Today we welcome, Amy Ligor, author of Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1, which was released in January by Tribute Books.
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz’s establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel’s path and a warrior’s plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.
Why is paranormal romance such a big hit with the YA market?
I love this question because an author just asked me why the adults aren’t reading as many books as they used to. She was struggling to understand what ‘piece’ had suddenly gone missing in the adult fiction genres. I have to say, for a long time we were doing things that were fun – mysteries, suspense, awesome puzzles to figure out like, The DaVinci Code. But then we just seemed to switch; the books became depressing and female characters had no spark. There was no strength or power left in the heroine. The YA fiction market is huge, and the reason it’s huge is because of the romance, the paranormal worlds and characters that take us AWAY from everyday life. People want that, and that’s why more and more adults are reading teen books.
This genre offers a way of getting beyond what we see when we turn on the news. When you head into a paranormal YA book you get a hero, a super-strong heroine who has a ‘voice’ and isn’t afraid to use it, a love triangle that hooks readers right off the bat, and locations that we can only imagine. Romance will never die, but paranormal romance is reaching out to readers and bringing them in droves. They know that with these novels they can get away and experience excitement, love, yearning and mystery all at the same time…and forget about everything else that’s going on outside that window. I really hope that adult fiction goes back to this formula because we are all really missing those good, solid adventures.
I tried to make Until Next Time stand out in a variety of ways. When I turned to angels, I really wanted them to be different from any other angelic series that’d been written. I began by making them a team – an angel/warrior team that was actually created to be a partnership. You can’t have one without the other. And I didn’t want them to be tormented, I wanted them to be ‘new’ teenagers that hadn’t yet seen the ‘real world’ or gone on any adventures (like most teens who are waiting for that shot at freedom).
I wanted to know what a purely innocent soul would do and how they would react when they ran face-first into human emotions. Down here we have jealousy, anger, envy, romance – all of it, and I wondered how these two characters would keep their faith in one another in a world that was trying to tear them apart. They came down from a ‘perfect’ world, so it was a real thrill ride to see them deal with an imperfect one.
I also wanted the “love triangle” to be extremely different than anything else. In most novels we do know who the friend is going to be and who the soul mate is, pretty early on. With Emily, however, her soul mate is Matt – because they were made that way. But because of the job they have to do and who and what they are, she also has a soul mate on Earth. So it will be very interesting to see who she finally chooses.
One other thing that makes Until Next Time stand out is the fantastic cover! The designer and creator of that cover is a genius! And I can’t wait for the world to see a ‘gilded’ Matt on the next one.
Until Next Time, Everybody.
Release: February 1, 2012
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Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.
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