The King of Demons and the Devil’s right hand man, Asmodeus is a dark angel born of evil and created for destruction. When his master orders him to venture into the mortal world and retrieve a female for him, he seizes the chance to leave Hell for the first time, uncaring of what the Devil has planned for her… until he sets eyes on the most beautiful woman he has ever seen—a female who awakens new feelings within his black heart, unleashing passion so intense that it controls him and desire he cannot resist.
He will not let his wretched master have her. She will belong to him.
Liora is a witch with a bad reputation and an obsession with fighting demons. A mission gone wrong sees her sent to Paris to cool off, but when a dark and deadly warrior with a gaze of golden fire lands in her life, she ends up burning hotter than Hell for the wicked angel. Nothing will stand between her and the immense, forbidding male. Not her cousin. Not Asmodeus’s sworn enemy and twin, Apollyon. And certainly not the Devil.
Caught up in a tempest of danger and soul-searing passion, can they survive against the odds and seize their forever after?
Follow the TOUR!
Thank you, Anna, for having me here today at Herding Cats and Burning Soup (I love the name of your blog!) as part of my Her Wicked Angel Virtual Book Tour!
First, here’s a little about me. I’m a paranormal romance author and I’ve been writing since 2005, and went indie in 2006. I love to write big worlds, populated by vampires, shifters, demons, fae and angels, and I have several series. This tour is about the Her Angel series, where passionate angels fight to protect the women they love in a deadly war between Heaven and Hell.
Today, I’m going to talk a little about writing the newest release in the Her Angel series, Her Wicked Angel.
Writing Her Wicked Angel was always going to be a challenge. During the course of the previous book, Her Demonic Angel, I introduced Asmodeus and he wasn’t exactly the sort of character you would instantly recognise as a hero. This was probably because he was busy torturing one of the other characters in the book and then fighting another and generally being what he is—evil.
Asmodeus is the clone of one of the previous heroes in the series, Apollyon, but he’s a clone with a difference. Apollyon and the Devil are locked in a constant cycle where they must fight each other every so many centuries and the outcome of that fight affects the world. If Apollyon wins, Heaven prevails and the Devil is trapped in the Bottomless Pit in Hell until their next battle. If Apollyon loses, the Devil can escape Hell and wreak havoc upon Earth. The first time Apollyon lost, the Devil tortured him to the brink of insanity, unleashing all that was dark in him and driving out all that was good. He used the blood of this evil side of Apollyon to create Asmodeus, and Asmodeus has spent millennia in Hell working for the Devil as his right hand man.
So you can imagine that turning Asmodeus into a hero was not going to be an easy task!
But while he was 99.9% evil, I knew that there was 0.01% good in him, and I just needed a stubborn, wicked, sassy and determined heroine to prod that seed of good until it became something bigger.
Enter Liora, a witch with a wicked reputation who knows what it’s like to be bad, but has found a way to balance both bad and good within herself.
Of course, when I write books, I hate making the journey of the hero and heroine easy. So, I tossed in a little problem with Liora being the cousin of Serenity, and also a witch, and Serenity just happens to be the girlfriend of Apollyon, Asmodeus’s hated twin (the feeling goes both ways). Then, there’s a little issue with Liora also being the target in Asmodeus’s mission for his master and the reason he was sent to Earth in the first place, and defying the Devil is not a wise idea, no matter how much you want the female for yourself. On top of all that, mysterious forces are at work against both Liora and Asmodeus, and no matter how powerful you are, your friends still might want to argue that evil angels are not good boyfriend material.
During the course of this story, I had to realistically change Asmodeus for the better without changing him too much. I hate stories where the hero starts out bad and delicious, and ends up a complete goody two-shoes. I wanted him to grow, and Liora to grow with him, without either of them losing that vital essence that makes them who they are.
I found that by letting the character of Liora run her own course, it all worked out in the end. She had just what it took to make Asmodeus embrace emotions he had always denied, and both of them ended up stronger because of their journey.
Asmodeus might not be a contender for hero of the year at the end of the book, but he’s on his way to finding balance between the evil and the good in him, and he’s stealing hearts along the way.
I hope you enjoyed this insight into writing Her Wicked Angel and the hero and heroine.
~ Felicity Heaton
FREE EBOOK: Want to get a free taste of this series? You can download the first book, Her Dark Angel, for free at selected ebook stores (and two other free paranormal romance ebooks too). Find all the links HERE.