by: Abbie Roads
Series: Fatal Truth
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads
He's found her at last
Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past-and only one woman could know what it means.
Only to lose her to a nightmare
Mercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful-and in terrible danger. The moment he sees Mercy, Cain knows he's the one who can save her. He also knows he's beyond redemption. But the lines between good and evil blur and the only thing clear to Cain and Mercy is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood-but is their bond strong enough to overcome the evil that stalks them?
Hi Abbie. Welcome to Read Your Writes Book Reviews. How are you?
I’m great. But ready for spring. Here in Ohio it’s been gray and gloomy for so long. I’m in desperate need of some sunshine.
Your latest book is Saving Mercy, which is part of your new series, Fatal Truth. What can readers expect from this book and the series itself?
You can expect a lot of blood in Saving Mercy. But I don’t always mean the kind of blood you’re probably thinking about. I also mean blood as in genetics and family and what that can mean to a person—both good and bad.
It’s hard for me to tell you what to expect from the series itself because I haven’t written the next two books yet. But I promise you there will be darkness. There will be danger. And best of all, there will be love.
How does this series differ from the Fatal Dreams series?
In the Fatal Dreams Series, all the couples are brought together by an American Indian Folktale. All the heroines have nightmares that are more than mere dreams. And all the men have suffered with an ability. When the two come together, they become powerful. Their ultimate goals are to right the wrongs in our society.
In the Fatal Truth Series, the paranormal elements are a bit lighter and the plots leans more heavily into the mystery/thriller genre. As always, the hero and heroine will survive horrendous circumstances to find that they’re made for each other.
I have to say your stories are intriguing and twisted at the same time. The books are amazing. Where do you get your inspiration for these types of storylines?
The short answer is… I don’t know.
The longer answer is…Ideas just come to my mind quite randomly. The premise for Saving Mercy literally hit me just as I was finishing Race the Darkness. (Fun fact: I wrote Hunt the Dawn first, then Race the Darkness). It came to me just like this: The son of a serial killer falls for his father’s only surviving victim. That’s it.
I like watching dark shows. Dexter, Breaking Bad, Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead. I enjoy documentaries on serial killers or deviant people. So maybe some of what I see on TV unconsciously finds its way into my stories…
What type of writer are you? Do you plan things out or let the characters guide you?
I’m a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl. Which kinda sucks when the ideas aren’t flowing. It takes me longer than the average author to write a book. About a year. If I was able to plan out the whole book and just sit down and write it I could probably whip out books lickety split. But I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I just can’t write that way. I’ve discovered that if I know what’s going to happen in my book, then I don’t want to write it. The fun is gone.
I love being surprised by what my characters do. I get a weird writer’s high from it. There’s nothing I love better than sitting in front of my laptop, with my jaw hanging open, because a character just did something that shocked the crap out of me!
In Saving Mercy there’s a scene near the end of the book where Cain did some of those shock-the-crap-out-his-writer things.
When and where do you write?
I have a day job as a mental health counselor. If a client cancels, I’ll write during my unexpected free hour. After work, I write for a few hours in the evening before bed—usually in the bathtub. I know that sounds weird, but I used to love reading in the tub, so it seemed like a natural progression to write in the tub.
If I’m not at my day job, I write in my home office. I have a treadmill desk that I use a lot. Like right now I’m walking and writing this.
Abbie, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for me. Congratulations on the new series.
Thanks so much for having me. This was great fun!
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Abbie Roads is a mental health counselor known for her blunt, honest style of therapy. By night she writes dark emotional novels, always giving her characters the happy ending she wishes for all her clients. Her novels have finaled in RWA contest, including the Golden Heart. She lives with her family in Marion, OH.
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