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Publisher's Summary

Staging a musical in Purgatory can be absolute hell.

Lonnie Coleridge last saw the sun in 1968. Since then, he’s been consigned to Limbo, still wearing the same tie-dyed T-shirt and bell-bottomed jeans he had on when he left his life behind. He and others like him have one chance each year at redemption: produce a show for the Greek pantheon. Whoever pleases this very specific - and temperamental - fan group could earn the right to move on.

But after a literal act of god (*cough* Hermes *cough*) destroys their sets, lights, and costumes, the company needs emergency help to rebuild. Without it, all of them could poof out of existence forever. 

Out-of-work theater technician TD Baylor has precisely three things on his cosmic wish list: a job, a place to stay, and a boyfriend who isn’t a total tool. He thinks he’s got the first two nailed when he gets a line on a two-week gig that includes room and board. So what if the job tip came from a guy who was leaning way too hard into the LOTR cosplay at a sketchy Halloween pop-up? At this point, TD doesn’t have anything more to lose, so he figures…what the hell.

He didn’t realize hell was the operative word.

When Lonnie greets him at the theater door, though...whoa. TD fantasizes that item number three could be within his reach. But then Lonnie gives him the bad news: This is Purgatory Playhouse, aka Theater of the Darned. In two weeks - if they’re lucky and can successfully mount a musical version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream - the company will return to Limbo after the curtain falls. If they’re not lucky?

Remember that part about hell?

Purgatory Playhouse is part of the multi-author Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains a theater techie who’s one couch surf away from homeless, a production assistant who’s sort of, um, not alive, Greek gods behaving very badly indeed, and a guaranteed HEA.

©2021 Ellen J Russell (P)2021 Ellen J Russell

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  • pdaake
  • 2021-10-05

Brilliant comedic play on the Greek mythology!

I loved that this author did this comedy!! The play on the transgressions of the gods and goddesses tickled my funny bone! The main characters are sweet and their path was fraught with obstacles. I absolutely adored the beautiful narration! The narrator did an excellent job of each individual character!

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  • MJ
  • 2021-09-28

Theater. Gods being badly. Sweet romance. FANTASTIC.

I have to start by saying I have a ridiculous over-the-top love for this book. The authors experience and love of theater, a deep knowledge and hilarious skepticism about Greek mythology, and an absolute social justice warrior hero of a technical designer come together to create a thoroughly delightful story.

Smart, very funny, clever, charming, and immensely creative - totally on brand for EJ Russell. Her best book, I think, which is saying a lot.

I fell in love with this book when I read it, but it is no surprise that Greg Boudreaux, who is a wonderful, versatile, and often hilarious narrator, brings great color and dimension to it. His comic timing, passion, and talent for characterization are on full display here.

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  • Christy
  • 2021-09-22

mediocre

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I honestly didn't finish the last few chapters. The writing is mediocre, the story is fluffy, characters are undeveloped and 90% of the story is the main character having a fit because the ancient Greek Gods were unfair then telling them off and getting his way...

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 2021-10-14

Interfering gods and wishes

I love the premise of the Magic Emporium which appears in the real world when it needs to. I absolutely enjoyed E J Russell's offering with a bunch of former human souls and a pantheon of Greeks mounting a version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night Dream. I found TD and Lonnie to be a perfect mix to help all the others achieve their potential while finding a love they didn't expect. Greg Boudreaux does a wonderful job of bringing to life the diverse cast of characters. Highly recommended to all lovers of mythology, magic and mm romance.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-10-12

Highly enjoyable

A very engaging story read by a really awesome narrator. He really managed to bring the story to life. A must listen.

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  • Susan R
  • 2021-10-11

good listen

I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a sweet story. I really enjoyed the characters in the book. The storyline was something different and unique so that made it exciting to read.

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  • LilMommi
  • 2021-10-11

Funny and Sweet

EJ. Russell delivers Greek Mythology with a hilarious twist and sweet characters.
The narrator did an excellent job of each individual character and delivering the laughs.

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  • Xochitl
  • 2021-10-06

Wow!

I loved the ebook version of this book so much because the way Ms Russell managed mythology, theater and the Magic Emporium backstory expertly to create a beautiful love story. As a huge fan of theater myself, I found the use of theater's terminology and the myths perfect to make this story one of the best in the series so far. Mr Boudreaux translated brilliantly the words written by Ms Russell into a wonderful narration that really brought all the amazing characters alive. Wow!

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  • Amy M
  • 2021-10-05

Loved it

What happens when "the darned" are forced to put on a play for the gods of Olympus and the gides destroy the set? They get a "quickie" to build sets for them. These characters are great and I loved the whole concept of this tale. EJ Russell never fails to provide an awesome story. And Greg Boudreaux is ALWAYS amazing.

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  • Gunhild
  • 2021-10-02

Thoroughly surprised!

I did not expect to be touched. I did expect to be amused, and I was, but touched? I didn't see that coming. Somehow, a tiny piece of magical love worthy of the Greek myths snuck in there and made me smile and cry. Exactly what I needed today!