It’s no secret I love writing winged creatures, angels being my current winged thing. Thinking how they might use these extra limbs as part of their everyday lives, what movements would be natural to them, what kinds of gestures and phrases would come from owning a pair of them launched some very interesting side trips into creativity.
Evangelos is my angel in Embracing Eternity, and his wings sparked an unplanned nervous habit. When he’s tense, he preens. It’s an interesting visual, this beautiful creature, a bit off-balance, trying to get himself centered, so he pulls one of his wings forward, curving it around his body, and he begins tending his feathers. I can see him stroking them, one at a time, in long even movements, letting the details of getting them just so focus him on the moment at hand.
I can see preening as an intimate act between angels, something lovers would do for each other, but poor Evan is alone. Something that would normally promote loving atmosphere is instead something he has to do for himself, a temporary fix that might force his nervousness back, but not really eliminate it.
The addition of wings definitely added a special dynamic to Evan’s scenes and gave me a chance to show his vulnerable side.
What kind of mannerisms might you have if wings were a part of your everyday life? Tell me and you can win a copy of Embracing Eternity, the third book in the Heavenly Lovers series, available November 2 from Ellora's cave publishing.
Evangelos has loved Philomela since before time began. He’s dreamed of having her in his arms and his bed. But she never once looked his way. Instead, she chose a Fall that transformed her into a monstrous creature. He never forgot the one he loved, and he’s determined to bring her back home.
Cut off from the power that fed them, Meela and the other Fallen angels became demons, thriving on vice and preying on Creation. Hell holds too much pain and Meela wants nothing more than to give in to the temptation Evan offers. But a demon has no place in the arms of an angel.
Meela knows Evan’s determination to save her will be his downfall, because Lucifer wants to feast on the power of angels—and she’s the perfect bait.
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