Young Witch Elsi Rhoads is tired of saving humanity. In her mind, ending the war between Heaven and Hell had been enough to earn her the right to live a normal, college girl life.
Unfortunately, Tenuxhal, the only Demon Knight to have survived the war, has other plans. Enraged at the humiliation that Elsi had delivered during the battle, he injures and kidnaps her for one last fight to the death. Now, Elsi must struggle to regain her powers before the cannibalistic demon can take his revenge.
As the two prepare for their epic battle, one new issue arises to complicate their lives – an irrational, yet utterly undeniable attraction.
Claimed by the Demon Knight: Book One is the first entry in the Demon Knight trilogy. It contains strong sexual themes, adult language and violence. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
This novella is approximately 27k words in length.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always enjoyed violent, paranormal books, but I also enjoy romance that involve paranormal and/or fantasy attributes, so I thought, “Why not both?”
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted a fierce character that doesn’t care what others thing of him.
Tenuxhal is a demon, and as such, he has some “odd” views in regards to witches, angels and even other demons. The demons in this world are chaotic by nature, and are cannibals. It’s not something they can help. But fighting with Elsi, and being shown that he does have the power to control his outbursts does change him, though not entirely. He’ll always be a demon, no matter what.
As for Elsi, she doesn’t tolerate anyones crap, especially from a demon that wants to eat her. She’s more than willing to put Tenu in his place, but she also wants to go back to the human world and finish college. Rather hard to do both, but she’ll figure it all out. She is by no means perfect and has plenty of her own flaws, something that Tenuxhal is more than happy to point out.
Elsi is everything I’ve always wanted to be as a woman, and I think the character fulfills that perfectly.
Elsi was bathed in pain. But the explosion in her head seemed to be settling slowly into a mere vicious pounding, a far cry from the intolerable screaming and tearing agony that it had been before. Whenever that was. Her concept of time seemed to have flown out the window at some point, and her location was a complete mystery as well. Who cared? Where she was and how she’d gotten here was less important than how much pain she was in. Pulsing shock waves beat relentlessly against the insides of her skull, keeping a sadistic rhythm with her heart. It was far too hard to think.
True consciousness returned slowly, ebbing in and out like gentle ocean waves, pulling her unwillingly, painfully closer to the outside world. Long hours passed and she was becoming more aware piece by piece, able to focus for brief moments on the things around her and not just the throbbing in her head. She was lying on her right side, the ground was soft, and she was warm. Warm. She had been so cold before. She was covered with something… blankets. This was a bed maybe? Yes. Good. She was cooking with gas now.
With monumental effort, she pried open one recalcitrant eyelid just enough to let some light filter through her lashes and reach overly sensitive eyes. She winced even in the low, silvery light of the room. That was as good as things were going to get for now.
It took a long time before her half-lidded eye would cooperate and focus on anything at all, and she struggled to bring into focus a world that was just a blur of wet eyelashes and a wash of dull colours cast in shadows. Elsi wanted to know where she was, but she couldn’t really see much of her surroundings because something bulky seemed to be in the way. She blinked away the moisture from glazed eyes and found that she could finally make out most of the bleary shape in front of her face. It was a person.
Now, Elsi did have a human heart, and she was pretty sure it stopped beating.
Her reasoning skills were slow and dulled, but this, this low voice, silky yet grating, this face in front of her… she knew. And she feared.
The knight waited to let the situation sink in (the witch was known for being a bit dull at times) before he punctuated the greeting with a slight upward tilt of his head and quick forward motion, and planted a moist kiss firmly on Elsi’s lips. He pulled back to observe the results of his actions, with a wide toothy grin, one that was both happy and vicious.
The young woman’s mouth opened and she gasped. Her brain was in total gridlock. She didn’t even have the sense to wipe the demons glistening saliva from her lips. The utterly surreal and entirely unwholesome situation was just too much for the already overtaxed body and mind of Elsi Rhoads and she did what any young, hot-blooded female warrior would do in her place.
She passed out.
Tenuxhal let his head fall back as far as it would go and laughed out loud, a manic sound, frighteningly similar to the way it had been when he’d killed that freak that had bested him in battle for his position as a knight and taken back his rightful place as one of the most powerful demon knights in Beelzebubs army. It took him several minutes to contain his mirth. He hadn’t planned that out at all. It had just seemed the most natural thing to do at that moment. And the woman’s reaction had been…outstanding.
“Tch. You’re too much, Rhoads.” The knight grinned to himself, and reaching up, tousled Elsi’s already disheveled hair in what looked like an affectionate manner, mindful of the injury, before wiping away a stray tear of amusement, that had traced a path down his own cheek. He closed his eyes and purred internally. Now that had been entertaining.
It looked like this was going to be fun. Seemed he had made the right call after all.
Cryptic is introverted paranormal and fantasy romance writer and has spent most of her life in Colorado.
Her current publications are: Claimed by the Demon Knight Trilogy.
Currently working on two more books that will be released early Fall of 2014.
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