Thursday, 3 April 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War by Sidney Stone

Jennifer Ainsley:  The Final Demon War
by Sidney Stone

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Suspense/
Horror/New Adult
Number of pages: 308
Cover Artist: Pencilbox Studios

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” - Matthew 10:34

Demons are preparing to launch the Final War to destroy humanity.

Can one young woman wielding the Sword of Jesus ensure our survival and redemption?

Will she lose both her love and her soul in the process?

Available at Amazon in Paperback and Kindle formats

Shut Up & Read would like to welcome Sidney Stone!  Thanks for joining us!

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Thank you so much for featuring my book! My book concerns the secret war that mankind wages against the demons, and the one young woman who may be destined to save us. The main characters of my book are as follows:

Jennifer Ainsley: She lost her beloved mother and sister in a mysterious car crash when she was a child, the same night billionaire Jonathon Tait had a vision she was the one to wield the Sword of Jesus (Matthew 10:34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword) against the demons. Adopted by Jonathon and raised wiith his twins to love them like she did her sister, Jennifer knows nothing of her destiny until the night of her college graduation party. Also manipulated by Jonathon to fall for the Head of Tait Security Andrew Walker, the coming storm will engulf her and she may yet lose even more than she already has.

Jonathon Tait: 170 year old billionaire who in league with the demons, has become the richest, most powerful man in the world. The murder of his second love, plus the love of his children, begin to place Jonathon on the path of not redemption; but at least a way to save the two people he loves the most.

Mpordock: The leader of the Demons. A fallen Angel who also had forsaken the Underworld to wage a final battle against humanity. Disdainful of Lucifer and yet craving the acceptance of the God who cast Mordock out of Heaven, Mordock thinks that if he destroys humanity (like God himself almost did with The Flood) maybe God will recognize him and maybe Mordock can become holy again.

Andrew Walker: Like Jennifer, Andrew lost his family in a tragic accident and that shared past has given them a fierce, passionate love. Their initial lovemaking scene illustrates how much they are in love with each other and how much they would protect one another. But Andrew, one of the few living men to have killed a demon, is not an experienced demon fighter and may be over his head in the coming war.

Mike Davis: The government operative most skilled in killing demons, he is known throughout the world has having the greatest luck in remaining alive when so many other soldiers like him, including a former lover, have perished. Spying on Jennifer while also attempting to protect her, he falls in love with her but realizes this will always be unrequited. Jennifer will always be in love with Andrew which causes Mike to take terrible risks yet also give him an unwavering strength as he wants to do right by Jennifer.

Andrew and Sophia Tait: Jonathon’s twins who were an unexpected surprise birth. Jonathon loves them so much he betrays his alliance with the demons. As the conflict grows though, Jonathon and others begin to realize the twins may have an even greater destiny than Jennifer. And if Mordock finds that out, all could be lost.

  Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
Hmmmm…great question! The long sex scene was fun because that was based on an actual encounter so reliving that scenario was quite amusing J But, I’d have to say that the banquet hall scene where the key executives (and their families) of my protagonist, Jonathon Tait’s firm, all meet their untimely deaths. It was one of the first scenes I thought of when I outlined this book and it combines the gruesome macabre with human insight and dark humor.

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I have a day job which is managing affordable housing programs and financing new affordable housing construction in one of the most expensive places on the planet. It is a typical 8-5 job so my writing occurs in the evening after I have taken my evening hike and had my dinner. I can usually squeeze in 2-3 a night that way and more on holidays and weekends.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I grew up very poor and ended up dropping out of High School. To escape I read a lot of early Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Tolkien. Eventually I got myself together, worked myself through college twice and eventually ended up with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. The humble upbringings, the strength to persevere and those early writers all influence my writing to some degree. I hope I was able to combine the darkness with the light, while adding in deep characters, that will enable readers to become fully invested in my stories.

Q:   If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
I would be Jonathon Tait as he is the most powerful man in the world yet because of the love he has for his children, tries to redeem his terrible past sins and save the planet. In the end, this book really is about him. The second book, Jennifer Ainsley: The End and the Beginning is how Jennifer comes to terms with her destiny and grows into the heroine our planet needs. That book is her book.

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
You mean writing isn’t unwinding and relaxing? ;) I love to hike, that’s number one. I’m fortunate enough to live in both Northern California and Southern California; so much natural beauty. I also dine out quite frequently and write reviews on 

I enjoy my vino so winery visits and hosting wine parties are another hobby of mine. My son knew how to open a wine bottle at age 5 J And yeah, I’m lucky enough to be the father of a great kid so hanging out with him is a total joy J

Finally, I still love to read but writing multiple books leaves far little time for that.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’m writing this from NYC where I have taken my son for his Spring Break. Cold and rainy, probably not his idea of a vacation J There are so many places I have not traveled yet: Africa, South America, Asia. But Spain for its history, food, wine, people and the romance would be where I would travel if given just one spot anywhere in the world.

Q:  What book are you reading now?
I’m writing and reading the second Jennifer Ainsley book. And although I was ultimately disappointed in Justin Cronin’s book “the Passage”, I’d like to begin reading the sequel “The Twelve” just to see what he decided to do with that story.

Sidney Stone is a hiker, deer whisperer and non-pretentious wine connoisseur. An addicted reviewer on Yelp, he is also creator of affordable housing (although technically he is homeless part-time), thinks The Replacements are the best band of the Eighties and loves to boost his LinkedIn count with people he doesn't know.
He lives in both Northern and Southern California while constantly traveling to Orange County to visit his son, who can now beat his father at ping pong and chess rather easily (and is charmingly arrogant while doing it). A graduate of UC Irvine and Pepperdine University, Sidney wishes he chose at least one university to attend that had a college football team to root for.
The first scene Sidney thought of for Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War included a rather large massacre (take that for what it is worth). However, inspired by the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker; the book's violence is offset by dark humor and deep human emotion just like in real life where Sidney's darkness is offset by creatively placed sarcasm and an overwrought romanticism. For example, while Jennifer Ainsley: The Final Demon War is a Fantasy-Horror novel, Sidney also still tears up at the end of both Field of Dreams and An Officer and a Gentleman.

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my book! That was a fun interview and this is a great looking page. I hope your readers enjoy my book and for more information they can contact me at

    Have a great weekend!

    1. It was a lot of fun! Thanks for being here :)

  2. This book looks so interesting to read!

  3. Can't wait to start reading the new book!