Lily’s life is turned upside down when two ghostly muses appear with a blood-inked contract binding her to write an incredible saga of Heaven and Hell as dictated. In a darkly humorous fashion, Lily fights her muses every step of the way, even after losing her job, her apartment, all her possessions, and nearly losing her life, but Lily cannot resist their fantastic story that outlines a seemingly simple mistake made by Marduk, the Black Dragon, and Amon, the White One, aka the Devil and God. This one simple mistake begins to spiral out of control with far reaching consequences both are powerless to stop, especially the Marriage of Heaven and Hell that springs from an unlikely romantic union that has disastrous consequences when the Elders step forward to right the wrongs of the Black Dragon and the White One.
Marriage of Heaven and Hell is the first book in The Children of the Incubi series, a darkly humorous, romantically erotic, eerily preternatural, softly horrific, and highly irreverent 6-volume adult fantasy Saga of God and the Devil. But Amon and Marduk are not your grandmother’s God and Devil. Lily is surprised to learn that the Gods are not only equal confederates who are fiercely loyal to each other, but they are also sexy, witty, wicked, selfish, clumsy, and tragically flawed.
Humanity awakens the Gods in this epic Saga of love, lust, betrayal, deceit, debauchery, incest, murder, war, dark spirits, revenge, torture, and twisted humor in the Colonies of the Gods.
by Lana M. Wiggins
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I fell under the spell of this story right at the beginning. Lily, a mere human, is railroaded into writing down a story from two muses that are not of our world but with a binding contact to ensure that she does as they say. I loved the fiery Lily, who got strange looks from people as she witted to the pair of story dictators that no-one else could see. Were they really there or were the voices in her mind, as she had already done a stint in, to put it in Samael’s words, the loony bin. So the story begins darting between Lily and her writing, under protest, each time the story returns to her.
This story has everything from how Heaven and Hell became divided and ruled by two cousins, God, Amon, the White One, and the Devil, Marduk, the Black Dragon. A decision that divided the children of the Incubi when King, Phoenix passed on his crown to his eldest two grandsons. The children of Incubi were a nation that over indulged in love-making, be it with their own partners or with others. Jealousy was a massive issue but it couldn’t prevent the lust that controlled them but made them enemies.
The High Council of Elders consisted of Knowledge, Justice, Truth, Temperance and Strength. They lived eternally and were the wisest of everyone. They really were the all-seeing all-knowing Gods. They let the two new Kings make decisions without guidance but would one day be judged. What the Elders said had to be done.
There are some brilliant stand out characters in this story that made me laugh and at other times hate them for what they did. It is a love story or should I say love triangle that is at the core of all that is going on. And what is going on is a huge secret that only a few people knew about it and it will impact the future in a gigantic way. There are erotic scenes, which to be honest just became part of who the Incubi are and to be expected. This is a little treasure trove of entertainment.
A dark fantasy which I thoroughly enjoyed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Irreverent weirdo scribe who lives to tell tall tales. You’ll often find Lana M. Wiggins hunched over her desk at 3:00am with a giant mug of coffee in one hand, a cigarette in the other while frantically writing stories her characters dictate to her. She loves the adventures these characters take her on with or without her permission, because they take her to places she might never go to otherwise, like Heaven and Hell, or perhaps an old cemetery to witness Voodoo rituals and Pagan rites of passage. Sometimes she hangs out in tiny villages in Scotland, or big cities like London, Paris, New York, or New Orleans to remind her that life is in session. But mostly, you’ll find her in a classroom or coffee shop with eager students who like her for some odd reason. Lana is the author of the dark, urban fantasy series, Children of the Incubi: I: Marriage of Heaven and Hell, II: Blood Mark, III: Banquet of the Lesser Gods, IV: Gods in the Onyx, V: Dead Party, and VI: Revelations. Lana is also the author of Root. Sprout. Blossom: Life Bag of a Flower-Child, and Notes from Refuge.
Lana M. Wiggins earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from ULL in 2001, and has been published in a wide variety of literary journals, such as The Deep South Writer’s Conference Chapbook, The Southwestern Review, The Smoking Poet, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Moondance, Dance to Death, Words-Myth, Rose and Thorn, and Knock, among others. She was nominated for the 2009 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was a finalist for the Marsh Hawk Poetry Award in 2006. Lana M. Wiggins was also an invited guest poet at the 2008 Encres de Sang International Writer’s Conference in Paris, France. Lana M. Wiggins currently teaches English at Louisiana State University.
Visit Lana at http://www.lanawiggins.com to see what kind of trouble she’s getting into next. She loves to converse with readers, and doesn’t mind answering questions because her life motto is: Question Everything.
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by Lana M. Wiggins