Friday, March 12, 2010

Angelology Excerpt and Giveaway

For this week's Free Book Friday Giveaway I have a signed copy of ANGELOLOGY by Danielle Trussoni along with an excerpt


Central Park’s southwest corridor, New York City

Beyond the rush of Christmas shoppers, obscured in a pocket of icy tranquility, a ghostly figure waited upon a park bench. Tall, pale, brittle as bone china, Percival Grigori appeared to be little more than an extension of the swirling snow. He lifted a white silk square from the pocket of his overcoat and, in a violent spasm, coughed into it. His vision trembled and blurred with each seizure and then, in an instant of respite, resumed focus. The silk square had been stained with drops of luminous blue blood, vivid as chipped sapphires in snow. There was no more denying it. His situation had grown increasingly serious in the past months. As he tossed the bloodied silk onto the sidewalk, the skin of his back chafed. His discomfort was such that each small movement felt like an instance of torture.

Percival looked at his watch, a solid-gold Patek Philippe. He’d spoken to Verlaine only the previous afternoon to verify the meeting and had been very clear about the time—twelve o’clock sharp. It was now 12:05. Irritated, Percival leaned into the cold park bench, tapping his cane on the frozen sidewalk. He disliked waiting for anyone, let alone a man he was paying so well. Their telephone conversation the day before had been perfunctory, functional, without pleasantries. Percival disliked discussing business matters over the telephone—he could never quite trust such discussions—yet it took some restraint to resist inquiring after the details of Verlaine’s findings. Percival and his family had amassed extensive information about dozens of convents and abbeys across the continent over the years, and yet Verlaine claimed he had come across something of interest just up the Hudson.

Upon their first meeting, Percival had assumed Verlaine to be fresh from business school, a climber who dabbled in the art market. Verlaine had rather wild curly black hair, a self-deprecating manner, and a mismatched suit. He struck Percival as artistic in the way that men were at that time of life—everything from his attire to his manners was too youthful, too trendy, as if he had not yet found his place in the world. He certainly was not the sort Percival usually found working for his family. He later learned that, in addition to his specialization in art history, Verlaine was a painter who taught part-time at a university, moonlighted at auction houses, and took consulting work to get by. He clearly thought himself to be something of a bohemian, with a bohemian lack of punctuality. Nevertheless, the young man had shown himself to be skilled at his work.

Finally Percival spotted him hurrying into the park. As he reached the bench, Verlaine extended his hand. “Mr. Grigori,” he said, out of breath.

“Sorry to be late.”

Percival took Verlaine’s hand and shook it, coolly. “According to my exceedingly reliable watch, you are seven minutes late. If you expect to continue to work for us, you will be on time in the future.” He met Verlaine’s eye, but the young man didn’t appear chastened in the least. Percival gestured in the direction of the park. “Shall we walk?”

“Why not?” Glancing at Percival’s cane, Verlaine added, “Or we could sit here, if you’d like. It might be more comfortable.”

Percival stood and followed the snow-dusted sidewalk deeper into Central Park, the metal tip of the cane clicking lightly upon the ice. Not so very long ago, he had been as handsome and strong as Verlaine and wouldn’t have noticed the wind and frost and cold of the day. He remembered once, on a winter walk through London during the 1814 freeze, with the Thames solid and the winds arctic, that he had strolled for miles, feeling as warm as if he were indoors. He was a different being then—he had been at the height of his strength and beauty. Now the chill in the air made his body ache. The pain in his joints drove him to push himself forward, despite the cramping in his legs.

“You have something for me,” Percival said at last, without looking up.

Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Angelology by Danielle Trussoni.
Copyright © 2010 by Danielle Trussoni

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Elie said...

This looks great, I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the chance.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting this. I've been wanting to read this for a few weeks now but I can't buy it until after Easter lol. (Lent)

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Susan Blexrud said...

Fabulous contest, Roxanne. You are doing an AMAZING JOG with Fang-tastic Books. Your site just keeps getting better and better. I looked at this book yesterday at Barnes & Noble, and it's GORGEOUS! We vampire writers are going to need to kick it up a notch. The angels are invading!!!!

You know I follow you all over the place, and I'll post this great contest to my Facebook page.

Unknown said...

Hi Roxanne! I love angels just as much as I love vampires. As you know from the excerpt I posted here when I guest-blogged, I love the idea of creating alternate histories for biblical figures. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds fantastic!

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I love my vampires, but angels are becoming a close second. I just can't get enough of them lately.

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Anna (VampChix) said...

I've heard a lot about this book over at VampChix but I haven't had a chance to go hunt for it yet.

Just started Archangel's Kiss yesterday and I'm in an angel frame of mind. Interesting mythology/lore involved.

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D Q said...

This looks like a great book.
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tetewa said...

I've been hearing alot about this one, sounds good!

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Kelsey said...

Thanks for posting the excerpt and hosting the giveaway. Sounds like a great book and I would love to review it on my blog!

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Van Pham said...

looking forward to reading this, thanks for giving us the chance to win it!

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misskallie2000 said...

WOW, I have got to read this book. Angelology has got to be a very good, no, a great read. I love suspense and mystery. Thanks for the opportunity to enter and for your great review.

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Rosie said...

I'm so anxious to read this book. Thanks for the contest!

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this book sounds awesome! and would love for a chanceto read this

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Amanda Leigh said...

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Yan said...

I saw this at B&N a few days ago and was so tempted to run off with it! Alas I didn't because I'm a strict spending budget right now xD I love the intensity of the cover!

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