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The Turning – Spotlight & Review


 

The Turning by Brigit Zahara

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Release Date: March 30, 2010
 ISBN: 9781419927638
 
MSRP/List Price: $4.98
Our Cover Price: $2.49    


Available in Print: No

Book Description:

 

“Galeria is ready to hit the streets of L.A. for a quick snack. She is a very happy, satisfied woman—having just left her two hot vampire lovers sleeping soundly in her bed.

But their lives weren’t always so wonderful, such a long time ago in Rome. Back then Galeria was the emperor’s daughter. She wasn’t supposed to have a scorching secret affair with the beautiful and passionate Cassian, champion gladiator of Rome. Nor should she have taken comfort in the massive, marble-like arms of Atticus—Cassian’s best friend, her night chamber guard and a closet vampire—when informed of Cassian’s supposed demise.

Too late, they discover that Cassian lives. Overcome with jealousy, he challenges Atticus to a battle to the death in the arena. Galeria is caught in the middle, tormented by her feelings for these two powerful men. But a mysterious ritual changes all their lives. Forever.”

For more information visit http://brigitzahara.weebly.com/    

My Thoughts:   

I loved the movie “Gladiator”, starring Russell Crowe, when it was released and still do. I just watched it again recently. I’m also glued to HBO every Monday night to watch Spartacus, starring Andy Whitfield. Brad Pitt in Troy was awesome. I don’t know what it is about these Roman and Thracian gladiators that I find so exciting, but when I saw the description of Brigit Zahara’s The Turning, I had to read it! I was not disappointed.   

I’m not usually a fan of short stories, as I like longer, more developed tales with characters that can truly “live” in my imagination and most short stories just don’t have the time to develop that process. The Turning was the exception. Galeria, Cassian & Atticus were easy for me to “see” in my head and the passion and eroticism between them? Flaming, steamy HOT! I definitely give this short novella, The Turning, two enthusiastic thumbs up! I would also like to see Brigit Zahara develop these charcters into a full length novel or series, as I would definitely love to read more about them, thier history and their futures.    

         4.5   

Buy The Turning   

Find out more about Brigit Zahara & her books at her website.   

     

     

    

March 30, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , | 2 Comments

Brigit Zahara – Guest Blog & Giveaway


 

Today I have erotic paranormal romance author, Brigit Zahara here guest blogging along with a giveaway of her newly released e-novella, The Turning! Giveaway details will be after Brigit’s guest blog and an excerpt of The Turning. Let’s give her a warm welcome.

ALTERED STATES

How Would You Feel if You Woke Up As A Vampire?

By Brigit Zahara

Vampires are big business these days. Seems darn near everyone wants to read about them and more than a few people want to become one.

Back in the old days when the myth of the undead first arose (pun intended;) these creatures of the night were considered to be ugly, abhorrent monsters that were to be avoided at all costs. But today’s abiding immortals have quite the fan base.

Why? Wouldn’t you think the Pros would far outweigh the Cons in the question of whether or not to take the eternal plunge?

From what I can see, the pros are pretty obvious:

  • Immortality

  • Superior power/strength and speed

  • Superior senses

  • Freedom to do and be what you want

And depending on which type of vampire you like/vampire books you’ve read, the list may also include:

  • Heightened beauty and sexual appeal

  • Powers of control and coercion i.e. hypnotism, mind reading, etc.

  • Flying

  • Shapeshifting

I’m sure there are more characteristics to be found but just looking at what I have so far, it sounds like a no-brainer right? But what about the cons?

  • No sunlight

  • VERY restricted diet

  • Losing scores of mortal friends and lovers

  • Being the quintessential outsider

True, it’s a short list but it packs a punch. Just having to eat – or rather drink – only one thing for the rest of all eternity is a big turnoff for me. And no sun? Ever? Yeah, that wouldn’t float my boat either. Those two may not be deal breakers for you, but no matter how you look at it, deciding to become a vampire is not an easy decision.

That’s when you get to make the decision.

In THE TURNING—my contemporary vampire ménage that flashes back to Rome and the time of gladiators, none of the three mortals who become vampires were actually given a choice.

So that’s the question on the table:

How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow and, without your consent, had been turned into a vampire?

