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Samaria: Archangel, Jovah's Angel, The Alleluia Files, Angelica, Angel-Seeker

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“A fascinating world…Engaging, thought-provoking, uplifting, and simply fun to read.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Angelica
More than a hundred years before Archangel, Samaria is visited at random intervals by mysterious strangers dressed all in black. They appear and disappear, leaving behind fires of utter destruction. The Archangel Gaaron is glad that his new Edori bride, Susannah, is a calm and capable woman who can help him through this crisis, while aiding him in the impossible task of controlling his wild sister Miriam. What Gaaron doesn’t know is that Susannah, who still mourns for her former lover, has a secret connection to the god Jovah—a secret that could save the whole planet. He also doesn’t know that his runaway sister has met one of the invaders and is prepared to risk everything to keep him alive.

Publishing history
My first hardcover! Published originally in 2003 and followed by a mass market paperback in 2004. 

Interesting tidbit
Readers who know Archangel extremely well will recognize that Susannah’s story is referenced in that book. Because I had already stated that the Archangel in Susannah’s time was also called Gabriel, I was stuck with that for my hero’s name, but I didn’t want to confuse my readers! Hence, Gabriel Aaron’s nickname “Gaaron,” which I came to really like.

My favorite scene
The chapter where Miriam’s friends have a sleepover in Susannah’s room and Susannah learns how Gaaron protected Miriam when they were growing up. I love that we learn so much about Gaaron and he’s not even in the room.

 
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