Poetry Friday ~ The Rise of Gadreel

26 Mar

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my blog. For the next few Fridays I will be sharing the posts from The Rise of Gadreel‘s book tour. I will be making a few changes to them, so they won’t be exactly the same. I wanted to give an opportunity to those who didn’t get a chance to visit the different blogs during the tour to check out the posts.

The Rise of Gadreel is a high/dark supernatural fantasy set in the medieval period. It is aimed at an adult (18+) audience. I always told myself that I would never write as if someone were looking over my shoulder. My first draft consists of words written the way they pour out of my head, raw and true. Although I begin the story, my characters tend to take over, each of them competing to steer the story in a way that best suits them, which usually leads to many twists and unexpected outcomes. Ultimately, the strongest of them takes the lead. Following the blurb, I will share a short excerpt to hopefully entice you to read more.


In The Fall of Lilith, award-winning author Vashti Quiroz-Vega took readers inside the gates of heaven for a front-row seat to Lucifer’s rebellion. In Son of the Serpent, she introduced Dracúl, tormented offspring of fallen angels. Now, in The Rise of Gadreel, Quiroz-Vega is back with the next chapter in her Fantasy Angels saga—a gripping tale of hope and redemption set against the fiery backdrop of a demon’s insatiable thirst for power and revenge.

Lilith is gone, suffering the torments of the damned in hell. Satan, once known as Lucifer, endures endless agony in an earthly prison. Yet their foul legacy lives on, spread by a corrupted priesthood that uses the blackest magic to fan the flames of evil and hate throughout the world. 

The former angel Gadreel, who fought and fell alongside Lilith and Lucifer, only to join Dracúl in his fight against them, is weary of war. Repenting of past sins, she wants nothing more than to be left in peace. But when a new threat to humankind arises, Gadreel is given the chance she has prayed for—the chance to earn God’s forgiveness.

Now, with the aid of Dracúl and a trio of uncanny allies—a man of air, a man of stone, and a woman of fire—at her side, Gadreel must find the courage to confront her past and forge a new future for herself . . . and the world. 


In this excerpt, Gadreel, Dracúl, Sabina, Golem, and Thomas are headed to London, England, when an incoming storm prompts them to take shelter at an Abbey where they will also rest for the night.

We spotted the abbey on a cliff above the port town of Whitby, overlooking the North Sea. By the time we reached it, the sky had gone dark with the bruise of thick, angry clouds. As I stood before the Romanesque-style stone abbey, a lone drop of rain touched just beneath my eye, like a teardrop, and a foreboding shook my entire existence.

“I have a bad feeling about this place. I don’t think we should enter,” Golem said, taking a step back.

“What are you saying?” Dracúl put Sabina down and moved toward the entrance.

“Wait,” I said. “I don’t feel right about this place either.”

Sabina agreed.

 “We’re all tired and cold.” Dracúl shoved his long, dark hair back from his face in clear frustration. “This is Whitby Abbey, a Christian monastery.”

“Something evil lurks in there now,” I mumbled. I did not mean to frighten anyone, but chills ran up and down my spine, and they were not caused by the weather.

“Oh bloody hell!” Golem said and threw his arm up in the air.

“The sun has set, the temperature has plummeted, and there’s a storm coming,” Dracúl said. “What are we supposed to do?” He flashed that irritating, smug grin he wears when he’s convinced he’s about to win an argument. “Besides, we’re God’s warriors. If there are evil forces lurking in this place, who better than us to abolish them?” With those words, he entered the abbey’s warming room.

“Well, let’s go then. I’m absolutely knackered,” Golem grumbled. He took Sabina’s hand, and they followed Dracúl inside. Thomas, surrounded by a dim indigo aura, trailed close behind them.

I stared at the sinister, hulking masses of architecture looming before me against the dark, moonless night, seeing little more than the crumbling walls. Having caught Dracúl’s statement about faith and being God’s warriors, I stood corrected. I drew in a long breath and plodded inside. 