Excerpt of The Turning

Once outside, Atticus collapsed against the wall, grimacing as his long, white eyeteeth lengthened into twin razor-sharp daggers with each passing second. Intense emotion always brought out the animal in him. Clamping a hand over his mouth and willing himself to calm down, Atticus squeezed his eyes shut.

God he loved her.

He had from the moment he’d laid eyes on her.

At the tender age of eighteen, Atticus had seen fifteen-year-old Galeria for the very first time as he stood in the center of the dusty arena, addressing the emperor in the standard salutation before his premiere match was to begin. She was perched high above the stadium on a throne situated to the emperor’s left but even from that distance, Atticus could discern the regal carriage, the sheer elegance and stunning beauty of her delicate form. Where Atticus was hulking and muscular, she was petite and pristinely pale. Only months before his massive body and physical prowess had attracted the attention of the emperor during one fortuitous meeting along a road where Atticus was toiling as a farmhand. Right there and then he was specially “selected” to train in Rome’s premiere gladiator school, until he was ready to showcase his strength and speed, testing his keen instincts of survival in matches against other similarly endowed males for the delight of an audience.

An audience that included Galeria.

At the end of each victorious contest, Atticus would approach the raised section of the stadium where the privileged sat. He would bow, his gaze trained on the ground. It was considered a show of disrespect to make eye contact with any member of the royal family post-match so he never looked at the emperor.

Or his daughter.

But Atticus felt her—felt her gentleness, her feminine power, her seductive beauty.

For many years, Atticus fought valiantly, always winning, albeit frequently saved from various near-fatal injuries in a number of different ways. However none quite so fatefully as the last time.

It was during one of the Tour of Champions’ stops in a strange country filled with ancient legends and superstitions that, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, bordered the Black Sea. It was there that a mysterious healer performed some strange kind of bloodletting on Atticus to treat his life-threatening wounds sustained in a match. It appeared a miracle cure had been administered but in reality, Atticus had unwittingly turned into a strigoi—a creature of the night who survived solely on the blood of warm-blooded beings.

From then on, he had to endure many changes.

 Giveaway Details:

Brigit will be popping by today to reply to comments and questions!

How would you feel if you woke up tomorrow and, without your consent, had been turned into a vampire?”

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

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  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)

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  • Contest is open to Everyone  and will run through April 8th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on April 9th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

(I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf | , , , , | 30 Comments

Sean Cummings – Winner


Better late than never right? *blinks innocently* Moving = complete chaos and exhaustion. That’s all I have to say.

Random.org gave me #25, so Tawania, come on down, you’re the next winner on SVR!! 😀 Please email me your snail mail info at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca so I can forward your info on to Sean, and he’ll get your book sent out to you.

CONGRATULATIONS!

 Thank you to Sean Cummings for coming by SVR to guest blog and for supplying a signed copy of Shade Fright. I enjoyed everyone’s comments! If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligable comments.

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Uncategorized, Winners | , , | 1 Comment

Mark Henry – Guest V-Log & Giveaway


Holy Hannah, this move will never end! Well, ok, it will be ending at the end of the month, but I feel like I’m in eternal pack and schlep mode purgatory. 😦 Hence the day late in posting of this awesome V-Log by the hysterically funny Mark Henry. He’s celebrating the mass market release of the first book in the Amanda Feral series, Happy Hour Of The Damned.

Mark has graciously offered up a copy of Happy Hour Of The Damned! The contest details are in his v-log. My bad that I didn’t hammer out details regarding whether everyone can enter, so I’ll say everyone, but if Mark does have limitations for mailing the book, I’m thinking he can probably send an E-Book.  This contest will go until 11:59 pm,  April 7th, 2010.  So without further delay, I give you Mark Henry! 😀

 

Buy Happy Hour Of The Damned at:

ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

Buy Road Trip Of The Living Dead at:

ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

Buy Battle Of The Network Zombies at:

ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

 

Edited on March 23rd, later in the day/night… Ok, so here’s the scoop. If you live in the USA, (and win), then Mark can send you a copy of the book. Everyone, everywhere else, Mark will send you an e-book (if you win)! Sound good? Then let the questions for Mark fly. 🙂 

March 23, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, Spotlight On... | , , , | 20 Comments

Angelology – Spotlight & Review


Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

Format:Hardcover

Published:March 9, 2010

Publisher:Doubleday Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10:0385668619
ISBN – 13:9780385668613

Book Description:

Sister Evangeline was just a young girl when her father left her at St. Rose Convent under the care of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now a young woman, she has unexpectedly discovered a collection of letters dating back sixty years – letters that bring her deep into a closely guarded secret, to an ancient conflict between the millennium-old Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful Nephilim, the descendants of angels and humans. Rich and mesmerizing, Angelology blends biblical lore, mythology and the fall of the Rebel Angels, creating a luminous, riveting tale of one young woman caught in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.”

