Release Date: August 23, 2011
Series: Company of Angels Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Fledgling guardian angel and yoga teacher Serena St. Clair dares enter Devil’s Paradise nightclub on a mission – to retrieve the wayward Hollywood “It Boy” she’s assigned to protect. But she’s ambushed by the club’s owner, Archdemon Julian Ascher. The most powerful demonic entity in Los Angeles, Julian is handsome as sin, a master of temptation who loves nothing more than corrupting pleasure-seeking humans. He won’t release the lost soul Serena is supposed to guard. Unless she accepts his dangerous wager…
After the disastrous way his human life ended, Julian vowed that no woman would get the better of him again. Yet this sexy-sweet angel, smelling of fresh ocean air and happiness, triggers centuries-old feelings. Now, their high-stakes game of seduction, where angels fall from grace and where demons fear to tread, will lead them either to an eternity in hell…or a deliciously hot heaven.
Hi Everyone! Please join me in welcoming debut paranormal romance author Stephanie Chong to Lovin' Me Some Romance!
About the Author: (From Author's Website) Stephanie worked as a lawyer at a top-tier Canadian firm and completed five university degrees before landing her dream job: romance novelist. Her degrees include a J.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University. When she’s not writing, Stephanie enjoys yoga, traveling and outdoor adventures. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pug, Dexter.
Why the sudden clamor for angel-themed paranormals in today's market?
As for the angel trend in paranormal these days, I don’t think anybody can say for sure what drives any trend. My best guess is that there are a lot of writers who want to expand the paranormal genre, who are looking for something other than vampires. There are so many amazing, spectacularly outstanding vampire stories out there.
There’s another element to why I think this trend is catching on.
We live in difficult times.
The world has been sunk in a recession for several years. As I write this, the UK is reeling in the aftermath of mass riots. Drought-stricken East Africa is struggling with a famine. The environment seems to be falling apart. With the incredibly wide range of the Internet, mass tragedies hit with a harder impact than ever before. These days, I believe global events affect us all on a far more personal level than they did in the past.
Ultimately, I think the interest in the angel trend stems from people’s need to escape from the overwhelming nature of modern life, even if only for a little while. And our desire to explore the idea that there really is a reason for everything that happens.
Stories about angels and demons give us a chance to think about big concepts like redemption and forgiveness. And about resistance in the face of the greatest adversity possible: pure evil.
Was this market need taken into consideration when writing WDFTT?
No way. The conventional advice is this: do not write to catch a trend, because trends are impossible to catch.
I started writing Where Demons Fear to Tread in January 2009. At that time, there was such thing as an angel trend. There were a few angel books out there, but nothing you could identify as “a market need.”
What I did take into consideration was, as I mentioned above, the state of the world and what I want to contribute to it. Above all, I wanted to write a story that celebrates the power of love.
By the time I met my editor in October 2009, there were whisperings of an angel trend. I was extremely lucky that everything fell into place for this book. And now, here we are nearly two years later, in the middle of what you call a “clamor.” :)
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