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Monday, September 14, 2020

Blog Tour- WHERE ANGELS CAN'T FOLLOW by Jessi Kallison With An Excerpt & #Giveaway!

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WHERE ANGELS CAN'T FOLLOW by Jessi Kallison Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:
Author: Jessi Kallison
Pub. Date: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Jessi Kallison
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 308
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

It all started with an inexplicable slab of marble.

And now I can’t get her out of my head. It’s more than inspiration. It’s compulsion.

I see her in my dreams. And I wake up covered in marble dust, her statue more complete in front of me.

I can’t stop sculpting, and I can’t save the angel girl.

Now iconoclasts, a quartet of archangels, and a voodoo queen—along with the plague of little old ladies running my life—are all far too interested in the outcome.

I miss normal New Orleans. (Yeah, I said it.)

But there’s no going back until I free her and get the literal heavenly host out of my life. And maybe there’s no going back then.


Hey, Jessi! First, I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books. I’m glad you could stop by for a chat! WHERE ANGELS CAN'T FOLLOW sounds AWESOME, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: Can you tell us a little bit about WHERE ANGELS CAN'T FOLLOW and the characters?

Where Angels Can’t Follow begins as my main character, Nate, is compelled to carve an angel. And as the story continues, he has no control over that decision. I’ve had so much fun mixing mythologies in this book. Where Angels Can’t Follow has archangels, furies, iconoclasts, voodoo, and Medusa, combined with heaping doses of the older women’s Catholicism. Similarly, I’ve mixed generations and belief systems throughout, sometimes to comedic effect, sometimes to make my reader cry for justice with me.

My main character, Nate Jacoby, is a scrappy, emancipated orphan who’s been taken in by an elderly lady who needs help with chores and errands to keep out of a nursing home. His best friend, Kiah Craft, is also living with one of the ladies and spends so much of her time trying to blend in and not be who she really is. She struggles with her sexuality and her fear of rejection throughout.

What are you working on now?

I am working on Iron Spirits, the second book in my Weaver series, which is also YA Urban Fantasy.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

None of the characters in my book are a carbon copy of anyone I know, rather bits and pieces are drawn from my life’s experiences. I hope you read the pages and feel like you know someone like my characters.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

My favorite character to write—oh, that’s hard. I really enjoyed writing a few of them. Marge and Nate’s interactions made me the happiest. The generation gap that they were bridging badly, at times, provided levity.

My least favorite was Grace, Kiah’s guardian. She rigidly adhered to tradition and misunderstood those around her.

What are your favorite passages/scenes in WHERE ANGELS CAN'T FOLLOW?

I can’t get enough of the scenes between Nate and Marge, bickering about marble messes and whether Michelangelo’s David is actually lewd. I also wanted my readers to feel that some of the monsters were in everyday society and not supernatural at all.  So, the Cotillion scene with Kiah was well done; some of what Kiah faces from ordinary people as a black, lesbian girl is as difficult to overcome as the supernatural elements in the story.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I spent some time in New Orleans when I was writing Where Angels Can’t Follow, and I think it gives it a strong sense of place. I also did some digging into mythology, researched Renaissance art quotes, and read up on sculpting marble.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

This question was unexpectedly thought-provoking. I realized I would have dumped a lot of major characters. Edward from Twilight. Jacob, too. Adam and Warner from the Shatter Me series. If we go literary with it, I was offended by a great many of those men, too. Romeo was immature. I finally settled on Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. He went through so much and reluctantly embraced a legacy he was uncertain of while loving Arwen unfailingly.

What inspired you to write YA UF?

When I wrote my debut novel Iron Shards, I don’t know that I was setting out to write YA urban fantasy. The genre I most adore just comes out on the page. I love magic and mythology blending with science and modern settings so that my readers can imagine a world not so different from their own, with a twist. I want my readers to lose themselves in the possibility of myths and magic surrounding them without having to hold a whole new world in their minds. So, urban fantasy was a natural choice.

Lightning Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I am currently reading Restore Me, the fourth book in the Shatter Me series by Tahera Mafi. My TBR shelf is vast. Yikes. But I am anxious to read Jim Butcher’s Peace Talks soon and Ransom Riggs’s A Map of Days.

Instagram, Twitter or Facebook?


Favorite Superhero?

Captain Marvel

Favorite TV show?


Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?


Song you can’t get enough of right now?

“Hallowed Ground” by Bishop Briggs

Fall/Winter 2020 Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Black Widow. (Marvel is a shut-up-and-take-my-money situation.)

Thanks so much, Jessi, for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read WHERE ANGELS CAN'T FOLLOW!

About Jessi:

Jessi Kallison is a young adult urban fantasy author and poet. Her first novel Iron Shards is currently available, with upcoming releases of Where Angels Can’t Follow and Hell and High Water scheduled for Fall 2020. She is working on her third novel when she’s not exploring caves, prying her kids away from computer screens, running, or gardening. In addition to that rather time- consuming list, Jessi is enthusiastic about sci-fi and anything with enough caffeine to give her heart palpitations.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a paperback of Jessi’s book IRON SHARDS, US Only.

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