Launch Day! The Rise of Gadreel

22 Dec

Hi, everyone! Today is the ‘Launch Date‘ for my new book, The Rise of Gadreel! I was hoping the paperback would have gone live today too, but for some reason, Amazon still has it on review. I’m not surprised since everything this year has happened at its own pace. I’m told the paperback will be released soon. Because of this inconvenience I’ve left the price of the eBook at .99¢ until the paperback goes live. Please help me spread the word.

Today I’d like to share another excerpt from the book. In this excerpt my main character Gadreel is visiting an abandoned monastery said to be haunted by a group of monks. She meets her ally Thomas for the first time. I hope you enjoy it.

The courtyard had a peculiar allure. The vast, grass-covered area surrounded by flowering bushes and small trees lay interspersed with benches and statues of saints and angels. As I explored the center opening of the monastery, nothing smelled as it should. Blooms of indeterminate colors crowded the shrubberies. The calls of birds echoed oddly, and the grass appeared several hues brighter than it should be, especially in the gloomy light. Nothing in the garden looked hideous—only bizarre. 

A bench beneath a trellis caught my eye, and I settled there, marveling at the roses which grew atop it and wrapped their way down both sides. I sat humming a melody. My hum became a song sung in a church I visited once. They’re called hymns, the songs in churches. I closed my eyes and continued to sing. They sprung open when another voice sang along with me. I stopped singing. The other voice quieted too. My body shivered, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood on end as I looked around and found no one. I sang once more, and the other voice joined in as before. The sound, no more than a whisper, like the soft susurration of the wind in the trees, amplified to a clear, melodic song.

At first, the ghost revealed itself as no more than a shimmer of mist. Through it the shrubs, statues, and trees were a little out of focus. When the spirit stood before me, it congealed into the form of a young monk. 

In his gaze, my mind cleared of emotion. Instead of fleeing or screaming, I stood more still than the moss-covered statues in this place—and just as cold.

“Why are you here?” he asked as he stared at me with brilliant blue eyes. He had the smile of an angel and silvery-white skin.

The fear inside me diminished, for his voice, although loud and clear, sounded like an archangel’s song, and his kind face reminded me of spring. No harm would come from him.

“I could ask you the same question,” I said.

He observed me for a while, tilting his head toward his shoulder while narrowing his eyes. He wore a monk’s robes similar to that which Dracúl wore, minus the cross. Fabric that had long since decayed into the soil beneath our feet swayed with a white shimmering beauty about his ankles.

He touched a rose, and the flower contracted and expanded like it had taken a breath.

“On the night they invaded,” he said, “I slept in my bed, dreaming of my deepest desires for happiness, wholeness, and holiness, when forceful arms dragged me out here.” He signaled toward the area of the courtyard with a wave. “They had already arranged wooden stakes around the center square. I looked at the posts, not quite understanding. Fifty-five of us burned alive that night. I recall how my brethren begged for their lives, how they screamed when the fires consumed their flesh. And the smells . . . have you ever caught a whiff of burning hair?” He studied me, his eyes brimming with silver tears that shone brilliantly in the gloomy light. 

I shook my head and he continued. “It is the worse smell. We suffered a brutal death, a sentence we did not deserve. The pope and three of his bishops bore witness to our suffering and—”

“One moment! Did you say the pope?”

“Yes. Not the current pope, but he who came before him. He gave the order to light the fires and sat in a special throne-like chair brought for him to watch us burn.”

I gasped and gawked at him in disbelief. “What were your crimes?” The words almost choked me on the way out.

“The church accused us of heresy, but in fact, we merely identified philosophies they did not want admitted into Catholicism. There are evil forces everywhere, even within the church. We had uncovered certain truths and wrote them down. When the church found out, they sent warrior monks and priests to warn us and take away our scrolls, but the pope wanted the knowledge we had acquired to disappear along with us, and came to ensure it. They dug a huge pit right here and dropped our charred bodies into it, along with any evidence that we once existed. Afterward, they covered the mass grave with dirt and planted grass over it.”

I wrapped my arms around myself and hung my head, wondering if Dracúl knew the whole story of what had happened here. I looked at the ghost.

“Are the other monks here too?”

“When the hand of salvation came to us, some of us refused it,” he said. “Most of my brethren went into the light. Souls are a form of divine energy, so those of us that chose to stay were released to roam as spirits.”

“Why did you choose to stay? Heaven is a marvelous place. I once lived in the third level and lowest realm of heaven called Floraison, a paradise magnificent beyond compare. There’s no hope of me ever returning there, but if there’s still a chance for you, you should take it.”

“Why can you not return to your home?”

