Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sabrina Benulis, Author of The Books of Raziel Trilogy, Answers "What is the best thing about being an author?" and "What is the worst thing about being an author?" #Giveaway @SabrinaBenulis #BewitchingBookTours

In the heart-pounding conclusion to The Books of Raziel trilogy, Angela discovers that she holds the keys to both Heaven and Hell, and that angels, demons, and all the creatures in between will stop at nothing to possess her...

Please welcome Sabrina Benulis to the blog today!!

Hello! My name is Sabrina Benulis, and I'm the author of Angelus, the third book in my gothic fantasy series, The Books of Raziel. There are two questions you might have for me--which a lot of readers tend to have, actually--that I'm going to address for you here. Other authors will probably agree with these statements. At least, if they're being totally honest with themselves they likely will.
 They are: 1.) "What is the best thing about being an author?" And you'll probably guess question 2.) "What is the worst thing about being an author?"
Cons, you ask? There are negative aspects to being an author? Oh, yes. And I'll let you know what the worst of them all is. It's not reviews (though they can be a special purgatory all their own), and it's not deadlines (which every author hates anyway). The worst thing about being an author is that: YOUR CREATIVE BRAIN NEVER SHUTS OFF.
Imagine, you're just living your life, minding your own business. You've finished your latest novel and everything's brilliantly peachy keen. Life has returned to you, as well as friendships, and the time to eat real dinners. Then it happens. One day you're mindlessly watching re-runs of The Office, and it hits you. Suddenly. Unexpectedly. You just have to write this amazing novel about a magical rainbow unicorn. All the details are right there. The plot just basically wrote itself. And that's the beginning of the end. Say good-bye once more to early nights in bed, days without trolling for favorable reviews about your rainbow unicorn book, and not having to work out which character will kick the bucket and when by page one hundred. Your life is now consumed by Microsoft Word once more.
So if that's the worst thing about being a writer--and those with writer's block will say it's not that bad, but we'll save that debate for another day--then what's the best thing about being a novelist?
Money, you might guess? Oh dear no. Whatever you do, don't write for money. You'll be living off cheap tuna for most of your life and may or may not be wearing potato sacks to luncheons. What about your book being turned into a movie? Wrong again, because with your luck it will be filmed only in black and white, and by the end of all the studio wrangling your carefully plotted romance novel will be an action-adventure science-fiction movie.
No, the best thing about being a fiction author is YOUR FANS. Your fans will costume play your characters, they will write fan fiction that elaborates on the world you've created. They'll draw insanely good fanart of that fantastical city you mapped out in your brain but never drew a good picture of yourself. They'll congratulate you, hunger after your other novels, pat you on the back, encourage you, and in the end, they'll read your books which means you'd better keep on writing, otherwise there are no more books you've written for them to read. It doesn't matter if you have a million, or just one. Your fans and avid readers are what counts. They're the gold in an author's treasure chest.
The satisfaction of even one happy reader is incalculable.
So here's to all of you fans out there. Thanks for being the number one reward in such a crazy, hectic, and sometimes dizzingly gratifying career. It truly makes the inability to shut off our creative brains a hundred percent worth it.

Book Information:

The Books of Raziel Trilogy, Book Three
Sabrina Benulis

A Harper Voyager Trade Paperback Original

Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal

On-Sale: February 9, 2016
ISBN: 9780062069429
E-book ISBN: 9780062069436

About the Book:

The war started by three powerful angel siblings - Raziel, Lucifel, and Israfel - has divided the kingdoms of both Heaven and Hell. Now the destruction is spilling over into our world.

The last hope for a crumbling world is the Archon, also known as the human Angela Mathers. Angela alone can successfully oppose Lucifel and open Raziel’s Book for the power of good rather than evil. But to do so would mean murdering her best friend, a fact Angela refuses to face.

Now Angela sits on the throne of Hell, fulfilling a prophecy of ruin. But ruin does not always mean destruction.....sometimes it means revolution.

Read an Excerpt:

Genesis – The Story So Far

Before the beginning of all things, there was a Mother who sang and carried the stars within her.

Worry consumed her because often the stars near her heart burned and jostled, as if fighting one another. Then the unthinkable happened, and she gave birth to twins long before the appointed time. These children were meant to be equal in every way, but from the stars one twin decided to claim dominion over our universe. He attacked his sibling, murdering him, and from then on a fragile balance weighed toward the side of shadows.

