By JA Huss writing as KC Cross
Paranormal/Monster Romance
Release Date: July 27, 2021





When I answered an ad for a caretaker at Saint Mark’s Sanctuary I thought I’d be dusting chandeliers and polishing floors. I didn’t expect to be tricked into a curse, going in debt to a monster, and being forced to take a self-paced “Let’s Learn Magic” course so I can fix a two-thousand-year-old problem.
And that monster?
Not your ordinary, everyday beast.
He has hooves, and horns, and fur on his legs.
But ya know where he doesn’t have fur?
Yep. There.
Which is fine.
Except he doesn’t wear pants.

Nothing at Saint Mark’s is exactly what it seems.
The entire inside is magic, the hallways upstairs are nothing but parties from the past, and the super-hot guy who lives in the dungeon?
Yeah.Not human.

My name is Pie and all I want is to be a normal girl with an average life.
I refuse to get stuck in this curse.
I refuse to learn magic to break it.
And there is no way in hell I will fall in love with a monster.


DAMAGED GODS is a fun paranormal monster romance about a girl named Pie who accidentally stumbles into a monster’s 2000-year-old curse only to find she’s exactly where she’s supposed to be.


“If this kills me—”
“If this kills you, you should thank me. Since you’re immortal. That means your curse would be broken.”
Well. She’s got a point there. I put the test tube up to my lips, almost pass out from the horrible smell, then down it in one gulp. It hits my stomach with a burn.
“The burn passes,” Pie says hurriedly. And she puts her hand on my arm, either faking compassion or really meaning it.
Her touch is warm too. And something about it does make me feel better. Soon, the burn is gone and in its place is a tingling feeling in my hands. Then a buzzing in my head.
“Did you get to the buzzing yet?” she asks. I nod. “Good. You’re almost there. Now, while we’re waiting for it to work, let’s talk about this job.”
“No.” I put up a hand. “Not now.”
“Yes. I need a job. Just a part-time one. The Honey Bean is looking for a waitress. I need that, Pell. And I will use all my money to buy what we need and then I won’t have to go into debt.”
“You don’t get it. That won’t work. The harder you fight the curse, the more it works against you. The less magic money you use, the more the curse will force you to use it. Bad things will happen. And that will force you to work harder to…” I pause, not really wanting to say the last bit.
“Harder to what?” she presses.
“Please me. The harder you’ll have to work to please me with the debt book stuff.”
She points a finger in my face. “I will not be blowing you. Just… FYI.”
I cannot hide my laugh. “Good to know. And for the record, Pie, you’re not my type.”
She lifts her chin up in indignation like I just insulted her. “I’m not your type?”
“What kind of type do you like? Bull girls?”
“I’m not a bull.”
“A satyr chimera girl?”
“There are no female satyr chimeras. We’re all men.”
“Then what is your type?” And now she’s annoyed.
I shrug. “I’ve always been partial to the nymphs.”
“Nymphs.” She crinkles her nose like the thought of nymphs is distasteful. “Water fairies?”
“Not fairies. Nymphs. You know. Willowy girls with evil intentions lurking in the forest.”
She laughs. A real laugh. “You like bad girls?”
“I do.”
“I’m not bad enough for you?”
“Not even close.”


Amazing performance by Hathaway Lee and Jason Clarke!

(Almost 12 HOURS long! Definitely CREDIT WORTHY!)






I will choose winners for all four giveaways on August 12 and make a “Winners post” where the giveaways were hosted. Winners will be tagged or emailed.


  1. I have been waiting for this to drop. I m so excited..
    My summer so far has been working from home still and I am thankful to still have my job. And listening to books and spending plenty of time out by the pool it’s Hot 🥵 here in Texas. I am definitely ready for Fall 🍁not so much winter 🥶 as we had Snowmageddon this past Feb. Thank you for the Chance to win and congratulations on your New Release.. 🔥🔥🔥🔥😏

  2. I haven’t done anything fun this Summer. Summer has always been about Concerts, baseball games, and Wrestling shows for me. But with Covid, I’ve just been at home babysitting and reading wishing I could do those things again.

