Thursday, 15 May 2014

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle

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Taking Angels by C.S. Yelle
(The Angel Crusades #1) 

Publication date: March 26th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Book 1 in The Angel Crusades Series by CS Yelle

Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.

When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.

As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.





C.S. Yelle was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN, the “almost” middle child of six.  He attended Grand Rapids Senior High School where he enjoyed music and sports.  He received his BS in Chemistry from Mayville State University, Mayville, ND in 1987.  He taught 7-12 Science and coached for six years in several North Dakota schools and currently works as an Executive Account Manager in the Water Treatment Industry where he has been for nearly seventeen years.  He is the father of four and grandfather of one.  He writes novels, screenplays, and an occasional short story.  He has been writing seriously for over ten years and plans to continue until his fingers are unable, maybe longer.  He currently resides in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with his wife Jennifer and their rat terrier, Holly.

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When did you start writing? 

In 1987 I started my first novel, stopped for over 11 years, and have been writing ever since.

What makes you want to write?

I draw inspiration all around me and my stories seem to blossom out of everyday people and their resilience. I enjoy telling those stories in many different ways and have a blast doing so.

Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it?

Not yet, knock on wood, but I have been slowed by a car accident back in January that has made it difficult to sit and concentrate for any extended periods of time. But the stories keep coming so I doubt it is writer’s block.

Do you have a special way of going about writing? 

I need quiet and to be in my office. I visualize my characters in certain situations and before I know it…I’m off on a wild adventure with them.

What are your hobbies?‪ 

I golf a little, but mainly write in my free time when I am not reading or watching movies that help motivate me to jump back to my writing.

How did you choose the character names for Taking Angels?

I try to choose names that are unique. I typically try to stay away from names of people I know for obvious reasons, but Allister, Britt, and Kendal are all names that I haven’t read as main characters thus far, so I went with them. I feel they are all strong names and that is what I like.

Who is your favorite character in Taking Angels?

Kendal. He is a bad boy you love to hate. He is flawed as is everyone, but he owns his addiction and his flaws. What you see is what you get with Kendal.

Where did you get the idea for‪ Taking Angels?

In all honesty, I read a trilogy that was a huge success and it left me feel a bit wanting. The main character was weak and the premise too cliché. I needed more of the gritty paranormal romance thriller and this is what I created to satisfy myself.

What was your favorite part of writing‪ Taking Angels?

The characters were very real to me as was the setting, my home town. I could picture them walking the streets and staring out over the old mining pits like I did when I was their age. I even based Allister’s home on a real house.

Do you have any works in progress? 

Book 3 in my YA Epic Fantasy in the Protector of Ter Chadain series is due out soon. I am in the editing stages of a YA Urban Fantasy and am starting to gather my thoughts for Book 2 to follow Taking Angels in The Angel Crusades series.

What are you currently reading?‪ 

Actually, I’m re-reading My Demonic Ghost – Banished Spirits by Jacinta Maree to get ready for her newest release My Demonic Ghost – Reapers.

What is your favorite book?‪ 

Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Who is your favorite author?‪ 

Terry Brooks

What is your favorite film?

A Knight’s Tale

What is your favourite TV show?

Game of Thrones

Quick-fire questions:

Chocolate or ice cream? Chocolate

Paperback or ebook? Paperback

Dogs or cats? Dogs

Go out or stay in? Go Out

Summer or winter?‪ Summer

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