Lessons I Learned from the Devil Himself by Renee Bernard – Guest Post and Giveaway


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Lessons I Learned From the Devil Himself
I apologize for the shocking start but since the hero of my book is the last guy you’d expect to find lovable—I couldn’t resist. Before I tell you what I learned from my hero, I should explain that in the world of DEVIL TO PAY, Heaven, Inc. and Hades Enterprises, LLc (or H.E.LLc) are companies owned by an anonymous parent Corporation that oversees the development of human beings and does its best to keep the world on track.

And my Lucifer isn’t the original guy to hold the job. He’s the seventh in a line of Archangels unlucky enough to win the post when tapped by Upper Management. No souls are tortured and no evil is manufactured by employees of Hades. No dark caves or pits of brimstone here. Instead, think of H.E.LLc as a sixty-six story skyscraper filled with cubicles, paper shuffling departments and the best looking workers on the planet (apart from Heaven, Inc.’s but let’s not get that rivalry stirred up again, okay?)

When I first starting making notes about where I thought the story and the character of Lucifer were heading, I thought I would have to keep up with the sexy, darker trends of PNR and that Lucifer would be the Ultimate Bad Boy.

I was wrong.

It turns out he’s still an Angel at heart. It’s not defiance that puts you in the running for the title of Prince of Darkness. It’s obedience. He got handed a thankless job tied to a black onyx desk that guarantees him nothing but heartache and the eternal grind of watching just how horrible human beings can be to each other and themselves. He gets to absorb the blows of every wound, every bullet and every bomb of every single day without ceasing for the rest of eternity (or as long as he lasts in the black chair). He gets to shoulder the blame for the world’s ills and the curses of a good percentage of the human population.

It’s not a dream job.

So here’s what I learned from Lucifer. I learned that even if you are in a job or position in life that is miserable, there is honor and solace in doing your best. It may not be pretty but you take what you can, give what you have and love whenever the chance comes.

I learned that being true to yourself in the worst of circumstances is the best shield you can carry.

I learned that angels make terrible poker players.

I learned not to let the preconceptions of others define you.

I learned that the best gifts come from the heart and cost very little. Small gestures of kindness can change the world—or at the very least, make someone feel better about the world they’re in.

Everyone needs help now and then and a good Personal Assistant can make or break you.

I learned that we all deserve to love and be loved.

And finally, I learned that a sense of humor really helps when you are playing putt-putt golf with the Archangel of Death.


I hope readers will enjoy the DEVIL TO PAY and give the Devil his due…and then pick up the next books in the Eternity Gambit series, DEVIL MAY CARE, DEVIL OF A JOB and DEVIL IN THE DETAILS (all coming soon!)

Workplace comedy is always fun but when the company in question in H.E.LLc (Hades Enterprises LLc) and your job is being Lucifer, let’s just say, there are some unique challenges beyond Casual Fridays and who keeps taking your lunch out of the break room. Even if Hell really is just a place where evil is tracked and analyzed in endless cubicles-no brimstone and not a human soul in sight-there’s no room for error. This Lucifer (who is the seventh unlucky archangel to get the position behind the black onyx desk) is about to have his entire world rattled when a very sweet and likable mortal woman crosses his path.

After all, angels can’t lie. And when Jayne Hamilton wants to know what he does for a living, all bets are off. Because “dating” isn’t exactly in the cosmic scheme of the Eternity Gambit, but Love… Well, Love is never really off the table.

Now, if Lucifer can just figure out how to win the girl and get himself fired, he’ll be one very very happy angel.

“Filled with sparkling wit and devilish charm, DEVIL TO PAY is a delightful visit to the Shangri-La of Hell!” — Erin Quinn, The Three Fates of Ryan Love, NYT Bestselling Author

“Only Renee Bernard could make dating Satan sexy as sin! Funny, fresh, irreverent and utterly adorable!” – Dakota Cassidy, National Bestselling Author

First book in the new Eternity Gambit series from USA Today bestselling author Renee Bernard. This is a romantic comedy series with an original paranormal twist that defies categorization and turns every notion of Heaven and Hell on its ear.

