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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. Katie Dalton says:

    Vamps? YES!!!!! Me want me want!!!!! lol Oh yeah I would like one please.

    I follow you on twitter and FB

    Thanks!

  2. Tanya Maxemow says:

    I have Raziel on my Amazon wish list. Would love to win a copy! I’m a Google, Twitter and Facebook follower. Thanks for the contest!

  3. Jessica C. says:

    Thanks for the giveawy! I’m a GFC and FB follower.

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  4. Keira says:

    This makes me very curious about the makes…enough so that I enter in this 🙂

  5. ryan h says:

    I would love a copy of Raziel! I follow on facebook. Thanks for the Giveaway!

  6. Ann L says:

    OOoo that cover is so drool worthy….I will become a facebook follower as soon as I hit submit on this…

  7. Debra E says:

    Sounds like a good one. I haven’t found an angel series I liked so far but this one might just do the trick!

    I follow on FB and RSS

  8. minhchieu tran says:

    the book sounds great! and hot cover!
    i follow through facebook

  9. Book Huntress says:

    Always loving finding new series!!! Win or lose this is being added to my TBR list!!

    Oh and ya I follow you, I would be that shadow following you everywhere LOL

  10. Lex says:

    I would love to try this series! Its on my to read list now =)
    I follow through feedburner.

  11. donnas says:

    I have been wanting to read her books. They sound great. Thanks for the chance!

    GFC/twitter follower

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  12. Reba says:

    I would love a copy. I follow on twitter.

  13. sara says:

    Sexy angels?? Yum! I want to read this!! It does sound like A great series!

    I follow on facebook and email

  14. Chelsea B. says:

    Ohhhh I want to read! I want to read! I want to read! The book, that is. I can so totally read. I’m smarts like that.
    I subscribe though email.

  15. Britta says:

    Yes! A new series to read!

  16. Christie Thomas says:

    I follow on facebook and am really enjoying the site!!!! Thanks!!!

  17. j3nny says:

    Yay~ Thanks for the giveaway! I also follow with google 🙂

  18. Jennifer says:

    I would definitely love a copy. I follow on facebook =)

  19. Betsy says:

    I can’t wait to read the second one! I loved this book (Raziel) and would love a copy for my own personal library.

  20. Linda Pierce says:

    Love finding new books to read and think this might be a good one to get into. I would love to win a book! Thanks for the blog and the books….for whoever wins one!

  21. This looks like a great book. I follow on GFC.

  22. Jen says:

    I would love to read this!! Anne Stuart is one of my favorites!

  23. Judy says:

    I love Anne Stuart! Would love to read her new series!

  24. Liz says:

    this series looks really good would love to start it with winning a book!!!
    i follow on FB

  25. Jessie G says:

    Yes please!!!! I was just reading a review of this series!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! ^_^ FB follower

  26. Betty N says:

    I would love to read Raziel. I also like you on Facebook.

  27. I would love to read this!

    blog and twitter follower, like on fb

  28. Amber Hall says:

    Sounds like an amazing book!

  29. Krystal Larson says:

    I would die if I got this book, I absolutely loved it the first time I read it and I would love it now. Raziel is amazing, the characters are amazing, the plot was fantastic…I could go on and on…email subscriber: edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom twitter follower Icecream1891

  30. Sara H says:

    I’d love to win this!
    Thanks for running this contest.

  31. Kelly Dines says:

    I saw your tweet and thought I’d come enter before heading off to find you on FB!

  32. Denise Z says:

    I have not read this series and would love to read one where angels have a little grit. Thank you for the opportunity to win this giveaway and sharing your thoughts in this interview. GFC, FB, email sub.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  33. Anne R says:

    I would love to read Raziel. So cool!

    I follow you on Twitter

  34. Celita says:

    I would LOVE a copy! I’ve been waiting for it to be free at my local library. I follow on Twitter.

  35. Anna Lewis says:

    I want to read Raziel

    Facebook and twitter

  36. Holly says:

    awesome!!!

  37. Anna says:

    I want to read them!

  38. Juana Esparza says:

    This book series looks like KEEPERS. I’ve added the books to my book wish list.

    GFC follower = Juana Esparza

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

  39. Tammy says:

    I so love reading. I think every other week I start a new book about, vampires, demon slayers, fairies and even fallen angels. They make me travel to a new place where magic, love and sometimes tragedy happens. I absolutely love this author and would love to get a copy of the book.

    Thanks for this contest!

  40. catherine says:

    Omg I can’t wait to read this book. God the cover is awsome and so does the 2nd one to damn…. This Boook def on my wish list.

  41. Liz Semkiu says:

    I loved Raziel and just bought the second book in the series.

  42. Joanna W. says:

    I would absolutely love to read Raziel! – GCF follower (Joanna Ward).

    A sexy angel… who could resist? The concept of fallen angels has alway captivated me.

  43. Sofija Kapranova says:

    This book is on my need-to-read shelf, so I am excited about the giveaway!!!

  44. winnie says:

    I would love to read Raziel! Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 GFC follower
    +1 RSS feed subscribed
    +1 email subscriber

    chibi.pooh(at)gmail(dot)com

  45. Virginia says:

    Raziel is on my TBR list!!! Would love to win a copy. I don’t follow on anything….yet…but I will! Thanks.

  46. Maria S (pronounced Mariah) says:

    This sounds fantastic…I am an equal opportunity lover everything from angels to demons and anything in between. And I love seeing the different twist authors come up with!

    Thanks for the chance!

    I follow VBC via GFC, FB & twitter.
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  47. Michelle D. says:

    wow thanks for the giveaway! sounds great…
    twitter follower
    facebook like
    GFC follower
    email subscriber

  48. Teri Crosby says:

    ohh I cannot wait to read Raziel and Demon. I need some Angels about now.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  49. Juls says:

    Would love to score a copy! I follow you on Twitter.

  50. Yea! Love a good giveaway! I follow GFC, Twitter, Facebook… the whole kit and caboodle.

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