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The “Powers” collaborate, in power and authority, with the Principalities (Rulers).  The Powers are the Middle Triad shared with the Dominations and the Virtues.  The Highest Triad consists of the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones.  In the Lowest Triad, you find the Principalities, Archangels and Angels.

The Powers are the bearers of conscience. the keepers of history and warrior angels created to be completely loyal to God.  It is said that no Power has ever fallen from grace, but another theory states that Satan was the Chief of the Powers before he fell from grace. The duty of these angels is to oversee the distribution of power among humankind.  The Chief of their Order is Cam-ael, who bears scrutiny as he exemplifies that wavering path between good and evil.  His name means “He who sees God.”  Yet in his darker mode he is identified as a Duke of Hell.

In Celestial Sin, Cam-ael is the hero and a good guy.  The Fallen have again attacked and the Second War in Heaven has begun.  The angel is wounded in battle and plummets to earth and into the arms of a woman.  For the first time in his existence, he is tempted by yearnings he considered the province of Man.

Blurb:

Early on Essie McBane set her standards high and waited for true love. She never expected the answer to her prayer to literally fall from heaven in the shape of a warrior angel with chestnut curls and a heavenly body. As much as she’d love to teach the divine creature a thing or two about sex and lust, can she be responsible for leading him into temptation?

Sinfully handsome Cam-ael, an angel , is wounded in the second war between heaven and hell and plummets into Essie’s arms. But Cam knows he must return eventually, no matter how much he likes the material pleasures of earth. Not to mention those he’s found with Essie. But when a demon locates his hiding place and his mortal feelings for Essie, will Cam learn the true meaning of the word sacrifice?

The sexy cover, excerpt and book trailer are on the Celestial Sin page–check it out while you’re visiting!

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The first chapter of Celestial Sin and the sexy cover are up for Best of March at http://2707165.polldaddy.com/s/best-of-mar-2012.  I would very much appreciate votes!!  Visit the Celestial Sin page here for an excerpt, book video and reviews!   Celestial Sin was Top Ten in the Preditors & Editors Awards.

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In Celestial Sin (see the page here for a blurb, excerpt and reviews), the hero is the angel Cam-ael of the Order of the Powers.  Here is a little information about that order of angels:

Powers or Authorities

The “Powers” collaborate, in power and authority, with the Principalities (Rulers).  The Powers are the Middle Triad shared with the Dominations and the Virtues.  The Highest Triad consists of the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones.  In the Lowest Triad, you find the Principalities, Archangels and Angels.

The Powers are the bearers of conscience. the keepers of history and warrior angels created to be completely loyal to God.  It is said that no Power has ever fallen from grace, but another theory states that Satan was the Chief of the Powers before he fell from grace. The duty of these angels is to oversee the distribution of power among humankind.  The Chief of their Order is Cam-ael, who bears scrutiny as he exemplifies that wavering path between good and evil.  His name means “He who sees God.”  Yet in his darker mode he is identified as a Duke of Hell.

 

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My name is Cam-ael and I was an angel of the Order of the Powers.  Sounds like an opening remark from an AA meeting, doesn’t it?

 I was wounded in the Second War in Heaven, more about that later, and plummeted from the sky into Essie McBane’s life.  I’m sure Essie didn’t expect to have an angel thump down in her chicken yard.

 I’m open for questions, if they’re not too personal.  (He gives the interviewer a devastatingly beautiful smile to match his lyrical voice).

 Second War in Heaven?

 The First was when Lucifer was cast down into Hell.  He caused the Second one as well but I’m not at liberty to say why.  Suffice to say that many of the loyal angels were incensed to learn that our Creator still mourned his once favorite son.

 The Second War raged until the airy corridors ran red with blood, then the conflict spilled from Heaven to Earth, and mortal forces joined the battle as the fallen angels met the loyal angels in one final, epic battle at Armaggeddon.

 I was a warrior, but I was wounded.  Essie gave me sanctuary to heal, and I was intrigued by her and by mortal life. I found the idea of the love between a man and woman and sex fascinating.  I wanted to stay with her and experience life, but she was determined not to be the reason I fell from Grace.

 Describe yourself.

 Physically, I’m 6 feet tall with auburn hair, blue eyes and a white wingspan.

As a person, I’m loyal, caring and affectionate.  As a warrior, I was fierce and ruthless.  The Powers are the first line of defense…..

 Do you think you will stay on Earth?

 If Essie will have me—and of course if I’m not summoned back to the war.

 Can angels die?

 Not in the human sense of dying.  We can be destroyed or cease to exist.  Swords of black iron will kill an angel.

 Any questions for an angel?

 See the Celestial Sin page for a blurb, reviews, video and buy link.

