Extinguished: How It Began

Extinguished began as a short story. I wrote the first chapter in Las Vegas one night and the second chapter in San Francisco a couple of days later. It was originally meant for a Twilight Zone tribute anthology organized by Rod Serling’s daughter but the rights could never be obtained. My beta readers begged for more than those first pages so I began thinking. Then one night, I was lucky enough to spend some quality time in a ‘clean room’ with half a dozen Gutenberg Bibles. What if these ancient books had power? What if my hero had to ‘steal’ them from museums to trap demons? I outlined a story and went to work. Two and a half months later, Angel Burns and her crazy adventure came to life. I based her likeness off a firefighter/EMT/super mom I knew in my hometown of Greenville, TX. Also, after having a 20 year battle with alcoholism, I wrote the entire novel in complete sobriety. 1000 words a day for 75 straight days. I worked, commuted 3 hours round trip to Dallas, wrote, and still somehow found the time to practice guitar. It was shot down by my publisher Black Rose Writing because I’d over-saturated their shelves. Next, it was shot down by Flame Tree Press of London because it wasn’t what they were looking for. Too American? Finally, Death’s Head Press took a chance…and loved it.

Angel Burns—a curvy, small town fire fighter with a mysterious past and a sharp tongue—has far more to worry about than her sexist jerk of a boss; she has a gang of demons out for her head. After Angel unwittingly stumbles into an ages old battle between good and evil, long dormant powers are awakened within her, and the denizens of Hell want payback. The only way to keep them from unleashing Hell on Earth is to lock each demon inside a Gutenberg Bible. Angel, looking for vengeance of her own, plans to do just that. And—oh yeah—she has an axe.

Grab your copy on Kindle here! Paperbacks will be available soon! Half of all sales will go to Hunt County Texas first responders through the month of August. Enjoy the read!


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