The Mother who has carried these gods fell into the deepest despair and took her punishment to the depths of the eternal Abyss.

Innumerable cycles of time passed before an angel named Raziel found her again.

Raziel was one of three powerful sibling angels, and they had also been told their purpose was to share equal rule over the universe. Yet the jealously and rivalry between two of them, Israfel and Lucifel, grew to a feverish pitch, and upon returning to his home in Heaven, Raziel found his sister, Lucifel, instigating the infamous War that would divide the angels forever into two opposing kingdoms.

It was a dreadful time of blood and feathers falling like the snow.

Raziel was the last to fall. Horrified and determined to end the bloodshed, he had confronted God and begged for intervention to stop Lucifel’s rebellion. Instead, he plummeted to his death in full view of his siblings, one of whom loved him more than life itself.

The glorious time of Israfel’s rule as Archangel in Heaven was over.

Lucifel too had failed to claim the crown she so desperately desired, and she fled to her new kingdom of Hell. But the Throne of Hell was little more than a prison, and Lucifel found herself swiftly jailed by the angels who had once worshipped her. They called themselves demons, and though their kingdom remained forever dark and dismal, they never forgot the glories of long ago.

This truce between angels and demons could not last. Instead, Lucifel’s influence grew from the darkness, and her twisted ideals seeped throughout the universe. Seeking the mysterious power contained in Raziel’s Book, one of his greatest treasures, it is claimed she means to destroy the universe that mocks her suffering.

The last home for a crumbling world is a being called the Archon, also known as Angela Mathers. Angela is human, but her soul is protected by the spirit of Raziel. She alone can successfully oppose Lucifel and open Raziel’s Book for the power of good rather than evil. However, the Book is not a thing but a person, and Angela knows that to open the Book would mean murdering her best friend, Sophia. She has refused to do so, seemingly sentencing the universe to a fate of silence worse than death, because it would be one without resurrection.

Angela Mathers firmly believed that even Hell could not separate her from her friend. She suffered, and bled, and fought in a twisted demonic maze to save the Book from destruction, only to unwittingly allow Lucifel to escape back to Heaven.

Now Angela sits on the Throne of Hell, fulfilling a prophecy of Ruin. But Ruin does not always mean destruction. Sometimes it means Revolution. Crowns pass from one person to the next, yet it takes a special soul to heal the burdens of all.

The Mother’s song no longer echoes throughout the universe, and new notes wait to be revealed. Now, the moment of change has finally arrived. The end of a cycle of pain has begun.

For through souls have hurt, and bled, and cried, the light ever returns in a rushing, relentless tide.

Pre-Order Your Copy:

Amazon Angelus: Books of Raziel Trilogy, Book 3

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Praise for Sabrina Benulis and The Books of Raziel Trilogy:

“[Benulis’] unique take on religion and angels is truly innovative. With just enough left unresolved, Covenant perfectly leads into the upcoming final book of the trilogy”
— Romantic Times Magazine on Covenant

“These angels can be vindictive and cruel, more human than you might expect and oozing supernatural abilities…. If you think you have the guts to take on this novel pick it up.”
— Boulder Examiner on Covenant

“A dark, bold story.”
— Lexington Literature Examiner on Covenant

“Benulis writes a no-holds-barred tale of destruction, love, power, and friendship. Everything you thought you knew about God, the Devil, angels and demons will be wiped away and replaced with a world so terribly beautiful that you will yourself gazing out into the night sky, hoping against hope that magic is real. Her characters have depth and 3-deminsional personalities, while her scenery, complete with candlelight and stain-glass windows, emphasizes the primal battles that humans go through on a daily basis.”
— Tulsa Books Examiner on Archon

“… Benulis uses lush descriptions and larger than life characters to tell the story of a battle between Heaven and Hell…She proves herself as a force to be reckoned with… I will definitely be on the lookout for the next installment in her book of Raziel series so I can grab it up and pour over each page.”
— Suspense Magazine on Archon

Meet the Author:

Sabrina Benulis graduated with a masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She currently resides in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania with her husband and a spoiled cockatiel.

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Tour Giveaway Details and Entry Form:

1 set of all three books in the series; ARCHON, COVENANT, and ANGELUS.
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Sabrina Benulis said...

Thanks for the guest post opportunity! :-)

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome.

Thank you for being a guest on my blog today!

Misty said...

I am so excite to read this. I'd love to win!(

Sapphyria said...

Hi Misty! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and enter the giveaway! Good luck! :)