SA Collins

Words and Errata

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Words and Errata

The Angels of Mercy Series Trailer
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Marco Sforza's Prequel Series:

Angels of Mercy - Diary of a Quarterback Part I: King of Imperfections - 252,051 words/ 588 pages
Angels of Mercy - Diary of a Quarterback Part II: Prince of Mistakes - 231,880 words/ 568 pages

Main ANGELS OF MERCY series:
Angels of Mercy - Volume One: Elliot - 205,602 words/ 544 pages
Angels of Mercy - Volume Two: Marco - 263,822 words/ 731 pages
Angels of Mercy - Phoenix In The Fire - 219,840 words/ 646 pages

Total Boxed Set Promotional Package = 1,173,195 words / 2,777 pages


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The Angels of Mercy Book Timeline - How the books stack up:

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Angels of Mercy Vol1, Vol 2 and Phoenix (companion to V2) are available now.

Marco’s Prequel series,
Diary of a Quarterback Parts 1 and 2, are available NOW.

The final
Angels of Mercy Vol 3 anticipated release date will be by end of 2018.
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New Releases

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Free read for my upcoming Cove Chronicles Episode One: Beware Mohawks Bearing Gifts is available from The Works section. You can find the link to the free read here.
It is an epic retelling of the Haudenosaunee creation myth coupled with the story of Spruce and Flint and the Peacemaker! But this time with a brilliant Sci-Fi twist. Science masquerading as magic with a queer hero at its core. Mohawks and Quantum Mechanics – what a match! Check it out …

"I speak to you now, the words and the voice of the people. Words that speak of our coming, our creation, and our enduring peace. These are the words of our fathers, our mothers, given to us since time immemorial. Hear now of the sacred warriors, the Tewakenonhnè, and learn what they tell us …"

All Haudenosaunee children grow up with the creation stories.

They are the fabric of who we are as a people. They learn from an early age about the fall of
Skywoman and how she started life here on Turtle Island, of her epic struggle to find a place to land, of seeding the plants and creating the beginnings of animal life that would populate the this new world.

Read More Here

[inspirational mock book cover - not final work as shown]

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Angels of Mercy Series

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On the cusp of his senior year at Mercy High, Elliot Donahey, an out but terminally shy gay boy who keeps to the shadows – never wanting to be seen or noticed – suddenly finds himself in the arms of the highest profile jock on campus, local star quarterback Marco Sforza; their lives, and those closest to them will never be the same.

Volume One: Elliot

You can find it at the following online locations:



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“Elliot Donahey is the love of my life.”

Those words become a lightning rod for Marco Sforza, the man who seemed to have it all – looks, charm, money, a certain degree of local fame as the star quarterback of Mercy High – but when his teammates beat his boyfriend to the brink of death, Marco will have to learn what “standing by your man” truly means.

Angels of Mercy – Volume Two: Marco, picks up the timeline from the climatic ending of Volume One. How will these boys cope with Elliot recuperation as well as find a way to bring justice for the heinous crime committed against Elliot? Deception, lies and intrigue begin to thread their way into the boys lives as they struggle to just hold onto one another. All is not quite what it seems as we reach yet another climatic ending that will turn their whole world upside-down. The hate crime Elliot suffered was just the beginning of their woes. Is Marco and Elliot’s love for one another strong enough to see them through?

Volume Two: Marco


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A companion novel to Angels of Mercy - Volume Two: Marco, as told by his boyfriend, Elliot Donahey.

The climb out of the homophobic beat-down that Elliot endured at the hands of Marco's teammates is only the beginning. In Angels of Mercy - Phoenix In The Fire, Elliot has a choice to make: withdraw further into himself and risk losing the one person who loves him unconditionally, or find a way to rise above it and become stronger. Which one will he choose?

Phoenix in the Fire


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The Prequel Series to
Angels of Mercy Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

Born in America but reared in their father’s home of Torino, Italy, Marco Sforza has led a fairly idyllic life. The Sforzas are an ancient and powerful family with a strong ducal past. They run a vast global empire that allows Marco to enter halls of power that most men only dream of. Yet, Marco is a boy who lives in a bubble of his family’s making.
When Marco returns to America to attend high school he grooms himself to become a rising star quarterback of the Mercy High Avenging Angels. He thinks his focus is his burgeoning football career. He is all to aware he is a boy made of pure light that is meant to be seen and noticed. He is comfortable there. Until he meets a boy who shines brighter than him. Elliot Donahey is that boy. But Elliot is a boy who craves shadow and darkness to keep himself safe through another hellish day of high school. 
Before he realizes it, Marco’s world becomes undone by this boy. Trapped in a script all jocks are meant to follow, Marco does his best to fit in and play along so he can play the game he loves, but this boy who hides in the shadows begins to consume his every thought and emotion. 
Despite the script he’s been given to date girls, have sex, and hang with his teammates and follow along, Marco finds himself on an emotional pendulum where following that jock script only brings him further away from that world to circle the boy hiding in the shadows. Can Marco find it within himself to push against what others expect of him to find his way into Elliot’s arms? Even with all the fame, money and prestige his family brings to the table, will it be enough to gain the interest of a boy who only wants to hide from everyone?

