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Kristina Douglas Guest Post: Making Angels Sexy

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Today, we’re turning the blog over to Kristina Douglas. In her The Fallen series, she manages to make fallen angels with a taste for blood just as delicious as vampires. She was kind enough to tell us about making her angels sexy. The second book in Demon hits shelves today (find it at Simon & Schuster, Book Depository or Amazon). At the end of this post, we have four copies of the series opener Raziel to give to VBC readers. And with that, we’ll turn it over to Kristina:

“Blood is life, lackbrain. Why do you think we eat it? It’s what keeps you going, makes you warm, makes you hard, makes you other than dead. ‘Course it’s her blood.” Buffy the Vampire Slayer – “The Gift”

Demon by Kristina DouglasFor some reason I have a thing about beauty and decadence, about contradictions. Modern mythology tends to think of angels either as darling little cherubs or beautiful, harp-playing women. If they’re grown males at all they’re as sexless as when Alan Rickman played one in Dogma (and it takes a lot to make Alan Rickman sexless).

I like the idea of traditionally asexual creatures possessing a fierce sexuality, and the notion of fallen angels seemed like an oxymoron, perfect creatures fallen from grace, heavenly beings prey to the sins of the flesh.

In fact, according the Book of Enoch, which never made it into the bible for obvious reasons, the angels fell when they lusted after human women and decided to sleep with them. Just the kind of plot point I like.

Vampires have the same tarnished, elegant appeal. To make my fallen angels blood-eaters made their curse even stronger. Being kicked out of heaven wasn’t bad enough – there are a lot of very enjoyable things about being semi-human, and the Fallen are that. While essentially immortal, they are prey to a number of things, such as fire and the Nephilim, who in my universe are the second wave of fallen angels, the flesh eaters.

But even more important, the Fallen need the blood of their mate to survive, and there’s something inherently erotic in the act of drinking it. It’s coded sex, both oral and otherwise, it’s the taking and acceptance of the most elemental part of human life, and in the world of the Fallen it’s an essential part of the bond that keeps them alive. When there’s no bonded mate available and the Fallen must make do with their leader’s mate, kind of a universal donor, the act is performed as a religious rite. Between a Fallen and his mate it is sexual.

To have a creature of celestial beauty and power be also prey to strong sexual urges and the craving for blood as well as sex makes the results incredibly compelling. Death and life, sex and blood, beauty and pain, all wrapped up in a delicious, messy bundle.

It’s the giving of life, far more immediate and direct that the passing of sperm.

What I have yet to explore, except superficially, is what happens when the favor is returned, when the chosen one drinks the blood of the Fallen. The possibilities of that are endless.

[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: RAZIEL BY KRISTINA DOUGLAS

First, a big thanks for Kristina for indulging us by talking about talking about angels’ sexuality. Her publisher Pocket Books has been kind enough to offer up four copies of Kristina’s novel Raziel to Vampire Book Club readers. Entry is easy: Just leave a comment on this blog letting us know you want to read Raziel.

CONTEST DETAILS AND RULES
1. You must leave a comment on this post. This contest is now closed and winners have been emailed.
2. Because we love our readers, let us know if you follow Vampire Book Club in some fashion (Google, RSS, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and get one bonus entry.
3. This contest is open to those with U.S. or Canadian mailing addresses only.
4. Contest is closes at 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, June 15.
5. Winner will be selected using Random.org. Then she will be contacted via email and given 48 hours to claim her prize. If we do not hear from the winner(s) within that time, a new winner will be selected.
6. Entrants must be at least 18 years old or have their parent’s permission to enter. Please review our privacy policy, if you have any questions as to how Vampire Book Club uses your information. (Short version: we’ll only use it to contact you for this contest.)
7. Though unlikely, Vampire Book Club has the right to change or cancel any giveaway at any time without prior notice.
8. Vampire Book Club is not responsible for items being lost or damaged in transit.
9. Thanks to Pocket Books for providing the books.

133 Responses to “Kristina Douglas Guest Post: Making Angels Sexy”

  1. Alyssa says:

    Yay! Raziel! I’ve wanted this book for a while, just haven’t gotten my hands on it yet.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lyssad87(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Andraste says:

    Sounds like a good one to add the my summer reading list. 🙂

  3. maidenveil says:

    i would love to win and read the book! 🙂 and sexy angels? sign me up!

    follower via GFC (maidenveil), twitter (@maidenveil), email subscription, liked FB (Maiden Veil)

    -Len-
    maidenveil(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Vivien says:

    Count me in, I’d love to win! Thanks 🙂
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  5. I have been wanting to read Raziel for awhle now, I would keep checking Walmart for the book but no luck :(.

    I’m a follower-BLHmistress

    Donna
    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Angela says:

    I would love to read that book!

  7. Christa Uttley says:

    I adore learning about what makes great authors tick! Thanks for sharing this look into your UNIVERSE! I would love to read Raziel!

  8. Natasha A. says:

    Angels are a weakness for me 😀
    Please count me in!

