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The Devil To Pay (Second Chances Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maria Zannini
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions and bad tequila. Shannon McKee finds herself at the end of her rope, and she offers her soul to whoever can save her first.

Unfortunately, she sends that request to both agencies. Shannon’s plea is answered immediately by two men who couldn’t be more different from one another. Yet they share a bond and an affection for the stubborn Miss McKee that even they don’t understand.

When Heaven and Hell demand their payment, Shannon has no choice but to submit. No matter who gets her soul, she’s not getting out of this alive.

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This is the first book of the Second Chances series. Forget everything you thought you knew about Heaven and Hell. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.


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From the Author

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Have you ever turned around suddenly, certain you were being watched, only to find shadows?


Maria Zannini has been in the company of shadows and ghosts since childhood, visited by phantoms and other creatures too perfect for words. From these fragmented visions grew a world not often seen in fiction. Think Richard Matheson's "What Dreams May Come" with a side of sass and sex.

She paints a world most of us have only seen in the periphery of our dreams. The Afterlife is vibrant and vast, slipping past the veil of the mortal realm as easily as walking into a room.

Second Chances is a series of novellas centering on two Ascended beings, brothers and rivals, no longer welcomed in Heaven. Between them is Shannon, all too human, but not nearly as fallible as she seems. In a bond forged by exile, the three give new purpose to their lives by offering second chances to those who know where to look.

Book #1 is The Devil To Pay
Book #2 Chain of Souls

About the Author

Maria Zannini spends her day hunting scorpions, wrangling chickens, and fighting for a piece of the bed against dogs of epic proportions. Occasionally, she tells stories.

Why buy Maria's books?

* The world building is grand and fantastical, even in her contemporary titles.

*The characters are people you know...or would like to know.

* Regardless of the genre, there's always a romantic thread and the promise of nookie.

and most importantly...

* The dogs demand kickbacks. Dog cookies don't just grow on trees, you know.

For more information about Maria, her books, or life in the middle of nowhere, visit her at mariazannini.blogspot.com/.

If you enjoyed her stories, tell your friends or leave a review.

Maria thanks you, and her dogs thank you. Woof.

Product Details

  • File Size: 151 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Bad Dog Press (June 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055LHRSM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' June 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
What a nice way to start a new series! I jumped for joy when the author sent me a copy to read for an honest review!
The Devil To Pay (Second Chances) was a smoking hot read that from page one to the end kept me riveted with Shannon and Liam and Michael! Be careful what you wish for, when you least expect it someone may be listening but unfortunately for Shannon this advice comes too late!
I laughed and I cried and if this would have been a paperback book it probably would have been the first one I ever threw against a wall in frustration because it ended! I love alpha males and you get not one but two in this little novella, one from Heaven and one from Hell and I am not telling which is which because to find out you need to run-not walk and pick up a copy of this author's latest writing endeavor! I swear by the time I finished the book I not only needed a cold shower but had a hard time sleeping reliving all the adventures that Shannon found herself a part of with Liam and Michael! This was a very light sexy read that will keep you glued to your seat to see what happens to Shannon next. Not only will she surprise you but wait till you get to the interesting "reveals" that take place about some of the characters in the story.

I hate nothing more than spoilers, suffice it to say that this was a very quick and easy read and I am eager to see what comes next in the "Second Chances" series.

Author Maria Zannini has also penned these fine reads True Believers , Touch of Fire , Apocalypse Rising go check them out and buy your copy today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and Intriguing June 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever have one of those days when everything goes wrong and you'd give anything to change it?

You might want to learn from Shannon McKee's despair that sometimes getting what you wish for isn't always a good things, or is it?

Shannon's life is a mess. She's deep in debt and in a drunken plea declares she'd sell her soul to get out from under her troubles. The next morning just as Shannon attempts the unthinkable, a handsome stranger walks into her antique shop. The stranger, Liam Chase, gives Shannon a jeweled scarab he wants her to identify.

Briefly forgetting her troubles, Shannon begins to study the artifact. Soon a second charming stranger enters her shop. Introducing himself as Michael, he offers to help Shannon with her research.

Shannon finds herself mysteriously drawn to both strangers. Little does she know, both men have been sent from different sources for her in answer to her plea.

As the story unfolds, Shannon realizes what her plea will cost her in the end.

