Blog Tour, Character Profile & Giveaway:
The Demon Lord of California By Jeanne Marcella
Infinity 8, Book 1
How long will it take to fan the flames and enrage a phoenix? Start counting.
LGBT fantasy/paranormal fiction. Reverse portal fantasy. Stripped of his psychic powers, Calico Winghorse barely made it to 19th century Earth via his interdimensional portal. As a mixed-blood phoenix concealing himself in human form, he opens a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area and quietly licks his wounds. But the unique method of his escape has drawn the unwanted attention of Infinity Corporation.
Representing this angelic-run company is Agustín Chávez de la Cruz, the Demon Lord of California. Even though Agustín is the corporation’s heir, he finds himself demoted from his daily duties for a new assignment: take absolute control of the portal.
As Agustín formulates a more gracious avenue of acquiring Calico’s gateway, the demanding head of IC interferes, further complicating matters. From this unexpected interlude, Calico and Agustín realize they both wish to establish more than a mere business arrangement. So negotiations stumble along, all the while Calico ensures that the good people of the city are getting their fill of baked goods.
Yet due to Calico’s injuries, the portal remains vulnerable to the darker forces that want it at any cost. Agustín will have to push both his angelic heritage, and his own psychic powers to the very limits to mend someone who not only bears celestial blood, but who is also the god of space and time.
Calico (& Gigglemug)
Baker. Wizard. God of Space and Time. Enter Calico Acanthus Winghorse. He’s quirky. Eccentric. Often given to social and verbal misunderstandings due to his off Earth origins. He’s a kitchen sink mixed-breed with his phoenix, lycanthrope, and demonic bloodlines at the forefront. Calico is one half of the urban fantasy series called Infinity 8. I8 is split into two separate series for reasons that will be explained below. The first series is set in the 1900s, while the continuation will be set in modern day. Writing Calico has been a surprise and a great joy. Huge surprises mostly, and I’m often afraid to leave him on his own. Which is why his kangaroo rat familiar, Gigglemug, also serves as a babysitter 24/7. Of course she has help from Calico’s identical triplet brothers Frazil and Maars. Between the three of them–Frazil, Maars, and Gigglemug, they have the situation somewhat under control. The Infinity 8 series appeared to me backwards. That is, I began working the modern day storyline first. Making a long story short, Calico begins to lament over a spouse who was not in this modern day book, or even an existing character. The very plot of I8 shifts and fractures at this point but I deny it. Inside my head, Calico won’t shut up about problems he went through with this man. (I can’t mention them here because of spoilers.) Back then, trying to salvage this book set in current times, I sat down to have a little chat with my current precious favorite to set him back on the path. It went something like this: “Calico, dearling, what are you doing to me?” I ask this with the greatest of exasperated affection. “Remember Razi and Wraith? This is their story. Stop stealing their limelight.” “But thoughts of Agustin have brought on collywobbles!” Calico cries with indignity. “Okay, okay, calm down.” I sigh. “So who is this Agustin?” Without missing a beat, Calico says, “He is the Demon Lord of California.” At this point I know I’m screwed. Control of the book, and this series slipped out of my hands but I insist on bailing the sinking ship with one of those little bathroom drink cups. Because I’m still not truly listening to my precious darling. “Okay,” I tell him. “I’ll plan a prequel series with you and–what’s his name again?” “Gus.” “For you and Gus for later. Let’s get back to Razi and Wraith.” “Hmm,” he says. “Unlikely.” Unconcerned, he strolls off in search of cupcakes. As I muddle through, I ignore him. Then fight him. And lose. Years back, I got into a beta reading group. After receiving their great feedback on Razi and Wraith’s I8 team book, I realized I had to shift my focus, and the overall plot. But even then Calico kept pining over Gus. I still wasn’t really getting it. The damned Demon Lord of California. The Demon Lord of California. DeMoN lOrD oF cAlIfOrNiA…! (Cue my silent frustrated screaming. And if you’re still wondering, the demon lord is the well-adjusted sane one of the pairing. Gus has his emotional baggage and closet skeletons neatly handled. For now.) Immediately, I sought the help of my good friends. Also writers. They helped me talk it out. I finally realized I needed to listen to what Calico was trying to tell me all this time. That I had to start from the beginning, with the demon lord and their relationship. With how Calico got involved with Infinity 8 and Infinity Corporation. The Demon Lord of California is Out Now! So if your curiosity has been peaked with the idea of a Calico and Gus relationship, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. You’ll also get priority viewing on book covers, progress reports, and new releases. I hope you’ll enjoy spending time with Calico and Gus as much as I have.
Enter the Giveaway:
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Jeanne Marcella writes dark fantasy as well as fun, whimsical urban fantasy with paranormal elements. Quests, adventure, danger, and the grit of living are foremost, but relationships and romance also share the pages.
Granted unlimited access to books at a very early age via the library, she quickly acquired a fondness for creating her own stories through word and drawing. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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I’m always down for a good time. I’m that guy.
I love women. I love sex. And I love my life.
Go big or go home, right?
My father’s death is a constant reminder of why I like to keep it simple.
Life is short.
Emotional attachments make you weak.
Grieving sucks. And I have no interest in caring deeply for anyone outside of my family.
I’m not looking for complications.
Monroe Buckley is a complication.
