As seen in the July issue of Uncaged Book Reviews
Uncaged: Your first published book with Evernight Publishing, My Soul to Give, was released in June 2017 and Uncaged reviewed the book in October. Can you tell readers more about the book? Is there still plans for a sequel?
The book is about a widow who’s in over her head when the demon she made a deal with turns out more trustworthy than the husband she’s avenging. There’s romance and mystery, and it’s the first book in a series of many. There’s still a plan for a sequel – it is currently with the publisher. This series, A Demon’s Love, is just one of many in a whole universe in which several other series will connect with My Soul to Give. I’m hoping all will be published in the next few years.
Uncaged: What do you have coming up next that you can tell us about?
Apart from the sequel to My Soul to Give being with the publisher, I also will be submitting the series following it called Storm Owl Legend as it follows the A Demon’s Love series two years later. I’ve also written a dark contemporary romance that is part of a trilogy I hope to submit once it’s gone through some more edits and a few beta readers.
Uncaged: What is your inspiration to write in the dark fantasy genre? Are you planning on writing in different genres in the future?
I already am, but I always stick to romance – I can’t seem to write outside the genre, even when I try! And no matter what, it’s always on the dark side, so I guess that’s a bit of my ‘set genre’.
Uncaged: Do you read your reviews? What do you take away from them?
I do read them, but mostly by accident now. I used to check amazon and goodreads quite often to see if there was maybe a new review, but ever since my first one-star, I’ve learned it isn’t necessarily a good idea. The negative reviews I brush off, and the positive ones make me happy someone liked my story, but I don’t really ‘take away’ anything from them – even the good ones. For a while, writing the sequel to My Soul to Give was almost impossible because I kept thinking of the positive reviews, and I’d start getting terrified the sequel wouldn’t be as good or people who loved the first would hate the second. It just ended up putting so much pressure, and I had to remind myself why I write. Because it’s like breathing – I have to write, and I love it!
Uncaged: What is one of the nicest things someone has said to you about your books?
That they stayed up all night reading it! Or one person who asked when the sequel was coming out because they needed a ‘fix’! But generally, just any fan reaching out to say they liked it, or make a post on it on social media to get it out there as well, I always appreciate!
Uncaged: What is your favorite parts about being an author? What have you found to be the least favorite?
Knowing the stories I write are out there for people to read… and that’s also the least favorite lol To a certain extent, I’m putting a part of myself out there, which I love when people receive it well, but it hurts when people call it garbage. One thing I love, and this is before even being an ‘author’, but the writing community is really something else – I’ve never found a community this encouraging and loving. It’s really a true family, and I’m happy to say that working with Evernight Publishing is just like that as well – a family.
Uncaged: What do you like to do when you aren’t writing? Where is one of your favorite places on Earth?
When I’m not writing I’m thinking of writing lol. But I like to watch Markiplier (Youtuber) – I’ve been watching his videos since 2013, and it got me through the difficult parts of university, and even during the time I was trying to find myself as cliché as that sounds. To this day, I’ll watch his videos when I’m stressed out and it helps. I also love playing Mario Kart and Minecraft with my son, and even just play video games in general. Love to read, spend time with any animal I can find (my rental doesn’t allow pets), and chat with friends.
Uncaged: What can you tell us that is very unique about you?
I’m not sure if there’s anything really unique so to speak (Hey! That rhymed! Does being corny count? lol). I’ve got a criminology degree, I’m francophone, from Canada, lived in three provinces, love Ottawa, love my family, adore my son and am more proud of him than I could ever put in words, and I love animals more than I like most people and yet I care about people too. Unique? Not really, but there is only one of me 😉
Uncaged: What would you like to say to fans, and where can they follow you?
To fans I’d like to say thank you. Thank you so, so much for reading my book! If you liked it, left a rating, review or not, I love you all so much and appreciate that you gave my book a chance!
Magali wrote her first story when she was 12 years old (and she’ll never speak of it again!), but started taking her writing seriously three years later. Since then, she always writes. It’s always been a dream to be a published author, and she can happily say she’s reached that first goal and plans on continuing writing and publishing for the rest of her days.
