Heaven and Hellsbane
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Ebook ISBN 978-1-62266-887-8
Print ISBN 978-1-62266-888-5
Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 97,000
Cover Artist: Karen Phillips
Someone’s killing angels and turning the half human, half angel illorum warriors against their angelic supporters. If the supernatural baddy behind the attacks isn’t stopped soon, Heaven itself could fall victim. The Council of Seven has called in the best they’ve got to find the killers, and no one’s more surprised than Emma Jane Hellsbane when it’s her phone that rings.
But when her own angelic mentor—and off-limits hottie—Eli is targeted, Emma takes it personally. With Emma hot on the trail of the growing army of assassins, though, hackles start to raise around her. Everyone wants to know if she’s in it to protect all angels or just one in particular. The Council has their suspicions…and so does Emma’s boyfriend.
Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim, and Fallen angels, but she’s defending her honor as well. The problem is even Emma Jane isn’t sure of her motives. One thing she does know: if she doesn’t figure out the killers’ identities soon, she may not live long enough to know what, or who, she really wants.
It’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter.
About the Author:
Writing was never a foregone conclusion for me. I once had dreams of being a psychologist, a pediatrician, a school teacher, a photojournalist, a bartender, and/or an EMT. And then I met my husband and my world came into focus. Being wife and mother are my highest priorities and greatest joy. But escaping to the fanciful, sexy worlds twirling through my mind is an absolute necessity. Putting those worlds, and the cornucopia of characters that people them, on paper is just plain fun.
Paige lives in Ohio, with her husband, and three daughters. When she’s not writing she can be found doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and the best way to stimulate your imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.
As the author of Hellsbane, I know all there is to know about Eli, as well as a few details he’d like me to forget. But I want you to get to know him the way I do. So he agreed to sit down with me and answer a few questions in honor of the romantic time of year.
Paige: Let’s start with and introduction. You’re Eli, right?
Eli: Elizal, actually. My Emma Jane calls me Eli…as does her…boyfriend, Daniel. Emma Jane seems to enjoy thumbing her nose at formality and any semblance of authority or proper decorum.
Paige: Does that bother you?
Eli: …From Emma Jane? No.
Paige: And from Daniel?
Eli: (no answer given)
Paige: Okay… moving on. Now, you’re not a typical angel, are you?
Eli: No. I am a magister—a seraph who has sacrificed a measure of my purity to aid illorum in their battles against the Fallen and their demon minions.
Paige: And an illorum is…?
Eli: A half-human, half-angel chosen to be a warrior of God.
Paige: And Emma Jane, she’s an illorum? And you’re her magister—her trainer—teacher—confidant?
Paige: Anything more? *wink-wink-nudge-nudge*
Eli: I don’t know what you mean.
Paige: C’mon, Elizal. The readers want to know…just how close does a magister and his illorum get? From what I understand you spend a lot of time together, facing life and death situations, sharing your most vulnerable moments with each other…that’s gotta have some effect on the two of you—bring you closer.
Eli: Emma Jane and I are close—yes. I am her teacher, her guide—nothing more. It is forbidden.
Paige: Ooo…forbidden love? That’s the best kind!
Eli: I said nothing about love.
Paige: Oh. So…you don’t love her?
Eli: Of course I love her… As I love all illorum.
Paige: But Emma Jane’s special, right? I mean, that’s what I’ve heard.
Eli: I don’t know what you mean.
Paige: According to my sources the, two of you were called in front of the Council of Seven (Seven archangels acting as a kind of Supreme Court for angelic affairs) because you’d crossed a line with Emma and they were worried your feelings for each other were growing too strong. Is that true?
Eli: I care about, Emma Jane. I will not stand by and watch her needlessly come to harm.
Paige: Whoa. Relax. No need to pound the table. You okay?
Eli: I’m fine. My apologies. Continue.
Paige: Okay. No problem. Now, you said you won’t let her come to harm. Does that mean breaking the rules? What if it’s a matter of life and death?
Eli: Emma Jane has shown me that there is a blurry line between stretching the rules and breaking them. Often it’s simply a matter of perspective. I will do what I can to protect her.
Paige: Because you love her?
Eli: Because I can.
Paige: And what if protecting her meant breaking the rules? What if her life depended on you smashing all the rules to bits? Would you?
Eli: Emma Jane is more than capable of taking care of herself. The question is moot.
Paige: Okay. Well what if something happened that Emma Jane couldn’t handle, or was out of her control? What if the Council tried to separate the two of you? What if it meant you’d never see her again?
Eli: This line of questioning is pointless.
Paige: Wait. Where are you going? Don’t be so defensive. It’s just a simple hypothetical question.
*Note to reader: The angel has stopped at the door, but still hasn’t turned back to me. We’ll see if he has the guts to answer…
Paige: Would you break the rules for Emma Jane? Would you go against the angels, against the Council of Seven, against God…for her? Is there anything you wouldn’t do for Emma Jane, Elizal?
Paige: Ha,ha…okay! (picture me smiling ear to ear.) That was somethin’ else. Elizal just slammed the door hard enough behind him he almost broke the hinges. At least we got our answer. Turns out angels aren’t that much different than the rest of us. Love has a way of sneaking up and smacking us all stupid. Let’s hope Elizal can handle the consequences of his obvious affection for Emma Jane.
If Elizal falls for Emma Jane, he could actually Fall…and become the very thing she was born to hunt.
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Paige, awesome Interview and I wish you all the success with Heaven and Hellsbane.