Author Jenn Bennett Guest Blog and Contest

Summoning the Night: An Arcadia Bell NovelDemons Are People, Too

I have a soft spot for demons. I know, I know—sounds creepy. But I swear, I’m a perfectly nice person. I ooh and ahh at fluffy puppies. I cry during It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s just that, you know, I’m also rather attracted to dark stuff. Like Walt Whitman, I contradict myself: I contain multitudes.

In the world I’ve created for the Arcadia Bell series, some of my most moral, upstanding characters are demons. Some of my worst villains are humans. And just like real, non-fantasy-book life, you can’t pass judgements on an entire group of people. You have to get to know them as individuals.

These books, you see, are about a woman with unusual magical gifts living in a world filled with demons. And not just any old demons, but Earthbounds. To the average non-demon person—that would be YOU, lovely reader—Earthbounds look like humans, live like humans, and act like humans. They don’t have horns and tails. They aren’t devouring small kittens. They are simply descendants of human-demon hybrids.

Once upon a time, humans with magical talent—people like my heroine, Cady—knew a unique spell that shifted humanity’s path on earth. This unusual, morally suspect spell involved calling down Big Bad Scaly Demons from another plane called the Æthyr. In and of itself, this isn’t a big deal: any mage worth his or her salt has summoned a demon or two in an attempt to procure a little esoteric knowledge . . . or just to find out where their crotchety uncle hid the family fortune.

Thing is, Æthyric-summoned demons can’t live on earth for any length of time. To stick around, they need to inhabit human bodies. Enter the morally suspect spell, which allowed a mage to both remove human souls from human bodies, and also stuff the empty flesh with summoned demon souls.

Sounds like a lot of trouble, to be sure. But you’ve got to realize a few things. First, most of these mages were kind of bananas; craziness and magic are like peanut butter and chocolate. And second, most mages—like Cady—are able to control demons. So this new human-demon hybrid was the medieval version of a Robot Butler: whatever the mage wanted, the Earthbound demon did. Like most diabolical plans, this one went frequently went wrong, with Earthbounds outsmarting their makers. (The most infamous incident resulted in the disappearance of the Roanoke Colony settlement in the late 16th century, and the ritual thereafter being referred to in hushed tones as “The Roanoke Spell.”) Centuries later, they are still outsmarting humans.

Except Cady. Because she’s not your run-of-the-mill mage. She was born with the ability to see a supernatural marker on Earthbounds, so she knows which of her neighbors are human and which are demon. And where she lives, in coastal Northern California, there are a LOT of demons. Demons like her best friend, Kar Yee, who, with Cady, runs a tiki bar that caters to Earthbounds. And Lon Butler, a strong and silent, rakishly pirate-mustached Earthbound, for whom she finds herself falling. Hard. Because I suppose, like me, Cady has a soft spot for demons, too.

Would it freak you out if you discovered some of your coworkers and friends were demons in disguise?

A lot of my Earthbound demons have a unique special paranormal ability, something called a “knack.” There are Earthbounds who are telekinetic (can move objects with the mind) and empathic (can “hear” people’s emotions), and there are some who can even alter temperatures or persuade people to do things with their voice. If you could have a knack, what would it be?

My series is urban fantasy, but it has a strong romantic subplot and attracts readers from both sides of the paranormal romance/urban fantasy fence. Are there other series you like to read that blur the lines between UF and PNR?

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CONTEST INFO: Open to readers in the US

PRIZE: 5 copies of Summoning the Night

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  1. Hi everyone! I’ll be answering questions here all afternoon, so shoot when you’re ready. 🙂

  2. Hi Jenn! I want to say first and foremost that your books all sound wonderful. And secondly to answer your questions and ask you some of my own:

    My answers:
    1. I don’t think I would freak out about it as much as be slightly surprised. I believe in the supernatural world and in things beyond our understanding and therefore try not to over-react to the unexplained.
    2. If I could have “knack” I think I would the ability to understand, speak, read, and write every language. It would go a long way in bridging the gaps and misunderstandings between cultures.
    3. I have several series I like that blur the lines between UF and PNR. I know it’s probably cliche, but they are the “Anita Blake Vampire Hunter” series by Laurell K. Hamilton and “Dark-Hunter” series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    My Questions: question 2 will be in the next post.
    1. Have you ever created a character that was based off of someone you know or off of yourself?