“My name is Gadreel. I fought in the war in heaven as a rebel angel and was exiled to Earth as punishment. I can never return to Floraison, but I seek God’s forgiveness for my many transgressions. You didn’t answer my question. Why did you choose to stay in this horrible place?”

He moved, and as he did so he disintegrated, like a diffusing fog. At times I lost track of him for a moment, and then once he stopped moving, he appeared in his monk form again.

“I’m not sure why I stayed. Questions whirled in my mind, confusing me. I loved God, the church, and the pope. I couldn’t understand why this happened to me, to my brethren. I’m merely a trapped soul, too scared to move on, desperate not to stay.”

I hope you enjoyed this excerpt. I plan to have my book tour next month, so stay tuned for that. Thank you for visiting. Have a wonderful holiday season and happy New Year!

69 Responses to “Launch Day! The Rise of Gadreel”

  1. D.L. Finn, Author December 22, 2020 at 1:02 pm #

    Congrats on your new release, Vashti! This is going to be my first read in 2121:) Fantastic excerpt, can’t wait to read this. Happy Holidays.

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    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:01 pm #

      Yay! Thank you, Denise❣️I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • D.L. Finn, Author December 22, 2020 at 10:40 pm #

        Opps! 2021 lol

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  2. Miriam Hurdle December 22, 2020 at 1:04 pm #

    Great dialogue in this excerpt, Vashti. Congratulations on your release. I ordered it already!

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    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:03 pm #

      Thank you, Miriam! I’m happy you enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for ordering your copy❣️

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  3. balroop2013 December 22, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

    I am so happy for you Vashti. Wishing you great success with this one. I know its going to be as good as the first two. Have a safe and cozy holiday season.

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    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:07 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words, Balroop.💗 From your lips to God’s ear. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.✨

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  4. olganm December 22, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

    Many congratulations and best of luck, Vashti. Finally, some good news! Season greetings!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm #

      Yes!😀 Thank you, Olga❣️Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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  5. Gwen M. Plano December 22, 2020 at 1:37 pm #

    Oh Vashti, I’m so happy for you. Congratulations!! I’m looking forward to the read over the Christmas vacation. Blessings to you and yours! 💗

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    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:12 pm #

      Thank you so much, my friend.🥰 That’s terrific! I hope you enjoy it. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best this holiday season.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Jill Weatherholt December 22, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

    Yay! Congratulations, Vashti! Way to close out the year. xo

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    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:14 pm #

      Thank you, Jill❣️I’m excited and grateful I was able to pull it off. Stay warm and healthy!

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  7. coldhandboyack December 22, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

    Congratulations, Vashti. All the best with it.

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  8. coldhandboyack December 22, 2020 at 2:15 pm #

    Reblogged this on Entertaining Stories and commented:
    Book three of Vashti’s Fantasy Angels series released today. if you hurry, there’s an introductory price for the ebook version.

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  9. Stephen Geez December 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm #

    How exciting! This excerpt is wondrous. I especially loved the details, such as the rose that seems to take a breath. Thanks for sharing, Vashti, and good luck with the launc!

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    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:19 pm #

      Hi, Stephen! I’m excited that you enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you very much! Happy Holidays!💛

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  10. John W. Howell December 22, 2020 at 3:21 pm #

    Congratulations, Vashti. The excerpt sounds terrific. I have my copy.

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    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:21 pm #

      Yay!👏😀 I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed the excerpt. It means a lot. Thank you, John❣️ I hope you enjoy the rest of the book.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q December 23, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

      Aww. Thank you. 🥰

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Annette Rochelle Aben December 22, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

    May the wind be, beneath your wings! ❤

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  12. Kester James Finley December 22, 2020 at 3:45 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Bearded Scribbler and commented:
    The last of the trilogy releases today. A splendid read from start to finish!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks for the reblog, my sweet friend❣️

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  13. Judi Lynn December 22, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

    Nice! I enjoyed this. Much luck with your book!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Stephen Geez December 22, 2020 at 5:13 pm #

    Reblogged this on Stephen Geez Blog and commented:
    Vashti is as good as writing fantasy gets. Dive in and prove me wrong! Discover her new novel now.

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    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:24 pm #

      Wow!🤩 Thank you so much, Stephen!

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  15. yvettemcalleiro December 22, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

    I saw the book pop up on my Kindle and got giddy. Congratulations on your book release, Vashti! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q December 22, 2020 at 9:26 pm #

      Awww. That’s so sweet, Yvette! I’m so grateful and excited. I hope you enjoy it. 💞

      Liked by 1 person

  16. memadtwo December 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

    Congratulations! (K)

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  17. Teri Polen December 23, 2020 at 8:33 am #

    Congrats on the new release, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

  18. harmonykentonline December 23, 2020 at 8:36 am #

    Huge congratulations, Vashti! Doing my happy dance for you. All the very best. Hugs xx 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q December 23, 2020 at 4:31 pm #

      I appreciate it, Harmony.🥰 Thank you for the fabulous wishes, my friend.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Jan Sikes December 23, 2020 at 11:40 am #

    Congratulations, Vashti! What a way to end out the year!!! Wishing you all the best! Merry Christmas!

