Monday, December 15, 2014

Breathless Monday: No Angel by Pippa Jay

Happy Breathless Monday! Today we have a familiar face around the blog. Pippa Jay rejoins us with a thrilling tale of angels and seduction...I am soooo adding this one to my want list! Fallen angels are my kryptonite!

1. How did you start writing romance? By accident. No, really! I wrote a scifi adventure, but one of my beta readers turned round and told me it was a romance and I should pitch it as such. So I did, got a contract for it, and I’ve found it hard to write anything without the romance in it now.
2. Plotter or pantster? Complete and utter pantster.
3. What are three things you have on your writing desk? Coffee, notebooks and phone.
4. Favorite food? Pasta in a cheese and tomato sauce.
5. Tell us a little about your new release. What character in the book really spoke to you? No Angel is my first ever angel story, and was inspired by a submission call by my publisher, watching Peter Capaldi as a ‘bad’ angel in the televised series of Neverwhere (by Neil Gaiman), and Jude Law as Gigolo Joe in AI. I adore Lucien, my fallen angel. He’s very different to my previous male characters in that he revels in his ability to seduce people and his sexual nature. Most of my characters aren’t such hussies. :P I think of the story as Bladerunner with angels and demons - SF is my home genre, so a little scifi tends to creep into my paranormal writing (but sometimes vice versa).
6. I write because not writing is not a viable option.
7. What is your favorite type of character to write about? Tortured souls - the more tortured, the better!
8. What is the sexiest scene you ever wrote? I love the seduction scene from my superhero story, When Dark Falls.
9. What advice would you give new authors in the erotica/romance field? Read, write and research. And don’t give up!

10. What is next on your writerly horizon? I’m trying to decide on a project at the moment. I usually have several on the go, and focus on the one that calls me most and/or is nearest to completion, but several are competing for attention at the moment. I have a YA dystopian romance releasing in April 2015, and I have the rights back to a scifi romance novel that I’m editing to re-release myself in the New Year.

How far would you fall for love?

Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave into his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he'd been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy and charming, he's been top of his league for decades uncounted.

Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, and the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on.

But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.

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A new burning consumed his body. He wanted to reach out and hold her. Wrap his arms around her, and drown in her kiss. But even as he took one shaky step toward her, the light and goodness within her scorched him and he staggered back a step, one arm thrown up to shield himself.
"Lucien." Her voice washed over him like a sweetly scented summer breeze. He dared to drop his arm and look at her again.
"Miranda." Her name came out as a growl, and he cursed himself for it.
Her frown deepened. "Lucien, what's happened to you?" She took a step closer and he shied away. No matter how she'd come to him, welcomed him, her angelic powers could still be deadly. "Oh, my love, what have you become?"
My love. The words cut him as deeply as the priest's forgiveness. The pain stirred his resentment. She had been the cause of his fall. The reason for his torment. And now she was scolding him for it?
"What I am is what you helped turn me in to." He raised his head, glared at her. "What I am is because of you."
She shook her head. "Is that really what you think? That it's all my fault?" Tears glimmered in her eyes. "I've watched you for a long time now. Waiting for the right time to come to you. I've seen how your existence has come to trouble you more in the last decades. How the tasks set to you have crushed what remains of your soul."
Lucien snorted. "My soul? I lost that with my heart. And my wings."
"No. You didn't. You hate what you do. You sealed your heart in stone to protect yourself, but you can't bring yourself to fully give into the darkness, no matter what."
Lucien shuddered. "You're wrong."
"You know I'm not." She took another step toward him, and though he tried to back away he found himself trapped against the brick wall. She put up her hand, palm outward, as if to touch him. His breath stalled in his chest and his whole body might just as well have become stone. He couldn't move.


After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.
You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Wattpad

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