No Angel by Pippa Jay

No Angel

How far would you fall for love? Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave into his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he’d been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy and charming, he’s been top of his league for decades uncounted. Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, and the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on. But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.

No Angel by Pippa Jay

 

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A new burning consumed his body. He wanted to reach out and hold her. Wrap his arms around her, and drown in her kiss. But even as he took one shaky step toward her, the light and goodness within her scorched him and he staggered back a step, one arm thrown up to shield himself.

“Lucien.” Her voice washed over him like a sweetly scented summer breeze. He dared to drop his arm and look at her again.

“Miranda.” Her name came out as a growl, and he cursed himself for it.

Her frown deepened. “Lucien, what’s happened to you?” She took a step closer and he shied away. No matter how she’d come to him, welcomed him, her angelic powers could still be deadly. “Oh, my love, what have you become?”

My love. The words cut him as deeply as the priest’s forgiveness. The pain stirred his resentment. She had been the cause of his fall. The reason for his torment. And now she was scolding him for it?

“What I am is what you helped turn me in to.” He raised his head, glared at her. “What I am is because of you.”

She shook her head. “Is that really what you think? That it’s all my fault?” Tears glimmered in her eyes. “I’ve watched you for a long time now. Waiting for the right time to come to you. I’ve seen how your existence has come to trouble you more in the last decades. How the tasks set to you have crushed what remains of your soul.”

Lucien snorted. “My soul? I lost that with my heart. And my wings.”

“No. You didn’t. You hate what you do. You sealed your heart in stone to protect yourself, but you can’t bring yourself to fully give into the darkness, no matter what.”

Lucien shuddered. “You’re wrong.”

“You know I’m not.” She took another step toward him, and though he tried to back away he found himself trapped against the brick wall. She put up her hand, palm outward, as if to touch him. His breath stalled in his chest and his whole body might just as well have become stone. He couldn’t move.

 

Bio:

 

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Pippa Jay

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

 

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

 

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

 

Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk

Blogs –

Adventures in Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk

Spacefreighters Lounge – http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com

Romancing the Genres – http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.co.uk/

SFR Brigade – http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/pippajaygreen

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pippa-Jay-Adventures-in-Scifi/114058821953752

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/pippajaygreen/

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/101080630877126516448/posts

Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/PippaJay

Amazon page – http://www.amazon.com/Pippa-Jay/e/B0080QVWEE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1406376408&sr=8-1

 

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Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/No-Angel-Pippa-Jay-ebook/dp/B00QP7BNDA/

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Angel-Pippa-Jay-ebook/dp/B00QP7BNDA/

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Webpage – http://www.pippajay.co.uk/#!no-angel/c17g7

Digital Art

You probably didn’t know this, but I’m a doodler. I doodle in digital art.

I loved drawing female gestures and fantasy scapes. I also envied a good space painting.

In no way do I ever claim to be a form of a professional. I just doodle.

theringThe One Ring is an older piece I did to practice with metallic colors. Unfortunately, I lost the original files and this is a picture of a hard copy I had printed.

I’m telling you this because that is where I’ve been for the past few weeks. Doodling covers and promo items for a writer friend. You’ll see his cover reveal in a few days and will be able to tell him if he should use me for his next covers or not.

I may scare him a bit because the “concept” drawings look similar to this.

 

shade01This sketch is of Shade a character from my short story that is coming out in February. I had a cute idea for an image and since I was in a photo editing program, I thought I’d attempt to work up something. It turns out as if I didn’t already know this…that drawing in a photo editor with a mouse is a PITA. I’m waiting for a Wacom tablet and some illustrator software which I hope will make this process tolerable.

But in any event, yeah the cover art “concept” looks similar to that mess. It looks better once it is done :)

And now you know what I’ve been up to for a while.

And if interested I posted some of my older work on my Facebook Page.

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When Dark Falls

Pippa is back to tempt us with a vintage super hero romance. Since I’m in the middle of revisions and sequels for my own urban fantasy super hero stories, I’m super excited for this book of hers. You’ve got to check out the contest she’s running at the bottom of the post. What a wonderful idea.

 

Blurb:

In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.

Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.

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The roar of the cloudburner flaming into life woke her. The vibration as it powered up rippled through the building created a disturbance impossible to sleep through. No more being roused from sleep by the dawn chorus of traffic or a rowdy neighbor. Those days were long past. Everyone in Nephopolis woke to the sound of fire burning into the clouds, to cast a false darkness over the city. The shadow of Dark.

Kadie stretched…and froze. She stared at her left arm. A pattern of blue and purple covered her forearm, a harsh contrast to her otherwise pale skin.