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40 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ The Rise of Gadreel”

  1. John W. Howell March 26, 2021 at 2:15 pm #

    Super post, Vashti. Loved the excerpt.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. olganm March 26, 2021 at 2:25 pm #

    Great choice, Vashti. Having visited Whitby Abbey I can imagine what they might have felt like. Good luck!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 26, 2021 at 4:24 pm #

      Thank you, Olga! It’s so cool that you visited Whitby Abbey. I want to schedule a trip to England and visit all the places I mentioned in the book. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Annette Rochelle Aben March 26, 2021 at 2:30 pm #

    You have been called to BE and you ARE being amazing! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. D.L. Finn, Author March 26, 2021 at 2:38 pm #

    Such a wonderful series, Vashti 🙂 I hope you get a ton of new readers! Xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 26, 2021 at 4:27 pm #

      I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the series, Denise. Thank you very much! ❤


  5. Jan Sikes March 26, 2021 at 2:47 pm #

    A great way to kick off a blog tour, Vashti! I wish you tons of sales!!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. D. Wallace Peach March 26, 2021 at 4:11 pm #

    I love your blurb, Vashti. It’s so powerful. And a great excerpt to tease your readers. Have a great tour!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 26, 2021 at 4:29 pm #

      I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed the blurb and excerpt, Diana. Thank you! Happy weekend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Gwen M. Plano March 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm #

    Terrific post, Vashti. I love your excerpt and the graphics. They are amazing! All the best on your blog tour. Sending lots of good wishes your way! ✨💗✨

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 28, 2021 at 11:29 am #

      I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the post, Gwen❣️ Thank you.

      Liked by 2 people

  8. Jill Weatherholt March 26, 2021 at 7:18 pm #

    Wow! What a great blurb, Vashti! Enjoy the tour. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q March 28, 2021 at 11:30 am #

      Yay!👏😀 I’m happy that you liked the excerpt, Jill. Thank you❣️

      Liked by 1 person

  9. dgkaye March 27, 2021 at 7:53 pm #

    Great excerpt Vashti. I loved this book! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 28, 2021 at 11:31 am #

      Thank you so much, Debby!♥️ I’m thrilled that you loved the book!😀


  10. Colleen M. Chesebro March 27, 2021 at 8:28 pm #

    I so loved this book and the series, Sis. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  11. robbiesinspiration March 28, 2021 at 11:18 am #

    A great post, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. balroop2013 March 28, 2021 at 11:50 am #

    Thanks for sharing this compelling excerpt Vashti. Wishing you all the success.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. yvettemcalleiro March 28, 2021 at 11:41 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this, Vashti! 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 2, 2021 at 12:13 pm #

      I’m anxiously waiting to hear what you think about it, Yvette. I know that Gadreel has been your favorite from the start. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Natalie Ducey March 29, 2021 at 10:45 am #

    Wishing you a fabulous blog tour, Vashti! I’m so looking forward to reading your work again. I can read on my phone now! Sending positive vibes and huge (((hugs))) across the miles. Cheers, my friend! xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 2, 2021 at 12:17 pm #

      Hi, Natalie! Thank you for your sweet words, my friend. It’s wonderful to be able to read from your phone! I prefer paperbacks and hardcover books, but I have to admit that having the kindle app on my phone is very convenient. A life changer. Enjoy! Have a fabulous weekend! Hugs & Kisses ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  15. markbierman March 30, 2021 at 1:21 pm #

    I love the combination of antagonists, Gadreel certainly has her work cut out for her! I’m looking forward to this exciting read! Congratulations on the release and all the best, Vashti. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 2, 2021 at 12:18 pm #

      Thank you very much, Mark! I appreciate the kind wishes. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Miriam Hurdle March 31, 2021 at 7:52 pm #

    I’m glad you’ll make the for posts available again, Vashti. My three weeks Christmas break turned into six weeks and I missed the whole tour. 💖

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 2, 2021 at 12:20 pm #

      I’m happy to repost them, Miriam. I’m also happy you had a lovely Christmas break. Thank you for taking the time to read the post. I appreciate you. ❤ xo

      Liked by 2 people

      • Miriam Hurdle April 2, 2021 at 6:13 pm #

        I had a good time during the break and also took time to take care my after school business. It was a little hard to get back on the blogging schedule after the break. ❤

        Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q April 5, 2021 at 4:41 pm #

      I know what that feels like. 😀


  17. judeitakali April 14, 2021 at 6:55 am #

    I really want to read this. I hope I’ll be able to get it soon. So intriguing and interesting,. 💜

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 15, 2021 at 5:05 pm #

      Hi, Jude! That’s awesome! If you enjoy reading dark supernatural fantasy sprinkled with horror I would love to hear your opinion on it. ❤

      Liked by 2 people

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