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The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé by S. L. Saboviec

2016-standout-award-badge-smallIt’s release day for The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé! Welcome to the blitz for S. L. Saboviec’s latest release! Just in time for Halloween, pick up this tale of a supernatural menace, strained family ties, and unavoidable destiny.

As a bonus, until the end of release week, The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé is 99 cents through Kindle and free through Kindle Unlimited! Don’t wait – the price goes up after next Monday (10/10).

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scarlet-wakefield-roseTitle: The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé
Author: S. L. Saboviec
Series: A Fallen Redemption Companion Novel
Publish Date: October 3, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
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Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionScarlet Wakebridge-Rosé, busy executive and less-than-stellar mother and wife, has a problem that only an exorcist can solve. Except she’s not precisely a devout Catholic parishioner any longer, and to gain assistance from the Church means telling a whopping lie of omission.

Fortunately, she discovers Father Angelo Ambrosio, whose commitment to helping the afflicted means he’s willing to overlook the things Scarlet prefers to keep hidden. Unfortunately, his sordid past keeps him under a microscope with the bishop, who’s not so liberal in his views.

But the demon harassing Scarlet is relentless. It makes its motives clear: in a previous life, she struck a bargain, promising it her body on her fiftieth birthday. Now, she and Angelo must unravel the mystery surrounding her forgotten past in order to stop the possession by next week or risk losing her to the depths of Hell forever.

This stand-alone novel set in the Fallen Redemption universe extends the series to modern day. Enter a world where humans reincarnate, demons interfere in daily life, and the currents of fate carry us all to our destinies.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Gorgeous cover, fascinating world, excellent writing, diverse characters, and a protagonist actually near my age (not very common these days), all make for another wonderful novel from S.L. Saboviec. I never get tired of her world.

Scarlet is a successful, middle-aged executive in a mixed-race, same-sex marriage which produced a smart and independent teenage daughter. Though she has achieved much, she is haunted by the feeling that there is something is stalking her and that her life’s purpose is unfulfilled. After putting herself through a battery of mental health assessments and counseling, she turns precariously to the Catholic church, believing her “stalker” may be supernatural in nature.

Father Angelo Ambrosio is the exorcist for the diocese. He actively expels demons from his parishioners and their homes. He has no doubt that demons exist, mainly because of his secret past as a practitioner of real magic. When he fears his Christian faith isn’t enough to save Scarlet, he turns to the mentor of his youth for help, risking his secrets being exposed.

badge5v4In part, The Impending Possession might be considered a classic horror novel; some parts of it remind me of The Exorcist (though, thankfully, this book is pea-soup-free). However, it is also more than that. It is a novel about love and destiny and self-doubt and redemption and sacrifice and loss and how all things are related. Saboviec’s world is very spiritual, but not exclusive of any belief system, which is a wonderful balm for today’s fractious and argumentative culture. And regardless of how sad the events in her books may be, the overall message is always positive. This holds true for The Impending Possession, making it a pleasure to read.

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About the Author

0f64389d-533e-427b-849b-fbfa900e4a37Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

Her short fiction has appeared in the Canadian science fiction magazine, AE,  and the Grievous Angel webzine for science fiction and fantasy poetry and flash fiction content. Her debut novel received an honorable mention in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

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Cover Reveal for Warring Angel by S.L. Saboviec

Welcome to the cover reveal for S. L. Saboviec’s Warring Angel, the third and final book of her Fallen Redemption series. Warring Angel’s cover is by Regina Wamba of Mae I Design, and it just might be the most gorgeous of all three.

warring-angelTitle: Warring Angel
Author: S.L. Saboviec
Series: Fallen Redemption, Book 03
Publish Date: July 2017
Genre: Fantasy

Publisher’s DescriptionEnael, a cobalt-winged, demon-fighting Nephil, struggles to establish her place in the ranks of Heaven’s army. Because of a mistake in London in 1888, fellow soldiers refuse to partner with her, and she just can’t stop screwing up her missions.

When the demon Asorat aligns with Adolf Hitler and openly declares his intentions to invade Heaven, the Council of Seraphim needs all the fighters it can get. They assign Enael to raise a generation of human-angel hybrids, one of which will embody on Earth and attempt to halt the Nazi party’s growing power.

