Monday, February 21, 2011

Guest Blogger: Voirey Linger

Bio:
Voirey Linger writes stories dedigned to ruffle your feathers. Her second angel book, Forsaking Eternity will be available February 25th from Ellora's Cave Publishing, and this summer she will be launching a new series of erotic shorts called The Mansion series. She's also the founder of The Summer Reading Trail, a collection of free reads from authors of all genres. For more information about Voirey's stories or the Summer Reading Trail, please visit her Website at www.voireylinger.com.



Thanks to Paranormal Romantics and Annie Nicholas for having me today.

Someone recently asked me why I wrote angels. I didn’t really have a good answer for her. I grew up a pastor’s kid, so angels were always very real to me. I think that might be one reason I was never happy with the angel books I read. Most of the creatures being written as angels just didn’t feel like what I knew as angels, and my sense of what is angelic was so strong that I couldn’t suspend my disbelieve long enough to actually enjoy a story.

To me an angel isn’t a paranormal creature, it’s a divine being. There is a big difference between the two, a whole world of tricky morality with worse ramifications than simple death. This world gave me the perfect place to test my angelic heroes.

Renatus is an angel who exists in accordance with the letter of the Law. In fact, he’s one of Heaven’s legal experts, one of those who helps judge sinners. But recently, he was thrown for a loop. He’s been tempted by something he’s always thought of as forbidden. Now he wants to explore that illicit need. He can’t do it in Heaven, where the angels will be watching, so he comes to Earth with one goal in mind: To find a male lover.

Watching Renatus try to justify his choices, to maneuver for loopholes, was almost fun. Every time he thought he had things figured out, some new bit of information had to be factored in. Through it all he worked to make sure he would have a sound defense. And through all that finagling, he was growing more and more seduced by Adam.

I definitely enjoyed taking creatures with such a defined moral code and putting them in situations that were less than wholesome. The results were hot and sexy reads that were packed with conflict and action. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing them.


There are some things an angel shouldn't do

Renatus is a legalist and knows the rules better than most. But knowing the Law doesn't stop him from imagining the press of a hard, male body against his, or remembering one forbidden kiss that left him hungry for more. He leaves Heaven to mingle with mankind, hoping that satisfying curiosity will quell desire. He finds Adam, a college professor who has given up on love.

Adam once dreamed of finding the perfect man and settling down. His dreams and trust were shattered when he found out the truth about his ex. Meeting Renatus seduces Adam into taking another chance on love. But Ren is keeping secrets, and the only promise he will make is that he will leave.

Now the Most High has commanded Renatus to retrieve the Law of Men and Angels, and a vengeful demon is circling, waiting for her opportunity to strike. Staying is impossible, leaving unbearable, and Ren wants to succumb to temptation, forsaking eternity for a life on Earth with this man.



You can read an excerpt of Forsaking Eternity here (link: http://www.jasminejade.com/productspecs/9781419933226.htm ) and as a little teaser, to let you see where it all started, I’m giving away one copy of Risking Eternity (link: http://www.jasminejade.com/pm-8389-655-risking-eternity.aspx ) to a commenter.


Winner will be picked tomorrow.

14 comments:

Shirley007 said...

I absolutely adore angels. One might even say I have a wing-fetish. But this story truly has me intrigued. It's sad how few good angel-books there are out there, so I would be honored to read this one.

Jeannene Walker said...

Love those angels. Can't wait until Friday.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I love angels stories. I'm currently writing a Fallen Angel series, so my boys aren't so angelic. lol

I haven't read an angel story where the angel is heavenly in every way. There is something so hot about forbidden love, too.

I have a few question. For your angel stories, did incorporate any of the angel lore into your tale? There's a lot out there. All quite interesting.

If you can tell us without giving too much away, how does your angel walk among the humans with wings? Or is there some glamour involved?

I checked out your blurb for Risking Eternity- sounds fantastic.
By the way, I love your book covers. Were they all you hoped for?

Voirey Linger said...

Great questions, Karen.

The heaven/hell aspect of it added a lot of conflict for the angels, the forbidden love vs. following their hearts.

I did look into angel lore quite a bit, however because my world is founded in Judeo-Christian tradition, I shied away from a lot of the more secular angel myths. When they are mentioned, I balance them against the more religion-based concept of angels. it made for some very interesting writing.

The idea of how the angels walk among man came from Biblical accounts. In Bible stories, angels are often referred to as men. The angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel (The lion's den Daniel) as a man. So there had to be a way for them to disguise what they were and appear as human. I had the idea that angels exist in two ways, physically and spiritually. An angel can conceal his wings, or his entire body, by making them non-corpreal, or without body. So when they are waling around wingless, the wings are rally there, but only in spirit.

And yes, I love the covers. I have to credit Syneca, my cover artist. She did a wonderful job on both of them.

Margaret said...

Wow! Voirey, this sounds amazing! Can't wait to read it!

Sorcha Mowbray said...

Mmm..yummy hot angels! I have been delinquent in putting these on my TBR list. Will have to scoop them up in my next buying spree!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

You do have me intrigued.

Congratulations on your new release. I wish you the best!

Hailey Edwards said...

Hey, V! Glad you could swing by PNRomantics and hang out with us for a bit.

Like Shirley, I have a bit of a wing fetish. So heroes of the feathered persuasion are always list-toppers with me. ;)

Congrats on your upcoming release!

catslady said...

What gorgeous pics. I would buy your books just for the covers!!

Janet said...

What an interesting concept! I love M/M stories and adding angels into the mix is something new at least for me. Great job on titles and cover art, that can be enough to inspire me to choose a story in itself.

Sasha Devlin said...

YAY! Happy (future) release day! The cover is yummeh. No need to sign me up for the give away, RE is already on my Kindle ;)

Sherry said...

I love reading stories with Angels in them. The excerpts for your books sound so good and I'm adding them to my to buy list. Your covers are so hot. Did you have any say in the covers and who was the artist?

sstrode@scrtc.com

Voirey Linger said...

Sherry,

The cover artist for both is Syneca, a house artist with Ellora's Cave. I think she did a wonderful job.

As authors we get what is known as a cover art sheet where we fill in information about the appearance of the characters, storyline, and setting. The artist will take that information and create a cover.

Voirey Linger said...

Thanks again to Annie Nicholas and Paranormal Romantics for having me. I've enjoyed my visit. :)

Winner of the ebook RISKING ETERNITY is Sorcha Mowbray.

Email me at voireylinger(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your book.