    • Hi Becky! Oh, good knack choice. That would be an excellent one to have! And, btw, I love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s stuff. To answer your first question: No, I’ve never created a character based off someone I know. However, many of my characters borrow bits and pieces from other people’s personalities. For example, in KINDLING THE MOON I had my heroine, Cady, remark that something “sent her into orbit.” I have a friend named Maggie who says that all the time when she gets angry, so that was my tip-o-the-hat to her.

  3. My Questions: question 3 will be in the next post

    2. If you could take the place of any of characters for a day which one and why?

    • Oh, that’s a tough question. Maybe I’d like to be Lon for a day, since he’s a photographer who sometimes goes to exotic locales to shoot. I’d like to be him when he’s someplace warm and sunny, LOL!

  4. Andra L from the USA!

    Thanks for being here! I can’t wait to give your series a try!

    I think my level of freaking out would depend on how long I’ve known them. If we’ve been friends for years I would probably try to understand or at least attempt to distinguish whether they are evil or not…but if I had just started, I’d be out of the building faster than you could say “two weeks notice” lol !

    Omg…I can’t even begin to decide my “knack”! I suppose telekinesis would be cool, but I would love to be able to bend time. What I wouldn’t give to be able to jump back and fix something or to see something that happened 100s of years ago!

    To be honest, I think that almost every book out there right now blurs the line a bit. If an UF doesn’t have a romantic interest, it falls flat for me. The same with Paranormal Romance…if there isn’t a mystery to solve or something other than supernaturally long loving, I tend to get bored!

    Question 1 for you!

    What authors have really inspired you/your work?

    • Hi Andra Lynn! Telekinesis might be pretty interesting, I agree. Authors who’ve inspired me? A strange mix, from Edgar Allan Poe to Jack Kerouac. As far as what knack I’d personally want, I kind of like one of my character’s knacks: Kar Yee has the ability to strike fear into anyone. That would come in handy! 😉 And three desert island books: Alice in Wonderland, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and something smutty, like Control by Charlotte Stein. 😀

  5. For Question 2, I’m gunna spin your question right back atcha!

    If you could have a “knack” what would it be??

  6. Last but not least:

    If you were trapped on a desert island, what 3 books would you bring, knowing you could only read those three books FOREVER 🙂

  7. Andra L from the USA!

    Answered Questions+3
    Asked Questions+3
    Attended Erin’s event +1
    Total=8 pts.

  8. My Questions:

    3. Out of all the characters in your books which character(s) do you identify the most with or find yourself most attached to?

    RSVP’d: +25
    Answered questions: +3
    Asked questions: +3
    Tweeted –!/TokyoTensai/status/197207152694276097: +1
    Shared link on Facebook – +1
    Bought Erin Kellison’s book(receipt sent): +100
    Bought another book through BBB link: +100
    Attended Erin Kellison’s Event: +1
    Total: +135

  9. Roni L, PA, USA

    I think if I found out that some people I knew were demons, it would make me a bit wary of them~even if I’d known them for some time. I mean, demons DO have a bad rap for being tricksters (at best) and out-and-out liars/manipulators at worst. So I guess I’d kind of hang back for awhile and see where my demon friends fell on that scale.

    As for “knacks” I like Becky & Andra’s ideas! Especially the ability to bend time/time travel. LOVE THAT ONE!

    My question: Did you draw from a particular culture’s concept of demons when designing yours?

    + 25 RSVP
    +100 bought Erin’s book using BBB links
    + 2 Tweets using BBB links
    + 2 FB posts using BBB links
    + 1 Attended Erin’s event
    + 1 answered Jenn’s question
    + 1 asked a question
    + 1 tallied my own points
    =133 points total

    • Roni: Probably best to take a wait-and-see attitude

      • Roni L, PA, USA

        Jenn, sounds like you found some fascinating info during your research! Do you typically research FIRST, then write, or do you write and research as you go along?

