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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Avenging Angel Tour Stop

NOTE: I would like to apologize for this post being up so late....It seems that Blogger ate my original post.


Q. With vampires and werewolves being so popular what drove you towards Angels and Demons rather than sticking with the "status quo?"


A. You know, it’s the weirdest thing but I can blame my fascination on angels with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The whole thing started as a dream after watching a Buffy episode.


It’s a common theme. I heard and read many paranormal romance authors state they can trace at least part of their interest in the paranormal back to that show. Buffy, the kick-ass heroine and Angel, the tortured hero. Sounds kind of familiar, doesn’t it?


And that’s how it began for me. After watching one of those episodes, I went to sleep that night and found myself immersed in a story about a girl who, like Buffy, killed the things that went bump in the night. But on this particular night, it was not one of those scary things she found herself facing, but an angel. One who claimed she was his reincarnated mate. And so the story of Gabriel and Ariadne began to form in my head. Ten years later, they became a side note to the plot in My Avenging Angel.


Now don’t get me wrong, I love to dabble in vampires and werewolves but in the little world I’ve created, angels and those that have fallen are the toughest kids on the block. And not always in a good way. They are not robe wearing pacifists. They drink, they cuss. They are warriors, the men and the women, and they totally get behind that whole smite you thing.


Really, why they hold such a fascination over me, I couldn’t really say. I only know that they do and I am no where done telling their stories. Hopefully you as readers are as interested in their stories as I am in writing them.

My Avenging Angel blurb:
To save her life, he must break a covenant—and lose his heart.

An Angels and Demons story.

It’s Victoria Bloom’s twenty-fifth birthday. But is she out celebrating? Oh, no. She’s in a stuffy old attic with the Three Stooges—a.k.a. her so-called spirit guides. There’s a demon who wants her dead, the same one that killed her mother two decades ago. No worries, say the Stooges. All she has to do is summon an angel. What could go wrong?

Well, plenty when you summon the wrong angel. The next thing Tory knows, she’s got one very bad-ass, pissed-off and sexy Archangel on her hands.

Michael, mighty warrior, leader of an elite team of demon killers, is shaking in his heavenly combat boots. Not because he finds all humans distasteful. But because he’d rather face Lucifer himself than the woman his soul has just recognized as his mate. Binding himself to a mortal, one who will eventually die, is the one path he’s sworn never to follow.

It’s too late now; his fate is sealed. With one touch, she becomes as necessary to him as the air he breathes. He will move heaven and earth to protect her—but against a demon as powerful as Asmodeus, heaven and earth may not be enough…

Warning: This book contains one bad-ass Archangel with a fiery, um, sword, a witch who blows things up, one nasty demon who is trying to kill them both, and ghosts who make interfering their mission. Steamy sex is had, even with the voyeur ghosts—though Tory is still blushing.

Excerpt:

Striding through the maze of intricate passageways, Michael wrestled to get his temper under control. He was leader of the Powers, an elite group of warriors originally formed to police their own kind but whose sole purpose was now hunting down and terminating those who joined Lucifer’s ranks. He should have been immune to the trappings of humans. Or so he would have liked to believe. It was a valuable lesson born home by a tiny blonde he could have crushed with his bare hands if he’d been inclined. But he hadn’t and it just pissed him off.

Instead, the need to draw her into his arms had slammed him in the chest. For the briefest moment, he’d actually felt his soul reach for hers. Michael had stopped that shit almost immediately. He’d seen what mating with a human had done to Gabriel. The death of Ariadne Duchesne had damn near destroyed him. In the four hundred years since she’d been slain, he and Gabriel had spoken maybe a couple dozen words and those had all been laced with hostility. At least from Gabriel’s end. He blamed Michael for her death. It was why Michael had agreed to help the human. He wanted to make amends. Not because she made his dick harder than a spike and his soul cry with need.

“Big of you to grace us with your presence.”

Michael folded his arms across his chest and arched a brow at his second in command, hardly amused by Zadkiel’s sardonic drawl. Never mind Zadkiel had been the one Tory had been trying to summon. Tory… Best to forget about her with all that luscious blonde hair smelling of lilacs.

Shit. If he got a hard-on Zadkiel would never let him live it down.

“Maybe if you’d had something of interest to impart, I’d have stuck around.”

“How’s this, lord asshole? A report has come in from Skath. A witch managed to scry upon one of Lucifer’s high-ranking lieutenants.”

“Who?” Michael demanded, letting the asshole comment slide because when Lucifer’s name was uttered in his presence, the rage flooding his system usually prevented him from concentrating on anything else. The knife his once best friend had quite literally embedded in his back was not something Michael had ever thought he would forget. Until today. Today the all-encompassing fury was replaced with something feeling suspiciously like fear.

Zadkiel cocked his head to the side, studying Michael for a moment and holding his breath. Michael waited for the smart-ass comment that never came.

“Asmodeus. He’s somewhere in the Houston area.”

As the air rushed from his lungs, Michael nodded, glancing away. If Asmodeus was in Houston he was far from Boston and Tory. “Gather a team and keep me informed. I want to know every move he makes before the bastard makes it.”

“Michael, what’s going on?”

Michael had turned to leave, wanting to gather a few things from his room before he returned to Tory, but Zadkiel’s quiet question stopped him in his tracks. He sighed. It wasn’t like he was particularly surprised. He didn’t usually get involved in the hunt unless it was for one of the top-ten ruling archdemons. He commanded and his lieutenants followed. It was how things had worked before Ariadne had pulled him into this mess. Before Tory.

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5 comments:

Mysti Holiday said...

I love the idea of your book -- unique, for certain! And Michael sounds hawt. Is it wrong to say that about an angel? ....

Madelyn Ford said...

Mysti Holiday, I hope not. Otherwise, I'm in trouble :)

Cathy M said...

I can totally believe Michael as an angel hero and can't wait to start reading this book.

Andrea I said...

This sounds like such an interesting book.

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donnas said...

Sounds like a good story. And your angels definitely sound like warriors. Thanks for sharing.

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