“Set in the secluded world of cloistered abbeys, long-lost secrets and angelic humans, Angelology has all the makings of a blockbuster hit, combining elements of The Da Vinci Code and Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth

My Thoughts:

First of all, this cover just blew me away, it’s so gorgeous! I was looking forward to reading Angelology because it seemed to be written in a way that is similar to Anne Rice’s Vampires, only with Angels and Nephelim. I was not disappointed. Danielle Trussoni has truly written a unique and memorable story that will stick with you and have you wondering if maybe there really are Nephilim out there among us.

This tale is  richly detailed  and a wonderfully complex world in which past and present are mixed with truly believable characters, involving an enticing mystery, ancient myths and interesting theories regarding fallen angels and nephilim. The ongoing conflict between Angelologists and Nephilim had me captivated and I was pulled into the story completely! Trussoni’s writing oozes atmosphere, and the intricate plotting and pace were fascinating. Definitely a “must read” in my opinion.

          4.5

Buy Angelology at:

ChaptersAmazon or Barnes & Noble

Find out more about Danielle Trussoni and her novels at her website.

Read my interview with Danielle. (The contest portion is closed)

 

March 21, 2010 Posted by | New Book Releases, New Covers - Release Dates, New Releases, On My Bookshelf, Reviews, Spotlight, Spotlight On... | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Angelology – Winner


Sorry I’m late posting this. Packing & moving all my belongings next door one box at a time is killing me! (Keep in mind that I have Fibromyalgia and own about 3000 books. Pain has been my mistress for it seems like forever. )

My thanks to everyone who entered and to generosity of the awesome people at Viking/Penguin for supplying the copy of Angelology. We had 18 commentors with 53 entries. Randon.org gave me #6, so Van P, Congratulations!! 🙂 Please email me at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca with your snail mail info so I can pass it on to the publicist and they’ll get your book out to you.

 

If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new name will be drawn from all eligible entrants.

March 20, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Winners | , , | 1 Comment

Atlantis Redeemed – Spotlight & Review


Atlantis Redeemed by Alyssa Day

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (MM); Original edition (Mar 2 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425233030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233030
  • Book Description:

    “Poseidon’s warriors have learned that the battle to protect humanity produces unexpected enemies–and alliances. But none more unexpected than the bond between a cursed Atlantean warrior and a woman whose sight surpasses any lie…

    A warrior with no emotion …
    Doomed by Poseidon millennia ago to live life bereft of feelings, Atlantean warrior Brennan’s curse is shattered when he meets Tiernan–a human with the ancient Gift of Truth Telling. Attraction turns deadly when the woman he could never forget becomes the woman he can never remember. With the fate of Atlantis on the line, will a warrior’s uncontrollable desire destroy the world?

    A woman with an eye for the truth…
    Tiernan’s job as an investigative reporter is perfectly suited to her unique ability to see through any falsehood. But when she discovers human scientists conducting hideous experiments on humans and shape-shifters alike, only a wildly sexy Atlantean can help protect her from the those determined to see her fail—and die. When the future of the world is at stake, can she overcome death itself so together they can protect mankind?”

    When truth and passion collide…Atlantis is redeemed.”

    My Thoughts:

    I am a die-hard fan of this series. I’ve been waiting for Brennan & Tiernan’s story and Alyssa Day does not disappoint! Brennan’s curse is truly a difficult obstacle for them both, but with two strong, dedicated and vivacious characters like this, sparks fly and the passion for their cause and each other ignites.

    Characters from past books play important roles and I loved reading about them again. The battle that these sexy Atlanteans face alongside their women and allies from other supernatural races to save humanity rages on and creates an exciting, dangerous and compelling tale of insurmountable odds for them all to overcome on their way to finding love. I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book, Atlantis Betrayed which will be out September 2010!

