The Reluctant Reaper trilogy is now available at the Toronto Public Library and the Washington/Virginia libraries. But since it’s through Overdrive, you can request it be added. Takes a day or two.
Kirsty d’Arc is enjoying life, until someone she trusts hijacks her soul. To escape Hell’s inferno and gain revenge, Kirsty must partner with the very Reaper who scythed her—the hunky dead poet Dante Alighieri. Click for more…
It’s Throwback Thursday. Here’s THE RELUCTANT REAPER, Book 1 of The Reluctant Reaper series from Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. This is a male/female urban fantasy, written under my Gina X. Grant pen name.
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Kirsty d’Arc is enjoying life, until someone she trusts hijacks her soul in this first installment of The Reluctant Reaper series. To escape Hell’s inferno and gain revenge, Kirsty must partner with the very Reaper who scythed her—hunky dead poet Dante Alighieri.
Life for Kirsty d’Arc might not be perfect, but it’s far from hellish. She likes her job, has a great BFF and truly admires Conrad, her boss. But when she dives in front of a lunatic’s blade to save him from certain death, she finds out Conrad isn’t so admirable after all. In fact, he’s traded her soul to the Devil!
While her body lies comatose on the Mortal Coil, Kirsty’s spirit is dragged straight to Hell…which is not quite the fire-and-brimstone abyss she’d expected. In fact, the place is quirky, wacky, and not without charm. Desperate to reunite body and soul before her time runs out, she seeks out allies, earning the friendship of a powerful drag demon, a psychic server and most importantly, Hell’s civil servant. But what of her growing attraction to Dante, the sexy Reaper with a flair for romantic language—can she forgive him for scything her soul?
Stuck in the netherworld, Kirsty vows she’ll do everything on her postmortem bucket-list, starting with getting her life back and ensuring that Conrad has Hell to pay!
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But I judged a book by its cover. Well, not a book, actually, but people. I judged people.
I go to writerly functions… A. Lot. I’m a member of several writer organizations and love to attend lectures on almost any subject. So I often see the same people at different functions.
And there’s a person there who doesn’t, shall we say, present well. He wears ill-fitting, out of style clothes, has greasy hair in need of a trim. But I spent time with him at the last couple of functions and he’s really nice, funny and has an impressive writerly resume. We even have the same taste in books and he laughs at my jokes. What more could I want?
Then there was this gal I met last night at a Kobo function. She was well-put-together, slim, fashionable, about my age. So I figure we’d have a lot in common. Er, um. It was one of those conversations where she kept saying, “I don’t understand what you mean,” when what she really meant was, “You don’t agree with me, therefore you’re wrong and I must keep repeating my argument without listening to anything you say until you agree with me.”
Luckily, thanks to 2 decades of marriage, I recognize this trap when I hear it. I just walked away from the conversation. If I offended her, then great. Hopefully, she’ll avoid me in future.
What has been bugging me all day is, why was so goddamn important to her that I agree with her? In fact, we really weren’t disagreeing at all if she’d only listened.
The only thing I could think of is that my friend introduced me as “our local marketing whiz.” She seemed to react to this so maybe it was terribly important to her to prove the “marketing whiz” wrong so she could feel validated.
Now I just have to use that in a book. 😉
So let that be a lesson to me. I made several new friends last night and I didn’t judge them by their anything except how much fun they were to be with.
And because all blog posts must have graphics, here’s a line from one of my Reaper novels. In fact, here’s an entire sex scene:
So what’s up with me?
I’m about to be officially a tri-brid author. Yes, I did make up that word. It means I’m:
2) traditionally published, and
3) about to go indie (self-published.)
I’ve got several backlist books returned to me as well as two brand spanking new books I’m editing.
Here’s a comprehensive list:
GBLT books by Storm Grant
|1||Re-Inventing Love||60,000||Steampunk historical, new adult, gay romance with paranormal elements||The road to love is paved with good inventions||NEW–to be e-published||Coming soon!|
|2||Lost Boys 2.0: Book #2 in The Chronicles of B.O.O. series||66,000||New adult, gay, contemporary, paranormal multicultural mystery with romantic elements||A man trapped between life and death must partner with Secret Agent Peter Pan to save a new generation of Lost Boys.||NEW–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014||Coming soon!|
|3||Shift Happens: Book #1 in The Chronicles of B.O.O. series||80,000||Contemporary Fantasy m/m–Won a Rainbow Award||A change is as good as a quest.||reprint–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014||Coming soon!|
|4||Tart & Soul||15,000||Humorous m/m contemporary||It’s a business doing pleasure with you.||reprint–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014||Coming soon!|
|5||Assume the Position (formerly “Lust in Translation”)||9,000||Sexy, humorous m/m contemporary||Can false arrest lead to true love?||reprint–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014||Coming soon!|
|6||Gym Dandy||56,000||Humorous m/m contemporary||A gay tale of seduction and denial, humor and sweat.||reprint–to be self-pubbed Summer 2014||Coming soon!|
|7||Dual Citizenship||1,000||Humorous m/m contemporary||Putting the “B” in LGBT! Available in the Best Bi Anthology||Available from Circlet Press||Link|
|8||Sucks & Blows||4,500||wacky urban fantasy||No greater love has a vampire than for his dentist.||Available from Riptide Press||Link|
|9||Few Are Chosen||13,000||urban fantasy, multicultural, YA–Won a Bookie Award||Sparks fly between virgin teenage demon hunters when the Chosen One turns out to be… the Chosen Two?||Available from Riptide Press||Link|
|10||Be Prepared||1,100||m/m romance||In the Coming Together with Pride anthology||Available on Amazon||Link|
