When I first wrote Angel 1089, two of the secondary characters, Hank and Ian, immediately took on lives of their own. I knew from the beginning that I would have to tell their story, why they left the shining city in the sky named Heaven and chose to live on the devastated Earth below.
To do that I had to go back, back into time, to what happened before the events of Angel 1089. And that story is Exodus.
Exodus takes us to the floating city that should be a paradise. No one wants for anything. All citizens are fed and given shelter. And yet, its gloss is a little bit dimmed, especially for anyone who doesn’t fit into the proper mold or who violates the strict Morality Laws. If someone isn’t a member of the highest ruling class, deviation calls for strict re-programming.
Here we have Hank and Ian. Hank, who is a member of that ruling class who can do what he likes, and his bodyguard, Ian, who has secrets of his own. If Ian’s secrets should get out, he’d be first in line to be mind-wiped.
That is only the beginning.
To celebrate the release of the 2nd edition, I present some fun facts about Exodus:
1. The original title was “Exiles” but we decided to change it before publication. Exodus fit better.
2. I wrote the original draft of Exodus in OpenOffice on a 10 inch eeePC. (which is smaller, yet heavier than the Chromebook I use to draft now).
3. Hank and Ian also make an appearance in the third book, Angels Rising, coming out in May!
4. The heroes of Angels Rising, Uriel and Raphael, make an appearance in Exodus. Be sure to look out for them!
5. I mentally cast the actor Chris Pine as Hank and he’s been that way in my head ever since. I’ve never really managed to find a good actor for Ian.
6. The new Heaven Corp Covers are now unified and look awesome in my opinion. (Although you’ll have to wait a bit to see the third one!)
Check out Exodus today!
The truth could lead to war.
Henry “Hank” Abraham enjoys being one of the most sought-after personalities in Heaven. Life is good in the floating city for someone born to one of the wealthy and influential Founding Families. Hank parties with the privileged and beds someone different every night, flouting the morality laws that control the lives of the common people on the city’s lower levels. Then someone tries to kill him—repeatedly. Terrorists have Hank in their crosshairs, and his long disinterest in politics has come home to roost.
Ian Caldwell has been a security guard for the Abraham family for years. He survives the hypocrisy by sneaking away to the BDSM clubs on Earth to feed his baser desires. When he’s assigned to protect Hank, Ian pushes his attraction for his client aside. That kind of thing could get him reprogrammed. But he doesn’t count on actually falling for a man who isn’t as shallow and self-absorbed as he seems. Neither of them is prepared for the truth behind the attacks. Their journey will take them from Heaven to hell and beyond… and it might bring the tension between the classes to a violent head at last.
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.
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