As Enael raises the warrior humans, she grapples with the information imparted to her decades ago: she is, indeed, a Cornerstone, created by the Source to defeat an ancient evil. However, no one–not even the Council–knows her ultimate purpose. As the threat grows, Enael must embrace the destiny the Source created for her, or her failure will bring about the end of Heaven itself.

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Ivana adores the Fallen Redemption series, awarding the first book, Guarding Angel, a 2015 Standout Award.

About the Author

6d31c-sl2bsaboviec2b-2bhead2bshot2b-2bsmallSamantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

Her short fiction has appeared in AE and Grievous Angel, and her debut novel received an honorable mention in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

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Reaping Angel by S. L. Saboviec

This is why I love indy writers and publishing!! Another amazing piece of writing from S. L. Saboviec. Her previous book, Guarding Angel, won my vote for the One Book Two 2015 Standout Awards. Reaping Angel will likely be on my 2016 list as well.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000033_00010]Title:  Reaping Angel
Author:  S. L. Saboviec
SeriesFallen Redemption Book 02
Publish Date:  April 12, 2016
Genre:  Fantasy
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s DescriptionAfter the battle at the Bastille, the Council of Seraphim offers reluctant demons Enael and Kaspen a chance to return to Heaven—but only after they’ve completed sufficient penance. Ready to move past the ugly chapter in their lives, they settle into their assignments.

Until Enael’s former lover, Voctic, a powerful demon, interferes.

Voctic seduces and demeans, taunts and entices Enael, stirring centuries-old longing in her while infuriating Kaspen. Caught up in the demands of their duties, Kaspen and Enael drift apart until she finds herself isolated.

Fed up with Voctic’s harassment, Enael prepares to fight back. When he targets the new human she’s responsible for protecting, she creates her own plan. His self-proclaimed “gala of the century” will be the perfect cover for her revenge. But will a hasty decision cost her Kaspen—or even her spot in Heaven?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Last October, I reviewed a book called Guarding Angel. It was fascinating and unlike anything I had read before. Now I have the privilege of revisiting Eneal as she does penance for her Fall in an attempt to reconnect with the Source and return to her status as an angel.

Once again, I have to say that Saboviec’s writing isn’t like anything I’ve experienced from another author. Guarding Angel did a great job of communicating Eneal’s confusion, lack of direction, and feelings of helplessness about her life and the events she experienced. In Reaping Angel, Eneal is sad and angry at the way she’s being used by everyone from the Council to her former-Archangel-turned-demon, Voctic. She’s tired of being manipulated, lied to, and punished for things out of her control. The writing communicates Eneal’s emotions so well that I felt myself relating my own experiences to hers and getting angry for us both!

As with Guarding, it’s hard to decide which I enjoyed more–Eneal’s story or that of her Wards. In Reaping, Eneal is a Reaper-Guardian to a human who has taken on the challenge of being a Victimizer in her current life. Her story is just as compelling a Eneal’s and could be a book all on its own.

badge5v4Saboviec’s writing and story telling is so good that it’s hard to describe to someone else. It feels more literary than most commercial fiction and yet is very entertaining. You just need to pick it up and try it for yourself; I guarantee it will leave you a bit awestruck.

Reaping Angel Book Blitz

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Welcome to the release day blitz for S. L. Saboviec’s Reaping Angel!

Reaping Angel is the sequel to Guarding Angel, which received an honorable mention in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards: “… A fascinating story of a particularly loving guardian angel. Overall, the writing is emotionally grounded, character-focused, and technically superior…”

Watch for our review posting at 2:00 p.m. Central DST today!

Enael starts picking up the pieces of her decisions from the first book and comes face-to-face with her nemesis from centuries ago. If you enjoy fantasy or paranormal, this series is not to be missed!

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After the battle at the Bastille, the Council of Seraphim offers reluctant demons Enael and Kaspen a chance to return to Heaven—but only after they’ve completed sufficient penance. Ready to move past the ugly chapter in their lives, they settle into their assignments.

Until Enael’s former lover, Voctic, a powerful demon, interferes.

Voctic seduces and demeans, taunts and entices Enael, stirring centuries-old longing in her while infuriating Kaspen. Caught up in the demands of their duties, Kaspen and Enael drift apart until she finds herself isolated.

Fed up with Voctic’s harassment, Enael prepares to fight back. When he targets the new human she’s responsible for protecting, she creates her own plan. His self-proclaimed “gala of the century” will be the perfect cover for her revenge. But will a hasty decision cost her Kaspen—or even her spot in Heaven?

