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Dark Hope

Author(s): HD Smith

Claire, the Devil’s assistant, knows very little about the world she was dropped into five years ago, when she inherited her mother’s unpaid debt to the Demon King. She certainly didn’t expect to be a contender for the Fallen Queen’s throne, a target for the Druid King’s mafia, or a suspect in the murder of Junior, the Devil’s oldest hell spawn.
 
In a last ditch effort to save her life and get out of her deal with the Devil, she sets out to solve Junior’s murder only to be taken prisoner by the four most dangerous immortal hell spawn alive.
 
Not to be out done, the Pagan Queen Mab, claims Claire for entering her realm uninvited. She has an old debt to settle with her brother the Devil. Taking Claire from him after losing her years ago is just icing on the cake.
 
Will Claire win her freedom, and save herself from the Devil? Or be trapped by Mab forever?

Excerpt


I’d like to say it could be worse. I’m sure lots of people hated their job, or their boss, or the people they worked with. I just couldn’t relate to them. They had options. They could quit their job, move out of town, or drop off the grid. The only option I had was a guaranteed one-way ticket to Hell when I died, and that didn’t include dental.
 
I picked up the latest issue of The Daily Grind, our office paper, before stepping into the waiting elevator. I groaned when I saw the caption: ‘Maintenance to Strike!’ I was sure I’d have to handle it. The Boss doesn’t deal with the little things. His lowly administrative assistant got those jobs.
 
I made my way to the back of the full elevator. Jenny, one of the other executive admins, leaned over and whispered something to a dark-haired girl beside her. The girl snickered then glanced at me before mouthing “no way.” I rolled my eyes and ignored them. I refused to let the plebes bother me today.
 
Only five percent of the human population on Earth knows the truth about the otherworldly among us. At Tucker Bosh—the New York City company I work for that doesn’t really sell insurance—the stats are only slightly higher. I grouped my fellow employees into three categories: the plebes, the damned, and the demons.
 
The demons call The Boss their king—HRH Demon King on official documents—and the plebes are normal humans without a clue. Lucky me, I’m one of the damned—a human who knows the truth.
 
It wasn’t always easy to tell the plebes from the damned, so I didn’t have work friends. One wrong word from me about The Boss or my job and I’d get a co-worker killed.

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ISBN (Print):
ISBN (Electronic): 9781771550703
Genre: Fantasy
Date Published: 02/28/2014
Publisher: Champagne Books

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