BOOK TOUR GUEST POST: Until Next Time by Amy Lignor
On my stop of the Until Next Time tour, I am happy to feature a guest post from the author, Amy Lignor. I asked Ms. Lignor to write about why a being as heavenly as an angel would need to be a warrior.
The Yin/Yang of Angels
In the literary world there are two types of characters that fit ‘perfectly’ into the mold of an angel. The ‘winged ones’ that have become famous – as well as infamous – over recent years, are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. First come the ones dressed in white, halos in place, who stand beside one and all and offer their help, guidance and loving kindness to those in need of support and/or friendship. Their counterparts have long been the ‘fallen,’ a group that has been seen in two categories. They are ‘good’ inside and want nothing more than to find their way back home; or they represent the ‘happy’ fallen who really do like their new lot in life and bringing darkness to the world. But what, exactly, lies in between?
I was asked to speak today on this fantastic blog about why an angel would become, or have the need to be a warrior? Matt and Emily, the angel/warrior team in Until Next Time, are bringing a new ‘face’ to the world of angel fantasy fiction. These partners were created ‘up above’ in order to be sent down to various places together, and live out the lives of people who have left too soon to get what they had to do, done. What’s wonderful about these two is that they are both angels and warriors at heart, even though one specializes in the angelic/guidance part of the job, whereas one was trained to fight, defend and even bring the guilty to justice.
Emily is not the warrior, although she has some very amazing gifts that offer her the ability to win a fight if she has to. But her main focus is constantly on what she can do to help the truly confused while her partner makes sure to bring the ‘fire and brimstone’ if necessary. Without her teammate, she would most likely have no idea how to succeed, wanting more than anything to simply find her way back home and stay there.
Matt is not the angel, but his skills are based in the world of the warrior. His strength training and abilities were taught to him by a very intelligent teacher, and these abilities are his main gift down on earth. Matt is an excited soul who truly loves the freedom he is given to see the world, but without his counterpart he would most likely be in a state of confusion and despair, with no idea as to where and how he would use his warrior skills.
Now why would an angel need to fight? That’s a lot like asking why people would possibly need a hero? This becomes quite a simple answer: Because there is ALWAYS a villain. It is necessary for the hero to fight for the innocent as his counterpart works on saving their souls. As we all know, villains are everywhere, and they get more and more powerful as time goes on. What the ‘bad guy’ comes to realize, however, is there is just as much ‘good’ strength on the other side of the field that will do anything to help the innocent.
This is yet another facet that Emily and Matt bring to the YA and angelic fiction worlds. As individuals they have power and strength. However, as a team they are the perfect Yin and Yang; the perfect partners that bring all abilities to the table and do their absolute best to make sure that the ‘good guys’ can somehow find a way to win.
Until Next Time, Everybody,
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.
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.