GUEST BLOG: AMY LIGNOR

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Matthew & Emily’s ‘Supporting’ CastSometimes, an inspirational ‘bent’ on a book can bother readers. Some feel that if ‘Heaven’ is mentioned, then the book is all about being too preachy or looking at things from only one perspective. I hope that after Until Next Time and especially after Gilded Wings, readers will see that this team is all about two young souls who just, basically, are doing a job they want to do well.

They have a family, just like most characters do – whether those characters are a part of a supernatural/fantasy world or a suspense, drama, romantic world, Matthew and Emily’s family just have some added recognition.

Michael and Gabriel are their mentors and teachers. St. Francis is the fun friend who takes care of his animals and is always there when they need to talk to someone. Saint Mark is the visionary – he is the one who understands the power and tragedy of love, and knows how much Matthew and Emily need each other in order to survive.

When I put together Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – you don’t see the souls in robes – you see four very close friends who have passion for life. They have passion for their jobs as well as the two teens they have taught and raised. They play cards, they race horses, and make sure that with every win comes a vat of candy bars. Because, let’s face it, what better thing did the humans of the world invent than that fabulous concoction?

Perhaps my take offends some, but this is Emily and Matthew’s world; this is their daily life with their friends and family. Not everything in their lives up above nor down below will be filled with bright, white lights and choirs singing. From their perspective they train, they go to class and learn, they head to the library and read the stories of others who have gone before them; they worry, fret, love and live, while all the time having the kindest family to rely on when things get rough.

When the Son arrives, He presents Himself in a way that shows (what this author believes) to be his real personality. He is a communicator. He loves to smile and help the angel/warrior team who are doing their best to save souls down below and make the world a better place. When He was sitting beside Emily in Until Next Time, dressed in a suit with a top hat, it was because He was having fun; He took the dark look out of her eyes and brought her back to the world of happiness and love which is what Emily needed to continue.

In Gilded Wings, He will also appear – just once – when Emily needs her ’best friend’ to speak to. And Michael and Gabriel – the first team/duo who made sure to help, save, protect and punish, depending on the situations they were in – will also come to the teens when need be. Why? Because they feel as if they are fathers. They want Matthew and Emily to be safe in a world that doesn’t offer much safety.

What I hope readers truly understand is that The Angel Chronicles is not about the Bible, or Christianity, or preaching of any kind. It is simply about a duo who has a family that loves, protects and stands by their side when, at times, faith can waver.

Until Next Time, Everybody,
Amy

 

Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz’s establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel’s path and a warrior’s plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.

 

 

The Beloved Angel-Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!

When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become…

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason – the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget…

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life – one chance – to live and love the girl of his dreams…

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.

“Read along” excerpt: Drew took her hand. “It’s okay. Hope is sometimes a lot to bear. Anyway, look over to the right. There’s something I promised to show you today.”

Anya turned to where he was pointing and sucked in her breath as she walked closer to the amazing window. Inside—on black velvet palettes—was a sea of crystals and gemstones beaming in the morning sun. Included among the shiny jewels were beautiful glass lampshades of every color, shape and size. The ornaments were mesmerizing, like a thousand cathedral windows were beaming their heavenly light into the street. “What is under those colored shades that make them glow like that?”

“Those are light bulbs.” Drew smiled. “We’ve been working on electricity forever, but few homes have been able to have it. Factories have it, but now home lighting is becoming all the rage. Thomas Edison invented them.”

“Another brilliant man.”

“Yup. He’s invented loads of things. Tiffany took the idea and turned it into the most beautiful fixtures that have ever been created. It’s really fine craftsmanship.” Drew looked proud of his own knowledge. “America has created some wonderful things.” His voice suddenly changed, “Some bad things, too.”

Anya shivered at his haunted words; every once in a while a sadness came from his eyes that she didn’t understand.

“I’m afraid you’ll see those as well,” he whispered.

About the Author:

Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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Comments

  1. Judy, thanks for your continued support of “The Angel Chronicles” series. We’re delighted to have you participate in this tour. Thanks for sharing Book 2 on your blog.

  2. Another great post about the Angel Chronicles. Thanks so much for all the blurbs and the tour.
    Carol L.

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