Paige Cuccaro: What’s in your Future
In HEAVEN AND HELLSBANE, Emma Jane was born with the ability to feel other people’s emotions as if they were her own. Over the years she learned to use her gift and make a living as a Intuitive Consciousness Explore (a.k.a. psychic)
Of course in Emma Jane’s case she has the blood of an angel, as well as his power, running through her veins to help her read people. Most of us don’t have that little added perk. But according to a lot of people we’re still more than capable of divining the future with the help of a few simple tools.
Most people have heard of the colorful cards, some of you probably own a deck. Some people say you can’t buy your own set. They have to be gifted to you. Others say it doesn’t really matter. Either way, tarot cards are made up of four suits. Each of these suits has cards numbering from ace to ten and four face cards for a total of 14 cards. In addition, the tarot is distinguished by a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool. Each card has a pictogram and title that represents a specific concept. The belief is that whatever cards are dealt to the participant will be reflective of some aspect of their current, past and future life.
Long ago, according to the Norse legend, Odin created the Runes as a gift to mankind. These sacred symbols were originally carved into stone. Over the centuries, they evolved into a collection of sixteen letters, each with a metaphorical and divinatory meaning. The idea is that the selections made within the runes drawn aren’t random, but choices made by your subconscious mind. Some believe that they’re answers provided by the divine to confirm what we already know in our hearts.
The pendulum is the easiest method of divination. Using a simple weight, like a crystal, on a string or chain, it allows you to divine Yes or No answers.
Palmistry or Chiromancy
Otherwise known as Palm reading, is practiced all over the world. It has its roots in Indian astrology and Roma fortune-telling. The objective is to evaluate a person’s character or future by studying the lines and creases in the palm of their hand.
I’m talking, crystal balls, special mirrors, or many other reflective, translucent, or luminescent mediums. Crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or smoke, scrying is used to divine the past, present, or future. The visions that come when the practitioner stares into the media are thought to come from gods, spirits, devils, the psychic mind, whatever. It depends on what you believe.
The Ouija board also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words “yes”, “no”, “hello” (occasionally), and “goodbye”, along with various symbols and graphics. Most boards come with a movable indicator or a “planchette” used to answer questions that its players ask. In popular culture (all the rage in the 1920s), these boards are considered to be a “spiritual gateway” used to contact the dead.
However you do it, many believe knowing the future is simply a matter of having the right tools and faith. Or, if you’re like Emma Jane, a little bit of angelic blood to tap into divine power.
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Heaven and Hellsbane
Someone’s killing angels and turning the half human, half angel illorum warriors against their angelic supporters. If the supernatural baddy behind the attacks isn’t stopped soon, Heaven itself could fall victim. The Council of Seven has called in the best they’ve got to find the killers, and no one’s more surprised than Emma Jane Hellsbane when it’s her phone that rings.
But when her own angelic mentor—and off-limits hottie—Eli is targeted, Emma takes it personally. With Emma hot on the trail of the growing army of assassins, though, hackles start to raise around her. Everyone wants to know if she’s in it to protect all angels or just one in particular. The Council has their suspicions…and so does Emma’s boyfriend.
Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim, and Fallen angels, but she’s defending her honor as well. The problem is even Emma Jane isn’t sure of her motives. One thing she does know: if she doesn’t figure out the killers’ identities soon, she may not live long enough to know what, or who, she really wants.
It’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter.
Heaven and Hellsbane | Excerpt
I used to think feeling others’ emotions was some sort of freakish gift. I’d even turned it into a pretty successful moneymaker as an Intuitive Consciousness Explorer—otherwise known as a psychic. I knew now it was just one of the many quirky side effects of being the bastard offspring of an angel. Yay me.
Dan turned his gaze back to Eli. He couldn’t let it go. “This is a date, man. Private time. But you knew that, didn’t you? You knew we’d been planning this for the past week. You knew the last time we tried this, too. And the time before that.”
“Emma forfeited her private time when she picked up that sword,” Eli said. “She’s a warrior for our Father now. She’s never off duty.”
I followed Dan’s gaze, scanning the faces at the nearby tables, worried we were drawing attention. No one looked our way. No one had even noticed Eli’s sudden arrival. But humans weren’t meant to notice the comings and goings of angels. As beautiful as they were, angels were like extras in a movie, part of the background and easily overlooked.
“C’mon, Dan,” I said. “You know Eli’s not doing it on purpose.”
Dan glowered at me, frustration still tight across his face. “You sure about that?”
“Yes,” I said, but I couldn’t blame him for doubting it. Eli had been a near constant presence in my life since the moment I met him a year ago. He’d been the magister of a dear friend, an illorum like me, Tommy Saint James. It was Tommy who’d brought me to him, introduced us. But even Tommy had been concerned about Eli and me working together.
And with good reason.
Eli was everything angels were supposed to be: tall, broad shouldered, with a strong, athletic build. He had the looks that could steal a woman’s breath, keep her speechless for seconds. His silky black hair hung in soft waves over his forehead, enhancing his startlingly pale cloud-blue eyes.
But I’d gotten used to his looks a long time ago. It was the man inside the pretty wrapping that played havoc with my good sense. He was my friend and so much more. I trusted him with my life. But there was nothing romantic between us.
There couldn’t be.
I reached across the table to touch Dan’s arm. “This is my life. It sucks. Believe me, I know. But I don’t have a choice, and neither does Eli. If it were up to me, nothing would get in the way of spending time with you. You believe that, right?”
Dan’s warm maple-brown eyes met mine, his anger softening at the corners. “Yeah. Of course I believe you. But him…?”
Writing was never a foregone conclusion for me. I once had dreams of being a psychologist, a pediatrician, a school teacher, a photojournalist, a bartender, and/or an EMT. And then I met my husband and my world came into focus. Being wife and mother are my highest priorities and greatest joy. But escaping to the fanciful, sexy worlds twirling through my mind is an absolute necessity. Putting those worlds, and the cornucopia of characters that people them, on paper is just plain fun.
Paige lives in Ohio, with her husband, and three daughters. When she’s not writing she can be found doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and the best way to stimulate your imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.
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