Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Guest post by Stacy Gail + Giveaway

I'll share a secret with you. I love angels. I find them one of the most (if not THE most) fascinating paranormal creatures. Today's guest has a whole series about those dark and haunted yet irresistible angels, please give a warm welcome to Stacy Gail who is celebrating the release of Wounded Angel, the 3rd book in her Earth Angels series and will tell you a bit more about how the series came to be. Also if you share with us your favourite oaranormal creature, you could win an Amazon gift card! ;-) 

Monster Plot Bunnies. I Haz Them
by Stacy Gail

Before I begin, I’d like to thank Prosperine for allowing me to chat about my latest release, WOUNDED ANGEL, the third book in The Earth Angels series published by Carina Press. Thank you so much! ^_^

I don’t know if every writer gets mugged by huge plot bunnies, but if so they have my sympathies. The smaller ideas for a single book are demanding enough, but when a storyline shows up that encompasses several novels… oy. When I’m assaulted by one of these furry thugs, I can pretty much guarantee sleep-deprived months of writing like a wild-eyed, twitchy-fingered madwoman. (Nice mental image, eh? :D)

That pretty much describes how I spent 2012. I’d always wanted to do a story involving the 21st-century remnants of the Nephilim, human-angel hybrids (Goliath was supposed to be descended from one, so that shows you how big these mythological dudes were supposed to be). But the idea had always been pushed to the backburner. It never really had anything else going for it—just almost-human people trying to blend in, with the burden of angelic DNA tossed in to make life miserable. Vaguely interesting, but otherwise? Meh.

Then it happened. While researching another project, I came across a name. A demonic name that I thought sounded… well, sexy. I read the description of this sexy-sounding (but thoroughly nightmarish) demon, and the monster plot bunny attacked. Need-to-be-told-NOW stories hit so hard I had no hope of escaping. By the time I turned out the light around three in the morning, I had four sets of amazing characters outlined, do-or-die loves that would last a lifetime, and the frame of a four-part story arc tentatively called The Earth Angels.

I also had a headache, but the monster plot bunny didn’t care. Merciless bugger.

The first book was a novella written in less than a month—NOBODY’S ANGEL. It gushed out, spotlighting one of my favorite paranormal tropes, the haunted superhero. I left it novella-length, though, because I wasn’t sure anyone would publish something I had never really seen in the PNR genre. SAVAGE ANGEL was born a mere eight weeks later (a full-length novel this time around), and both went off to Executive Editor Angela James at Carina Press. Would she and the Acquisitions team be okay with individual PNR stories being told within a far-reaching, overall story arc? Would they get it?

As I waited to hear whether or not I’d gotten it right, the monster plot bunny was still on the rampage. The third book took a little longer to write. It needed research on PTSD, which I was able to do thanks to a great psychologist friend who works with soldiers returning from combat (she helped so much with the writing of this book I dedicated it to her ^_^). This third book, WOUNDED ANGEL, was accepted along with the others (yay!), and the whole series was handed over to another editor, Andrea Kerr (poor Angela. I slammed her with this AND another contemporary romance series all at the same time. Oops :P).

Released on May 27th, WOUNDED ANGEL is a pivotal piece in The Earth Angels series. At last we see the evil stalking the descendants of the Nephilim. The hero and heroine, Nate and Ella, must find courage and strength in each other to confront it head-on. It’s the beginning of the end for The Earth Angels, where nothing short of an apocalypse looms on the horizon.

And if that doesn’t grab your interest, here’s the blurb and official excerpt for WOUNDED ANGEL!

Wounded Angel by Stacy Gail

Book #3 in The Earth Angels series

A descendant of the Angel of Vengeance, Nate da Luca was gifted with an uncanny ability to find things. It made his job as a detective a breeze--until he learned the hard way that some things should remain hidden. After that, his powers vanished, along with his belief in himself. Which is going to make tracking down Gabriella Littlefield for his latest client a challenge.

Personal trainer Ella Little paid a hefty price for her life--now all she wants is to live it in peace. Then a sexy hulk of a man turns up in her gym, reigniting desires she thought she'd left behind along with her real name and hair color.

Desires she can't deny even after she discovers Nate's no stranger to her dark past.

Before he can convince her the attraction is mutual, Nate's going to have to earn Ella's trust. But a demon is playing for keeps in the world of humans, using Ella as bait, and the last thing they have is time...

Go back to the beginning with Nobody's Angel, available now!

Buy at Carina Press | Amazon | B&N

A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.


Stacy has very generously offered a $10 USD Amazon gift card to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment and answer Stacy's question: what is your favourite paranormal hero and why?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 7 June 2013!

Good luck!

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