The Good Inside Me
by Barbara Russell
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Dragons, short-tempered archdemons, and hysterical damned souls—Shax is used to dealing with all that. He’s a young fire demon and lives in Hell, after all. What he’s not used to is being possessed by a human. A very good human and a pretty girl at that: sixteen-year-old Tolis. Despite still having control of his body most of the time, Shax can hear Tolis’s voice inside his head and feels what she feels constantly.
Shax’s mentor claims that Tolis hides an ancient, powerful grimoire, a book of spells, and proposes a deal: if Shax finds it, he’ll help Shax get work as a dragon keeper—Shax’s dream job. Tolis swears she doesn’t have the grimoire and asks Shax to help her father, whose soul is turning evil by the minute. Unless Tolis does something, her dad’s soul will end in Hell. Hoping to convince her to give him the grimoire, and not because Shax cares about the man’s soul, he agrees to help.
Goodness is overrated. Since Shax decided to help Tolis, his life has turned into a hurdle race. Thugs chase him, the scientists in Hell want to prod and examine the first possessed demon in history, and he can’t find the darn grimoire.
And the worst part? Due to the unavoidable presence of Tolis, who keeps intruding into his evil thoughts, Shax discovers an almost decent side of himself. In no time at all, he catches himself doing actual good deeds. Is he becoming—yuck—good?
I’m an entomologist and a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs. Nature and books have always been my passion. I was a kid when I read The Lord Of The Ring and fell in love with fantasy novels.
When I discovered cozy mystery and crime novels, I fell in love with Hercules Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Then I grew up and . . . Nah, I’m joking. I didn’t grow up. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.
PS I hate gardening. There, I said it. Sorry fellow Kiwis.
What the characters have to say
My name is Shax, son of Scox. What? Does my name sound funny to you? Yeah, yeah, laugh if you want, but I’m a fire demon like my parents. I can make myself invisible and incorporeal, spill evil inside humans, and throw fire waves. Nope. Not fireballs. My fire is more like a dragon’s blaze.
I’m still studying to become a six level demon. My speciality is possessing kitchen appliances because they don’t pose any resistance when I try to possess them.
For example, I possessed a toaster for an entire week. It burned every single slice of bread an unaware human put in it. The week inside that toaster was hilarious. My performance made the front page of a local newspaper: The Unstoppable Toaster.
Pity that now I have to possess a human, and a girl at that. Her name’s Tolis. Humans are complicated, especially girls. On top of that, Tolis is pretty, and her soul is almost pure. I really don’t want to contaminate her with evil and—Ahem, I mean, I’m looking forwards to contaminating her with evil. Yup. Because that’s what demons do. Wish me luck.
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