Today I am bringing you an amazing Christian fantasy series. Below you will find the synopsis for each book and then the interview with Cecelia.
Book One: When Ash Rains Down
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Angels are real.
So are demons.
Shady Creek gets a whole lot scarier after Julia learns she's part angel, especially since the only person she can trust is an angel who's as infuriating as he is attractive.
Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia's doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that's not all that's changing.
When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes... into something demonic.
Demon after demon threaten Julia's home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad's disappearance. And now there may be something--or someone--dangerous after her.
Julia has to accept that she is not quite human. Will her infuriating but attractive Guardian Angel be able to prepare her for the battle to come?
LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | BAM!
Book Two: When Smoke Rains Down
Release Date: May 27, 2017
If only humans knew the invisible danger lurking around them...
In the aftermath of an explosion and Homecoming battle, Julia tries to form some semblance of a routine: work, study, and visit her brother who remains hospitalized. Unable to confide in anyone about her double life of being both human and angel, and fearful she'll bring more death and destruction to those she loves, she pulls away from her family and best friend.
When demons once again start to show up at every turn, seemingly bringing about her brother's deepening depression, she demands her sword from Nicholas. Ever the stern Guardian Angel, he forbids her from using it. Isolated, she takes protecting her brother into her own hands. But when demons show they have evils hidden within their weapons in addition to their ability to siphon souls from the living, Julia's not sure she knows the best way to handle saving him any longer. Especially when ash-colored lines begin to appear on humans, lines of demonic poison that travel through their veins toward their hearts and alter their moods.
Thrust into a dark world of conspiring demons, Julia is in more danger than she ever imagined possible. To stop evil from spreading and overtaking those she loves, she'll have to seek out the one person she mistrusts most--especially when a line appears on her own arm, and her apathy toward doing much of anything, including saving anyone, grows.
Enter a complex world where humans, demons, and angels collide, all battling to rule the Earth.
LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | BAM!
Book Three: When Fire Rains Down
Release Date: June 27, 2018
Hell is nothing like Julia imagined and beyond everything she feared.
The little town of Shady Creek is under attack by Lucifer and his demons. To save the people she loves, human-angel Hybrid Julia must rescue their kidnapped Guardian Angels, even when it means defying her father.
Trouble is, he knows only too much about Hell's perils. When a demon sucks Julia into a cosmic vacuum, the experience leaves an indelible blight she dares not mention for fear of losing her place on the angelic rescue team.
As a growing demon army surrounds Shady Creek, Julia's feelings for her own Guardian become all too real and dangerous. But the cosmic imbalance fueled by Hybrid Angels, Rogue Guardians and Warriors is already depleting the strength of the rescue team. And there's no room for distraction when the mission is to get into Hell—and out again.
For the sake of the mission, Julia must face the truth of the Hybrids' existence. Because nobody will be safe unless she can trust the gift of free will—for others and for herself—in this end-of-the-world finale to The Legend of Shady Creek Trilogy.
LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon
About the Author
Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She's a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold.
She's a first-grade teacher in a Catholic school by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that's okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel fantasy books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you--whether or not you feel particularly angelic.
Now on to the Interview!
Thanks so much for interviewing me!
What was your hardest scene to write?
The final scenes for When Fire Rains Down took me weeks to write… Or, I should say, not write. I went weeks without writing because I was so afraid to end the book. Even now, as I await final editorial notes from my editor, I am not completely happy with the final scene and will probably change it/add to it.
We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?
Gosh, I hope you all see her as a hero. Julia is an introvert, like me, but her life was so different from mine that the similarities end there. She cares fiercely for her family—to a fault. She's a work-a-holic who can only see a future with "things" for her mom and brother. I don’t really know any one person like that, and yet, many suffer from fear of being without, maybe are a bit more materialistic than we know we should be. She has to grow a lot to learn how to protect her family and friends while also becoming a better person. She has to learn to trust, to rely on others, to have faith in order to find the peace and safety she so desperately seeks.
