Cynthia Eden Guest Post and GIVEAWAY

The Hellhounds Are Calling


Hi, everyone! And I’d sure to like to extend a big thank you to my lovely hostess! I’m so excited to be chatting here today.

For today’s post, I thought I’d talk about two things that you might not necessarily associate…angels and hellhounds. 😉

When I’m writing stories, I like to add extra elements and sneak in new paranormal creatures when I have the chance. Since the hero of my upcoming book, ANGEL BETRAYED, is a fallen angel, I had to wonder…just what would make a fallen angel afraid? I mean fallen angels are tough. They kind of have to be—what with all of that falling from heaven and having their wings burned away bit. But…what do fallen angels fear?

Sammael “Sam”—my hero from ANGEL BETRAYED—doesn’t fear many things. Actually, Sam is the being that most paranormals fear. But we all have a weakness, right? When we’re alone late at night, our fears can whisper to us. No matter how big or strong you are…there is usually something that you fear.

For my fallen angels, I decided that they needed to fear hellhounds. Hellhounds are the only beings capable of dragging a fallen angel down to hell. And that’s not exactly a place that any angel wants to visit. So when a fallen angel catches the scent of brimstone in the air, well, most of the fallen would run away, quickly.

Sam isn’t the running sort. He’s the kind of hero who stays and fights, despite his fear. One of those guys that can laugh when he’s afraid (I’ll never be able to do that!), the kind who can fight while he fears, and, maybe most importantly, he’s the kind that will never let fear control him.

I think I want to be like Sam when I grow up.

But what about you? Do you have any fears that you’ve had to face? Or do you have some fears that you NEVER want to face? Share with me. One person will win a copy of ANGEL BETRAYED (ebook or print book—winner’s choice). Open internationally until 11:59pm EST June 25th 2012 with winner announced the following day. 

And, to get you in the mood for the prize, here’s the blurb from ANGEL BETRAYED:


Sammael–call him Sam–was an angel once. An angel of death. But the dispassionate, watch-from-above thing just wasn’t working for him when it meant watching evil torture innocent souls day in and day out. It might have cost him his wings, but these days he gets to apply the direct method on the bad guys. Problem is, what’s making his life difficult is a bad girl…

Seline O’Shaw needs protection, and with the hounds of hell on her tail, she’s not going to quibble too hard about where she gets it. Sam’s virtue is questionable, but he’s smoking hot, massively powerful, and owes her a favor. So what if she’s getting a little case of angel lust? There are some damn deadly sins after her hide…



Cynthia Eden

ANGEL BETRAYED—Available 6/26/12 from Kensington Brava

When you betray an angel, there’s all hell to pay…

Buy Links: Amazon/B&N


  1. I have faced my fears & conquered them. It’s a personal saga, so I’ll leave it there. I came out a stronger woman for it.

  2. Yes, have faced a few fears, leaving everything and everyone I have known and moving across country was a big one for me.

  3. I am SO SO SO SO excited for this book!! I think I am the most afraid of the unknown. What is more scary than not knowing what is going to happen?

    1. Thank you, Heather!! And you’re right about the unknown–it is scary. I try to just stick to the moment as much as I can. My grandmother always told me it’s no good to borrow trouble, so not to worry about what might be. Just focus on what is. 😉 My grandmother always had some good advice!

  4. Hi Cynthia, me waving madly to you :). Been following for quite some time :). My fear is height but I try my best to fight it and I think I already did so, even though when I did try to conquer my fear of height by going hiking or climbing mountain I did so with a little bit hysterical screaming well at least I try to fight my fear 🙂

    1. Hi, Aretha! How are you this lovely Tuesday? And I feel you on the height issue. Gah! If I get up too high, I start shaking! But I am so proud of you for trying to conquer your fear. I want to be more like you!

  5. Growing up with two abusive parents who thankfully divorced when I was young. Mommy Dearest had the fastest hands in the neighborhood, and back then a parent could beat a kid senseless and no one interfered.

    I lived through it and managed to raise 4 kids without doing them any physical, and or (hopefully) mental damage.

