Christina Ashcroft and the Archangel

I always love hosting a personal friend in the lair. Today’s guest Christina Ashcroft and I met way back in 2004, well before either of us was a published author, at the Romantic Novelists Association conference at Leicester in the U.K.

Christina, originally from England, now lives in beautiful Western Australia and we’ve been lucky enough to meet up since at various Romance Writers of Australia conferences (although not as often as I’d like! Perth is a long way from the east coast where most of the conferences are held).

I’ve long been a fan of Christina’s hot, dramatic, passionate books set in Roman Britain written under the Christina Phillips name. I’m delighted now to introduce her as Christina Ashcroft, a new star of paranormal romance, with her debut Archangel Of Mercy. Here’s the blurb:

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.

As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

You can find out more about Christina’s dual writing personalities at her websites:

http://christinaashcroft.com/

http://christinaphillips.com/

Christina, absolutely lovely to have you in the lair! Congratulations on the release of the first book in the Archangel series, Archangel Of Mercy, which is out from Berkley Heat this month. Can you tell us about this story?

Hi Anna, thank you so much for having me back in the lair! It’s always so much fun in here!

I’d love to tell you about my gorgeous Archangel, Gabriel. He’s one of the Fallen, but not in quite the way you might expect. He and his fellow Archangels used Earth as their playground millennia ago, and of course some of them fell in love with mortals. But the consequences of what happened in the past haunt Gabe today and he protects his shattered heart and guilt riddled soul behind a tough façade.

Aurora is a typical girl-next-door—except she has a unique heritage, and by trying to discover her roots and help her mother she unleashes an ancient force who are determined to punish her for her actions. As a consequence of this she is the catalyst that causes an Archangel to fall from the heavens… and into her arms.

What were the inspirations behind this book?

Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by the Mayan prophecies that December 2012 marks the End of the World. The mathematical precision of their calendars are mind boggling and their ancient knowledge of the heavens phenomenal. As I got older I discovered the Mayans hadn’t discovered this knowledge themselves. It was handed down to them from a far more ancient civilization. And suppose this knowledge had been handed down previously from an even more ancient race of people?

I’ve also always loved the myths and legends that surround Atlantis. But what if that wasn’t merely a legend? What if a lost continent had once existed and been home to a technologically advanced civilization that rivals our own today?

It was only when I began to uncover the distant, mist shrouded past of the Archangel Gabriel that I began to understand the immortal he was today, and that was when he finally opened up enough to let me share his story.

Can you tell us about the Archangel series as a whole?

Each book is a stand alone romance between the Archangel and his heroine, so although it doesn’t matter if the books aren’t read as a series it would give a richer understanding of the world and background if the books are read in order. There is a thread that runs through the books that involve the ancient (and rather nasty) alien species, the Guardians.

What can we expect from the second book?

The second book, Archangel Of Death, is Azrael’s story. At the end of Archangel Of Mercy Azrael is horrified that Gabe has fallen again. He can’t understand why any Archangel would want to put themselves through that kind of torture because all too soon mortals die. And when they do, a part of the Archangel’s heart dies too.

Well, who could resist that kind of attitude? I knew straight away that Azrael was going to be my next unwilling hero! And who better for his heroine than someone from a race he has always despised and done everything within his power to eliminate?

Rowan is a dhampir and Azrael truly doesn’t stand a chance from the moment they meet. Because Rowan is nothing like the dhampirs Azrael fought nine hundred years ago when he saved the life of a legendary phoenix. In fact Rowan is nothing like any woman he has ever met. I loved writing this book and can’t wait until it hits the shelves!

As you know, I’m a huge fan of your sexy Christina Phillips historicals set in ancient Britain which involve forbidden love between the locals and the Roman invaders. You can imagine how thrilled I am to hear that books 3 and 4 in this series will soon be out. Can you tell us what’s going on with your Romans and Druids?

Thanks Anna, I was absolutely delighted when Ellora’s Cave picked up the next books in the series, Betrayed and Tainted.

