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Erin McCarthy

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has gone on to pen more than sixty novels and novellas in the paranormal, contemporary romance, and young adult genres. A RITA Award finalist and an American Library Association winner of the Reluctant Young Adult Reader award, McCarthy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Ohioana.

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Author Essay

Letter from Erin McCarthy

Dear Reader,

Not every book that I write pops into my head so cohesively as my May release, Fallen, did. It was September of 2006 and I was in New Orleans, reflecting on the slow but positive recovery of the city from Hurricane Katrina, when I walked into a bar on Bourbon Street and saw a man playing the keyboard. He had long, elegant fingers, and his eyes were closed, like he appreciated the music he was creating, and I instantly knew there was a story there. I wandered around the French Quarter with my friend, romance writer Kathy Love, and within two hours, we had the basic outline for what would become Fallen.

The second in my Seven Deadly Sins series, Fallen features the sin of gluttony, or addiction, which I see as the ultimate over consumption. Fallen angel Gabriel St. John loses himself in the throes of absinthe and opium in the nineteenth century and wakes to find his mistress murdered. Unsure if he is responsible for the heinous crime or not, he spends one hundred and fifty years trying to reconcile his morality with his sins. When a similar murder occurs in contemporary times, Gabriel contacts the victim’s daughter to see if modern forensics can solve both crimes, and ultimately exonerate him.

Sara Michaels is struggling to accept her mother’s death and to live with her own fears that somehow she too will become a murder victim. Traveling to New Orleans to work with Gabriel St. John is supposed to be a sabbatical, a way to achieve a sense of closure, but the instant chemistry between her and Gabriel is anything but peaceful. A recovering addict herself, she knows that their passion might lead them to the ultimate destruction.

Once you have surrendered to the obsessions that have stained your soul, how can you ever trust your heart to recognize love… once you have fallen?

I hope you’ll enjoy the second book in the series and appreciate the struggles and the ultimate happiness Gabriel and Sara achieve.

As an aside, the keyboard player on Bourbon Street has become a friend of mine, and is responsible for choosing the piano piece Gabriel plays for Sara in Fallen. It plays in the background of the book trailer for Fallen on my website, www.erinmccarthy.net, if you’re interested in hearing it.

Happy Reading!

Erin McCarthy

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