Back in the Dark Ages when the internet was a shiny new tool and I lived in the Sunshine State, I was working on a dark fantasy I called I, Lucifer. This title was singularly appropriate because it is a tale told by Lucifer in first person. In 2010, the unpublished entry took 3rd in the SARA Merritt Contest and later won the award.
I submitted here and there without much success. Angel books gained popularity, got old hat and began to fade from the limelight. Though there is romance in the story, it is not a romance novel. A few years ago, The Wild Rose Press began accepting submissions of books other than romance, and since I had established a connection with my very first editor Callie Lyn Wolfe, I sent the manuscript to TWRP…and was accepted.
Now, authors are given little say with regard to covers but I sent the cover artist Debbie Taylor a snapshot of a graphite drawing of an angel (I own the original). She took a stock photo to create this cover. You can see the resemblance!
Today, I sent off the final galley for Gylded Wings. It should be published in the mid-to-late Fall. I really look forward to seeing I, Lucifer in print and hopefully doing some open mikes, reading the prologue, which I think is one of my best bits of writing.
Here’s the official blurb:
Angels in slavery? Brit Montgomery cannot believe it, until she is sent on a rescue mission to another dimension and witnesses the cruel practice first hand. The angel, Gyldan, is the most beautiful being she’s ever seen. She is drawn to him but sometimes beauty disguises wicked secrets. This man who rocks her world seems more demon than angel.
Gyldan, born into slavery, has one desire—fly free When he escapes to Earth, he faces an alternate self-realization full of dark glory…and disbelief. Gyldan is bent on experiencing his newfound powers unmindful of the harm to Brit or others.
Confused and hurt by Gyldan’s erratic evil actions, Brit turns away. While Gyldan’s journey of self-discovery pulls him further distant, Brit finds acceptance in a solitary, comfortable life of her own until she realizes the day of reckoning has come. Will Gyldan be her final ruin or has he come back to her with a gift more precious than life itself?
Happy Friday and Happy Trails until we meet again…Linda