I’m so pleased to welcome Anne Marsh here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Her latest paranormal romance book, Bond With Me, was just released on August 24, 2010. You can read the first three chapters here.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win an autographed copy of The Hunt or an e-book copy of Bond With Me. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
The Bad Boys of Moscow – BOND WITH ME’s Fallen Angels
by Anne Marsh
I’ve always had a soft spot for the bad boy. The bad guy. Anyone who chooses not to follow the rules—accepting the consequences and having his own damned good reasons for the choice. Yes, I prefer Grendel to Beowulf. Caliban to Prospero. Captain Jack to Will Sparrow. Brends Duranov, the hero of BOND WITH ME and my sexy new paranormal release, is one hundred percent bad boy. An unrepentant bad boy who makes a deliberate choice to rebel and accepts the consequences of that choice. Brends Duranov is a fallen angel. What’s more, he picked the Heavens and the Archangel Michael to rebel against. He’s dark and sensual, an agent now for the dark side and a male whose new role in the universe is to seduce humans and convince them to sell their souls.
My inspiration for Brends and his fellow Fallen comes from Slavic mythology. Slavic mythology describes a battle in Heaven that pitted the Archangel Michael against an army of rebel angels. The rebels lost and, as punishment, were literally thrown down from Heaven. Some of the fallen crash-landed on earth; others kept on falling, right through the earth’s surface and deep into the molten depths. Those fallen angels, Slavic mythology claims, still burn today. The others, the ones who landed above ground, were changed. Some became demons (particularly bathhouse demons), while others became goblins. Reading the highly descriptive prose of Russian medievalists (who pull no punches in their gory descriptions of falling and its effect on the body), I wondered what would motivate an angel—one of Heaven’s elite who presumably had it all going on—to rebel. What would be worth the risk? And, after the unsuccessful rebellion, then what?
Falling changes Brends, inside and out: the evidence of Brends’ Fall is stamped on his face for all to see. Instead of being a golden warrior of light, he is dark. Almost feral. His wings literally ripped from his back. When his heroine, Mischka, sees him for the first time, she is expecting to encounter, quite literally, a beast:
She’d heard that the Goblins, the Heavens’ Fallen, were monsters of depravity. This male was no twisted beast, hunched over from the weight of his sins against humankind. He was large and dark— and very, very male. There was nothing malformed about him. Just hard planes and, as he moved his free hand away from his blade, the powerful ripple of muscle beneath the thin fabric of his shirt. If this male was evil incarnate, what did Heaven’s angels look like?
He was impossibly broad shouldered and tall, dark as the night, with strange pinpricks of light for pupils. A dark curtain of hair flowed loosely down his back in a decadent mass that she longed to push her hands into. He had sharp, high cheekbones, black pupilless eyes. He looked like a predator who fed on humans, dressed in black leather and shitkicker boots. A long duster flowed around him.This male hunted. Defended. Killed.
Instead, Mischka gets a dark, sexy tormented hero who is the only one who can help her navigate the dark, dystopian world of near-future Moscow.
Slavic mythology is mum on the possibility of redemption. In fact, it seems pretty clear that, once fallen, you stay fallen. Being a fan of bad boys, I, of course, immediately got to wondering: how would you redeem a fallen angel? Brends doesn’t know how to get back. Supposedly, though, there’s an out clause on his exile: if he can find his soul mate, he’ll regain his wings and the doors to the Heavens will swing wide. The catch is, in three thousand years, no Fallen has ever found a soul mate. Things are about to heat up, however, when he meets Mischka. My bad boy is about to meet his match in her arms—and discover his one shot at redemption, his wings and the Heavens. Not to mention, happily-ever-after.
After ten years of graduate school and too many degrees, Anne Marsh escaped to become a technical writer. When not planted firmly in front of the laptop translating Engineer into English, Anne enjoys gardening, running (even if it’s just to the 7-11 for slurpees), and reading books curled up with her kids. The best part of writing romance, however, is finally being able to answer the question: “So… what do you do with a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures?”
She lives in Northern California with her husband, two kids, and four cats.
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