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    • Vashti Q December 23, 2020 at 10:47 pm #

      Thank you, Jan! I’m excited I was able to pull it off. Merry Christmas!
      🌟🎄🌟🎄❤️🎄🌟🎄🌟

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  20. Soooz December 23, 2020 at 12:43 pm #

    Huge Congratulations, Vashti! I’m so looking forward to reading this over the Holiday- break. Wishing you and yours a Joyous, Peaceful, and Safe Holiday Season. ❤

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    • Vashti Q December 23, 2020 at 10:53 pm #

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! I hope you enjoy the book. I had the most fun writing this installment. I wish the same for you and your loved ones.
      🎁🌟🎁🌟♥️🌟🎁🌟🎁

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  21. Bette A. Stevens December 23, 2020 at 5:08 pm #

    Congratulations and Best Wishes, Vashti! 💞

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  22. dgkaye December 23, 2020 at 10:19 pm #

    Can’t wait to read it Vashti. On my Kindle waiting. Congrats for getting the book out this year. And I am looking forward to having you over next month with this book! Happy Christmas my friend ❤ xxx

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    • Vashti Q December 23, 2020 at 11:15 pm #

      👏😀 I’m happy you’re looking forward to reading this book, Debby! It was my favorite to write so far. I’m looking forward to being on your blog. I’m excited about it. Thank you, my friend!
      🌺🎁🌟🌹♥️🌹🌟🎁🌺

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      • dgkaye December 24, 2020 at 10:50 am #

        Right back at you my friend. And today I begin reading! ❤ xoxo

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    • Vashti Q December 27, 2020 at 9:22 pm #

      Yay! Thank you❣️I’m excited and nervous.😅

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye December 28, 2020 at 11:35 am #

        I’m blown away and find it hard to put down – stealing moments to read. Oye! So much action! ❤

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      • dgkaye December 28, 2020 at 11:35 am #

        Did you get my email with attachment?

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    • Vashti Q December 30, 2020 at 6:18 pm #

      I’m doing my happy dance, Debby! Thanks so much! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q December 30, 2020 at 6:19 pm #

      I’m going to check my email right now. I’ve been a little behind.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. markbierman December 27, 2020 at 5:28 am #

    Congratulations, Vashti! I have it on my Kindle, and can’t wait to find out more about Gadreel. All the best with your new release and have a wonderful 2021. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q December 27, 2020 at 9:24 pm #

      Thank you very much, Mark! Wishing you all the best for 2021!🥰

      Liked by 1 person

  24. D. Wallace Peach December 27, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

    Congrats on the release, Vashti! Wishing you the best of luck and a wonderfully creative 2021. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  25. karenringalls December 28, 2020 at 11:57 am #

    I’m excited to read this new book. You are such a talented writer and the subject matter is intriguing.
    Congratulations

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    • Vashti Q December 30, 2020 at 6:12 pm #

      Thank you for the awesome comment, Karen! You just made my night. Thanks again! ❤

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  26. Natalie Ducey December 29, 2020 at 11:47 am #

    So excited for you, Vashti! You have so much to celebrate. Congratulations and big CHEERS to you! xo

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q December 30, 2020 at 6:16 pm #

      Thank you, Natalie! I’m happy that I have a few wonderful things to be grateful for this year. We all know how hard 2020 has been. Stay safe and healthy, my friend. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Annika Perry January 3, 2021 at 11:40 am #

    Vashti, congratulations on your latest release!! 😀 The excerpt is superb and captivating! I hope you’re still enjoying the publication buzz; it is an incredibly exciting time! Wishing you a Happy New Year! xx

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q January 4, 2021 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi, Annika! Yes! I’m still feeling exhilarated about finally getting my book out there. I’m preparing my book tour for later this month. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the excerpt. Happy New Year! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  28. robbiesinspiration January 13, 2021 at 1:28 am #

    Congratulations, Vashti, on your new book.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Teagan Riordain Geneviene January 20, 2021 at 3:12 pm #

    Vashti, I’m sorry to be horrifically late to the party. I could have sworn I had commented on this post… (Shakes head, then face-palm.) It’s a terrific launch and a stunning cover. I can’t wait to curl up with the book. Hugs on the wing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q January 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm #

      No problem, Teagan. I’m happy to see you. Thank you so much! ❤

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