Amateur Angel by Karri Thompson
Only 18-years-old, Ashley is no ordinary teenager. Not only is she dead, but upon her death, she mistakenly enters the wrong line in the afterlife, a line meant for trained, guardian angels. With a pair of wings on her back, Ashley is sent to Los Angeles to replace another angel whose “assignment” was none-other-than Cannon Michaels, a current member of the band Sendher, the sexiest man alive, and Ashley’s celebrity crush in life.
While exposed to Cannon’s selfish, judgmental behavior and his reckless, rock-and-roll lifestyle, Ashley is far from meeting the requirements of a true guardian angel. She misses her family and friends. Will she ever be able to accept her own death? What will she do when she jeopardizes her position as an angel and Cannon’s physical safety by falling in love with him?
The other day I mentioned to someone that I haven’t been interested in “angel” books at all. Then, this book tour suddenly kinda fell into my lap and I thought, yea, why not!? I always say that I pretty much read everything so here’s an opportunity! Plus, it kinda reminded me that old angel tv series, Highway to Heaven, which I actually quite like (I may be showing my age a bit here).
At first the title really didn’t impress me- I didn’t particularly like ‘amateur’, somehow it just didn’t paint the right picture for me. However, now, it just totally made sense. Plus, after reading the book, the ‘professional’ angels are just so BORING! I definitely will not be looking to work as Professional Angel. It might be blasphemy but I’d rather be a Dark but Fun-loving Vampire than a Hands-Off Professional Angel.
Take an Amateur Angel who falls into the job by accident with no training whatsoever and place her in a role where she is looking after her idol in life – well, we’ve just got ourselves an entertaining tale. Ashley was only 18 with a somewhat bright future. She’s not ‘special’ in any way nor is she ‘bad’ in any way, she’s just an average girl but to die at 18, on the threshold of womanhood, that just takes the icing off the cake! On another level though, she gets to be with Cannon Michaels all the time. Although, maybe that’s not as good as she thought it’d be.
It’s such a sweet but humorous tale of finding self & one of love; of not judging what you see; of looking deeper than the surface. It is a heart-warming funny story with a touch of the voyeuristic (in a good funny way) – every girl’s dream to being that close to their idol (you’d have to stay within 10 feet!).
Oh. My. Goodness. The ending. Ah. Oh. Uh. I really don’t know what to say. Just… Watch Out!
As a first-time author, I cannot express- not even in words- how excited I am about the release of my debut novel, Amateur Angel. It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. There were many disappointments and rejections along the way, but in the end, my persistence and determination eventually paid off. In many ways, I think writing a novel is easier than finding an agent to represent it and then a publisher to buy it. Two years ago, I almost gave up on my dream to become an author, but then my son, Kyle, wrote a special poem for me, and it inspired me to write a new book and try again. The new book was Amateur Angel.
Here is his poem:
You fail and you fail,
You fix and you fix,
You wait and you wait,
Until you succeed.
I hung this poem in my closet and read it every day when I was getting ready to go to work and each night before I went to bed. It is still there and always will be. I know what I’m about to say will sound like a cliché, but based on my own personal experience, the best advice I can give anyone is to always believe in your abilities, hold your head high, swallow your pride, accept criticism and then learn from it, and most importantly, never give up.
I grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in education, and my teaching credential. I am a high-school English teacher in the East County of San Diego where I also live with my husband, our son, and two dogs.
Being a lover of Victorian literature, my favorite author is Charles Dickens although I haven’t quite finished reading all of his books. Someday I’ll finally finish David Copperfield– I promise. If you are one of my students, you are either laughing or shaking your head at this.
I lead a very busy life, but when I’m not teaching, grading papers, or attending my son’s soccer games, I find time to write novels, my greatest passion.