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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hell Raising and Other Pastimes by Jayce Carter 💕 Guest Post, Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway 💕 (Paranormal Erotic Romance)

Lots of people have told me to go to hell—I guess they finally got their wish.

I’ve finally accepted the fact I might not be entirely human, so you’d think life could give me a minute. Instead, I find myself sucked into hell at Lucifer’s demand, and I realize death is even more complicated than my life was.

I’m still searching for how to stop the missing spirits before it’s too late, and with no suspects other than Lucifer, I have to survive hell—where everything wants to kill me—so I can confront the devil himself. Not even my love life can be simple, though. Troy is terrified of his werewolf side hurting me, Kase and Grant are lying to me, and Hunter is keeping his own secrets. I know better than to trust anyone, especially the men who have taken over my life.

Get to Lucifer’s Court, find out the truth about the missing spirits, figure out exactly what I am, and try not to die along the way. Oh, and don’t fall in love with the men who will for sure break my heart and possibly get me killed.

Easy enough, right?

Exploring Hell Raising and Other Pastimes – a post about the setting/era of your book

So, I thought originally this post would be about the desert, since that is where I set most of my books. I live near Joshua Tree National Park (The Monument for those of us who have lived here since before it was a National Park) and because this has such a large impact on my life, I tend to set my books in the wonderful California desert.

However, Hell Raising and Other Pastimes is book two in the Grave Concerns Trilogy, and the book, in its entirety, takes place in hell. 

So, instead of joshua trees and yucca bushes, I figured we’d take a look at hell.

In the Grave Concerns universe, hell is the lowest level of the afterlife and the closest to the living realm. There are countless levels, and souls end up in their level based on their actions. They can be moved to different levels, but most are happy with where they are because they are surrounded by similar types of souls. 

Hunter, being a hellhound and from there, explains it better than I could in this excerpt from Grave Robbing and Other Hobbies, the first book in the trilogy.

“What about the whole idea of heaven? I thought you were supposed to get whatever you want.”

Hunter shrugged and leaned back. “Maybe. I’ve never been to that area of the afterworld.”

“There are different areas?”

“Think of it like a playground for big dogs and another for small dogs. You separate them because if you don’t, the small dogs get trampled and the big dogs want to play with other big dogs anyway, so you put them in different areas and everyone is happier. Likewise, souls, they’re divvied up into a few groupings. They can move around, but if they cause too much trouble—think big dogs knocking around smaller ones—then they get kicked to a rougher group. Hell is the anything-goes area. The ones who can’t play nice anywhere else, they get put there. It’s located the closest to the living realm, which makes it a border. That’s also where Lucifer spends his time, where he has dominion.”

So, as we can see, hell isn’t exactly a friendly place. Ava starts out the book by being dragged there, along with her four companions, and has no choice but to travel through it to reach the palace at the center and Lucifer. This means she has to survive the creatures that exist in hell, the souls that would love nothing more than to tear her apart, all to reach Lucifer, the worst thing in the realm. 

Basically? I’m sure Ava would love to go back to some grave robbing right about now…

I moved my fingers down over Kase’s wrist to touch his hand, to where I could brush his actual skin.

The moment it happened, however, the room spun again.

When the breath rushed from my lungs, I realized it wasn’t the room spinning this time but me.

I found Kase’s face above me, his lips peeled back to expose his fangs, his eyes glowing red.

All those times I’d though he looked scary before were nothing. I’d never seen this face. The idea he was older than Colter didn’t seem so crazy anymore.

If his face wasn’t enough, the hand I’d just touched was wrapped around my throat.

He could have snapped my neck right then, ended me without a second thought. It was a reminder of just how out-powered I was by these supernaturals. I had started to feel myself, to think I could stand toe-to-toe with them, especially after shoving that shadow from Troy, but in that moment Kase showed me how wrong I was.


Abandoned at three—whose parents want a kid who sees ghosts?—I learned the world is quick to punish misfits. I try my best to be a normal, boring human, but the call of the supernatural just won’t be ignored.

When a stranger shows up on my doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s no sexy tryst. Instead, I’m off to the graveyard, digging up the corpse of a murder victim at the demand of the local vampire coven—and that small felony is just the start.

The spirit of the woman has gone missing, something that shouldn’t be possible, and everyone is looking to me for answers. There's Kase, a vampire who’s both terrifying and secretive. Grant, a mage with a bad attitude and a lot of power. Troy, the possessive werewolf-detective next door and Hunter, a mysterious bad boy who isn’t even close to human.

It’s a race not just against time but against everything to figure out where the spirits are going, who’s behind it and if I can trust the men who now share my bed.

And all because of a little grave robbing…


Jayce Carter lives in Southern California with her husband and two spawns. She originally wanted to take over the world but realized that would require wearing pants. This led her to choosing writing, a completely pants-free occupation. She has a fear of heights yet rock climbs for fun and enjoys making up excuses for not going out and socializing.


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  1. Thank you so much for having me!! I'm so excited to share my book with you all <3

  2. What an interesting description of hell!

  3. Great cover. Sounds like a good book

  4. Not so much a pastime for me anymore as a habit.

  5. This has an amazing cover. I'm really intrigued by the description.

  6. I love the covers! These books sound amazing.

  7. From the synopsis I can tell this is a unique read and I am looking forward to it for sure.

  8. Thank you so much for the chance to be entered in your giveaway! I really like the cover of your book and would like to know what inspired you to write it. Have a great day!!

  9. This sounds like an interesting series.

  10. Neat cover. Sounds like a terrific book.

  11. This sounds like a great read.

  12. It sounds like a very interesting read.


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