Monday, June 27, 2011

Guest - Sidney Ayers

Good morning! I hope everyone is having a wonderful June (soon to be July)! I'm happy to report that it finally stopped raining long enough for me to get my garden planted and I now have corn, beans, tomatoes and peppers stretching and playing in the sunshine :-) And mentioning growing things...our very own Skylar has announced that she's expecting her first baby in February. Join me in a rousing chorus of Congrats!

As exciting as that news is, we have more :-) Today we have Sidney Ayers visiting us. Sidney is the author of Demons Prefer Blondes (you'll find my review here). Her publisher, Sourcebooks, has offered a copy of Demons Prefer Blondes to two Star-Crossed Romance readers. Go to the Lynda Again section to see how you can enter the drawing.

I’ve always been interested in the occult, especially demons. The idea of demons, angels and even gods and goddesses can be seen in almost every culture and religion. And, of course, those demons are usually evil. With the paranormal genre getting so crowded with vampires, werewolves, and other shifters, I wanted to go a different route. Demons seemed the most logical choice. Then I hemmed and hawed. Demons? They’re evil. How could I pull it off?

After some serious brainstorming, I had it. The good demons and all their weapons would be blessed by angels. They would reside in Limbo, the realm between heaven and hell. Through Limbo, they are able to travel to Earth and protect humans. I originally chose to call my good demons “Guardians,” but discovered that there are Guardians all over literary land. I didn’t come up with Paladins in some fancy, totally creative way. I found them using the handy dandy website at I just typed in guardian and located a really awesome sounding synonym. And that’s how the Paladins were born.

As for the setting, Connolly Park is a small suburb of a moderately sized metropolitan area in Michigan. It is loosely based on my home town. I’ve changed names of several streets and made up some of my own. It’s so much easier writing about a place you know. It was fun coming up with different street names and places of interest too.  It was my special way of giving a nod to my hometown.  The only place that isn’t really fictional is the town the book concludes in. I can’t tell you where. It would totally spoil the ending. 

That’s what makes writing in alternate genres so enjoyable. You can write your own rules, make up your own places, and even tweak some of the actual ones. So, sure, demons may be bad, but doesn’t it make life a little more intriguing thinking that maybe not all demons are evil? Heck, even Cole on charmed had some—albeit they came and went with the tide—redeeming qualities.

So, that’s how, in a totally ordinary and everyday way, I came up with the Paladins in the Demons Unleashed series. But sometimes, the ordinary is all we need to build an extraordinary world.


A Bad Day For A Demon
Rafe Deleon is a senior demon and he resents like hell his assignment to Earth to retrieve the Chest of the Damned before it falls into the wrong hands. But then he meets beautiful, intriguing succubus Lucy Gregory, and she’s just unleashed a whole load of trouble…

Really Sucks For A Succubus
Lucy’s chic suburban beauty salon has suddenly become the Underworld’s center of mass chaos and destruction. The only good thing in a day going rapidly down the tubes is the arrival of a gorgeous demon who’s adamant that he can help her…

But Lucy has quite a few deeply unpleasant—not to mention deadly and hateful—surprises ahead of her, and surely there’s never been a worse time to try out a new boyfriend…

Sidney Ayers writes light paranormal and erotic romance. Her manuscripts have won or placed in the MORWA Gateway to the Best, the Valley of the Sun Hot Prospects, the Passionate Ink Stroke of Midnight, the Heart of Denver Molly, and the Finally a Bride contests. She lives in Michigan where she is working on the next book in the Demons Unleashed series, Demons Like it Hot—in stores December 2011. For more information, please visit

-- Lynda Again

   As I mentioned earlier, Sourcebooks has offered us two copies of Demons Prefer Blondes. How can you get in the drawing? Easy!

Send an email to me at by Friday, July 1

1) Put Demon in the subject line

2) What was Sidney originally going to call her good demons?  ________ 

3) Give me your name and snail mail address.

On Friday, Wookie (my alien kitten) and I will select and announce the winners. Good luck all and have a Blessed Day!


Pauline B Jones said...

Lucky you to get rain! We're parched down here in Texas. And congrats on the new baby!!! Awesome news!

Okay, fun blog. Interesting to use the familiar to create a new world. Congrats on the release!

Becky said...

This sounds like a really good book. I am looking forward to reading it.

Estella said...

Have had nothing but rain in my part of Oregon.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Weather is interesting all over, isn't it?

Don't forget to enter the contest for a copy of the book!

Linda Andrews said...

We have a extreme heat warning >115 today, so send some of that rain down South.

The book sound great Sidney. How many are planned for the series?