26 November 2012

Blog Tour : Gilded Wings (The Angel Chronicles #2) by Amy Lignor (Excerpt + Guest Post + Giveaway)

Thanks to Tribute Books for letting me be a part of this blog tour! I've an excerpt, a guest post from Amy and a giveaway for you guys today :)

Gilded Wings (The Angel Chronicles #2) by Amy Lignor.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : November 1st 2012 by Tribute Books.
The Beloved Angel/Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!

When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become…

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason - the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget…

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life - one chance - to live and love the girl of his dreams…

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.


He looked down at the answers recorded on the ship’s manifest. “It says here that Anya Kirkkomaski is traveling alone.”

Her full red lips tightened. “Obviously the members of the ship’s staff are not so very bright. Nor, apparently, do they understand my English.”

A smile tugged at the corners of Drew’s mouth. “Your English is just fine, miss. It’s hard to believe that they could be that feeble-minded.”

Anya shrugged. “Perhaps with all the accents they became confused. I’m sure we all look alike to them.” She took Gregori’s hand. “But their mistakes are not my problem.”

“Are you this lad’s sister? You are far too young to be his mother.” Drew’s heartbeat raced inside his chest.

Anya’s eyebrows rose up her soiled forehead. “Now, see that? You are quite bright. Perhaps you should leave your desk and go train the crew members on the ships.”

Drew couldn’t believe the in-your-face attitude of the young immigrant standing before him. Most people were humbled and grateful to be in a line that transported them into the world they’d been dreaming about forever. But this young woman, with tattered clothes and bruises apparent on every visible part of her skin, stood before him with belligerence shining in her gorgeous eyes.

Writing is Not a Solitary Profession.

A Room of One’s Own is the title of an essay written by Virginia Woolf that basically came from Woolf’s own belief that: ‘a woman must have money and a room of her own, if she is to write fiction.’ Now, in the time period Woolf was speaking in, she was perhaps correct, even though Jane Austen had proven years before (with the help of her father) that a woman could be published if the publisher didn’t know off-hand that the story was written by an actual woman. Woolf’s own father actually played into her belief because he only sent his boys to school, believing that females didn’t need to be educated - they just needed to enter into a good marriage. Woolf stated that for a woman to even have her own room “was out of the question, unless her parents were exceptionally rich or very noble.”

Thankfully, times have changed. Now, we all know that even when we have our own room the kids, spouse, dog, neighbors, etc. knock on that door - and usually right when we have a stellar idea (LOL). But whether the ‘room’ is the laundry room with a laptop hidden in the corner, or a lovely den (which I would kill for) with couches, a fireplace, and a massive lock on the door, our imaginations matter far more than that room.

Many writers will tell you that writing is solitary; it is one career where you’re alone. I have to disagree. The writing, yes, is much more easily done at 2:00 am when the rest of the house is asleep, but as far as writing being a solitary experience, I can’t see it.

The actual creation of the work comes with a lot of alone time and hopefully fast typing, but there are always family members and friends to bounce things off of. They give their opinions about the next twist, the character, the locale, etc., which truly helps the writing process. There are mentors - the people who support us no matter what. There are the cheerleaders who rave about us, the editor who tells us what needs to be cut back, added to or corrected even when we really don’t want to do it. There are publishers, public relations people, an agent, perhaps and the social media world of bloggers, reviewers and fans who create a ‘buzz’ about your writing if they enjoy it…and they’re the really cool ones because they share all kinds of opinions which brings new friends into you life that you never want to lose.

Add in to that group the actual voices in your head that you live with on a daily basis, and see? Writers have a whole ‘team’ that we love, trust and rely upon.

Perhaps if Ms. Woolf had lived in a different time period, or had realized just how amazing her writings were, she would not have fallen into that depression and walked into a river to take her own life. She believed the voices in her head were harmful, but for me those voices are more than helpful. They come from the imagination and I, for one, hope they never, ever stop talking.

So if you head down the ‘writer’s path’ and crave a room of your own (Gosh knows you’ll need one), be sure to remember to open the door sometimes. Because out there waits a really magnificent team!

Until Next Time, Everybody,

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Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories. Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13. She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer. Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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  1. Anjana, thanks again for helping to spread the word about Amy's 'Angel Chronicles' series. We appreciate your support :)

  2. Anjana - Thank you for having me on your incredible site! I appreciate you telling your readers about Emily and Matt, and I hope they enjoy the angel/warrior team's second adventure!