Devil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book One

Devil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book One




Lucinda is as old as humanity itself, yet perpetually young, beautiful, and endowed with supernatural powers. She lives a double life—human and immortal. Born out of a betrayal of trust between the first woman, Eve, and father, Lucifer, Lucinda has worked covertly and subtly for millennia to be true to her mother’s love by subverting her father’s schemes. In her human guise, she manages Lucinda’s Pawnshop & Antiquary, the doors of which can open to any street anywhere in the world at any time. Mortals who have arrived at a moral or spiritual crossroads are drawn into the mysterious shop. If they acquire one of its cursed artifacts, they may find themselves drafted into Lucifer’s service. And if the Devil's daughter will not love a man he can control, can Lucifer control the man she loves?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939457363
Publisher: Ghost Mountain Books
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez have been best friends for more than four decades. They both grew up in Los Angeles, California, and share a passion for mystery and science fiction. This passion led them to create the forever young and beautiful daughter of darkness, Lucinda.

While creating Lucinda's Pawnshop, they co-produced such titles as Bloody Proof and El Grito, a dual language, straight-to-video detective film shot in English and in Spanish. They also produced the 2001 Imagine Awards, 200 episodes of the syndicated home improvement television show Home Magazine, Humphrey the Bear for Galavision, and others.

Paul and Hope have also created an exceptionally fun board game called SPIN, SKIN and WIN for the young adult market, and are currently developing it into a television show.

To assist in bringing Lucinda's story into the literary world, Hope and Paul enlisted the help of Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff as a collaborator. Maya is a New York Times best-selling author of science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history, as well as a performing and recording artist with her husband, Jeff. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Last Jedi: Star Wars (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights—Legends) with Michael Reaves (Lucas Books, 2013). Her short fiction has appeared in such magazines as Analog, Interzone, Baen's Universe and Amazing Stories. Maya was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Best First Novel Award in 1990 and is a founding member of Book View Cafe—a publishing collective of professional authors established in 2008 on the theory that you can never have too many books.

All three authors reside in California: Marquez in West Hollywood, Schenk-de Michele in Toluca Lake with her husband of twenty-two years, and Bohnhoff with her family in San Jose.

