Wednesday, June 27, 2012

...and the demons who loved them.

Welcome to my stop on the ANGELS Vs DEMONS Blog Hop...

















Why demons?

Why not vampires or zombies or other form or paranormal baddie?

Got two words for that one: Pure Evil.

See, a vampire might accidentally drain a human, which is a bad thing, but they're essentially predators, so killing humans is kind of what they do. Nothing personal, right? And zombies need brains to survive. The fact that those brains are stuck on human shoulders is just our bad luck.

But what is a demon, exactly? Wikipedia says, "In Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered an "unclean spirit" which may cause demonic possession, calling for an exorcism."

These are NOT the good guys, and they really don't have any excuse for their behavior. They exist solely to make trouble, and they're pretty good at it. Anyone who has seen The Exorcist knows what I'm talking about.

Now some paranormal authors have deliberately diluted the absolute evil possessed by the traditional demon, making them closer to naughty-bad-boy characters. Aliagarept, the demon Rachel Morgan works with in The Hollows series, is way more complicated and interesting than any one-note bad guy I can think of. He does what it takes to get what he wants - although not always successfully, which is a good thing for Rachel.

So if you're casting around for a character who needs to be bad, but without the baggage of a vampire, the fur of a shifter, and the, well, yuck factor of a zombie, consider creating a demon. They're intelligent and cruel and absolutely selfish. Hmm, sounds like some of the men I dated...

And while you're at it, leave a comment describing your favorite demon character. I'll be giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to one commenter, and there will be a couple of grand-prizes for the blog hop as a whole - one Kindle Touch and one $60 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Leave a comment here and then peruse the list of participating blogs below. The more you visit, the more chances you have to win!

And if you're ambitious, click the link to see my brand new webpage www.livrancourt.com. I'll do a second drawing for a $5 Amazon gift card for those who use the 'contact me' feature on the webpage and tell me they came from the Angels & Demons blog hop.


She’s a quiet, unassuming bookstore owner by day, but by
night...

Kristen has a deadly secret—when she smells a vampire, she
turns into Jai, a beauti-licious babe who makes vamps
permanently dead. To a vamp, Jai is like ambrosia. They can’t
resist her. She uses this attraction, plus her super strength and
her trusty blade, Mr. Sticky, to end their undead lives. The thrill
of wearing miniskirts without worrying about cellulite stifles
any qualms Kristen might have about killing the undead. Being
Jai is the most fun she has ever had—until they come up
against the one vampire Jai can’t kill. If he and Jai have a history,
as he claims, Jai can’t remember it...or him.

But when her work catches the attention of some old
enemies—who won’t hesitate to destroy Kristen if it also
means the end of Jai—this vampire may be their only hope.
Can Kristen and Jai learn to tell the difference between good
and evil in time to defeat Jai’s ancient nemesis? Or will being
Jai’s hostess cost Kristen more than just her beauty sleep?




42 comments:

  1. Um, JZB? Duh. Although I'm not sure he's actually a demon. Moning never really tells us WHAT he is. Besides drop-dead sexy.

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  2. I have ISSUES with Moning, and not just because she created an awesome character who's essentially a mystery.
    ;)

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  3. I can't really pick just one of the brothers in Larissa Ione's Demonica series. They're all hot.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  4. I haven't read the Demonica series, Anne. Might have to check it out...
    ;)

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  5. thanks for participating in the hop! hope you have a great time!

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  6. Thanks so much for participating. I am very interested in your books which is one awesome thing this hop has brought me to. :) Good luck everyone.

    Love the demons!

    FireFlyPixie24(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Dreaded brain freeze. Can't think which one is my favorite demon character.

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

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  8. Can't think of a demon in a book offhand! Sorry...

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  10. Jacquelyn Frank has a unique take on demons in her Nightwalker series. Not sure I can pick just one though ;)

    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  11. I love the Nightwalker series too...I would pick Jacob or Gideon...and from the Demonica series I would pick Wraith because he its a sex demon and a vamp...double points or Lore...who snagged an angel!!!
    andieleah78@gmail.com

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  12. I have to say all the demons in the Lords of the Underworld series as well as the Demonica Series by Larissa Ione.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. I love all the demons from Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series! They're all just so powerful and sexy!
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. That was an interesting post; I enjoyed reading it.

    I don't have a favorite demon character; I need to start reading some of these great books.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  15. I pretty much stay away from books with demons because then I can't sleep. So it's hard to call one a favorite...How about written well?
    If yes, Slater in Three by Ted Dekker gets my vote.
    Diana
    www.pencildancer.com

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  16. I love Algiarept from Kim Harrison's Hollows series. He's wicked with a dry sense of humor and totally snarky.
    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Thanks to everyone who stopped by! I'm on a quick vacay, so down to one email check a day, but I appreciate the comments so far.
    ;)

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  18. I don't read many books with demons to have a favorite.

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Thanks for the share and the chance to win.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  20. Give me some of Kresley Cole's demons and I would be a very happy person.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Woohoo! I love blog hopping!
    What a great way to discover new blogs and visit with old friends. Everybody wins this way!

    Team Demon all the way! <^_^>
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Haven't read too many demons. The first to come to mind is Geo from Destiny Bewitched.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  23. I love Simi from The Dark hunter Novels by Sherrilyn Kennyon
    mawmom@gmail.com

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  24. Shade from Larissa Iones series! Most people like Wraiths but I feel for shade :)

    Viajeradelmar@aol.com

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  25. I haven't read any demon books yet. I would like my demon to be strong,smart and sure of himself. Deb P
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  26. Jacquelyn Frank had some hot demons!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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  27. I don't have a favorite demon character, but I've seen lots of interesting ones on the hop. Thanks for participating! emily joy drake at gmail dot com

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  28. I love Jacob from the Nightwalker series by Jacquelyn Frank because he's strong, tough and one heck of a sexy Demon.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  29. I like Lothaire from Immortals After Dark series.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  30. I like Lothaire from Immortals After Dark series.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  31. Any of the demons from Jacquelyn Frank's Nightwalkers or Shadowdwellers series are fantastic!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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  32. I do love Al from the Rachel Morgan books. I also love the demons in Sherrilyn Kenyon's books. Some of them are pure evil, while others are only half demon & constantly struggle with their dual natures.

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

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  33. Team demon.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  34. our books sound great Liv. and there already on my list. I have to admit, sadly, I'm a big chicken when it comes to paranormal and horror. They give me nightmares. If I had to pick between Angels and Demons it would be Angels, with a hint of bad whe the doors close. :} That would never give me nightmares. Your post was great.
    Lynda

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  35. My favorite demons are the sexy brothers from the Demonica series by Larissa Ione, especially Wraith.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  36. I've been saying throughout this whole hop that Al is my favorite demon!!!

    Thanks!

    snhoveln@gmail.com

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  37. Definitely Wraith in Larissa Ione's Demonica series! Hot, hot, hot!
    Lisa
    yankssssrule08(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. Now see, y'all, I'm going to have to get ahold of one of those Larissa Ione books. I feel like my knowledge base is incomplete. Thanks for checking in!
    ;)

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  39. I love to laugh, so I am going to choose Al from the Rachel Morgan series as my favorite demon character. Thank you for participating in the fun!
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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  40. Fallen Angels! Okay, maybe demons. I love bad boys! :D I love Larissa Iones Demonica series. So good! :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Micah from Gracen Miller's Road to Hell series. He's a demon that looks like Chris Hemsworth...You can't beat that.

    kristinaleigh1@hotmail.com

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  42. I like Gena Showalter's angels.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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