It’s wonderful to be back here at Paromantasy to talk about my latest release Her Guardian Angel and share an exclusive excerpt of the angel romance novel with everyone.
For those of you not in the know, I’m Felicity Heaton and I write paranormal romances under that name and also as F E Heaton. I’ve been penning my passionate tales since 2005 and have written over forty of them in that time, and around thirty of those are still available. My romance novels often feature vampires as they’re my favourite creature of the night and I like to write them nice and dark, but I do love to write shape-shifters/werewolves, demons and witches too, as well as sexy angels. My latest release is Her Guardian Angel, which is the fifth novel I’ve released this year.
Her Guardian Angel is the fourth book in my best selling Her Angel romance series. Other stories in the series are: Her Dark Angel, Her Fallen Angel, and Her Warrior Angel. Excerpts from the stories and links to where they are available in e-book and paperback can be found at my website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/ebookseries.php?series=Her%20Angel
Her Dark Angel, book one in the series, is currently on offer as my summer deal! You can get this best selling angel romance novella for just $0.99 from my site, Amazon Kindle Stores, and Smashwords until September 30th. That’s a saving of $2.00!
Find out more at my site: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/paranormal-romance-ebook-offers.php
Her Guardian Angel is currently available in e-book direct from my website, Amazon Kindle Stores, Apple iBookstore, Kobo and Smashwords. It will soon be available from Barnes & Noble and Sony. It’s also available as a paperback from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, and will soon be available from other sites.
To set the scene, here’s the official summary of the novel:
Her Guardian Angel
A simple mission becomes a fight for survival in this fantastic instalment in the Her Angel series.
A guardian angel dedicated to his duty, Marcus will do whatever Heaven asks of him, but even his loyalty has its limits. When his superior orders him to gain Amelia’s trust through seduction, Marcus starts to question his mission and his feelings for the beautiful woman he has watched over since her birth.
Amelia has gone from one bad relationship to another, so when a gorgeous guy moves in next door looking like Mr Right, she hopes he doesn’t turn out to be another black knight in disguise. But there’s more to Marcus than meets the eye, and when he rescues her from three demonic men, Amelia is thrust into his nightmarish world—a world where God and the Devil exist, and only one angel can save her from death—Marcus, the angel she’s falling in love with.
On the run from demonic angels and the Devil himself, aided by Marcus’s angel friends and their amazing women, fighting for survival against the odds, Marcus and Amelia discover a love that will last forever.
A love so strong it will shake Heaven and Hell.
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Amelia struggled to her feet, pulse pounding and stomach turning whenever the monsters managed to get close to Marcus. He was incredible as he fought, both violent and graceful, his movements swift and fierce, and aim true. He sliced down the back of one of the beasts and then turned and brought the spear up again, twisting it at the same time so he could cut through the second beast’s chest. It snarled and then roared, and the sound deafened her. She covered her ears and then shook her head when the beast with the cut arm and back turned her way.
It thundered towards her, heavy footfalls shaking the roof, and her heart felt as though it was going to explode or stop.
Before it could reach her, Marcus was in front of her, his right hand pressed against her stomach, forcing her backwards. He yelled and pushed forwards with the spear, and everything slowed down as it sliced straight into the monster’s stomach. Marcus didn’t stop. He pressed on, his hand leaving her and revealing a hot patch where it had touched, and she could only stare as the staff of his spear shortened again and he tugged it free of the creature’s body, twirled and hacked its head off.
“Keep back,” Marcus said in a thick growling voice and launched himself forwards.
He shot towards the other black creature at the opposite end of the roof, his spear extending again.
Amelia didn’t take her eyes off the monster in front of her. It dropped slowly to its knees, one scaly clawed hand still pressed against the wound in its stomach, and hit the tar roof and collapsed forwards. A pool of blood spread outwards from the neck and she looked down, following it, the world silent as her gaze tracked its slow progression towards her feet. She couldn’t move. She wanted to step back, out of the path of the blood, but her legs wouldn’t cooperate. The slick liquid touched the toes of her cream summer shoes and edged around it, engulfing them. Bile burned up her throat and she swallowed it down, unwilling to be sick even at the sight of such horror.
