Please welcome the amazing Killian McRae, author of Pure & Sinful.
I’m not the only author who uses music as a source of inspiration in my writing, nor is this a new phenomenon. For ages, writers and musicians have been swinging their muses. And sure, there are specific songs which I might go to for advice on a particular action or a particular scene, but it doesn’t stop there. For every one of my major characters in each of my books, I have a tendency to have a theme, an anthem if you will. PURE & SINFUL is no different, and I’ll like to take this chance to share their anthems, and the reasons behind the selections, with you.
Jerry Romani is Pure & Sinful’s bad boy with a golden tongue. Jerry is a demon. But as a demon, he’s also uniquely gifted in certain, um… physical feats. Jerry is also one of Lucifer’s top agents working earthside to corrupt mortal souls and cause them to fall in damnation. Mr. Romani has been pulling off that task and leaving a trail of broken hearts behind for a good number of centuries, without regrets, mind you. That all changes when he’s assigned to bring down Pure Soul Witch Riona Dade. For the first time in forever, Jerry feels regret his role and tries to change, but Riona isn’t about to let him forget how unforgivable he really is.
“Don’t tell me that you love me. I’ve got nothing left in turn except this empty bag of promises and second degree burns on the tips of my fingers from touching certain fruit that I never should have touched in the first place”
John Fullbright – “Satan & St. Paul”
Pure Souls are God’s elite mortal warriors. Gifted with magical abilities and an inherent understanding of the nature of goodness, the last person you’d expect to be appointed to lead their crew is a hot-headed, red-tongued, sarcastic, bisexual, agnostic witch. Suddenly burdened with the truth of Heaven and Hell and how men corrupt the concepts of sin and divinity, Riona is forced to quickly come up to speed with Truth and Morality, while learning to cope with her own shortcomings.
“Kneeling down with broken prayers, hearts and bones from days of youth. Restless with an angel’s wing, I dig a grave to bury you.”
Indigo Girls – “Secure Yourself to Heaven”
Dionysius “Dee” Zitka
Dee’s roaming ways have less to do with a desire to whet his whistle and more to with the need of a distraction from the heartache he carries from a love long along lost. He cherishes above all in this life his role as a mentor to Riona, and his friendship with his best friend, Marc Angeletti. Left to his devices, however, Dee knows he would fall in to a downward shame spiral. As a demigod, the offspring of Zeus and a patent lawyer, Dee’s got quite a family legacy to live up to, as well as live down. He honors the women in his bed with his honesty: while his body is open to exploration, his heart was long ago claimed by another.
“You write such pretty words, but life’s no story book. Love’s an excuse to get hurt”
Bright Eyes – “Lover I don’t have to love”
Fr. Marcello Angeletti
Marc has never questioned his decision to become a priest or doubted his dedication to his own beliefs. Despite ascribing to morality as set forth by the Church, he knows who he is and is at peace with the understanding that as a priest, his soul is held to a higher standard of morality. All well and good until the force of nature that is Riona Dade comes barreling into his life. As his admiration grows, so does his conflict. Love is not an option for a priest, but it’s not like falling for Riona feels like a choice he’s able to make. It’s an obligation.
“The second before you walk into the room I had no thoughts of love whatsoever. Love was not on my mind… My life was all settled in. It was just the way it needed to be. And I fell upon you like something out of the blue…”
Deep Forest – “Yuki Song”
Pure and Sinful
By Killian McRae
Statistician Riona Dade knows all about probabilities. Still, even she’d tell you the chances of discovering you’re a witch, being appointed to the demon-slaying trio known as the Pure Souls, and finding yourself sinfully attracted to a catholic priest who uses amen and other four-lettered words with equal enthusiasm are pretty slim. Also learning your ex was once Hell’s first-round draft pick, and realizing you’re a prize catch for Satan’s soul-damning quota leaves a girl feeling like she just won the lottery while being struck by lightning while riding a unicorn across Atlantis.
Trying to keep her mind off role playing the Thornbirds with Father Angeletti, Riona leads the Pure Souls against a maniacal menagerie of Mephistopheles’s minions plaguing greater Boston. Giving in to lust is a direct flight to damnation for both her and the priest, leading Riona to distract herself by striking up a romance with her new, foxy neighbor, Lucy. But she can’t shake her attraction to Marcello, and as the tension between them grows thicker than a lumberjack’s beard, temptation may become too difficult to resist.
How long can they deny the pull growing between them, knowing there will be Hell to pay?
Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area. She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologist spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead. She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.
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