Blog Tour, Playlist & #Giveaway: ☆Pure Souls Trilogy☆ by @killianmcrae

Pure Souls Trilogy Synopsis:

Pure and Sinful:

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When it turns out your ex was actually a sexy demon sent by the devil to seduce you to evil, you’d think the next guy, no matter what he’s like, couldn’t be a worse decision. Enter Father Marc Angeletti, a smooth talking piece of forbidden fruit with onyx eyes and a razor wit, and Riona Dade may as well start packing her luggage for damnation now. But come Hell or… well, Hell, Marc, Riona, and demigod Dee Zitka have a mission: serve as a Pure Soul and vanquish Lucifer’s minion scum from the face of the Earth to protect humanity from evil.

Oh, and don’t get seduced into sin yourself, because a fallen Pure Soul is one of Lucifer’s biggest thrills. As long as Riona and Marc can keep things professional and north of the sheets, no problem, right?

Yeah, that worked out great in the Thornbirds, too…

Once You Go Demon:
Heaven hath no fury like a demon reborn…

Proving that Big Boss is not without a sense of whimsy, Hell’s former all-star demon, Jerry Romani, finds himself a traded player in the classic war of good versus evil. Taking up residence in the human shell left behind by the death and damnation of Marc Angeletti, Jerry seizes on the chance both to win a trip to the pearly gates and reclaim the heart of witch Riona Dade. Not pleased with the butt-kicking the Pure Souls served up, Lucifer enlists his fallen angel compatriots, the Grigori, to stir up trouble topside. Time ticks closer to the inevitable: Marc’s resurrection as a demon on Earth, and Jerry is determined to protect Riona and his shiny new Pure Soul status at all costs. He quickly finds two thousand years of living la vida demonica aren’t easily undone, however, and old habits are hard to break. Walking the true path is problematic, and Jerry finds his role reversed when he must convince Riona that it’s in her best interest to do the same. Even if letting her give into temptation is more conducive to his efforts. And just as Project Woo a Witch starts bearing some forbidden fruit, Destiny delivers one hell of bitch slap. Jerry may have been sent back to Earth to do something Riona can’t, something that will ensure the only thing he’ll be kissing where she’s concerned is his ass goodbye.

With God Intent:

Dionysius Zitka: Pure Soul. Demigod. Widower.

The last time Dee saw his father, his wife Carol lay dead at Zeus’ feet. He vowed never to return, but someone has to rescue Riona from his crazy Greek God family. At least this time the visit should be brief: he just has to sponsor Jerry, find the keystone, and get the hell out of Olympus. Crossing paths with feisty quartergod Anwen Yates proves how the best laid plans sometimes don’t mean jack. Seems Anwen has a couple of demons on her tail, and Olympus with its demon-free climate would be the perfect place for her to hide out. The fact that Dee finds her frustrating, funny, and sexy as hell has nothing at all to do with his decision to bring her along. Nope.

Biding her time with Hades and Persephone, Riona feels like a third wheel to the ancient, troubled marriage. The cherry on the cake? Uninvited angels are subject to death in Olympus, and suddenly her magic has a life of its own! Needing to get her heavenly hexing under control before her hybrid heritage is exposed, Hades helps her find an angelic mentor. And wouldn’t you know it that Azazel brings his newly-minted demon Marc Angeletti along for Riona’s target-practicing pleasure. Or maybe just her pleasure in general…

As the days tick by, the lines of right and wrong, purpose and persuasion, and sin and sanctity begin to blur. Rumors are flying, the Heaven-Hell Accords stretch thinner than a sheet of filo dough, and Zeus grows more cryptic by the day. Riona’s angelic instincts throw her libido haywire, Hades makes a Hail Mary pass to save his marriage, and Jerry fears that his may be over before it’s even begun. Meanwhile, the two pillars draw closer to Olympus, and Dee closer to facing his father, his family, and his past. But can he honor his wife’s memory, while evermore wanting to do right by Arwen? The road to Hell is paved with God intentions.


Pure Souls Playlist
I’ve ordered these as they apply to the series. There are some suggestive explanations here that spoil a few plot lines, so be forewarned!
Book One – Pure & Sinful

“Fallen” – Sarah McLaughlin
The line between sin and sanctity in the Pure Souls series isn’t as black and white as it is in most paranormals. What’s fine for one person might be an egregious offense for another. I like how this song is someone realizing he’s stepped over the line he set for himself, and calling his friends and family on simply pretending it didn’t happen, or that it wasn’t just a matter of time.