 Note:  Artwork is by Cheryl Mandus and entitled Annunciator

 

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The final tallies are out, and Celestial Sin is third amongst some very heavy hitters in erotica.   A big Texas WOOHOO!

For a video, blurb and excerpt, check out the Celestial Sin page on the blog and don’t forget to take a look at the erotic free read.

To celebrate, I’m giving away a free download.  Please be sure to leave contact information in your comment.

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Celestial Sin got a super review from Sizzling Hot, and I’m happy dancing at 3:30 AM on a Monday.  This Monday isn’t going to be that bad!  I loved the reviewer’s synopsis of the story:  God is the ultimate creator. So how can Essie resist the one thing she is suppose to never have, but is created to be ultimately tempting? After all, humans fell from grace because of temptation…but with Celestial Sin right in front of her, can she risk being the reason an angel falls?

What the reviewer said:  Don’t let Celestial Sin fool you, this is one passionate, exciting story. I may never look at wings or feathers the same again. Camael coining the phrase “love on the wing” is worth checking out! I just hope I’m never faced with this type of temptation, because I don’t think I’m good enough to resist. But it sure makes for great reading!

Leave a comment for a chance to win a Hot Spanish Nights coffee mug (with the HOT cover).   Don’t forget to check back to see if you won.  While you’re here, check out the Celestial Sin page for the trailer and gorgeous cover.

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The Heavenly Hierarchy – There 9 celestial orders or choirs:

Highest Triad:  Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones

Middle Triad:  Dominations, Virtues, and Powers

Lowest Triad:  Principalities, Archangels and Angels

 Since Cam-ael, the hero in Celestial Sin is an angel of the Order of the Powers, I thought it would be fun to share some information about these angels, alternately referred to as Dynamis, Potentiates and Authorities.  The Powers were the first angels created and patrol the perilous border between First and Second Heavens, resisting the efforts of Demons to take control of the World.  In the Book of Enoch, the prophet says that the fallen angels are imprisoned in Second Heaven.  So their job must be risky indeed.  I wonder if they get hazard pay.

 First Heaven (Shamayim) is the lowest and closest to earth.  Raphael presides over Second Heaven (Raquia).  If this is where the fallen angels are imprisoned, given their antics on earth, we can reasonably assume, it isn’t a maximum security prison.

 The Powers appear to be both good and bad, being in charge of the Soul, as we all know a real battleground of good and evil!  They are skilled at balancing and recognizing opposites.

 In angelic lore, Cam-ael is chief of the order.  His name means “he who sees God”, and he is said to be one of the favored who stand in the Presence.  But in his darker incarnation, Cam-ael is also a Duke of Hell with the body of a leopard.  In the occult, he is the ruler of the Mars, the Planet of War.

 Of the fallen angels, the greatest number seems to come from the Powers though the most famous fallen angels are the Grigori, those angels who fell because they took mortal wives and sired the gigantic Nephilim.  Their story has been popularized in several books and a TV show, The Fallen.  Perhaps, the reason the Powers are more subject to temptation is that they have dominion over the soul and identify too closely with the human.

 In Celestial Sin, I didn’t use Cam-ael’s darker side, preferring him to be a good angel who succumbs to the persuasion of lust and love.

 In the story, Cam-ael is a warrior angel, wounded in the Second War in Heaven, occasioned when the loyal angels feel betrayed, and the Fallen see an opportunity to invade.  Not only does the war stand in his way, but he is forbidden to feel physical longings and to fall in love with a mortal woman.

 An interesting aside, angels were considered sexless and above reproach, so how to explain Genesis 6, where the Sons of God saw the Daughters of Man and took wives from among them.  In the 13th century, the Bishop of Paris offered a solution—that there were actually ten orders of angels and it was this tenth order who fell.

 Enough talk about angels!  Let’s talk about prizes.  Commenters will be entered to win a coffee mug featuring the sexy cover of my erotic novella about a master horseman, a Virginia socialite and the Andalusian horse, Hot Spanish NightsCommenters please leave your contact info if you want to be entered in the drawing.

 Buy Link:  Celestial Sin   — Take a look at the trailer and excerpt on the Celestial Sin page, and don’t forget the Free Erotic Read on this site.

Thanks for dropping by,

Bianca

 

First review hot off the press from WORDS THAT SPARKLE:  The love story between Cam and Essie is very heartfelt. The way Bianca Swan spins a tale of two star-crossed lovers willing to kill (and in Cam’s case, give up Heaven) for each other is beautiful. The idea that both angels and demons are among us at all times is a very interesting spin on the entire idea of Revelations. There are some very interesting action scenes thrown in as well, between the forces of good and evil, making this story about more than just sex with a Heavenly being (hot as he might be!).

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