Unsung Heroes

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 photo WoundedAngelFinal_zpsa39f4128.jpg“Sorry I can’t stay, I have to meet up with my psychologist.”

When I heard those words come out of my mouth, I started to correct myself.  After all, Patti’s my friend, not my psychologist.  But when the person I was speaking to nodded in understanding, I had to laugh.  If you knew me, you’d have no problem believing I’m in the care of someone in the mental health profession.  Putting it politely, my personality is high energy, but I like Patti’s take on it.  According to her, I’m “the good kind of crazy.” :D

Patti and I met on the ice.  I was teaching, and she wanted to be taught.  After a getting-to-know-you discussion, I learned she was a psychologist working with recently returned veterans, and figure skating was just the positive kick she needed at the end of a stressful day.  As time went on, I came to realize just how much Patti needed outside distractions in order to cope with the work she and others like her have chosen to do.

Obviously she can never give details about what she’s working on, and I never ask.  But when she arrives for a lesson looking pale and distracted, I pretty much know she’s visited someone else’s battlefield.  She never allows it to eat away at her, though, and usually by the end of the lesson she’s back to her usual bouncy self.  Thanks to Patti, I have a new appreciation for all the unsung heroes who choose to be the initial support network for returning troops.

I’m also grateful for the tremendous amount of help she gave when I was researching the third book in The Earth Angels series, WOUNDED ANGEL. I had these main characters, Nate and Ella, who were badly damaged by the violence of their respective pasts.  I needed to show in an authentic way that these characters had been made all the stronger for it, as those pasts have prepared them for the demon-tainted hell they’re about to be plunged into.  Thanks to my friend (who was kind enough to “dumb down” PSTD for me), Nate and Ella’s evolution into kick-ass, world-saving heroes is complete.

QUESTION: Who is your favorite tortured hero/heroine, and why?

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BLURB:

Book three of The Earth Angels

A descendant of the Angel of Vengeance, Nate da Luca was gifted with an uncanny ability to find things. It made his job as a detective a breeze–until he learned the hard way that some things should remain hidden. After that, his powers vanished, along with his belief in himself. Which is going to make tracking down Gabriella Littlefield for his latest client a challenge.

Personal trainer Ella Little paid a hefty price for her life–now all she wants is to live it in peace. Then a sexy hulk of a man turns up in her gym, reigniting desires she thought she’d left behind along with her real name and hair color.

Desires she can’t deny even after she discovers Nate’s no stranger to her dark past.

Before he can convince her the attraction is mutual, Nate’s going to have to earn Ella’s trust. But a demon is playing for keeps in the world of humans, using Ella as bait, and the last thing they have is time…

Go back to the beginning with Nobody’s Angel, available now!

63,000 words

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About Stacy Gail: A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.

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2 thoughts on “Unsung Heroes”

  1. Zsadist from J.R. Ward’s Brotherhood of the Blade novels. They really don’t come much more tortured than him.

  2. Stacy_Gail says:

    Omigawd, yessssssssss, Nicole. The pain oozes off the pages, which I love, love, LOVE… until I wanna scream. :)

    Good answer!

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