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Opening Lines by Allison Merritt


The opening lines of Eban (The Heckmasters, Book 2) is a bit racier than the opening for the first book. I have a rough novella somewhere on my flash drive that opens with some light BSDM role play (yeah, it’s a historical paranormal—it will probably never see the light of day), but in Eban, the title hero wakes up naked with a sexy lust demon sitting on him with nothing to separate them but a sheet. If you’ve read Wystan (Book 1), then you know Rosemar, the demon possessing the heroine, Beryl Brookshier, is a sort-of ally in the battle for Berner. She also makes no bones about the fact that she wants to possess Beryl for eternity and she wants Eban to reign at her side.

Writing a character who’s inhabited by two minds was interesting. The original character, Beryl, joined the cast in Wystan, but she didn’t feature much in that book except for a few scenes because she was deathly ill—thanks to that pesky lust demon trying to control her body. When it’s revealed that Rosemar can take over Beryl, she becomes a useful tool in the fight to save the town and destroy other demons who don’t share her own personal goals. Getting into her head and showing the world from her jaded demon perspective made the story so much darker. At times it leaned so close to horror, I almost forgot I was writing paranormal romance. There were other good elements, like Eban trying to hide the fact that Beryl was possess from her. When she finally learns Rosemar’s in her head, she beings to doubt whether the love she feels for Eban is hers or not. It adds some nice conflict to the story. Writing two characters in one body, at war with itself was challenging, but fun. Writing a hero in love with one of them was even more of a challenge. He wanted to protect her, of course, all the time knowing if he didn’t find a way to banish the demon, she’d die—something he couldn’t bear to think about it.

The characters in Eban weren’t faced with just a half demon loving a human relationship like the characters in Wystan. They gained a whole new set of problems with a mischievous and bitter lust demon hanging around. On top of that, Eban’s whole motto for the book could have been: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. In attempt to rid Beryl of Rosemar, he summons an angel named Eliakim who wanders around dressed like a desperado. I’m really proud of the range of characters in this book. They’re definitely way out there, with plenty of cute brother snark between the Heckmasters as well.

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If love can’t save them, there will be hell to pay.

Grateful for his mother’s human blood that cools the dark fire of his demon father, Eban Heckmaster has set up a medical practice in New Mexico territory. But there’s no hope of living a normal life until he rids himself of a seductive demon that’s been pursuing him.

Vanquishing it won’t be as simple as sharpening his demon-hunting sword. The clever creature is hiding inside his best friend’s head, and she has no idea of the havoc she’s been wreaking, especially with his body.

Beryl suspects Eban knows why she’s been waking up with no memory of where she’s been or what she’s done, but he’s not talking. But when she inevitably learns what he’s hiding—or rather, what’s hiding inside her—she wonders if her love for him is real, or an illusion created by the demon’s lust.

Eban is losing the battle to hold his rising desire in check. There may be only one way to extricate Beryl from the beast entangling her mind. Call upon his demon blood…and offer it as a sacrifice.

Product Warnings

Contains a half-human, half-demon doctor who can heal anyone except himself, and a woman who’d blush if she could remember the sensuous torture she’s been inflicting on him. Could make you wonder if you should start listening to the voices in your head…


Author: emilycale

Erotic romance writer. Runs on caffeine and wine. Don't feed after midnight.

7 thoughts on “Opening Lines by Allison Merritt

  1. Thanks so much for having me today!

  2. Sounds like another great book. You’re on a roll, Allison!

  3. This series is SO on my wish list! Any idea when the next book will be out??

  4. You had me at “a sexy lust demon.” That’s totally my kind of book! Sounds great!

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