“Missionary Man” – The Eurythimcs
One thing Riona Dade learns very quickly about Father Marcello Angeletti, is that he gives just as good as he gets. His sarcastic repartee only cracks whenever she’s having a moment of weakness, and the compassion he shows in those moments quickly draw her in a way hardly holy for Sundays.  Riona knows she has to keep her heart from wanting impossible things. The theory proves easier than the practice, however.

“Aliens & Rainbows” – Ferras
This song gave me a crucial insight in to writing Jerry Romani at the end of book one. Jerry starts the series seeming a villain, a demon on assigned to seduce Riona and get to know her weaknesses so that Lucifer can have a better chance of winning her over. Unfortunately, Jerry actually falls in love in Riona, even though it’s supposedly impossible for a demon to love. As a minion of Hell, Jerry knows he can never be the man Riona deserves, but he wants to makes amends, to show her he’s trying best. As the lyrics say, “I never really made it to the human that you wanted me to be… This is my coup de grace, my reality.”
Book Two – Once You Go Demon

“Haunted” – Beyonce
As book two opens, Riona’s torn to pieces emotionally. She has to face two polarizing options: either she’s going to commit to her love for Marc, meaning she’ll have to sacrifice her soul; or if she’s going to give into her reemerging feelings for Jerry Romani, whom she’s not sure she can trust. She throws herself back into her nine-to-five, telling herself she’s doing it to pay the bills. The distraction doesn’t hurt, but it also doesn’t help. Jerry’s never going to miss an opportunity to remind her how much they belong together. According to him, anyways.

“When I Change your Mind” – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
One of the hardest things when putting together a playlist like this is that there aren’t nearly enough songs in the world that combine whimsy with a sexy suggestive course of lyrics and an upbeat tempo. The Pure Souls series is a urban fantasy/paranormal romance, but it’s actually more of a comedy than anything else. You’d think from the rest of this playlist I was writing a dark, angsty, brooding love triangle. Nope, sorry, no. It’s actually chockfull of jokes, witticisms, and snark. This song is perfect for book two; it has that quick pace, fun, yet sexy vibe that defines Jerry Romani.
Book Three – With God Intentions

“A Sinner Underneath” – Andrea Wellard
One of the things everyone struggles with in the Pure Souls universe is the conflict of being worthy of their blessings, abilities, or opportunities. I like how in this song, Wellard states that we’re all guilty, we’re all sinners in our way, but then humbly asks for love, which she says we all deserve. Of all the characters, this is hardest for Dee Zitka to make peace with, and is his struggle in book three.

“Light You Up” – Shawn Mullins
The Hades – Persephone relationship is very interesting to me. They’ve been together for thousands of years, yet their marriage lacks any real intimacy. They’re partners in politics and patronizing, but emotionally they’re light years from each other. In book three, Hades decides he’s going to make one more play to change his wife’s mind about him, and he’s using every tool on his tool belt to do that – including seduction.
Book Four – The Devil You Know
“Broken Crown” – Mumford & Sons
As I start to flesh out book four, which will be the final book in the series, I’m really focusing in on Marcello Angeletti’s anger. And, dude, he has the right to be totally pissed. He sacrificed his soul and life to save Riona, and she pays him back by marrying another. In Marc’s opinion, if Riona had really loved him, she would have followed him into Hell. As book three concludes and he realizes that’s never going to happen, that he’s stuck in Hell forever because of his stupid love for the witch, the heat is going to spike. Paired with the decree from Mount Olympus that all angels, and anyone who stands beside them, should be eliminated, the fire is going to roar.
“Human” – Christina Perri
Also as we head into book four, Riona’s going to have to come to terms with the consequences of not only her actions, but the weight of the role everyone else is counting on her to play. It’s going to be a struggle, as she’s challenged to become more than she believes herself capable, or worthy, to be.
“Evil is alive and well” – Jakob Dylan
On top of being fantastic lyricists, the Dylans know how to perfectly marry words and music. I love how this song’s simple, repeated cords reinforce the lyrics’ statement that the scenery might change, but the play is pretty much the same. What is considered wrong changes with time, but its impact does not.

 

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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Comments

  1. I absolutely loved this series. Highly recommended. Thanks for sharing the playlist and some of your reasoning for the song choices. Love the peeks into book 4! Eagerly waiting book 4!

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