A Privilege (The Angel Chronicles, Book 3) by Amy Lignor

A Privilege:

The Angel Chronicles, Book 3

The beloved Angel/Warrior team face pure evil in their final climactic story!

The first time they were sent down, Irish lives were led. Emily, the angel, ended up embedded in murder and lost in the realm of true love. While Matthew, the warrior, took over a life that left blood on his hands and anger in his soul.

With their second coming, Emily found herself facing an oncoming war that brought her to the shores of America. While Matthew tried desperately to unveil the evil character of a young man who was intent on locking his partner in a ‘gilded’ cage.

Now…Emily and Matthew find that their lives are all their own. Yet, all the memories, hatred, longing and regret have come hand-in-hand with this newfound freedom.

In small town U.S.A., Matthew finds himself loving his new life. From his military school existence to a new, ‘odd’ friend who’s arrived in town, Matthew’s looking forward to graduation and heading off into a brilliant future with Emily by his side.

Emily wants nothing more than to hide. Although doing her best to fit in, she lives a life on the edge, wondering when her past love with reappear to either forgive or seek revenge on the angel who let him down. Battling the shadows that seem to be breaking her soul in two, Emily soon discovers that her small, quiet town has a secret that’s beyond dangerous…

As she and Matthew join forces to help a ‘haunted’ victim, they open the door on a mystery neither of them can believe. A true villain has returned from the past, and not even their heavenly family will be able to save them. This time they’re on their own, as they face a fight that could lead them straight to Hell…and end the angel/warrior team forever.

Excerpt

Without a word, Matthew reached out, took Emily by the hand and pulled her down beside him. He looked into her eyes and smiled. “I knew my Emily was still in there.”Out of the blue, the room became incredibly hot, as if Gabriel had entered in order to give a lesson to his favorite students. “What?”

“That spark.” He pulled Emily’s face closer before she could push herself away. “You’ve been acting all this time like you’re just here to sit and wait it out until you’re lucky enough to go Home. But you’re still in there, Emily. You still have all that energy and belief in there and you want to do something. That’s the partner I know.”

Shaking her head, Emily listened to her own breathing intensify as she stared at his full lips and wondered why she felt so completely and utterly strange…vulnerable even. “I want to help this girl. This is a job, maybe my only job down here. She saw a ghost and she wants me to help her out, that’s all.”

“And you will.” Matthew captured Emily’s lips, and she could no longer feel the breath in her lungs. Completely different than the one kiss they’d shared up above so long ago, this one was far more demanding, as if Matthew was a young man determined to kiss his human love for the very first time.

Sitting back, Emily practically jumped off the bed.

“I’m sorry,” she heard him whisper behind her. “I guess I was just excited to see you again.”

Not trusting her voice, she remained silent.

“We have jobs, but we also have a life to live. Our own lives this time around. Maybe you should think about adding that into your angelic plans.” Matthew continued softly, “Jason isn’t here, Emily.”

The name being said out loud sent a chill down Emily’s spine. It reminded her of the vow she’d made a long time ago—a vow that an angel couldn’t break.

She cleared her throat. “It doesn’t matter if he’s here. We were sent to do a job, and maybe helping this little girl prove her story is what I need to begin.”

Standing up, Matthew looked as if he was a man who wanted nothing more than to turn back the clock and erase the name he’d spoken aloud. He walked to the open window. “Well, I hope the job goes well. Good luck with it.”

“Matthew,” Emily took a step toward him. “Don’t leave like this.”

He nodded at the book on the bed. “You have your mission, Emily…your job. Ghosts, goblins, lost souls—knock yourself out.” He took a deep breath. “I wonder when you’re going to figure out that the living souls around you would like some of your attention as well.”

Closing her eyes, Emily shed silent tears as she heard his feet hit the ground beneath her window. A friend, a partner, the one who actually listened, was now just an angry young man racing back to The Armory—a place where warriors reigned.

Emily sighed. She’d done it again. No matter how hard she tried to be good, her mouth always got her into trouble. She needed Matthew to understand. She’d made a promise to a young man a long time ago; a promise that was supposed to last for eternity. How was she to know at the time that their eternity would include death by her hand?
Had the second time around broken their vow? Emily had no idea. But whatever happened she could not and would not offer Matthew her heart if payment was still due for her past sins. Above all, Matthew was the last person who deserved to be punished for her mistakes.

Author Amy Lignor

Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

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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Interview with Pat McDermott, Author of Autumn Glimmer

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Boston, Massachusetts native Pat McDermott writes romantic action/adventure stories set in an Ireland still ruled by the heirs of High King Brian Boru. Autumn Glimmer, a young adult paranormal adventure rich in Irish myth and packing a hefty wallop of fairy magic, is the sequel to Glancing Through the Glimmer. Both books are “prequels” to her Band of Roses Trilogy.