  3. The only really fun that comes to mind is that my brother threw my step-sister a surprise half birthday party. Her birthday is Christmas day and she has never really had a birthday party that I know of. My brother of course doesn’t remember that my birthday is 2 days after the surprise party he threw for our sister. Oh well, I don’t really care. I got to see my brother and sister that I haven’t seen in over a year. I got to meet my grand nephew (who is turning 2 this weekend). I got to see my nieces big pregnant belly. I got to see Aunts, Uncles and cousins I had not seen in years. The best part? I got to HUG all these people. Bonus! The hubby and I ate at the bar the party was held at. This is the first time in over a year we had ate in a restaurant. Oh, I got a little tipsy LOL.

  4. I took my daughter to her college campus tour- the walking portion was rained out – we were drenched with torrential rains – they gave everyone free blankets and t-shirts and we had to stay the night in Flagstaff because of flash flood warnings! Took my girls to the beach foe a few days and turned 50 a few weeks ago!

  5. We went to the beach in Florida, my husband bought a metal detector and we spent several days roaming the beach. We found .40 cents but it was fun.

  6. Just this last Sunday we went and had lunch with my little sis then went to the beach (Lake MI) for a couple hours. The day was perfect for it.

  7. Congrats on the new release!!!

    I haven’t done anything that interesting this summer…a lot of reading, mostly 🙂

  8. I’ve been reading and writing lots of reviews and posting them all over retail and book sites.   When not reading, I’m working on my Cozy Mystery Launch Party FB page, taking longs baths (and reading), going to various wineries around the state with hubby, and I recently became the V.P. of our library board!!!

  9. Because of health problems with my breathing, I’ve been spending a lot of time inside doing crafts and reading.

  10. We’ve been doing a lot of traveling to CA to visit my mother in law who we had to put into assisted living. But sitting with her gives me lots of time to read! And I’m still plugging away at building up a succulent garden.

  11. The fun thing I am doing this summer is going to the pool to do my physical therapy exercises. I have a routine that takes about an hour. I go in the morning and am usually the only person there. I’m definitely the only one in the water. For an hour I dance around in the pool oblivious to anything going on around me. In the water I am free and feel great. Then I have to leave the water and return to reality.

  12. Haven’t really been able to do anything so far this summer but at the end of this month is my nieces engagement party.

  13. Thank you so much for the chance!!🖤💜🖤
    I have been reading all summer 😊 along with spending time with my mom before I go back to work in the fall.💜🖤

  14. We went to Spain to visit my brother and his family who live there. We had planned to go last summer but had to cancel when the pandemic started.

  15. We have a new young pup so we are still training him and getting him used to everything.
    Hope you have a wonderful summer!

  16. Made a butterfly and hummingbird sanctuary on my porch with all kinds of beautiful flowers. And hung all kinds of beautiful chimes with different sounds!! Can’t wait to read this book!!! Love guys with horns!!! Congrats on your new book!!!💋💕

  17. We went to FL to visit my mom, so much fun! We went to Animal Kingdom, kids loved it. We closed on our house, so in 20 so years we will own it lol. It has been a BIG summer. We put up a fence for the dog and a new vanity in the bathroom! Next we start some more remodel 🙂

  18. I went to my best friend’s,son’s wedding and had a great time visiting with people who are like family to me!

  19. Congratulations on your new book that will I’m sure will bring in 5 Star ratings. My summer has kinda sucked except for reading your books and anticipating reading your books!❤😜😁

    1. Two for now. I’m not making any long-term plans for this series because it’s only for fun. 🙂

  20. We bought hummingbird feeders, bird seed feeders and squirrel feeders. We fill them in the morning. We have them on the front porch and hanging around my husband’s work shed. We love watching them all day…so do the cats…who are inside.

    1. I love this. I want bird feeders but I’m afraid our magpies will just chase everything away. It’s weird here – in the middle of the summer all the birds (esp the magpies) go away. And then they come back for the rest of the year. I don’t know what that’s about. lol

  21. Been doing a lot of sitting outside in the nice weather reading and helping my daughter in the garden. She has the green thumb I do not.