A good villain is hard to write. How did you get in touch with your inner villain(s) to write this book? Was there a real-life inspiration for him/her/it?
Well, my book is a spiritual warfare novel, so angels and demons. The main villain is the devil. Scarily, he was once an angel of God, created to be good. Pride and jealousy and greed caused him to turn from what he was meant to be. Because of his decision, we all have these faults, too. Considering his desires and will for humanity and the world—control, worship, evil, I was able to write his portions of the story, to imagine what he wanted and what he'd do to get it. I imagined how he'd both appear and appeal to the humans and angels in the story, what truths lay behind his many deceitful masks. I'm not sure I hold those faults, per se, but I am sinful and know that we are tempted to act and think in ways that please him much more than God at times. Writing the ways that humans are lied to by demons was really how I got into the mindset to write the villain(s) in these books.
What real-life inspirations did you draw from for the worldbuilding within your book?
The town, Shady Creek, is a small town like many I've visited in Wisconsin. There's a main street with shops and apartments, a high school, forest, grassy areas with trees, a creek. I love willow trees, so there's a special tree by the creek that becomes very important to the story. The bowling alley where Julia works is inspired by a bowling alley in my hometown. The layout of Julia's apartment is a replica of the one I lived in after graduating from college.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I began this series years ago, so I can't remember really how I chose the names. I wish I could say something deep about the selection, something symbolic, but I think I sometimes take the first name that pops into my head when I create the character. I suppose it was different, however, for the angels and demons. Lucifer, for example, parades around as a human named Mr. Star for a majority of the series, and that's symbolic. Azarius and Raif and Michael are biblical angel names or variations of them. Legion also comes from the bible, when Jesus drives out the legion of demons possessing a man and instead they overtake pigs and are drowned. I didn't want to take any actual demonic names.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
When I started plotting out the novel years ago, I used a format I learned about from Christine at Better Novel Project. Then, after drafting book 2, I found Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker. I revised based on that and used that outlining formula for plotting and drafting the companion stories and book 3. I now write a brief summary for each chapter before beginning the first draft. I often also write a blurb beforehand so that I know the major plot points/character motivations/stakes so I don't get lost while drafting.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It should take 2-3 months. Some life stuff happened that shook me, saddened me, so book 3 took 9 and a half months.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I tend to dive in once it's outlined, but then as I get to portions where I need to know more, I take time off to research. How long all depends. I'll dig until I feel satisfied I know all I need to in order to make the story believable until I feel expert enough.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I WISH writing could be my full-time job! However, I currently spend more on editing and marketing than I make selling books. I am an elementary school teacher going into my 19th year in the classroom. I've taught every grade first through fifth grade over the years.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
Erm. I'd love to say YES, but not so much. To them (my husband and three kids), it's a hobby. They don't know much about what I write or why or who reads it. When my husband catches a glimpse of a review or an email or message from a reader, he's impressed that I'm actually touching people with my stories. My dad is proud of me, but he wonders why I spend so very much time and money pursuing this passion. Sigh.
What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
I so wanted to be a successful businesswoman, but I'm a shy introvert and have yet to master marketing.
What do you do in your free time when you aren’t writing?
I read, watch a movie or tv, play board games with my kids, watch them play baseball or coach soccer, drink wine with a friend, camp, run a couple of miles, or do housework.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Shiver is my favorite novel. I don't understand its negative reviews. Some say all the characters care about is love and being together. What's wrong with wanting love? What do real-life people want but someone to love them and partner with them their whole life through? The writing is beautiful and poetic. I love the language and the characters.
Do you drink any coffee or tea while writing? If so, what kind is your favorite?
Coffee. Black. Paul Newman, organic, special blend.
What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, Goodreads, etc.) and link(s)?
Anyway a reader wants to get in touch with me is my favorite! I have a website with a blog, and am on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Tumblr, Youtube, Pinterest… I've got it all, even though I'm still pretty terrible at social networking. I'm still figuring out how to work everything.
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Note: I am participating in this book tour with Just Reads. However, I was NOT compensated to promote this series.