Gilded Wings by Amy Lignor: Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway

Author Amy Lignor
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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Gilded Wings by Amy Lignor

The Beloved Angel-Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!

When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become…

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason – the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget…

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life – one chance – to live and love the girl of his dreams…

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both. 

Excerpt:

Mike reached down and grabbed the wrist of the quivering man in the metal chair. “Stand, sir.”

Gregori tried to pry the medic’s hands from his father, but Anya reached out and stopped him, pulling him into the folds of her worn skirt. “No. You must let them do this, or we’ll go no further,” she whispered.

Drew stared at her reaction. The look in her eyes that he’d mistaken for snobbery was now one of heartfelt fear for the father and son.

He watched Anya glance at the other tables. She stared at the old woman being carted away from her sobbing loved ones. Then, she moved her gaze to the large windows that looked out on a statue that promised to take all the tired, hungry and poor. Yet even with this oath, men and women with dirty trunks and weathered bags were lined up on benches looking dejected and lost. Drew knew that she was staring at the ones who were waiting for the ships that would pick them back up and take them home. There they would have to wait another eternity before trying their luck again. Some, Drew knew, were old and tired; they would never survive the long, harrowing journey back across the Atlantic.

Guest Post:

A Road Paved With Gold…?

One of the main issues that’s addressed in Gilded Wings is a very real issue that’s still a part of our world today: Wealth versus Poverty.

During the Gilded Age, the wealthy not only had it all but they flaunted it at every turn. It was not only Mark Twain who called these particular people out, there were many. The Four Hundred Club was made up of the richest of the rich. They held parties in their stately homes on Fifth Avenue, while in the summer months they all departed to Newport, Rhode Island in order to outdo one another there. In fact, the mansions they built were so unbelievably ostentatious it was literally amazing and an eyesore to see them.



Right down the road from Tiffany’s, Fifth Avenue, servants walking the master’s dogs…was a place of pure and utter poverty. The ‘working class’ was what they were called, and while they worked to build a better life for their families – which is why they came over to Ellis Island in the first place – they found themselves living in tenements that were falling down. Fire escapes were rusted and falling away from the buildings; garbage and refuse were in the streets; and some of the nicest people in the city were basically buried in a world that was even worse than the lands they had originally escaped from, or chose to leave behind. But they believed. They believed in America, in freedom, and they wanted to work their butts off to make it.

One of the saddest things I came across while doing my research for this book, and finding out exactly what Emily and Matthew would discover, I came across the potter’s field. A potter’s field is an American term for a place where the unknown or indigent people are buried. Although the term came from the Bible, referring to a field used for the extraction of potter’s clay, which was useless for agriculture but could be used as a burial site – the actual realization of Potter’s Field was depressing.



Emily and Matthew, having come from a place of pure and utter luxury, find themselves standing in this area. They stand eye-to-eye with the truth and a tragedy of epic proportions (not to mention a completely real one that happened long ago). Seen through an angel’s eyes, this was a place that brought to light the millions of lives that were falling apart on the streets they assumed were ‘paved with gold,’ yet the people the angel/warrior team met there had more heart, soul and reverence for the U.S. than all of the wealthy combined.

I hope readers will truly see the black and white – the yin and yang – when it comes to the very different worlds that existed back then, and how the angel/warrior team found themselves pawns in a society that despised them, and outsiders in a society that they simply didn’t understand.

As the adventure continues and Emily and Matthew discover new things, I wanted to make sure that they became a part of what was once very much our country. And, unfortunately, what still remains to be one society versus another, even if it is quieter than it once was. Angels and warriors aren’t needed to change this fact, only a solution, so that the deserved ones, the hardworking, will one day have a chance to ultimately shine.

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

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