Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Out in Blue by Sarah Gilman-Character Interview & Review: Bewitching Promotions

Today, I am excited to host Sarah Gilman who is touring with her amazing book Out in Blue.  Also, joining Sarah and me is Rapheal.  I read this book several days ago and can't say enough good things about it. So get started. Scroll on down to read my review and an exclusive interview with the Fallen Archangle, Rapheal.





RETURN TO SANCTUARY
Book One by Sarah Gilman

Book:
Out In Blue   
Author
Sarah Gilman 
Genre: 
Paranormal Romance Novel
Length:
250 pages
Release Date:
September 6, 2011 
ePub ISBN: 978‐1‐937044‐26‐8
Print ISBN: 9781937044275

In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing. Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren’s father, Wren’s isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he’s sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger’s every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he’s ever known.

MY REVIEW
5 Stars

This is a uniquely imaginative novel that I think is exceptional.  I was hooked almost immediately and became caught up in the lives and adventures of Wren and Ginger. The chemistry between the pair sizzled. The tension escalated throughout until, finally, ignited by a fiery inferno, Wren found his destiny.

I love the way in which the author describes the beautiful, snowy-white wings, and deals with the handicap they can be when Wren is not in flight.  The characters are likable, interesting, and complex.  The society in which they dwell is harsh and unforgiving.  Almost magical writing captures the essence of the magnificent landscape, and the stunning scenery was vividly painted on the canvas of my imagination.

The author delicately weaves a mesmerizing fantasy that is as alluring as it is unusual. I had no difficulty suspending disbelief; embracing this dark, dangerous, secret society of archangels and protective demons that are stalked mercilessly by greedy poachers. 

Then, there lives the malignant force that hides itself among the brainwashed masses, coveting what can never be theirs. The evil, unseen enemy wrecks havoc, destroys harmony, leaving only discord and disillusionment in its mysterious wake. This captivating, fast-paced story is a brilliant start to what will be an astounding series. 

Reviewed by Laurie-J

Thanks to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for providing a digital copy in return for my unbiased review.

CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH RAPHAEL
On a warm spring day, I got a chance to see what few of us humans ever get to see: Vermont’s demon colony, Sanctuary. I traveled to the rural northeast region of the state where a pair of demon Guardians escorted me into the colony. After a tour of Sanctuary—a settlement built under the cover of dense forest exclusively for demon and fallen archangel inhabitants—I got the chance to interview several of the residents. Today’s interview is with Raphael, one of the archangels of Out in Blue, book one in the Return to Sanctuary series.
My Guardian escorts lead me through a building they refer to as the “town hall” and we pass by offices and classrooms. On the second floor, they open a set of glass French doors and I step out onto a large balcony that has no furniture or railings. Raphael stands at the very edge and turns to face me. His white wings frame his body and massive flight feathers cascade down to his ankles. After introductions, I dive into my questions.

Like all the archangels who remain on earth, you rely on the Guardians for protection from the poachers. Many people are surprised that demons protect angels. How did such an arrangement come about?

Various religions, folklore, culture, and media reinforce the idea that demons are evil, and fallen angels are viewed no differently. Humans lash out at both of our species, so it’s only natural we stick together. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. Demons do have a dark side, and that makes them excellent fighters…perhaps “predators” is a better word. That said, severe injuries do occur, and I’ve saved many of their lives with my ability to promote healing. All archangels have psychic talents of some sort, and we use them to assist the demons whenever possible.     
Not all humans hate the archangels and the demons. You took a human as a mate, correct? How did the two of you meet?
{He smiles and gazes at the sky.} Kora was a musician and she volunteered a day every week to teach piano and voice in the colony. Before she left each evening, she’d sit at the piano and play. {He points out a large second-floor window to the side of the balcony. A piano is visible in the room beyond.}  I couldn’t stay away from the sound as she played and sang, so every week I’d crouch right here and listen. She’d smile and make eye contact, but otherwise she ignored me. I started leaving flowers and other gifts on the ledge outside of the window, and finally one day she left the window open.
Wren, the hero of Out in Blue, is your son. What are some of the challenges of raising a winged child?
There are several things, but the most challenging issue to deal with was his lack of fear when it came to heights. {He flicks his wings and stares at the ground below us.} Earthborn archangels cannot fly until their flight feathers grow during their early teens, but the innate desire to be off the ground is there from birth. He was always wandering too close to the edge of these flight decks, or rushing into other situations where he could have fallen, if we turned our backs for a second. We needed to keep him safe without teaching him to fear heights. A difficult balance, indeed.
Wren’s an adult now, and you didn’t see him for years. Did he turn out as you expected?
{He smiles.} Yes. He’s a fighter and a survivor. The challenges archangels face in this life are horrible, but I knew from the moment I first saw him that he’d be able to face those trials.
Thank you so much, Laurie, for hosing us today! Readers, if you have any questions for me or Raphael, I’d love to hear them! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go.

Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.


Sarah also contributes to the All Things Books blog
Publisher's website: Entangled Publishing
Publisher's Blog: Entangled Publishing Blog
Publicist: Roxanne Rhoads
Publicist's Blogs: Fang-tastic Books and Roxanne's Realm


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9 comments:

Sarah Gilman said...

Thanks so much for hosting today and for the too-kind-for-words review, Laurie! :-)

Aubrie said...

Congrats on the five star review and the interesting character interview, Sarah!

Hi Laurie!

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Melanie Card said...

Great character interview, Sarah. Can't wait to read your book.

Laurie said...

Hi Aubrie ***waves madly***. I just want to say I had a great week last week with reading books that really thrilled me. You started my streak of three 5 stars in a row, Aubrie, followed then by Sarah's, then I read a thriller/supernatural horror by Richard Brown called The Gift of Illusion. It was such a treat for me because I haven't read such entertaining books in a while. :) So Thank you! Thank you!! :)

Hi Melanie....I also have your new book, Ward Against Death in my TBR and I am so looking forward to reading it, also, and thanks so much for dropping by today!! :)

So far, I am loving Entangled Publishing! Most of the books I've read they have published have been books that hold my attention exceptionally well... I'm so pleased to have the chance to help spread the word. Oh well, sorry to blather on so much! :)

Roxanne Rhoads said...

Fabulous review!

saputnam said...

Fantastic review, Sarah!! I was wondering if Deep Crimson will be the backstory of Raphael and Kora?

Sarah Gilman said...

Sharon,

Crimson will have some more tidbits, but the focus is elsewhere. I actually have a rough draft of a novella of Raphael and Kora's story. Maybe it will see the light of day in the future. :)

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