The Seven Signs, Book 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 100K
Cover Artist: Kris Keller
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.
About this Author:
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.
Guest Post by Erica Hayes:
They say paranormal is dead.
Well, hell, folks, I don't think so. Look at all the fabulous paranormals on the (virtual) shelves. So many great stories, in fact, that it can be difficult for a new author to stand out. Traditional or indie, ebook or paperback, getting your book out there is a challenge. That's how 'dead' paranormal is. Honestly.
Luckily for me, I have this awesome cover art from the people at Berkley Sensation. An eye-popping cover is always a good start. And this hot, golden-winged, slightly crazy-looking angel warrior is eye-popping, to say the least.
But I know that for me, when I'm buying books to read -- and writers are readers too! – a cool cover isn't enough. I don't mind familiar genre tropes – I'll read vampire books until the end of time – but I do want a great story, fabulous characters, an awesome romance.
'Write what you love to read,' they say. Possibly the same 'they' who say 'paranormal is dead'… but in this case I think 'they' are right.
So I write characters with a sense of humor. Japheth, my fallen angel hero in REDEMPTION, may not wisecrack all the time – that'd be kind of inappropriate when he's about to get slaughtered by demons – but even in the midst of angst and terror, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He puts up an ice prince façade to keep everyone at a distance and avoid temptation, but he's self-deprecating about it. He doesn’t expect other people to care about his problems. I like that.
I write paranormal characters who are real people. My fallen angels have walked the earth so long, they're almost human. They have human thoughts, feelings, desires. They have otherworldly concerns, naturally – fighting demons, stopping the end of the world, bickering with their cruel archangel are all in a day's work. But my angels talk and interact like real people. They have real lives. They make love like real men (the sexy kind, of course…!). Because that's what I prefer to read.
I write imperfect characters. My heroine in REDEMPTION, Rose, is tough and determined, but she's also wracked with guilt over the bad things she's done. She's a kind person at heart, but sometimes she's mean, because that's just human nature. She makes mistakes. Likewise my hero, Japheth. He doesn’t always make the right decisions. He thinks unheroic thoughts. Because that's what I like to read. A hero who's 100% fine and upstanding doesn't interest me as much as a guy who's forever on the edge of surrendering to darker impulses… and sometimes crosses that line.
So yeah. The Seven Signs is dark, magical, contrary, violent, romantic. Japheth is a chaste hero who struggles with forbidden desire, a fallen warrior who must deal with the possibility that he's too far gone to deserve redemption. Rose is a tough heroine who believes she's damned, and hates the world for it, but secretly longs for salvation. It's sexy, edgy, colorful, raw with emotion.
Because that's what I love to read. I hope you enjoy it, too! And so long as we love to read it, paranormal will never die. No matter what 'they' say.
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