“Straight” books by Gina X. Grant / Storm Grant
|11||The Reluctant Reaper: Book 1 in The Reluctant Reaper Series||62,000||wacky urban fantasy||Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.||Available from Simon & Schuster||Link|
|12||Scythe Does Matter: Book 2 in The Reluctant Reaper Series||46,000||wacky urban fantasy||Be careful what you wish for, it just might get you!||Available from Simon & Schuster||Link|
|13||Esprit de Corpse: Book 3 in The Reluctant Reaper Series||50,000||wacky urban fantasy||Hell is where the heart is.||Available from Simon & Schuster||Link|
|14||One Scythe Fits All: Book 4 in The Reluctant Reaper Series||30,000||wacky urban fantasy||So a Grim Reaper, an insane murderer and a 700-year-old poet walk through a portal. Stop me if you’ve heard this one.||WIP||Coming soon!|
|15||Creep||6,000||m/f erotic romance, horror||Typical folk tale—only the narrator remains to tell the tale.||Available from Excessica Publishing||Link|
Freeeeee! Stories by Gina & Storm
|16||A Wolf in Cheap Clothing||700||Contemporary Fantasy||A naked werewolf story||Free!||Link|
|17||Click Click||300||Autobiography||An alarmingly abridged autobiography||Free!||Link|
|18||Continental Divide||1,200||Future History||A future history of sorts||Free!||Link|
|19||Grapes||300||Contemporary Crime||A dark tale of murder by inaction||Free!||Link|
|20||Lost and Found||750||Contemporary paranormal||A spooky dog story||Free!||Link|
|21||Sea Monsters||750||Contemporary paranormal horror||A horrific tale of seduction and body-snatching||Free!||Link|
|22||Wheels||175||Contemporary m/m not romance||A sad tale of insecurity||Free!||Link|
|PSSST. Stormy Stormheller’s fanfiction is available here:||Sentinel, Due South, Stargate Atlantis, etc.||Free!||Link|
This is what the Amazon listing pages for THE RELUCTANT REAPER look like for both the US and Canada: (I added the red burst.)
THE RELUCTANT REAPER IS NOW #1 on Amazon Canada’s contemporary fantasy list! I’m on the same page as greats like Neil Gaiman and Patricia Briggs!
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazon.ca Bestsellers Rank:
#101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#1 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
And at Amazon.com:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#5 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Urban
#7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > General Humor
#7 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
Thanks to YOU, THE RELUCTANT REAPER is shooting up the Amazon ranks!
Amazon.com Best Sellers Rank:
#1,492 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#20 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > General Humor
#20 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Urban
#22 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Humor
#242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#3 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
In an unprecedented bit of think-out-side-the-box marketing, Pocket Star (Simon & Schuster’s digital first imprint) is promoting my Bookie Award win even though it’s with a different publisher and written under my Storm Grant pen name. It’s still the same fun urban fantasy so it can only reflect well on my Reaper books. But how cool is that?
Defying Genres and Genders . . . for the Win!
by Gina X. Grant / Storm Grant
FEW ARE CHOSEN is a humorous, young adult, multi-cultural, LGBT, paranormal, character study with a strong romantic subplot. All in less than 15,000 words!
Sound like an eclectic genre mash-up? It is! But it works. Works so well that it just won “Best YA Short Story of 2012” in the prestigious Bookie Awards. (The Bookies are “the first industry awards nominated and voted for by readers and bloggers alone!”) Each year they’re presented at the Authors After Dark convention attended by several hundred authors, readers, bloggers and industry professionals.
I’m honored and privileged that readers liked my book enough to nominate it. I’m blown away that it won! I love that a LGBT title took first place in a non-gender-specific category. Written under the pen name Storm Grant, FEW ARE CHOSEN is published by Riptide Publishing.
Intrigued? Wondering what I can do for my next act? You’ll want to check out THE RELUCTANT REAPER SERIES, now available from Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star digital first imprint. It’s first and foremost humor, but it’s also an urban fantasy, a paranormal romance, and a character study starring a new adult heroine who will be 25 forever!
It’s also rather sexy. Here’s a taste:
At some point in his many, many centuries of existence, someone had taught this boy a thing or two. I’d been afraid that he couldn’t possibly live up to my fantasies and expectations. But he did. And then some. The Earth moved. So did Hell. And possibly some of the furniture. In fact, the sex was so good that even the neighbors had a cigarette!
So, if you like that, check out the series rundown…. here:
Reaper Series Reading Order:
Book 1. THE RELUCTANT REAPER, Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.
Book 2. SCYTHE DOES MATTER, Be careful what you wish for, it just might get you!
Book 3. ESPRIT DE CORPSE, Hell is where the heart is.
Both Storm Grant’s and Gina X. Grant’s books are available at all your fave etailers,
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My Review:The book clocks in at about 227 pages, which would usually take me about a week to finish. I’m a slow reader, I’ve got toddlers in the house, and being mildly dyslexic makes casual reading something that requires a lot of attention.I finished this book in less than a day.
I was hooked from the first page.
Kirsty is a relatable, real character that I was rooting for all the way.
The story moves along at a nice clip with humor and puns peppered throughout. It does have puns but they aren’t over-done.
There are times when the main character drags a bit in pity, but then she did die, so that’s understandable.
There is a pleasant wit displayed among the wordplay and I look forward to the next in the series.
My Verdict: At $2.99 it’s a steal. Buy and enjoy.
Thank you, Undefined Scott. Very much appreciated.