Today is a stop on the Holy Hell tour for Viola Ryan's first book in a new series The Mark of Abel. Let me just say that the tour is named well because Holy Hell is it good.. Read below for more on the book, my thoughts on it & an awesome giveaway !
-The Mark of Abel Series , Book 1
Publication Date: Dec. 21, 2012 (ebook)
Paperback due out September 2013
Length: 348 glorious pages
Is a frustrated artist Lucifer’s ticket back to heaven or will falling in love with her reawaken the compassion that got him expelled?
Lucifer is fed up with humanity. He created hell to deter evil, but man’s inhumanity is only escalating. He just wants to return home to heaven, but ever since that little problem in the Garden of Eden, the Pearly Gates remain firmly shut to him. It doesn’t help that he’s the first vampire, an abomination in God’s sight.
Fortunately, two thousand years ago Lucifer’s estranged brother, Jesus, gave him a prophecy. To fulfill it, all Lucifer has to do is find the right artist, study her artwork and the path back to heaven will be revealed. The artist even bears a symbol so he knows who she is. Too bad she is murdered every time he finds her.
Janie’s a frustrated artist and college art teacher who wants two things—a guy she can show her paintings to and a night without nightmares. Each nightmare plagues her until she paints it. She doesn’t realize these paintings are key to unlocking her destiny, one that could redeem the original fallen angel.
My Thoughts ::sigh: I don't even know where to begin. Lucifer.. ie. Satan, the Devil, evil guy with horns and a pitchfork? This book throws everything for a loop. Lucifer or Luke as he's going by nowadays, is actually a vampire and good guy. Mind boggling. This is one of those books that I was afraid to write a review on for fear of spilling all the good parts! I just want to babble endlessly about Luke , Eve, Janie and everything. But I will hold myself in and say that I felt Viola did a wonderful job of putting together this story. I was pulled in deeply to the plot and loved every little detail.
The Mark of Abel was a well paced book. I never felt like I was being rushed thru a scene.. Nor did I want to skim thru to a better part. Every page was good. Your concept of good and evil, Heaven and Hell will be thrown for a loop. Everything we have known all our lives about God & the Devil, way back to the garden of Eden are completely changed with a tiny twist that makes you really think. Is the Devil the evil we were all taught to believe, or is he in fact just misunderstood?
I give this one 10 golden stars and highly recommend you give it a try! In fact, I am going to go sit down and reread it right now! I simply cannot wait for the next in the series to come out!
About the Author:
A very good friend of Viola Ryan in high school said, “You don’t think outside the box. You blow the thing up.” Sometimes boxes need exploding. That’s why she’s here. She has a whole bag of C4 and isn’t afraid to use it. She’s blessed with people who treasure her eccentricities or at least put up with them.
Sometimes the box can be a cozy place. Without some sort of stability, her two daughters’ and her life would be unmanageable. That stability comes from her husband. He’s the rock holding her family together.
On the flip side, his career is anything but stable. He’s a Chief Marine Safety Technician in the US Coast Guard. They’ve lived from Kittery, Maine to Yorktown, Virginia. Fortunately, the moves have all been on the east coast. Then again, the Coast Guard tends to guard the coast.
Her oldest daughter (16) was born on Cape Cod, not far from Plymouth. Massachusetts. Her youngest (12) was born in Yorktown, Virginia, down the road from Williamsburg. Viola jokes they’re doing the colonial America tour.