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Angelic Names


Angel Lover: Names Matter in the Angel Assassins Series

Guest post by Tricia Skinner. Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway — three lockets!

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Did you know angels have names? Of course you did! Think about the big ones: Michael, Lucifer, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. Those aren’t Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, my friends. Those are archangels who are rumored to bring the pain.

When I developed my gritty world of angels and Nephilim, I researched names to add a bit of authenticity. Angel Lover’s hero is Kasdeja, and the heroine is Mariel. I chose to play around with the meanings of their names (see below).

Only the most curious reader would dig through the thousands of words in the novel to then go off to Google the characters. Hey, why not? I did, and what I found was awesome.

Here are a few (sources:,, and

Kasdeja: one of the seven leaders of the angel rebellion from Enoch I.

Azriel: name for the angel of destruction.

Forfax: angel of astronomy.

Xaphan: fallen angel who fires the fires of hell.

Hamaliel: angel who rules the order of virtues.

Mariel (based on the angel Muriel): Angel of Emotions

Rahab: fallen angel of pride whose name means “violence.”

Mastema: fallen angel whose name means “hostility.”

Pretty cool, huh? So, not everything you read is made up!

Angel Lover Tricia Skinner

Angel LoverAngel Lover

Tricia Skinner

Release Date: 6/30/15

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Book Description:

There’s no danger greater than falling for your enemy…

The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven’s tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.

Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades–enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.

For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn’t just seduction. It’s destruction.

Tricia SkinnerAbout the Author:

Tricia Skinner is an author of passionate dark fantasy. She is a features writer for Fresh Fiction and a project manager for Short Fuse. She began her writing career as a business reporter and wrote for The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle.

Raised in Detroit, Tricia graduated with a BA degree from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. She earned a Masters of Liberal Studies – Creative Writing degree from Southern Methodist University and will obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2017.

Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart. She is represented by Laurie McLean, co-founder of Fuse Literary Agency.

When not writing, Tricia can be found reading, lifting weights, or geeking out over games, movies, and music. She has a Tom Hiddleston obsession, and she is Team Vader. Her family includes three Great Danes (so far).

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