Thursday, September 1, 2011

Angels and Demons: A Guest Post by Gracen Miller

Where does the road to Hell begin?

“Hark the fallen angels sing, glory to the newborn King…”

Did you catch the difference in the stanza? Welcome to the world of Pandora’s Box, where angels aren’t necessarily looking out for the good of mankind!

With good intentions?

Angels were believed to be messengers from God, as well as protectors of mankind, while offering them guidance. It is believed there are different levels of angels. The most lethal of the lot are archangels, which are God’s warriors. Many of us are familiar with God’s main messenger, Gabriel, who performs acts of justice for God. Most of us know his fiercest fighter, Michael, an archangel with a flaming sword. Two angels were sent to save Lot and his wife from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Angels visited other godly people in the Bible to guide them from whatever crisis was ongoing or about to occur.  But not all angels came with good intentions…

Or demonic design?

The Book of Enoch relates that 200 angels departed heaven and came to earth to marry and have children with human women. Some believe that their offspring are Nephilim and are the Giants from the David and Goliath story. Another accepted belief is that Lucifer was an angel, and he rebelled against God and led a revolt in heaven. We all know that Lucifer is now believed to be the devil or Satan, the one who rules Hell and tempts us away from God.

But maybe legends aren’t as accurate as history would have us


In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind's liberty has begun...

What would you do if your son went homicidal overnight and you learn a demon has designs on your future? It wouldn’t help that your expertise isn’t in supernatural warfare or that you don’t even believe in God for that matter?

Madison Wescott from my newly released e-book, Pandora’s Box, is stunned and skeptical to learn demons have targeted her and her son. Growing up a Baptist preacher’s daughter, she knows all the ins and outs of Biblical scripture, she just stopped believing it all, discounted them as fairytales to keep people scared into righteousness. With a huge supernatural problem affecting her five year old son, she has to rethink her beliefs. With the aid of Nix Birmingham and his family, what she discovers is worse than her nightmares and any horror movie ever made.

How she’ll survive is anyone’s guess. She knows the road to hell won’t be easy and she won’t go down without a fight. And no one is taking her son…

To read the first chapter of my newest release Pandora’s Box, Book One in the Road to Hell series, go to my website at  If you’re still interested, pick up a copy of Pandora’s Box, available at Decadent Publishing ( or your online bookstores (Amazon, Smashwords, etc.—Links provided below)!

Leave a comment for a chance to win a skull cameo pendant, but PLEASE leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner!!! 

Thanks for having me with you today!


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Pandora’s Box Blurb:

Where does the road to Hell begin?

What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight and your husband disappears on his way to work? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened with demonic connections.

With good intentions? Or by demonic design?

Phoenix Birmingham bursts into Madison’s life in a whirlwind of sarcasm and sexual appeal. A hero for the masses—and for her jaded heart—but few will ever know the sacrifices he has made or the sacrifices to come. Discovering her entire life has been influenced by multifaceted paranormal beings, Madison is determined to defeat the apocalyptic blueprint fate has decreed, but only one man dares to challenge the supernatural forces manipulating them. Even with Phoenix's aid, can destiny be denied? Or will demonic design prevail while they pay the crucial price with their souls?

In a small, sleepy Alabama town the battle for mankind's liberty has begun...

Pandora’s Box Excerpt:

“May I?” He held up the medical supplies.

She nodded and watched as he doused gauze with antiseptic. “Dr. Nix at your service,” he said with a grin, two adorable dimples charming her where words failed.

Madison rolled her eyes, and tipped her head to the side to give him better access. He brushed her hair off her neck, back behind her shoulder. Such a simple gesture, yet it felt terribly personal. The air grew thick and sticky with her awareness of him. She shifted in her seat and crossed her legs.

Madison stared into his eyes. Green, she thought, his eyes were green, gorgeous and intense, with ridiculously long eyelashes women would fantasize about. If they didn’t, they should. A flicker of compassion, concern, and something else she couldn’t identify flashed in his eyes.

“Ready?” he asked.

The husky tenor of his voice forced her gaze to shift to his mouth. Nice, sexy lips, designed for kissing. She gave a mental shake but couldn’t resist wondering how his mouth would feel on hers.

“Madison?” Humor deepened his voice, a touch of a smile tilted the edges of the lips she’d been fantasizing about, and she realized she still stared at them. “You ready?” he asked again, and her eyes widened in embarrassment over her foolish stupor.

