The Devil You Know (Speak of the Devil Book 3) by Shawna Romkey
Book 3 in the Speak of the Devil series
After battling her way back from Hell only to discover Luc didn't make it out, Lily must rally the angels to descend back into the Devil's domain. Now she has thirty days to rescue her angelic warrior boyfriend and break the curse to free God before Lucifer and his demon army destroy all of humanity on Earth. Forget passing the eleventh grade. Lily must face the ultimate final exam to give the Devil his due and save the world before the reapers catch up and deliver the death she cheated from them a year ago.
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“I can’t see a thing,” Belle said, leaning forward in her seat as if that would help. But I knew how this played out because I’d been here before. I was going to hit the water again, drown again, die again. My heart raced and though I wasn’t in the water yet, I already had trouble breathing.
“Mike!” I yelled, and he reached for me as the car skidded to the edge of the bridge. Belle overcorrected and the car hit the side, bending the rail down, and over we went.
A brief instant passed. The silver sliver of the skinny moon’s reflection glinted in the black water below as we headed straight for it.
“I got ya.” Mike gripped my hand tightly. I closed my eyes and braced for impact.
All I could think was “unbelievable.” Sarcasm. My last thought before dying was sarcastic. Perfect.
Then…impact. Painful, cold, breathtaking impact. This time Mike was ready. He opened the doors easily and pulled me from the car before it filled up and dragged us down to the dredges of the Missouri River. I blacked out.
I woke up lying in the mud on the side of the river. Belle and Mike glowed green as they healed me. I didn’t see Heaven this time. I saw them hovering over me, while I coughed and choked back to consciousness.
“What the hell?” I managed to blurt out before another coughing fit took hold of me.
“We can’t walk to the church,” Belle said. “She’s freezing now.”
“We could try to take her with,” Mike said and gave her a knowing glance.
She looked at me for a second, then shrugged. “We can try.”
Mike helped me into a sitting position. “I’m going to try to take you with me the rest of the way to the church.”
“Wait. What just happened?” I asked as I became more aware.
“I don’t know. We had an accident,” he said.
“Yeah, an accident just like the one that killed us before.”
About the Author:
Shawna grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, an Irish wolfhound and a rescue mutt she loves to death. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.
She has her BA in creative writing from the University of Kansas where one of her plays was chosen by her creative writing professor to be produced locally, and two of her short stories were published in a university creative arts handbook. She earned her MA in English from Central Missouri State University where she wrote a novel as her thesis.
She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same. She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.
I'm chatting with Natalie today, whose new book goes on sale February 25th. It's a YA contemporary that delves into tough issues like PTSD, friendship, bullying, loss and how our past can affect our perceptions of people’s actions, and it looks really cool. LOVE that cover. She's also giving away an ARC on Goodreads!
Here's the blurb for It Should Have Been a #GoodDay:
Sometimes a situation is not what you think it is.
The new girl — Emily had hoped to leave a painful event behind her by starting at a new school, but it looks like that’s just a pipe dream.
The golden boy — Brogan was the big man on campus until a knee injury had him sidelined. Now he’s struggling to hold on to his top dog position while dealing with the fact that his life is falling apart.
The popularity seeker— Thomas desperately wants to be one of the popular kids. He can feel it in his grasp, as long as he doesn’t let his nice guy status get in the way.
The heart of gold — Henry doesn’t know he’s different, although everyone else at his school does. And the popular kids have no problem letting him know he doesn’t fit in every chance they get.
As they go through an ordinary day of negotiating halls, classes and the baggage of their lives, each of them has no idea that their paths will cross in such a way that will change their lives forever.
Sometimes what should have been a #GoodDay turns out to be the worst day of your life.
And here's the interview!
What's your funniest/most embarrassing high school memory? Mine was a pair of pink parachute pants that split up the inseams at one point—in the caf—like the Incredible Hulk.
Oh, I think I’ve blocked out most of my uncomfortable high school memories. I was terribly insecure (still am) and hyper sensitive to anyone noticing me. The only place I allowed myself to ‘stand out’ was in sports. Anywhere else I tried very hard to stay under the radar. I do remember one afternoon on the bus, the guy I was crushing on - and now all I remember of him was long dark brown ringlets - actually sat near me and started to chat. All I could think of was my hair was greasy that afternoon. I clammed right up. I’m sure he thought I was snotty and rude but I was frozen with fear. I wish I could have that moment back.
The story seems to invite inevitable comparisons to The Breakfast Club. Which character were you in high school?
Honestly I have not seen the movie in years, like since I was a kid too young to understand the concepts of the movie. From my extended research (Facebook poll and Wikipedia/IMDB readings) I have no clear answer. My friend said I was John Bender, The Criminal, because I’m sarcastic, but I’ve never been rebellious. I toe the line. Now that I’m a growed up I’m a bit more relaxed but in high school I was a rule follower to a fault. I suspect I was more like Brian Johnson, The Brain. I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself to perform well academically and remember failing only two tests - math each time - and having a complete meltdown over it each time. The world was ending and that grade would follow me ForEver. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish these questions so I can go watch the movie.
Sorry, but this is one of those questions I find endlessly fascinating. Pantser or plotter, and why?
Me too. A bit of both, really. As long as it’s flowing, I don’t outline, I go with it and write as much as I can from the cuff… when the story starts to grind to a halt sometimes I find plotting, timelines, charts, point form notes all can help push through the tricky parts and start things rolling again. What I can’t do, and have wanted desperately to allow myself to do, is to write out of order. I’ve sat there staring at the screen knowing the part coming in five pages will be EASY to write but can’t get through to it. I’ve told myself, ‘Self, go write it and come back to do this’ and but I argued back ‘NO! That’s out of order’. I can be very mean and inflexible. So far I have not won that argument.
You write across a few different genres. Any new ones you'd like to try your hand at?
I really want to try a good fantasy / magical story. Something with a supernatural twist in the characters living in our regular old boring society. I also would love to write a historical fiction - I love reading historical fiction and the research component is fascinating. I have one started, actually, that has a bit of both but it was a monster that I just couldn’t wrangle into submission. I hope to get back to it someday and finish it.
Personally, I'm dying to write a sci-fi mystery with mutants in there somewhere.
I am totally daunted by mystery. I have no idea how to construct something with all the answers available but not visible until you have hindsight - I call it the “I See Dead People” technique.… Way out of my league.
Back to #GoodDay...Where the idea for the story come from? Do you start with characters in mind? Setting? Plot?
I’ve started with concepts and built characters, I’ve started with characters and built plots. #GoodDay started with Henry, I knew I wanted to write about him. And then I had the idea of the day in high school. I’m intrigued by the idea that no story is completely true from one perspective, and this is particularly true in media. So Henry was tossed into an environment where nothing anyone thinks is the whole story. It’s something I struggle with in my life - to remember that what I’m angry or upset about may not be accurate and there may be reasons or causes unknown to me for how people act. It’s an active choice to be empathetic sometimes and give people the benefit of the doubt.
You seem fearless about tackling controversial topics. What's next on the horizon?
I guess it’s true I’ve written about controversial topics, but I don’t start with the topics, I start with the emotions and build the situation around the emotions. I guess heightened emotions are often tied up in controversial topics. My next WIP is a bit lighter on the political side but still has lots of gut-punches, I think. I’d like to write a comedy someday but I just don’t know how to be funny. Really funny. And if you’re not really funny, it falls very flat.
Readers, you can find Natalie on her website and Twitter, and you can shelve a copy of It Should Have Been a #GoodDay on Goodreads.
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