Saturday, March 29, 2014

Title: Raising Chaose
Series: Earthbound Angels, #2
Author: Elizabeth Corrigan

When good fails, chaos rises to the challenge. 

 The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped from the Abyss in order to wreak vengeance against the person who sent her there—Bedlam’s best friend, Khet—he can’t sit idly by. 

 Only one relic possesses the power to kill Khet, who suffers immortality at Lucifer’s request: the mythical Spear of Destiny, which pierced Christ’s side at His crucifixion. Neither angel nor demon has seen the Spear in two thousand years, but Azrael claims to know its location. Bedlam has no choice but to interpret woefully outdated clues and race her to its ancient resting place. 

 His quest is made nearly impossible by the interference of a persnickety archivist, Keziel—his angelic ex—and a dedicated cult intent on keeping the Spear out of the wrong hands. But to Bedlam, “wrong” is just an arbitrary word, and there’s no way he’s letting Khet die without a fight.


1 Bedlam – Monday, 12 a.m. GMT

 I bopped my head in time with Billy Idol dancing with himself as the song pealed from the juke box. I’d picked the track in hopes that Khet would take the hint and dance with me, but it didn’t work. Before the song was half over, I got tired of waiting and bopped over to the counter, where she was poring over a triplicate form. 

 “Khet, put the money stuff away and come dance! You’ll still have trillions of dollars even after you subtract whatever you lost on this money pit this week.” 

 I didn’t mean to insult the diner. Well, I kind of did. The diner was a money pit, but still, I loved it. My attachment had no rational explanation. I mean, what I generously referred to as a restaurant was a lackluster eatery in a crappy part of a city—Philadelphia—that might once have been a pearl of American society, but now was more a flawed cubic zirconium of people obsessed with sports teams that had seen better days. Yellow foam stuck out from between the cracks in the teal vinyl benches, looking like some kind of bulbous mold, and the silver tables always had some kind of film on them. The air smelled of slightly rancid grease and too-strong coffee that had been sitting in the pot since Khet brewed it yesterday morning. And as for the food… Well, Khet had a habit of hiring cooks who’d never even seen a griddle before they started employment. 

  But the thing was, the diner was Khet’s. She had never owned anything like it, not in the three thousand years I’d known her, until a few decades ago. And if it belonged to her, it belonged to me too, because she had figured out a long time ago that life was easier if she let me do what I wanted. So this was more than a diner of hers and mine. It was our home.

♣Guest Post♣
Influences on Earthbound Angels One of the popular questions in author interviews is “What are some influences on your work?” Of course, we all like to say, “None! My work is 100% original!” But we all know that is not true. We are all derivative of other works, at least in part, and that’s not even a bad thing. I once got into a long argument with someone about whether Lord of the Rings was the greatest fantasy work ever. While I had to concede that Tolkien invented the genre and deserves infinite accolades for that, there are many fantasy works that I personally have enjoyed more. That is to say, originality is to be prized, but good novels can be made of other virtues. In that vein, I have been thinking a lot lately about my influences. The work that is most directly responsible for Oracle, the one that I mention in every interview, is the television show Supernatural. I know, I know. Every literary snob in history is rolling over in his/her grave. But audio-visual media or no, Supernatural has some great storytelling and character development, and it regularly hits every major emotion on a meaningful level. More importantly for my purposes, it’s about the interaction between Heaven and Hell where the angels don’t have the moral high ground they think they do, and normal people have to do the best they can to do what is right in a universe that only rewards its own idea of good. A few other things come to mind when I think about works that have affected mine. Sharon Shinn’s Samaria series introduced me to the idea of religious fantasy, and ever since, I have thought that the world needed more of it. Good Omens is the classic example of an angel and a demon who hang out on Earth and like it better than Heaven or Hell, though I like to think that Bedlam and Gabriel have some of their own unique traits. Kelley Armstrong inspired me to write a series with multiple main characters, even if her books are more discrete than mine. My desire to write about my influences, though, occurred recently when I was listening to Simon R. Green’s Nightside series. I prefer audiobooks that I have already read in paper or kindle form, and I enjoyed spending a few months of commutes with an old favorite. As I did so, I realized what a profound impact the Nightside series had on Earthbound Angels. I knew I had borrowed a bit from the end of Hex and the City for Raising Chaos, but I re-discovered that much of my outlook on Heaven and Hell had come from Green’s work as well. He, too, has angels and demons who are the same beings on different sides of a war, and he features characters who defy the will of the angels and demons. My realization that I had forgotten the Nightside’s impact on my books made me wonder. How many other works have changed my stories without my being aware of it? What will the stories I’m reading today inspire me to write in the future? Will the Earthbound Angels series encourage someone else to write an even better novel? Only time will tell.

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