Nephilim. The word sounds so exotic. Can you blame me for wanting to write about the supposedly extinct race of angel-human hybrids, originally called Heroes of Old? Just saying it gives me goose bumps (I’m nerdy like that, heh). But believe it or not, they weren’t the original inspiration behind the miniseries, The Earth Angels. Before I fleshed out the neo Nephilim—Zeke, the haunted progeny of an angel of death; Sara, a descendant of the warrior-class Seraphim; the loss-of-power hybrid of the angel of vengeance Nate; and Kyle, the descendant of an archangel—I had my villain in place. A vile demon whose name has been around for as long as King Solomon, if not longer.
The Great Duke of hell, Dantalion.
This dude is just so… vile. The purest kind of evil hell could produce. Not in the grossly overpowered, two-story tall, his-muscles-have-muscles, monstrous way. No. Dantalion is sneaky. He blends in and feeds off of humanity’s weaknesses. Pain, greed, rage, lust… whatever trips our trigger in a naughty way, trips his and makes him more powerful. Also, he’s known as the demon of a thousand faces, as he can morph into anyone. Male, female, even a child. Worse, that shapeshifting ability stems from an even worse power. He can “know” the minds of all humanity, which means he’s the ultimate telepath.
And that’s where things get BAD, as Kyle explains to the shell-shocked heroine, Nikita, in this DANGEROUS ANGEL snippet:
“I want more of the truth now, since you’re on such a roll.” The words came through the barrier of her teeth. The fury was overwhelming, boiling in her blood to the point where she couldn’t even get her jaw to unlock. “You said this demon is in a semi-manifested state. Do you know what he’s going to be like when he’s at full power?”
“Yeah, and it’s what we’re trying to prevent now.” She watched his hands turn into fists, while the volatile atmosphere threatened to explode around them. “If Dantalion reaches full strength…things will get bad.”
Right. And the sun was a bit warm. “How bad?”
“This isn’t a lower flight of demon we’re dealing with here, Nikita.”
“In my world, flights are things you take out of airports. Dumb it down for me.”
“Dantalion is a Great Duke of hell. If he gains full power, he’ll control the minds of all humans everywhere. That doesn’t sound bad at first, but since it’s speculated that Emperor Nero—the guy who fiddled while Rome burned—was one of Dantalion’s victims, it puts everything into perspective. This demon can push any thought imaginable into the minds of the world’s population. He could make people believe that a steady diet of human flesh is the only way to go. Or that friends and neighbors need to have their hair trimmed with chainsaws. Or that the Miami Dolphins are going to win this year’s Super Bowl. No one will escape the madness.”
See what I mean? ^_^ Isn’t Dantalion scrumptious as a villain? It’s such a relief to finally share him in all his horrific glory as I wrap up the miniseries, The Earth Angels, with DANGEROUS ANGEL’s release. I’m so excited!
Sound interesting? Read on if you’d like to learn more about DANGEROUS ANGEL:Book four of the Earth Angels series
Miami's best bounty hunter, Nikita Tesoro will do anything to collar a fugitive, including stepping into a stripper's stilettos for the night. Outsmarting her rival Kyle Beaudecker is just a bonus. Despite the sexual tension sparking between them, Nikita keeps a professional distance from "Hurricane" Kyle. After all, she can't get hurt if she doesn't care.
A descendant of the archangel Barakiel with the power to harness electricity, Kyle should be focusing his energy on tracking down a demon that may be hiding in the human realm. But he's a lover, not a fighter, and he'd much rather use his special talents for pleasure: specifically Nikita's. And teaming up to find a bail jumper means spending lots of time together…
But when their case takes a turn for the demonic, Kyle can no longer hide his true nature from Nikita. He'll do whatever it takes to win her heart—even stop the apocalypse. But he can't do it alone.
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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.