Blog Tour – Souls For Sale (Hell To Pay and 21st Century Demon) By Asta Idonea, #Excerpt #Giveaway


Title: Hell To Pay & 21st Century Demon
Author: Asta Idonea
Series: Souls For Sale
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Length: Long Novella/Short Story
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Hell To Pay Synopsis

The contract was destroyed and Tom’s soul saved from Hell.

Or so they thought.

Demon deal-maker, Saul, and his mortal lover, Thomas Ives, find themselves on the run when the other demons take none too kindly to Saul’s bending of the rules. With the denizens of Hell on their heels, Saul and Tom must fight to stay one step ahead, knowing that if they’re caught there’s only one direction they’re headed: down.

When Heaven decides to get involved, Saul’s actions are no longer a mere bureaucratic misdemeanour but the basis of a factional confrontation. And now only one question remains: to whom does Tom’s soul truly belong?


21st Century Demon Synopsis

It should have been an easy job: a contract signed and a new soul earmarked for Hell. But when suave demon deal-maker Saul chooses nerdy Thomas Ives as his next target, events take an unexpected turn. The lines between business transaction and pleasure blur, and Saul must decide whether he cares more for his professional reputation or the soul he just condemned to eternal damnation.


Excerpt – Hell to Pay

Something about the figure is off, unexpected, unusual, but I can’t quite put my finger on what, and I don’t have time to stand around and ponder now—I have to act. I pull up a nice big burst of Hell-Fire from one of the pits down below, gather the flames into a ball in the palm of my hand, and then hurl the missile with all my might. It’s a good throw by anyone’s standard, a clean hit right in the chest that sends my adversary flailing backward. By my reckoning, the score is Saul: 1; Hell: 0.

A second later the figure is plummeting, and I’m reaching for Tom. There’s no time to pack, no time to gather any of our possessions. New clothes are easily acquired; Tom is irreplaceable. I latch on to his arm and yank him from the room. I hear him speaking, but the words don’t make it from my ears to my brain. All I know is we’re in danger and have to flee the scene. For all intents and purposes, it’s a case of “exit, pursued by bear”.

For some unfathomable reason, Tom’s digging his heels in, and I have to rely on my superior strength to drag him down the corridor to the emergency exit. It’s not until we’re in the stairwell, with the door firmly closed behind us, that my mind catches up with the rest of me and I comprehend what he’s saying.

“Saul, you just set fire to an angel!”

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About the author

NICKI J. MARKUS was born in England in 1982, but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her husband. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011. She published works through Wicked Nights Publishing and Silver Publishing before both companies closed their doors. She is now self-publishing some of her works, including the novella Time Keepers and the fantasy novel The Ragnarök Chronicles.

Nicki also writes M/M fiction under the alternate pen name of ASTA IDONEA and has had several short stories published by Wayward Ink Publishing. She is currently working on her first M/M novella.

Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys: music, theatre, cinema, photography, sketching, and cross stitch. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel.

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