        + 1 more question asked
        + 1 more Tweet
        =135 points total

  10. Hi Jenn –

    Yes, Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson books blur UF and PNR. And I love it :). +1

    Where is your favorite place to write? +1

    Tweeted:!/Jovial_1/status/197416713334165504 +1

    RSVP’d +25

    attend Erin Kellison

    • Viki: Several people have recommended Keri Arthur to me. I really need to check her out!

      My favorite place to write is where I write 99% of the time: my office. I write full time from home, so when I say “office,” it’s really more like a creative think tank with a writing desk, comfy reading chair, and a whole lotta books! 🙂 I have a nice sunny window with a view of my yard. It’s my little retreat, and I love it. 🙂

  11. Hmmm…. I could probably pepper you with questions all afternoon given the chance. Hah!

    What is the most frustrating thing, to you, about writing? And do you have any bad habits (in regard to writing that is =P) that you try to work on?

    And as far as PNR/UF being a blend… I have Karen Chance,Nalini Singh, Patricia Briggs, Jennifer Estep, Richelle Mead, Lisa Shearin, Ilona Andrews.. Jenn Bennett :)(and many more authors lol) I adore the mixing of PNR/UF and you’re in fine company!

    • Go on, pepper away, LOL! Thanks for mentioning me in that group of ladies — wow, fine company, indeed! I’ll never forget the day I found out Karen Chance had liked my book and blurbed it. I was having lunch with some friends and squealed my head off.

      Most frustrating thing about writing? That you’re often blind to faults when you’re in the middle of a project. Once you’ve put something aside for a couple of weeks then come back to it, you’re like, “What in the world was I thinking when I wrote this chapter???” I wish I had that Big Picture sense earlier on, but I tend to get lost navigating the details.

      Bad habits? I over-edit as I write. I’d make better progress if I could ignore what I wrote the day before and keep plugging along, but I sometimes can’t stop myself from looking back and tinkering.

  12. Raonaid Luckwell

    Rachel Flesher / Raonaid Luckwell

  13. Raonaid Luckwell

    Have you ever had two Works in Progress hammer at your head at the same time? How do you choose which one to work on?

    Total – 33

  14. Raonaid Luckwell

    Authors that you would have a total fangirl moment over?

    Total -34

  15. Raonaid Luckwell

    If you ever had the chance to work with another author – dead or alive – on a project, who would you choose?

    Total – 35

  16. Raonaid Luckwell

    If you could choose a song to sum up your book what would it be?

    Total – 35

    • Are you trying to get me to say something weird like “Sex Dwarf” by Soft Cell or “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver? Because I totally will. 😉

      Seriously, I could never answer that. No song would be insane enough to sum up any of my books, which is probably a good thing for the music business!

      • Raonaid Luckwell

        LOL – Hey! Nothing wrong with weird songs.. and Country Roads is my state (West Virginia) theme song.. or so I’ve been told. Hehe.

        Though I have never heard of Sex Dwarf. Must investigate!

        You should hear some of the music I listen to..

  17. I would like x-ray eyes that could burn thru anything and eyes that could lure a victim in and get them to do anything.
    Would it freak you out if you discovered some of your coworkers and friends were demons in disguise? Not at all. That fits the ratrace of workers. They are demons.
    My series is urban fantasy, but it has a strong romantic subplot and attracts readers from both sides of the paranormal romance/urban fantasy fence. Are there other series you like to read that blur the lines between UF and PNR?

    All I can think of is Anita Blake. But it’s not as blured as it used to be.
    Charleen Harris Grave series do and these two lovers are good at necromanceing. Well she is he is the muscle.

    Do you have any animals/names/species?

    I RSVPed for this event and attended Erin Kellison

    • Lisa: x-ray eyes would be AWESOME! And I heard the Grave Sight series was coming to SyFy network, so that should be interesting.

