The damned-near perfect cover of Stacia Kane's
mmp Personal Demons.
Am really not sure just whom to credit
because the back cover says "cover art
by Dmiti Koksharov" and the frontis page,
From Juno Books, a Pocket Books imprint of Simon and Schuster.
I intended ( but I don't think I did) to review Personal Demons last Fall, back in the time of Before -- not only because Stacia and I go back a long way in blogtime (we met on the blessed Miss Snark's blog when Stacia published under the name December Quinn) and also because Personal Demons is such a delicious read.
I read it again this weekend and it's still a delicious read. I can't really improve on the blurb for a plot teaser. The following both quotes and amends the back cover:
Megan Chase promises listeners to her new radio call-in show that she'll slay "their personal demons," and they believe her. (She's an accredited psychologist after all.) But: So do the demons. Delicious twist #1.
The demons realize she will be a valuable weapon for any demon "family" that gains her allegiance, because their internecine heirarchy includes a dangerous soul-sucker called the Accuser and Megan has certain skills. Megan acquires - without wailing - a handsome demon lover from the demon mafia ( Delicious twist # 2,) and a trio of demon bodyguards: Malleus, Maleficarum - and Spud. Delicious twist # 3.
A thoroughly enjoyable urban fantasy, plot driven, with a nice dry wit and just enough situational comedy. Megan isn't exactly kick-ass but she is no wilting wimp and stands up for herself. Though he "doesn't want to be a hero", her demon lover is also engaging and unusual. And you gotta love Malleus, Maleficarum and Spud.
I am glad I didn't review the book last year after all.
Now I can also report that Demon Inside and Demon Possessed (Megan Chase books # 2 and 3) are or will be available from Juno Books.
And that Unholy Ghosts will be published by Del Rey in 2010.
And I get to name drop. Stacia Kane. I knew her back when!