Cover Reveal: Adorned by Georgeann Swiger

I’m excited to help reveal the cover for Adorned by Georgeann Swiger.  This is a Entranced Publishing release, under their Blush imprint, and it hits stores in November.  Check out all of the details below!  What do you think of the cover?  I love stories about angels, so I’m curious to give Adorned a read.

 

Adorned by Georgeann Swiger

Title: Adorned (Book I in The Trinity of Souls series)

Author: Georgeann Swiger

Publisher: Entranced Publishing

Genre: YA paranormal romance

Length: 80k words

Release Date: November 4, 2013

About the book:

When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s actually an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.

Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light.

With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya. Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.

About the Author

Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV. After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy. Imagining interesting characters and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher. She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.

Website: http://www.georgeannswiger.com/

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Review: Redemption Erica Hayes and Giveaway! Win a Kindle Fire!

 

 

 

 

Title:  Redemption

Author: Erica Hayes

 

May Contain Spoilers

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Japheth the Tainted is on the hunt for a mysterious demon vampire. But meeting her face-to-face might disarm his warrior spirit—and spark an unquenchable passion with apocalyptic consequences.

As a fallen angel, Japheth is determined to make his way back to heaven by staying pure and slaying hellspawn. With a new scourge of vampires unleashed by a blood-drinking demon, the Prince of Thirst, there’s plenty to be done. But Japheth is after one vampire in particular—the one they call the Angel Slayer.

Rose Harley never wanted to be a vampire, but the Prince of Thirst can turn even the kindest soul into a soldier of hell. Feeling abandoned by God, she stalks the West Village taking revenge on his angels—until she meets her match.

When Japheth and Rose encounter each other, the battle is fierce and charged with desire. But when they discover a common enemy—the Prince of Thirst himself—they form a dangerous alliance that could either cost them their eternal lives, or spark a love more powerful than heaven or hell


Review:

I don’t read many paranormal romances, and I’m not sure why.  I enjoy them on the odd occasion when I do pick them up, and Redemption was no exception.  This is the second book in Erica Hayes’ The Seven Signs series, and I didn’t have much trouble figuring out what was going on, even though I haven’t read the first book, Revelation (which has a zombie virus, so I will be reading it, hopefully soon!).  The series features the war between angels and demons and the prophesied end of the world.  I enjoyed how the angels were portrayed in this story; just because they are angels didn’t mean that they were “good.”  What was even better; Japheth, a Tainted angel, is working tirelessly for his redemption, so he can return to Heaven.  His fellow Tainted behave like fraternity boys; drinking, chasing women, and partying in between missions slaying demons and hellspawn, and trying to stop the Apocalypse from happening.

Michael is in charge of the angels, and he’s a ruthless jerk.  I hated him.  He’s power hungry and cruel, and he doesn’t hesitate to sacrifice his angels if it will fulfill his ambitions.  He sends Japheth to kill Fluvium, the Prince of Thirst, and recover the vial of wrath in his possession.  Japheth doesn’t know why Michael cast him out of Heaven.  He’s always been brave, righteous, and dedicated to serving God.  All he wants is to be let back into Heaven.  He lives a life a purity, distaining pleasures of the flesh, and obeying orders to the letter.  What does he get for his sacrifices?  A never ending hard-on and no sense of humor.  Poor guy.

Rose Harley is Japheth’s unlikely match.  Like Japheth, she’s been tricked, and now she’s a vampire, the slave of Fluvium.  He’s ordered her to steal Japheth’s soul, or he’ll throw her into Hell.  Terrified of the never-ending agony of Hell, Rose is determined to carry out his commands.  She’s killed angels aplenty – they don’t call her Angel Slayer for nothing.  When the two meet, however, they both discover that they have clearly met their match.  They are both fierce warriors, they are both driven to carry out their mission at all costs, and they both have preconceived notions about the other that are wrong, wrong, wrong.  Circumstances have fooled them both, and robbed them of their dreams.  Rose has lived through the horror of being a demon lord’s plaything, and Japheth is the casualty of another’s powerful ambitions.