  6. I face my fear of flying a couple times a year with the help of some little peach pills. Iused to be afraid of doctor and dental visits. Still don’t look forward to them, but time and understanding make them no big deal any more.


  7. I’m afraid of public speaking. I start off really strong but the longer I have to talk the more nervous I get. When I have to do it I usually have a drink right before to take off the edge.
    The new book sounds wonderful. I live fallen angel stories.

    1. Sounds like you have a good system with the drink! I might have to try that method the next time I’ve got some public speaking. 😉 And so glad you like the sound of the book!

  8. I have a terrible personal fear that I struggle with daily; it almost killed me before and sometimes looking in a mirror is worse than anything that could ever happen to me. But I keep pushing, and hopefully one day this fear will be completely conquered.

  9. I’ve been afraid of people for many years. I was as shy as you can possibly be, turned to books for comfort and friends. Now I’ve decided I’ve had enough and got a part-time job in a bookshop for the summer. It’s helping, even though working with people, talking to stranger is hard.

    1. Congrats on your new job!!! I hope things get easier for you. I used to be SO shy, too, so I understand how hard it can be when you have to talk to new people. Good luck!

  10. Ohhh. I’m already hooked on Sam! 🙂 I like a hero who stays and fights–oh, and a former Angel of Death? LOVE IT!! I’m so ready to read this book! 🙂

  11. I faced breast cancer and smacked it up side the head :).
    But my worst fear is right now. My brother-in-law is about to die (maybe today) from lung cancer. I want to call my sister-in-law but I’m afraid of what I’m going to hear and will I be helpful to her? Sorry for the downer.

    On the lighter side – ANGEL BETRAYED is fantastic! I love Sam, not as much as Niol but very close.

    1. I am so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. Sending prayers your way. I do think you should call your sister. I know I’d appreciate a call if it was me.

      (And I’m very glad that you smacked breast cancer down!)

  12. Hi Cynthia! ** Big Wave!!** I get extremely nervous when driving places that I am not familiar with. My family calls me directionally challenged! I also have a tendency to agree with Heather, I also fear the unknown. Don’t put me in for the contest as I already have a copy. It was as always, AWESOME!! Congrats on the new release my friend!

  13. I have panic attacks. So…I often stay home…because I fear having one in public. And the stupid thing is…that FEAR alone can plummet me right into one! It’s a vicious circle. Anxiety is an ugly thing to live with. Folks don’t understand, because it’s not something they can see, like a broken arm…it’s a condition they don’t know how to help with or approach because of the ‘mental stigma’ associated with it. So, for the most part they don’t…they walk away…they walk out of your life. Sad but true. Which is why so many people with anxiety also suffer with depression. Therefore, every day I’m able to get out of bed with a smile and actually make it outside…even if it’s just to the mailbox…without panicking…I chalk it up as a victory!

  14. I have a fear of crossing by foot big bridges. I’ve faced that fear twice and was a near mess each time but I did it. I do have a small fear of heights and managed to go to the Sears Tower in Chicago. Though not sure I have the gumption to get over spiders. * Shudders *

  15. I have a fear of driving over bridges with water underneath them. Even when I’m not driving, I can’t even look, I close my eyes which is kinda hard to do when you take the leap and drive. I just try not to hyperventilate and drive in the fast lane so I don’t have to see the water. Since I’m writing this comment, you know I survived to drive another day.
    This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.

  16. I have an intense fear of heights. If I look down from any height, even just standing on a chair, I get really dizzy and feel like I am falling. I joke and tell people this is why I am short, lol.
    I also tend to have panic attacks in crowds. Too many people around me, or even just one person too close, will set of a bad panic attack. I am trying to work on this so that I can attend some book conferences. I did recently attend my nieces high school graduation and was able to keep from panicking too much.
    Oh, and spiders freak me out. They make my skin crawl and I do tend to squeal when I see one. I have to kill them or have someone do it if I can’t reach them.
    Btw, I did not think I had many fears before starting to comment but now I wonder how I survive without some serious medications, lol.

