Today, I’d like to welcome fellow Astraea Press author Ashley Stambaugh to tell us about her new urban fantasy Torn.
To whet everyone’s appetite, let’s start with the mesmeric cover and a little about the story …
Three months have passed and Melina thought she was safe. Safe from the effects of the angel powers and safe from the Noxin demons. But she thought too soon.
Just as she’s starting to enjoy her new powers and her new relationship with Lee, the slight pain she still experiences after using the powers starts to grow worse. As the pain becomes more and more unbearable, she finds herself lashing out at innocent people with unexplained anger and hatred. Then to make matters worse, she sees a Noxin demon again.
No one, not even the elders, seems to know what’s happening to Melina, or how a Noxin demon found her. And when she’s introduced to Dean, another unique human like herself, she learns that his pain is completely gone, which only makes her situation even more confusing.
Grasping for any type of answer, Melina throws out one possible explanation after another. But as her angry feelings intensify, and her angel powers grow weaker, she begins to think there might be something malevolent inside her that’s trying to take over. It’s not long before her internal struggle spirals out of control, and her body is turned into a battlefield that’s torn between good and evil.
Melina fears that if no solution is found, then she might lose all the people she loves, especially Lee. But what scares her even more is that she might lose herself to evil.
Ashley, that sounds absolutely riveting! So, what was the initial kernel of an idea that got you started writing Torn?
Torn is the second book of the Collide trilogy, so the storyline for this book came about as I was thinking up the entire trilogy in my head. I love anything supernatural, and angels and demons have always intrigued me, so the idea for the trilogy came to me when I asked myself, “What would happen if you gave a human angel powers?”
Could you tell us more about the fantasy world you created for it?
Most of the story takes place in our world but with fantastical elements. Angels and demons are all around us, we just can’t see them unless they want us to. And there are all different kinds of angels and demons, even though I only focus on a few of them.
What is your heroine Melina’s most admirable quality?
Melina is very strong emotionally. No matter how much she has to go through, she never cries around in self pity, and she never gives up.
Have you started your next book yet, and if so, can you tell us a little about it?
Yes, I’m currently working on the third book of the Collide trilogy. I can’t give away much about it, though, because I might spoil Torn.
Fair enough! And now a little about you … Where do you do your writing?
I actually do most of my writing on my laptop while sitting on my couch.
If you could have your dream space to write, where or what would it be?
I would love to have my own writing office where I could sit at a desk in front of a window with a spectacular view. And to me that would be a view of the countryside – either an open field or prairie, or a small pond or lake.
That would be lovely and peaceful! Great getting to know you, Ashley. Thank you for visiting.
And now for a short excerpt …
Melina released his hands and nodded again as she turned to gaze out the front windshield. “I’ll talk to him as soon as I…ʺ Her voice trailed off as she continued to stare out the window.
“Is it the pain again?ʺ Lee asked.
“No,” Melina replied, her face turning paler by the second.
He glanced out the window and then back at her, a look of concern in his eyes. ʺWhat’s wrong then? What do you see?”
“A demon.” She continued to stare out the window, her body frozen stiff with fear.
Lee’s brow furrowed. “Why are you so scared? I know you can see angels all the time now, but I thought you could see all sorts of different demons now, too. “
Melina’s eyes remained fixed out the window. The demon’s black, billowy figure wasn’t exclusive to his particular group, but the fiery red eyes were unmistakable.
“This isn’t just some random demon. It’s a Noxin demon.”
Lee’s expression turned serious. “Those are the ones I saw on the video footage from my apartment, right? The ones you said were really dangerous?ʺ
She gave him a stiff nod, but kept her gaze locked on the demon. Out of the corner of her eye she saw him looking out the window to see if he could spot the demon himself.
“Where is he?ʺ Lee asked.
“He’s behind the antique store across the street, lurking back in the alley.ʺ
Lee leaned forward in his seat and squinted his eyes as he looked in that direction. ʺI don’t see it.”
Melina’s breath suddenly caught in her throat. “It’s gone. It’s gone!ʺ She sat up in her seat, her eyes frantically searching the area outside. A few seconds later she turned to look at Lee, her bright green eyes wide with fear. “This is serious. We need to go.ʺ
Torn is available at:
Amazon US: www.amazon.com/dp/B00SS399IU
Amazon UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00SS399IU
Ashley Stambaugh grew up in a small town in Illinois where she and her two siblings created some of the best memories playing on their family’s farm. She stayed in the southern region of the state to attend college where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and also met her husband.
Now, she and her husband live in central Illinois and spend their time creating new memories with their two rambunctious boys and their comical black Pug. She also enjoys reading, taking long walks, and finding great bargains. When her sons are a little bit older, she has a great desire to travel with her family. Oh, and she also has a slight obsession with chocolate.
When she’s not busy chasing after her two young children or losing herself in a good book, you can find her curled up on her couch with her laptop, writing.
You can find Ashley at:
Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/ashleystambaughauthor