Speak of the Devil by Shawna Romkey Crescent Moon Press — 2013
What can I say about Ms. Romkey’s debut novel? It is crazy good! Here is a review I wrote up. If you want a great read, I highly recommend this novel. Cheers!
A fun, entertaining, and light read — with a hint of dark.
Lily is an average mid-western girl who is a bit nerdy and just wants to get through high school with her two best friends. When tragedy strikes, Lily moves to St. Louis, starts a new school, and suddenly finds herself surrounded by a group of not so normal drama students. At first sight she feels an instant connection with Luc, but Luc’s friend, Mo, makes the first move on Lily, and Luc fades into the background — but not for long. When Lily begins to lose all hope that she will ever feel like a regular teenager again, she has a heavenly encounter with her deceased best friend and begins to realize that there may be more to heaven and earth than she realized.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers but let’s just say that Lily and I were both equally surprised to find out what her “new friends” — including Luc and Mo — are up to. The plot has plenty of action to keep the story moving along at a quick pace, but also enough down time so I didn’t feel like the story was forced or unbelievable.
Horns and tails vs. halos and wings? If you’re feeling intrigued, you’ll have to give Speak of the Devil a read and find out how Lily survives a battle of good versus evil while falling in love.
From beginning to end this is a great book! Shawna Romkey does an excellent job creating a world where Angels walk among us — though they may forget their purpose, or even fall from grace. Great writing, creative, and so entertaining. I can’t wait for book two.
I had privilege of receiving an advanced copy of Shawna Romkey’s debut novel, Speak of the Devil. It is fantastic! If you would like to purchase your own copy,
here is a link to amazon. Available in ebooks and paperback.
Back cover blurb
What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?
After dying in a car accident with her two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to her dad’s to come to terms with the event and meets some people at her new school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and that they are falling too.
Can she find the strength to move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, find a way to stop a divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?
A little about the author
Shawna grew up in around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, two rescue dogs and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a non-conformist who follows her heart.
She has her BA in creative writing from the University of Kansas where one of her plays was chosen by her creative writing professor to be produced locally, and two of her short stories were published in a university creative arts handbook. She earned her MA in English from Central Missouri State University where she wrote a novel as her thesis.
She’s taught English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to stay the same. She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.
Visit her website www.shawnaromkey.com
or connect with her here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shawna-Romkey-Author/137998326331706?ref=hl