Love Bytes says hello and welcome to author CC Bridges joining us today to talk about new release “Angel 1089”, Book one in the new Heaven Corp series.
A blast from the past
Thank you for hosting me today on the Angel 1089 blog tour. If you don’t know, we’re celebrating the second edition of Angel 1089, a newly edited and added to version of a book I wrote eight years ago.
Not every author gets the chance to go back to something that’s already been released to the world and make changes. When I received my first set of edits, I had a moment where I was scared – what if I didn’t like the book? I’d changed a lot as a writer since this, my first novel, was published.
But what I found when I opened that document is a world and characters I love. I got to relive every moment – Jeff struggling against his attraction for Gabe – Gabe learning what it meant to be human again. It was a journey I hope you will take with me and pick up the new edition.
I’m doing a giveaway at the end of the tour of four $10 Dreamspinner gift certificates, so be sure to enter here:
“Gabriel,” he called, not knowing why he used the angel’s full name, just that it was right somehow.
For a moment he worried that he’d startled the angel. Instead, Gabe looked down at him, his lips curving in a smile. He retracted his wing, pulling it back like it had never been, the nub of metal and wires from his other shoulder blade looking even more obscene compared to that smooth flush limb. Gabe crouched, then jumped to another pile of junk a few feet below, making his way down the mountain like some large cat instead of a bird. He moved with an odd grace, almost alien, his limbs too stiff.
Gabe picked up his shirt and threw it on before coming toward Jeff, that odd smile still on his face. As Jeff opened his mouth to speak, Gabe brushed his fingers against the stubble on Jeff’s chin. He hadn’t shaved for a few days, so he was a little shy of a full beard.
“I’m sorry.” Gabe pulled away, holding his hand to his chest. “It took me by surprise. I wanted to know how it felt.”
“Itchy,” Jeff grumbled, skimming his hand over the beard. Gabe didn’t have a single hair on his jaw. Was that due to being an angel or a hazard of being blond? Jeff didn’t know. “What were you doing up there?”
Gabe looked up at the mound of junk. “Trying to get up high. Back home”.” He took a moment before he continued. “Every morning we’d meet for the sunrise salutation. We’d fly together off the highest spire. Every single angel was connected. I could feel them all in my head, that joining with Metatron”.” Gabe lifted his arm, reaching up toward the sky. “I can’t feel them. I tried so hard.”
His hand finally made contact with his forehead, which he rubbed as if it pained him. “I keep reaching out, but nothing. Why can’t I touch them?”
“I don’t know.”
A deal with the devil.
Gabriel 1089 is an angel, an enhanced and cybernetically modified human designed to protect the city in the sky called Heaven. He follows Heaven’s orders and fights its enemies. But when an attack by demons leaves him trapped on the earth below, missing both a metal wing and his network-enabled halo, he’s cut off from his home for good and at the mercy of one man.
Jeff Werth is used to demons in need of his mechanical expertise showing up on the doorstep of the junkyard he runs in Old Trent. However, he doesn’t expect to be stuck with an injured angel. Jeff owes the demons for saving his daughter’s life, so he does what they demandâ€”he nurses the angel back to health and keeps close track of him as a possible pawn in the high-stakes war between Heaven above and the demons below. But he doesn’t expect the effect Gabe has on his heart, or having to choose between his daughter and the man he’s come to love.
CC Bridges is a mild-mannered librarian by day, but by night she writes about worlds of adventure and romance. When she’s not busy solving puzzles in an escape room, she can be found diving into comics or binge-watching superhero movies. She writes surrounded by books, spare computing equipment, a fluffy dog, and a long-suffering husband in the state of New Jersey. In 2011, she won a Rainbow Award for best gay sci-fi/futuristic novel.