Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day the Baltimore Way -Payable On Death by Rachel Rawlings

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and is the unofficial first day of summer around Maryland. After honoring our fallen heroes and remembering the true reason for the holiday, people around here open the pools or head down to the boardwalk in Ocean City- also known as going down the ocean (pronounced oh-shon) hon, For those of us not water bound, we tend to gather around a pile of Maryland Blue Crabs and corn, steamed to perfection with a family recipe that definitely involves Old Bay seasoning. Cookouts with great music blaring on the radio and a cooler iced down and filled with NattyBo beer are jam packed with friends and family. Somewhere amidst the bowls of macaroni and potato salads you’re sure to find a bag of Utz chips- maybe two! 

I’m pretty sure Jax has spent more than one Memorial Day with a crab claw in one hand and a beer in the other. After all, she’s a Bal’more girl. 

My family and I like to keep things casual with burgers on the grill, a game of frisbie and some cold Redds Hard Cider- green apple preferably, lol. With three kids, whether we have friends and family over or not, it always feels like a full house! 

Payable On Death
The Jax Rhodes Series
Book One
Rachel Rawlings

Print Length: 207 pages

Publication Date: April 5, 2016


Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

A deal with the Devil. Demons haunting your every step. When an Angel offers you the chance to redeem yourself, you take it. Because eternal damnation isn't all it's cracked up to be.

But the Devil always gets his due.

On the streets of Baltimore redemption is..... Payable On Death.

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Some people say there is a Hell
Where wicked souls are doomed to go.
But this, by others, is denied,
Who hold there is no Hell below.
I've often heard the place described
By certain preachers in my day,
And trembled like an aspen leaf,
As they its horrors did portray.

That such a place does not exist
I will not undertake to say;
Nor, from the knowledge I possess,
Can I assert the other way.
That there's a Hell, or that there's not,
Is more than mortal man can know;
And in the soul's eternal flight
There's none can say where it shall go.

Were I to say there is a Hell,
Can I, with proof, support the plea?
Did I allege there's no such place?
How can I prove it so to be?
J. H. Stevenson 1890

Have you ever found yourself at a crossroads? You can't go forward, you can't go back. There's only bad and worse. Those were the options facing me the day I sold my soul to the Devil. Sure, it seems like a bad decision now, but at seventeen I thought it was my only salvation. I've spent every day since trying to earn my soul back and reserve my spot in Heaven because eternal damnation isn't all it's cracked up to be.

About the Author:

Rachel Rawlings was born and raised in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her family, originally from Rhode Island, spent summers in New England sparking her fascination with Salem, MA. She has been writing fictional stories and poems since middle school, but it wasn't until 2009 that she found the inspiration to create her heroine Maurin Kincaide and complete her first full length novel, The Morrigna.

When she isn't writing, Rachel can often be found with her nose buried in a good book. An avid reader of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Horror and Steampunk herself, Rachel founded Hallowread- an interactive convention for both authors and fans of those genres.

More information on Hallowread, its schedule of events and participating authors can be found at  and .

She still lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

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