Pat’s favorite non-writing activities include cooking, reading, music, hiking, music, and traveling, especially to Ireland. She is a member of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, Romance Writers of America, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. She lives and writes in New Hampshire, USA.

Website: http://www.patmcdermott.net/

Travel/Writing Blog (Put the Kettle On): http://pat-mcdermott.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pat.mcdermott1

Thank you for joining us today, Pat. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Before I do, I’d like to thank you for having me today, Cheryl. It’s a pleasure to visit The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection. I grew up in Boston, and I miss it until I try driving down there. I currently live near the New Hampshire seacoast with my husband and three Tonkinese cats. My kids are grown, so I now have the luxury of spending my mornings writing. My grandparents came from Ireland, and the music and legends heard growing up still inspire the stories I write. When I’m not writing, I love to cook and have my own cooking blog. I also have a writing/travel blog in which I describe my visits to various places, especially Ireland.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I can recall writing down stories when I was six. My family included some talented storytellers, especially my father. He made up most of his bedtime stories, and his tales often kept me awake for hours, in a good way: they made me want to make up stories too.

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

I had already written the Band of Roses Trilogy when an acquaintance suggested the YA angle. I found I loved writing about my “Roses” characters as teenagers. Their romantic escapades are a tad sweeter than those of their grownup personas, but their adventures are just as exciting, thanks to the zany Irish fairies who’ve joined the cast, creating all sorts of mischief with their magical glimmer.

Both “Glimmer” stories take place in the modern Kingdom of Ireland. They star Janet Gleason, the sixteen-year-old granddaughter of the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and Prince Liam Boru, the seventeen-year-old son of the King of Ireland.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

I found it a joy to read dozens of YA books to get a feel for the genre, and I’m still reading them. YA is a perfect vehicle for creating imaginary worlds and devising impossible situations with happy endings. Troubled young readers can find comfort in characters with problems similar to theirs, or they can escape from the stress of growing up for a while. I’m happy to provide a story or two to help.

As for the challenge of writing YA, the biggest one for me is getting my head back in teenager mode, but only from an emotional point of view. No sense trying to incorporate fads or clothing styles, as those change too rapidly. I’m also careful to avoid using “current” American teenage slang, though I do have fun with Irish slang. It’s no botheration at all!

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Autumn Glimmer reunites Janet and Liam for their second fairy adventure. It isn’t necessary to have read Glancing Through the Glimmer to enjoy Autumn Glimmer, but a touch of background wouldn’t hurt.

In Glancing Through the Glimmer, Finvarra, the King of Fairies, is unfazed by the fact that Ireland’s fairies are dying from lack of mortal belief in them. Finvarra would rather dance than worry—but he must have a mortal dancing partner.

When Janet Gleason’s grandfather/guardian becomes the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, she must leave her American school and friends behind. A royal invitation to the Ambassadors’ Ball terrifies her. She can’t even waltz and dreads embarrassment. Finvarra’s fairy witch overhears her fervent wish to learn to dance.

Seventeen-year-old Liam Boru loathes the idea of escorting another pampered girl to a ball. In fact, he detests most of his royal duties. He dresses down to move through Dublin unnoticed and lands on his royal backside when Janet crashes into him. He asks to see her again, and she agrees. Unaware of each other’s identities, they meet for a date, and the fairies steal Janet away. Liam’s attempts to find her lead to a glimmer-fraught showdown in the dungeons of Clontarf Castle.

In Autumn Glimmer, King Brian invites Janet and her grandparents to Glensheelin, the royal family’s country estate, to celebrate Halloween. Glensheelin is Irish for “the glen of the fairy pool,” which the mortals think is a fictitious old legend. In fact, a clan of fairies still lives beneath Glensheelin’s lake, and every seventh Halloween, they must leave their watery home to collect the flowers their queen requires to keep a hungry monster asleep. This year, Blinn, Mell, and Lewy get the job. Blinn wants to see the mortal king’s house. Lewy wants to taste oatcakes again, and Mell goes along on a tragic ride that leaves poor Lewy lost and alone. Liam and Janet must help him find the flower bag before the monster awakens, but Lewy’s misguided glimmer catches the young mortals in a magical spell that threatens to trap them forever in the palace beneath the lake.

