Book of Angels, volume two in the NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES
All Sera ever wanted was to solve the mystery of her dad’s death and find out whether or not the Night Angel, Peter, really loved her. Now, there are bigger issues at stake. After being saved from death by the Night Angels, Sera returns to Oak Haven to find her brother, Salem, has been saved by her nemesis, the sinister Los Angeles mayor-to-be, Fabian Gore. Sera and her brother meet again in their hometown of Oak Haven as powerful denizens. And as enemies. Someone is channeling power to the Queen, imprisoned in St. Catherine’s Monastery. If she escapes, the Ancient Ones will rise up from their sarcophagi beneath churches throughout the world and wreak vengeance on denizens and humans alike.
To thwart the Queen, Sera has no choice but to form an uneasy alliance with Gore. Meanwhile, Sera’s power and her connection to the Key of Mystery is growing. Only she can open the Book of Angels. But whoever does that will become something that Sera never wants to be: the Seventh Angel. How can Sera solve her own problems when everyone else wants her to solve their problems as well?
So, without further throat-clearing, here's KH Mezek!
Hello everyone and thank you Christine for inviting me to share on your blog! We have something in common—a love of travel.
I’ve been traveling since I was ten years old. This is how it happened….
“That’s what we’re going to do,” he said.
Sure enough, we left our safe haven in a quiet Los Angeles suburb and took off for the unknown, our plan to follow where God would lead us. Some of those childhood adventures included escaping out of Egypt right before the 6 Day War, living in a 17th century castle in Switzerland, and smuggling Bibles into communist countries.
My dad went on to become one of the most influential fundamentalist Christian writers of the 1980s.
For me, traveling ignited a million questions that would eventually cause me to turn my back on man-made religion all-together. I met so many incredibly inspiring people on our journey, visited so many magical and mysterious lands. I couldn’t accept that all those people of different faiths were going to hell while we, the select few, were going to heaven.
Discovering the magic of books in a magical place….
It was the beginning of our traveling adventure and we were visiting friends of my parents. They lived in an ancient thatched house in the Cotswolds, in Castle Combe, the most idyllic village you could imagine. It was blustery, rainy day and my older sister, Janna, and I wandered into the library and began to look around. I took a book off the shelf that looked interesting to me. It had a picture on the cover of a girl about my age, disappearing into a big closet. It was called The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I sat down and began to read. I found out what it meant to literally loose myself in a book. Janna and I devoured the series and I’ve been devouring books ever since. Imagine discovering Narnia in such a setting! From England, we went to France where they had wardrobes almost everywhere. Naturally, the first thing my sister and I did was to walk up to each wardrobe, take a deep breath, wish with all our might that this would be the wardrobe that would take us to Narnia, open the door, and—sadly, we never found the right wardrobe, but I haven’t given up hope!
How this all this relates to Book of Angels, volume two in the Night Angels Chronicles….
In Book of Angels, the book starts with Sera in Professor Strejan’s castle in Slovenia. I know about castles because I lived in one as a child! I know about Slovenia because I visited it as a child and a teenager, and I ended up marrying a Slovenian and living as an adult between London and Slovenian village near Lake Bled. So, I am using my experiences to create this completely fantastical world, putting a lot of heart into it.
The “urban” side of Book of Angels and NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES…..
I came back to live in Los Angeles when my daughter was four years old. I went on to have two sons and then I became a single mom again, which I happily am to this day. I started a creative writing program for incarcerated youth called InsideOUT Writers. : http://articles.latimes.com/print/2002/jul/13/local/me-jvwrite13
I have strong feelings about the injustice of the juvenile “justice” system. In Book of Angels, I introduce the character of Ruben, a street smart kid who Sera saves from a gang. Sera’s nemesis, the mayor-to-be, Fabian Gore, wants Ruben because of his knowledge of the underground tunnels that run beneath Los Angeles. Gore is able to get Ruben put in Central Juvenile Hall on a trumped up charge. I know CJH very well, due to over ten years of teaching creative writing in that horrible place and others like it.
Traveling opened my mind….
Traveling and writing and working with kids….
In 2015, I founded My World Project, an art and writing program connecting kids around the world who live in remote areas. So far, we have connected kids in Amazonian Ecuador, a village in the Sahara Desert, Morocco, Hoopa kids in Northern California, kids in Colombia, and soon Syrian refuges in Slovenia, and refugees in Nigeria. http://themissingslate.com/2016/05/18/an-interview-with-my-world-project-founder-karen-hunt
Who knows, maybe, just maybe, in some far-away land when I least expect it, I will find that magical wardrobe and make my way to Narnia at last!