Wheeee, Hammer Down will be available in print next month, and we have our author copies now. This book…oh, this book.
Guys, I love this book. It will always have a super extra special place in my heart, because that’s where it came from. If anything was ever the book of my heart, it was this. (And, weirdly, Beyond Shame. I’m not sure what it says that both of the books of my heart are post-apocalyptic wastelands with non-traditional sexual dynamics, except that my heart is FREAKING AWESOME and probably a dangerous place to vacation.)
We have not started the sequel to Hammer Down (yet) but I still have hopes that we will. If you enjoyed Beyond Shame but wanted more world-building, you might like Hammer Down. There are bad, bad boys and badass women and demons and hackers and of course some dirty sexing. And these are some of the people you could meet…
Zel: With a mother strong-willed enough to escape a demon’s clutches and a step-father capable enough to hold together an outcast enclave, Zel was raised to leadership. It’s too bad his demon nature is more suited to savagery than statesmanship. He’ll lead his people because it’s his duty, but he’d rather be punching someone in the face. Repeatedly.
Hailey: Hailey’s mother could summon demons. Her father was demon-spawn. She’s one of the first generation of hybrids, humans with strong demon and summoner blood mixing in their veins to create magical ability. Or, in her case, psychic ability. Hailey knows if you’ve been bad or good, and will make you regret it if you try to lie to her.
Lorenzo: Some halfblood demons are fighters. Some are lovers. Then there’s Lorenzo. Technically he’s only half-incubus, but that hasn’t stopped him from being 100% irresistible to women and men alike. He’s also the iron fist that will crush any halfblood caught using magic to cross the line between seduction and coercion.
Trip: Being mostly human doesn’t make you powerless–not when you’re a world class hacker in a network-dependent world. Whether it’s security, communication or entertainment, he’s the final word on computing in virtual reality among the outcasts. If you’re really nice to him, he might share his stash of pre-apocalypse music and movies, too.
Jai: Most halfblood outcasts were born to human women who escaped demons. Jai’s halfblood mother worshiped them as gods. There are probably more comfortable places to grow up than a demon hunting camp–Sparta and Hell being among them–but Jai has done his best to adjust to a life with human rules, even if he’s more demon than man.
Devi: Devi is third-generation trucker and a human citizen in good standing. Human leaders pay her well to brave demon attacks while hauling goods between cities. Outcasts pay her even more to accept off-books trade missions. She’s loyal to her people, but fully capable of throwing you to the demons if you threaten those she cares about.
Juliet: Don’t even bother, macho men of the world. Her guns are bigger than yours, and she can use them. Juliet’s never come across a firearm she couldn’t master, and she’s seen her share. As Devi’s resident weapons expert, she’s at the front of any battle–and is usually the one to end it. Okay, maybe she has a secret in her past…but what mercenary doesn’t have secrets?
Tanner: Speaking of secrets… Tanner is the original man of mystery. He came from a mysterious training outpost in the southwest. He sometimes speaks Spanish. He could kill you with dental floss, if you have enough credits to find some dental floss after the apocalypse. Ladies, he’s a flirt. Feel free to ask him his sign–just don’t ask why he’s inhumanly fast.
Cache: One bad run-in with a demon can ruin your whole day. Cache lost her access to the human world when she was declared demon-tainted and lost her hearing when a back-alley doctor botched her network chip replacement, but she hasn’t let either setback stop her. If you get on her bad side she might just hack your brain. She can do that, you know.
Shane: Shane might not be able to hack your brain, but he could build you a new one out of wires and circuit boards. If it runs on electricity, Shane can build it, fix it or enhance. The city offered him a posh job, but a serious case of claustrophobia drove him to choose open-if-demon-infested freedom of the road over a life underground.
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