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Release Day for Earth Angel!

2013-08-08

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Release Day for Earth Angel!

 

 

I'm happy to announce that my  novel Earth Angel has just been released from Ellora's Cave Blush.

You can read the blurb and an excerpt below.

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Halo Effect, book two:

When Porsche Winter sees a she-devil in a downtown bar, she knows it can only mean trouble of the worst kind. For this is not just any ordinary demon—it’s Naamah, Lucifer’s right-hand gal and head seductress.
At first Porsche assumes Naamah’s visit is a coincidence. But when the Four Horsemen show up, Porsche realizes that the Apocalypse is imminent. But there’s a teeny little problem—Porsche has been stripped of her angel powers after an earlier transgression, meaning defeating Satan’s forces isn’t as easy as it used to be. Meanwhile, Lucifer’s anxious to get a foothold on Heaven and the Heavenly residents are buying up shares of Hell in hopes of renovating the place.


Soon Porsche and her boyfriend Alex Chalmers—with the help of bumbling matchmaker Cupid—are faced with a choice. Fight the forces of Evil, or get ready to relocate to a far hotter locale.

 

Excerpt from Earth Angel:


I had seen Naamah in the patio bar, hadn’t I? I couldn’t chalk it up to a well-used imagination, could I? No, I assured myself, I’d seen her, plain as day. And discovering a she-devil on Earth under any circumstances was legitimate cause for concern. I glanced at the phone on the bedside table and decided to call in my only Earthly ally.

I dialed. Alex’s voice mail picked up.

“Alex, it’s me. Come home as soon as you can.” My voice sounded lost, desperate even. And that infuriated me.

In Heaven, I’d been one of the chosen, a warrior. Adjusting to life as a mortal was tougher than I imagined. Meanwhile, Alex worked as a Bay Street stockbroker and his life went on pretty much as before. Except for the addition of a fallen angel to his bed.

That sense of impending doom wouldn’t go away. Forced humanity or not, I’d learned to listen to that nagging little voice. It usually meant trouble.

But I tried to reason myself out of it nevertheless. Just because I’d seen a she-devil didn’t mean she was after Alex.

She confessed she had the hots for him, that voice inside reminded me.

True, I conceded. But there’s plenty of other Hell on Earth Lucifer’s finest could be up to. And I no longer had the authority or the ability to stop her.

Looking around, I wondered what to do next. My eyes were drawn to the drawer where Cupid’s locator was hidden. No. I had to have more to go on than chasing a she-devil across Toronto. I sighed and wandered back down the hall toward the kitchen, resigned to doing the dishes. The front door suddenly flew open with a crash.

“What the hell?” Alex demanded. He brandished his cell phone like a weapon. “What’s with that message, Porsche? You scared me half to death!”

He paused, looking at me standing there.

“There is something wrong,” he asked, eyes narrowing, “isn’t there?”

“I’ll tell you about it inside.” I pulled him out of the doorway into the apartment. He looked positively scrumptious in his dark suit, though I noted he’d loosened the tie in the heat. Respectable business attire, it hung perfectly on his muscular frame, while still managing to cling to every muscle. I caught the scent of his cologne as I squeezed past him.

“Porsche—” Alex followed me down the hallway, his hallway. The entire apartment was his. I was merely a houseguest with a long-term pass. Glancing into the bedroom, he couldn’t help notice the unmade bed. Neatness wasn’t among my virtues, while he was tidy by nature. Our living habits were hardly compatible. And if Alex tossed me out, I’d have to find a job.

There aren’t too many opportunities for errant angels on Earth.

I’d stopped in the hallway. Alex grasped my shoulders and turned me around. By the look on his face, I could tell he was imagining the worst. And what Alex could imagine was pretty bad. He’d been to Hell and back. “What is it? What’s wrong?”

I looked up into his deep-brown eyes and wholeheartedly wished I hadn’t gone downstairs this afternoon. “I saw Naamah today.” I let that thought sink in before adding, “In the patio bar.”

“The Naamah?” Alex asked.

“The one and only. Trust me, there isn’t room in Hell for more than one Naamah.”

“Are you sure it was Naamah?”

I nodded.

“One hundred percent sure?”

“Pretty sure.” Vestiges of doubt took root in my mind. Okay he had me there. “I mean, the sun was in my face. That was the idea. I was trying to get a tan.”

He took me by the hand and led me toward the sunken living room. The warmth of his skin surrounded mine, slightly damp from sweat. He had to be baking under that suit. And I’d probably given him quite a scare. A veteran of the corporate battlefield, Alex was accustomed to being scared under his expensive suit and used to not letting it show. He sat me on the couch and eyed me warily. “Okay, tell me the whole story.”

As I recounted the day’s events in a way that wouldn’t make me sound like a raving lunatic, Alex looked at me steadily.

“I thought she was after you,” I finished weakly.

“Me? Why me?”

“Oh come on, the obvious reasons. She’s had the hots for you since she saw the glimmer of your soul in Hades.”

“Well, the feeling’s definitely not mutual.”

“Are you sure? Entirely sure? You two spent some time together. And I don’t remember you objecting at the time.”

Alex’s eyes darkened in anger. He ran his hands through his hair, ruffling dark curls, making me wish we weren’t sitting here having this conversation. Making me wish we were doing something else entirely. “I wasn’t myself, Porsche.”

“No,” I admitted. “You sure weren’t. And we don’t have to get into whose fault it was, either.” I scrutinized him head to toe. “Are you sure nothing weird happened today?”

“It was a horrible day on the trading floor. It wouldn’t surprise me if Hell is to blame for that.”

“I doubt it. Lucifer’s shares have been frozen and he’s been forbidden to acquire more, even on Earth, until his court case is resolved.”

“And Lucifer is a man of his word?”

In truth the Devil could be counted on only to screw you over, I thought but didn’t say it. “No, but The Big Guy is. And right now I’m sure he’s paying careful attention to Lucifer.”

“Which means that whatever Lucifer wants, he’s going to have to find a more creative way of doing it.”

“Right.” Pieces of the puzzle fell into place. “Which explains why he might send Naamah instead.”

“But to do what?”

 

Avenging Angel, the prequel to Earth Angel is also available from Ellora's Cave.

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