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(Angels of Punishment #1)
Anna James never planned on dying at age nineteen or ending up somewhere other than heaven. Five years later, her heart is still on Earth with her soulmate Grey, while the rest of her struggles to survive in Beyond. Not quite heaven and a lot like hell, Beyond is a proving ground where only the strongest souls are allowed to move on. With no way out, Anna keeps her head down and plays by the rules… Until she learns Grey is about to die.
Grey Wilson would give anything to go back and stop the accident that ripped Anna from his arms. But when Anna appears on Earth again, he quickly realizes things can never be as they were. Death and Beyond have changed her; brought out the dark side and dimmed her inner light. Before they can even revel in this semblance of a miracle, Grey and Anna find themselves in the middle of an angelic civil war where sabotage and danger lurk around every corner.
Anna’s dark side is exactly what Azrael – the leader of the Angels of Punishment – craves. When Azrael lays out his demands, Anna will have to make the biggest decision of her life.
Elle J Rossi's Broken Flight is a dark and seductive thriller with plenty of twists and turns that will keep the pages turning until the end. I have definitely read my share of fallen angel novels, but the angels in Rossi's first novel in the Angels of Punishment series has a new view on angels and their afterlife. Anna and Grey are fantastic for the leading characters of this novel, both are relatable and will do anything to protect the other. Anna is a character who has a lot of emotional conflicts. She knows she's not allowed to be with Grey, but she can't help but want him and that is what keeps getting her into trouble and she won't let a little bit of torture or torment get in her way from being with the one she loves, even though some of the decisions Anna made had me shaking my head and wondering why she made that choice. Rossi has created her own gritty version of heaven and hell and this made the story come alive. Throw in the twists and the turns with the dark angels, a steamy romance and a quest that could possibly start a war, it makes for a thrilling read. I look forward to seeing where the next book in the Angels of Punishment series leads.
About the Author
Elle J Rossi
Elle J Rossi grew up in rural Indiana surrounded by great people, a huge family and more animals than she could count. But the sites and sounds of the world beckoned, so she left her small town to escape into a creative world full of music. As a full time singer she was able to lose herself in a thousand different songs in a hundred different places. After meeting the love of her life and settling down, she yearned to find a new and fulfilling creative outlet. Overly fond of the happily ever after, she wondered what it would be like to have her own characters lead her down dark and twisted paths. The very first word on the very first page sealed her fate. She’d found a new love. She’d found her escape. Now along with weaving haunting tales about the journey to love, she’s creating cover art for authors around the world and loving every second of it. For fun, she cranks country music to take her back to her roots, and sings karaoke anytime she gets a chance. Her husband, two children, and a cat that rules the roost keep her company along the way and guarantee she doesn’t get lost in the enchanted forest. She wouldn’t have it any other way.
Where did you come up with the inspiration behind the book? Well, sadly this book was inspired by the death of
someone very close to me. This was probably the darkest time in my life, a time
where question after question caused many sleepless nights. It was difficult to
write, but, ultimately, something I needed to do. I now have a better
understanding and appreciation of life and hope. Of course, this makes it sound
like this book is depressing. It isn’t! I promise!
What inspired you to write your first book? Now this is an easy one. It was coffee and
books. My love for the two melded together in my first attempt at writing,
which was a contemporary romance. Said first attempt is still unfinished and
will most likely remain so. I realized paranormal romance and urban fantasy is
where my heart is.
What books/authors have influenced your writing? I read all genres and love to be catapulted into
different places and times. I’d say Heather Graham, Nalini Singh, JR Ward, Gena
Showalter and Kresley Cole have been my greatest influences. I devour their
books faster than cheesecake.
What was your favourite scene to write? In Broken Flight, my favorite scene to write was
probably the airplane scene. I’m NOT a fan of flying. It’s all about control,
and up there, I have zero control. I put myself in Anna’s place and went along
for the terrifying ride. Having Grey beside me helped tremendously.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? It was very difficult to not hold back. I was really
worried about offending people with this book. Heaven and Hell and everything
in between can be very touchy subjects. But to stay true to the story, to Anna
and Grey’s journey, I had to completely let go. I’m really glad I did.
How do you overcome writer's block? I observe. One of my favorite things to do is to
pack up my gear, park my butt at a coffee shop and watch people. I create
stories about their lives and this fuels the creative fire.
What are your current projects? I’m currently working on two books. THE CASTER,
which is the third and final book in THE BRENNAN COVEN trilogy, and a
full-length urban fantasy that follows up a short I wrote in the A CELTIC
TAPESTRY anthology. I’m really excited to see what Josie Hawk is up to.
What book are you reading now? I’m reading the complete works of Edgar Allan
Poe. He’s amazing.
If you could have dinner with any fictional character who would it be and why? I think I’d like to have dinner with Riley from
Elle Jasper’s Dark Ink Chronicles. She’s badass and would be a ton of fun to
hang out with.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. Write what you love. Don’t follow the
trends. Instead, be the one to start them.