The Demon Hunters # 1
By: A.S. Fenichel
Releasing October 6th, 2014
Lyrical Press / Kensington
When demons threaten London, Lady Belinda answers the call.
Lord Gabriel Thurston returns home from war to find his fiancée is not the sweet young girl he left behind. She’s grown into a mysterious woman who guards her dark secrets well. When he sees her sneaking away from a ball, he’s convinced it’s for a lover’s rendezvous. Following her to London’s slums, Gabriel watches in horror as his fiancée ruthlessly slays a man.
Lady Belinda Carlisle’s only concern was her dress for the next ball—until demons nearly killed her and changed everything. A lady by day, and a demon hunter by night, she knows where her duty lies. Ending her betrothal is the best way to protect Gabriel from death by a demon’s hand.
Gabriel soon realizes, like him, Belinda has been fighting for her country. He joins in the fight, determined to show her that their love can endure, stronger than ever.
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I asked A.S: where did the inspiration for Ascension come from?
I’m so happy to be here today and excited to tell you how Ascension came to be. I can’t remember the precise moment, but I got a flash of a scene. This happens to me quite often. It’s like a dream, but I’m not asleep.
Don’t look at me like that. I’m not crazy. I’m a writer. LOL
This particular flash was a Regency debutant sneaking into a garden late at night. Her hair was messed and her skirt was six inches deep in mud.
That’s it! I know you’re thinking, A.S. how the hell does that become a book? Well… I couldn’t get the bit out of my head. It replayed over and over like a very short film. Why was she in the garden at night? Whose garden was it? Where had she been? Who was she and was she alone? The more I struggled with those questions, the more I had to know the answers. So I wrote the scene exactly the way I’d seen it and once I had the initial visual down on paper, I gave her a name. Lady Belinda Clayton’s name gave me quite a lot about her. She’s a lady and a traditional lady would not be sneaking into a garden at night. That opened up a world of possibilities.
Here’s how the scene started…
Lady Belinda Clayton grappled with the creaking iron gate, which led to the back garden of her family’s London townhouse. It was not the first time she had used the unconventional route to make her way back home in the predawn hours. Nor was it the first time her dress had been ruined or her hair tousled in her rush to make her way through the streets without becoming a number on the death toll in the city’s records.
Pushing the gate closed, the rough, cold metal scratched her gloved palm. Once the latch was secured she ran her finger along the jagged tear in her left glove. “Too bad,” she said. She shook her head at the ruined garment. “I really did like this pair.”
“What pair is that, Lady Belinda?” Gabriel’s deep, seductive voice cut through the still night.
His blue eyes were the color of the sea just before a storm and their depths burned into her.
Her stomach did a flip before she had time to control herself. She was sure she
looked flustered and she could have kicked herself for not steeling her nerves before facing Lord Gabriel Thurston, the Earl of Tullering.
After that the story kind of tumbled out and became a paranormal urban fantasy set in Regency England. Complicated, I know, but so much fun to write and I know you’re going to love Ascension.
A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.
Multi-published in erotic paranormal, contemporary and historical romance, A.S. is the author of the Mayan Destiny series, Christmas Bliss and many more. With several books currently contracted to multiple publishers, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of romance for many years to come.
Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.
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