Sunday, April 1, 2012

Angels Among Us (The Inspiration) +Contest

Last year I happened to catch the movie 'City of Angels' on television. Even though it was released years ago, I had never seen it. It was one of those movies that I just never got around to watching. As I watched romance blossom between the angel (Nicholas Cage) and a human woman (Meg Ryan), I was struck with inspiration. What would it be like, I wondered, to literally be separated by two different worlds? I was also incredibly inspired by the song 'Iris' by the Goo Goo Dolls, which is one of the songs from the movie's soundtrack. The lyrics move me in a powerful way every time I hear them. I especially love the line 'I'd give up forever to touch you...' *sigh* Terribly romantic stuff. And don't worry, my book is only inspired by the movie! The world of angels, demons, love, heaven, and hell written in these books are is entirely my creation!

And so, a series of books was born, the second of which was released March 15th! For my first party post I'd like to introduce you to the 'Angels Among Us' series, and the two books that make it up so far. Of course everyone who participates goes into the drawing for a $10 Gift Card, but I'll be giving away some prizes as well! All you have to do is comment (leave your email address) to win. I'll be emailing the winner first thing in the morning! What am I giving away? Read on to find out!

Book 1: Fallen
  In a world full of the sick and dying, the hurting and desperate, and those lost in darkness, angels dwell. An angel of healing, Amir has spent centuries performing miracles for people hovering at the very edge of death.

A professional ballerina, Shayla lives her life to dance. Abandoned by her family, she is alone in the world yet determined to pursue her dream. When a car accident leaves Shayla in critical condition and in danger of never dancing again, it seems that all hope is lost.

Amir enters Shayla’s life intending to heal her, but when he sees her laying in her hospital bed fighting for her life, something unfamiliar resounds within him. A stranger to desire and love, Amir is drawn to Shayla like a moth to a flame despite the fact that the rules of heaven forbid angels to engage in romantic relationships with mortals. Should he give in to temptation he will become one of the “Fallen”, demons cursed to the depths of hell for eternity.

As his desire for Shayla rises to fever pitch, Amir will face the choice between love and damnation, or loneliness and divinity. Will an angel who has roamed the earth alone for centuries choose to continue on the path of righteousness, or will he fall captive to his burning desires and be forever damned?

Book 2: Tempted
In a world full of the sick and dying, the hurting and desperate, and those lost in darkness, angels dwell. Messenger angel Sarah is focused, dedicated to the cause of heaven in the war against hell. For centuries she has watched other angels succumb to temptation and break the rules governing relationships between angels and humans. Sarah has vowed to never become one of the ‘Fallen’ angels, now demons cursed to wander the depths of hell for eternity. She knows that she is stronger than the others, incapable of emotional attachment and the feelings of love and desire that can be so dangerous to her kind.

Jackson Bennett is alone in the world, and he prefers it that way. The former Army sergeant has seen more death than any human ought to experience in one lifetime. Even his dreams are haunted by the faces of those who have lost their lives because of him. He feels lost, purposeless, until an encounter with an angel reveals the secret purpose that he was made for. Born of a superior race of humans, Jackson learns of a special assignment. Should he accept, he will become an important part of world that exists between heaven, hell, and earth. After all that he has been through, Jackson doesn’t know if he’s ready to take on such a heavy responsibility; what he does know is that he could lose himself in the eyes of Sarah, the intriguing angel assigned to him. She is the only person who seems to understand the darkness and pain that have enveloped his heart; she is the only person capable of driving them away.

In a battle between love or loneliness, divinity or damnation, Sarah’s choice once seemed easy. What she finds is that the black and white lines that once defined her world are now impossibly blurred and gray. What she finds is that she may not be not quite as strong as she thought. 

Well, that does it for my first post of the day! I'm so excited about the release of book 2 'Tempted'. Fallen was originally supposed to be a stand-alone book, but the world I'd opened in my mind sucked me in and the characters there begged me to tell their stories! 

Today I'll be randomly selecting on lucky commenter to receive a free copy of BOTH books in the series! Be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win. And of course, check back here later for some awesome excerpts from both books!

Be sure to check out all of the other awesome offerings from today's participating authors.

About the Author:
I'm Elise, a lover of all things romance. I picked up my first romance novel when I was in high school and have been reading and writing it ever since. 

I love the world of historicals starring feisty heroines. I love dark paranormals featuring brooding other-worldly heroes. I love writing stories about love conquering all. I love writing characters that people can fall in love with.
I'm a stay-at-home wife and mother of two, and wh
en I'm not reading, writing, or caring for my family, I'm in the kitchen whipping up fun recipes or singing my heart out to the radio! 

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Anas said...

Oh I loved this movie, now I'm curious about the books!

Anastasia K

Shadow said...

Oh, i love that movie. Its so good and sad. I cry everytime she dies. Your books sound awesome! Im really looking forward to reading them. Thanks for sharing!