           

    Buy Atlantis Redeemed at:

    Chapters, Amazon or Barnes & Noble

    Find out more about Alyssa Day and her books at her website!

    March 17, 2010 Posted by | Reviews, Spotlight On... | , , , , | 2 Comments

    Sean Cummings – Guest Blog & Giveaway


     

    Today I have a fellow Canadian guest blogger who’s the author of  Shade Fright, (March 1st, 2010). A huge welcome to Sean Cummings as he takes the reigns here at SVR to celebrate the release of his new Urban Fantasy series! Giveaway info will be at the bottom of the post.

    I think we all want to believe in the things that go bump in the night.
    Then we want someone to blow them all to kingdom come.
    That’s sort of how I view the fantastic growth in urban fantasy novels over the past few years. With so many different authors introducing their own take on the genre, you have to wonder if urban fantasy can continue to grow at all – have we reached the limits of what you can do, for example with vampires? (There’s books where you kill ’em, work for a government branch and kill ’em, have sex with them and kill ’em, become swept away in a world of romance, sex and intrigue … I could go on.) I doubt it. This is the golden era for vampires, were-things and the living dead. It’s mainstream and this can only be a good thing because there are so many talented authors with a wide range of successful book series and new ones debuting seemingly on a monthly basis. Some might argue the market can’t support it, but I’m a believer in one simple fact: if you write a good story people will want to read it.

    Right now, I think there are two classes of urban fantasy novels – ones where vamps, shape-shifters and so forth live among us (Sookie Stackhouse)  and one where we have no knowledge of their existence or we aren’t psychologically prepared to accept that what we just saw was real. (Harry Dresden). We’ve got zombie novels aplenty (YAY!) and we’ve even got zombie romance becoming quite popular. Very simply, we are at a point in our literary history where readers can’t get enough of it. That said, urban fantasy, indeed most genre fiction won’t wind up on Canada Reads even though in the vast majority of the cases, that’s what Canada is actually reading so the name is rather a misnomer, isn’t it? You won’t see Kelley Armstrong winning a Man Booker Prize though she should – she’s an exceptional author and probably one of the most commercially successful authors out there.

    Stigma blows. Period.

    I could go on a bit of a rant here about how it is basically impossible to get genre fiction published in Canada (this has to do with our government bankrolling a great deal of the publishing industry and a perception that taxpayers wouldn’t want to have their tax dollars going to publishers who pump out books about chicks having sex with vampires or a zombie infestation in Moose Jaw.) but I won’t. What I will say is that genre fiction still faces a stigma among the traditional opinion shapers (Newspapers – oh, and they’re declaring bankruptcy all over the place, by the way. Magazines. Radio. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and probably the BBC.) out there and it is for this reason that I am so very thankful for book bloggers. In a nutshell, you have be passionate about genre fiction to amass a virtual library showing the world everything that you’ve read and reviewed. Without your love of what people like me write, well – nobody would ever hear about us – end of story.

    Judi’s blog is one of the last stops on my blog tour. Every author who writes genre fiction absolutely must do a blog tour and rightly so. Bloggers are the barometer of everything from “what’s hot and what’s not” to upcoming trends in urban fantasy. All are rampant bibliophiles who are an authority – hell, the definitive authority, really, on where urban fantasy is going. Everyone on my blog tour are daily reads for me – through bloggers I can learn about what works and what doesn’t. I can get honest feedback on a story idea and most important – bloggers are connected with other bloggers through social networking – something that doesn’t exist among traditional opinion shapers. It is because of bloggers, I think, that urban fantasy is experiencing its golden age. I cannot express in enough words how I am so very thankful for blogs like Judi’s and for the opportunity to have a book reviewed or to do a giveaway. Without bloggers, nobody would ever hear about the stuff I write.

