Monday, November 07, 2011

Guest Blog by Heather Killough-Walden - Angels Who Break the Rules - November 7, 2011

Please welcome Heather Killough-Walden to The Qwillery. Heather's most recent novel, Avenger's Angel (Lost Angels 1), was released on November 1, 2011.

Angels Who Break the Rules

What is it about rules that makes them so fun to break? We are not supposed to eat candy. But it’s so delicious. We are supposed to exercise regularly, but it’s so much more pleasant to sleep an extra hour in the morning. Speed limit is 55… but my car goes so fast.

And that’s the rub that makes calamity of following the rules. Breaking them brings us pleasure. Rules are there because if they weren’t, we would do something we probably shouldn’t do. If there was no desire to do it, the rule against doing it would be unnecessary.

That’s why we like it when our romance characters break the rules. What’s the fun in a man who is all good? We want a man with a wicked streak, a dark lining, a glint in his eye that hints at something… bad. And the best kind of bad is the bad that used to be perfect. Why? Because we strive to be perfect every day – we have no choice. And that constant trying to be something we never will be gets so gosh darn old. We get so tired of having to be good, of having to follow the rules. When we see someone even “better” than us break those rules and “fall,” well, let’s just say it makes us happy inside.

In fact, one might go so far as to say it turns us on.

Enter the Lost Angels. This paranormal romance series delves so deeply and thoroughly into the realm of good and bad and the difference between right and perfect, it’s like eating your cake and having it too. There is nothing sexier than the Angel of Vengeance going rogue or the Warrior Archangel getting a taste of his own medicine in a mate who fights him back. And when it comes to Azrael, the Angel of Death? Forget about it. Once you catch sight of him, you will be dying to hear his story.

So, throw caution to the wind, break out the all-fat, all-calorie food you love to hate and hate to love, and settle down under a blanket with my boys. They won’t disappoint you. Breaking the rules was never this much fun – and sin never tasted so good.

(Look for Always Angel, the eBook only novella introduction to the Lost Angels series, now for sale on Amazon in the US and in the UK on October 28th. Look for Avenger’s Angel, the first full-length novel in the Lost Angels series, out in print on November 1st in the US and on November 24th in the UK.)

About the Lost Angels Series

Avenger's Angel
Lost Angels 1
Signet, November 1, 2011
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages

When four female angels were created for the archangels Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Azrael, a chaos spurned by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia. But for Uriel, the former Archangel of vengeance, the search ends the moment he lays eyes on Eleanor Granger, his one true archess. Can he protect her from the danger lying in wait for her - and win her heart?

UK Cover

Always, Angel
Lost Angels Novella
Signet, October 28, 2011
E-book, 66 pages

US Cover
A story of paranormal passion from the author of the Big Bad Wolf series!
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Big Bad Wolf paranormal romances, a brand-new novella in the world of the Lost Angels. For millennia, the archangels have searched for their destined mates on earth. Now they are beginning to unite, but for Angel, it is a time of danger and fear. For with the Culmination these unions will bring about, her true nature will finally be revealed—opening her to an impossible desire, and exposing her to the one man she desperately craves….

UK Cover

About Heather

Heather Killough-Walden is a California native currently living in Texas with her husband and child. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Big Bad Wolf series. Heather’s educational background includes religious studies, archeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let’s Go Pens!) Visit Heather’s website at, where you can sign up for her newsletter. Also, be sure to keep in touch with her and other fans through her Facebook fan page and through Twitter (killoughwalden)

Heather's Links


The Giveaway


What:  Five commenters will each win a signed copy of the US Mass Market Paperback of Avenger's Angel (Lost Angels 1).

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite romance character who breaks the rules?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, November 14, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Hmm.... I think I'll have to go for Lucivar from the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop. He's my favorite hero wether he's breaking rules or not (which he does all the time btw ;-)

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  2. I'd have to concur with Sullivan's comment that Lucivar and Daemon were both delicious rule breakers. Another fabulously wicked romantic character is Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, and Raphael(Raffe), an Archangel from Susan Ee's Angelfall is my current book crush.

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  3. Am I allowed to say Indiana Jones? I've always adored that character.