I enjoyed the world building in Redemption.  I loved how the lines between the hellspawn and the angels blurred, leaving me wondering who was good and who was truly evil.  There is a large cast of characters, and I want to know more about several of them, both angels and demons.  I’m sure they’ll be back for future installments of the series.  What I really want is to see the characters I dislike meet their comeuppance.  There are several who deserve the wrath of both heaven and hell.

The pacing is blistering.  After all, Japheth is racing to complete his mission and put a stop to the Apocalypse, all at the same time.  He’s saddled with Rose, a vampire he doesn’t trust, but is forced to rely on.  He has nothing but contempt for Rose, and he won’t even consider that there might be more than he realizes about her turning into a vampire.  Nope, she’s hellspawn scum, and the sooner he finishes his mission, the sooner he can put an end to her cursed life.  Nice guy!  Maybe he’s not so righteous after all?

Though he took a while to warm up to, I did come to like Japheth.  His fall from grace was only possible because he couldn’t see the evil in those he served.  He was the ideal warrior – fighting for the faith he believed in with all his heart, making his betrayal that much more bitter.  It takes him a long, long time to come to terms with what he believes his fellow angels should be, and the reality of what they are.  I wouldn’t want to have to trust any of these guys, because I wouldn’t trust them as far as I could throw them.

The action is intense, and the sparks between Japheth and Rose are blinding.  As they begin to trust each other, their attraction for each other blazes out of control.   If only Japheth wasn’t trying to stay so pure! 

Redemption is a fun, action-packed romp through a nightmarish vision of the Apocalypse, where the lines between good and evil aren’t all that clear.  The romance between Japheth and Rose, two strong and noble characters who have had their faith and trust shattered, is hot and steamy and will leave you believing in their HEA.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by Bewitching Book Tours

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Redemption
The Seven Signs, Book 2 by
Erica Hayes

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

ISBN: 978-0425258385

Number of pages: 330

Cover Artist: Kris Keller

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About the Author:

Erica Hayes was a law student, an air force officer, an editorial assistant and a musician, before finally landing her dream job: fantasy and romance writer.

She writes dark paranormal and urban fantasy romance, and her books feature tough, smart heroines and colourful heroes with dark secrets.

She hails from Australia, where she drifts from city to city, leaving a trail of chaos behind her. Currently, she’s terrorizing the wilds of Northumberland.

http://www.ericahayes.net

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Cover Shot! Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Courtney Allison Moulton revealed the title and cover for the final installment of her Angelfire series.  All of the covers for the series have been so pretty!  What do you think of this cover for Shadows in the Silence?

In the final battle for Heaven and Earth, Ellie, who has the reincarnated soul of an ancient reaper-slayer, must grapple with her archangel powers to save herself and all of humanity.

In stores January 2013

Interview with Ami Blackwelder, Author of She Speaks to Angels and Giveaway

 

Ami Blackwelder stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her new book, She Speaks to Angels.  After the interview, you can enter for a chance to win a digital copy! Check out what Ami has to say her book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Ami Blackwelder] Ami Blackwelder is a romance suspense writer in the paranormal, scifi and historical genres. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.

http://amiblackwelder.blogspot.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about She Speaks to Angels?

[Ami Blackwelder] She Speaks to Angels

"I tried not to sound hysterical, but it’s not every day you find out the paranormal is hunting you."

                    What if everything you believed was a lie?

        A Suicide

Seventeen year old Allison Maney attends Millennium High School in Manhattan. Nothing out of the ordinary, unless you consider the occasional suicides at the school. At least that is what everyone is told, what everyone believes. But Tommy Bachelor was a popular football player; why would he jump off the roof of the school?

          Dangerous Liaisons

When Dameon pays attention to Ali, she couldn’t be more excited, because for the past three months he was all she could think about. But now that Dameon is finally pining for her affections, she is becoming more and more wrapped up in a clique of three who, as new transfers to the school, are proving to be trouble. But at least Dameon loves her, doesn’t he?    

