As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It’s a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.
Maddy’s position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.
Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy’s building. It’s probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.
Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell…
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a copy of Black Wings.
Wanting What You Can’t Have
The main character of my new novel Black Wings is a thirtysomething woman who’s never had a romantic relationship. It’s kind of difficult to meet guys and date like an ordinary person when you’re an Agent of death in a world where people don’t even know that you exist. As Maddy herself says, “Attraction was not something I had a lot of experience with. I spent so much time alone as an Agent, rarely mixing with non-Agents, and I never dated. The job just wasn’t conducive to a normal social life. How do you explain to your date that you have to leave the movie for fifteen minutes as the hero is about to rescue the damsel because you have to pick up a soul that just had a heart attack while driving on Lower Wacker?”
Soon after the novel opens she meets Gabriel, a guy who seems too perfect to be true (and of course he is, because what fun it would it be if he wasn’t?). Once she discovers his real agenda she’s got to decide 1) whether or not to trust him, and 2) whether or not she should act on the growing feelings she has for him.
Pretty soon, though, it becomes apparent that wanting Gabriel is not only an improbable dream but an impossible one. There are some tremendous obstacles in their way and even though she knows that she should let Gabriel go Maddy just can’t reconcile herself to the idea that they can’t be together.
There is something about the lovers that are eternally kept apart that has always been fascinating to me. Romeo and Juliet, Buffy and Angel…in real life we like our relationships to run smoothly, but there is something so engaging about watching another couple’s angst.
I think it’s because a contented couple is just no fun from a storytelling perspective. A story where the boy and girl meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after with no difficulties is just not an interesting tale. It’s so much more fun for your heroine (and hero) to want what they can’t have. From a fiction writer’s perspective, strife is definitely the food of love.
CHRISTINA HENRY is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies, and subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. You can see her on the web at www.christinahenry.net
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Contest Time! Christina and I have a copy of Black Wings to give away. All you have to do is answer this one question: It’s the Christmas season, so…what do you want to show up under the tree that probably won’t be there? Or simply ask Christina a question. (US/Canda Only)
As always, there’s more ways of getting your name in the hat (remember, these aren’t mandatory to enter, just extra entries):
- +1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
- +1 to any review you comment on, however, comments must be meaningful. Just give me the title of the review and I’ll be able to figure it out from there.
- +1 If you are a follower of Literary Escapism on Facebook and/or Twitter
- +10 Purchase any of Christina’s novels (listed above) or any novel through LE’s Amazon store or the Book Depository sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: jackie AT literaryescapism DOT com. Each purchase is worth ten entries.
One thing I do add to my contests…the winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.