Betrayed is Tacitus and Nimue’s story. Nimue, an acolyte of the moon goddess, appeared right at the very end of the second book, Captive, and she immediately fascinated me. While trying to protect the Briton queen she is captured by her bitterest enemy, but soon discovers the Roman tribune who’s enslaved her is far from the brutal barbarian she imagined. As for Tacitus, he’s never met a woman like Nimue before and has trouble accepting that this beautiful, ethereal woman could possibly be a warrior—let alone one of Rome’s deadliest enemies. I had a lot of fun tying these two up in knots!

In Tainted I mixed things up a bit, and have a Roman noblewoman, Antonia, who falls for tough Celt warrior, Gawain. Antonia’s had a hell of a life with her brutal former husband, and arrives in Britannia determined to make a new start without the complication of a man telling her what to do. Then she meets Gawain, and makes the decision to embark on a brief liaison. Gawain, of course, is more than happy to accommodate her since he doesn’t do commitment and is trying to stir rebellion against the Roman Legions. But as I’m an evil author and love torturing my hero and heroine, nothing goes according to their plans and they fall in love. Rome is not amused!

I also notice that we’ve got a novella called Bloodlust Denied coming up from you soon. Wow, I’ll be wallowing in delicious Christina Phillips/Ashcroft lusciousness. Can you tell us about this novella?

I’ve always wanted to write a lush Regency Romance and a few years ago an idea came to me of a tortured Regency duke who had lost the only woman he had ever loved many years before. Well, once I started thinking more about the story I realised this was no ordinary duke and he hadn’t lost his beloved a handful of years ago. No, my twisted imagination turned my sexy duke into a very bad ass vampire indeed, and any sense of morality he had once possessed had died along with his wife over two thousand years before. In Bloodlust Denied Alexius meets Morana and despite himself is fascinated by the way she shows no fear of him. Unfortunately for Alexius, Morana is no ordinary human either – she’s a Maiden of Death, pledged to rid the world of vampires.

 

Thanks, Christina! Wow, lots happening with you.

 

I have a copy of ARCHANGEL OF MERCY and some gorgeous swag to give away to one lucky commenter. The contest is open internationally to wherever The Book Depository delivers. Just leave a comment on the post or, since it’s nearly Christmas (or The End of Days if we’re going with the Mayans!) let me know who you would love to find stuffed in your stocking on 25th December (or, alternatively, who would you love to find brandishing awesome weapons in order to fight the Apocalypse!)

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Be sure to come back to the Lair on December 13 when we kick off the annual 12 BANDITA DAYS OF CHRISTMASPrizes and recipes every day!! Roosters. Starbucks goodies. Books. Dragons. Books. Cookies. Godiva. Books!! (By Banditas and friends like Dianna Love, Miranda Neville, Annie West, Sabrina Jeffries, Liz Carlyle, JD Tyler, Deb Marlowe, Marquita Valentine, Addison Fox, Lydia Dare and many more!) You know you want the cookies, for sure, so come home to the Lair for the Holidays! Who knows, you might win something, and you’ll be guaranteed to have fun!!

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104 thoughts on “Christina Ashcroft and the Archangel

  1. 1
    Kimberley C says:

    All your books sound really interesting. I love the new paranormal series and would love to when Angel of Mercy. The cover is quite eyecatching.

    Who would I love in my stocking on Christmas Day…..I have a list Tom Seleck, Sean Connery, George Clooney…I could go on but I am not greedy (hehehe).

    Thanks for the chance to win Angel of Mercy.
    Happy Holidays

  2. 2
    Natasha Devereux says:

    I’d need a HUGE Christmas stocking to contain Jerard Butler, Tatum Channing, Alex O’Laughlin…ummm…I’d better stop there ‘cos the seams are splitting!

    Have a great Cristmas and thanks for the chance to win Archangel of Mercy

  3. 3
    Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Christina. I loved “Forbidden.” I think I’ll enlist Hugh Jackman to help fight the Apocalypse. He’s currently filming the new Wolverine movie so I’m sure he’s in good shape and ready to take down anyone.

  4. 4
    Helen says:

    Christina

    This new series sounds fantastic I love your other stories so I will be looking forward to getting these and reading them whoo hoo.

    I will have to go with Hugh Jackman as well I am sure he will protect me LOL

    Have Fun
    Helen

  5. 5

    Hi Christina, welcome to the lair! Thanks Anna for having Christina here today.