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Devil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book One 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SanvenFW More than 1 year ago
While not highly original, it is compelling and fun reading! The authors have done a wonderful job with these characters, they are convincing and complicated. The pawn shop setting does remind me of Steven King’s, “Needful Things”, and there are elements of that here, but it is also so much more. Honestly, I am very thankful to be able to receive ARC copies of various books, but in this circumstance, it makes the wait for the next book unbearable! *This review was given in exchange for an ARC copy of this book.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The Devil’s Daughter is a paranormal, supernatural and magical book that pits good against evil. This original storyline has a twist from the norm. Lucinda runs a pawn shop. Be careful when you go in, because she may have just what is looking for you. Could it be a gift? Could it be a curse? Lucinda is the daughter of Lucifer and Eve. At first, I thought she was evil, but there is more to Lucinda than meets the eye. She has her own agenda and is often at odds with her father. She wonders why God has forsaken her. Her world turns topsy turvy when she meets Dominic Adeodatus Amado, whose name means Gift of a loving God. Hmmm… I love this unique and unusual version of the battle between good and evil. I loved the characters, both good and bad. They did their jobs well. As I read along, I grew to like Lucinda more and more, but her partners, not so much. I felt really bad for Mona, but that is a story you will need to find out for yourself. Humanity has its own struggles, some choosing the good path, some not, and some caught in Between. So…come in to Lucinda’s Pawnshop. She will make sure you find…something. This is the first book in the series and I am looking for Book II…
KBookLover More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This book was difficult to rate. I liked it but it took me a little longer to get through than most books. I was able to put it down and move on to other books in my to-read pile. I'm pretty good at focusing on one book but I kept getting bored while reading. It's also a difficult book to review. I've rewritten this thing 10 times already. The plot of the book is interesting. We have the daughter of Eve and Lucifer. We have demons and fallen angels. Shape shifting and magic and people who are at the brink of choosing right and wrong. Lucinda runs a pawn shop full of dark objects that hold dark souls of the past. When a mortal purchases an object they are drawn to, it wreaks havoc in their lives. Lucifer has Lucinda sell these objects so he can further his plot to end the world. Lucinda is interesting. She has the inner turmoil of being the daughter of Eve and Lucifer. She has a human side that she can't show to anyone because it is her weakness. Of course, this comes crashing down when she meets a mortal man who wandered into the pawnshop accidently. She actually starts to feel things she's never felt before. She has to be careful with this part of her life as well. Basically she had to tread a fine line and keep everything hidden from those around her. While Lucinda is the main character,we have several points of view. Some of them were interesting. Others were boring. There were a little too many jumps between characters. Most of these characters aren't really fleshed out. It's definitely a plot driven book. I wanted there to be more world building. There are aspects that aren't explained. What is the Between? Why was Lucinda taken from Eve at such a young age? There are many unanswered questions. Some of them are legitimate and are there to be explored in the upcoming novel(s). But some of them should have been more fleshed out. I might read the sequel just to see what's coming next. I can only hope that there will be character and plot growth along with it.
wazi More than 1 year ago
Devil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop / Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff You can get the jest of the story from the blurb. That is the tip of the iceberg. There are at least six story arcs going on in this book. I want to count Nathaniel as a story arc also though, he intrigues me the most of the fallen angels, and adding his would make seven. So, we have the basic good versus evil plot with the twist of Lucinda (Lucifer and Eve’s daughter) thrown in the middle. Lucifer kidnapped Mariel when she was five-years-old and brought her into his realm of the Between, renamed her Lucinda, raised her with his influences and watched her grow into her powers. The struggle within her is real and she must be careful subverting Lucifer’s goal to start the end of times, Armageddon. Lucinda must also try to piece together how all the story elements fit together. Lucifer does not reveal his game, and it is a game to him. We have lawyers dealing with insider trading and funding terrorist groups in the Middle East. Covert military missions manipulating religious factions, precious antiquities that affect their owners thinking processes. A handsome and devout journalist who is handed the story of a lifetime. Witches, demons, fallen angels, religious cult fanatics, and a love story. All of these components are expertly woven into Lucifer’s grand scheme. With all of this going on around her, Lucinda experiences a human emotion she has never felt in all the millennia she has been alive. The awakening passions concern the human journalist, Dominic Amado. She knows she should walk away for his own souls safety, peace, sanity... She just can’t. I couldn’t help but love Lucinda. She has a strong spirit, and she’s level-headed, intelligent, and can be as devious as her father. It’s going to be interesting to see how she tries to make this relationship work with Dominic, who also has a strong character and a bit of darkness in his own soul. However, he is working hard to redeem himself. The plot has a nice pace considering all the elements incorporated into the story. It also takes place all over the globe. Distance is not a problem for Lucifer and his ilk, they just pass through the between to be anywhere or anytime they wish to be in the blink of an eye. However, not all demons have this ability. This turned out to be a unique read and I hope to continue the series. I have great hopes for Lucinda and Dominic if she can keep him alive. Lucifer is not a threat to him, but there are a couple other factors that may be. Also, as I said at the beginning, I look forward to learning more about Nathaniel, I think his role will become more involved as the story develops. FYI: There were no F-bombs dropped, and sex was behind closed doors, which really disappointed me but didn’t warrant dropping a star for. Devil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop is book 1 of a series. This first book does not end in a cliff-hanger but some story arcs are unfinished, in a not too suspenseful way, to hopefully continue in the next book. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** September 30, 2015 Format/Typo Issues: Practically perfect.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Brittany worked at a law firm as a junior partner. She went out to think and noticed a new shop named Lucinda's Pawnshop and Antiquary. Lucinda is the daughter of Lucifer and a human. She sells items that are bound specifically to pull people to the dark side. Brittany was tempted but instead quit her job rather than conceal information that her client lied. I read half this book and couldn't get into it. It just didn't hold my interest.
MadelineEM More than 1 year ago
Just released in paperback today, Devil's Daughter by Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez is the first in the Lucinda's Pawn Shop series. The premise here is that Lucinda is the daughter of Satan. She runs a pawnshop that flits through space and time to deliver artifacts imbued with evil in an effort to promote the Devil's work. The publisher categorizes this book as a contemporary, urban fantasy, but I'd call it a supernatural fantasy due to the focus on the battle between God and the Devil through the vehicle of the human race. Specifically, the vehicle is Lucinda's Pawnshop and Lucinda herself, who struggles with balancing her mortal and immortal selves. With a cast of demons and fallen angels, along with mere mortals, Devil's Daughter imagines a world where scheming and backstabbing isn't done just by Satan, but among his own followers in a battle for power. The story develops with just enough background and explanation sprinkled in to provide context, but not bog down the storytelling. On a personal note, I was a bit put off by the first chapter, where a lawyer two years out of law school is promoted to junior party at a fancy Manhattan law firm (as a lawyer myself, this struck me as implausible, so was a credibility issue!) However, the plot gave some explanation for this oddity, so I got over it (eventually). While I'll read anything with a spaceship or dragon on the cover, this isn't a sub-genre that I usually read, but I found the characters and plot engrossing and will definitely pick up the next book in this series. {Netgalley provided me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review - all opinions are my own! See more reviews and what I'm reading at}