Depression consumes the guardian angel, Rhyan, after his human charge chooses her soulmate over him. Filled with anger and despair, he lashes out. And when his hate-filled words land him neck-deep in Hell, he realizes he’s gone too far. He expects trouble, but not to discover his own soulmate in the fiery depths. Abigail is there with good reason, but she’s done her time, and in order to save them both, Rhyan must strike a deal with the Devil. The stakes are higher than ever before, with his soul, his friends and even the fate of Heaven and Earth in jeopardy. If he fails, Rhyan stands to lose more than he ever feared. Will true love be denied? It will take everything he’s got to break down the traps Lucifer puts in his way. New lines are drawn and old scores are settled, and Rhyan is in for the fight of his life. With Abigail as the prize, and humanity in the balance, he will stop at nothing to claim…Hell’s Gift.
“Hell’s Gift” by K.S. Haigwood was given to me by the author for an honest review and I must say it was quite a pleasant surprise to me. From the cover design I expected it to be a much simpler, straight forward paranormal action novel centred around a good looking hero. As it turns out we are dealing with a deeper and more sophisticated story than that.
The places are heaven, hell and earth, but heaven and hell not always the same for everyone. The author plays with the biblical figures of angels and demons to make them real characters but she also seems to have a background in theology and philosophy, her descriptions of hell and human interaction reminded in some scenes of the works of Sartre, and her use of Christian teachings about heaven and hell are solid – as far as I can tell. Rhyan, an guardian angel, descends from Heaven to Hell to come to the aid of Kendra, the heroine of the previous instalment of the Save My Soul Series.
This is a great “What if” study of Heaven and Hell for me, for others it might even be a religious manifesto – it is difficult to interpret when treading on territory that churches and organised religion lay claim to.
It does however not matter, at no point are any “beliefs” of the author forced on the reader and there is enough romance and sex in the book to strike a balance. Haigwood is clearly a highly intelligent and talented writer who offers more than just mindless entertainment. Her characters are well developed and their struggles convincingly portrayed.
There were moments when the biblical setting made me self conscious during the reading, especially when there is sex involved, which I put down to my individual preference. I did enjoy the book however enough to rate it four stars and congratulate the author to her great achievement.
Interview with the author:
How did you come to writing in the first place?
I’ve been an avid reader of fiction since I learned to read. I also had a very vivid imagination as a child and loved to daydream. I talked to myself a lot. I also answered myself. No, I’m not crazy. There have been hundreds of stories in my head, just waiting to get out, since I was a child. Realizing that was the hard part. It actually never occurred to me to actually write a novel until June of 2010. That was a little over two years ago and I am writing my 8th novel now. The stories want to be told.
What was your connection to the genre?
I’ve always had a fascination with anything paranormal or supernatural, and I’m a die-hard hopeless romantic, so it just works for me and my characters to put them together. What girl didn’t want to be Lois Lane and what guy didn’t want to be Clark Kent? Well, there are a lot of Clark Kent’s out there, but I never met a guy that didn’t have his own set of Superman pyjamas as a little boy. I wanted a pair myself, but settled for fantasizing about being the damsel in distress, instead.
When did you first have the idea for this book?
I guess I should tell you that I had the idea for Save My Soul in November of 2011. It all started with Kendra, Rhyan’s human charge. Oh, Rhyan is a guardian angel, by the way. It took me only 21 days to write Save My Soul. My characters do not believe in sleeping when they want their story told. I ended Save My Soul. It was done. It was a stand-alone novel. There was nothing left to write about, or so I thought. Rhyan fans didn’t agree with me. They wanted to know what happened to him. I was at a loss. I had no idea what to do, so I did what any sane writer would do in this very same situation; I asked my character what I should do. Rhyan’s story was born in August of 2012.
How long did it take you to write?
Hell’s Gift was a lot more complex than Kendra’s story. I literally put Rhyan through Hell and back. It took a solid 5 months and a lot of thinking to get Hell’s Gift finished, but I can honestly say that it is my favorite and best so far.
How do you research?
I do very little research.Everything I write is fiction, made up, so there isn’t a whole lot of factual information that will help me. All my novels are paranormal so far, but when I’m talking about Heaven and Hell, angels and demons, I try not to refer too much on the bible. I don’t want to push religion on anyone. That is not my intentions. I simply paint the reader a picture of what I see in my head of a fiction Heaven, Hell and Earth. Yes, even my Earth is fiction. I never picked a specific place in Save My Soul, but I described how the surroundings looked, so the reader had a setting in their mind. The setting for Eternal Island was on an island that doesn’t really exist (except to me and my readers). Forbidden Touch was actually the only one that had a true setting, and it was extremely hard and time consuming for me. It started out in Decatur, IL(US) and pretty much travelled around the United States and back. I’d never been to most of the cities, so I had to rely on an atlas and Google maps a lot. I don’t like that, because I don’t want to get something wrong, so I probably won’t do it any more. Wow. I think I blew that question way out of proportion. Sorry. I hope I at least answered it.
How do you write? What is your writing environment like?
I have a small office in my house. That is where I write. If I don’t have music, then I’m probably not going to get much done. Music stimulates my brain.
How many rewrites did it take you?
None. I never rewrite anything. The closest I ever came to doing a rewrite was deleting a little over 300 words because I didn’t like the direction the story was headed in.
Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?
I usually have 3 or 4 beta readers read along while I am writing the story to keep me on my toes. I don’t believe in ‘filler’. Oh, that’s actually a bad word. I try to keep the reader guessing and throw in surprises when they least expect it. If I can’t think of anything big to happen in every scene, then I will step away from the laptop and do an activity to wake up my brain. I don’t like reading filler, so I don’t put any in my books. It’s all action, suspense and romance. After I have the okay from all betas, I read through the finished product and fix any errors I come across, then send it to my editor and soul sister, Ella Medler. She works her magic and then it’s perfect. I’m actually co-authoring my Eternal series with Ella. It’s been a great experience, and we have at least 4 more novels to get out in that series.
Who are your favourite authors / influences?
Ella Medler, Trish Marie Dawson, Tara Stogner Wood, Patti Roberts, Lindsay Avalon, Caroline Levy, Miranda Stork, Nora Roberts, J.R. Ward, Stephenie Meyer, Laurell K. Hamilton, L.J. Smith, Richelle Mead, P.C/Kristen Cast, J.K. Rowling and Charlaine Harris. Nope, King is not in there anywhere. I didn’t miss him by mistake. He’s too descriptive for me as a reader, but he is a great inspiration to me, so I guess I will include him afterall.
Who would play your characters in a movie?
Are you ready for this?
Cast of Hell’s Gift:
Rhyan- Henry Cavill
Abigail- Alessandra Ambrosio
Kendra- Maiara Walsh
Adam- Adam Cowie
Murry- Travis Fimmel
Malcolm- Jessie Pavelka
Thoros- Raffallo Balzo
Josselyn- Teresa Palmer
Lameria- Rachael Leigh Cook
Phoebe- Leighton Meester
Damien- Jeremy Renner
Lucifer- Jason Momoa
Isaiah- Garrison Oliver
Troy- John Cena
And there are about 13 more, but I covered the most important ones.
What are your next projects and where would we be able to hear about them?
‘Eternal Immortality’ will be coming out in April, ‘The Last Assignment’ in July, ‘Eternal Inception’ in September and ‘Good Side of Sin’ in December.
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Links for Hell’s Gift.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Hells-Gift-Save-novel-ebook/dp/B00BF0VBKM/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_7
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hells-Gift-Save-novel-ebook/dp/B00BF0VBKM/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1360859036&sr=1-2