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Diary of a Quarterback – Part Two: Prince of Mistakes, Marco has decided to put all of the jock laden toys away. He knows what he wants: Elliot Donahey and nothing – not his family, not his friends or the townspeople of Mercy – will get in his way. But others are watching and taking notice and not liking what they see. Darkness begins to circle the boys as they find their way to each other.
Will Marco find happiness in the arms of Elliot? Or will those around them who seek to tear them apart stop Marco from finding true love? Set against the rugged coastline located just outside of Big Sur, these boys and their friends lead surprisingly dramatic lives. Mercy is a town full of secrets. Some of them have the ability to destroy lives. Will Marco and Elliot have the strength to find a way to happiness and true love? Or will a meddlesome cheerleader and Marco’s teammate, Beau, find a way to tear them apart?

An excerpt from Diary Part 2:

“Come here,” I nudged my chin up to him.

“For what?” He asked, his body becoming flush again.

“You know why. You’ve always known why. I’ve explained it all to you just how long and involved I’ve been with you.”

“I can’t, Marco,” he closed his eyes tightly. The pain he was feeling was all too real for him. Even now he was actively denying me, denying what he wanted most. I wasn’t about to let him get away that easily. In fact, I was going to make this the hardest thing he’d ever have to push against. Not because I was forcing him to do something he didn’t want to do, actually it was quite the reverse. He wanted me so badly I could sense it in the car. His desire filled the entire space we didn’t occupy. I could see the war raging inside of him.

C’mon, Els. Just let go. I promise you I’ll catch you. I won’t fail you.

“I think you can. What’s more, I think you want to.”

He nodded, a tear escaping his closed eyes. “I know I want to, with everything I am. But it frightens me, too.”

“C’mere then. Let me show you, you’ll never have to be afraid of me. I promise you that. Just let go, and trust me.”

C’mon, Els. Baby, just do it. I’m right here. I’ll catch you, I swear it.

In one forceful lunge he came at me, arms flailing, a blubbering cry pushed out from his lips as he fell awkwardly into my arms.

“I got you. I got you. I won’t let this go. I promise you, Els.” I kissed the side of his head as he cried in my arms. It was painfully awkward, this contorted position we had in the front seat of the Impala. I had to get us more comfortable so he could begin to sort what this moment meant for the both of us. He nodded as the tears fell from his eyes along my neck, saturating my shirt where he’d buried his head.

What I'm Working on Now ...

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Currently writing …

Angels of Mercy - Volume Three: Pietro

by SA Collins

Due: End of 2017
An excerpt from the work in progress (subject to change):

So you think you know me.

But let’s examine that, shall we? All you truly know of me is what my brother, Marco, and his boyfriend have told you about me.

Think about that. Truly let that one sink in.

Would you be satisfied knowing the only way people perceive you is from the mouths of others? Would that satisfy?

I didn’t think it would either.

Shouldn’t you get it, as they say, from the horse’s mouth? Well, sit tight, I have a whopper of a story to tell. It’s gonna take you where even my brother, with all of his bravado and big man on campus cred, couldn’t take him.

Make no mistake, my brother is extremely resourceful. I love him so profoundly that nothing is off the table when it comes to protecting him. Even if I believe it is protecting him from himself. Given recent events concerning Elliot, I’ve no doubt he’d go the distance this time to protect him – yes, even I see where I went wrong in my prejudice of Elliot – but even Marco has certain fears that preclude him from going dark.

I don’t.

Since we vetted Elliot’s family I’ve been fascinated that each of us bears an angelic name. Funny that, isn’t it? Elliot’s first name is Cassiel – the angel of regrets and tears. My brother, Rafael, the arch-angel. It really is all about him. My middle name is Azreal, the angel who sits in judgement. Nonno informed me that the naming at my birth wasn’t happenstance. I was chosen to lead this family before I took my first breath. My Nonno and father watched me from a very young age. It was in my nature to take care of Marco in every way possible. If I had something to eat but he didn’t, I provided for him. If he was upset or angry about something, I was there to take care of it. All from a very young age. And I never missed a step with him. Ever.

I take my angelic namesake to heart. No one will come near mine without answering to me. I’ve trained hard over the years to make sure I can handle myself. With what I’ve seen and gone through being a member of this family, I’ve had to grow up quickly. I didn’t have the idyllic childhood Marco had. It wasn’t for me. I knew and accepted this.

I have responsibilities that Marco will never have to answer. It’s not his place. I will protect him and this family from anything that threatens it. Elliot’s beating is nothing short of an assault on the family honor. I will bring these boys down. And the best part? They won’t see me coming while I do it.
So sit back, get comfortable, because my reach in this family, nay, into this world is far and wide. I wield power most men will never know. I know I am only eighteen. But watch out world, I’m just getting started.

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Quote from Angels of Mercy - Volume One: Elliot

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Dusk - Magic time…

On him it was nothing short of breathtakingly beautiful. Dusk made love to my boyfriend in ways I could scarce imagine; he practically glowed in the waning light. A Maxfield Parrish kind of glow. Heroic, almost god like in its etherealness. There were no other words to describe him: he was transcendently beautiful. But it seemed his words were not about him just now, this was about me. About

- Angels of Mercy Chapter 2.
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