    So .. my publisher has just released the first book in an urban fantasy series with a uniquely Canadian flavor. Shade Fright is different -from the cover art right down to the characters. Yeah there’s romance, but the object of my protagonist’s affection drives a dump truck and has a fairly generic name – Dave, as opposed to, you know, Steel or Wraith or Caine. (Nothing wrong with those names – but being a dude, I just can’t call the romantic interest of my female protagonist anything other than Dave. Most women in the real world are married to a Dave, Rick, Steve or possibly a Dennis, so it’s pretty accurate.) We’ve got a world where Canada sort of opened Pandora’s box by mucking about with the supernatural in the 1930’s and now the government is up to its ears in bad juju. There are bad guys, of course – The Conclave. They’re an affiliation of everyone from Vamps to Necromancers and they have their own agendas that deal with terrorism and upsetting the power balance in a world where the supernatural is common knowledge among governments. Valerie Stevens is just starting her journey – there’s something special about her. She bears the mark of clarity – something unique among those who are magical practitioners and she’s an apprentice mage as the series begins. Her best friend is a zombie and her side kick is the ghost of a dead politician. There’s giant statues that come to life, dead birds falling from the skies, a missing grain bin and a climactic battle in a park that is the highest point in the city – a battle where if Valerie loses, over a million people are going to die.  (There’s even a bonus – half of the first chapter to the sequel is at the end of the book… shhhh .. tell everyone!!)

    It’s a bit of a crap shoot, writing a book. Actually, scratch that. It’s insanely hard work to get a book published and you want so much for people to really enjoy what you’ve written. It’s a leap of faith, too. You have to get a thick skin because your book might actually suck and because of social networking, news of a crummy book travels at light speed. So yeah, big time leap of faith.

    Still … I’m pretty damned lucky to have a great publisher. I’ve beaten the odds by getting a book published not to mention having a publisher wanting an entire series. I do hope everyone enjoys Shade Fright and I just want to thank all you readers out there. Like me, you’re in love with those things that go bump in the night and I’ll keep writing about characters who blow them straight back to hell as long as you keep reading.

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    Thank you Sean! I really enjoyed this post and hope that my readers will as well. I have a copy of Shade Fright that I’m dying to get to, (because I snuck in a few pages while reading another book for review ;)), and it was great so far, so look for my review soon. You can find out more about Sean and the books he’s written at  http://sean-cummings.ca/

    Giveaway Details:

     Sean Cummings has generously offered one reader a signed copy of Shade Fright! Giveaway is open to USA & Canada only. Sean will also be popping by to respond to questions or comments.

    Question: What’s your favourite type of urban fantasy, do you prefer the kind where the whole world knows about all the supernatural creatures, the kind where only the supes and a select few know about their existance, or are you a fan of both kinds?     

    For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

    For extra entries:

    • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
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    • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
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    • Contest is open to USA & Canada  and will run through March 24th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on March 25th. Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

     

    (I should also mention that if you’re leaving me a bunch of links in your comment, do not panic if it doesn’t show up right away. It just automatically gets held for me to moderate, which I will as soon as I’m online. :D )

    March 15, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, On My Bookshelf | , , , , | 20 Comments

    Erica Hayes – Winner


    A huge thanks to all the entrants for your great comments! The general consensus was that the dark/dangerous or unseelie fae are more attractive. I’d also like to thank Erica for guest blogging and for supplying the signed copy of Shadowglass! 😀

    Random.org gave me #64 from 76 entries. Congrats to Dawn for winning the copy of Shadowglass!! 🙂 Please email me at sidhevicious(at)shaw(dot)ca with your snail mail info so I can forward it on to Erica.

    If, by chance, I don’t hear back from the winner, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible entrants.

    March 15, 2010 Posted by | Contest, Contests, Winners | , , | Leave a comment

    Danielle Trussoni – Interview & Giveaway


        

    Sidhe Vicious welcomes author Danielle Trussoni! We’re looking forward to getting to know you and all about your novel ANGELOLOGY.

    Thank you! I’m really glad to be here.

    Your novel, ANGELOLOGY will be released on March 9th, 2010 by Viking Penguin Group. Can you tell us about it and a bit about the main characters?

    Angelology is a novel that follows a group of angelologists—scholars who track and study various kinds of angels—as they work to contain the machinations of the Nephilim, half-human, half-angel creatures who are first mentioned in Genesis: 6 of the Bible. The story moves through various times and settings, going from contemporary New York, to 1940s Paris to ancient Bulgaria. The heroine is a young woman named Evangeline who becomes enmeshed in this struggle. There is also a young man named Verlaine who begins to uncover the central mystery of the novel.

    What about Angels inspired you to write about them?

    Actually, I didn’t set out to write about angels at all. I knew that I wanted to set some of the story in a convent and so I went to stay in one to do research. While there, I happened upon a reading room with books about angels. I knew then that angels would be an ideal centerpiece for the novel.

