Her Black Wings
The Dark Amulet, #1
by A.J. Norris
Date of Publication: July 12th 2016
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Genre: Paranormal Romance
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Her Black Wings (The Dark Amulet, #1) . . .
There was deep depth of emotional despair within Amalya. She led a life that allowed her to survive, but always right and when time came to do it right. She did, but the consequences she did not foresee. Life for Amalya has changed for eternity. Now the big questions was where would see complete eternity?
Elliott has spent forever doing a job most do not want to take on. With his track record at being successful not so good. He begins to doubt and despair for him sets in. He was no longer wanting to do the job tasked to him. That was until Amalya. Or at least he showed some hesitance to completely give up on the how job aspect.
Abaddon has had his eyes on Amalya for a very long time now. Now that she is within reach he wants very much to keep her. But there was a small hitch to his desire to have her. Free will. Desire to do right. Desire to dream/hope for more.
This was a read that captured by imagination, engaged my senses, and titillated my emotions. There were multiple POVs to investigate and more than one view to absorb. There was more her than just a romance of two souls at a crossroad. There were mistakes made, paths chosen, directions changed, understandings made. The deeper I traveled the more invested I became in wanting to know will she, wont she, will he, wont he, why, how. Just so much going on and more was desired.
Looking for more than a paranormal romance. Looking for more than just starting and ending. Looking for satisfying, soul stirring, mind engaging, page turning reading enjoyment. Then yes, I must recommend this read. I got what I was looking for and more. The more made it so worth it.
**This ARC was provided via Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**
Amalya Rivers longs to die and end her lonely existence—but it doesn’t work out that way…
A former runaway turned criminal, Amalya is murdered and thrust into a treacherous world full of red-skinned, horned beasts under the control of the Demon Ruler, Abaddon, instead of enjoying peace and serenity like she hoped. But saving a young child from a certain brutal death in the last moments of her life has earned her a chance at salvation.
Elliott the Redeemer wants no part in saving another soul…
After one too many failures at redeeming lost souls, the nail-biting, self-pitying Elliot has had enough of his work and would prefer to live out his eternity on Earth drowning in bourbon. It doesn’t matter that Amalya has grown black feathered wings signifying the good that still dwells within her. He can’t risk failure again.
Amalya must save someone from her past in order to escape Abaddon’s rule…
She has to prevent the now grown child she saved from committing murder or risk returning to Netherworld with Abaddon for good. She can’t do it alone, though. Amalya needs the help of the angel sent to guide her, but their emerging love might not be enough to convince Elliot she’s worth the risk.
Amalya loves her black wings. She knows she’s meant to be an angel—and she will stop at nothing to prove it…
A.J. Norris is a romantic suspense and paranormal romance novelist. She began writing as a way to dim down the voices inside her head. She enjoys being able to get inside someone else's head, even a fictional one, and see what they see. Watching how her characters deal with difficult situations or squirm with the uncomfortable ones make the hard work of writing all worth it. She is a movie buff, especially book adaptations, loves watching her son play baseball and communing with other writers. She lives with her family who are extremely tolerant (at least most of the time) of all her late nights behind the computer.
Interview with A.J. Norris
How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I mostly write in third person limited using multiple POV.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
I need to have a quiet place to write. Going to a coffee shop doesn’t work for me.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
I’m a pantser, so I tend to jump right in and start writing. But I usually have the beginnings of a character in mind before I start and let them tell me their story on their own terms, they dictate what I write.
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I’d say that I’ve bonded with every character I write with the exception of one. When I’m writing I get immersed in that character’s head and world. I think of it as method writing like method acting.
Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
There is a character in Her Black Wings, Joelle. Although he makes appearances in the first, second and third books, I haven’t written from his POV yet. He will get his own book and I already have his story planned somewhat.
Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
I can’t control my need to write. It’s like breathing, eating or sleeping. I must do it or go insane.