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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Gilded Wings Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, please enjoy a Guest Post by Amy on “The Power of Romantic Couples” where she discusses the importance of romantic couples. Also as part of the Gilded Wings read along, we have an exclusive excerpt from the novel! You can also enter for a chance to WIN some amazing prizes such as Gift Cards, Posters, and copies book 1, Until Next Time.
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.
The Power of Romantic Couples
When I think about The Angel Chronicles, I think about the first love that bloomed for Emily in Until Next Time, when Jason became a part of her soul. With Gilded Wings, I think a great deal about Matthew, and the power of friendship that can turn into a love that transcends time. With each story, Emily has to fight herself, as two very special young men go from bad to good before her eyes, and I wonder…where they’ll all end up.
Romantic couples spark our imagination. A good writer, who offers up those classic characters, can make women swoon and men have a very good time at the movies because their girlfriend/wife suddenly has that look of pure love in her eyes. (So, no matter what the male tells you, ladies, he LOVES sappy, romantic couples. Trust me!)
Bella and Edward, I know, are at the top of the list for this new generation. Their human/vampire connection seemed to grasp readers and movie-goers alike as they brought back Romeo and Juliet and turned a tragic love story into one where even though they’re dead, the romance lived on.
In my house, growing up, the romantic couple I always heard streaming from my sister’s bedroom was Scarlett and Rhett. She missed Tara; he, frankly, didn’t give a damn; and she would think about all of it tomorrow. You knew she’d get him back. I mean, come on! Scarlett took no prisoners. The confederates might even have won if she’d been in charge of their troops.
Jack and Rose on the ill-fated Titanic is also a big one for our time period. They brought us to tears as Jack succumbed to the icy water while he ‘lived on’ in fans’ hearts. (Although, if Rose had moved over a little, I swear there was enough room on that door for both of them.) But, then it wouldn’t have been the epic love story it became.
A lot of readers will not agree with this choice, but Edward Scissorhands and Kim were a lovely couple. You felt bad for the guy. I mean, he had to live on top of that hill and never come back even though his true love would live her life in that town missing him with all her heart?! (Not sure why she just didn’t climb up the hill periodically to see him but, again, I digress).
From Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca to Sam and Molly in Ghost – romance has always been a huge part of what ‘sells’ and what popular culture clings to. Face it, even in the hardest of times, with the economy failing, jobless rates skyrocketing, illness and war streaming from the television sets at night – romantic couples are NEEDED. They bring hope and lightness to life that nothing else can.
If I had to pick two absolute favorite couples, one would make most all women nod their heads in agreement, which is Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. The book was outstanding, but having Colin Firth in all his glory bring that prejudiced man to the small screen (and Matthew Macfayden bring him to the big one), made Mr. Darcy even more scrumptious.
My second fav may have only some people nodding, but I will always and forever remember Ennis & Jack in Brokeback Mountain. The hope that one had in his lovely blue eyes and the pain and agony that appeared in the other, made a powerful statement. Their love was unforgettable.
To me, there is only one romantic ‘couple’ that will emerge from The Angel Chronicles, and I hope that when all is said and done and that couple is decided upon, fans will cheer!
Until Next Time, Everybody,
Tears of fear had drenched Drew’s cheeks when he’d begged the doctor for information about where they were taking his father. The inspector had placed a hand on Drew’s shoulder and explained that his only family had to be deported back to Ireland for medical reasons. Drew’s father was going blind—some contagious disease called trachoma—and the horrible white ‘E’ simply labeled him for eye-problems; his ticket home. Drew had been calmly told that his father wasn’t healthy, and they couldn’t risk him being let through the ‘open doors’ of America to contaminate her people.
Drew had tried to race after him, but his father had turned, gripped him roughly by the shoulders and whispered in his ear, “You’re a man now…an American. I have never been so proud.”
With that tearful proclamation, his father had disappeared around the corner and out of Drew’s life forever. Drew was thankful that the inspector had taken pity on him, offering him employment in the home of a rich man whose dwelling was in the heart of the city. Mr. Carrow was a French immigrant and had made his money in the burgeoning railroad industry. He needed a young man to be a messenger for him; someone to carry deeds and papers to the law offices that dotted the New York City landscape.
Immediately upon seeing the malnourished boy, Mr. Carrow had offered Drew a room in his large house. Drew had made instant friends with the heir to the Carrow fortune, Maxmillian, who was the same age as he was, and their passage into young adulthood had been full of adventure and fun.
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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