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To celebrate release day, both Guarding Angel and Reaping Angel eBooks are on sale for 99 cents at all major retailers:

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S. L. Saboviec grew up in a small town in Iowa but became an expat for her Canadian husband, whom she met in the Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game Star Wars: Galaxies (before the NGE, of course). She holds a B.S. in Physics, which qualifies her to B.S. about physics and occasionally do some math for the sci-fi stories she concocts. Her dark, thought-provoking science fiction & fantasy contains flawed, relatable characters and themes that challenge the status quo.

Her short fiction (“I Am NOT Little Red Riding Hood“) has appeared on Grievous Angel. You can call her Samantha.

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Guarding Angel by S.L. Saboviec

Not what I expected, and not like anything else I’ve read, this centuries-spanning novel takes you from Heaven to Hell and back in an attempt to examine human nature.

Guarding AngelTitle:  Guarding Angel
Author:  S. L. Saboviec
Series: Fallen Redemption Book 01
Publish Date:  May 7, 2014
Genre:  Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: Guardian angel Enael can’t seem to keep her human Wards in check. They’re the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating—she’s just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it’s not as easy as it might look.

When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael’s feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she’s known are turned upside down. Worse, angel-turned-demon Yasva, Kaspen’s former love, still holds him in her clutches. Even as Yasva works toward obtaining complete control of Earth, she taunts and haunts Kaspen’s and Enael’s lives.

Now Enael is forced to face her past (which is centuries long and bursting with secrets), her present (which is terribly unfulfilling and full of questions), and her future (which becomes more uncertain as time passes). Armed with a newfound love and fear of losing it all, she must figure out how to save the world—-and the angel she loves. Which side will win? Who will Kaspen choose? Will Heaven and Earth continue to exist, or will everything go to Hell?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Fickle_Fiona_100Fickle Fiona says…

For personal reasons, I wasn’t quite able to finish this book by today. That being said, I am really enjoying this story! I can’t wait to finish it to see where it goes. Unlike any other book I have read before, the author takes you between three worlds that she brings to life through beautiful depiction. You will fall in love with the characters and become entangled in their saga. Whether you are religious or not, this book brings to life the worlds of angels and demons in a non-specific aspect that I think many people will be able to enjoy.

Invested_Ivana_100Invested Ivana says…

Guarding Angel is well written and intriguing. Saboviec creates an entire culture of angelic – and formerly angelic – beings without being religious or falling back on stereotypes of the genre. I never felt the story was predictable. In fact, I was never sure where the story was going, so my curiously kept me reading all weekend until I finished! I read a lot, and so finding something in my preferred genre that feels so unpredictable is quite a treat.

I particularly loved the peaceful feeling the author created for Heaven. I can’t say all the angels were nice to each other, but there is a feeling of being taken care of and being treated gently, of not being judged too harshly. Saboviec’s Heaven isn’t perfect, but it mostly feels like what I imagine Heaven to be.

I also love the idea that we reincarnate, and plan out our next lives purposefully to learn something each time we live. I don’t hold to any particular religious beliefs myself, but intellectually I’ve always loved the idea of reincarnation—of a soul returning to life over and over to grow and become wise, to be tempered by having so many experiences. It’s an idea that fits with my own passion for learning and self-improvement, and so it made this story all the more engaging for me.

In addition to the rich culture she created for Heaven, the author also created some wonderfully rich characters. Enael and Kaspen, the main characters, change so much over the course of the novel. They learn an awful lot from each other, from the humans they guard, and from their experiences that each of them is a very different angel at the end of the book than they were in the beginning.

badge4v4I’m thinking the message of the book has to lie somewhere in how these characters change over time; but I’m still processing. I don’t mean to say the message is vague or poorly written or even absent. I think it is a very well-crafted message that takes some thought. This isn’t a “popcorn” book – there’s not a lot of kicking-down-the-door-and-beating-your-enemies action. This is a very thoughtful book that will probably be percolating in your brain for a while.

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Boy… Guarding Angel is not typical of the things I usually read, so I’m not sure I can recommend anything that might be similar to it.  Oh, I’ve read other angel/demon books, but the storytelling is nothing like Saboviec’s style.  If you’ve read something you think is similar, I’d love to hear about it!