How long will it take to fan the flames and enrage a phoenix? Start counting.

Whew! I’ve just sent Infinity 8: The Demon Lord of California off to my cover artist and formatter. The tentative publication date is early March 2019.

Demon Lord is book one of an upcoming, whimsical, and maybe sometimes gritty urban fantasy/paranormal series. It is a reverse portal fantasy. What is a reverse portal fantasy you ask? It’s where someone from another world comes to Earth. But we’ll save additional details for another time.

Agustín Chávez de la Cruz is Lord California. He’s a workaholic with numerous responsibilities.

He’s sleep deprived. Does not know the meaning of, and is highly allergic to the concepts of enjoyment and relaxation.

A noble by birth, Agustín strives to remain worthy of the title Demon Lord of California. A title handed down to him by his mother.

He also works for Infinity Corporation, an angelic-run company created to protect humanity. Time is not something to waste when so many people–including his team of Infinity 8–look to him for guidance, and to keep order.

But that doesn’t mean he lacks a sense of humor. His estate is affectionately and officially known as Demonym, and is located in the foothills above Redwood City.

It’s this humor that gives him the strength to endure the fear and judgement of strangers when they notice his two different colored eyes. Born with the condition known as heterochromia, it often meant he was left on his own as a child, even among demons.

Agustín is the level-headed counterpart to Calico’s fussy and whimsical nature. With this energy sizzling between them, how long will it take for things to combust?

Here is the book blurb!

Stripped of his psychic powers, Calico Winghorse barely made it to 19th century Earth via his inter-dimensional portal. As a mixed-blood phoenix concealing himself in human form, he opens a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area and quietly licks his wounds. But the unique method of his escape has drawn the unwanted attention of Infinity Corporation.

Representing this angelic-run company is Agustín Chávez de la Cruz, the Demon Lord of California. Even though Agustín is the corporation’s heir, he finds himself demoted from his daily duties for a new assignment: take absolute control of the portal.

As Agustín formulates a more gracious avenue of acquiring Calico’s gateway, the demanding head of IC interferes, further complicating matters. From this unexpected interlude, Calico and Agustín realize they both wish to establish more than a mere business arrangement. So negotiations stumble along, all the while Calico ensures that the good people of the city are getting their fill of baked goods.

Yet due to Calico’s injuries, the portal remains vulnerable to the darker forces that want it at any cost. Agustín will have to push both his angelic heritage, and his own psychic powers to the very limits to mend someone who not only bears celestial blood, but who is also the god of space and time.

Interested? Infinity 8: The Demon Lord of California is now available here!

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