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Welcome to Hell: A Short Story (Mel Goes to Hell Series Book 1) by [Carlton, Demelza]
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"Light-heartedness with dark humor...looking forward to the next installment." - Mary

"Delicious humor and satire in Welcome to Hell, the prequel in the Mel Goes to Hell series." - Jada Ryker, author of the Takes a Dare series

"Looking forward (that sounds so wrong...) to more tales from Hell." - LDB

"A cute breath of fresh air. Sounds like reality, not fiction!" - F. Flores

"I rate this shorty-short teaser with 5 stars." - Lex Allen

"Clever humor, surprises, and nail-biting tension. Entertaining and imaginative, WELCOME TO HELL will charm and engage you!" - Lornwal

"A fun satire that will make you laugh at the other yahoos in the office, especially the bosses!" - Athena, Greek Goddess

"Definitely whetted my appetite for more." - Justin and Katie Schauer

About the Author

Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
To get an email whenever Demelza releases a new title AND get a free book, sign up for her VIP newsletter at demelzacarlton.com (just copy and paste into your browser).

Product Details

  • File Size: 950 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lost Plot Press (February 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IL9ZDH2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,859 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By J. C. Andrijeski on April 12, 2014
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I think the author must have worked in some of the same office environments that I have (smirk)....she nailed this a little too well, and the whole play on HELL for the corporation name was brilliant. Not only was it really funny though, and the satire and comparisons to corporate life well done, but the character of Mel was really sympathetic and fun to read, and really ended up being the thing to make it more than just a running gag, but a full-on intro to a fun new world and series of stories. The author's world-building was done really well too, which can be difficult in a short piece, giving us just enough to know exactly what I needed to know without giving too much away or bogging the reader down in too much detail at the front end. It makes you want to know more about the character and world without being annoyed and/or frustrated.

Perfect intro to a series, and a great teaser on what's to come...

Looking forward to reading the next one!
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While I don't usually read anything from the paranormal or supernatural genre, this book was a cute breath of fresh air. I really enjoy Demelza's writing - it was engaging, humorous, and easy to read. I was able to zone out and just enjoy the book without thinking too much about strange word usage or sentence structure. I'm inspired to check out more of Demelza Carlton's work!

In this book, hell is a corporation here on earth which controls the health and justice systems, and is working toward controlling all government departments. Sounds like reality, not fiction! Melody Angel is working undercover, so to speak, to hopefully change the current situation.

This book is a brief intro for See You In Hell, which is due out April 2014.
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A sample is a tough thing to pull off. You have to know how much to giveaway and what to include to get readers thirsty for more. The author did a really great job giving us exactly what we needed. We learned a lot about the main character, the world the story is set in...got a little bit of history on the world and a preview of what we should expect. In the big "villain" was fleshed out enough to prepare us for the full story.
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WELCOME TO HELL is an introduction to the complete novel, due out in April 2014. It's intriguing, funny, clever, and actually pretty scary, in that considering the idea of Hell as a corporation bent on controlling the people, resources, and virtually everything else on Earth doesn't seem so far-fetched these days!

Demelza Carlton is a gifted storyteller with a knack for finding the humor in even the most stressful of situations. When Mel – somewhat reticent angel Melody Angel – is sent undercover to work at the HELL Corporation to see what CEO Lucifer himself is up to, both clever humor, surprises, and nail-biting tension ensue.

Entertaining and imaginative, WELCOME TO HELL will charm and engage you!
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I tend to stick to authors I like and Demelza Carlton is one of them. I won’t be happy until I’ve read everything she has produced. There is something so skilful about the way she writes, which is at the same time raw and humorous. Mel is my kind of girl. I entered the novel thinking that the job interview scenario was real, forgetting that the title was ‘Welcome to Hell,’ and was lured into this peculiar world like a lamb to the slaughter. The presence of horns and tails on the interviewing panel was genius but took me by surprise.

I was disappointed when the last page came and went and wanted more. I’ve already bought the next installment. Even though I knew that the work was a short story before I began reading, the characterisation was amazing. Mel is plucky, brave, unfazed by the bizarre presence of demons at her job interview and also immensely entertaining. I read the ‘briefcase up the bum’ incident on Demelza Carlton’s blog and still smiled reading it again in the book.

Lucifer already reminds me of a manager I once had, all powerful, slightly menacing and incredibly lecherous. I can’t wait to see what antics he gets up to. There is something about the way that Demelza Carlton writes that is so subtly tongue in cheek; it gets me every time. It doesn’t seem to matter what sort of emotion the scene demands, she manages to make the reader dance to the author’s tune effortlessly.

I’ve never read a series about angels and demons portrayed in this way. It’s really different. The word ‘black comedy’ springs to mind but as always, Carlton is in a league of her own, carving out her own route and mesmerising the reader with her colourful, well-drawn characterisation. Demelza Carlton is a craftswoman, a literary hypnotist and I am condemned to sinking my precious time and hard-earned cash willingly into another of her addictive series.
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This is the short story which begins Demelza Carton's 'Mel Goes to Hell' series, and I have to say, it's a thoroughly enjoyable and wild ride.
Ms Carlton has taken the angels and demons of mythology and transplanted them smack bang into the middle of the corporate world. where Lucifer himself is making takeover bid for the world.
It's up to Melody Angel, a temp worker, to infiltrate HELL (Offices of Health, Environment, Life and Lands Corporation) and investigate what is going on.
This story pokes fun at the corporate world with nearly every word. The characters are entertaining, and the premise is certainly unique. A highly recommended read and an enjoyable entree to Ms Carlton's series. This short story is free, and gives you a taste of Ms. Carton's unique writing style.
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