    1. June, I hope that you’re able to attend some book conferences! I know others who get stressed by the crowds, and there is nothing wrong with a quick retreat to your hotel room. You can rest and breathe and relax for a few minutes.

  17. Goodness, look at all these comments! Just wanted to say thank you for stopping by today! I’m stuck at work for a while longer but snuck a few minutes to pop on. The book is amazing….loved it! Good luck to everyone!!

  18. Read Helter Skelter years ago. Not sure it was a good idea, but I was into true crimes then and that naturally that peaked my interest. Especially since I sometimes drive by the location where Manson and his followers lived.

    This may be more paranoia than fear, but after reading that book, I was obsessed with checking all the locks before I go to bed. Small noises at night would set my radar on alert. Took a few weeks to get over it, so any lessons learned?? Don’t freaking read Helter Skelter before going to bed! LOL

    I’m a night owl and love to read in bed. I still do to this day and even though I sometimes hear the occasional noise (damn ice maker!), it’s all good.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ~ Suzie

  19. Last year I faced a huge fear. I not only went through a divorce but I also moved across the country by myself. I didn’t know anyone in my new state. Starting over was daunting for me. Now I have a great group of friends.

    The only fear I have never faced is my phobia of spiders. I don’t think I could handle having to confront that.

  20. This sounds like such a great book. Can’t wait to rad it.
    i have a fear of was extremely bad as a kid. But as I’ve gotten older,there are times you just have to such it up and deal with it.Still don’t like them,but I tried to overcome it when I have to.

    1. The height fear is terrible! And I’m right there with you…suffering whenever I get up too high. I don’t see how people can enjoy roller coasters. As soon as they go up, I’m terrified!

  21. Oh gosh, I have a number of fears. Some of them are probably silly (like a fear of being made fun of), but I’ve had to deal with that pretty much all my life. It got to be that I would avoid situations for fear of that. As I get older I fear that I’ll never know love.

    Well, thank you for the giveaway opportunity. Angel Betrayed sounds awesome.


    1. Pam, I don’t think your fears are silly at all! I think lots of us worry about being made fun of. Every time I have to speak at a workshop or conference, I have this terrible fear that everyone will start laughing in the middle of my presentation. You aren’t alone!

  22. This was many years ago but my biggest fear was raising my child alone, but I told my husband if he didn’t quit drinking we were thru, I had already contacted a lawyer thinking he could never do it, but he did and the last few years couldn’t have been happier!!

  23. I read Angel of Darkness and loved it. I’ve been waiting for Angel Betrayed to be released. The covers for both of these books are awesome. Congrats on Angel Betrayed being released in six days. Hmmmm, fears, I’m extremely afraid of bees, especially the big black and yellow fuzzy ones. They can be very mean, I’ve seen them chase people down. * shivers*

  24. I used to be pretty bad around spiders but living in the country for the last 10 years I am much better about them. Now the only thing that really terrified is the fear that something will happen to my kids when they aren’t home. But that is one of those things that is out of my hands and I can’t keep them sheltered. They have to be able to experience life as it comes!

    Looking forward to Sams story! Really liked him in Angle of Darkness!

  25. I have several fears, but the worst is probably something happening to my children. I am always worried about them when I am not with them, but I deal with it. Like most parents, I do the best I can. I know that I cannot keep them in a bubble, but I would like to. My husband always tells me to loosen the leash on my 13 year old. Lol. I let him do more things now that I would have thought a few years ago.
    I cannot wait for Sam’s story!! See you at your Twitter party! 😉

  26. Congrats on your book. I fear many things but my biggest fear came when I was told after my first mammogram that they were recommending a biopsy on some micro-calcifications. Then after the biopsy I was told it was cancer. I was lucky that it was found early and I’m happy to report I’m currently cancer-free.
    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  27. I have server fears on varying levels. And without a lot of details I have had to face one of the worst, which then made me face some of the lesser ones. It was hard, it was a trial and i dont ever want to go though it again. But I did grow from it as well.
    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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