Monday, May 21, 2012

Legacy of Angels Book Tour: Interview, excerpt & giveaway

BLURB: Two tarnished angels--a former priest and a former prostitute--risk their lives to save a baby from a beast-man's savage vengeance.

An interview with Genie Gabriel

Can you share with us what Legacy of Angels is about and how you developed the story? 

LEGACY OF ANGELS is the second book in my LEGACY series, and is about two tarnished angels--a former priest and a former prostitute--who risk their lives to save a baby from a beast-man's savage vengeance. 

My first book of the series had already set up a baby-selling ring. One child from this illegal ring had come into the custody of child welfare. The caseworker heading the search for this baby's birth mother has seven overly protective brothers--one of them a priest, who is the hero of LEGACY OF ANGELS. 

The rest of the answer to this question leads into one of your other questions...

This story has two main characters--a priest and a prostitute--can you share why you chose these two and what, if any, research you did when creating them? (I'm curious as to why these two types of people is all).

I learned early in my writing career that conflict is good if you don't want a story that's only a few pages long. One of the ways I ensure conflict is pick two main characters who are seemingly opposites in many ways. For instance, a priest and a prostitute.

Then I give them a mission where they are forced to work together for a greater good. In LEGACY OF ANGELS, that mission is saving the child.

The journey to accomplishing that mission also forces the characters to confront their fears and past traumas, overcome those challenges, and become strong enough to accomplish their mission. And, by the way, earn a happily-ever-after. 

For Patrick, that challenge is a wrenching spiritual journey on whether or not to remain a priest. For Claudia, it is overcoming a childhood of forced prostitution to prove she can be a nurturing mother.

As they make their individual journeys of growth, they also realize they can help each other heal.

When developing any characters, I draw on my own emotions and experiences of friends, as well as read books and look through online and other media resources from a number of points of view.

What is it about the power of the human spirit--in particular the troubling times--and how one may settle their conflict appeal to you when you're writing?

I feel very strongly that good should triumph over adversity. A big part of my "real" life was spent working in a state social services agency. Many kids who experienced horrendous abuse continued down a path of self-destruction. Yet others overcame that trauma to achieve their dreams. Those kids fascinated and inspired me. Every time I write a story of triumph over incredible odds, I'm honoring children who have been abused. I want my stories to shine with the hope that, like these kids, anyone can become the hero of their own life.

I've read you love dogs. Does this story have one?

I have so many people in my LEGACY series, I tried to contain myself on adding pets too, so not everyone got a dog. A kitten seemed to fit Claudia better. 

People never really tire of angel stories plus there's something special about angels in themselves. Vampires and other supernatural creatures may be popular but how many people have had near death experiences with these creatures as opposed to the countless accounts of people seeing or interacting with some kind of angelic being. Do you have any thoughts on this?

Angels or other benevolent spiritual beings often appear in my stories. Usually not the white-robed, winged beings popularly depicted--but sometimes. I present these beings as a possibility, and let people make up their own minds. I think most people want to believe in miracles. Angels symbolize that hope--that connection, if you will, that we are part of a higher good.

Thank you, Reader Girls, for having me as a guest today!

An excerpt from Legacy of Angels:

The land sloped downward where Patrick now walked, making it seem like he was disappearing. When only the top of his head was still in view, panic seized Claudia once again. "Wait!" 

She jumped out of the car and slammed the door behind her, running to catch up with him. She topped the knoll and stopped, her chest rising and falling rapidly with exertion and fright. 

Patrick stood looking up at her, the same serene expression on his face. Then he turned and continued walking to the water's edge. Hidden in the tall reeds was a raft that looked as if it would sink with the weight of the family of ducks swimming nearby. However, when Patrick climbed on, the craft barely dipped before stabilizing. He turned and reached out his hand in invitation. Cautious but curious, Claudia climbed aboard. 

Using a long pole, Patrick pushed them across the lake and under a rocky outcropping. He secured the raft to a sawed-off tree stump that served as a pier post for a make-shift dock and stepped off. "Be careful. It can be slippery." 

Intrigued, Claudia once again took Patrick's hand and climbed off the raft. They walked toward a sheer rock cliff topped by ruins of what could have been an ancient stone cathedral. However, as they reached the cliff, Patrick slipped through a notch in one of the rocks. Once inside, he retrieved a flashlight from a pocket in the rock wall and turned it on, revealing a narrow corridor. Claudia followed him down a winding pathway for what seemed like miles. Patrick walked without hesitation, turning down side tunnels until she felt totally disoriented. 

At last he stopped in front of a solid rock wall. Well, it appeared solid. Until he slid aside what must have been a doorway, revealing into a cavernous room.

"Where are we?" Claudia asked. 

Patrick turned with a half-smile. "Safe. That's what you wanted, right?" 