Author Maria Zannini has created characters that you will adore and has intertwined them into a fantasy world that will make you believe. The story is a mixture of suspense, humor, fantasy, and romance with a healthy dose of faith and hope. There are several explicit sexual interludes. However, these hot and steamy scenes are tastefully written and add another layer to this intriguing plot.

Is Shannon's plea her damnation or salvation, will she cause Liam and Michael to lose what they hold most dear or help them find a love they never imaged, and is Evie a foe or a much-needed friend? The answers will surprise you.

THE DEVIL TO PAY is the first installment in the Second Chances series. Once you meet these eclectic characters, you'll be hooked for more. It's a fast, sexy read that will captivate your attention from beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil To Pay June 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Tightly plotted and ticking every box in terms of unbridled lust and romance. If this is the first book of a series, Maria Zannini has developed a winning formula with bags of potential. No human can ever hope to match what Shannon unwittingly attracts. Demonic rumpy pumpy however comes with a price that Shannon will have an eternity to pay. The story is a very fast read and has taught me never to drink Tequila again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Read August 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Have you ever thrown an offhand comment out that went something like "Oh, I would sell my soul for..."? Next time you'd better think twice! At the very least make sure you specify whichever entity rules whatever afterlife world you would like to enter. Because that's what Shannon forgot to do when, in a drunken moment, she pleaded for help with her soul as the bargaining chip. As a result, she had agents from both Heaven and Hell after her soul. I do have to say that if this is what the agents for both places are like, I might have had a good time sitting back and letting them fight over my soul. Because Michael and Liam are both...well, I guess "heavenly" wouldn't work in this case, would it? Okay, they are both yummy!

This was such an interesting, fun and unique take on Heaven, angels and demons that it immediately grabbed me and sucked me in. Ms. Zannini packed so much into fifty-seven pages that it seemed longer but also ended much too soon. The author's description of Heaven is both captivating and imaginative (watch for the little girl). The different types of jobs that the angels are given is an interesting concept, especially considering that Liam doesn't feel like he's suited for his job. You'd think the ones assigning jobs in Heaven could get it right, wouldn't you?

All of the main characters are dynamic and full of personality. Shannon is a likable, sweet person that had the misfortune of misjudging a man. Who hasn't done that? She got taken advantage of and now is stuck trying to figure out her life. Michael and Liam are devastatingly sexy with that old school gentlemanly charm. Even the secondary characters are fun, with little Evie, Liam's assistant, and the butler, Wilson, nearly stealing the show.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like stories of Angels vs Demons..
Then you will like this book. I like the twist in the story and that it doesn't end as expected. This is not a book on true religion but a what if kind of thing... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mistress Lilly
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave up
The plot looked interesting so I decided to give it a try. Really wish I hadn't. The writing is not good, the editing is lousy, and the story is boring. Read more
Published 21 months ago by angelspinknose
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil to Pay (Second Chances)
Most excellent novel! The mystery of who are these men? What's this tension between them? Which beyond good looking man will she choose? I couldn't stop reading! Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Mikki
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Series I'm in Love With
This story was a lot of fun, and wow, can that Maria write a love scene. **applauds** No unnecessary fluff, all heat. I'm taking notes. Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot!
Wow, quite the smokin' little book! I raced through this (though I admit I slowed down for the sex ; because I had to see what happens next!
Published on September 22, 2011 by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Sizzling and poignant.
This story sizzles with lusty indulgence. I'm tempted to call it a sexy romp, because it can be as wonderfully funny as it is hot, but that wouldn't really convey how deeply the... Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Heaven and who is Hell?
Generally, I shy away from Heaven and Hell type scenarios but the premise to The Devil To Pay caught me. Plus, I've enjoyed Maria Zannini's previous work. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by LovLivLife Reviews
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More About the Author

Maria Zannini spends her day hunting scorpions, wrangling chickens, and fighting for a piece of the bed against dogs of epic proportions. Occasionally, she tells stories.

Why buy Maria's books?

* The world building is grand and fantastical, even in her contemporary titles.

*The characters are people you know...or would like to know.

* Regardless of the genre, there's always a romantic thread and the promise of nookie.

and most importantly...

* The dogs demand kickbacks. Dog cookies don't just grow on trees, you know.

For more information about Maria, her books, or life in the middle of nowhere, visit her at http://mariazannini.blogspot.com/.

If you enjoyed her stories, tell your friends or leave a review.

Maria thanks you, and her dogs thank you. Woof.


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