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99 cent Pre-order: Smoke and Hellfire (The Shadow Journals, #1) by Kristen Brand - Meet the characters

They say friendship is magic, and I 100% agree.

Strong friendship is one of my favorite tropes in genre fiction, especially between characters who are very different. That’s why my upcoming book, Smoke and Hellfire, focuses on friendship rather than romance.

The two lead characters have a Sherlock Holmes/John Watson vibe in that one is the protagonist and the other is the viewpoint character recording their adventures. They’re a total odd couple and get into tons of trouble together, and I hope you enjoy reading about them.

Bea Romo Reyes
She's a badass exorcist who talks tough and can back it up with her fiery fists. Her alcohol tolerance is almost as high as her tolerance for weird supernatural shit, and she has terrible taste in men.

She appeared in the free prequel short story The Memory of Ghosts, but her origins were mysterious. Where do her pyrokinetic powers come from? And how did she learn everything there is to know about ghosts and demons?

Smoke and Hellfire won't spill all her secrets, but it will reveal more about her character.

Maggie Greenfield
She practices witchcraft but is the first to admit that she's not very good at it. But she tries her best, and she always has herbs, charms, and an emergency tea bag on hand for when things get dicey.

Anxious and painstakingly polite, she's fascinated by the supernatural and jumps on the chance to join Bea on her adventures.

...she really didn't know what she was getting into.

Smoke and Hellfire (The Shadow Journals, #1)
by Kristen Brand
Publication date: November 21, 2022
Genre: urban fantasy
Keep calm and call an exorcist.

Most people don’t believe in the supernatural—at least until a ghost starts making the walls in their house bleed. That’s when they call Bea Romo Reyes. She’s my best friend and roommate, and she works as a freelance exorcist and paranormal consultant. Meeting her plunged me into a supernatural world both wonderful and terrifying, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

But there’s something Bea’s not telling me, and her secret might be more dangerous than the demons she’s hired to exorcise.

Smoke and Hellfire contains four episodic, novelette-length stories:

The Scent of Brimstone
When my friend dies mysteriously and her house stinks of brimstone, I know a demon is to blame. And when it threatens my friend’s family, I do the only thing I can think of: I call a professional exorcist.

An Unfair Bargain
Bea and I investigate a missing woman who wandered into the forest at night like she was possessed. But the truth of what happened is—if possible—even worse than demonic possession, and we might not make it out of the forest alive.

Drowning, Drowning
A ghost tour in St. Augustine accidentally raises a vengeful spirit who starts picking off the tour group one by one. Can Bea banish the ghost in time to save the young tour guides from a watery grave?

The Corporate Job
I always knew corporations were evil, but this one takes it a step further when they summon a demon to increase their profit margins. With a possessed CFO chained up in the basement and Bea’s exorcism failing, the demon reveals a sinister secret that could change everything.

If you like female friendships, action-packed urban fantasy, and a touch of supernatural horror, then you’ll love Smoke and Hellfire. 

Preorder the ebook by 11/20/22 to get it at its special sale price of 99 cents. It will go up to $3.99 on release day, so act fast!
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About the Author
If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she'd want telekinesis so she wouldn't have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she's not writing, she's usually reading novels or comic books. She lives in Florida, the Sunshine State, and will someday go outside for long enough to actually get some sun.
To find out more about her work and read her free web fiction, visit Icon by @heckosart.

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