What inspired you to write it?autumn-glimmer-200x300

Why, the fairies, of course! Seriously, a trip to Ireland, specifically to the Connemara Heritage and History Centre in Galway, introduced me to crannogs, which are ancient man-made islands. I liked the idea of having one in the lake at Glensheelin. As I already had my hero and heroine, I only had to concoct a troop of water fairies and a monster. That was easy enough to do after reading several old Irish legends, most of which I found in my aunts’ spectacular collection of antique Irish books.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Autumn Glimmer is available in e-book format from:

MuseItUp Publishing  http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=654&category_id=6&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

Amazon Kindle U.S. http://www.amazon.com/Autumn-Glimmer-ebook/dp/B00B5E0MS0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1360330192&sr=1-1&keywords=autumn+glimmer

Amazon Kindle U.K. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Autumn-Glimmer-ebook/dp/B00B5E0MS0/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1361408068&sr=1-1-spell

Smashwords  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/287743

What is up next for you?

I’ve nearly completed my first contemporary romance, set—where else?—in Ireland. After that, I’ll likely start a third Glimmer book.

Do you have anything else to add?

Just to say thanks again for having me, Cheryl. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my visit!

Thank you for spending time with us today, Pat. We wish you much success.

Interview with Maria Lucia, Author of Liberation: Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles

Joining us today is Maria Lucia, author of the paranormal fantasy Liberation, Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles.

Thank you for joining us today, Maria Lucia. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I am Cuban American and I moved to the US a long time ago when Castro first took over Cuba in 1960. I grew up in Tennessee and went to school there, all the way through college. I love animals and love hanging out with my new pup. She’s 3 ½ months old and a handful. We’re going to dog school together to get a better handle on things like jumping and chewing and chasing the kitties! I moved to Arizona about 3 months ago and I’m getting used to the heat here. It’s really hot! Like 110 and more! So I’m working on the second book and teaching the pup how to swim so she can exercise that way. I love the paranormal, spiritual, metaphysical, mystical and stories about history and the earth. I love to write about things that are happening in the world and connect them to my work. 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I’ve been writing songs for a long time but I got the bug to write this story about four years ago. 

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

I didn’t. It just happened. I just wrote this story because I believe in it and it has reached across many age levels. It’s great! I had no idea what kind of audience it would draw other than the obvious paranormal and fantasy reader. I was open to whatever happened. What happened was that the kids of some of the readers got a hold of the book and it has been spreading like fire. It was a pleasant surprise to me, they really relate to it. 

What is the greatest challenge?

My favorite part is that the ones that are drawn to Liberation were born loving the earth and the animals and believe in the ending of the novel as a real possibility for humanity. It’s like they already feel the story and know it. The book is about the story of the worlds of love and the races of love and what they’ve been through and how they are connected to today and what we’re going through together on this planet. That’s my favorite part about these readers that I wasn’t expecting. The biggest challenge is that I don’t have kids and feel a distance between us even though we think alike. I’d love to get closer. 

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

It’s an amazing story about 2 lovers who meet and are drawn to Washington D.C. and enlisted into a supernatural intelligence agency that is very secret. The agency is here to protect the United States and planet earth. But there is huge trouble because they discover a group of very evil characters who are in spirit and can’t be seen and are diverting the true course for planet earth. So the agency has to step in and a huge battle develops. The couple’s goal is to change the course of planetary destruction and complete an assignment they received before they were even born. 

What inspired you to write it?

The story came together piece by piece each time I went to walk the downtown areas of Washington D.C. I love doing this. I love visiting the monuments and getting into the energies of the founders and the old Washington when things were quite different. That’s what stirred the idea inside of me. “What if the USA and our planet had an intelligence agency that specialized in the supernatural areas of protection? And what if the headquarters were right here in downtown D.C. but no one could see them? And what if there were evil spirits involved in an unbelievable derailing of world events and it all culminated in the 21st century? In our time and current world news” well, I was on fire and I started plotting out the story. I took many autobiographical events and weaved them into the idea expanding as I went along and I began doing historical research of our beginnings as a race, and a country. I love Washington for holding this amazing energy for us all, our beginnings, how democracy came about and what our founders went through to get the idea established. It had never been done.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

If they are local and they live here in the Phoenix metro area I would love to invite them to come to Liberation’s launching party at Changing Hands Bookstore on July 21st at 7:00pm and buy it there. I would love to sign it and meet them! If they aren’t local then they can go to Amazon or to Barnes and Noble online or to any bookstore and order it.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

I have both. My website is www.andrusianchronicles.com  and my blog is linked to my website. I also have a Facebook fan page that I would love for them visit and “like’ Liberation and become fans if they love it. The link is

https://www.facebook.com/MariaLuciaLiberation?v=wall&ref=ts 

What is up next for you?

I’m getting ready for the launching party that I mentioned at Changing Hands Bookstore which is taking almost all of my attention. Then I’m going to work on finishing the second book of the trilogy. 

Do you have anything else to add?

I want to thank you for featuring Liberation! I love being a part of what you do! 

Thank you for spending time with us today, Maria Lucia. We wish you much success.