Today on my blog I have The Celibate Succubus on my blog today. On my post there is a spotlight, review, guest post, and giveaway.
“Team Packer” is a covert Catholic strike team against supernatural evil with a secret weapon in its arsenal: 16-year-old Delilah Vincentio—the world’s only Christian succubus. Trained by demons to despise humanity and lead them into sin, her unprecedented capacity for mercy caused her to renounce her place in Hell—and gain an angelic referral to Team Packer.
Delilah is assigned to infiltrate the Order of the Lightbringer, a Satanic cult that plans to make
a test site for the Apocalypse.
After Delilah’s identity is almost discovered, Team Packer sends her to high
school to hide out until things cool down. Pittsburgh
But while Delilah may be reformed from her beguiling ways, she’s still very much a demon—and she hasn’t learned how to play well with others. In fact, trying to fit in and keep a low profile at high school may prove to be a tougher battle than bringing down the Order of the Lightbringer.
Barton Paul Levenson’s novels include Max & Me, Year of the Human, Ella the Vampire, I Will and Parole. Mr. Levenson’s short fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, ChiZine, Cricket, Cicada, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and many other publications. An original member of the Pittsburgh Worldwright’s writing workshop created by Mary Soon Lee, Barton has published more than 60 short stories, poems, and essays. He is also a two-time winner of the Parsec Short Story Contest.
Levenson holds a degree in physics and writes prolifically about everything from fictional works to radiative-convective models of planetary atmospheres. He has also learned to speak French, Spanish, Russian, German, New Testament Greek, and Japanese (though, he confesses, not well enough to converse with native speakers). Mr. Levenson is married to genre poet Elizabeth Penrose and lives in
where he confuses everybody by being both a born-again Christian and a liberal
Democrat. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Five Facts About my Book that Might Surprise You
Barton Paul Levenson
1. The main thing that induced me to write about a succubus was the character Kurono Kurumu from Akihisa Ikeda's manga, Rosario + Vampire. My Delilah, however, is nothing like Akihisa-san's lovestruck succubus. I assume Akihisa-san is Buddhist and/or Shinto in his beliefs; to him, a succubus is merely a sex-driven "dream demon." To a Christian like me, of course, demons are somewhat more dangerous. It's your soul they're after, not just your bod!
2. To write about a succubus, essentially a legend from the high middle ages in Europe, I had to assume a Roman Catholic point of view, and my converted succubus, Delilah, works out of a convent in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. As I've also been published twice in anthologies of Catholic SF, people sometimes assume I must be Catholic myself. Actually, I'm a Presbyterian elder. (That's the title of the position. I'm not an old guy, I'm young and handsome. Sort of.)
3. I don't really believe in succubae or incubi, any more than I believe in vampires, werewolves, ghosts, or the aliens I make up for my SF novels. I do, however, believe in God, the Devil, and pretty much the whole Christian view of the supernatural. My rather toned-down "Celibate Succubus" is a very mild version of what I think real demons must be like. To quote Delilah herself, "When you think of the mentality of a demon, don't think of some high, noble mastermind with brilliant evil plans. Don't think Hannibal Lector. Think school bully. Think emotionally disturbed child kicking a puppy to death, or setting a kitten on fire and laughing until he cries. That's the demon mentality. Nothing high or darkly noble or even intelligent about it. Just nastiness. Brutality. Pain. Hatred. And fear. Constant, constant fear."
4. One reader of the manuscript said, "Do you hang out with teenage girls all day?" Well, no, I don't. I'm channeling my own memories of life in high school. I do know a few teen girls, but in this age of stranger-danger and serial killers, an older guy like me hanging out with 16-year-old kids is not a wise idea. Apparently I got the slang right anyway. Research pays off!
5. I've never been in a convent, though I've been to mass a few times. Got all my descriptions from books, the internet, and quizzing my Catholic friends.
I hope you like the book! I'm getting good reviews so far, which makes me very happy.
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Barton for letting me review your book and for the guest post. I would also like to say Thank You to Bewitching Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.