    A Soul Purpose

The underworld of angels and demons have one thing on their mind: Earth. Demons want to do what they want. Angels want to protect humans from these rogue angels, AKA: Demons 

A Suspenseful Romance

Caught between Dameon and Kian, the suicide and the clique of three, Ali won’t know who to trust…or who to love, because for Allison Maney, everything i not exactly what it seems.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Ami Blackwelder] I like thrillers/mysteries and I like angels and weaved the two together. The characters just flowed out of me. I knew I wanted certain characters, like Ali and her two friends that she had since middle school. I knew I wanted Dameon and Kian and the group of three…but Ali’s mom and brother came out of surprise. In book two, we will meet Kian’s sister and she morphed from the story as well.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing She Speaks to Angels?

[Ami Blackwelder] I actually had a very fun time writing this novel and the 2nd is going to be even more fun:)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Ali?

[Ami Blackwelder] Natural, curious, loyal-looking for love…

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Ali’s single most prized possession?

[Ami Blackwelder] Her trunk with her father’s pictures in it. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Ami Blackwelder]  Artists, writers, dancers all inspire me.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Ami Blackwelder] Time, paper, pen

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Ami Blackwelder] Hunger games

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Ami Blackwelder] Pride and Prejudice

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Ami Blackwelder] I like to read, and walk, swim, mani, pedi, sun bathe

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Ami Blackwelder] http://amiblackwelder.blogpsot. com

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks!

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Cover Shot! Archangel of Mercy by Christina Ashcroft

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Angels are still new for me, so I am intrigued by this book.  The cover for Archangel of Mercy by Christina Ashcroft is beautiful!  The fact that the premise looks interesting, too, is a bonus.  I love the textures and the colors, and the wispy spread of his wings.  His hair doesn’t quite do it for me, but the rest of this cover is so pretty!

 

 

Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.

As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

In stores December 2012

 

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Guest Post–The Rise of Angels in YA by S.R. Johannes

S.R. Johannes is the author of Untraceable, as well as the newly released MG novel On the Bright Side.  Shelli dropped by the  virtual offices to share why she thinks angels are so popular in fiction.

The Rise of Angels in YA by S.R. Johannes

Angels seem to be popular these days, especially in young adult. With On The Bright Side, I wanted to expand the talk of angels into tween and middle grade. Which meant it needed to be fun and interesting.

But why have angels been so important in recent years?

One – I think angels offer some a connection to religion that may not be addressed enough in fiction today. I think kids begin questioning God and the world at a very young age. And sometimes, they may have questions that they can’t voice or even understand.

Two – Good angels show us balance– with the pure white angel on one side representing the good side; while the dark angel is on the other side representing the darker side. This relates to us as humans struggling to balance the parts of us that are good with the pieces of us that may be negative or angry. I think that is why dark angels and demons have shown up in fiction lately – the dark side is a curious place to investigate. With angels – we know there is a good side so it provides comfort. I think kids struggle with balancing these 2 sides of themselves even from a young age.

Three – I also think with the difficult things our society has gone through since 911, angels have been discussed more because they can be comforting to some people. They also represent safety in the unknown.

I wanted Gabby to be an angel. But I wanted her removed from religion and everything we think angels are. So I called her a Bright and called Heaven, Cirrus. All to break through the religious perceptions. I also made Gabby human-like – she has a good side and a bad side. I think this allows kids to relate to her and understand – we all have those moments we are not proud of.

I hope On The Bright Side allows kids to step away from their religious beliefs and the idea of perfection. To look at some of the questions we all have about life and death. Also show them about balancing all those good and bad feelings or decisions that sometimes come with puberty. I want kids to realize that no one – not them, their parents or even angels are perfect. That we all make mistakes and it’s okay.

No one is perfect – not even a Bright.


Thank you! 

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Interview with Paige Cuccaro, Author of Hellsbane

Paige Cuccaro is the author of Hellsbane, the first book in her urban fantasy series featuring angels, demons, and lots of danger for protagonist Emma Jane Hellsbane.  Paige stopped by the virtual offices to discuss her book and her writing influences.