She shuddered, turning her arm this way and that. Had she fallen out of bed? And if so, why hadn’t she woken? She didn’t remember catching it on anything yesterday that would have gone unnoticed and yet left such intense bruising. One day blurred into another now, but even so, surely she’d remember hurting herself that badly?

If I’d been conscious. She sat up and examined the bruise. It was the fourth injury in as many nights, and yet there’d been no dreams. No sign she’d left her bed in the night. Would she know if she’d been sleepwalking? After all, she lived and slept alone. Unless she was leaving her apartment to wander around in the corridors…

The idea made her stomach churn too much to consider it. Instead, she swung her legs out from under the duvet. Pale pink flannel pajamas clothed her, crumpled from a night’s sleep but nothing more. Her bare feet revealed no signs of midnight wandering. What the hell had happened to her arm when everything else seemed so normal?

When Dark Falls is an alternative 1920s superhero romance released by Breathless Press on the 21st November. Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE. Sign up to my no-spam newsletter HERE to stay up to date with releases, cover reveals, sales and giveaways for all my titles and more.

Bio:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk

Blogs –

Adventures in Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk

Spacefreighters Lounge – http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com

Romancing the Genres – http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.co.uk/

SFR Brigade – http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/pippajaygreen

Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pippa-Jay-Adventures-in-Scifi/114058821953752

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/pippajaygreen/

Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/101080630877126516448/posts

Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/PippaJay

Amazon page – http://www.amazon.com/Pippa-Jay/e/B0080QVWEE/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1406376408&sr=8-1

 

Buy Links:

 

Breathless Press – http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=25&products_id=691

Bookstrand – http://tinyurl.com/kkonr53

All Romance eBooks – http://tinyurl.com/n873eap

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/When-Dark-Falls-Pippa-Jay-ebook/dp/B00P5MQR6Y/

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Dark-Falls-Pippa-Jay-ebook/dp/B00P5MQR6Y/

Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/495412

Web page to other links – http://www.pippajay.co.uk/#!when-dark-falls/cl15

Contest:

pippa01Open internationally until the 19th December. I’ve donned my superhero guise for the length of the tour, and you get to name me and decide my talent(s)! If I like it, I may include it in the sequel to When Dark Falls and credit you in the acknowledgements. To enter, please put the name, talent, and your contact details in the comments. Please note – by entering this contest you are giving me full permission for me to use the superhero name without any recompense to you, financially or otherwise, other than the acknowledgement, and you are waiving any rights to the name. You’ll also get a digital format of your choice for When Dark Falls.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: MELKORKA – Put on Your Calendar

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Already on my calendar, how about yours? Any epic fantasy lovers out there?

Originally posted on Robertson Writes:

I am very excited to report that Book 1 in the Thrice Nice Legendsseries called Melkorkais gearing up for its debut release. I will be publishing this novel through Crimson Edge Publishing Company. This will be the first novel for the company with more authors works being published throughout next year in 2015. These will be announced in the coming months. The company will be accepting new submissions in January 2016 (unless things just really take off – there is always that possibility).

The cover reveal for Melkorka is scheduled for December 23, 2014. It will give you something (I hope) to admire and salivate at along with your holiday dinner. I will be honest, I am extremely stoked about the design and depth of the cover. The few select folks that have gazed upon its glory have already sung its praises!

The release date for Melkorka is…

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Primal Winter

Starting this week, I’m going strict Primal. I’d say I’m going strict Paleo, but I can’t give up my Greek yogurt. It is the one food I look forward to so much. It will be my one “vice.” I’ll try to eat less of it though until I find a Paleo food that I love as much as Greek yogurt.

I’ve been Primal for about two years now, but from time to time it gets shifted back to traditional food pyramids. It just slides into Low Carb which isn’t exactly Primal or Paleo. Time to get back on track for a while.

I’m dragging West and Bella with me. West also does low carb, but caves in for bread on occasion. Bella is a carbaholic, veggie hater. This is going to be tough.

Normally, I’m a very simplistic eater. I don’t need anything fancy. Just grill some meat and steam some veggies. Bella is going to miss her little higher carb foods. All of us want some grab and go items, especially breakfast.

When switching eating plans, I start with breakfast.

Paleo Apple Muffins

Blueberry Paleo Bars

Hot Fudge Paleo Bars

Along with a nice Paleo Thanksgiving, I’ll be cooking up a batch or two of these. See how they go over with the two backsliders. And I’ll be honest with you. I don’t want to lose the links, so I’m tossing them on the blog :)