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Spooky Legends: Zoe Archer

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

Today’s Spooky Legends guest is Zoe Archer, author of the upcoming Hellraisers historical paranormal romance series from Kensington books.  The first book in the series is DEVIL’S KISS, followed by DEMON’S BRIDE in May of 2012.

Want to know more about the series:

Welcome to the ultimate bad boys. A group of 18th Century rakes who will stop at nothing in their pursuit of pleasure—even if it costs them their souls. Dark, sexy and beguiling, the Hellraisers will seduce you. Sinning never tasted so sweet.

Our story is written in the voice of the hero from DEVIL’S KISS, and features the Doctor Faustus urban legend.  Want to win your own copy? Check out the giveaway details below.

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Esteemed Ladies,

It has been brought to my attention that you are desirous to hear tales of the supernatural and uncanny.  In this modern Eighteenth Century, such tales are no longer considered accounts of the true and possible, yet well do I understand the value of entertainments.  For myself and my fellow Hellraisers—gentlemen of wealth, privilege and leisure—our palates have grown jaded by our usual debauchery.  There is no variety of pleasure or iniquity we Hellraisers have not tasted.  However, our misdeeds have not delved into the paranormal.  Not yet.  Thus I find no small amusement in taking pen to parchment and recounting a particular occult legend.

As I have said, we live now in an era of modernity, when the realm of the intellect and empiricism has supplanted superstition.  Yet not so very long ago, the whole of Europe was apparently plagued by an epidemic of witchcraft.  Well may we scoff at such notions now, but for centuries it had been believed that women and men actually sold their souls to the Devil.  In exchange for their immortal souls, these people received powers of darkest magic.  A mark was placed upon their skin as proof of this.

Doctor Faustus was just such a man, a German scholar, who, in his pursuit of greater knowledge and power, entered into a pact with the Devil.  The Devil agreed to give Faustus nigh unlimited ability and knowledge.  The scholar would receive these gifts if he promised to surrender his body and soul to the Devil at the end of twenty four years. The ambitious Faustus readily agreed to the Devil’s terms, and confirmed the pact by signing in his own blood.

Ladies, you can indeed imagine that the good Doctor took full advantage of his newly-received gifts, and spent two decades gratifying his every desire.  In my estimation, this is admirable conduct, for, outside of the hazard tables and games of chance, I find the world exceedingly monotonous.  Should I and my fellow Hellraisers be given unlimited power, you can be certain we would take full advantage of it, concerns of ethics and virtue be damned.

Yet we are not speaking of me or the Hellraisers.  Our subject is the good Doctor.  As it grew closer to the conclusion of the agreed twenty four years, Faustus became panicked and determined to find a means of subverting his pact with the Devil.  Alas, none of Faustus’s vast knowledge or mystical power could release him from his bargain.  On the appointed date and time, the Devil returned, and dragged the poor Doctor to Hell.  Some have said that the Devil actually tore Faustus into pieces, blood and bits of his corpse strewn about the tower where he studied.  Though the body had been destroyed, Faustus’s soul remained intact, and even now suffers the eternal torments of the Underworld.

Thus concludes my tale.  Forgive me if it was indelicate and not fit for the fragile constitutions of women of quality.  I must confess that the Hellraisers and I do not keep company with such refined ladies such as yourselves, and my language and manners have perhaps grown coarse as a result.

There are those who swear that the tragic tale of Doctor Faustus is factual.  For myself, I believe it to be entirely ludicrous.  The Devil does not exist, nor does magic—which is a great pity, as I find the quotidian world altogether tedious.  Indeed, this very evening, I and the other Hellraisers are setting off for a stay at a country estate.  The pleasures of London have grown colorless, and there promises to be some form of novelty in the countryside.  We are told that there is an encampment of Gypsies nearby, which should prove to be diverting.  Perhaps some dark-eyed Gypsy lass shall read my palm and tell me my fortune.

What future will she see written in the lines of my hand?

I remain,

Your servant, &c.

James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney

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About Zoe:

Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there’s nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master’s degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. Her BLADES OF THE ROSE series—featuring dashing men and fearless women—is available now. Her sci-fi romance, COLLISION COURSE, will be available this April from Carina Pres, and December 2011 marks the launch of a new paranormal historical series, THE HELLRAISERS. Zoe and her husband live in Los Angeles.

You can visit Zoe around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Zoe Archer?

Warrior Scoundrel Rebel StrangerCollision CourseDevil's Kiss

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This giveaway is provided by Zoe Archer

One winner will receive a copy of DEVIL’S KISS by Zoe Archer

Available on December 1, 2011 from Kensington/Zebra

About the Book:

A HANDSOME DEVIL

1762. James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney, is a gambling man. Not for the money. But for the thrill, the danger—and the company: Whit has become one of the infamous Hellraisers, losing himself in the chase for adventure and pleasure with his four closest friends.

Which was how Whit found himself in a gypsy encampment, betting against a lovely Romani girl. Zora Grey’s smoky voice and sharp tongue entrance Whit nearly as much as her clever hands—watching them handle cards inspires thoughts of another kind…

Zora can’t explain her attraction to the careless blue-eyed Whit. She also can’t stop him and his Hellraisers from a fiendish curse: the power to grant their own hearts’ desires, to chase their pleasures from the merely debauched to the truly diabolical. And if Zora can’t save Whit, she still has to escape him…

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Erin Kellison and a chance to win a copy of SHADOW series**

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41 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Zoe Archer

  1. Gail NicholsNo Gravatar
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    I am new to Ms.Archers books but would love to give them a try.

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  2. Sarah JNo Gravatar
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    Yay! I’m so excited for this book. The Devil? Hot men and kick-ass women? Yes please.

