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Monday, December 17, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway, Andrew P Weston, author of Guardian Angel

Guardian Angels
Book One of the Guardian Series
Andrew P Weston
In a series of terrifying events, otherworldly beings intervene to save innocent lives. The world community reacts with relief as they realize that angels may in fact exist, and they are diligently protecting us.

But there are those who would seek to stop what they feel is a threat against their livelihoods. How far will some go to battle the Guardians? Is the fairy tale over before it even begins?

Guardian Angels is a powerful and compelling story about the catalyst that has the power to unite society in the hope for a better future. The spark of hope is fragile—can it last?

**Guest Post**
*Andrew P Weston*

I thought I might share how I came up with the ‘Guardian Concept’.

 I served in the military for nine years, followed by twenty-three years in the Police Service. During that time, I lost count of the incidents I had to deal with where someone’s life was changed for the worse – forever – by unexpected tragedy!
Life is a very fragile thing, and “out of the blue” such things can strike when people least expect it, bringing untold calamity and suffering.
Attending such incidents on an all too regular basis used to make me think, “What would have happened if we had got here sooner? Or if we had the resources or training to undo all this suffering and damage? What would it be like to have the technology and training to not only anticipate such accidents and disasters, but prevent them happening in the first place?
Basically, that’s how the Guardian concept was born.
The one accident that inspired me to actually put my thoughts together into a more structured form involved the death of a young boy on his way home at the end of a school day.
Rush hour traffic is dangerous at the best of times. When you add in the factor of a little boy with little appreciation of the hazards involved, well…you can guess what happened.
The scene was horrendous, as were the terrible sobs of the woman driving the vehicle he ran out in front of. She was a mother herself, and her anguish was heart rending, even though there was nothing she could have done to avoid him.
That’s why the opening chapter of Guardian Angels involves a young boy stepping out into the path of a truck. It describes what ALL the Emergency Service personnel there that day wish could have happened, had someone like a Guardian Angel been there to help.
It describes what we’ve ALWAYS yearned to see for the people we serve.
Can you imagine what it would be like if they were real?

The science fiction/fantasy of today – is very often the science FACT of tomorrow…IF ONLY…

So that’s how I formulated the concept. And it was a sound idea.

My research had revealed the fact that much of the Science-fiction/fantasy today falls between two common poles. At one end you have wizards and warlocks battling it out with various schools of magic, or perhaps the galactic empires of the far future, shining across the universe in all their pristine glory. At the other end, you have the glut of vampire and werewolf stories, or tales robots and machines, battling against their human benefactors.

I was very pleased to discover the Guardian concept was something quite fresh. A global emergency service of the near future with a ‘kick-ass’ attitude. (A blend of Thunderbirds & the X-Men – with a dash of Jedi Knights to add flavor).
As such, I’m very pleased to say, that when I offered my concept in its current format, two out of three of the first publishers I contacted expressed an interest.

Anyway – there you go, I hope you find the ‘origins’ of the Guardian Concept entertaining enough to want to find out more J
Thank you for asking

Andrew P Weston was born in the city of Birmingham, UK and grew up in the towns of Bearwood and Edgbaston, eventually attending Holly Lodge Grammar School for Boy’s where he was School Captain and Head Boy.

He was an active sportsperson for the school, college and a variety of rugby, martial art, swimming and athletics teams throughout the city.

On graduation in 1977 he joined the Royal Marines fulfilling a number of roles both in the UK and abroad.

In 1985 he became a police officer with the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, and served in a variety of uniformed and plain clothed departments until his retirement in 2008.

Over those years, he wrote and illustrated a selection of private books for his children regarding the life of a tiny kitten, called, “The Adventures of Willy Whiskers”, gained further qualifications in Law and Religious Studies, was an active member of Mensa and continued to be an active sportsperson, providing lessons free of charge to local communities.

An unfortunate accident received on duty meant Andrew had to retire early from the police force, but after moving to the sunny Greek island of Kos to speed up his recuperation, he was at last able to devote time to the “Guardian Concept” he had developed over his years in the military and police.

When not writing, Andrew enjoys Greek dancing and language lessons, being told what to do by his wife, Annette, and hunting shadows in the dark.

Andrew is now contracted to Pagan Writers Press for two books.

“Fairy Tail”, is a dark and gritty paranormal thriller with a twist.

The second book, “Guardian Angels” is the introductory book to the “Guardian Series”, a sci-fi/fantasy epic set in the near future.

Further work on the Guardian Series and a new paranormal series has been completed and will hopefully be presented soon.

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