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Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Jeanne Oates Estridge!

Today we’re welcoming another Persister, Jeanne Oates Estridge, who is a finalist for Best Paranormal Romance with her manuscript THE DEMON’S IN THE DETAILS.

Jeanne lives in Riverside, Ohio with her husband of 21 years and a geriatric Australian shepherd. Her house resounds with the sounds with the sounds of keys clicking, the occasional bark, and the pitter-patter of not-so-little grandkid feet. Her favorite thing to do, other than writing, is anything she’s never done before.

Here’s a blurb for THE DEMON’S IN THE DETAILS (gotta love that title!!!):

Dyslexic artist Georgia O’Keeffe “Keeffe” Blackmon hates technology and loves art. In particular, she cherishes an alabaster statue of an eagle, an allegory for the apostle John, left her by her mother, an inspirational sculptor. When Seth McCall, a gorgeous but morally repulsive internet entrepreneur, offers her a quarter million dollars for John, Keeffe turns the billionaire down.

Abaddon, aka Bad, the demon of sloth and Satan’s geekiest minion, is currently on janitor duty in Ring Nine as punishment for a mission that went north. Before Satan will put Bad back in charge of DemSec, Hell’s technology hub, he insists Bad acquire some field experience, so Bad proposes possessing McCall’s body and seducing Keeffe into giving up the statue.

 Aboveworld for the first time, Bad revels in blue skies, great food—and the most amazing mortal he’s ever met. As Keeffe paints a mural in McCall’s McMansion, she can’t get over the feeling that there are two different men inside McCall—one sweet and nerdy, the other a total jerk. Despite her concerns, she falls in love with the bipolar billionaire, and he with her.

 Bad may be the smartest demon in Hell—but is he smart enough to outwit Satan?

Oh, my goodness!! The ultimate bad-boy nerd!! I’m in love with this concept already!!

All right, fellow mortals…since we’re in a billionaire’s mansion, let’s gather on the velvet settees in the sculpture gallery and let the butler bring us some caviar and Dom Perignon while Jeanne and I get the conversation started!

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Welcome, Jeanne. The Demon’s in the Details is your second manuscript to make the finalist round in Paranormal Romance. The Rubies actually had a little foretaste of this book when the opening 250 words made you one of our winners in our Make It Golden Contest a couple years ago while it was still a work in progress. (I loved the opening line, as the heroine drove up to McCall’s hilariously tacky McMansion, with its fountain full of animatronic dolphins: “Not just no, but hell, no.”) So fabulous to see the finished product finaling in the Golden Heart!!

Thanks!

In 2015, another book of yours, Demons Don’t, went on to win the Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance! Tell us about the books. Are they related?

Yes—they’re the first two books in my Touched by a Demon series. Each book features a demon from Hell that is sent Aboveworld to seduce and corrupt a human target. The books are about trial and temptation. That first book has been retitled The Demon Always Wins.

Ooh! Ooh!! Fabulous new title! And I see that it’s about to be published!!

It comes out September 1st and I’m thrilled!

Fantastic! And what a gorgeous cover! Lookee here, everybody! As it says on Jeanne’s website, “When the most seductive demon in Hell targets an ordinary human woman, corrupting her is a piece of devil’s food cake.”  Please, Jeanne, give us the blurb!

After beating his boss at the card table, ambitious demon Belial must appease Satan, so he takes on a new bet: If he can corrupt God’s chosen champion into cursing God, aloud and in public, within seven weeks, Hell gains another soul and Belial wins promotion to chief executive demon, second only to Satan himself. The demon always wins, but this time, the deck may be stacked against him.

Widowed nurse Dara Strong is the ace up God’s sleeve. The granddaughter of famous demon-fighters, Dara recognizes Belial when he appears at her clinic, disguised as Dr. Ben Lyle, and kicks him out the door. If she can hold out against the alluring demon until the wager expires, she will be safe—but 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 his coveted promotion so easily.

Belial may look heavenly, but his soul belongs to Satan. As the battle between the cosmically well-matched opponents escalates, conflict breeds passion and passion transforms into love. Caught between a victory-hungry Satan and an unforgiving God, Dara and Belial 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.

These are such fantastic story ideas!! I can’t wait to see how you make it all play out! Your tagline is so fun, too: “Dark, Snarky, and Happy Ever After.” Very unique! You mentioned a series—what else do you have planned?

I plan to center one book around each of the seven deadly sins—Sloth, Lust, Gluttony, Pride, Anger, Greed, and Envy—plus a couple of bonus books.