    Christina, all of your books sound so passionate and powerful, I’m looking forward to reading them. As for who I’d like to find in my Christmas stocking, I have a real thing for Ramses from the Amelia Peabody mysteries at the moment! Not sure what my dh would say to finding him under our Christmas tree. I think I’d have some ‘splainin to do!

    All the best with the new series. Looks wonderful!

  6. 6
    Fedora says:

    Ooh, awesome, Christina! Glad to learn the update on your series and recent releases! I think I’d like Macgyver or Chuck Norris stuffed in my stocking–both kind of quick thinking and extremely resourceful, and well, can’t Mr. Norris pretty much scare the pants off just about anything? :)

  7. 7

    Hi Jane,

    Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed Forbidden! I’ll always have a soft spot for Maximus :-) And oh yes, Hugh would be perfect at the End of Days, double yum! I don’t even mind all the hair when he’s Wolverine :-)

  8. 8
    bn100 says:

    Nice interview. I’d say Paul Walker.

    • 8.1

      Hi bn100,

      Thank you!

      And ooh yes, I do like Paul Walker, I wouldn’t mind finding him in my stocking on Christmas morning!

      • 8.1.1

        Isn’t that weird? I had to look Paul Walker up and realized that I saw him when Christina Brooke and I watched a movie at his place this week. He and Gerard Butler were in a movie called Timeline.

        • 8.1.1.1

          That’s Christina’s place!

          • 8.1.1.1.1

            LOL Anna! You had me wondering there for a second :-) I just looked up Timeline. Why have I never watched this movie? I love things like that. Add in GB and Paul Walker and I’d be a very happy little camper!

          • 8.1.1.1.2

            Christina, I’d never heard of it before. It’s pretty entertaining. My very first completed novel was set three years before the time these guys go back to so I drove poor Christina B mad with “That wouldn’t happen” comments. Snort!

  9. 9
    Barb says:

    Hi Christina and Anna

    I loved your earlier books Christina so had better read this one to….. and yes I saw my photo on your Genrecon article Anna …. I must be getting famous lol…..had a lovely day that day…loved the debate plooters or pansters

    I would love to have Pierce Brosnan in my stocking

  10. 10
    Beth Andrews says:

    Welcome, Christina! Wow, all of your books sound fabulous! Do you work on one story or at a time or do you prefer to have several projects going at once?

    I’d like to find an elliptical machine in my stocking. I know, not very sexy but it’s the number one thing on my wish list :-)

    • 10.1

      Hi Beth,

      Thank you! I did once try working on two books at the same time and ended up in a horrible mess :-) It works better for me if I can concentrate on one book at a time (not counting edits!)

      Ooh I would actually love an elliptical machine too – it could always comes attached to a sexy hero :-)

    • 10.2

      Hmm, so far I’ve been happy to share my stockings. With an elliptical machine? Not so much, LOL!

  11. 11
    Mozette says:

    Oooooh, who else but Hugh Jackman as Wolverine…. *fans herself a little*…. yep, that’s the guy for me! :D

  12. 12
    May says:

    Right now, maybe just my baby… I am pregnant and waiting for the baby to come out! :)

  13. 13
    sandyg265 says:

    I’d like to find Amazon gift cards in my stocking

  14. 14
    ellie says:

    Great interview. Patrick Stewart is fine with being a pressie.

  15. 15
    Minna says:

    Here in Finland we open our gifts already on 24th in the evening. I’d love to find an e-reader under the tree.

  16. 16
    eli yanti says:

    How about Santa with so many giff especially books and laptop :D

  17. 17

    Hi Eli,

    They would be awesome! stocking stuffers!! And it would be even better if Santa looked like Clive Owen or Henry Cavill :-)

  18. 18
    Anne says:

    I enjoyed this interesting post. Nathan Filion wold be a wonderful gift.

  19. 19
    Connie Fischer says:

    I would love to find lots and lots of gift cards for BOOKS in my stocking. Nothing pleases me anymore than that. Of course, if Henry Cavill just HAPPENS to be passing by and Santa can grab him, he would be an added treat! But, wait a minute. I’ve just gotten a new kitten and am totally in love with her. Another one or two would be fabulous!

