by Tamela Miles GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Elle Connor's life is as grim as she had always feared. Years of demon slaying have left her with nothing to show for her trouble. She's convinced a "normal" life was never meant for her.
Patrick Holt wants nothing more than to be away from the holy wars and has lived quietly for years as an average human. The trouble is that he's anything but average--he's a fallen hybrid angel.
When Tagas the guardian angel pairs them up to investigate the brutal slayings of young women in Los Angeles, Elle wants nothing to do with Patrick. As Elle and Patrick begin to understand each other, irritation is forgotten and fiery passion ignites between them. "No ties" is how they both live, but Elle soon begins to long for much more. As they become sucked deeper into the mysterious killings, Elle fears that, in this battle, Hell will win.
She covered his phone with one hand, forcing him to look up. Her full lips curved in a gentle smile. “I see what Tagas meant by your superior wisdom and experience. I didn’t mean to come across like a badass demon hunter who knows it all. You hunted demons long before I was even born.”
“So, now I’m old? Thanks.” He clicked off the phone and set it beside him on the seat. Elle gave a chuckle.
“Let’s just agree that you have a glorious past when it comes to slaying demons that has given you certain…um, insights into it that I don’t have.”
Elle watched his expression change, his eyes focusing intently on her as he smiled. Her heart began to beat a little faster. She wasn’t prepared to deal with this other, blatantly sensual part of Patrick in such close confines and moved to make more space between them.
He moved with her until their shoulders touched. “I have insights into many other things. Would you like to hear them, Elle?”
The heat of his glance and the softness of his tone made her hyperaware, her skin tingling. She cleared her throat nervously. “Sure, go ahead.”
Tamela Miles is a California State University San Bernardino School Psychologist graduate student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family in the Inland Empire, CA. She's a horror/paranormal romance writer mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never seem to change their wicked ways.
She enjoy emails from people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much as she does. Ms. Miles has a current short novella 3 story series on her writing plate with The Wild Rose Press, entitled the Hell On Heels Series. #1 of the series, entitled "Heart of a Hunter", is now available. #2 of the series, "Dark Deliverance" is coming July 2016. For those who are excited about it (yippee!), please feel free to check out the author's soundtrack playlist for Hell On Heels on YouTube.com, listed as Hell On Heels:Songs from the Edge by Tamela Miles.
“Dark Deliverance” is actually Book 2 in my Hell On Heels series. What inspired me to create it was a summer of binge watching old Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes and other movies about the whole demon/vampire hunting lore, like Van Helsing. I had forgotten just how good those oldie shows and movies are until I had the chance to invest time and energy into re-watching them. It was late, about 12am, and I started turning over my favorite parts in my mind. I thought to myself, “If it’s on my mind this much, there must be a great story I have to tell in there, somewhere. I imagined a pretty, multicultural, kick butt girl, on the edge of adulthood, who hunts demons in black stiletto boots with a silver dagger. As she was on my mind, I gave her a name – Elle. Elle bugged me for days to write her story down, giving me no peace late at night while I was working on another WIP. I set that WIP aside as an actual story began forming in my head -setting, other characters, the romance – it all began to take shape as I worked on the outline for the Hell On Heels series.
After I had feverishly finished Book 1 in the series, “Heart of a Hunter”, I knew that I had to write more about Elle and her dark world. I couldn’t leave it with such a downer ending, her life in shambles. She, like all of us, needed love to light the shadows in the corner. I created the manly and intriguingly hot Patrick Holt while listening to some good alt rock music by my favorite bands. I ended up creating a complex hybrid angel, sometimes demon hunter, and musician rolled into one with Patrick and I knew right away that he would be the one to love Elle like she needed to be loved. I wanted their love to be an inspiration, with all their emotional intensity and darkly comic moments. I can only hope that I’ve accomplished that goal when readers give “Dark Deliverance” a go!