Brilliant! How far along are you?

I’ve just started work on the third in the series, which has three parallel “second chance at love” stories.

Seriously? Three? I LOVE second chance at love stories!! Okay, you’ve got to give me the blurb for this one, too!!

Seven years ago, novelist Megan Swenson sold her soul to Satan to make the New York Times best-seller list. Now payment is due and she needs the help of her ex-boyfriend, lawyer James Magnusson, to avoid being dragged down to Hell for the rest of eternity.

Megan’s literary agent/Hellish customer service rep, Lilith, was once married to her true love, the demon Samael. It was truly a match made in Hell, but they were such a power couple that Satan ordered them to separate. That was five thousand years ago, but Lilith is still furious that Sam gave her up so easily. Their history could make things a little awkward on their joint mission to collect Megan and James’s souls.

The third couple in this cosmic dating game are Gibeon and Karriel, guardian angels who have been joined at the hip since they were created. Karrie would like to see their relationship include a physical element, but straight-arrow Gib thinks that’s against the rules. Anyway, they’ve got a job to do.

Megan wants to get out of her contract, Lilith wants to get over Samael, and Karrie wants to get under Gibeon.

Who will earn her happy ever after?

LOL, I love it!! Fabulous GMC all around! It all sounds very intense, and very funny, too. So, uh, does it bother you that you enjoy spending so much time in Hell?

A little! But what was it that William Wordsworth said? “The prison unto which we doom ourselves no prison is.” Perhaps it’s the same thing with the Hell we create….

Awesome! I’m hearing a little Milton in there too…but sexier. Thanks so much for stopping by to spend some time with the Rubies today, Jeanne! I can see some hands going up around the room, so I think it’s time to open up the conversation to our readers today. Do you have a question you’d like to throw out to them? I bet you’ve got a good one! Take it away!

What things in life try and/or tempt you?

 

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Learn more about Jeanne Oates Estridge on her website: http://www.jeanneestridge.com/

 

67 responses to “Meet 2018 Golden Heart Finalist Jeanne Oates Estridge!”

  1. Congrats on finaling again and YAY on the upcoming release! I love paranormal that hits the funny bone and I hope this series is HUGE!

    What tempts me? I think experiences. The chance to travel and see new things. Even when I know I can’t afford it, that is always hard to say no to. 🙂

    Good luck in Denver!

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  2. Thanks, Vivi. The books are a lot of fun to write, so I hope people find them equally enjoyable to read.

    As far as Denver, where the GH is concerned, finaling IS winning.

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  3. Congrats, Jeanne! I love the idea of centering the series around the seven deadly sins. Sounds like a winner series, to me!
    Hmm…what tempts me? I’m consistently tempted to quit my day job so I can stay at home and write. Not very interesting, or romantic, I know. But it’s a constant temptation! I look forward to the day I can take a bite of that apple!

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  4. Pauline Persing says:

    Jeanne, you’re on a roll now. Can’t wait to start reading the results.

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  5. Tracy Brody says:

    Congrats, Jeanne!! Love the snark & humor & originality and can’t wait to buy and read your Demon series.

    As for what tempts me, most anything sweet & fattening & hot guys in camouflage. 😉

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  6. Maria Powers says:

    I cannot wait to read these Jeanne! Congratulations on your second final.

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  7. Oh, man! You got me with “…as punishment for a mission that went north.” I outright guffawed at that.

    I can’t wait to read the rest, and I love your author tagline because snark is my second language.

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  8. Awesome intro Elisa!!

    Jeanne, I can’t wait to read your book versions on the seven deadly sins! I love that idea!!!

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  9. Jacie Floyd says:

    Very interesting and creative concept with humor and intelligence! Congratulations on finaling again. Loving meeting all the Persisters through the blog.
    Everyday I’m tempted to take a good to read at the beach instead of staying at my desk and writing one.
    Good luck in Denver!

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  10. Congrats on your Golden Heart finals and win and your debut release. So exciting! And your titles are to die for:)…❤️🎉❤️

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  11. Jeanne,

    Congrats on your upcoming release! And your titles are to die for! Looking forward to seeing you in Denver:)!

    🎉❤️❤️🎉

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  12. Thanks, Denny. Your website is so cool! I have a collection of cloche hats, but I don’t look anywhere near as good in them as the jazz singer on your site.

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  13. Jen Gilroy says:

    Congrats on your second final, Jeanne. And I love the concept of your series. Sending all good wishes for your upcoming debut release.