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  4. Mac from the Fever series comes to mind. She breaks and makes a lot of her own rules, which I don't blame considering the world she lives in.

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  5. Jack Thane from Heather's book "Hell Bent," breaks the rules in some serious ways but makes up for it in so many other ways. He also knows how to break the rules heroically.

    Otherwise it would be Daniel Kane from "The Heat," the first of the Big Bad Wolf series. He is such an ass at times but I would forgive him anything.

  6. I don't know if he would be considered a romance character, but Jack Thane from Heather's book "Hell Bent," breaks the rules in some serious ways but makes up for it in so many ways. Otherwise it would be Daniel Kane from "The Heat," the first of the Big Bad Wolf series. I would forgive him anything.

  7. My choice is Zsadist aka Z from J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood.

    WOW, by reading these answers, it appears I need to do some more book buying!

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  9. The Qwillery is totally spoiling me. I thought I was just dropping by to read an awesome post by one of my favorite authors and what do I find when I am ready to share my appreciation of this post? Oooh-boy! a giveaway of another incredible read by Heather Killough-Walden Yowzaaa! I am just so greedy that I can never get enough:)

    I know that this character is not strictly in what would be termed the romance genre, but Rachel Morgan (Kim Harrison) is one the most rule breaking ladies out there and when romance enters the picture the rules are always being broken. I love Rachel in love!

    Thank you so much for the delightfully fun post and awesome giveaway opportunity today.

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  10. darius from heart of the dragon by gena showalter/ yea

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  11. Zsadist by J.R. Ward
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  12. I would have to say Cat and Bones from Night Huntress series. Love them! Thanks for the chance.

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  13. Um... Favortite Romance character? Jace wayland! No, wait! Wrath, from BDB.... or one of the other brothers! No!!!! One of the Lords of the underworld! Oh! I cant choose! I have plenty of favorites. I only read books with Badass characters in them, lol.
    Ok, Ill go with Wrath, considering hes my obsession right now.
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  14. Definitely Jeaniene Frost's Bones.

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  15. hmm right now im going to have to go with Raphael from Nalini Singhs Archangels series!! (either him or dmitri)

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  16. Barrons, he breaks all the rules when it comes to Mac. (Fever series by Karen Marie Moning)

    Love the cover of your book, just love it! Sounds like a great read, its always the stuff that is bad for you that is oh so good... =)

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  17. I think I like Jp Bowie's detectives. They do break rules all the time
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  18. Definitely Raphael from Nalini Singh's Archangels series.

    Thank u for the giveaway^^

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  19. ash from iron king by julie kagawa, love Ash ;D

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  20. I'm going to go for a classic reference & say Mr Willoughby from SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Love the cad.

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  21. i like PATCH from hush2...fallen angels always makes me weak :p

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  22. My favourite romantic character who breaks the rules... I don't usually go for the bad boys. I like the good one- the ones who don't feel the need to break rules. However, the only bad boy, rule-breaker I found attractive during my romance reading adventures was Zsadist from JR Ward's Lover Awakened. He intrigued me from the very first book and I just new that his and Bella's love story would be epic. I was so glad to be right:)

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  23. Bones, like him very much ^^

    Hope win this giveaway :


  24. IT's so hard to pick just one since so many of my favs , like may of the other commenters, all break the rules and that's why they're so amazing as characters. I agree that the BDB guys are all rule breakers of some sort; same with those hunks from Lords of the Underworld.
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  25. I would have to saw some of the Lords of the Underworld.

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  26. Love the premise of this series! I've just grabbed the sample of the novella. Can't wait to try it out.

    I'm gonna say Charlie Davidson from Darynda Jones' grave series. I wish I had her attitude! :)

  27. Raphael from Archangel Series by Nalini Singh. Very love it!!



  28. I think i would say "Cats" from night huntress serie she doesn't like orders so she breaks the rules as soon as she can

    thank you for this opportunity to win

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  29. I would have to say Cat & Bones from Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series, Anita Blake from Laurell K Hamilton series, and Rachel and Ivy from Kim Harrison's Hallows series. They are all rule breakers, but for good. They are fighters and protectors. They are all about protecting the innocent.
    This is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.