Can you believe June is half gone already? It seems to me like school just ended. Hard to believe that was two weeks ago already. At this rate, my little Cricket bug will be heading off to kindergarten before I know it!
*counts weeks left of summer*
Only ten weeks left. That’s not nearly enough summer! 😀
I had great plans for this summer. Plans for writing and querying. Plans for camping and adventure. Plans for fun. But after a spring filled with revisions left me sapped of my writerly mojo, I haven’t written a word in weeks. So what have I been doing?
Well, I have been camping. Twice, even. We had an adventure at the campground pond this past weekend, and an adventure in an antique store on our first camping trip. Said antique store had a calligraphy set, complete with a pen, four nibs, ink, and instructions for several different calligraphy styles, for only a dollar. I’ve taken up the pen a couple of times, but with less-than-stellar results. I can’t wait till I have more than a half hour at the very end of a long day to get in some practice. 🙂
I’ve listened to birds singing, cats fighting, and thunder crashing. I’ve seen roads washed out and rivers raging. And I’ve read a couple of fantastic books.
Yes, books. Glorious, wonderful books.
I’ve always got something to read with me, but it’s been a while since that something was a book. And not just one book – two books! I’ve read two books in the last two weeks, and it’s been a very long time since that happened last.
Oh, you want to know which books I’ve been reading? Very well, then… (Please be warned: mild spoilers lie ahead.) 🙂
I started off our first camping adventure with Guarding Angel, the first book in S.L. Saboviec’s Fallen Redemption series. Books about angels and demons aren’t normally my cup of tea, but with a blurb like this, I couldn’t resist:
Guardian angel Enael can’t seem to keep her human Wards in check. They’re the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating—she’s just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it’s not as easy as it might look.
When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael’s feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she’s known are turned upside down. Worse, angel-turned-demon Yasva, Kaspen’s former love, still holds him in her clutches. Even as Yasva works toward obtaining complete control of Earth, she taunts and haunts Kaspen’s and Enael’s lives.
Now Enael is forced to face her past (which is centuries long and bursting with secrets), her present (which is terribly unfulfilling and full of questions), and her future (which becomes more uncertain as time passes). Armed with a newfound love and fear of losing it all, she must figure out how to save the world—-and the angel she loves. Which side will win? Who will Kaspen choose? Will Heaven and Earth continue to exist, or will everything go to Hell?
The book starts off following Enael, who is struggling to help her Ward, Daniel, adhere to his Incarnation Plan. I was surprised when Daniel’s life ended but the book didn’t, but since he’s not the main character, I guess I shouldn’t have been. Though not exactly a likable guy, Daniel was intriguing, and by the time Enael had moved on to guarding her next Ward, I couldn’t put the book down.
The rest of the characters are equally fascinating. I love the way Enael’s relationship with Kaspen grows throughout the book. I love the structure of the story, how the author is able to tell such a complex and multi-layered tale without making it confusing. I love that it made me think, and reconsider some of the things I thought about life, love, and everything in between.
Of course, there’s more to this story than Enael and her Wards. Big things are happening, on Earth and in Heaven, things that will carry over into the next book…
…which I’ll tell you all about tomorrow. 😀
About the Author
Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.
Her short fiction has appeared in AE and Grievous Angel. Her debut novel, Guarding Angel, received an honorable mention in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. The sequel, Reaping Angel, is out now.
Come back tomorrow to find out all about Reaping Angel, the second book in the Fallen Redemption series!
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