Thursday, May 15, 2008


December Quinn, writing as Stacia Kane, has written an urban paranormal titled Personal Demons.

The premise: Every human has at least one personal demon that sits on their shoulder, prompting them to do not-so-nice things. Some people may have more than one of the little buggers. But not Dr. Megan Chase. She's the only human being in the world without a personal demon. Not that she knows that. This, coupled with her psychic abilities, makes her a valuable weapon for any demon mob-like "family" lucky enough to gain her allegiance. It also makes her a serious threat not just to the personal demons, but to a soul-sucking Legion of Hell known as The Accuser. The Accuser already has an old score to settle with Megan, and sees this as the perfect time to do it.

But Megan isn't without allies as she's plunged back into a world she forgot existed. A member of a competing demon family, Greyson Dante, sees Megan as his ticket to power and sets about both protecting and seducing her with devilish intensity.

Can Megan, her new demon lover, a witch with poor social skills and three cockney guard demons named Malleus, Maleficarum and Spud defeat not only The Accuser, the personal demons, and the ghosts of Megan's past, but the reporter who threatens to destroy Megan's career as well?

My positive bias regarding December/Stacia's writing aside, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in the series, The Demon Inside. It's a fresh look at a paranormal setting, the characters are real (I especially like Malleus, Maleficarum and Spud!), and the atmosphere appropriately chilling in places where it should be.

If you want a good read and a few hours' escape from reality, I recommend Personal Demons by Stacia Kane. You can buy it online at B&N or Amazon.

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