Marcus yelled and her attention shot back to him. He was fighting the remaining creature, doing all he could to protect her just as he had promised. Blood marred his pale skin and his armour, and his movements were slowing, clumsy now and scaring her. Fear for her own safety became fear for Marcus’s as she watched the fight, unable to tear her eyes away from him, her blood rushing through her head and heart quaking in her chest.
It leapt to her throat when the black beast turned, bringing its sword swiftly upwards and cutting across Marcus’s thigh. His knee hit the roof and he blocked the next slash of the creature’s sword with the armour around his forearm. The sharp metallic ring shot through her, turning her insides, pushing her fear to the limit. Marcus yelled and thrust upwards with his forearm, forcing the beast backwards and gaining more room but Amelia feared that it wouldn’t be enough. He was tiring and the creature showed no sign of stopping.
Marcus dragged the blade of his spear across the roof, scarring the black tar, and lashed out with it. The attack missed but forced the creature away. Marcus breathed hard, held his right hand out towards the creature, and vivid white light shot down from the sky, engulfing it. The beast roared and snarled, clawed at the beam as though it was a tangible thing that it could attack, and then rose into the air and disappeared.
Amelia stared up at the sky, breathing fast and shallow, on the verge of collapse. Heavy footsteps echoed in her ears and the sounds of the world started to return. She brought her gaze downwards.
Marcus slowly walked towards her across the roof, blood sprayed across his blue chest armour and face, smeared on his bare shoulders and thighs. She told herself not to go to him, that he was as dangerous as the monsters that had attacked her, but the weariness in his expression and in his eyes forced her to move. She stepped past the body of the fallen creature and hurried towards him. The warmth that filled his eyes when they fell on her heated her through and chased away her fear. She wanted to throw her arms around his shoulders and cry with relief that it was over and he was safe. She stopped short of him instead, afraid for once of doing what she wanted. Whatever had just happened, it had been real.
Marcus had saved her from men that had been monsters.
He sheathed the two blades at his waist, closed his eyes and hung his head as he drew a deep breath. The weariness written across every inch of him called to her, told her to go to him and soothe his pain, to give him respite and comfort. She looked at his thigh and the long gash there, and the ribbons of blood that trailed down from it towards the armour that protected his shin. The sight of the wound made her take a step forwards but she still hesitated, fearing that she was making a terrible mistake and that she had been right about Marcus. He was another black knight. A man more dangerous than any before him.
And she was afraid of losing her heart to him.
He wiped the back of his hand across his forehead, clearing away the beads of sweat gathered there and pushing his black hair out of his face, and then looked at her.
“Are you alright?” he said.
How could he ask her such a thing when he was hurt because of her, when he’d had to fight those foul things to protect her? Why? Tears welled up but she sniffed them back. She was stronger than this, made of sterner stuff that could withstand whatever life threw at her.
Marcus reached out and she didn’t flinch as he smoothed his fingers across her cheek as though wiping something away. She leaned into his touch and the hurt in his eyes lifted again, until he looked almost as he had done last night when they had kissed. Happy? She had felt happy in that moment too and she wanted to feel that again.
She didn’t want to feel scared, not of those things that had tried to hurt her or of Marcus.
He had protected her, had fought for her, but she couldn’t look at him without feeling a lingering trace of fear.
She would overcome it. Marcus had done nothing to deserve her fear. He had done everything to deserve her trust. She was stronger than this. She was.
Her legs betrayed her and her knees gave out. She didn’t hit the floor. Marcus’s arm was around her in an instant, strong and steady against her back, supporting her and holding her pressed against his body. She felt the wet slide of blood on her leg where his touched it, and felt the granite hardness of his armour against her chest, and the warmth of his skin on her side where his arm curled protectively around her.
Amelia stared up into his silver-blue eyes, amazed and transfixed as the darker flecks of blue in them moved and his irises brightened again.
“Amelia?” he said thickly and she melted into him, her strength leaving her, and couldn’t stop the tears from escaping. A pained look crossed his face as his gaze tracked them over her cheeks and then it softened as he gently wiped them away. “Are you alright?”