And she’s my best friend’s little sister.
But once we’re forced to spend time together…I only want more.
Too bad she’s the one woman who is off-limits.
I don’t trust most people, and I have my reasons.
I’m passionate about my work, and I came here to do a job.
Not date the boss.
Getting hired at the top media company in the city is the break of my life.
But it means working for Jack Montgomery.
My one-time crush.
My brother’s best friend.
And the current thorn in my side.
He’s exactly what I want to avoid.
Yet he’s everywhere I turn. Even when he’s not there—he’s in my head.
He’s a magnet for attention.
A heartbreak just waiting to happen.
And my heart is something I fiercely protect. At all costs.
They say the heart wants what the heart wants…
But my heart isn’t allowed to make that decision anymore.
There’s too much to lose.
She grew up in Budapest, Hungary, but she is currently living in London.
She’s been dancing since she was six and that’s why ballet is heavily featured in her books. If she is not writing she loves to spend time with her friends and dog, and reading.
A twenty-year veteran of the FBI, Morgan has worked her fair share of cases. When Chicago Homicide Detective Fiona Wexford calls for a second opinion, Morgan jumps at the opportunity to help.
With a growing crush on Fiona, Morgan fails to weave the personal and professional when it becomes clear Fiona’s suspect is a serial killer. Taking over the investigation, Morgan rushes to solve the mystery and makes an egregious error in the process.
Will Morgan reclaim her case and catch her suspect before one more person has to die?
AJ currently lives in Cheyenne, WY, although she moves often and has lived all over the United States. She loves to travel to different countries and places. She currently plays the roles of author, wife, and mother to two rambunctious toddlers, occasional handy-woman. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog.
Jade resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was born and raised. She has many siblings and is very family oriented. She spends Sunday evenings eating dinner with them keeping the bond between family nice and strong.
As an international bestselling author, Jade hopes to pull in her readers to experience a community of stories that they can relate to on various levels. The emotional roller coaster that is bestowed will hopefully make her readers stalk her words and provide literate entertainment.
For more information on Jade Royal, follow her on her website and social media avenues.
𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐮𝐩𝐢𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐚 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
Montana (Tana) Reeves is about to lose her apartment because her ex-boyfriend left her with the rescue dog, Cupid, he’d used to sweet-talk her into their relationship. Losing her apartment over a dog is bad enough, but veterinarian Jett Billings’ gentle way and sexy smile melts her heart just as much as the Great Dane does, and Tana quickly realizes that as she was chasing Cupid, she fell in love with both of them.
𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐲𝐧 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐲, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
When Maggie Marino comes to work at Stepping Stones Special Needs School, Noah Carson has no idea she and her glossy-coated Golden Retriever, Rosie, will change his life. But will the emotional-support dog be enough to bring Noah and Maggie together again after the tragedies of their pasts collide?
𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐉𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐫𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐝, 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
When Hank Patterson hires dog walker Abbie Harding to take care of his mother’s rambunctious mutt while his mother is out of town, he doesn’t expect romance to be a part of their arrangement. After all, Abbie loves dogs and Hank doesn’t—and as they soon learn, mixing business with pleasure can cause a whole lot of trouble.
𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐨𝐚𝐝𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐭, 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
On his way to Sea View House, Brandon Bigelow hadn’t counted on hitting a tree to avoid hitting a dog during a winter storm. He hadn’t counted on meeting a petite dynamo who insists he adopt the dog. Farewell to a peaceful life at the beach!
𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐃𝐨𝐠 𝐛𝐲 𝐌. 𝐋. 𝐁𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐧, 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
Attacked by Russia while on US soil, a lovely Ukrainian minister must turn to a US Secret Service dog team for protection. While the massive Russian Bear dog charms his way into her heart, trusting his handsome handler is not going to happen.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐊𝐚𝐲 𝐋𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐬
Professional matchmaker Marsali Jones didn’t mean to share her secret crush on national television, especially when it’s her brother’s best friend and Hollywood A-lister Oliver Beck. But the damage is done and her career is on the line. Deny it and she loses all credibility, but to move forward means paying Oliver’s price….
𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞’𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐚 𝐌𝐜𝐌𝐚𝐡𝐨𝐧, 𝐔𝐒𝐀 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
Snowbound on Valentine’s Day. Two strangers. A twice-burned cowboy and a nurse with nightmares too horrific to share. A storm brought them together, but a fearless dog seems intent on teaching them that sometimes friendship can evolve into love.
𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐰𝐛𝐨𝐲 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐃𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐧, 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫
Paige Jackson’s volunteer sabbatical in Prospect Creek goes from bad to redonkulous when TJ Huey delivers a pregnant and abused donkey to Paige’s care. But neither cowboy nor city gal is immune to the matchmaking skills of a rescue donkey named Miss Valentine.
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He was the last man I should turn to.
A forbidden taboo that no woman wanted to cross.
Worse still, he’s no one’s idea of a white knight.
But this pawn has no alternative.
I’m locked in a war that’s not of my making, and I’m tied to a destiny I have no say in.
For someone like me, Brennan O’Donnelly represents something intangible—safety.
A single promise unlocks options I didn’t dare dream of possessing…
He’s hard. He’s dangerous. He’s filthy.
Yet, somehow, he’s exactly what I crave.
Now I just need to make him see me for what I am—his Queen.
If he’ll have me.
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