She swallowed hard. “Yeah.” She whispered past the lump in her throat and forced her vision to lock on the wall over his shoulder. Good God, what was wrong with her? Her pulse throbbed like crazy, and she felt woozy. Loss of blood! Must be why she reacted that way. No other explanation made sense.

Even though the antiseptic stung like hell, the gentle touch coming from such a gruff man surprised her. “It’s not bad,” he said, dabbing the blood away. “Just a nick.”

Well, she could nix the blood loss theory. Exhaustion and stress were the only other excuses she could come up with. “I’ve suffered worse.” Her voice sounded off, kind of hoarse. She tried to clear her throat delicately, but he must have noticed her unease, because his perceptive eyes met hers. Again, she thought she caught the edge of concern reflected in their green depths.

“This isn’t the first time he’s attacked you?”

    “No. It’s the first time he’s tried to seriously kill me, though.” She sighed as she closed her eyes, ready to give up fighting, the sudden tears threatening to fall. Okay, woozy and acting strange because of strain…not because of him. Seriously, as far as first impressions went, she wasn’t impressed.


  1. Thanks for having me here today, Kelli, and letting me ramble about angels and demons!


  2. Love the excerpt, thank you for the awesome giveaway! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  3. great little interview and giveaway... I can't wait to read this book. Shannon S. calitigerlilly@yahoo.COM

  4. Nice write! :) The plot draws the reader in immediately and the characters are warm and real....and in the case of Madison's son, scary!

  5. Hey Gracen!
    To anyone who hasn't read Pandora's Box yet, go buy it now!! I'm 3/4 of the way through it and it's fantastic! Gracen has a wonderful way with words and can spin a tale like nobody's business ;) I'm already looking forward to the next book!
    Kelly Hensley

  6. i AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! Guess who??? hehe

    I have to say this book is iNCREDIBLE! It really truly is. Gracen has created one hell of a world (no pun intended...well yes, yes there was)!! If you have not read this book DO SO NOW! It is so worth it!!!

    Love your interview as always Gracen! Thank you Kellie for hosting!!

  7. Shalisha Cooper is unable to post here, but she sent me her comment via Facebook and this is what she has to say:

    "I can't wait to read pb I have read the sample that amazon has and it is really good."

    Thanks to Krystal and Shannon for the comment!
    Druscilla, thanks so much for the compliment and yeah, her son was supposed to be really eerie at this moment.

    THANK YOU Kelly and Mindy!! You don't know how much it means to me to know you gals enjoyed PB! *huggles you both*


  8. Hi Gracen...this book sounds amazing!!! What a concept you've tapped into...This is going on my TBR for sure. I wish you all the success in the world with this book and your writing. Fantastic story and beautiful cover!!!

    Daisy Dunn

  9. Enjoyed the read and love reading about angles demons I am waiting for more. Thanks again Bob



  11. I just adore your cover for this book! I look forward to reading it!

    leanne_gag at hotmail dot com

  12. Thanks for the excerpt & giveaway - I will check it out!

  13. I loved the excerpt. Pandora’s Box has an amazing story.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  14. Gracen I haven't gotten to read this yet but its on my list, I have a poor bank account :) You have the greatest contests and I loved Madison's life lessons.


  15. Pandora's Box is a fantastic book! :) Love ya, Gracen! Thanks for the giveaway!


  16. oh oh oh I wanna enter hehe........SO LOVING the book Gracen!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cant wait to find out what happens next!!!


    ps well duh I'm stalkin ya lol =D

  17. Thank you for sharing with us today and for the fun invite to share in the adventure. I am looking forward to reading Pandora's Box it is right up my alley. I also want to thank you for the lovely giveaway opportunity :) and introducing me to this great blog. Stalking you has been great fun, everyone should enjoy the ride !


  18. What a great premise for a series! Really interesting take on the "angels" theme. Nice blog (and nice blog site too, Parayournormal!)

  19. Can't help it, i have to ask ( I've just recently started to read PB) that Nikolas’s name has changed to Micah i know why, but his new name has something to do with Michael?? Or you just liked that name? I'm really curious!!

  20. Sorry for the delay in posting a winner! I'd planned to give everyone several days to read and comment, but then I lost power and was unable to announce a winner.

    I plugged everyone's name into and allowed it to pull the winner...and the WINNER of the Skull Cameo Pendant is....

    MISTY at! Congrats! I'll contact you by email Misty.

    Thanks to ALL of you for coming out and thanks to ParaYourNormal for having me!!