      I have two pugs: one fawn, one black. One is named after a character in His Dark Material series and the other is named after an American folk hero. 🙂 The black pug is rescued. They are both cute and evil and loud snorers. 🙂

  18. I’m going to answer questions instead, because yours are so cool. It wouldn’t freak me out too much if my neighbors were demons as long as they were the evil, I want to eat your face, type of demon. Remember the series Angel? I’m still mad that Doyle, his half demon sidekick was killed. I loved him…and it been off the air for years. LOL I would love to be able to influence with my voice. Can you imagine? “Yes, you will love my chicken noodle soup.” or “You feel the need to clean your room today.” Man, that would rock! As far as series that blur the lines– I read them all the time. Shiloh Walker’s books always seem to mix it up.

    Brenda H., USA
    Answered Questions 1
    Entered Erin’s Party 1
    Tally 1
    TOTAL: 3

    • Brenda: OOOH, Doyle! I remember him. Did you know he was killed off in the show because the actor died in real life? I’m revealing my Angel geekiness, now. I think I liked Angel better than Buffy.

      If you like the power to influence with your voice, then you’ll like Book 2 in my series. That’s a non spoil-y spoiler. 🙂

      And I haven’t yet, but really need to read Shiloh Walker. Need to figure out which series to start with, though.

  19. I have 4 poodles, 1 is a standerd,and 1 choc. lab. The standard Aphrodite is the only one that is not a rescue. I have 3 cats who think they rule the and the yard. I just losst one of my little poodles. He was 16. He was a true gentileman.

    • Oh, I’m so sorry you lost a poodle. 🙁 It’s never easy, especially when they’ve been part of the family for so long. I know it’s a cliche to say it, but my dogs are my kids. So I feel for you! And major props for taking in so many rescues: any future dog I have will be rescued. I’m a big believer in that.

  20. Hi Jenn,

    I am going to be on the lookout for your book. I think about 70% of what I read blurrs the line.

    Do you generally set one large or many small goals?

  21. What do you do to reward yourself when you reach your goals?

  22. Do you keep track of random plot bunnies as they pop up or do you let them run free and grow until you need them?

    • If I write something that changes the plot a few chapters back, I fix it immediately. I don’t like loose ends hanging around, because it starts to confuse me, and I’m always afraid I’ll forget something. 🙂

  23. Lisa R smalltown, USA

    Would it freak you out if you discovered some of your coworkers and friends were demons in disguise? nope, cause I’m sure that at least two of them are.
    +1 What was the first moment you knew you had to write?
    +25 RSVPed #3
    +1 attended Erin Kellison

    • Lisa: LOL about your coworkers!

      The first moment I knew I had to write? After I’d written a few pages of my first book. I couldn’t go back to a non-writing life once I’d started.

  24. Lisa R smalltown, USA

    +1 What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?


  25. Lisa R smalltown, USA

    +1 What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?


  26. Stacey A Smith

    Hi Jenn
    * I Would not mind Demons for neighbors as long as there not killing people and such.if I had a nack it would be to heal people if that was possible that would be the best talent!
    * Do any of your characters have a healing Talent? +1
    * I Spread the news on twitter and here is the link!/sasluvbooks/status/197538836258103296 and on facebook and here is the link +1
    * I RSVPed to be here with Jenn +25
    * I Attended Erin Kellison event +1
    * I Tallyed my Points +1=29
    * Stacey S USA
    sasluvbooks at yahoo dot com

    • Hi Stacey! Yes, a couple of my characters have a healing talent. One is doctor who is friends with my hero, Lon. The other is a frequent customer at Tambuku Tiki Lounge, Bob. 🙂

  27. Hi, Jenn! Welcome to BBB! Thanks so much for joining us! I loved both books and look forward to more.

    As far as knacks go, I think it would be cool to know what best makes people happy. It would be pretty hard to give them all that, but at least I could tell them. 🙂

    Yes, as much as we joke about it sometimes, I do think that finding out someone I know is a demon would certainly induce a freak-out. 🙂

    Jenn, what kinds of things do you enjoy doing for relaxation?