  22. I got adopted by a tiny black kitten. He just walked into my house about 6 weeks ago and made himself at home. I named him Poe.

  23. Just been watching my two grandsons and hanging out with my mom and kids. This weekend heading out of town to help my daughter move into a new apartment.

  24. We finally bought kayaks in March (they were hard to find for a couple years) and been on the lake a ton. Also made a trip to Denver to see youngest

  25. I read the excerpt for Damaged Gods and just giggled, then ordered on Audible. Can’t wait to dive in. Speaking of dive in, one fun thing I did this summer was that I went with my BFF to her new lake house and we “floated”. Was so relaxing! The neighbors invited us up for lunch so we “floated” over to their dock where they gave us towels and then treated us to homemade stir fry, veggie wontons, homemade IPA (delish), apple pie and then freaking made the best cappuccino’s. After we just “floated” back to our dock. 🙂

  26. My daughter and I visited my parents (the grandparents) for a few days. We’d hoped to spend a few weeks, but our upstairs air compressor broke, and we’ve had to be home to wait (and wait, and wait…) all summer – since the first of June – for the incompetent company our homeowner’s insurance hired to attempt to repair it. We’re still waiting.

  27. Damaged Gods certainly doesn’t sound like a typical romance. After reading several darker romances, I’ve been looking for something lighter and outside the norm and this certainly seems to fit. Looking forward to reading it. 🙂

  28. I’m so excited to read this and these giveaways are incredible!!!!! This summer hasn’t been much fun for me due to a decline in my health but one incredible, funny and great thing that happened over the summer was seeing my puppy [a pugzu called Mim after Madam Mim in Disney’s The Sword in the Stone] who is 10 months playing in the sand pit we got for my baby cousin and watching her ‘panic’ when she can’t find the treats she’s buried in the sand

  29. When my four year old great-grandson Isaiah stays at my house, he gets up in the morning and we talk about everything. He’s like a little man so serious and also funny. He lights my world up.

  30. Lots of reading, plus meeting with friends that I haven’t seen in over a year so that we could exchange big, yummy hugs!!

  31. Looks like another amazing book! Hubs and I’ve been doing lots of golfing. Both our kids are now young adults at 21 and 18 with full-time jobs and lives of their own so not much family stuff happening together.

  32. I learned how to snorkel and scallop for the first time this summer. What a blast!! I was absolutely terrified to get in that water! Once I did, oh man!! So cool! Downloaded Damaged Gods and can’t wait to start reading it. 😘😘

  33. I really haven’t done much more than mow the lawn and move my daughter into her new college apartment but getting to see her is a major highlight for me.

  34. I bought a house!!! We have been moving and unpacking. Lots of that 4 letter word called work but almost done unpacking everything I got my library done 1st!!! You can see where my priority’s are!!!

  35. You always have some of the neatest things in your collections. I adore your crafty side. As for me, making release collages is my main Summer activity. I sort though posts, e-mails, recs from readers and authors to create them. Other than that I am trying to organize and catalogue my book shelves and doing some sewing.

  36. Wow! I’m hanging out with my amazing 6 month old nephew! 😀 Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  37. I’ve been to a couple wedding events for the same couple (Indian weddings are HUGE) and also read like twice the amount of books I normally read in a month because summer means freedom!

  38. My two adult aged girls from out of town will connect with me at Horseshoe Lake Park in 12 hours. I’ll also see 4 grandkids and it’s supposed to be great weather, 70’s and sunny. I haven’t seen them except on Whats App for a year.

  39. Discovered Machine Gun Kelly, listened all of his music, watched all the interviews and the Kellyvisions. 😁 I love him. I love his voice, his smile, his laughter and his funny-atitude. I love him with Megan Fox. 😁💜💜💜

  40. Haven’t been able to travel, down in my back but I’ve been building up my Bookstagram 😍📚 Congratulations ! THANKS BUNCHES

  41. This summer I had a baby!! My daughters have learned how to care for their brother and it has been the greatest part of the summer!

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