An Angel All His Own
by Jillian Neal
Date of Publication: November 18th 2014
She’s everything Dan Vindico has ever wanted. Fionna Styler embodies every single thing he told himself could never exist inside of one woman. She’s beautiful, smart, funny, powerful, and she’s his… almost.
No one can know they’re together. The Interfeci would never let her live. It was an inevitability, but Dan simply cannot resist her.
After a vow to somehow keep her safe, Dan learns what that really entails. Betrayal, scandal, millions of dollars, and watching her in the arms of other men are only the beginning, when danger intrudes into every sanctuary he secures.
Dan can’t determine if the demons in his soul or the monsters outside are more vicious, but Fionna’s life depends solely on him. That blasted tomb is ever-present in his mind. Can he save the Angel who managed to pull him from the depths of hell, the one he longs to make his own?
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She stuck her bottom lip out in a delicious pout. He turned back on his side as she wriggled her body closer. His entire being was thrumming and his mind was drowned with her scent, her taste, her energy, and of the heavenly space that wrapped around him so perfectly between her legs. He leaned and whispered in her ear. His hot breath caressed her delicate neck.
“Just wait, baby; be patient for me.” He felt her body tense against his. “Just keep thinking about how good it feels when we’re together. Keep thinking about how bad I crave you, and the things I’m gonna do when we’re finally alone in here tomorrow night. All day I want you to think about me sucking you.” He slid his hands over her breasts as she panted in deep desire. She trembled and arched her back, forcing them into his firm grasp. “They’re tender, aren’t they, baby? I know. I’ll be gentle, but I’m gonna make it all better.” He massaged her breasts slowly. They were swollen and fevered. He caught her nipples between his thumb and index finger. With a light squeeze, she shook in his arms. “You just think about me running my hands all over you, tracing you, making you feel me, touching you in all of those sweet, hidden places that are all mine. I know how to make my girl so hot and wet for me. Think about how good it feels when I run my tongue over your body, and mark you where no one else will ever see.” She moaned deliciously as she gasped for breath. He traced his hands down her stomach and slipped them to her lush backside as he continued.
“I want you to think about me leaning you over this bed, honey, driving you wild until you can’t stand it anymore. I’m gonna make you scream out my name, make you tell me you want it harder. You just keep thinking about me sucking you and biting you. I want you to let it build inside of you all day, baby, until I get here, and I drink you, and spank you for being my bad girl, and make you take it until you’re so full of me you explode in my arms, and then I’m gonna do it all over again,” he promised in a lust-filled rasp.
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
This story took over my brain all on its own. When I started the Gifted Realm series, I wrote to try desperately to get it out of my head. Rainer, Dan, Logan, all of them were demanding to be heard. They weren’t gentle about it. I sat down one day five years ago and began typing. I haven’t stopped. The more I write the more ideas I have. It fulfills me like nothing ever has. It makes me deliriously happy. I can’t wait to write more!
Where do you find your inspiration?
There’s this old, abandoned warehouse downtown Atlanta, just off Ponce de Leon. You have to go really early in the morning. No, I’m just teasing. Honestly, I find inspiration everywhere. I see a couple on TV or walking in the grocery store, and my mind conjures a life story up for them. I can’t stop it. Everyone and everything has a story. You just have to pay close attention.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time! Time to write, edit, promote, edit, edit, occasionally see my children’s faces, eat, bathe, there’s never enough time! 😉 Shall we discuss my coffee addiction now?
What are your current projects?
Currently I am working on the final book of my third series, “The Gifted Islands.” I’ve taken a few minor characters from “The Gifted Realm” and written another series. This time we see where too much power can land someone and what the ultimate cost of that can be.
I am also journaling my fourth series that I hope to start writing in January (please, please, please!) It involves a kind of gypsy-life cult and what could come out of extremists in any area. Should be interesting.
Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?
Oh my goodness, I hope my writing has vastly improved from my first novel to this one. I always just want the next one out to be better than the one before. I feel like writing has this fantastic infinite horizon. You can always get better! That’s very exciting to me.
My first book is really the introduction to “The Realm.” Books 2-7 have much, much more action. It’s a rip-roaring ride, but I wanted to use the first book, “Within the Realm” to make you feel like you’re living in my world.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
So many messages. I would love to take sex out of the “dirty” category and celebrate it as a beautiful expression of love. I would love for readers to see Fionna’s strength that is displayed time and time again in her knowledge of herself, her empathy, her tender care, and her love of Dan. He is far superior in physical strength, but ultimately she is so much more powerful. I would love for women to recognize their own strengths through hers.
Does music play any type of role in your writing?
Music plays a huge role in my writing. I always have music on when I write. All of my characters have playlists. Lyrics move me like nothing else. I love words! I have heard a song only once and immediately had a story idea come from a single line of the song. Music soothes me and lets me tap into a deeper well of creativity.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?
I think I draw on events in my own life for little bits of detail in my writing. I also people watch and, yes, even eavesdrop to try and get a glimpse into the human psyche. I seek to understand what makes people tick, whether I know them or not.
What books have influenced your life most?
Oh my goodness, so many of them! I was the weirdo in high school that preferred to skip the football game so that I could read Austen, Bronte, Chopin, and Steinbeck. I have always been an avid reader, but the most influential would probably be: “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, “On the Road,” by Jack Kerouac, “Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen, “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, and “Anne of Green Gables,” by Lucy Montgomery.
Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest?