Enjoy an excerpt:

“Smitten without a prayer,” Lucifer regained his focus on the present moment. “There’s no Sanction for me.”

“Wrong,” Uriel said softly. “How many people have walked into your building’s lobby in the last seventy-five years?”

Lucifer calculated his answer trying to remember. “Two. Besides her, I think it’s two.”

“Invited?” Uriel asked.

“Of course! Mortals can’t even see the structure unless—“ Lucifer stopped himself. “Oh, my God!”

Uriel smiled in triumph. “See? Sanctioned.”

“What did I just miss?” Raphael put the cards in the box.

“She found him without an invitation. She walked in of her own free will and unless it was Sanctioned, Management would have never allowed it.” Uriel smugly folded his hands like a magician revealing his best trick. “I’d say Michael’s going to eat his own hat when he finds out.”

Lucifer was speechless as he absorbed the implications.

Sanctioned. Was it really true that she’d been allowed to come to me? That there’s a chance? It’s all still human free will and the long shot of the millennia, but oh, God…thank you. I’ll have to get Malcolm to send you a gift in the morning for this one!

Luke shoved the chips at Azrael and excused himself with a bow. “I hate to win and run, but I have to see a Demon about a fruit basket.”

He instantly vanished and Raphael’s laughter filled the room. “You gotta love his exit lines!”

About the Author:

What in the world is a retired Navy chaplain’s daughter doing writing scorching hot historical romances and paranormal romantic comedies and even comic books? Renee Bernard is applying a great education from traveling all over the world to story telling and doing her best to keep her father proud. Truthfully, her father is her number one fan, even though he has sworn never to read a single word of her books (a vow he has kept to this day!) Nothing stops him from telling everyone he knows that his daughter is now a USA Today Bestselling author or from handing out bookmarks on the golf course. Love can make even a minister do strange things!

Renee Bernard is a freelance writer and host of “The Romance Bookmark” on Readers Entertainment, as well as a contributor to Romantic Times BookReviews magazine. Renee currently lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. (Note an interesting proximity to great wineries!)

DEVIL TO PAY is available now online wherever books are sold and is coming soon to Audio! The Eternity Gambit series is a fun departure from her well-known Victorian set historical romances and creates a new world for readers unlike any other. DEVIL TO PAY is the first book in this new series and is gathering up 5-Star reviews and momentum as more readers discover that office politics can hit a whole new level of crazy when you work at Hades Enterprises, LLc (or H.E.LLc).

For more information, please visit her website at http://www.reneebernardauthor.com or http://www.eternitygambit.com. You can also find her at Facebook at Renee Bernard Fan Page, and Twitter.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. I really enjoyed this excerpt. It was so clever and well done.

  3. Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed reading it.

  4. Thank you so much for letting me drop in! I have to say, I love being here! (Well, I’m a writer who rarely gets out of the house, so it’s safe to say I would love being anywhere….right)

    hmmm…Will the other moms at school think I’m weird if I show up for school drop-offs this morning wearing a viking helmet?

  5. Interesting guest post today Renee. What was your original inspiration for this story/series?

    • The original kernel of the idea came from a great conversation with several paranormal romance authors…all very dark topics with ultra-sexy erotic shape-shifting powerful heroes and I thought, “Why can’t it go the other way? Why is it all so dark? Why not break the rules?”

      And anyone who has ever worked in a world full of cubicles and office bureaucracy knows….that H.E.LLc is probably familiar ground 😉

  6. Very entertaining guest post!

  7. Blurb and excerpt sounds fun and interesting.

  8. interesting lessons

  9. Judy Schechter says:

    I can really relate to some of the things you learned from Lucifer, some apply to me right now and others are things I really need to work on in my life. Thank you for that!

  10. Intriguing cover and title!

  11. Patrick Siu says:

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  12. Deanne Patterson says:

    I enjoyed reading about the author and how her father won’t read a word of her books. I can understand that since he is a retired minister. I love how he brags and hands out her book marks at the golf course though. Sounds like a wonderful Dad. Love will let you do many wonderful things !

  13. Cheri Oggy says:

    I loved reading about ‘Lucifer’.

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