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Claiming the Evil Dead by Mary Abshire


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Soul Catcher, 1

An evil vampire preying upon children is on the loose in Chicago. Destroying him isn’t enough. Half-demon Jessie Garrett wants to send his soul where it belongs…in Hell. 

Jessie lives a normal life—office worker by day and paranormal investigator on the side. She keeps her true nature and unique gift hidden. When a vampire approaches her with knowledge of her ability, her world starts to change. Drake, a member of Vampires for the Ethical Treatment of Other Vampires, propositions her for a job. Although Jessie doesn’t trust him, she can’t turn down the opportunity to serve the ultimate justice to an evil vampire. Trying to capture the devout killer comes with a few complications. But as she partners with Drake she learns not all bloodsuckers are bad and discovers the cold-blooded vamp is a temptation too difficult to resist. 

This is a previously published work. It has been expanded and edited for Evernight Publishing. 



"Jessie Garrett," he said, capturing my attention. "Twenty-four, single, computer technician, paranormal investigator…" He paused and directed his attention from the road to me.

I stared back at him and waited for him to say the word.

"Demon," he finished.

"That's not on my birth certificate."

His lips twitched. "You're a mystery to me."

"Let's keep it that way."

I shifted one leg over the other. From my peripheral vision, I saw him watching me. I wore a knee-length black skirt with small, blue floral designs and three-inch black sandals. I'd selected the skirt thinking I would stay cooler. Now that I realized I had exposed my bare legs to his eyes, I wished I'd worn jeans.

"I have met a few demons in my existence, and I have to admit that none compare to you."

I silently chuckled. What a sweet compliment. Maybe he had a warm personality hidden within that cold body of his. Maybe.

"Tell me, Jessie Garrett, where have you been hiding all these years?"

"You followed me and seem to know a lot about me. Why don't you tell me?" I crossed my arms.

"How about a deal?"

"Another one?"

"Consider it an exchange. You tell me about yourself, and I'll tell you whatever you want to know about me."

His proposal appealed to me. Since I was stuck in a car with him for the next three hours, and I had limited knowledge of vampires, why not cash in on a golden opportunity to learn more about him?

"Okay," I said with a shrug. "But I get to ask the first question."

He grinned. "Always a concession with you."

I flashed a smile at him. He should have known that bargaining with a demon was never easy.

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  1. Coffee Time Romance 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jun 2016

    Jessie Garrett is a half demon. Her special talent is devouring evil souls and sending them to Hell where they belong. She hides her special nature from her friends and leads a normal life as an office worker.

    Drake is a centuries old vampire who works for an organization called Vampires for the Ethical Treatment of Other Vampires. Drake is tall, dark, handsome, and mysterious.

    An ancient and particularly vile vampire is killing innocents in Chicago. Drake has been after this monster for years with no success. He needs Jessie’s particular skill set and is willing to pay well for her services.

    I really enjoyed this story. The author has a unique take on demons and their place in the paranormal world. Jessie is conflicted about her dual nature and Drake gives her some hope for the future. The author has written a very exciting story full of danger and intrigue and some compelling sexual tension not only with Drake, but also a certain hunky half demon hockey player. The characters are well drawn and interesting. This is a series that I will be definitely be following

  2. Paranormal Suspense 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Mar 2016

    Good read.

    I really enjoy this authors paranormal storytelling. I also like her writing style. By 40% into the book I was waiting for something bad to happen to our half-demon heroine. Every time she got an icy cold chill I thought this is it, something bad is going to happen. They had no plan to capture the bad guy, so I kept waiting for the capture of him to go bad.

    This paranormal story had more suspense then a detective’s murder mystery. It also had hot sex with a vampire, and a really horny demon chasing our girl. The story had lots of twists which was great.

    At 84% I got really upset because I was afraid this story was going to be like the authors book the Quest. I didn't like that ending to that two part series. This one had a happy for now, and although that’s not my favorite ending to a story I’m thinking maybe this couple will have a series of paranormal suspense stories to come like the Night Huntress series… (I’m sorry for always comparing to that series, but I just can’t help it…LOL…) And, if Drake and Jessie do not end up together I will be very unhappy. Good read.

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