    • Hi Carol! I’ve enjoyed being on BBB, so thanks for having me! And thanks for all the kind words. 🙂

      For relaxation, I cook, travel, read (of course!)

  28. other contest stuff…

    1.Koren C USA
    2.asked 3 +3
    4.purchased 2 ebooks +200
    5.participated in Erin’s event +1
    6.tally own points +1

    I RSVP’d +25

    total 230

  29. Jenn, your worldbuilding sounds awesome. I like the built in moral ambiguity (those original mages involved in binding the demons sound like real jerks, to make an understatement); I think in your cosmology, it wouldn’t bother me to have friends and neighbors who were demons. But my comfort level with any supernatural creatures is highly dependent on the cosmology they’re coming from. I’d happily hang out with Nalini Singh’s shape shifters, for example, but would not want to spend time with The Wolfman.

    Speaking of Nalini, I know Readsalot already mentioned her, but I’ll give her another thumbs up, along with Ilona Andrews. Others who I really enjoy who blur the line between PR and UF are Meljean Brooke and Jeaniene Frost. Stacia Kane’s demon series is probably over into PR, but I think you’d dig it, given your fondness for demons (hers are also not bound by black and white rules).

    If I had a knack, I’d love to be able to be two places at once for short periods of time. I could use the extra set of hands from time to time!

    Question for you: since your demons are not morally defined (as they tend to be in Judeo-Christian mythology), did you use any real-world mythology to base them on?

    Answered Jenn’s questions: +3
    Asked my own question: +1
    RSVP’d: +25
    Attended Erin’s contest: +1
    Tally: +1
    Total: +31

    • Hi Alana! Thanks for all the recs! I’ve read a couple of them, but I’ll check the others out.

      Being in two places at one time sounds pretty awesome. You could call it your Hermione knack, LOL! 🙂

      Regarding your question about the mythology of my demons being based on anything, I guess the answer is yes and no. I’ve browsed a lot of occult grimoires like the Key of Solomon, in which the names of demons are listed, along with what they look like, how to call them, etc. Each demon had a special skill or knowledge. I thought that was kind of groovy, so I incorporated it into my worldbuilding.

  30. What would you like written in your obit?
    Hopefully a very long time in the future!!
    I tweeted at!/purplepoodle58/status/198789378825306112
    Lisa D. USA
    Total points= 1035

  31. Do you enjoy promoting your books?
    I tweeted at!/purplepoodle58/status/1981866319433134080
    Lisa D. USA
    Total point =1037

  32. NO I’m not trying to do anything to you, I thought it was an interesting question. My family just lost an eightyfive yearlod relative and I was writting his obit. It’s a hard thing to do and please all the family. When
    ;you’ve had both parents die, all the grand parents die, alot of really
    good friends die and just lately I lost one of my little poodles you wonder
    what will be wriitten about myself. My oldest child told me to write my own j
    and then it will be done correctly.

    I imagine it does matter to you if they are truely interested in what you have to say.
    My sister is an english teacher. Do you find it is hard to make all of your
    sentances correctly or do you get to bend english to what you are writing
    at the time?

    I would always be correcting my writing, because I write what I’m thinking!
    I tweeted at!/purplepoodle58/status/198422898246037504
    Lisa D. USA
    Total points = 1039

  33. In the interview you asked “Would it freak you out if you discovered some of your coworkers and friends were demons in disguise?” My answer to that is “No” it would not faze me one bit.
    Where do you thing all of the people went to in Roanoke went to?
    It is a wonderful mistery!
    Lisa D. USA
    Total points= 1040

  34. Hi there! The books sound wonderful, I bought Kindling the Moon and I’m really looking forward to it. To answer your questions, I don’t think I’d freak out, esp if I’ve known the co-workers and friends for a lont time and like them already. (it would explain some things tho! )

    I’d like to be able to bend time, and travel to wherever I wanted whenever I wanted. Or at least being able to transport to anywhere in the world I wanted.

    I do like series that blur the line and most of the ones that I like have already been mentioned.

    What are your thoughts on audiobooks?

    Joani S from USA
    bought the book
    did kellisons event
    tally points=531