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Laughing at the Devil

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Hi, I’m Lexi George, and I write Southern-fried paranormal romance about hunky, immortal demon hunters in the Deep South. When I started writing Demon Hunting in Dixie, the first book in the demon hunter series, I didn’t set out to write funny. It just happened. My heroine had this dog, see, and the dog started talking, and that was that. It’s hard to be serious when you’ve got a talking dog.

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I’ve thought a lot about why I write funny, and I still don’t have The Answer. I think it might have something to do with my dad. He was a very funny guy, even when he wasn’t trying to be. We’d be in the car, going somewhere, and some pokey driver would get in front of him, and he’d say, “If I was going to hell in a bucket, there’d be some sumbitch in front of me.” Oh, and here’s another favorite: “If I had a house at the beach and a home in hell, I’d go home.”

Then, again, maybe I write funny because—like a lot of writers, I suspect—I am insecure. I grew up tall and skinny, with big feet and legs like an anorexic giraffe, and I coped by making people laugh. It became a habit that bled over into my writing.

And then there’s the day job. I am a criminal appellate attorney for a large state agency. Translation: I read criminal transcripts and write briefs outlining, in graphic detail, the sundry and various horrible things people do to one another. So, like policemen and firemen and paramedics, I have developed a gallows sense of humor as a kneejerk reaction to the darkness out there.

Or it could be because I’m a wuss and HATE sad movies. This loathing began at an early age with the Disney movie Old Yeller. Seriously, that’s some sick, twisted stuff, making a children’s movie about a kid who has to shoot his own dog. I don’t do sad. Once the faucet gets turned on, I can’t turn it off. If you ever see me at a tearjerker, notify the police and my next of kin. I’ve been kidnapped. I like happy stories with happy endings. So there.

It could be that I write funny, because I grew up reading funny. My love affair with romance began with the inimitable Georgette Heyer, and I adore her droll wit. And when I read Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money, I laughed until I cried. If you are what you eat, then it translates that you write what you read, so maybe that’s why I am drawn to humor.

Whatever the explanation, I think humor is vital. It seasons the good times and helps us through the bad. Think what your life would be like without laughter: a movie without a soundtrack, silent and not nearly as meaningful. I think funny gets a bad rap. It’s not taken seriously, like its more somber cousin, drama. It’s underappreciated and snubbed.

Whatever the reason, I write funny. It’s how I make sense of the world. What about you? What are some of your favorite funny books and movies?

Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb

Demon Hunting Series

Book Four

demon debLexi George

Genre: paranormal romance

Publisher: Kensington

Date of Publication: May 24, 2016

ISBN: 9781601831774

ASIN:  B014NWMH0G

Number of pages: 452

Word Count:  105,000

Cover Artist: Lyrical Press

Book Description:

Deep South legends. Deep fried curses. Deep dish revenge . . .

This Debutante Is Having A Ball!

Way down south in the land of cotton, one belle’s plans are soon forgotten–when Sassy Peterson drives her Maserati off the road to avoid a deer and lands smack-dab in the proverbial creek without a paddle. The Alabama heiress should have known something weird was going on when she saw the deer’s ginormous fangs. Hello, Predator Bambi!

But nothing can prepare her for the leather-clad, muscle-bound, golden-eyed sex god who rescues her. Who wears leather in May? That’s just the first of many questions Sassy has when her savior reveals he’s a demon hunter named Grim. Also: Why would a troop of fairies want to give her magical powers and rainbow hair? Why would a style-challenged beast called the Howling Hag want to hunt her down?

Most importantly, what’s a nice debutante like Sassy doing in a place like this anyway? Besides feeling Grim . . .

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Excerpt:

“Sugar,” Sassy murmured. She laid her head on Grim’s shoulder. “Fairies.”

With a drowsy sigh, she relaxed against him and went to sleep.

Grim stilled. A surge of lust hit him, hard and fierce. Sassy smelled delightful, a dizzying combination of summer roses and female. Curling tendrils of her hair lifted to caress his jaw, like flowers reaching for the sun.

I am her sword and shield. The vow rose unbidden in his mind. Here and now I vow to protect her, from anyone or anything that threatens her.

An admirable sentiment, I am sure, the Provider said, but hardly necessary. She leaves tomorrow, and you return to the hunt. That is good, is it not?

Yes, of course.

Then why the hollow ache in his chest?

LexiAbout the Author:

Lexi George writes snarky, Southern-fried paranormal romance for Kensington. Her debut novel, Demon Hunting in Dixie, was released in 2011, and a novella and two more demon hunter books followed. Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar, the third book in the series, was nominated for a RITA in 2014. The fourth book, Demon Hunting with a Dixie Deb, is due to be released May 24, 2016. Lexi enjoys reading and writing romance, but her first love is fantasy. A Meddle of Wizards is the story of Raine Stewart, a sheltered, sickly young woman who comes into her own when she’s transported to a magical world, discovers her burgeoning powers as an adept, and faces the evil wizard who killed her parents. Lexi’s day job as an appellate attorney requires reading transcripts filled with murder, mayhem, and worse. Perhaps this is why she enjoys stories filled with humor, action, adventure, and magical creatures. She has a violent aversion to sad movies, having been scarred by Old Yeller at the age of nine. She drinks tea, not coffee, and has never seen The Exorcist, because she is a world-class chicken. She is the third of four children, with all the attendant neuroses.

Website: www.lexigeorge.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexigeorge12

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lexi-George-145551795493851/

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5 Comments

  1. Caroline says

    Love Lexi George! Living in Alabama myself, I totally relate to all of the southern-isms. My favorite from her is
    “Your fear is illogical. Your mother is a mortal woman, and a diminutive one at that.”
    “Do you HAVE a mother?”
    “No.”
    “Are you Southern?”
    “No.”
    “Then shut up. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
    from Demon Hunting in Dixie

    I also love Mary Kay Andrews. Hissy Fit is a favorite 🙂

  2. Donna _A says

    I first heard of Lexi George when Dianna Love had her do a reading at a readers con. I laughed my tail off and immediately binge read the series. I have followed ever since. I really enjoy her books.

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