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Paige Cuccaro] Wife, mom, writer who’d rather spend a quiet day weaving stories in her head than go on an all expense paid shopping spree anywhere…mostly.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about your book, Hellsbane?

[Paige Cuccaro] Sure! Hellsbane is about a young woman who never quite felt normal and then one day finally discovers why. Emma Jane Hellsbane is half human, and half angel and now Heaven’s got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don’t fight fair.

Luckily for Emma, she can put a stop to the constant threat of having her head hacked off if she figures out which Fallen angel is her father—and then kill him before he kills her. Of course, in the meantime, she’ll have to avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own Fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No one said being Heaven’s bounty hunter would be easy. But with a name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was born for the job.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for your Hellsbane series?

[Paige Cuccaro] I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of angels and demons and their interaction with humans. There are so many documented claims from as far back as biblical times to present day. One of the most intriguing was the telling of the wars in heaven by Enoch (an ancestor of Noah). It was his claims that I based the story world of Hellsbane on. In a nut shell, according to Enoch, angels fell in love with the daughters of men and produced children (known as Nephilim) who were so monstrous, both physically and intellectually to humanity that they had to be destroyed and the angels who fathered them were cast out of heaven. So basically these angels were punished for loving humans too much, and loving the children they created and yet were cast in this unholy evil light.

I started to wonder what if it didn’t end thousands of years ago? What if angels were still falling, still producing nephilim off spring? Why don’t we see these giant half angelic creatures walking around? And then I began answering my own questions.

Superior evolution has made the nephilim less obvious, less of a threat to humanity. They’d no longer be monstrous, instead they’d look like you and me so they could blend in. But they’d still have these awesome angelic powers lying dormant inside them. And since it was love that created them, they wouldn’t be necessarily evil (though heaven might still see them as such). They’d seem average which means they’d be just as screwed up as any human.

*Poof* Emma Jane was born in my imagination and with her all the ups and downs that come with discovering who—and what—she is. The rest of the story falls into place… How would heaven react to her awakening? What would they want from her? What about her angelic father? What about her human family? The story pretty much unfolded in my mind after that.

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing this series?

[Paige Cuccaro] Not getting sidetracked by religious dogma and spending pages and pages explaining things that, while interesting, had nothing to do with the story. I can’t help it, I love that kind of stuff. And figuring out seemingly logical explanations for supernatural occurrences is like crack for me.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Emma would never have in her jacket pockets?

[Paige Cuccaro] A lipstick, a stamp or a pen. The girl’s totally unprepared and so not the girly type.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Paige Cuccaro] Documentaries. All kinds really. I enjoy taking what we know to be fact and twisting it just enough so you wonder…could that be true? Religious documentaries are my favorite though. Also, running water is an awesome creative spark. I get the BEST ideas in the shower. Is that weird?

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Paige Cuccaro] My min laptop

My notes

And quiet

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Paige Cuccaro] Interview With A Vampire, by Anne Rice. No question. The woman is amazing!! Of course I read books before this one, but it was this book that REALLY hooked me on storytelling, reading it, writing it, the whole ball of wax. If I could do for one person what that book did for me, I’d die happy.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Paige Cuccaro] I’m a HUGE movie buff. I LOVE going to the movies, but hate the crowds. Late night showings, or middle of the afternoon when everyone is asleep or at work are my favorite times to go. Love having the theater to myself. And when there’s nothing worth the late night trek, I read…and read…and uh, read.

I enjoy swimming, and riding my motorcycle and I LOVE spending time with my daughters. (They’re the coolest, smartest, funniest people I know.) But watching movies and reading is pretty much like breathing for me. Gotta do it.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!


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A HELLSBANE BOOK – Book One – by Paige Cuccaro

Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she’s not human—or, at least, not only human. She’s half angel, too, and now Heaven’s got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don’t fight fair.

Luckily for Emma, she can put a stop to the constant threat of having her head hacked off if she figures out which Fallen angel is her father—and then kill him before he kills her. Of course, in the meantime, she’ll have to avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own Fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No one said being Heaven’s bounty hunter would be easy. But with a name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was born for the job.

 

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for making this interview possible