    You’re currently living in the south of France doing research for the sequel to Angelology. Can you tell us about the new book? 

    Angelopolis is a love story between Evangeline and Verlaine set in Paris. There are forays to the south of France, especially the Bay of Angels in Nice.

    How did you get your start in writing? What, if anything, lit the “spark” to get you started and keep you motivated?

    I’ve been writing regularly since high school, when I kept very meticulous journals. I knew I wanted to write from a very young age, however, and so I have no real idea what inspired me to want to write. I think that it was something I was born to do.

    Worldwide, there is a Twilight craze, and your book features a love affair between a Nephilim and a human. What do you think it is about fantastical fiction that appeals to readers so much? Where do you think ANGELOLOGY fits in with this trend?

    I think the invitation to imagine a new world is irresistible for many readers and when this is combined with romance—which is a complete construction of our desire anyway—it can be even more seductive. ANGELOLOGY is (in my opinion) really different from Twilight, but there is still the obsession with otherness and desire in ANGELOLOGY, and there is definitely the element of fantasy mixed into a seemingly ‘normal’ world.

    As research for this novel, you stayed in the convent of Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, WI where your great aunt is a nun. What was that experience like?

    It was a wonderful, completely educational experience. The Sisters at St. Rose in La Crosse were generous with their time and allowed me to interview them. I was there before I had any real notion of what I would write, and yet they very openly allowed me to visit.

    What supernatural power or creature would you most like to have or be?

    I would love to be immortal and without physical substance, sort of like an angel, I suppose.

    If you could choose one fictional character to bring into real life, who would you choose?

    Orlando. Or Heathcliff. I can’t decide.

    How have the books you’ve read influenced the books you write?

    I think the books that influenced me the most were 19th century novels and, when I start to pull apart the structure of ANGELOLOGY, I can see that I was very much influenced by them. I love descriptive writing and larger than life characters, all of which are hallmarks of the 19th century novel.

    What do you do when you’re having writer’s block to “shake” it off?

    I force myself to sit in front of my computer until I actually write something. Usually I end up throwing this out, but it will get me started. Or I eat a lot of chocolate.

    ANGELOLOGY visits many different locations: a picturesque convent on the Hudson River Valley, the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the streets of Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria. What was your favourite location and did you visit them to write about them?

    Yes, I did visit them all, even the cave in Bulgaria. It is strange, because I love all three of these locations for different reasons. I can’t decide which is my favourite. I guess it would depend upon my mood.

    How much of the book is rooted in fact and where did you let your imagination take flight?

    I very purposely blurred the lines between fiction and fantasy in ANGELOLOGY. I chose characters such as Abigail Rockefeller and settings which many people are familiar with. I also have tried to create the sense that Angelology is a living breathing practice. Medieval theologians actually created angelologies–or systems of classification for angels– and were genuinely practicing the study of angels, but in our day and age it is difficult to imagine such a thing happening. In reality, it isn’t. But by creating a structure and an academy of angelology, and placing my angelologists in real settings, I hoped to draw readers into belief. One example of this is a website I’ve created: www.angelologist.com. You can learn a lot about the world of angelology on this site.

    Here is an easy checklist of fact/ fiction:
    ANGELOLOGY–Real although I changed its meaning and made it an on-going practice
    DEVIL’S THROAT–Real. One can visit it in Bulgaria. The legends about Orpheus are also really in circulation.
    ABIGAIL ROCKEFELLER–Real, although I’ve re-imagined her and made her an angelologist.
    ATHENEAUM, ACADEMY OF ANGELOLOGY, PARIS—False. Fiction
    NEPHILIM–Real in the Bible, so it depends upon whether one thinks the bible is fictional or not.
    Saint Rose Convent–False, but modeled on a real Saint Rose Convent in La Crosse, WI

    Are any of your characters particularly fun or easy for you to write? Any that are more difficult?

    I loved writing from the perspective of Brother Clematis, a 10th century Thracian monk. I also loved writing from the point of view of Gabriella, one of the toughest angelologists around.

    Do you have any tips for aspiring speculative fiction writers?

    Make your alternate world or reality as strong as possible.

    Thank you for giving me this great interview Danielle. It was a pleasure getting to know about you and your novel, Angelology!

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