It’s not easy to forget your first.
The first book I ever published was Vulnerable—and I loved it so much, I wrote and published more than one million words in that world—both independently at first and then with my publisher.
When I started writing another series set in a paranormal world, I thought sadly that it was too bad I had to leave the world of the Little Goddess alone.
And then I… well, I sort of didn’t.
The first book in the Familiar Love books was about Edward and Suriel, and I’d originally written it to be a Dreamspun Beyond book—but they felt the book was a little heavy on the world building, so we decided to publish it as simply a title. Which was probably a good idea! Familiar Angel fit inside the Dreamspun Beyond guidelines as far as word count, but Familiar Demon got much longer.
And boy did I have fun with the extra pages.
I was writing about paranormal creatures in Northern California. I mean, yeah, the brothers were all set in Mendocino, and the world of the Little Goddess was set in the foothills of Gold Country, but still. These creatures couldn’t possibly exist so close together without hearing about each other, could they?
Or, you know, maybe interacting?
Or, hey… while they’re interacting, could we maybe see how Lady Cory was doing? And Green? And Bracken? And the babies?
I mean… that would be great, too, right?
And, hey, interaction is wonderful, but how about a full-scale battle to get Mullins out of hell? Could we do that, please? Please? Pretty please with a cherry on top?
So yes. The world of the familiars—three boys not related by blood who are adopted by a witch and the demon she saves from hell, and transformed into her familiars to help her with her spells—is a little different from that of the Little Goddess. The boys (and their witchy foster mother, Emma) must learn spell casting in all its forms. They must study, they must practice, they must learn the secrets of the arcane.
For those of you who remember Lady Cory, all she really had to do was point and shoot, and the more powerful she became as a woman, the bigger her magic got. Hell, by the time the end rolls around she could push out a couple of kids, fry the bad guy like a pot roast, and still make a wise crack about how she’d cook the pediatrician like she’d cooked her OB/GYN! (Y’all, Quickening, the last book in the series? That was a ride and a half.)
So, there’s some differences of magic going on. There’s some differences of personality. There’s two strong mothers, four headstrong shapeshifting men, an angel, a demon, and a cross-planet scavenger hunt in a teleporting minivan!
And there’s the world of Green’s Hill, which has been lurking in my brain for over fifteen years, and was just waiting for me to visit and fall in love all over again.
I hope you do too.
For over a century, Edward Youngblood has been the logical one in a family of temperamental magical beings. But reason has not made him immune to passion, and Edward’s passion for Mullins, the family’s demon instructor, has only grown.
Mullins was lured into hell through desperation—and a fatal mistake. He’s done his best to hang onto his soul in the twisted realm of the underworld, and serving the Youngblood family when summoned has been his only joy. Edward concocts a plan to spring Mullins by collecting a series of items to perform an ancient ritual—an idea that terrifies Mullins. He can’t bear the thought of losing Edward and his brothers to a dangerous quest.
But every item in their collection is an adventure in brotherhood and magic, and as Mullins watches from the sidelines, he becomes more and more hopeful that they will succeed. When the time comes for Mullins to join the mission, can he find enough faith and hope to redeem himself and allow himself happiness in the arms of a man who would literally go to hell and back—and beyond—to have Mullins by his side?
Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/familiar-demon-by-amy-lane-10187-b
Amy Lane lives in a crumbling crapmansion with a couple of growing children, a passel of furbabies, and a bemused spouse. She's been nominated for a RITA, has won honorable mention for an Indiefab, and has a couple of Rainbow Awards to her name. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action-adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.