Giveaway and Top Ten: Dark Halo by Shannon Dittemore
Dark Halo (Angel Eyes Trilogy #3)
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Summary from Goodreads:
One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees.
Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial realm. Even without the halo, it’s everywhere she looks. And with the heavens above Stratus ravaged by war, Brielle wishes for another gift, any gift. Because Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien—and she knows if she ever wants to see him again, she must fight.
But fighting is so hard when everything you see makes you afraid.
When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Then the Prince of Darkness himself offers Brielle a halo of his own making. With the dark halo, she won’t have to see the fear and brokenness that surround her. She’ll be free of that unbearable burden. And it comes with a promise: the guarantee of a life with Jake.
When confusing details about Jake’s past emerge, and the battle above reaches a fever pitch, Brielle is forced to make a choice. Will she choose the dark halo and the ignorance that comes with it, or will she choose to live with her eyes wide open and trust the Creator’s design—even if it means a future without Jake?
Dark Halo and Shannon Dittemore: Ten Facts
1. In Canaan’s earliest incarnation, he was called Cade. Early on, I read two separate series’ with a lead sharing that name so I made the adjustment. In truth, I like Canaan better and I’m glad I changed it.
2. Finding anyone to interview who has actually visited the Danakil Depression proved difficult, but I was able to exchange emails with a man who’s not only been there, but whose company organizes extreme tours of the world’s harsh places.
3. One of Brielle’s ballet students, Sharon, is named after my own sister who would have made a fabulous ballerina had she pursued it past preschool. 😉
4. The fire at Benson Elementary happens when Brielle is three years old. That day also holds a poignant memory for Brielle. My own daughter, Jazlyn, was three when I was drafting those scenes and I struggled to get through them.
5. Several key moments occur in the apple orchard behind Brielle’s house and the reason is simple. I think magical things happen in apple orchards. Every fall, I drag my family to one of my favorite places in the world, Apple Hill. It’s a unique collection of farms nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
6. My best friend’s name is Alicia. Brielle’s is Ali, short for Alison. Because Ali faces such a tragic end, I didn’t feel entirely comfortable naming her after my BFF, but the nod is there.
7. One of my passions as a teenager was to be a missionary in a faraway land. Much of Kaylee’s desire to travel is derived from mine.
8. The Bellwether lighthouse is fictional, but modeled after pictures of the Hecata Head lighthouse (http://hecetalighthouse.com/) on the Oregon coast.
9. Olivia lives in Portland’s West Hills, also home to the world famous Washington Park International Rose Test Gardens. I was first introduced to the Portland Rose Gardens when I was a freshman in college. I’m certain it would have been a favorite for Marco and Ali.
10. And finally, Jake spends a considerable amount of time tied to a chair in this one. An Army Special Forces pal helped me with the details.
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About the Author
Shannon Dittemore is the author of the Angel Eyes Trilogy. She has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. When she isn’t writing, she spends her days with her husband, Matt, imagining things unseen and chasing their two children around their home in Northern California.
ANGEL EYES was Shannon’s debut novel and the launch of a young adult supernatural trilogy. It was published in the summer of 2012 by Thomas Nelson. The sequel BROKEN WINGS hit shelves in February, 2013 and the final novel in the trilogy, DARK HALO, will be available August 20, 2013.
5-sets of the Angel Eyes Trilogy including Angel Eyes, Broken Wings and Dark Halo. US only.