Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Vision of Hell - Guest post Felicity Heaton

Hi everyone today on my blog Id love to welcome Felicity Heaton. Today she is giving us her vision of Hell and a little about her Angel Series. !!!



A vision of Hell



Firstly, I would like that say thanks to Kat for inviting me here again to speak a little more about my Her Angel series!



For those of you not in the know, I’m Felicity Heaton and I write paranormal romances under that name and also as F E Heaton. I’ve been penning my passionate tales since 2005 and have written over forty of them in that time, and around thirty of those are still available. My romance novels often feature vampires as they’re my favourite creature of the night and I like to write them nice and dark, but I do love to write shape-shifters/werewolves, demons and witches too, as well as sexy angels. My latest release is Her Guardian Angel, which is the fifth novel I’ve released this year.



Her Guardian Angel is the fourth book in my best selling Her Angel romance series, and because it’s the first novel in the series (the first three books are novellas) I was able to give a little more information about the different realms. I’ve already spoken about my vision of Heaven in a previous post at this blog, so today I want to talk about my vision of Hell.



I’m sure everyone has a vision of what Hell is like and rather than try to go against what our minds conjure up when someone mentions the underworld to us, I decided to go with the flow but to create something vivid that a reader could really picture in their mind as they read the series.



In my Her Angel series, we’ve visited Hell a few times. In fact, the first book in the series, Her Dark Angel, has its opening scene set there. There’s an area in Hell where angels are grudgingly welcome and demons can’t do much about it. This area is a plateau of scraggly basalt that sits beneath a cavernous black dome and is the only entrance into Hell that an angel can safely use. Beneath the plateau, down a sheer drop of several hundred feet, is the pit. The pit is the place where the Devil himself resides, and it glows fiercely from the lakes of magma and the fires that scorch the land down there. We haven’t visited the pit yet in the series, but I have a vision of it in my mind as a sort of boiling flame-filled world with little solid ground to move between and a high risk of losing your life if you’re not fire-proof. Since the Devil is trapped in Hell against his will due to losing his last battle against the mighty angel Apollyon, the great destroyer and the hero in Her Dark Angel, it has to be one of the most dangerous places in Hell and not one that anyone, even a demon, would walk into willingly if they know the Devil is there. While the Devil can’t leave the pit to go to the plateau, he often casts his dark voice upwards in an attempt to ensnare the angels there and it takes a strong heart to ignore the temptation that the Devil offers.



I have a clear vision of the many different areas of Hell in my mind, a world of black sharp rocks and volcanic ash, rivers of fire and magma, and endless ebony plains punctuated only by spews of lava and billowing acrid smoke. Massive fractured black cliffs that rise up from valleys to form towers that soar into the darkness and appear like a fortress with a moat of fire. We haven’t ventured into the depths of Hell so far in the series but we have touched on it in Her Dark Angel, Her Warrior Angel, and Her Guardian Angel. The next book in the series will feature one of the Hell’s angels as the hero so a large part of the story will be set in the underworld and we’ll see just how terrifying and horrific it can be as he travels the broken pathways and passes masses of tortured souls. Because I’ve been planning that story, I’ve been thinking about Hell a lot recently, jotting down notes on what my mind conjures up. It’s always a dark place, very open but very claustrophobic feeling because of the endless darkness that surrounds people on all sides. Everything is black in Hell except the fire and magma, or the sulphuric smoke that chokes those unused to it. I can imagine that a mortal entering Hell would find it terrifying, and that’s what I’m aiming for. The great thing about writing is conjuring up these worlds and spending time crafting them and honing them, and intensifying them until they leap off the page and pull the reader into that world as they read the story.



That’s why I think it’s very important to push the boundary on places that we’re familiar with in life and Hell is no exception. The version of Hell in my series is dangerous, soulless and terrifying, a world fraught with perils for anyone other than a demon, and even some demons too, and a place where you’re lucky if you come out of it with your life. Angels know how dangerous it is and that’s why it’s a brave decision by any of them, even if they’re fallen, to head into the wilderness of Hell and leave the relative safety of the small area close to the pit that Heaven rules. Since the events that happened in Her Guardian Angel though, a visit to Hell is on the agenda and I can promise you that when you come to read it, you’ll be able to see it in your mind like a movie. It will come to life and you’ll find yourself journeying through Hell with the characters in the book. Are you ready?





I hope my post today has given you a clear vision of what Hell is like in my series. If you’d like to learn more about the Her Angel series, including reading excerpts and downloading samples, then feel free to visit the series page on my website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/ebookseries.php?series=Her%20Angel





Stories in the Her Angel series are: Her Dark Angel, Her Fallen Angel, Her Warrior Angel, and Her Guardian Angel. Excerpts from the stories and links to where they are available in e-book and paperback can be found at my website: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/ebookseries.php?series=Her%20Angel







Her Guardian Angel is currently available in e-book direct from my website, Amazon Kindle Stores, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. It will soon be available from Sony. It’s also available as a paperback from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Barnes & Noble, and will soon be available from other sites.



Her Guardian Angel





A simple mission becomes a fight for survival in this fantastic instalment in the Her Angel series.



A guardian angel dedicated to his duty, Marcus will do whatever Heaven asks of him, but even his loyalty has its limits. When his superior orders him to gain Amelia’s trust through seduction, Marcus starts to question his mission and his feelings for the beautiful woman he has watched over since her birth.



Amelia has gone from one bad relationship to another, so when a gorgeous guy moves in next door looking like Mr Right, she hopes he doesn’t turn out to be another black knight in disguise. But there’s more to Marcus than meets the eye, and when he rescues her from three demonic men, Amelia is thrust into his nightmarish world—a world where God and the Devil exist, and only one angel can save her from death—Marcus, the angel she’s falling in love with.



On the run from demonic angels and the Devil himself, aided by Marcus’s angel friends and their amazing women, fighting for survival against the odds, Marcus and Amelia discover a love that will last forever.



A love so strong it will shake Heaven and Hell.






Available in e-book for $3.99 from:
Author's website:
http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/ebooks.php?title=Her%20Guardian%20Angel

Amazon Kindle Germany: http://www.amazon.de/dp/B005EUJIG8/

Also available from the Apple iBookstore



Available in paperback for $9.99 from:








Biography:




Felicity Heaton is a romance author writing as both Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. She is passionate about penning paranormal tales full of vampires, witches, werewolves, angels and shape-shifters, and has been interested in all things preternatural and fantastical since she was just a child. Her other passion is science-fiction and she likes nothing more than to immerse herself in a whole new universe and the amazing species therein. She used to while away days at school and college dreaming of vampires, werewolves and witches, or being lost in space, and used to while away evenings watching movies about them or reading gothic horror stories, science-fiction and romances.



Having tried her hand at various romance genres, it was only natural for her to turn her focus back to the paranormal, fantasy and science-fiction worlds she enjoys so much. She loves to write seductive, sexy and strong vampires, werewolves, witches, angels and alien species. The worlds she often dreams up for them are vicious, dark and dangerous, reflecting aspects of the heroines and heroes, but her characters also love deeply, laugh, cry and feel every emotion as keenly as anyone does. She makes no excuses for the darkness surrounding them, especially the paranormal creatures, and says that this is their world. She’s just honoured to write down their adventures.





If you want to know more about me, or want to get in touch, you can find me at the following places: