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Spotlight & Giveaway: Hell Raising and Other Pastimes by Jayce Carter

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Description of Hell Raising and Other Pastimes


Lots of people have told me to go to hell—I guess they finally got their wish.


I’ve finally accepted the fact I might not be entirely human, so you’d think life could give me a minute. Instead, I find myself sucked into hell at Lucifer’s demand, and I realize death is even more complicated than my life was.


I’m still searching for how to stop the missing spirits before it’s too late, and with no suspects other than Lucifer, I have to survive hell—where everything wants to kill me—so I can confront the devil himself. Not even my love life can be simple, though. Troy is terrified of his werewolf side hurting me, Kase and Grant are lying to me, and Hunter is keeping his own secrets. I know better than to trust anyone, especially the men who have taken over my life.


Get to Lucifer’s Court, find out the truth about the missing spirits, figure out exactly what I am, and try not to die along the way. Oh, and don’t fall in love with the men who will for sure break my heart and possibly get me killed.


Easy enough, right?


Interview with Author Jayce Carter

What spiritual or therapeutic practices help you get into the right headspace?

I’m not a big believer in headspace when it comes to writing. By this, I mean that I am a write where ever I am if I need to sort of person. However, I also think that there are some basics that can make it easier for me.

I’ve talked about basic routines that are important, but in addition to those, I think adding things such as exercise, yoga, affirmations and meditation help. They aren’t magical cure-alls, but they can help bring down my stress level and calm down my ADHD. I also am someone who uses tarot cards for my work when I’m stuck on which direction to go. I find it gives me a way to examine the issue in a different way.


What is the trickiest thing about writing characters of the opposite gender?

I honestly don’t find it tricky, but that isn’t because I think I nail them—you’re welcome for the bad sex joke. I don’t find it difficult because I don’t worry about it. I am not trying to write real men. I’m not trying to show accurate portrayals of men, because my audience is women, and I am writing a fantasy. So my men often are more caring, quicker to admit faults, talk about their feelings more and other things that might be unusual in modern men. I write what I wish men were rather than worrying about what they are.


Would anyone in your family disapprove of anything you’ve written?

Oh, yes, absolutely. I’m not shy about what I write, and there are people in my family who aren’t fans. However, despite that, I have plenty of others who are very supportive. My mother puts my books on the shelf in her living room, my son tells strangers to buy my books, and my husband introduces me to people as “my wife, the literary pornographer.” So for those who don’t approve or think it’s wrong, I just shrug it off. Their hang ups don’t have to be my problem.


Who has been the biggest supporter of your writing?

My husband. I spent years writing before I ever made a dime, before I got a contract or had any measure of success. He isn’t much of a reader, especially of my genre, so it isn’t as if he’d read my work and felt it good. Instead, he supported it because I loved it, because he knew it mattered to me even if I never made money or got published. He ensured I had laptops to work on, that I had software I needed, that I had time to do it. He has never shamed me or made me feel bad for my passion of it.


Do you have any other writers in the family?

I do actually! I have poets and published authors on both sides of my family, their work spanning from fiction to serious academic publications.


Excerpt from Hell Raising and Other Pastimes


Hell Raising and other pastimesI moved my fingers down over Kase’s wrist to touch his hand, to where I could brush his actual skin.


The moment it happened, however, the room spun again.


When the breath rushed from my lungs, I realized it wasn’t the room spinning this time but me.


I found Kase’s face above me, his lips peeled back to expose his fangs, his eyes glowing red.


All those times I’d though he looked scary before were nothing. I’d never seen this face. The idea he was older than Colter didn’t seem so crazy anymore.


If his face wasn’t enough, the hand I’d just touched was wrapped around my throat.


He could have snapped my neck right then, ended me without a second thought. It was a reminder of just how out-powered I was by these supernaturals. I had started to feel myself, to think I could stand toe-to-toe with them, especially after shoving that shadow from Troy, but in that moment Kase showed me how wrong I was.


Review of Hell Raising and Other Pastimes

4 1/2 stars

Ava Hardin has been summoned to Hell by Lucifer and when the story begins she and her 4 companions are navigating the unpredictable and treacherous terrain. They run into a lot of interesting characters (and a few really unnerving ones – but that’s what you’d expect in Hell) all leading to the ultimate meeting with Lucifer himself.


This was a fun mix of paranormal reverse harem, humor and of course a good bit of sexy times. I enjoyed the interplay of the characters and the entertaining blend of hot scenes and amusing interactions. The ending provided a few twists I didn’t expect – which is always good.  Though things are wrapped up at the end, it felt like the door was open to continue with additional stories.


This is book two of what is (so far) a two-part series and I’m interested in reading book one since there are some references to what happened previously.



About Author Jayce Carter


Jayce Carter lives in Southern California with her husband and two spawns. She originally wanted to take over the world but realized that would require wearing pants. This led her to choosing writing, a completely pants-free occupation. She has a fear of heights yet rock climbs for fun and enjoys making up excuses for not going out and socializing.









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