Original Sin

Touched by a Demon - Book 2.5

About the book

In the beginning, God created Adam and…Lilith?

Meet the founding member of the First Wives Club. Before Adam met Eve, he was married to Lilith.

What if the original sin wasn’t curiosity?

This short work, exclusive to subscribers to my newsletter, The Gehenna Gazette, tells Lilith’s origin story.

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Inside the lush garden where the Creator had formed her, the first woman planted her hands on her hips and glared at her husband. “Why don’t I ever get to be on top?”

Adam’s brows knitted together as he pondered her question in his methodical way. When his brow finally cleared, he said, “The Creator gave me dominion over everything on earth. That includes you.”

Lilith’s jaw clenched. He had been making that argument since day one and now, six months later, she was tired of hearing it. “That makes no sense. He made me at the same time and from the same dust as you. We’re equals.”

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But Adam’s attention span was already exhausted. “The Creator said be fruitful.” He reached for her. She darted away but his footsteps were right behind her; she made it only a few yards before he caught up and wrapped his beefy arms around her torso. The Creator, for reasons known only to him, had made her the smarter of the two, but he’d made Adam larger and faster.

Adam sank to the ground, pulling her down on top of him, into the long grass. The grass created a soft bed that smelled like sunshine and fresh earth. He nuzzled the side of her neck, and that was very enjoyable. After a few minutes, he rolled on top. What followed might have been pleasant except for the extra rib at the bottom of his chest that jabbed her with every thrust.

She stared at the sky while he went about his business. What, other than not being beneath him, at the mercy of that extra rib, would make this more pleasurable? Perhaps she should talk to Friend Snake again. He’d suggested having Adam kiss her before being fruitful. That had definitely helped.

Above her, Adam grunted one final time and collapsed on top of her, crushing the air from her lungs. She tried to shift him, but he’d already fallen asleep in that annoyingly effortless way he had.

She would definitely talk to Friend Snake.

COLLAPSE

The Demon Always Wins

Touched by a Demon - Book 1

the demon always wins jeanne estridge
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Seven short weeks. After beating his boss at the poker table, ambitious demon Belial must appease Satan, so he takes on a new bet. If he can get God’s champion to curse God, aloud and in public, within the agreed timeframe, Hell gains another soul and Belial earns a coveted promotion to chief executive demon—second only to Satan himself. The demon always wins, but this time the deck may be stacked against him.

Seven long weeks. Widowed nurse Dara Strong is the ace up God’s sleeve. The granddaughter of famous demon fighters, Dara has no problem recognizing Belial as Dr. Ben Lyle. When the demon in doctor’s disguise appears in her clinic, she kicks him out the door. If she can hold out against the alluring demon till the wager expires, Dara will be safe. The problem is she already has plenty of reason to curse God, and Belial, the most successful soul-stealer in the history of Hell, is not about to give up easily.

Belial may look heavenly, but his soul belongs to Satan. As the battle between these cosmically well-matched opponents escalates, conflict breeds passion and passion transforms into love. Caught between a victory-hungry Satan and an unforgiving God, Belial and Dara discover there may be only one way to ransom the soul of a fallen angel: sometimes you have to go through Hell to claim your Heaven.

Awards

jeanne estridge GDRWA booksellers' best winnerRWA Golden Heart winner
Winner, 2019 Booksellers’ Best Awards for Best First Book, Best ParanormalWinner, 2015 RWA® Golden Heart ®Finalist, 2019 National Readers’ Choice Award

Also:

  • Winner, 2015 Diamonds in the Desert contest
  • Finalist, 2015 Wisconsin RWA Fabulous Five contest
  • Finalist, 2015 NEOWRWA Cleveland Rocks contst
  • Finalist, 2015 North Chicago RWA Fire and Ice contest
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Reviews

Clever, sexy, and oh-so fun! Jeanne Estridge gives us a book that is delicious to the last drop. Do NOT let this one get away!

-- Darynda JonesNYTimes/USAToday Bestselling Author
The Charley Davidson Series
The Darklight Trilogy
From St. Martin's Press

Even more than the romance, what I liked best about this story was the world building. The idea of Hell being set up like a corporation with a CFO and a marketing and tech department was endlessly fascinating to me. The idea of God sitting around a poker table with Satan, Zeus, Loki, and a fallen Angel was SO MUCH FUN! It reminded me of something I might see on Supernatural. And y'all know how much I love Supernatural.

So, long-story-short, I think the world building alone makes this one worth a read. The fact that it also includes a nice romance is frosting on the cake.

-- Romance Rehab

Heat Factor: Holy Blue Balls, Batman!
Character Chemistry: I know I should resist you since you're an agent of Hell, but I just can't!
Plot: God and Satan make a bet
Overall: Fun, interesting, AND with a believable enemies-to-lovers storyline. We have a winner! The story of Dara's return to faith is ultimately what really makes this romance novel sing. I especially recommend this book for people who are perhaps interested in inspirational romance, but don't want to be preached at.

-- Smut Report

The Demon’s in the Details

Touched by a Demon - Book 2

the demon's in the details jeanne estridge
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It will be a cold day in Hell before artist Georgia O’Keeffe “Keeffe” Blackmon gives up the statue of the evangelist John that was created by her late mother, a world-famous inspirational sculptor. Keeffe’s not selling—not even when a man who is as rich as devil’s food cake and handsome as sin—the gorgeous but morally repulsive billionaire Seth McCall—is buying. But that’s before Keeffe, battling severe dyslexia, decodes the fine print on a fiendish contract only to discover she has just one month to prove she’s earning a living with her art or John will be lost to her forever.

Demons will ice skate on the Lake of Fire before Satan puts Abaddon, aka Bad, the demon of sloth and Hell’s geekiest demon, back in charge of Hell’s technology hub. But while Bad may lack the beauty of a fallen angel, he has something better: brains. In return for a promised reassignment to the tech hub, Bad offers to possess McCall and, with the unbeatable combination of McCall’s good looks and his own smarts, melt Keeffe into selling him John.

As Keeffe races to complete a mural in McCall’s McMansion and earn the cash she needs to keep her statue, the billionaire blows hot one minute and cold the next. It’s almost as if he’s two different men: one sweet and nerdy, the other a total jerk. Their attraction may be sizzling, but will Keeffe’s feelings remain warm when she learns the truth about her demon-occupied lover?

Hell will freeze over before Satan gives up his most brilliant demon. Bad may be the brainiest demon in Hell—but is he clever enough to outwit Satan and win himself and Keeffe their happy ever after?

Awards

RWA Golden heart finalist

Finalist, 2018 RWA® Golden Heart® award

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