    Doctor Faust is a great urban legend. My senior year German class read it and loved it.

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  3. erinf1No Gravatar
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    Fabulous tale! Love that it was in the form of a letter. I loved the slightly mocking and incredulous tone ;) This book on my wishlist now, hope I get a chance to try it :)

    Thanks again!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Marlene HarrisNo Gravatar
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    The story of Faust is one of the great modern myths. It’s fascinating to see it turned into a paranormal romance. This is going to be sooo good!
    BTW,I loved the Blades of the Rose series and I am really looking forward to reading this one!

    ten.ytilaergnidaernull@enelram

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  5. eli yantiNo Gravatar
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    the book sounds great and love to win it =D

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  6. ColeyNo Gravatar
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    I love the Faust story, and this was a great way to present it. I’m really looking forward to reading the Hellraisers. December can’t come soon enough!

    moc.liamgnull@draihletn

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  7. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I am so looking forward to reading this.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Sara RodeschNo Gravatar
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    This sounds to be an interesting series. I like the Hellraisers idea. They sound dangerous to all of us esteemed ladies, as Whit so kindly puts it. *grins*

    Thanks for the tale of Doctor Faustus.

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  9. RebeLovesBooksNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always loved the Faust story, and this was so great! I can’t wait to see her new series! rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

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  10. Amber HughesNo Gravatar
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    Ooh…this was a great story! I loved her take on this urban legend and that it was written like a letter :-)

    I’ve never read a Historical PNR, but this book sounds great! I’m adding it to my TBR list. Thanks very much for the giveaway :-)

    Ambercruz1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Oh wow, it sounds like a really scary and horrible place where Faustus’ soul is in eternal torment. That was a scary tale, and I hope only the horrible souls are sent to that hell.

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  12. Lori StronginNo Gravatar
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    I kind of love James from this blurb. He sounds a bit snarky and sarcastic, but too “refined” to outright say what he’s thinking, so he masks it with clever barbs that I’d bet others don’t always understand. He’s definitely a character I’d like to read more of!

    Smiles!
    Lori

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  13. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    Well just goes to show you that deals with the devil are bad deals all the way around. That was a creepy story…but good :)

    moc.liamtohnull@3tmnJ

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  14. Nora-Adrienne DeretNo Gravatar
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    This is just the type of books my daughter in law drools over. I NEED win a copy to give her as a gift. She’s stuck at home on maternity leave.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  15. SusanNo Gravatar
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    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sab5723 at hotmail dot com

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  16. Stephanie EcksteinNo Gravatar
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    I can’t wait to read this book. I loved the Urban fantasy it was super creative!!!

    eckstein99

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  17. Nikki BoltonNo Gravatar
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    I havent had the opportunity to read one of your books yet but I really am interested in your upcoming book! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

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  18. Audra HoltwickNo Gravatar
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    I like this one -Please send me a copy–I want to win it
    audie{at}wickerness{dot}com

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  19. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    Loved the story, that was a great urban legend. I’ve been waiting for the Hellraiser books to come out, I’m very excited to read Devil’s Kiss.

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  20. NellieNo Gravatar
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    Of course, I don’t really need more on my TBR list…but.. I can’t resist. :)

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    If they really did sell their souls to the Devil, I’d be interested to see how each hero could be redeemed.

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  22. Cowboy and VampireNo Gravatar
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    Sounds like a winner, and if the quality of the writing of the guest post is any indication, well worth the read. Thanks for sharing.

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    I enjoyed the legend. I liked the format.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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    I’ve read variations of Faustus’ story before. I think he should have held out for longer. In any case, I love the Blades of the Rose series!

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  25. Julie S.No Gravatar
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    Thanks for the cool post. I haven’t heard this story before.

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    I like the way the story was told.

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  27. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    Sounds like a read for me =) Thanks for the chance to try and win it.

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  28. BarbaraNo Gravatar
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    What did I think of the urban legend…don’t make deals with the devil! Getting everything you THINK you want isn’t worth your soul. I’d really like to find out how Whit tries to finagle things with the man from ‘down under’….

    Rafflecopter appears to not be working. I’m already a GFC follower (Barbara) and already ‘liked’ your FB pg (+5).
    THX. :)

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    Love the way the series is incorporating this urban legend. Would love to win this!

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  30. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    I love the story of Faust and this was great!!!

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  31. CarrieNo Gravatar
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    I am most intrigued by the idea of Marlowe’s Doctor
    Faustus being featured in a paranormal romance series. The play is simply tragic.

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    I’m always wondered about this one – you know and how if I were in that spot. Course I think about him and I think you make the bed you lie in right – so accept your fate – you can fight against it bet I would hope only to better the lives of others not to hold onto your own greedy life. But heck if it were me I’d probably be trying to hold on too
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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  33. Brenda D.No Gravatar
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    This urban legend was different. Judging by the cover, this book is going to be Hot! Thanks for the giveaway! ten.tsacmocnull@7mednerb

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  34. KatieNo Gravatar
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    the summary of this is very intriguing. i really like the curse part

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  35. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    Great urban legend! Love, love, love that cover

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  36. CherylNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the giveaway! It looks like an good read!

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  37. Anne RNo Gravatar
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    I liked this version of this urban legend. Thanks!

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  38. eli yantiNo Gravatar
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    never read urban story, so love the chance to read =D

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    I dont like them there scary and I cant sleep at night when i hear them

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  40. Mickie TNo Gravatar
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    Dr. Faustus should have know that it never ends well when you sell your soul to the devil…

    mdturett at juno dot com

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  41. Amy LynnNo Gravatar
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    I kinda thought that he got what was coming to him. That is what happen when you sell your soul. I heard of Faust before but never knew the legend exactly.

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