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Feb 3, 2012

Squishy Bloody Crack for Reapers: Day 12


Lauren and I sat on the porch bench and draped a quilt over us to watch the boys spar in the backyard. The melting snow added difficulty to their training, making it harder for them to move, and that was why it worked. Will laughed as Nathaniel slipped and splashed in the wet snow and mud.

"Nice move," Will said, and rested his sword over his shoulder, rolling his eyes.

Nathaniel rolled over and clambered to his feet. He snorted through a wide grin and shoved Will's shoulder. "That doesn't count toward points. I slipped."

Will scoffed. "Come on, man. That's pathetic."

"Hey," Nathaniel said with a wave of his finger. "I'm a reader, not a fighter."

"Keep it friendly, boys," Lauren called. "Maybe I should keep score so nobody cheats." She tugged the blanket a little tighter when a cold breeze blew by, and we exchanged smiles and I shook my head.

ANGELFIRE ArtNathaniel spun the sword in his hand just to show off as he advanced on Will. Then he vanished, moving so quickly my eyes lost him for a heartbeat, but Will spun around, sweeping his blade up to meet Nathaniel's as the other vir reappeared. Will's sword dwarfed Nathaniel's, but I was surprised at Nathaniel's skills and ease with the thin, sleek blade. He was definitely much more of a bookworm than a fighter, which was a part of his charm, but that didn't mean he didn't know how to kick some ass. He seemed to match each of Will's strikes, at least until Will tired of going easy on him.

The way Will fought was hypnotizing. His graceful ferocity was the most beautiful, calculated thing I'd ever seen. His movements as he dodged Nathaniel's swift strikes were so slight and effortless that it almost appeared to be a dance he knew to his very soul.

The snow made no hindrance to their battle as it flew everywhere in the air, streaks of white following silver blades and sweeping, feather-light footsteps. Nathaniel deflected Will's sword with his own and Will's elbow smashed into Nathaniel's nose, knocking him back. Nathaniel brought his blade up and Will swung his down, silver crashing together, and Nathaniel kicked his boot into Will's chest, forcing him to stagger on his heels.

Isn't that scene just beautiful?! And I had to add those images of snow for your viewing pleasure because I couldn't help myself. But seriously, that was one of my most favorite...fighting/sparring scene. The snow floating around, Will and Nathaniel's gracefulness, the clinging of their swords - deep sigh. B-e-a-utiful!

Today, our guest blogger, Karen from I Read To Escape, talks about Will and Ellie and how they're pretty much perfect for each other! <333

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Karen on Angelfire: A super dark and intense debut packed with lots of action, mystery and fantasy elements. Angelfire isn’t your average angel story, it’s captivating and debut author, Courtney Allison Moulton takes on mythology with a riveting plot.

The author has created an eerie and alluring world of angels, demons and reincarnation. It’s so engrossing; I found it hard to put down. The plot isn’t original but the contents and quality of the writing is and what stood out to me most was the action. The action can be described as being very intense, rapid and descriptive.

Hero & Heroine = Will & Ellie 

YA heroes and couples are difficult to write about, especially if you are trying to win your readers over. Most readers end up hating the female/male lead, the romance development (instant-love) or end up going for the underdog. Trust me; Will and Ellie are NOT like that.

It’s all about the characteristics and the chemistry. Ellie and Will are both distinct characters that are very likable and the attraction between them is undeniable…and oh-so forbidden.

Hero = Will: Will is attractive,charming and also, Ellie’s guardian. He’s completely faithful to Ellie; he sticks around and comforts her when she is down. Will has great fighting skills and is a hundred and ten-percent devoted to Ellie. He trains and constantly challenges her. It’s obvious that he cares deeply about Ellie because he lover her so selflessly and will do anything to protect her. 

Heroine = Ellie: Ellie is no damsel in distress. She’s smart, reasonable and not TSTL (Too-Stupid-To-Live). Ellie is a Preliator, a mortal who has the power to kill reapers. Ellie undergoes a transformation as her powers awakens, as she starts understanding her purpose in life she becomes stronger, powerful and determined to fulfil her destiny.

Hero & Heroine = Will & Ellie: They make a great team. They’re both fierce fighters and will do anything for the greater good of all humanity. Individually, they are strong but together they are powerful and fierce! Where one is vulnerable in one area the other makes up for it; they’re perfect, like the sun and the moon. Together he and Ellie, stop the evil that is threatening to end the world. Romantically, hands down, they make an awesome couple. There’s no instant-love, they’re love for each other felt realistic and passionate.

I’ll leave you with a video from the Wings of the Wicked Soundtrack called "Will's Song" by Justin Reed:

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Wow, I totally love Karen's post. When she first emailed it to me and I previewed it, I got so excited because I really liked what she wrote and because it's spot on! Will and Ellie totally compliment each other in every way possible!

Well, here we are at the end of my Squishy Bloody Crack for Reapers event! I hope all of you enjoyed all the teasers, the reviews, the guest posts, and my enthusiasm and love for this amazing series. I hope many of you have become new fans of the series and if you already are, I hope that you go and pick up a copy of Wings of the Wicked, soon, and start reading asap! And...if you are reading it at the moment, drop a comment below and let me know what you think so far and if you're about to start it, also let me know because...now that I've read it, I enjoy living vicariously through all of you who are reading it for the very first time!

I know, these last two weeks have been sorta crazy with the onslaught of crazy reaper posts but if you check back in tomorrow, I promise, you won't regret that post! Wink, wink. ;)

Uh-huh, I see those faces. I'm telling you, check back tomorrow for the very last Crack post...which will involve a little somethin', somethin'. ;)

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More about the author:

Courtney Allison Moulton lives in Michigan, where she is a photographer and spends all her free time riding and showing horses. She has always loved reading about ancient mythologies, studying dead languages, and telling scary, romantic stories. ANGELFIRE is her debut novel.

Find Courtney Allison Moulton Online: Website | Twitter | Blog | Facebook

Purchase Angelfire: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Purchase Wings of the Wicked: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

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