Today’s Deadly Destination is from Paige Cuccaro‘s Emma Jane Hellsbane on Pittsburg from HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE, Hellsbane #2(published on August 27, 2013 by Entangled Select). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Paige Cuccaro’s Emma Jane Hellsbane on Pittsburg from HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE
I love Pittsburgh. But I should probably move. My name’s Emma. Emma Jane Hellsbane and I have singlehandedly put my beloved city right in the crosshairs of some of the most powerful beings in creation. And they’re usually not in a good mood.
I’m talking about angels and demons, of course. But they’re not the only ones popping in and out around Shady Side, or down in the strip district, or up on the Mount Washington overlook. I’ve got fallen angels and nephilim—half human, half angel people like me—cruising the downtown streets and causing trouble on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland too. They’re everywhere and I’m pretty sure there weren’t nearly as many before I picked up a sword and became an illorum—a warrior of God. It’s not as biblically epic as it sounds. I’m more like a bounty hunter…Heaven’s bounty hunter and my hunting grounds just happen to be around Pittsburgh PA.
Actually, there are things about this city that make it the perfect staging ground for the start of a war between Heaven and Hell. For one thing, there’s Saint Anthony’s Chapel over in Troy Hill. For a quaint little chapel it packs a hellova supernatural punch. Its pretty stain glass windows practically throb with the power imbued in the more than five-thousand sacred relics housed inside. That power came in handy when a friend of mine needed a shot of some seriously potent holy water.
And then there’s Point State Park, a green triangle of land where the mighty Allegheny River on the northeast and the powerful Monongahela River on the southeast come together to form the fast flowing waters of the Ohio River. Standing at the very tip of such a massive convergence of nature’s power you can almost feel the earth’s energy vibrating up through your body. Angels and demons are all about power.
But if we’re talking supernatural hotspots, the Mount Washington overlook seems to draw angels and demons like flies. I know it was always one of my favorite spots with the Pittsburgh cityscape stretched out below, from the point back to Oakland and on clear days even farther than that. I have a lot of great memories hanging out at the overlook, practicing my sword fighting skills with a good friend, long talks with my totally hot, and totally off limits angelic mentor. The place holds a lot of bad memories too. Really bad. I don’t go there much anymore. Not unless someone—or some thing—makes me. I miss it.
It’s all good though. I mean, being an illorum, a nephilim warrior of God, comes with some nifty perks. The ability to travel at nearly the speed of thought is a good one. It means I can get out of the city whenever I want. I can be almost anywhere in a matter of seconds. I’ve gone from Pittsburgh to India, to Brazil, then Egypt all in a matter of minutes. I take off when I can, but it doesn’t always help. Angels and demons are everywhere, they can sense me. The demons want me dead, and the fallen angels mostly want to avoid me—they want me dead too, but they’re happy to let the demons do the dirty deed. Suck is the life of an illorum.
Lately though, of all the places I’ve been and all the places I could go, I’ve felt a special longing for Positano Italy. My life and the life of someone I…someone I love changed there forever. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I’m ready to find out.
You can find out too in the upcoming HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE, book 2 in the HELLSBANE series due out August 27, 2013!
I live in Ohio, with my husband, three daughters, three dogs, and three cats, in an ever shrinking house. When I’m not writing I’m doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and for me, the best way to stimulate my imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.
1 copy of HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE
Available on August 27, 2013 by Entangled Select
Someone’s killing angels and turning the half human, half angel illorum warriors against their angelic supporters. If the supernatural baddy behind the attacks isn’t stopped soon, Heaven itself could fall victim. The Council of Seven has called in the best they’ve got to find the killers, and no one’s more surprised than Emma Jane Hellsbane when it’s her phone that rings.
But when her own angelic mentor—and off-limits hottie—Eli is targeted, Emma takes it personally. With Emma hot on the trail of the growing army of assassins, though, hackles start to raise around her. Everyone wants to know if she’s in it to protect all angels or just one in particular. The Council has their suspicions…and so does Emma’s boyfriend.
Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim, and Fallen angels, but she’s defending her honor as well. The problem is even Emma Jane isn’t sure of her motives. One thing she does know: if she doesn’t figure out the killers’ identities soon, she may not live long enough to know what, or who, she really wants.
It’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter.
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