    • 19.1

      Connie, kittens are just more-ish, aren’t they? I’ve just come back from a visit to Bandita Christina Brooke’s house and met a beautiful Himalayan who wasn’t much past kittenhood. Gorgeous, snuggly, fluffy beast!

    • 19.2

      Hi Connie,

      I’m quite partial to Henry Cavill myself!!! And kittens! I have three of the little darlings and love them to bits!!!

  20. 20
    catslady says:

    I’ve been intrigued with romantic fantasy lately and these sound exciting. I’m happy with anything book related. It’s always fun when my oldest daughter (also a big reader) picks some books for me – I like surprises lol.

    • 20.1

      Catslady, I love it when my writing friends pick me books as presents. They come up with things I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of but almost invariably they’re things I end up loving. Especially when it comes to research books.

    • 20.2

      Hi Catslady,

      My eldest daughter has always been a big reader but it’s only been the last 6 months or so that she discovered romance. I LOVE discussing my fave romances with her! We swap books all the time :-)

  21. 21
    Melody May says:

    Hmm who would love to find in my stocking. Oh probably David Gandy or Jesse Metcalfe.

    • 21.1

      Melody, I had to look up Jesse Metcalf. Where have I been? Love David Gandy. I love how he’s pretty rugged for a male model – a lot of the male models are a little too pretty for me. I like a man with a few rough edges.

    • 21.2

      Hi Melody,

      David Gandy and Jesse Metcalfe are both gorgeous! I used to watch the old Dallas, I’d find it very strange to watch a new one – which character does Jesse play?

  22. 22
    diane says:

    A great post which is always a delight. In my stocking what would be the best ever present is to have health and happiness.

  23. 23
    Chelsea B. says:

    Liam Neeson ;-)
    I so can’t wait to read your new book, Christina!

  24. 24

    Christina, welcome and congrats on your new release! It sounds very cool!

    If I were to find someone in my stocking, think I’d opt for Pierce Brosnan–in James Bond guise.

  25. 25
    Louisa says:

    Christina, Wow! You make me feel quite the slacker. You have so many wonderful romance novels coming our way!! Can’t wait!

    Like you, I have always pondered the many “what-ifs” of our ancient legends and lore. Nothing is ever as it appears and so much of it speaks to us and we don’t quite know why.

    Hmm. I would say I’d love to have Richard Armitage in my stocking on Christmas Day, but La Divina Campbell might object. Strongly! :)

    So, I will settle for Gerard Butler, a bathtub full of warm fudge icing and some whipped creme. I’ll take care of the rest!!

    • 25.1

      Wow, Louisa, I like your recipe for Christmas happiness – and I do appreciate you leaving monsieur l’armitage a moi! Very friend-like of you, my friend. I’m sure you won’t suffer too much with Mr. Butler!

    • 25.2

      Hi Louisa,

      Thank you! Though you are far from a slacker!!!

      I love old myths and legends. I could happily daydream about them all day and get nothing else done at all!

      Have fun with Gerard, I’m sure he’d make a great stocking stuffer :-)

  26. 26
    Pat Cochran says:

    HI, Christina and Anna,

    Would love to find my favorite NFL running
    back in my stocking on Christmas morning!
    Or Mark Harmon or David Boreanaz !!

    Pat C.

    • 26.1

      Ooh, Pat, could cope with David B in my stockings (hmm, that sounds naughty – meant to, I think!). Let me know if he’s spare!

    • 26.2

      Hi Pat,

      I never quite got into David B as Angel but I have to say I’ve become very smitten with him as Booth!! He fills out a suit very nicely and I’d love to see him in a Christmas stocking!!!

  27. 27
    Pissenlit says:

    I’d love to find the boys of NCIS: Los Angeles stuffed in my stocking(I’ve been on an NCIS:LA rewatch marathon). I’d be okay with them brandishing awesome weapons too. :D

  28. 28

    Hey, thanks, everyone for a great day of blogging. Christina, congratulations on Archangel of Mercy and thanks for being such a great guest.

    Don’t forget to check back to see who won the prize!

  29. 29
    Mary Preston says:

    Just stuff THE AVENGERS in my stocking. I’m sure they could ward of any impending doom.

    I’m thinking principally about THOR (Chris Hemsworth) and IRONMAN (Robert Downey Jr) here.