She nodded mutely even though she wasn’t sure if she was alright. She was alive, and so was he, and right now that was all that mattered to her. He wasn’t something to fear. He had saved her and she was safe with him.
“We have to leave… I know this is a lot for you to take in, but we are not safe here.” His words brought with them a flash of the man they had left in the alley.
Wasn’t he dead?
She didn’t want Marcus to fight another one of those things.
Amelia nodded again. He was right. They had to leave. But how?
She looked at the roof exit. The man would come that way, wouldn’t he? The others hadn’t. They had been here waiting for her and Marcus. How?
Marcus shocked her back to reality when he bent, slid his other arm under the crook of her knees, and lifted her. Her arms instantly looped around his neck, fear of falling chasing away the madness of everything that had happened for a sweet brief moment before it came crashing back again. She stared at Marcus, trying to force herself to see him as he was. A man wearing armour, bloodied from his battle against two monsters. A warrior who had protected her.
“Trust me, Amelia,” he whispered so close to her face that his warm breath fanned her neck and she looked at him, deep into his eyes, seeing only hope in them.
“I do,” she said in a low voice and then wasn’t sure it had been the right thing to say when he ran towards the edge of the roof and leapt off.
Amelia’s eyes slowly widened as they hurtled towards the roof of the next building over fifty feet below them and she dug her fingers into Marcus’s hair, holding on for dear life. She opened her mouth to let out a scream and curled up, bracing for impact. Was this how her short life was going to end?
She turned to face Marcus and his gaze met hers, expression awkward and bordering on irritated. Not the sort of face she had expected from a man about to die.
They hit the roof.
Rather than the collision she had braced for, it felt more like Marcus had jumped barely a few feet. He landed in a crouch with her tucked as close to his chest as his blue armour allowed, and then stood. Her heart slowly came unstuck from the back of her throat and dropped into her chest, and she stared back up at the roof of the building he had leapt from, unable to believe they had fallen so far without injury.
Something in Marcus’s eyes said that he hadn’t expected that to happen either. He looked over his shoulder at the back of his armour, frowned, and turned to her. There was worry in his eyes that hadn’t been there during the battle on the roof or their escape from the alley.
“Is something wrong?” she said and his silence and the confusion mixing with the fear in his eyes told her there was.
Amelia looked at his shoulders, remembering the two long slits in the back of his armour.
He hadn’t expected to fall.
Just what had he expected to happen?
Read the first five chapters of Her Guardian Angel at my website, or find out where to buy: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/ebooks.php?title=Her%20Guardian%20Angel
I hope you’ve enjoyed this excerpt and that it has intrigued you enough that you want to find out more about the series and the books, and that you’ll follow me on my Paranormal Pandemonium 2011 Blog Tour so you can learn more about the characters, the series and the books, and participate in the giveaways. You can find out my tour dates at my website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/paranormal-pandemonium-blog-tour.php
Felicity Heaton is a romance author writing as both Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. She is passionate about penning paranormal tales full of vampires, witches, werewolves, angels and shape-shifters, and has been interested in all things preternatural and fantastical since she was just a child. Her other passion is science-fiction and she likes nothing more than to immerse herself in a whole new universe and the amazing species therein. She used to while away days at school and college dreaming of vampires, werewolves and witches, or being lost in space, and used to while away evenings watching movies about them or reading gothic horror stories, science-fiction and romances.
Having tried her hand at various romance genres, it was only natural for her to turn her focus back to the paranormal, fantasy and science-fiction worlds she enjoys so much. She loves to write seductive, sexy and strong vampires, werewolves, witches, angels and alien species. The worlds she often dreams up for them are vicious, dark and dangerous, reflecting aspects of the heroines and heroes, but her characters also love deeply, laugh, cry and feel every emotion as keenly as anyone does. She makes no excuses for the darkness surrounding them, especially the paranormal creatures, and says that this is their world. She’s just honoured to write down their adventures.
If you want to know more about me, or want to get in touch, you can find me at the following places:
My website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/
My blog: http://www.indieparanormalromancebooks.com/
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