My Soul to Give
Magali A. Fréchette
When Celina Leviet escapes the brutal home invasion that kills her husband, she’s left with a bullet in her gut and vengeance in her heart. An alluring demon, Mekaisto, offers an irresistible deal—in exchange for her soul, he’ll let her live long enough to get her revenge, but she must hunt and kill the murderers herself.
After sealing the contract, Celina digs into her husband’s past for clues about his murder, and what she uncovers makes her question everything she thought she knew about him.
His company never existed.
His family history was a lie.
And he was involved with The Lumen, a shadowy religious order whose members know too much about demons. As the life she thought she knew crumbles around her, Mekaisto’s charms become harder to resist. Forced to face a horrible truth, Celina struggles against her late husband’s betrayal and the dark seduction of the devil she knows.
They walked to the door, but she stopped and observed Kai from head to toe.
“If you’d like a better look, just ask.” His hands moved to the top button of his shirt and a malicious smile spread over his lips.
She rolled her eyes and ignored him, wrapping her arms around herself. “Can you go into a church? I mean, since you’re—”
“A demon? Yes, I’m aware.” He tilted his head to the side.
“Are you going to be okay in there?”
As much as she hated him—going inside her head, invading her personal space, ordering cruel experiments, and even threatening her—a part of her wouldn’t be able to bear it if he was hurt. It was a part she’d rather not know about, but it existed nonetheless.
His eyebrows rose, but a gentle smile appeared on his lips. “I knew you’d be interesting to work with. I see I wasn’t mistaken.” He grinned. “I may burst into flames—”
“Are you serious?” Her fists clenched as she took a few steps closer to him. “You were going in there without saying anything? What if something happened to you? I wouldn’t even know what to do.” She grabbed the front of his jacket, panic seething in her veins. “You aren’t allowed to die on me, Kai.”
His gaze shone with such fondness it brought tears to her eyes. Celina bit the inside of her cheek. She already felt weak and stupid and didn’t want to add weeping to her list.
“I won’t burst into flames. That was a joke. And I’m immortal—always have been and always will be. I can’t be killed.”
She let him go and backed away, smoothing his jacket. “I’m sorry I overreacted. It’s been a strange day.” She couldn’t take her gaze off his face.
Kai pinned her against the stone wall of the church and her blood ran cold, freezing her in place. “You know what you’re feeling Celina, but your human consciousness can’t accept what your heart already knows. Stop fighting yourself and give in to me.”
“What I’m feeling—or not—doesn’t matter, Kai. We both know once you’ve completed your end of the deal, it will be all over for me.”
I still love Thomas… I won’t betray him. But…
He kissed her, this time using her passion against her, drawing the feelings from her as his tongue slipped inside her mouth and caressed her own, as she threw herself into the kiss, body … and soul. When she shuddered he withdrew from her, with his usual mischievous smile.
“Shall we go inside then?”
She took a breath to steady herself. “And nothing bad will happen to you?”
“If anything, the church may burst into flames.”
“Stay with me, Kai. Promise me.” An eternity of torment awaited her at the hands of this demon, but he was her demon.
“I promise.” He held the door for her.
I reviewed this book in October, 2017 and we are revisiting that review here.
Is it wrong to fall in love with a demon? Because I did. And he’s not a good demon, he’s violent and cruel. But he’s also sarcastic, hilarious and can you believe – likable? But Kai is gentle, and cruel and sarcastic and sweet with Celina, but for all the right reasons. This is a story about betrayal, truths and yes, it’s a love story.
Celina’s husband is brutally killed and when she runs away from the house and the murderers who are racing after her, she’s shot and on her way to dying also. Along comes Kai, the dark shadow that Celina has seen all her life, morphing into a human-like figure with red eyes. Kai offers Celina revenge for her husband, in exchange for her soul and her life. Already knowing she is dying, Celina accepts the offer.
I’m not giving any more spoilers, but I loved this book. I loved Kai, and a very strong Celina. And the twists and turns that the author takes you on while delving for the truth was so much fun. Do be warned though, there is a lot of violence – but it all makes sense. Reviewed by Cyrene