I am so unbelievably excited to be a part of the SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE Blog Tour. As anyone who has visited my blog since the beginning knows, I am a huge fan of author Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire series.
ANGELFIRE was one of my earliest reviews on the blog. Ellie, Will and Cadan were among the very first characters I met when I started blogging. They are characters I count among my favorites, characters that I will always feel a connection to, and characters that will always hold a place in my heart.
I recently re-read the first two books in the series in anticipation of SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and I fell even more in love with them. And while reading this final book in the series was heartbreaking, as I knew I’d have to say goodbye at the story’s end, it was also amazing.
It was the perfect ending to this incredible series. It was hands-down the best book of the series. And it made saying goodbye just a little bit easier. But only just a little bit.
Getting the opportunity to be a part of this “farewell” tour is such an incredible honor. I can’t thank Page Turners Blog and author Courtney Allison Moulton enough for allowing me to be a part of it. And I love that for my two – yes there are TWO – stops on the tour, I get to showcase a teaser and a deleted scene. Plus there is a seriously awesome giveaway to share.
While the Twitter chat already happened, each stop on the tour offers some amazing peeks at SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, a couple of deleted scenes, a couple “extras,” the Angelfire artwork and a look at the author discussing her writing journey – the post I’m most excited for.
Well… that and those deleted scenes. But those are for other weeks.
For today, my stop includes a wicked awesome teaser. One that is so unbelievably perfect because it showcases some of the things I love most about this series. It highlights just how kick-a** Ellie is. It shows just how open-minded and trusting she is. It is a scene that includes Cadan. And with its final sentence leaves a little bit of doubt behind about….
Okay, I’ll say no more. I’ll let you read it to find out just what I’m talking about.
But before that action-packed and seriously awesome peek, I’ve included a description for SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and one for the recently released novella A DANCE WITH DARKNESS about Madeleine and Bastian, if you’d like to check them out.
There is also a little bit about the author and links to all sorts of places you can find her online. And if you haven’t yet seen it, I’ve included the SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE trailer for your viewing pleasure.
Of course you can skip to the teaser first…. I know I would. It’s just that awesome. But don’t forget to check out the other stops on this tour and if you’re in the U.S. be sure to enter the giveaway.
Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .
Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:
She must fight for Will.
The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.
She must fight for humanity.
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.
And Ellie must save herself.
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.
In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.
There were shadows in this alley that no light touched, and where there was no light, anything could hide.At the end of the fourteenth century, angelic reapers struggle to defend London against a legion of the demonic who have their sights set on claiming human souls and ancient relics for a dark purpose. Madeleine, a young but powerful warrior, is duty-bound to fight the demonic, and she lives for this pursuit above all else. Then, on a routine night of tracking, she is ambushed by a cadre of reapers and, though she defeats them all, she is left wounded and at the mercy of their lord, the notorious Bastian.
Madeleine is astonished when Bastian lets her live. She goes deeper into the world of the demonic and is shocked to meet him again-this powerful reaper whose touch makes her restless and gives her a thrill unlike anything else. When they fall into a dangerous clandestine affair, her head and her heart must wage their war: can their love overcome his demonic nature? Will her dance with darkness burn her or bring Bastian into the light?
With scorching romance and fantastic action, this original novella is a prequel to Courtney Allison Moulton’s gripping and epic Angelfire series.
Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. She has always loved reading about ancient mythologies, dead languages, and telling scary, romantic stories. ANGELFIRE is her debut novel.
For more information about Courtney, visit her online at www.courtneyallisonmoulton.
A hand closed around my neck and jerked me around. More hands grabbed my arms, halting my sword strikes, and they yanked the Khopesh swords from my grip. I thrashed against them, but at least three reapers had hold of me—there were just so many bodies, so many that I couldn’t focus, couldn’t think. I could only move and throw myself around. Gabriel was coming, I could feel that part of me swimming to the surface from black depths. I could see the reflection of my face in the glossy black eyes of the demonic reaper choking me. My own eyes were filling with white as I began to lose myself to my power, but I couldn’t let that happen. I tightened my entire body, straining to keep hold of my sanity, to stay here. If I let go, I was sure I could destroy every last one of the reapers in the room—but that included Cadan.
He was there, appearing out of nowhere, slicing the head off one of the reapers holding my right arm. Now that I was partially free, I locked my gaze with the reaper squeezing my throat. I slammed my hand into the weak point on her arm, right into her elbow joint. Bone snapped and she released me as she threw her head back and screamed in pain and rage. I smashed my palm into her face, shattering her nose, driving bone and cartilage so deep into her skull that she turned to stone immediately—dead.
I turned to the last reaper holding my other arm and I buried my knee in his gut, making him double over with a grunt. A shadow fell over both of us and I looked up, gasping, with just enough time to dive to the side as Cadan slashed his sword through the reaper’s neck, nearly taking my own off with it. The reaper’s grip went slack and he crumbled to stone in front of me.
Demonic energy exploded in my face, sending me flying across the room like a kicked doll. I landed hard on a table, pain shooting up and down my spine, wood cracking under me. I looked up and stared into the face of the vir as she came down through the air. I rolled off the table and hit the floor just as she hit the table, shattering it beneath her weight. I scrambled toward my swords. She tore at me, claws hooking my clothes as my hands found the silver helves. I bounced to my feet and reeled on her. My sword disappeared into her chest, slipping under her ribcage and shredding her heart. She screamed as her body went up in flames, and another demonic presence flashed behind me. I swung my body around with a cry of desperation, my blade sweeping up toward a bare throat—and I stopped, my sword barely an inch from taking off Cadan’s head as he locked eyes with me. I gasped and the angelfire went out. I lowered the Khopesh and he swallowed hard with a deep breath.
“Sorry,” I mumbled, embarrassed that I’d nearly just killed him.
“No sweat.” He looked around uncomfortably, but we’d destroyed every demonic vir. The female was the last of them—besides, Cadan at least. I took a moment to realize that I had never expected to find myself fighting alongside a demonic reaper. But he’d had my back very much like Will had always done.
Wasn’t that amazing? Don’t you wish you could just dive right into SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE and continue the story to find out what’s going to happen next?
I know I do!
And even though I recently read SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE, now that I have my finished copy I’m so very tempted to read it again. To get swept up in this world once again. To fight the epic battles with Ellie yet again. To say goodbye all over again.
But maybe I’ll wait until after the tour. So I can read those deleted scenes and be able to put them in context with story. And also so I can hear from the author just what the journey has been like and just how difficult it has been to say goodbye.
Week 1: Jan. 28-Feb. 1
Week 2: Feb. 4-8
Week 3: Feb. 11-15
Week 4: Feb. 18-22
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