour away from me but also writes great, humor-filled paranormal romance. And I’m excited to have her here today to celebrate release day for DEMON HUNTING WITH A SEXY EX, the fifth book in her Demon Hunting series.
About Lexi George: Lexi grew up in South Alabama in a rural community with one flashing light and a small country store that sold everything from gas to pickled eggs. Her father, a circuit judge, collected clocks — chiming clocks that binged and banged all night long in rhythm with the trains that chugged and wailed down the railroad track not a hundred yards from Lexi’s girlhood home. Needless to say, Lexi is a very sound sleeper. And to this day, the lonely sound of a train whistle does something to her. Lexi’s mother was a high school English teacher who instilled in her daughter a love of reading and books. The muse first struck Lexi in the third grade, when she began to write poetry. Bad poetry. She continued to flay the English language throughout high school and college. And then she went to law school and the muse left her. The muse HATED law school. Some fifteen years ago, the muse abruptly returned from Fiji or Wawbeek or wherever the heck she went, and Lexi started writing again. Novels, not poetry. She joined a writer’s group and wrote and wrote and wrote. Learn more about Lexi and her books at her website.
ABOUT DEMON HUNTING WITH A SEXY EX (Demon Hunting #5):
Southern-fried demons. Hell-raising rednecks. And one killer ex-boyfriend . . .
THIS WITCH IS ON FIRE
Cassandra Ferguson McKenna, aka the Witch of Devil River, has only one thing to say to her demon-hunting ex: We are never ever getting back together. Sure, Duncan Dalvhani may be the hottest thing this side of the Mason-Dixon line. He’s got a body to die for—which is hard to ignore when he skinny dips in her river every day—and swears he loves her. But as a demon hunter, Duncan is the sworn enemy of a demonoid sorceress like Cassandra. Give him another chance to break her heart? Witch, please. But when Cassandra is attacked by a werewolf, Duncan not only comes to her rescue, he helps her take on a band of magic-drunk moonshiners, fire-breathing demons, shifty shapeshifters, and a pet Sasquatch named Sugar. Welcome to Alabama. But when a portal opens up for even more hellaciousness, Cassandra has to admit that Duncan is slowly opening her heart—to a whole new world of unearthly delights . . .
Now, let’s hear from Lexi, and read on to win a print copy or one of two digital copies of the new book!
Suzanne: Is Hannah, Alabama, based on a real town–why did you choose a small town in Alabama for your sexy demon hunters?
Lexi: Hannah is two towns squished together, an amalgamation of the town where I was born in South Alabama (LA, to the uninitiated), and my current home, which lies 120 miles north. The town I grew up in is flat as a flitter. Seriously. You can stand on an ant hill and see for miles. The town I now call home is nestled in rolling hills created when a meteorite hit Alabama a squillion years ago. There is a crater, a river smackdab in the middle of town, and a cool bridge. I sandwiched the two towns together, and created Hannah, Alabama, where anything can happen and norms live in blissful existence of their supernatural neighbors.
I chose a small town as my setting, because that is what I know. Big cities? Eh, not so much. Oh, and I am a graduate of the University of Alabama and Hannah was named for John Hannah, acclaimed offensive lineman who played tackle and guard under Bear Bryant. Roll Tide!
Suzanne: I’m sure you’re like me in hearing from industry folks that readers don’t like humor….I don’t think that’s true. Did you set out to intentionally include humor in your writing or (like me) does it just pop out uninvited?
Lexi: Oh, my gosh, it just comes out. Demon Hunting in Dixie was supposed to be dark and angsty. I even had a dark and angsty title for it: Dark Encounter. When the dog started talking in chapter one, I knew I was cooked. For better or worse, my voice is humorous. I really wish I could write gritty. Maybe someday, but for now, it is what it is. I write funny, industry pundits aside.
Suzanne: What scene (from this book or an earlier one) you’ve written is funniest to you?
Lexi: The humor in Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex is tongue-in-cheek, but, hands down, I think the funniest scene I ever wrote was in the first book. I call it “the wienie in a bag scene,” and it’s set in a funeral parlor. Two women, a widow and her philandering husband’s hoochie mama, are fighting over his dead part. Yep. That kind of wienie.
Suzanne (picks herself up from the floor, where she was rolling in laughter): I know you’re a big Song of Ice and Fire series fan, and there is some dark, wicked humor in that series and the “Game of Thrones” HBO version. Who is your favorite character? Do you have a favorite line? (I’ve already taken “It’s what I do. I drink and I know things.”)
Lexi: I lurrrv Game of Thrones. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite. I mean, George RR Martin has created a character who pushes little boys out of tower windows and sleeps with his own sister, and you like him. (Lexi closes her computer and quits.) My favorite line is “Stick ʼem with the pointy end.” – Jon Snow to Arya Stark, on swordplay, season one, episode two.
Suzanne: I know–I want to hate Jaime Lannister, but I can’t. What’s up with that? Anyway, what’s up next for you?
Lexi: I have an upcoming fantasy release in January 2018 under the pen name Alexandra Rushe. It’s called A Meddle of Wizards, and I am super excited about it. It’s a different genre for me, and I am thrilled and nervous as all get-out. Here’s the blurb:
Welcome to Tandara, where gods are fickle, nightmares are real, and trolls make excellent bakers . . .
Raine Stewart is convinced she’ll die young and alone in Alabama, the victim of a chronic, mysterious illness. Until a man in a shabby cloak steps out of her mirror and demands her help to defeat a bloodthirsty wizard.
Raine shrugs it off as a hallucination—just one more insult from her failing body—and orders her intruder to take a hike. But the handsome figment of her imagination won’t take no for an answer, and kidnaps her anyway, launching her into a world of utmost danger—and urgent purpose.
Ruled by unpredictable gods and unstable nations, Tandara is a land of shapeshifters and weather-workers, queens and legends. Ravenous monsters and greedy bounty hunters patrol unforgiving mountains. Riverboats pulled by sea-cattle trade down broad waterways. And creatures of nightmare stalk Raine herself, vicious in the pursuit of her blood.
But Raine isn’t helpless or alone. She’s part of a band as resourceful as it is odd: a mage-shy warrior, a tattered wizard, a tenderhearted giant, and a prickly troll sorceress. Her new friends swear she has powers of her own. If she can stay under their protection, she might just live long enough to find out . . .
Right now, I am hard at work on book two of the fantasy series, A Muddle of Magic. After that, I dive back into the demon hunting series with book six, Demon Hunting with a Southern Sheriff.
So, I am staying busy. And I want to give a big shout out and a heartfelt thank you to Suzanne, for having me on her blog today. She is a wonderful, talented writer, a generous friend, and darn good folks. Thank you, Suzanne!
Thanks, Lexi–back atcha! …So, readers. Do you like a bit of humor in your favorite reads? What’s your favorite book or series that has a dose of humor in it? Leave a comment and two will be chosen to win a digital copy of DEMON HUNTING WITH A SEXY EX; plus, one winner (including international) will be chosen to win a print copy. I’ll announce the winners on Monday, Sept. 25.