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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Taking Angels (The Angel Crusades Series #1) by C.S. Yelle: Review & Interview

Taking Angels

(The Angel Crusades Series #1)

C.S. Yelle

Genre- YA Paranormal/Angels
Published On- March 26, 2013
Published By- Staccato Publishing

Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.

When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.

As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.


“You were dead,” Allister agreed. “I touched you and brought you back, only it was as something different than you were before.”

“Uh, I kind of noticed,” I said, waving my hands around my body like a model showing him the latest fashions. “And that little thing about being able to heal people is new. So what did you bring me back as?” The words came out and I wanted to catch them and shove them back into my mouth. Fear swelled within me as I realized I wasn’t sure I wanted the truth…if it was bad.

About the Author

C.S. Yelle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, the “almost” middle child of six. He attended Grand Rapids Senior High School where he enjoyed music and sports. He received his BS in Chemistry from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND in 1987. He taught 7-12 Science and coached for six years in several North Dakota schools and currently works as an Executive Account Manager in the Water Treatment Industry where he has been for over eighteen years. He is the father of four and grandfather of one. He writes novels, screenplays, and an occasional short story. He has been writing seriously for over 15 years and plans to continue until his fingers are unable, maybe longer. He currently resides in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with his wife Jennifer.

Website- http://p8.hostingprod.com/@csyelle.com/


Please welcome Taking Angels author C.S. Yelle to Diane's Book Blog.

What is your favorite part of the story, Taking Angels?

I really enjoy the back and forth bantering between Britt and Kendal. I feel he really pushes her to think about the world differently.

How long did it take you to write Taking Angels ?

From conception to editor, it took me about six months to write Taking Angels.

If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?

If Gabe and I were on an island I wouldn’t be stranded on the island for long.

If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?

Britt. She is so loyal. Friends with her sense of loyalty are impossible to find so hold onto them with both hands.

What inspired you to write your first book?

After finishing a story that left me feeling “wanting”, I said, “I could write a better ending than that…so I started writing and I believe I have written a better ending.

What is your favorite book that you wrote?

Taking Angels. The reason is it challenged me to dig deeper and touch feelings I never exposed before.

Who or what inspired you to be a writer?

I guess when I read something and it moved me and lingered with me when I was finished, it made me feel incredible. I get that same feeling developing and writing my stories.

What books have most influenced your life?

The Harry Potter series influenced my life the most, not because of the story itself, but it gave me an incredibly strong connection with my kids and allowed me to share in their lives in a way not possible without that common thread.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Terry Goodkind has moved me more with his writing than anyone else. He has moments of brutality that makes your breath catch in your throat and then the next page he shares something so beautiful and touching, it brings tears to your eyes. Now that is what writing should be.
What's your favorite book-turned movie?

Harry Potter series.

What is your typical day like?

All I can say is when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. My job is busy with meeting people and selling products and services, but my night and my drive times I develop my stories.             

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Never have had it yet. “Knock on wood.” I just have a tough time sitting down long enough to write on most days.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

This is the latest work. I don’t want to give too much away right now, but it is a YA Urban Fantasy.

The private, nondescript jet sped along as its occupants slept peacefully.  That is, everyone except Josh and Cali.  Peace, the last thing on their minds
        Josh looked at the others in the plane—the humming engines, surreal.  He glanced at Cali staring out the window, lines of worry digging deep into her soft, light brown skin, giving her wrinkles well beyond her sixteen years.  Bags shone dark under her eyes from the stress of the past few days.
        Cali gave him a weary smile, leaning her head against his shoulder, closing her eyes heavily, and drawing a deep breath.
        “I never wanted to be an operative,” she sighed.  “I never wanted to be genetically engineered either,” she added, disgusted.
        “Think of the good we can do,” Josh reassured.
        “Humph,” Cali grunted, drifting closer to much needed sleep.  Her thoughts raced, reliving the past week and the wild turn her life had taken, her destination still unknown.  

What book are you reading now?

Partners in Crime by Downey Greene

What do you prefer paperback, hardcover, or ebooks?

I prefer hardcover, can afford paperback, and settle for ebooks too often.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Each of you has extended your faith in me and my writing by buying my books. Thank you for supporting me on this wonderful journey.

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