Hi guys, we have C.C. Bridges stopping by today with her brilliant upcoming re-release Angel 1089, ww have a short interview with C.C., a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway where 4 lucky readers can win a $10 Dreamspinner credit each, so guys, check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~
A deal with the devil….
Gabriel 1089 is an angel—an enhanced and cybernetically modified human designed to protect the city in the sky called Heaven. He follows Heaven’s orders and fights its enemies. But when an attack by demons leaves him trapped on the earth below, missing both a metal wing and his network-enabled halo, he’s cut off from his home for good and at the mercy of one man.
Jeff Werth is used to demons in need of his mechanical expertise showing up on the doorstep of the junkyard he runs in Old Trent. However, he doesn’t expect to be stuck with an injured angel. Jeff owes the demons for saving his daughter’s life, so he does what they demand—he nurses the angel back to health and keeps close track of him as a possible pawn in the high-stakes war between Heaven above and the demons below. But he doesn’t expect the effect Gabe has on his heart, or having to choose between his daughter and the man he’s come to love.
The second edition contains a new chapter and has been thoroughly re-edited
I’d like to thank MM Good Book Reviews for hosting me today, and being the kickoff for my blog tour for Angel 1089. Since this is the first stop on the tour, I thought I’d do an FAQ and answer all your questions about the new edition. Stay until the end for a giveaway!
- Is this the same book previously published with a different cover?
A. Yes and no. This edition of Angel 1089 has been completely re-edited, and it includes a new chapter, as well as making sure all content fits in with the next two books.
- Wait a minute, two books?
A. Yes! The next two books in the Heaven Corp series, Exodus and Angels Rising are already written and contracted. Look for the new edition of Exodus in February, and Angels Rising to follow shortly after that.
- So are they real angels?
A. They certainly like to think so. However the Angels of Heaven Corp used to be humans that have been altered with cybernetics to give them metallic wings. They use their halos to communicate over the Angel Network.
- Is this a kissing book?
A. And then some. When Jeff and Gabriel meet, they are immediately drawn to each other, despite the circumstances that should keep them apart. Want to see how they get together? Pick up a copy of Angel 1089 on November 27th!
- What’s this I hear about a giveaway?
A. I’m glad you asked! I’m giving away four $10 Dreamspinner gift certificates at the end of the blog tour.
THE DISPATCH came in just at the end of his patrol, when he should have been flapping his wings for the upper circles and home. He did not question the order, as it was his duty to protect Heaven from the demons who flew in under the cover of darkness, who tried to steal from the supply stores, or threaten innocent people into giving up their tech.
“Gabriel 1089, you’re the closest,” Metatron’s deep voice intoned. The location of the warehouse being attacked appeared as a pulsing blue mark on the map of Heaven in his mind.
“On my way,” he replied. The connection simmered, never truly severed. Gabriel relished the contact, always hearing the voices of his fellow angels, the streams of data constantly cascading behind his eyelids. It was the strength of the Angel Network that none of them were ever alone.
Gabriel’s metal wings cut the air as he dove for the twelfth circle, skimming past the other silver spires and glastic platforms, the bright lights winking in the dusk. Few gondolas dotted the skies—most commuters were safely home by now. Daylight faded quickly between the towers, and the demons would be using darkness to cover their misdeeds.
Why this warehouse? Gabriel soared beneath the pillared supports holding the midlevel circles. He ducked beneath a row of arches, banking into a left turn around a tall spiral antenna. As he grew closer, he focused his augmented vision, zooming in on the two demons working on the entrance.
Perching on one of the metal support beams just out of sight of the demons, Gabriel accessed the warehouse data. He crouched, skimming the information. The warehouse only held storage supplies, which didn’t need a designated security angel. Perhaps the demons had gotten wrong information. They were more likely to go after food stores or the more precious medical technology, the things most valuable in Heaven.
Zooming in again, he saw that only one of them had a weapon, an old-style projectile rifle, aimed haphazardly at the skies. The other worked on the door lock, his back to his partner. They were both easy pickings.
“Send a gondola for prison transport,” he transmitted to Metatron. “These two won’t take any effort at all.”
It was tempting to just pick them off, using the pulse blasts from his sidearm. Gabriel unclipped the smooth tube from his belt to do just that. But then he grinned. It had been a long time since he had a good physical fight. Angels rarely got their hands dirty. A shift of his wrist had the tube elongating into a spear.
Gabriel pushed off the metal and concrete support, using the extra momentum to take flight. The first demon saw him coming but didn’t get his weapon up in time. Gabriel swept it from his fingers with his spear. He kicked the first demon in the chest, sending him crashing back on the platform, black and bronze wings all askew.
The second demon whirled around at the commotion, eyes glowing bright yellow, fangs bared in a hiss. Gabriel dodged the sharp metal claws as the demon took to the air with long, leathery wings almost too large to navigate the area under the warehouse platform. Gabriel used that to his advantage, ducking underneath pillars and supports, moving out of the way at just the right moment to force the demon to fly headfirst into a thick wall.
“Not on my watch,” Gabriel declared. The demon dropped to a support, shaking its head at the shock. Gabriel tightened his grip on his spear, ready to take the demon down. No one threatened his people.
Hands seized Gabriel’s ankles, tugging him off-balance. Gabriel kicked out, swinging his spear wide in an attempt to catch the first demon. But it wasn’t just the first demon. There were more than two.
There were dozens.
He struggled, flapping his wings hard to get out of their reach. Strong arms pulled at his spear, and Gabriel let it fall, fighting for air. He sent a brief call for help through the network, transmitting video feed, but couldn’t focus on anything more detailed.
If he could stall them until help arrived, Gabriel might have a chance. He came up through a platform opening, checking to see if he was followed. Something sharp pierced his left wing, pinning it to the metal behind him and sending pain shooting through his entire body.
Gabriel cried out at the shock, suddenly face-to-face with another demon whose features were twisted into a grotesque mockery—elongated jaw, fangs over pulled-back lips, horns against a heavy brow.
“Night, angel boy,” he snapped, holding something to Gabriel’s forehead. There was a sharp burst of light, like lightning beneath his eyelids, and then the whole world was silenced.
CC Bridges is a mild-mannered librarian by day, but by night she writes about worlds of adventure and romance. When she’s not busy solving puzzles in an escape room, she can be found diving into comics or binge-watching superhero movies. She writes surrounded by books, spare computing equipment, a fluffy dog, and a long-suffering husband in the state of New Jersey. In 2011, she won a Rainbow Award for best gay sci-fi/futuristic novel.
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11/24 – Divine Magazine
11/27 – Happily Ever Chapter FB Page
11/28 – The Novel Approach
11/30 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
12/01 – My Fiction Nook
12/06 – Dreamspinner Press Blog