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About the author: For years I've been fascinated by the puzzle of why some people collapse under life's traumas and others emerge triumphantly stronger. These triumphs of the human spirit over the ugliest of adversities became the basis for my stories. Yet my dramatic stories have always contained touches of humor, and sometimes I have great fun writing romantic comedy novellas. However, in all my stories, my passion for writing romance is an outlet for the powerful messages that people can overcome great difficulties, and true love can turn life’s heartaches into happily ever after.

Genie will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a $10 Powell's Bookstore GC to one commenter at every stop.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning! The tour dates can be found here


  1. Conflict is essential to making a story great. A Priest & a prostitute - I can envision conflict a aplenty.


    1. Hi, Marybelle! In the interview, I touched on the fact I knew conflict was good in a book. However, when I first started writing, I wanted my characters to jump straight to happily-ever-after. I had the choice between writing stories that were about three pages long or learning to write conflict. I focused on conflict. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I believe in angels, and this story sounds awesome and full of surprises.

    1. Hi, MomJane! Good to "see" you again! And thank you for your kind words. The characters in LEGACY OF ANGELS gave me some surprises when I was writing this book. That's one of the things I love about writing--the characters take over and spin the story in a different direction. I hope readers will enjoy those surprises too. :)

  3. I don't know...That seems scary where they went. It seems like you might naturally trust and follow a priest, but Claudia seems very brave to me--to follow him so blindly, not knowing where they were going, through rocky tunnels. With Claudia's background of abuse, you'd think she'd be more skeptical. It would be interesting to see what led up to this leap of faith on her part!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi, Catherine! Good question! Should I give away the answer to this "leap of faith"? Or maybe just partially answer it. You're being stalked by a beast-man who has shown more than once how vicious he is. Do you wait for him to attack again or take a leap of faith...

      But, yes, Claudia discovers courage she never knew she had. :)

  4. I absolutely need conflict in most of my stories. It's what keeps the tension alive. So many different directions to go. The possibilities are endless!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

    1. Hi, Vivien! Yes, I've learned to write conflict and have experienced some wonderful story surprises when characters are faced with conflict. However, I always breathe a sigh of relief when I get to that happy ending. Guess the happy ending it wouldn't be such good feeling if the characters didn't go through that conflict. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Good morning to all! After a couple weeks of sunny weather, I woke up to rain for the second morning in a row. Even my doggies wanted to stay in bed! They've had their breakfast and have settled back in for naps, and I'm at the computer. LOL! One of these days I'm going to do a blog about being a dog at my house. :)

  6. I don't read that many contemporary books. Most of what I read is historical romance, set mainly in the 19th century. So when I read about your book and the unusual combination of characters thrown together, well their chosen professions alone is enough to cause conflict let alone the externally caused conflict. Talk about a double whammy!

    This book sounds like it would translate well to a movie script. If your book was ever made into a movie, who do you see playing the lead parts?

  7. Hi, Karen! You have totally stumped me on who could play the lead parts if LEGACY OF ANGELS was made into a movie. (But I did spend some time online looking. LOL!) I'd have to throw that question out to others for suggestions and then have a movie marathon to see who most closely fit the ANGELS characters.

    Suggestions, anyone?

  8. Love your books! And especially Legacy of Angels.

    1. Hi, Chris! Thanks for stopping by and offering kind words. ANGELS is definitely a special book to me also. :)

  9. Hi, I loved your book, Genene! I definitely would have preferred a cute dog in the story!

    1. LOL, Vidya! I may be more of a dog person myself, but I'm a sucker for kittens too. :) No new pets in book #3 coming out in July, but book #4 in September will feature a rescued dog. Perhaps because a few rescue dogs have claimed me.

      Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!

  10. I would love to read this one. I am a dog person myself but I want to get a cat when I move into an apartment.

  11. Hi, Cait! When you're ready for a cat, may I suggest considering a shelter cat if you haven't already thought of that? I worked at our local animal shelter several years ago and there were many wonderful adult cats looking for a furever home. Unfortunately, I have family members who are allergic to cats--or perhaps that's a good thing. Otherwise, I'd probably have a herd of cats to go with my herd of dogs. :)

    But cats in books don't cause allergies, so I can write about them!

  12. And the winner is: Karen H!

    Karen, please contact me at to claim your prize: a $10 gift certificate to Powell's Bookstore. CONGRATULATIONS!

    And thank you once again to Reader Girls for having me as a guest!

  13. Got email this AM from Genie telling me I won her daily contest! Thank you so much! The only thing more fun that a blog book tour is winning a drawing!

  14. I would love to read this! I love dogs also.

  15. Hi, Felicia! Thanks for your kind words. Dogs are easy to love, aren't they?

    Glad you stopped by, and will put your name in the drawing for the end-of-the-month prize!