Shannon Dittemore

May29th

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Angel Eyes Broken Wings Dark Halo (spoiler alert!)

One year ago today, the first book in the Angel Eyes trilogy hit shelves. It’s been a whirlwind of writing and activity since then. Three months ago, book two released and in three more months, the conclusion, Dark Halo, will be out and about.

So, in honor of all these little milestones, I thought some Show and Tell was in order. No Dark Halo spoilers, I promise, but for those who haven’t read Broken Wings, here’s a snippet. This is our first look at the Prince of Darkness. And, since we’re celebrating, let’s do a giveaway too. Three winners will receive a trade paperback copy of Broken Wings, and one lucky winner will receive an advance reader copy of Dark Halo! I’ll pick my winners on Friday, June 7th. Read the excerpt below and use the Rafflecopter to enter.

Silence consumes the assembly now, imposed on them by the sight of an icy white figure dropping into the hall from above. His wings, spread wide, are white save the tips, which retain a char he’s never rid of.

Black-tipped wings for the Prince of Darkness. Healthy wings. Strong wings. His skin shines like polished marble. His hair lies in curls of midnight around his face—still fresh, still bright, still retaining the beauty that seduced a third of the angels. Human eyes would have a hard time distinguishing the Prince from a Warrior like Michael. But the absence of light behind those pale blue eyes hints at the creature’s true nature. And they are pale, so pale the blue seems buried far below, glinting like coins at the bottom of a well.

He’s exquisite. Majestic.

And he’s afraid.

Celestial light has been banned from this place, but even here among the arctic shadows, fear cannot hide. Its blackness swirls in a controlled spin down his right arm, over his well-formed bicep, around his elbow, circling around his forearm and sliding from his palm down his middle finger where it puddles beneath his throne. Tendrils branch out across the stone floor seeking, seeking.

He cups his hand, allowing the fear to pool there. His fingers close around the sticky substance and he prods it, molds it like a human child playing with a handful of clay. All the while, his eyes rip into the demon before him.

After a slow descent, the Prince’s feet touch upon the seat of his throne—the graven dragon behind him. His legs and waist are wrapped in cords of white. His torso and arms are bare. Very little separates him from the other archangels. And yet so much.

Pearla watches the Prince. The Creator gave him beauty—a beauty unrivaled—and he’s taken great pains to preserve it. His time here in Abaddon has kept him from the damage his hordes have suffered in the light of the Celestial. Pearla’s heard stories of the Prince venturing above, but his untarnished appearance alone is proof that his time to heal greatly exceeds that of his minions.

“Sit.” His celestial lips are still, unable to vocalize anything but animalistic rages—like those assembled, like the demon chained to the floor, like every angel he led astray—but they all hear. They all obey. It’s sad, really. His song, like his face, was far superior to all others. Now his mouth is good for nothing.

Wings rustle and talons scratch as countless demons crawl and flap toward rough shelves cut into the cliffs surrounding the hall. The demon chained to the floor drops to his knees.

Humility, even false humility, is appreciated here.

The Prince doesn’t sit, though. No. He stands on his throne, his legs spread wide, looking down at the demon trembling on the floor.

“It’s unfortunate, brother, to see you in chains. Again.”

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  • Comment by Margaret — May 29, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    I love the excerpt! It really describes it with chilling reality… Now I really want to read Broken Wings!

  • Comment by Sarah Penner — May 29, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    So excited for you Shan!! I’m so happy that God has blessed you with such a wonderful gift! Praying for ‘Dark Halo’ to bless like ‘Angel Eyes’ and ‘Broken Wings’ has!

  • Comment by Christy K. — May 29, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Great excerpt! I can’t wait to read the whole thing!

  • Comment by Chrissy — May 29, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  • Comment by Celeste Holloway — May 29, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Yay! I can’t believe it’s been year! Really, it seems more like yesterday. I’m super excited and ready to read Dark Halo. That cover is amazing! 🙂 Here’s to many more years of success.

  • Comment by Melissa Reynolds — May 29, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    These books have inspired me and chalanged me! Broken wings made me cry (more than once)and both books made me think of the relm around me that I can not see! I can not wait and mean can not wait for dark halo to come out. I have to know what happens to Jake and see where else Shannon takes us!So in away we the fans have been on ur year long journey too!Looking forward to the many more years of good writting!

  • Comment by Alicia Johnson — May 29, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    What a journey and an accomplishment!! It is so amazing to see your dreams turn into reality. Love you!!

  • Comment by Angela C. — May 29, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Congrats!! 😀

    I love the excerpt! I can’t wait to continue with the series. <3

  • Comment by A. Michelle — May 30, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    I loved Broken Wings!!!!!! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

  • Comment by Sierra — May 30, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    Angel Eyes & Broken Wings were/are wonderful books! I’m super excited for Dark Halo!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Comment by Julia — May 30, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    I cannot wait! I LOVE the excerpt! I am cutting my vacation short just so I can get Dark Halo when it comes out! Before I read Angel Eyes I was not very Christian, I did not care what God could do with my life. Then my Aunt got me the book and I became obsessed with the Bible. I read the whole Bible in about 10 months, always telling everyone about it. So I just want to say thank you for leading me to a relationship with God so that I can see how He has blessed my life and everyone else’s too! Have a blessed day 🙂

  • Comment by Olivia — May 31, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    Wow!! I am so excited for Dark Halo!!!

  • Comment by Dani — May 31, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I cannot wait for this!! Love the set!!

  • Comment by Donna — May 31, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    I have enjoyed this journey with you and both of your books are incredible! On one hand, I cannot wait for “Dark Halo” but, on the other, I also don’t want to see the end of Brielle…

  • Comment by Ashley — June 1, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    Still need to read books 2 and 3! Looking for it! 🙂

  • Comment by Ginny — June 2, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Awsome excerpt!! I love the series and can’t wait for Dark Halo!!!!

  • Comment by Brian McBride — June 4, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

    Great excerpt!!

  • Comment by CTF Devourer — June 5, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    These are truly some of the absolute best I’ve seen come out of the Christian Teen Fiction genre in the past few years! (And that’s coming from someone who has read nearly every single one of them!) And by far the best of it’s subgenre. Many authors are exploring the idea of stories about demons and angels, but very few have written books that are Biblically accurate. The Angel Eyes trilogy is not only Biblically accurate, it’s entertaining, challenging, encouraging and beautiful! I am so eager to read #3!!
    ~ J:-)mi, aka CTF Devourer

  • Comment by Dawn Janis — June 5, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    I cannot wait for the third book!

  • Comment by Dawn Janis — June 5, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    And to answer the question, I found the excerpt to be chilling. But good. I want the rest of the book now.

  • Comment by Lacee — June 5, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    Looks good!

  • Comment by Sherry Cremer — June 5, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    I’m on pins and needles waiting for Dark Halo! I enjoyed the first two so immensely I suggest them to all that will listen.

  • Comment by Jessica Taylor — June 6, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    So excited for Dark Halo, Shannon! The excerpt is so engaging!

  • Comment by Laken — June 6, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    Gosh. Good stuff!

  • Comment by Celeste Holloway — June 17, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    HAHAHAHAAAA!!!! This is priceless. Funny what God uses to get our attention. He’s so great and creative. I’m sure He was chuckling when you opened that letter. 🙂

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