When I first started writing Angel 1089, I had no idea it was going to be the start of a series. Heck, at the time I didn’t know it was going to be a novel. It started as a novella, and about half of the book you can read now didn’t exist.
So how do you accidentally write a series? Create characters that won’t let you go and put them in a rich fascinating world that you want to revisit again and again.
In Angel 1089 we meet Gabe – Gabriel 1089 – an injured angel from the floating city of Heaven who’s trapped below on the devastated planet Earth. We learn only pieces about what the city of Heaven is like through Gabe’s memories. While learning his way in the world down below, he meets a number of people, including two – Hank and Ian – who used to live in Heaven, but have chosen exile below.
I couldn’t stop there. I had to explore Heaven and why Hank and Ian made the choices they did. Hence a second book. And after that, I had to finish the story, shaking up the city of Heaven and changing their world forever.
And now you can read where it all began, with a fallen angel named Gabe, and Jeff, the man who came to care for him, almost despite himself.
They pounded against his door again, and Jeff pulled it open with a snarl. “Normally you call first.”
“Sorry, Werth. Bit of an emergency, dig?” Nazaro winked at Jeff, his face twisted into a haughty smirk. Of all of Luca’s minions, Jeff hated dealing with him the most. The demon knew too much about Jeff’s situation, how much he owed to Luca and his demon connections. As if to remind Jeff of that debt, his eyes shone yellow for a moment before fading back to dark brown. With his wings tucked away and hidden, it was the only sign that the man in front of him was anything but human.
“So you trespassed onto my property without even a netcall first? How big of an emergency?”
Nazaro tilted his head and the group of demons around him moved to the side, revealing a crumpled form on Jeff’s porch. It took him a minute to notice the golden wing slumped over the figure’s shoulder, covered in dirt and smears of blood.
“Christ.” Jeff knelt by the body. He searched for a pulse before he caught sight of the ring of metal surrounding the man’s forehead, tucking around his ears and under reddish-blond hair. Jeff stumbled backward, his hands burning from the touch. “It’s an angel. What the hell have you done?”
A deal with the devil….
Gabriel 1089 is an angel—an enhanced and cybernetically modified human designed to protect the city in the sky called Heaven. He follows Heaven’s orders and fights its enemies. But when an attack by demons leaves him trapped on the earth below, missing both a metal wing and his network-enabled halo, he’s cut off from his home for good and at the mercy of one man.
Jeff Werth is used to demons in need of his mechanical expertise showing up on the doorstep of the junkyard he runs in Old Trent. However, he doesn’t expect to be stuck with an injured angel. Jeff owes the demons for saving his daughter’s life, so he does what they demand—he nurses the angel back to health and keeps close track of him as a possible pawn in the high-stakes war between Heaven above and the demons below. But he doesn’t expect the effect Gabe has on his heart, or having to choose between his daughter and the man he’s come to love.
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About the Author
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. In 2011, she won a Rainbow Award for best gay sci-fi/futuristic novel.