New Release: A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology and Meet the Author

My friend and fellow author Keta contacted me for her latest release and boy, isn’t it just great?

A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology released Tuesday in the Fantasy genre.

Deadly demons, diabolical devils and other creatures of the night will hold you spellbound in this one-of-a-kind anthology. In a world of dark delights, they trifle in forbidden passion, suspense, and kick-ass battles. It’s all right here for you in this captivating urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthology!

Brought to you by USA Today and International Bestselling Authors, these stories of sexy alpha heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages. Devils, demons and their lethal hunters will draw you into their conquests, twisted deceptions, scorching heat, and yes, even love.

* Heat Rating: Spicy to Erotic Romance

* No Cliffhangers

* Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now

Including stories from USA Today and Bestselling Authors

Khardine Gray, USA Today Bestselling Author– Alone In The Dark

Dariel Raye – USA Today Bestselling Author – The Devil Upstairs

Lori Titus USA Today Bestselling Author – Talons

Muffy Wilson – USA Today Bestselling Author – Succubus Unleashed

Keta Diablo – Bestselling Author – I Spy A Demon

Marilyn Harlow– Bestselling Author – Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Gracen Miller – Bestselling Author – Hex

Michelle Scott – Bestselling Author – The Demon’s Prisoner

Katherine Smits – Bestselling Author – Siren Descending

From The Demon’s Prisoner by Michelle Scott

Harper felt a solid presence behind her. “Leave her alone.”

Greg’s sneer became a snarl. “Who are you?”

The man from the store stepped in-between Harper and Greg. “I’m someone who wants to talk sense into you.”

The man sounded calm and assured, almost friendly, but Harper wasn’t fooled. Tension thrummed throughout his body. She had the feeling that he was sizing up Greg and looking for weaknesses.

Greg stuck out his chin. “Get lost. This is between Harper and me.”

The man held up both hands to show that he wasn’t a threat. “Let’s be reasonable and talk this out.”

“Real men don’t talk,” Greg said and reached under his jacket.

“He’s got a gun!” Harper shouted, but her warning came too late. The gun went off, and Harper shrieked.

“You stupid son-of-a-bitch,” the man growled at Greg. In the yellow light of the parking lot lamp, the man’s coat darkened at the shoulder as blood flowed from the wound.

Harper dropped her groceries and ran to her rescuer’s side. “Oh my God!  Greg, you idiot!”

“He made me do it,” Greg hollered. “It wasn’t my fault!”

The man was leaning against Harper’s Jeep, his hand clamped over the wound. Even in the dim light, Harper could see he was pale with shock.

The gunshot had drawn attention from those inside the store. There were shouts, and someone peered around the doorway. No doubt, at least one person had called 911 which meant the sheriff would be arriving any minute.

The scrabble of tennis shoes against gravel let Harper know that Greg was fleeing the scene. He leapt into his car and sped off so quickly that he fishtailed on the road, making his tires squeal against the asphalt.

Harper had been terrified moments before, but now she was furious. How dare Greg come after her like this!  And how dare he shoot her rescuer!  Thank God, someone was calling the police. Even if it meant she got into trouble as well, she couldn’t let Greg get away with it.

She hurried back over to where her rescuer leaned against her Jeep. “We need to get you to a hospital.”

He shrugged off his coat and examined his arm. “It’s hardly more than a scratch.”

“Doesn’t matter. It’s a gunshot wound, and it needs to be looked at.”

“You’re a doctor,” he said. “Can’t you do something?”

“I’m a vet,” she corrected, “and I can lose my license if I practice medicine on people. But don’t worry. I’ll call an ambulance.”

He shook his head. “I can’t have the authorities involved.”

“This isn’t a debate,” she told him.

“You said you were heading to Ravenstock, right?  Take me up there and clean the wound. Once I know you’re safe, I’ll be on my way. Then, if you want, talk to the police.”

Harper’s stomach was in knots. She owed him a debt of gratitude, but the man threw off warning signals like police flashers at a four-car collision. He had a desperate, dangerous feeling about him. Like he was being hunted. And the last thing she needed in her life was another loose cannon.

Seeing her hesitation, the man shrugged. “Look, it’s okay. I know this looks sketchy as hell.”

He was right; it did look sketchy as hell. “Are you running from the cops?” she asked. “Are you wanted?  Is the mob after you?”

Surprisingly, he laughed. “I’m wanted, but not by the mob.”  He picked up the bag of groceries she’d dropped and handed them over. “Don’t worry about it. I don’t want to get you into trouble.”  He turned to go.

Ah, hell. There was no way she could turn her back on someone who had just rescued her from Greg the maniac. “Get in the Jeep,” she said. “Ravenstock is only a mile up the road.”  She never could resist helping a stray.

Meet Michelle Scott

Devils, demons, and a huge helping of smexy romance…these are the elements of nine great stories in the upcoming A Darker Shade of Evil: A Devil and Demon Anthology.

I’ve been writing supernatural suspense and urban fantasy for over ten years, and when the opportunity came to join this anthology, I was immediately onboard.  Admittedly, it was a little intimidating at first.  Seeing my name alongside these amazing USA Today and best-selling authors was a dream come true.  And when each of us revealed our gorgeous covers, I realized that it was no longer a dream!

The anthology was so much fun to write for!  Like I said, most of my previous books are paranormal thrillers or urban fantasies, so this was a perfect opportunity to write a deliciously decadent romance with supernatural elements.  What I really love about this anthology is that, although we share a common theme, each book is so unique.  There are murder mysteries, criminal investigations, demon hunters, and so much more.  I like to think of each of our stories as a snapshot, and the anthology itself as the album.  Each author has her own particular picture of what devils, demons, and romance looks like, and together we create a wonderful, intricate whole.

My own book involves Harper, a veterinarian who works at an animal shelter, and John, a man who is running from a powerful demon overlord.  They meet under terrible circumstances, but that only brings them closer together.  They have an instant attraction to each other, yet their shared trials build that attraction into something stronger…and hotter.  However, you’ll have to read the whole story to find out if Harper’s decision to help John escape is the right one.

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