Tuesday, May 25, 2010
When I started doing research for this series I tracked down a copy of the Book of Enoch (written by Enoch, Noah's great grandfather, which is not recognized by Christians and Jews as scripture and ruled apocrypha). It is the story of Enoch's visit to heaven, guided by an angel, and he was shown around, introduced to the various tiers of angels, and generally, earned a darn good tale to tell. I've used a lot of that mythology as a basis for this series.
I love that my Fallen ones are not necessarily the good guys. They, the angels, looked upon mortal women and wanted to Fall so they could basically sex them up and party all night with them. Of course, when a Fallen gets together with a mortal woman (I call the chosen mortal woman a Muse in my stories) she gets pregnant, and the resulting baby is a Nephilim. And let me tell you, you don't want to mess with a Nephilim. They are actually mentioned in the Bible, and nothing good is said about them. They are giants with carnivorous appetites. So you can see why it would be a good thing for me to keep the Fallen away from the Muses.
Enter the Sinistari demons, who were forged specifically to slay the nasty Fallen (yep, the demons are, mostly, good guys in this series). And what about the vampires? Well, they are without doubt, the real bad guys of the series. If you've read my stuff, you know my vampires run in tribes, and the Anakim tribe of vampires in this story descended from the Nephilim, and at this point in time, are incredibly weak and can't even walk in sunlight. They need a Nephilim to strengthen their bloodline.
Do you see where all this is headed? Rumors of an apocalypse are mentioned. Yep, it's going to be a lot of fun, filled with action and adventure, a touch of horror, and even some divine revelations.
The next books in the series are FALLEN (Feb '11) and ASHES OF ANGELS (tba). To read the prologue and first chapter of ANGEL SLAYER stop by my website! And if we haven't already given away a ton of books this week here at Riding, I'm going to toss in 3 more copies of ANGEL SLAYER to send to 3 lucky winners.
So, it's all about angels, demons, and vampires in the paranormal genre right now. Do you think vampires have had their heyday? Think it's time for the angels to rise as the new stars? Or are you just glad for the awesome variety the genre offers? Or maybe you're sick of it all and want to see more 'normal' books on the romance shelves?