Life is Stranger than Fiction: Angels Caught on Camera - Guest Post by Anne Hope

Quill or Pill extends a warm welcome to Anne Hope, author of the Dark Souls series of Paranormal Romance books by Samhain Publishing. 

Anne, I am happy to turn Quill or Pill over to you!

Life is stranger than Fiction: Angels Caught on Camera

By Anne Hope

In this technological era, where street cams are perched at practically every corner, where cars sometimes come equipped with dashboard cameras and where every person with a cell phone can snap a picture or take a video at a moment’s notice, there’s nothing that can’t be captured on film, including angels!
If I were an angelic being determined to remain unnoticed, I’d be pretty bummed right now. Thankfully, I’m an author who spends her days writing about angels, so this actually works in my favor. All of a sudden, I have hours of spectacular footage waiting to be discovered online.

Today, I’m going to share a few of these fantastical stories with you.

The first is an image of an angel-like creature filmed by a security camera in Indonesia. On September 11, 2011, a humanoid with wings allegedly descended from the sky and rested on the ground, its body pulsing with a strange white glow. Seconds later, it soared toward the heavens again and disappeared. The YouTube video has had over a million views to date, with people debating over whether the footage is real or a hoax. Watch and decide for yourself.  

If you think that’s shocking, watch this video of a guardian angel saving a man from a car crash:

When I saw this footage, my first thought was, this could be one of the characters in my Dark Souls series. I can’t say for sure if this video is real or if some whiz kid is having a good laugh at our expense, but it’s enough to give wings to my already overactive imagination!

But most inspiring of all is the heartwarming tale of a disabled fourteen-year-old girl who was dying of pneumonia in a hospital in Charlotte, NC. The girl had been in the hospital for a month, and the prognosis was grim. Having run out of hope and unwilling to see her child suffer any more pain, the mom agreed to take her daughter off life support.

The nurse had just removed the girl’s oxygen mask and returned to her desk, when she saw something strange on the surveillance monitor. It looked like a man standing beyond the doors of the ICU. The nurse left her station and went to investigate, but when she opened the doors, no one was there. She returned to the nurse’s station, only to see the figure on the monitor yet again. She and another nurse stared at the figure in awe, slowly realizing the man had wings.

Then, a miracle happened. The girl recovered just in time to celebrate her fifteenth birthday on Christmas day! If you want to know more, NBC covers this amazing story:

Why do I write paranormal fiction? Because for a few hours a day, I can leave the boring and the mundane behind and bask in the phenomenal. In those few hours, I learn to believe in miracles, and my hope is restored. There is something infinitely alluring about the strange and unexplained. It makes us question the things we think we know and forces us to open our minds to things we never considered.

I like to believe there is magic in the world around us, even if we can’t see it, and I try to capture that magic in the books I write. I take these stories, these ideas that sometimes elicit a smirk or an eye-roll, and weave them together to create a new reality. One where anything is possible.

That was an amazing guest post and I feel honored to have hosted it. Thanks Anne, now please! tell us more about your Dark Souls series:


Soul Bound is Book 1
Book Description:

The one man she wants is the one man destined to destroy her. Sooner or later we all end up dead. Jace Cutler doesn’t have the luxury of staying that way. After receiving a fatal stab wound, he awakens in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon, with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Worst of all is the glow. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Dr. Lia Benson.

Lia has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life. Whenever he’s near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories.

When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for who—and what—he is. Something no longer human, a dark legacy that until now has lain dormant within him. Something that could destroy the one woman he’d sacrifice everything to protect.

Warning: Contains bone-melting sexual tension, scary battle scenes, heartrending emotion guaranteed to keep you turning the pages well into the night, and a positively divine hero who may just steal your soul.

Soul Deep is Book 2:
Book Description:

Save her life…or save mankind. His choice could cost him his soul.

For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the Watchers’ most faithful soldier.
Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader.

His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus for decades, but the Watchers’ strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore the sizzling attraction between them. Until now. When Regan goes rogue to protect a very special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice—commit an act of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.

Hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and Marcus run for their lives, fighting to thwart an age-old prophecy and guard a boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world…or save it.

Warning: Contains violent battle scenes, angels with twisted agendas, nail-biting suspense, intense emotion, burning-hot sexual tension, and a sexy, stubborn hero who would rather face death than admit what’s in his heart.

Soul Thief is a Novella:
Book Description:

Born to hunt and destroy…until the light of one soul reawakens his

Adrian knows he once possessed a soul, but it abandoned him the day he was
murdered. The day he was reborn as a Rogue, shunned by humans and hunted by his own kind. By night he feeds the darkness inside him by finding and snuffing out corrupt souls, perfectly content to live as an outcast—until a random act of violence unites him with a woman who makes him feel.

Angelica Paxton believes everyone deserves a second chance. Even her rescuer, a mysterious stranger with hypnotic powers, an unsettling ability to invade her dreams, and a shocking secret. Much as her body wants to succumb to Adrian’s seductive charms, she can’t. Not without breaking his newly awakened heart. 

Adrian swears to protect Angie from his kind, even if staying by her side means volunteering at the center where she works to reform the very souls he has vowed to crush. Even if it means abandoning the shadows for the light. Even if that light exposes the darkest threat he’s ever faced. One from which he is powerless to save her…

Warning: This book contains flying subway cars, a woman in jeopardy, a
relentless villain who’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants, and a dark, sexy hero who could very well haunt your dreams and steal your heart.

Soul Chase is Book 3: 
Book Description:

A man she’d die for, a world she was born to defend… Only one can survive.
For twenty-five years, Adrian has mourned the loss of his soul mate, Angie. He’s
content to live as an outcast…until a series of abductions forces him out of
seclusion and into the arms of the very woman he loved and lost. Angie’s
reincarnation, Emma.

Emma is on the run, hunted by soulless creatures whose one goal is to possess her
soul. They have taken everything: her home, her identity, her mother. Left with no
other choice, she must trust her fate to Adrian, the enigmatic stranger who comes
to her rescue. An immortal being whose illicit touch makes her blood burn and
awakens an inexplicable desire in her heart.

Emma follows Adrian to his isolated community in Arizona, where she is assailed
by visions of a past life. As passion ignites and her enemies close in, Emma is
drawn into a world where nothing is what it seems and where love could prove the
greatest weakness of all.

Warning: Contains a dark, tortured hero, a hunted woman who can’t remember
loving him, a nasty villain hell-bent on destroying the world, and a timeless love
story you won’t soon forget.

About the Author:
Anne Hope is the author of emotionally intense romances with a twist—a twist of humor, a twist of suspense, a twist of magic. All her stories, however, have a common thread. Whether they make you laugh or cry or push you to the edge of your seat, they all feature the redeeming power of love and the heart's incredible ability to heal. Anne's passion for writing began at
the age of eight. After penning countless stories about enchanted houses, alien girls with supernatural powers, and children constantly getting lost in the woods, she decided to try her hand at romance. She lives in Montreal, Canada, with her husband, her two inexhaustible kids, a lazy cat and a rambunctious Australian Kelpie.

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