    I’m a GFC follower!

    natasha AT likeminds.ca

  9. Crystal says:

    Great post & awesome giveaway, count me in!
    readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com

    GFC Follower
    Twitter Follower @RBtWBC

  10. Smash Attack says:

    Raziel was quite good. I look forward to Demon.

  11. Celeste O says:

    Sounds interesting. 🙂

  12. Lee723 says:

    Great giveaway!

    I’m a twitter follower – @xLeeDx
    GFC follower – Lee723

    fictalk(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. Cheryl says:

    Would absolutely love to read this.
    I follow on twitter- @CherylSab

  14. Kelly says:

    I have not gotten to read her stuff yet so I would love to get the chance!

  15. Kelly says:

    Oh yes and I follow on google!

  16. Viki S. says:

    I’ve been dying to read Raziel. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Thanks so much for a great giveaway! I follow Vamp Book Club on Twitter (@andrealynnt).
    andreat78@yahoo.com

  18. Sariah W says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!! I would love to read this book. I follow on email.

  19. Jodie B. says:

    I enjoyed seeing a glimpse into Kristina’s world of fallen angels. Raziel sounds like a great read.

    Thanks for the giveaway ~ I follow the Vampire Book Club through Facebook.

  20. Robin K says:

    I want to read Raziel!

    I am also a follower.

  21. Gryvon says:

    Follow via Google Reader and Twitter.

  22. Cathy M says:

    Great post, I love your writing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Raziel.

    gfc follower

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  23. Paula B. says:

    I’ve been wanting to read Raziel. I follow email subscription.

    thanks for the contest! 🙂

  24. Sandy A says:

    First time I’ve heard of the series. From what I’ve researched, it seems to be a good series.

  25. Tanyaw1224 says:

    Thanks for the post =) I’d love a chance to read about some sexy angels….please count me in for some Raziel!
    Gfc follow as Tanyaw1224
    Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

  26. Stephanie says:

    Thanks so much!
    GFC follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  27. Lorian says:

    (gasp) 😮 aaaahhhhhh i want it can i have it i luv angelz if it boyz they’re way hot i gt 2 get my hands on those book please please please pick me 🙂

    and thanx 4 posting it u guyz rockz!!!

  28. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

  29. I WANT TO WIN Raziel.

  30. Julie Witt says:

    I really, really want to read this book! Thanks for a great giveaway!!
    I follow via email at jwitt33@live.com and Twitter as @jwitt33.
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  31. Sharon Ames says:

    I love the sound of this book. So delicious. Hope I win.

  32. Denise Z says:

    I would love to read Raziel. Thank you for the opportunity to win the giveaway. My eyebrows seemed to hit my hairline when reading this post and I have to say – bring it on!

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  33. I’m always fascinated by those other books like the Book of Enoch; it’s interesting to see what gets edited and added over the years of humanity. In any case I *love* the idea of sexy angels!lol
    And Raziel sounds exactly like my kind of book, sign me up 😀

    Following yall on Facebook &Twitter (@BellaFranco)

  34. Natasha says:

    Wow this book seems awesome! I would like to win this!!
    spunkyreader@gmail.com

  35. Maryann says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.. it seems great! i’d love to read it 🙂

    I follow through twitter and email subscriptions!

  36. Jackie says:

    Will definitely be reading this book!!

    following on twitter, FB, and google connect! 😀

  37. Marjie Pride says:

    I would love to read Raziel.
    GFC- Marjie Pride also twitter and email sub.

    toreynmarjie@yahoo.com

  38. Sounds like an awesome twist on the typical angel story.

  39. Darcey Moyer says:

    This sounds like a great book. email sub.

  40. sara says:

    This sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway chance 🙂

  41. Karen says:

    This book sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I’m a follower.
    Posted to my FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paranormal-Romance-Urban-Fantasy-Book-Lovers/277066277373

  42. Sharon S. says:

    OMG, I love Fallen Angels, they taste soooo good 😉 I have had my eye on this one for a while. It is one of my favorite covers out there.

    follower posted contest on my FB page!

  43. Pamela says:

    I have yet to read a angel book, the way you described this one makes me want to run out and buy it. So thats a good thing. Would be wonderful to win.
    Glad I stumbled on this website.

  44. DeeAnn says:

    I haven’t read these books yet. Sounds like a very intriguing concept. I like the Archangel series by N. Singh. Sounds like I need to check these out too!

  45. Karen says:

    Sexy angels…sign me up! I never could resist a bad boy, especially if he’s a good man…or angel.
    (follow vie emailed newsletter)

  46. Christine says:

    I’d love to win this – the series is on my TBR list already! I “like” you on FB too 🙂

  47. Brandy Teel says:

    These are on my TBR list too…..

  48. Sarah says:

    Thanks Kristina for taking a few moments to blog for us, and to VBC for hosting guest bloggers. This one is now officially on my summer reading list.
    I follow via FB and RSS.

  49. Anna Lewis says:

    I follow you on facebook! I LOVE the way you said “Then she will be contacted” LOVE IT! Looking for new books to read and this would get me started! Good Luck to all!!!

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