Behind “This Last Chance”

This Last Chance internet cover

After This Second Chance, I hadn’t planned on writing any more stories using angels/evildwels. When I started writing The Button, they weaved their way into the story, and it became a prequel to This Second Chance for the angels. I knew This Last Chance would be about the angels and evildwels. The very first image I had of the book was an evildwel telling someone his life story. I was fully focused on Nester and his issues, and I got some answers about the evildwels, like where they came from.

With all my attention centered on Nester and his one-sided conversation with the angel, I started to wonder about the human under the angel’s care. What was the human’s story? This led to a longer than normal amount of time writing, while hitting roadblock after roadblock. I concluded I had to take what was offered to me and let the characters guide the story. I can allow that in fantasy, but when writing historical fiction, like Elizabeth’s War, I must plan around real-life events and don’t have the freedom I do in this genre.

Looking back from where this all started, I’m amazed. It began with a woman trying to find happiness but was haunted by her past. Now there’s a monster seeking help from an angel. This is something I couldn’t have planned or predicted, along with a couple of short stories, Red-Eyes in the Darkness, and A Long Walk Home.

I have declared This Last Chance would be my last angel/evildwel book, but I can’t guarantee the characters won’t have another opinion on that.  Those angels seem determined to stick around. I guess I will have to see what they have in mind. I’ve become fond of Zelina, Thomas, Olivia, and Ed. They are my unseen superheroes, fighting for the innocent and protecting the good. It’s always been about the angels and how they help us, humans. The evil is more fluid, but still lurking in one form or another. I like to believe Zelina is right when she says, love always wins. I sure hope so!


Six months after Amber’s sister is brutally murdered, she’s still looking for answers, and now someone is stalking her and no one believes her. Home alone with a powerful snowstorm approaching, Amber is determined to take control of the investigation by hiring a private detective, but her plans are disrupted when she finds herself snowed in with people she may not be able to trust. Meanwhile, Nester the evildwel, whose entire existence has been feeding on fear and pain, is seeking help from the angel who’s protecting Amber. Nester and Amber need answers. Can Amber figure out what’s going on with some subtle help from an angel? Will Nester find what he needs from his enemies? The worlds of good and evil clash, and the outcome will determine not only Amber’s and Nester’s fate but life as they know it.


Fun Finn Facts:

  1. I painted a blue sky with clouds on the ceiling in the living room.
  2. I love the smell of bee’s wax candles.
  3. We take day trips to Lake Tahoe on the Harley.


  1. Next week I hope to have the trailer done for This Last Chance to share!
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Embrace your inner child by reading a good book, then thank the author by leaving a review! D. L. Finn




34 thoughts on “Behind “This Last Chance””

  1. I love how the characters linger and won’t leave you alone. 🙂 That’s when you know you have to keep telling their stories. I too am very fond of Zelina especially, but also Thomas, Olivia and Ed. I love how you portray romance between the Angels. These are fantastic stories and I know everyone is going to love “This Last Chance!!” Congratulations, D.L.!

    1. Thank you Jan:) I appreciate your support and words. I have a feeling Zelina is smiling.

  2. I’m glad the angels (and even the evildwels) kept at you to continue their story. I’m looking forward to the release of This Last Chance and have already pre-ordered my copy!

  3. I love it when our characters take on a life-force of their own. You always make your characters so intensely visual for your readers, Denise. It’s a joy to read your work. Huge congratulations on This Last Chance!

    1. Me, too, Soooz 🙂 They take me places I wouldn’t have ever gone. Thanks xo

    1. Thank you Jacquie, I hope you enjoy it. The living room is a pretty relaxing place for me. Nice to put on an old vinyl album and enjoy the moment.

  4. Congrats on the new book, Denise. It was great learning about how the idea of the story started and grew. I can relate to one book not being enough to tell the whole story. Wishing you the best of luck!

    1. Thanks, Diana:) Yes, sometimes new stories find there way out of the original one. I love how that has a life of its own.

  5. I am so far behind in reading and visiting. Got an email today from Bookbub about your book’s release. Purchased my copy and look forward to reading it.

    1. I understand, Joan. I don’t think I’ll ever catch up:) Thank you! Hope you enjoy.

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