Argh Author: Jeanne Estridge’s The Demon Always Wins

Jeanne Oates Estridge‘s Golden Heart winner, The Demon Always Wins, is available for pre-order now, to be released on September 1:

After beating Satan at poker, demon Belial takes on a new bet: If he can get God’s champion to curse God, within the agreed timeframe, Hell gains another soul and Belial earns a promotion to chief demon.

The demon always wins, but this time the deck may be stacked against him. Widowed nurse Dara Strong, the granddaughter of famous demon fighters, has no problem recognizing Belial, so when he appears in her clinic in doctor’s disguise, she kicks him out.  

But Belial, the most successful soul-stealer in the history of Hell, is not about to give up so easily, and as their conflict escalates, so does their passion.  Caught between a victory-hungry Satan and an unforgiving God, Belial and Dara 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.

Read the first three chapters on Jeanne’s website, then go to Amazon to pre-order.


26 thoughts on “Argh Author: Jeanne Estridge’s The Demon Always Wins

    1. Sorry to say this, but the cover freaks me out. I’m terrified of snakes, near phobic. I won’t be able to hold your book because of the snake on the cover.

  1. LOL–I was googling, looking for a rude thing Satan might say about Scandinavians, when I came across that. I laughed so hard tears came to my eyes. Glad at least one other person has the same sense of humor.

  2. This is the perfect Argh book. It has demons, it has a bet, and these lines:

    “Belial pictured himself dressed in red polyester pants and matching vest, sporting a name badge. His mouth went as dry as the Negev. That was worse than the maggot pit.”

    Congrats on winning the Golden Heart also! Woo hoo!

  3. Hi Jeanne! Soooo loved the excerpt – the set-up is super clever and the tone is perfect. I smiled all the way through. (I laughed at Reindeer f’er, but the dry humor was pretty great, too; i.e. ‘Satan was notorious for being sore loser.’ Ha! Heading over to pre-order now 🙂 All best on your release! Meredith, your GH sister Persister 🙂

  4. Yay, Jeanne! Rooting for you and all your demons to find homes in the hearts and minds of many! Looking good from, by the way!

  5. Yay Jeanne! I’ve marked the release date on my calendar so I can buy then. I think Amazon still does the weird thing of not counting pre-sales as part of the release day sales numbers, so I’ll show up on the day to help boost your numbers!

  6. I just read your short stories “Kim in Satin” and “Tangles.” They’re amazing. The protagonist in “Kim in Satin” I took very personally because of my daughter’s choices. The protagonist is muddled between what she thinks other people are thinking and what she thinks herself — and trying to negotiate conversations with all these conflicting thoughts makes her very, very real. “Tangles,” on the other hand, is far less specific about its protagonist, which fits the overall exploration of power in sexual relationships.

    Anyway, thank you very much for two great reads.

  7. Thank you. My daughter is now married with a wonderful wife and two beautiful children. Things have changed so rapidly it’s difficult to remember how not okay that was 20 years ago. I actually wrote an entire novel around that protagonist but, like all my pre-McDaniel novels, it’s essentially unreadable. I can’t thank Jenny enough for finally helping me understand plotting!


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