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Friday, February 22, 2013

Shadows in the Silence Blog Tour: Author Guest Post

Welcome to the last stop in the blog tour for Shadows in the Silence, hosted by Page Turners. Today I'm thrilled to have a guest post from author Courtney Allison Moulton. First, here's a little bit about Shadows in the Silence.

Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . . Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for: She must fight for Will. The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

She must fight for humanity. 
As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

And Ellie must save herself. 
Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.

You can pick up Shadows in Silence from Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound 

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 On Completing a Trilogy

 I can’t believe the Angelfire trilogy is all done and published. It’s the craziest feeling to sit here and think about that. I’ve written other books before, but I’ve never finished am entire story. My first book was completed when I was 16 and it was then that I decided that I wanted to be a published author. Now ten years later, I’m 26 and have an entire trilogy published. I spoke to Veronica Roth a few days ago about how bittersweet writing that last book is. She said it was like high school graduation, and I’d never heard a more accurate comparison. You’re so excited to reach the end of this part of your life and to move on to new things, but leaving all of your friends behind and reflecting on how far you’ve come is so heart-breaking.

Angelfire had been so easy to write. I had brand new characters and a new story with so much promise. I hammered it out in 39 days for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2008 when I’d just turned 22. Finding an agent was easy and I was so lucky to find the perfect publisher for Angelfire, Katherine Tegen Books at HarperCollins. I wrote the sequel, Wings of the Wicked, at a horse show in July of 2010. I wanted to make this book harder and darker and grittier, and I’m absolutely certain I pulled it off. Wings earned a starred review from the Voice of Youth Advocates. That book, while it didn’t take me long to write, was so torturous. I had to get inside the heads of my characters and dig deep within myself to find their grief. It was agonizing at times, but Wings of the Wicked is my favorite of the trilogy.

Shadows in the Silence took over a year to complete and writing that book was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was the end of Ellie’s and Will’s story, of all of my characters’ stories. When I began writing Shadows, I was patient and really enjoying the process. The second half of the book was written well past my deadline and I had to rush it. If I’d had two years to write that book, it could’ve been perfect, but that’s not how publishing works. This is a job and I had to do my work. When I finally turned it in, I cried so hard for days. At first I felt loss, rather than victory after completing a trilogy. I was so lucky that after I pitched my editor Madeleine’s and Bastian’s story, A Dance with Darkness, my publisher decided to pick it up for the new Harper Impulse imprint and I got to work with my characters one last time. It’s a prequel, but it was so rewarding to see the younger, less experienced versions of my reapers and to learn even more about them. Getting to write A Dance with Darkness was a gift, a last good-bye.

 Looking back, it’s been an amazing journey full of ups and downs. There’s no feeling like walking into a bookstore and seeing my books on the shelves. It’s surreal and I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it. I’ve grown as a writer and the only way to go from here is up. I have a million ideas for books and I’m so thrilled to get to fall in love with a new story and new characters. I think I’ve become a real adult now, after having been through this journey with Angelfire. After all, young adult fiction is about finding yourself and coming of age. I did that, and I’m ready for whatever comes next.

The GiveawayDuring this fabulous tour, Courtney is giving away 3 sets of her Angelfire series! To enter, please fill out the forum below, but be sure to read the terms & conditions before entering.

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The TourDon't miss any of the stops. Check out who's on the tour and what they'll be sharing with each stop here:

1/30 - Once Upon a Twilight 
2/1 - thebookcellarx

2/4 - supernaturalsnark
2/6 - MundieMoms
2/8 - Fiktshun

2/12 - PageTurnersBlog
2/13 - Once Upon A Twilight
2/15 - thebookcellarx

2/18 - supernaturalsnark
2/20 - Fiktshun
2/22 - MundieMom 

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