Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Heaven and Hellsbane Sneak Peek #2

 HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE, releases August 27th! 
To help gear up for the big day a whole crew of author friends will be stopping by all month sharing photos of their writing caves where they create those books we just can't wait to read. And I'll be posting excerpts from the first two HELLSBANE stories as well as EXCLUSIVE sneak peeks  of the up and coming, HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE book. 

Don't forget to enter the pre-release contest for a chance to win a Nook Color, $50 Amazon Gift Card and copies of the the first two Hellsbane books and the prequel! CLICK TO ENTER ]


Emma Jane Hellsbane was born different, the child of Fallen angel and human—the child of sin. But Heaven has a way for her to make amends for her birth. Like others born of Fallen angels, she’ll work as their bounty hunter, rounding up the Fallen and banishing them to the abyss. The trouble is, the Fallen won’t go quietly and Emma won’t be done until she finds the one Fallen angel who created her.

And then this happened...

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.

Now for the second exclusive excerpt of the upcoming installment of the HELLSBANE series, 

Book 2

“Dan, people are dying. I have to help if I can. You know that, right? I can’t just stop to go chase every thin lead.” But I knew it was a flimsy excuse. I’d barely even thought about the blurry photo of the angel who’d seduced my mother. Was I ignoring the chance to find my angelic father because a part of me didn’t want to leave this life? I didn’t know anymore.
“You make your choices, and I’ll make mine,” Dan said. Then to the demon he said, “Tell me how this works. What do I have to do to trigger my power?”
The point of Bariel’s sword lowered slightly as he pulled another sword from his hip. The black blade sizzled into existence as it drew from the hidden sheath—the air around it wavering like heat vapors, thin smoke rolling off the forming metal. “It’s quite simple. Use this sword to take the sword of a magister, and then kill him with it. Then we’ll see what happens.”
Dan reached out for the sword, but the demon held it back suspiciously before allowing the cop to take it in his grip.
“Any magister?” Dan asked, and the demon beamed like a proud father.
“Yes. Any magister. Even Elizal, if you like.”
Dan nodded, marveling at the weapon in his hand.
“Please, Dan. Don’t do this,” I said.
He got to his feet, ignoring me. “So it can hurt magisters. What will it do to demons?”
“Pardon?” Before Bariel could puzzle out the question, Dan slashed the sword across the belly of the demon, drawing a quick line of black, oozing blood. The momentum of his swing spun him around and he threw the gibborim weapon to me.
The toss was short, but I sped forward and caught it. Doc Westly was on my heels, but the moment of confusion played to my advantage and I twisted in time for the gibborim to race right into the blade—skewering himself through the gut. His blue eyes widened, surprise and pain playing across his face.
“Emma Jane,” Eli said, and I glanced across the overlook to where the bodies of the other two gibborim lay. I watched as Eli snatched up my sword. 
“Stupid soul sack,” Bariel said and I spun back to see the demon’s sword stab through Dan’s back and out his chest. “I did promise to release you, did I not?”
Disbelief stretched the whites of Dan’s eyes and he looked down at the bloody blade, his arms relaxed at his sides. His gaze came back up to me. “It’s okay,” he said, a shaky smile playing across his lips. “I’m okay. It doesn’t hurt.”
A scream ripped through my head, my mouth open, gaping, and soundless. Precious seconds ticked by but I couldn’t move, couldn’t think, my body like stone, freezing me to the spot.
Bariel pulled back his sword, yanking it from Dan’s spine, and the man’s knees buckled. Before his body hit the ground, Eli appeared at his side, catching him. With a backhanded swing, the angel sliced a line across the demon’s neck that I knew in an instant wasn’t deep enough. But it was all Eli needed to allow him time to vanish with Dan in his protective embrace.

I hope you enjoyed that little sneak peak! The stakes are high this time around and someone's going to pay more than they counted on. What are you most hoping for with Emma, Eli, Dan and the angels? I'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment.

There's still one more exclusive HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE excerpts to come! Check back Thursday to get a taste of the romantic path things are taking in the Hellsbane series book 2. 

It's not too late to read the first excerpt from the upcoming book here.

And check back tomorrow to see the writing cave of  Natalie Damschroder, author of HEAVY METAL, from Entangled Publishing.

Friday Robin Covington author of Playing the Part from Entangled Publishing will be here.

And Monday August 26th, author Simone Elkeles, that's right, 

NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Simone Elkeles,
will be HERE to help celebrate the release of  HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE (Aug 27) and sharing photos of her writing cave. 

Don't forget to enter the  HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE Pre-Release contest for a chance to win a Nook Color, a $50 Amazon Gift Card and copies of the whole HELLSBANE series so far!!

 Pre-Order HEAVEN AND HELLSBANEnow and be among the first to have a copy!
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