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Monday, December 10, 2012

Gilded Wings Read-Along Blog Tour - Excerpt + Guest Post + Giveaway: Gilded Wings by Amy Lignor



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Author: Amy Lignor
Series: The Angel Chronicles
Number in Series: 2
Release Date: November 1, 2012
Publisher: Tribute Books
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance


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Gilded Wings Summary


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.




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Excerpt for Gilded Wings

A sinking feeling began to grow in the pit of her stomach. There was so much to learn and understand about the ways of her new homeland; she prayed that she’d be able to fit in and find a niche in this brand new world.

They continued down the street, passing a young man dressed all in black; his strange suit had a line of bright silver buttons that ran down his coat like a shiny zipper. He wore a metal pin on his lapel in the shape of a star, and a long, black stick hung from his belt. “Evenin’, Drew.” The deep Irish brogue cut through the crisp night air, as he stopped in front of the group.

“Henry,” Drew said, shaking the man’s hand. “Too cold for May.”

Henry sighed. “Tis a night to keep a flask o’ whiskey in your overcoat, lad.” He stared down at the boy with the gaping mouth and wide eyes. “Something wrong, sonny?”

Gregori whispered, “Why do you have a stick?”

“I’m a policeman. I protect the people ah this quarter.”

Gregori’s eyes grew wider. “You’re a sheriff?”

Henry bellowed with laughter; his ample stomach shook, rattling the silver buttons. “Not yet, lad, maybe someday. Ya be good now and don’t get inta any trouble.”

“I just got here.”
  

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Guest Post by Amy Lignor



The Angel/Warrior Team Discover ‘The Gilded Age’

The golden gleam of the gilded surface hides the cheapness of the metal underneath.”

Mark Twain wrote that and he truly believed it with all his heart. Everyone already knew what ‘gilding the lily’ meant. A lily was deemed exquisite so gilding it was just an excessive waste of money. It seemed appropriate that Emily and Matthew would be placed into this time period; this post-Civil War era that was all about taking a ‘golden age’ and turning into an excessive, ridiculous mess all because of money and grandeur that the wealthy were fighting for.

For a little background, Mark Twain (of course) is well-known for his childhood tales. He and Charles Warner - a writer and editor who was a neighbor and pal of Twain in Connecticut - were challenged by their wives at dinner one evening to “write a better novel than what they were used to reading.” Hence, The Gilded Age was born. Twain wrote the first eleven chapters, followed by twelve chapters written by Warner.

Suffice to say, the crowd did not exactly like this book one iota. They thought it was mean and that the sarcasm was heavy. And…it was. But it was also well-deserved. You’re talking about an age where money and social status were the ONLY things to worry about. Men went off to work (some stole, lied and wormed their way into the upper echelon), while others came off the boats at Ellis Island and used their intensity and determination to make it in NYC. However, there was a problem with inherited money versus working for it! The wives proved that to be absolutely true.

Caroline Astor is the one name everyone still knows. She was one of those people who inherited her wealth and prestigious name. The present-day site of The Empire State Building - 350 Fifth Avenue - was actually where Astor’s hubby built a four-bay townhouse in the newly fashionable brownstone style. The one thing Caroline wanted more than anything was to become the one and only grande dame of NY society - and the one way to do this was becoming a master at pushing to the curb anyone she believed was inferior (which included a great many people). 

 
Alva Vanderbilt became a socialite only because of the amazing amount of money her family had earned, and because they were ‘workers’ Astor had a hard time dealing with this. Mrs. Astor did have to eventually call on the Vanderbilt girls and was forced to formally acknowledge them in society which provided the Vanderbilt’s with the greatest fortune in New York - the open doors of high society. But from then on, the Astor/Vanderbilt war grew immense.

As you see the angel/warrior team become immersed in this upper class world, they try with all their hearts to figure out what the difference is between new and old money - and they find that the sins of this ‘gilded’ society far outweighed their class. In other words: If you buy a diamond for ten cents, then you have a jewel that’s not worth a dime. Has it changed in 2012? Only the names…

Twain took the gilding off the lily when he and his neighbor wrote their book, and Emily and Mathew fought their way through a society that was far more dangerous than the devil, himself.

Until Next Time, Everybody,
Amy

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About Amy Lignor:

  
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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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

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4 comments:

  1. Diana, it's always a treat having the angels featured on your blog. Thanks for helping to spread the word about Book 2, and for your enthusiasm and support of Amy's series. We appreciate it!

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  2. Diana - thank you so much for featuring Emily & Matthew. I hope you and your readers like their second adventure. Happy Holidays!!

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  3. Wonderful to hear! I've heard some very good things about this series. :)

    Hope you are doing well Diana. It's been a while since I've been by. And I took November off, so I'm back at it now. :)

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