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L. A. Weatherly - Author

About the Author

L. A Weatherly was born in Arkansas, and moved to the UK in 1995. Her first book, Child X, was shortlisted for the Sheffield, Leicester and Red House Book Awards and was also chosen by the American Library Association as one of their ‘Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers’. She lives in Hampshire.

L.A. Weatherly on writing Angel, the first in the trilogy:

I've known Alex for a long time. He first came to me as a character almost twenty years ago, when he was a thief in a fantasy setting – an expert with knives rather than guns. Nothing came of that particular novel, but Alex always stayed with me. He refused to go away, in fact! And over the years, I began to wonder about redoing his story completely, and placing him in a contemporary setting.

Willow came to me at the same time that Alex first did – her name was Jhia at that point – but she didn't feel fully formed until I started thinking about a contemporary storyline. Then her name changed to Willow, and I realised that not only was she psychic, but that she loved tinkering around with cars.

Once I had that, I had the rough premise of the story: suddenly I knew that Willow had psychically seen something that she shouldn't have, and Alex was a teenaged hit man. The two of them join forces instead, and fall in love.

I loved the feel of this, but that was as far as I got for several years. Though I kept writing snippets of the story (it nagged and nagged at me, really wanting to be told!), I knew that the premise as it stood wouldn't work. If Alex was a real-life hit man, then a happy ending wouldn't be very likely! And I like happy endings. I wanted this to be an action-packed, epic story, but also essentially a romance. So, the story stayed in the wardrobe of my mind for a long time – taken out occasionally to think about, but nothing more.

Then, in a bookstore about a year ago, I saw all of the books about angels that were out. Rather than focusing on the religious aspects of angels, these books seemed to be about something more: the idea of angels as very personal helpers to humans; friendly beings who you could call on for anything from helping you find a parking space to saving your life.

And as I looked at all the titles, I thought…what if angels weren't really what they seemed? What if we only thought they were kind, but in fact they had their own agenda? What if they were really beings to be feared, instead of admired?

With one of those almost-audible clicks that writers sometimes get, the two story ideas came together into a glorious whole.

Angel happened very quickly after that; it seemed to write itself. Writers aren't supposed to have favourites of their own books, but Angel is incredibly special to me – I've known and loved the characters for a very long time. I'm thrilled that Alex and Willow finally have their own story, and are going out into the world. It's been a long time coming!

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Other books by L. A. Weatherly

Soul Song

Soul Song

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2014

Thrilling finale to L.A. Weatherly's breathtaking paranormal romance trilogy. Iris and Nate have spent a lifetime dreaming about each other. They have fought tooth and nail and defeated unimaginable odds to be together. Now, at last, they have found a way of existing in the same time. But Iris and Nate are not out of danger yet - real life could yet tear them apart...Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Soul Desire

Soul Desire

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2014

Heart-stopping supernatural romance. Iris and Nate now know that Sibyl's malevolent interference has put a seemingly impossible obstacle in their way - can Iris travel to Nate's time, or he to hers? Or is there a third option? As the pair wrestle with this problem, it becomes clear that Sibyl's demise may not have been as final as they thought...Second instalment of L.A. Weatherly's paranormal romance trilogy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic teen readers.

Soul Mates

Soul Mates

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Beautiful and intriguing paranormal romance about two teenagers whose love is so special that nothing can keep them apart - not even time. Iris and Nate have dreamed of each other all of their lives. When they meet by chance in an abandoned house, they discover that their dreams were more than fantasy - they are soul mates, destined to be together. But someone or something is watching them, determined to tear them apart. Will Iris and Nate's love be strong enough to survive the test of time? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+

Angel Fever

Angel Fever

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: eBook Release Date: 26/11/2013

As half-angel Willow battles her parasitic otherworldly kin, romance and tension heat up to a climactic series finaleIn the devastated remains of the world, millions now live in Edens provided by the angels that have all but enslaved the human race. As mastermind Raziels stranglehold on humanity tightens, Willow, Alex, and the rest of the team race to recruit new Angel Killers and form a line of defense. But then a shattering revelation sends Alex on a doomed journey, leaving Willow and Seb hanging in the balance. All three must face the consequences of their choicesand when everything Willow loves is threatened, she returns to her roots for a final showdown with the angels. Worlds collide with epic intensity in a startling conclusion to L. A. Weatherlys inventive trilogy.

Them

Them

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2013

Jas has made it clear that if new girl Kylie wants to be in her gang, she'll have to go to some lengths to prove it. Kylie reckons she's up to the challenge, but doesn't realise it will mean hurting her new friend. Will she be able to recognise true friendship and do the right thing? Beautifully packaged new edition from popular teen author L. A. Weatherly. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 12+

Angel Fire

Angel Fire

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: eBook Release Date: 24/01/2012

In the wake of the Second Wave, the angel menace has exploded, and Alex and Willow are on the lam. Willow's prophetic dream points them to Mexico City, where they connect with a fledgling group of angel killers led by the exotically beautiful Kara, an Angel Killer from Alex's past. But the team remains suspicious of Willow, even after the more-experienced Alex takes over as leader, training them hard for a rush attack on the Seraphic Council, or "e;The Twelve."e; This elite group of all-powerful angels is also under the scrutiny of Willow's angel-father, Raziel, who has his own sinister plan to defeat them. What Willow hasn't told Alex is that there was also a mysterious boy in her dream, one she felt overpoweringly attracted to. When brooding, gorgeous Seb shows up in the flesh, he turns out to be anotherpossibly the world's only otherhalf angel. He's been searching for Willow all his life, and when Alex enlists this rival to help keep Willow safe, he can't predict what chemistry will pass between themor how far Willow might go to keep Alex safe. Will their love endure or spell doomsday for the human race?

Angel Burn

Angel Burn

Author: L. A. Weatherly Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2011

Willow knows shes different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know peoples dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that hes one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.In the first audiobook in an action-packed romantic trilogy, L. A. Weatherly sends listeners on a thrill ride of a road tripand depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

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