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  14. Justine says:

    Way to go, Jeanne! Here’s hoping for a second win in Denver, and I can’t wait to buy your books when they come out!

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  15. Jeanne, your books sound amazing and I can’t wait to read them. I love your sense of humor! Congratulations on the GH final, and I’m looking forward to meeting you at the first Persisters gathering.

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  16. Congratulations, Jeanne. And sending lots of good vibes so you can leave that day job very soon.

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    • Ack! Didn’t mean to misrepresent myself–I abandoned my day job in 2017–but I remember years of writing and trying to cram 40 hours into a 24-hour day.

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      • Elisa Beatty says:

        LOL, yes! I’m still working (love my teaching job, but it demands SOOOOOOO MUCH), and I need at minimum 30 hours a day to keep up…40 if I want to get ahead.

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  17. Seana Kelly says:

    Congratulations, Jeanne! Your book sounds like just my kind of catnip <3 I'm excited to read your upcoming debut!

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  18. Nancy Holland says:

    Nice to hear about your paranormal books, Jeanne! They sound great!

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  19. Megan Starks says:

    Love the premise for all of these! Can’t wait to read!!!

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  20. Jilly Wood says:

    Congratulations on your second GH final, Jeanne, and fingers crossed for a second win!

    I love the sound of your new hero. A sweet, nerdy, geeky demon–very different and fun! I’ll definitely be buying these books.

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  21. C.R. Grissom says:

    This series is beyond fabulous. Can’t wait to gobble them up like forbidden french fries.

    Food tempts me all the time. Since I try to live a low carb lifestyle—bread in particular is the food that I have to back away from. And sugar. Like Sugar Babies. They’ll pull out every single filling from your head, but those are a true temptation for me as well.

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  22. Congratulations, Jeanne! I love the name of your heroine. I’m a big Georgia O’Keefe fan, so you drew me in immediately with her name. Best of luck with The Demon Always Wins. This sounds like a fun series. As for what tempts me, it would be chocolate. I just adore chocolate in any form.

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    • If Satan had used chocolate, Eve’s fall would have been much more understandable. Although a nice, juicy Honeycrisp is a thing of beauty, too.

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  23. Kay says:

    Congratulations on your second GH nomination, Jeanne, and fingers crossed for your second win! I love the idea of this series and am waiting to hear what you’ll do with Sloth (my personal nemesis). 🙂

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  24. What a cool idea for a paranormal series and even better to do it with humor–definitely one of my favorite combinations! Can’t wait to get my hands on book one!

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    • Thanks, Katherine! I love your website–all those blues and greens and teals are so soothing. I see you are pre-published, like me. We will get there!

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  25. Congrats on the GH final!! Your series sounds so cool! Good luck with the release.

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  26. Kim Fostet says:

    Congrats! The series sounds amazing. I just hate to wait! Ha ha!

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  27. Michaeline Duskova says:

    What a great series you have shaping up here! I can’t wait until September 1st when they begin to show up in all the usual outlets!

    I really love the idea of basing books on the Seven Deadlies. Right now, I’m being tempted by Sloth and Gluttony . . . I can’t decide if I should have a nap, another bite of coconut cake, or be an angel and mow the lawn. I think Sloth will win out in the short term (-:.

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  28. Your books sound fun and I don’t normally read paranormal! I’ve also planned a 7 sins series…is it contagious?

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  29. Congrats on your GH final! Your series sounds amazing!
    As for what tempts me – ice cream!

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    • Jeanne says:

      Congrats right back at ya!

      Just ate my way through every ice cream shop between London and Skye. Ice cream is waht’s right about human civilization.

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  30. Gabrielle says:

    Oooh, I loooove the sound of this series! Congrats on your second final–and I’m looking forward to reading your first book 🙂 As to what tempts me, margaritas!

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  31. Suzanne Turner says:

    this serious sounds fantastic and i love your cover, Jeanne! What tempts me — Fritos, chocolate cake, coke zero, naps.

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    • Thanks, Suzanne!

      A Coke and some Fritos (with jalapeno cheddar dip) followed by a nice nap sounds like a tempting way to spend an afternoon when you should be writing!

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  32. Janet Raye Stevens says:

    Congrats, Jeanne, on another GH final AND your upcoming release–busy year for you! I’m perpetually tempted by the chocolate chip cookies my husband makes. They’re massive and have about a bag of chocolate chips in each one. I gain 10 pounds just looking at them! Looking forward to meeting you in Denver!

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  33. Mmm, chocolate chip cookies. I have problems with gluten, so I only get to eat the GF kind. They are NOT the same.

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