I’m never, ever on the forefront of news. I usually figure things out a solid 4-5 months after everyone else (if I’m lucky.) I do know that Nicki Solcedo’s debut novel, “All Beautiful Things,” comes out January 2, 2015. I can’t wait to read it! It is absolutely going to be fantastic! Check her out!
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I feel like what I’m currently writing is too far ahead in the timeline for me to give you a scene from that without giving too much away. How about a quick scene from “An Angel All His Own?”
Very, very carefully, Dan wrapped Fionna up in his arms and tried to make it appear that it wasn’t the place that she belonged. Nonchalance was not his forte. He attempted to hide his love and all-encompassing desire for the woman, who fit in his hands like she was made for him alone, but she melted into him.
Relief soothed her fraying rhythms. She drew a deep breath, inhaling his cologne and his musk. Discreetly, she touched his wrist and pulled his energy into her own.
Dan fought not to groan from the heavenly sensation. He embraced her and let his energy work through the bare skin there. “I’ve got you.” The words disappeared in the blaring music. Only she had heard them.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! Thank you for buying the Realm and loving my characters! I could never have done any of this without you! You have no idea how much I love hearing from you. Your words of encouragement and desire to keep reading my work delights my soul! Thank you from the depths of my heart!! <3
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Check out my blog at http://jillianneal.com;
Or “Like” my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jilliannealauthor;
Or follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JillianNealAuth.
On top of hearing about my books, you can also hear about my clumsiness, my inept parenting attempts, and what I’m confusing my brain with at the moment. Oh, and I also post sexy pics of my characters that will surely make you smile!
Do you have a special time to write? How is your day structured writing-wise?
I do my best writing when I’m alone. I can hear myself think. I will, however, write at a moment’s notice. I’ll sprint to my laptop and get down an idea or one sentence when it strikes me in the middle of dinner. DH often rolls over at 3 in the morning to find the bed empty. My characters drive me from my sleep. I try to blog, check social media, check emails in the morning, at lunch, and just before dinner. I’ll occasionally check in after my kiddos are in bed. Other than that I’m writing or editing. Getting the words on the page is what it’s all about. I also try to squeeze in laundry, cleaning, parenting, school activities, yoga, and spending time with that stud that I married that makes my entire world go round! J
Why did you choose to write [genre] stories?
I truly, truly love love! I adore every single piece of getting a couple together. All of the complications, the trials, the whirlwinds of emotion, and yes the sexy sex scenes, they all make me tick.
I never really chose to write. It chose me, but from the moment I began, I wanted to write Romance. I never say never, but I doubt I ever write anything but Romance. I just love it too much.
What is for you the perfect book hero?
Flawed. All of my heroes have some major complications to work through. Yes, they’re sexy and muscular and have a particular knack when it comes to getting their girl, but they all have to go through some major changes to get where they need to be. I also find very protective men to be super sexy. There’s a reason my guys are all Law Enforcement officers with a penchant for protecting the ones they love no matter what.
When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
I usually have a very loose concept of where we’re going. I have the opening scene and the ending scene in my head. What happens in the middle I find out as I write. That’s why I always want to keep writing. I want to know what’s going to happen!
When and why did you begin writing?
I never decided to become a writer. I never really decided to write. I woke up one day with Rainer Lawson and Dan Vindico in my head, and I couldn’t get them to go away. They took over. Out of sheer desperation to be able to think clearly, I sat down and started typing. I had 250 computer pages in less than 2 weeks. It kept coming. That was five years ago, and it hasn’t stopped. Ultimately, I discovered as I worked, I was writing to save my own life. After a bout of post-partum depression and never really regaining my equilibrium, I wrote my way back to life. I can’t tell you how thankful I am when I look back at where I was and where I am today all because of Rainer and Dan.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
There are days I still don’t consider myself a writer. When I first started, and began to consider seeking publication, I would think when I see my name on the cover then I’ll be a writer. Well, that happened, and I still didn’t quite believe it. Then I thought, okay when I get some 5 star reviews from real reviewers, then I’ll really be a writer. Well, again, that happened and I wasn’t quite sure that was enough. Now, it’s when I hit the NYT then I’ll really believe it. I’m very proud of what I’ve done, but I always want that next goal.
List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
“When You Dare,” by Lori Foster
“The Look of Love” by Bella Andre
“Taking a Shot” by Jaci Burton
Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.
Hmm, I’m a good cook, and I can play the piano. I took lessons for years, but have no desire to do it again. I do a ton of research for my writing so though I would never, ever DO any of this, I do have the basic concepts down for disassembling a semi-automatic pistol, hot-wiring a car, blowing up a car, picking an intricate lock system, releasing a computer worm virus, and many, many ways to kill people with Gifted energies. 😉
Will you write more about these characters?
Oh, yeah! I have a huge ensemble cast and the stories there are endless!! I can’t wait to introduce you to more of the minor characters and let you really get to know them when they tell you their stories.
Jillian Neal is a Romance writer with a passion for passion who pens strong, character driven novels, told from the male perspective. Her guys aren’t afraid to let us inside their minds or inside their bedrooms. They’re hot on the trail of a sinister criminal organization when they’re not burning up the bed sheets.
She’s a self-proclaimed ‘Southern girl with a sassy mouth.’ Her coffee addiction is barely legal, and she’s most often running around with her hair and her pen on fire! She’s full of smarts, sass, and sizzle and that’s a lot to get into barely five feet of girl with her head always in the clouds.
Other Books in The Gifted Realm series
Within the Realm (The Gifted Realm, #1)
Lessons Learned (The Gifted Realm, #2)
Every Action (The Gifted Realm, #3)
Rock Bottom (The Gifted Realm, #4)