By author Editions: Karen Greco Published: June 17th 2013 Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Half vampire, half human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents that quietly take down rogue monsters, the human world none the wiser. She moves back to her hometown of to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt. Her attempt at a “regular” life, not to mention a budding relationship with smoking hot FBI agent Max, is cut short because of a string of ritual murders targeting the city’s community of witches.
But Nina’s investigation unearths deadly secrets from her long buried parents. Now the target of supernatural assassins, could Nina be the most dangerous vampire hybrid to ever exist? No wonder she can’t get a date.
An urban fantasy set in a decaying Providence, Rhode Island, HELL’S BELLE is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled roller-coaster ride through a city on the cusp of becoming an urban wasteland. HELL’S BELLE is an energetic, expansive, and cinematic beginning of a new series in the urban fantasy genre.
~ Bewitching BT
Hell’s Belle Deleted Scene
by Karen Greco
When I was about half way through writing Hell’s Belle, I let a few very close friends and family read it, to make sure I was on the right track. I didn’t want to get 65,000 words into it, only to realize it was just unreadable.
It was a first draft, so of course it was rough. But the feedback was good enough for me to keep going. But at that point, I decided that how Nina saw ghosts in my book didn’t make any sense. I liked having them — and one crucial ghost in particular. And I liked having them only visible to Nina. But I wasn’t sure how to incorporate them.
I thought the answer was in chapter one. I decided to establish early on that she could see ghosts. When I was done, I was thrilled with the rewrite. I thought it was funny, and my protagonist was set up with the ability to see spirits. Added bonus, I worked in the ghost of H.P. Lovecraft.
I was excited to show the re-write to my mother in law, who is a voracious reader. She sat down, read it, and handed back the paper with a shrug. “I liked your original version better.”
But she was right. I didn’t set Nina up as a character in this version. The focus was on the ghost, and it needed to be on Nina. The readers need to identify with her, not with him!
I still love what I wrote, so I am very happy to share this deleted scene with you! (Oh, and Lovecraft makes an appearance in book two. I just could not resist the idea of the bar being haunted by the petulant spirit of one of the greatest horror writers ever!)
“ As far as ghosts go, H.P. Lovecraft was a huge pain in the ass. He was up to his usual tricks, this time turning a game of darts into a game of survival. When the nerdy kid tossed a Lovecraft-tampered dart that landed in the football player’s bicep, I stepped in to break up a beat down. Good old Howey was feeling saucy tonight.
I shook my head at him and mouthed, “cut it out.” He scowled and proceeded to push my customer’s coats onto the sawdust-covered floor.
I have seen ghosts ever since I can remember, but Lovecraft was my first haunting by a bona-fide celebrity. So I can personally attest that the famous are just as impossible dead as they are living.
Luckily, Babe’s on the Sunnyside wasn’t known for members of the dead literati, so we were off the “haunted pub crawl” list. We were just another Providence dive bar, catering to a loyal group of drunken locals and the college students from the surrounding universities.
Since Howie was feeling stabby tonight, I collected the darks and locked them away in the safe under the bar. Ghosts were lousy with combination locks.
He looked appropriately affronted and floated to the end of the bar to sulk. Of course, he settled beside New Guy, the drop-dead gorgeous man who had been coming to Babe’s on and off for the past two weeks. New Guy must have sneaked in while I was breaking up the killer dart game. Howie gave me a mischievous smile. Damn ghosts. “
About the Author & Links:
An award-winning playwright, Karen Greco has spent close to twenty years in New York City, working in publicity and marketing for the entertainment industry. A life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she can decapitate characters with impunity. HELL’S BELLE is her first novel.