Defying Evil: A Dark Romantic Thriller
Abbie Roads
(Blood is Thicker Than…, #1)
Publication date: October 17th 2023
Genres: Adult, Romance, Thriller

He’s the son of a serial killer.
She’s his father’s only surviving victim.
He’s obsessed with her.
She’s frightened of him.
Before it’s all over they’ll need each other to survive.

Cain Killion’s life has revolved around blood. From a childhood of torture by his father, to his gruesome ability to solve crimes. When a current case is directly connected to his past, there’s only one person with answers.

But she isn’t talking, and the bodies are stacking up. The only solution… Kidnap her.

Defying Evil is the first book in the Blood is Thicker Than Series of dark romantic thrillers. It features a man tortured by his past who never thought he was capable of love. If you devour edge of your seat thrillers and romance novels, you’ll love a series that combines both in a roller-coaster ride of mind games and tragic love.

Read this dangerously dark romance today!

Trigger warning: Depictions of violence.

Previously published until the title Saving Mercy.

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Author Bio:

Abbie Roads is the best-selling author of the Fatal Dreams Series and the Fatal Truth Series. Her novels have been finalists in many prestigious contests including The Golden Heart, The Greater Detroit Booksellers Best, The Oklahoma National Readers’ Choice Award, The Write Touch, The Strut Your Stuff Contest, The Aspen Gold Contest, The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, The Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, The Midnight Sun, The Kathryn Hayes Contest, The Chanticleer, The Daphne du Maurier, The National Readers’ Choice Award, The New England Readers’ Choice Contest, The Beverly Award, and The Maggie Award. Her debut novel Race the Darkness was Publishers Weekly Top 10 Pick for Fall and Never Let Me Fall is an Amazon Editor’s Pick.

By day Abbie Roads is a mental health counselor always focusing on the bright side. By night she writes on the dark side, putting her characters through the wringer before she gives them their happily-ever-after. She loves a good inspirational quote and is a fan of true crime.

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When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Learning to read made me want to become a writer. From a super young age, I would tell my teachers that authors didn’t end books the way I wanted them to end. Or that authors didn’t make their characters do the things I thought they should do. My teacher suggested I become a writer.

Great idea! I was going to be a writer.

But in real life things are never that easy.

Grammar happened. Even today if you start talking in grammarish words it’s like you are speaking a foreign language. My brain doesn’t understand grammar words. I was always a straight A student, and I would try and try and try to understand grammar. I would study so hard to be able to diagram sentences, but I just didn’t get it.

And then another teacher said words that changed my desire to be a writer. “You can’t be a writer, if you can’t understand grammar.”

I knew how much I tried to understand grammar. I knew how hard I worked and still couldn’t get it.

So, I let my dream of being a writer go. And became a mental health counselor instead.

But periodically through my life a story would well up inside me and I’d sit down and start writing it, only to get a paragraph out before giving up. I just didn’t know how to be a writer.

But then one day I realized I wasn’t happy. Everything in my life was awesome, but I felt like something was missing. I tried every craft under the sun—candle making, jewelry making, sewing. None of them stuck. And then it occurred to me I wasn’t happy because I wasn’t writing.

I took a course on writing children’s picture books. Pretty quickly I realized I HATED writing children’s picture books.

I wanted to write adult romance novels.

I enrolled in every course, class, workshop I could find. I went to writers’ meetings. The problem was that I was learning about writing, but not actually writing.

I attended a writer meeting one night. I walked into the room and everyone there seemed to know everyone, and they all ignored me since I was the new person. I felt very uncomfortable until a lady came in and sat next to me.

She asked me what I wrote, and I said I had an idea for a book (Dangerous Dreams), but that I hadn’t started writing yet.

She asked me why I hadn’t started writing it since I seemed to have the whole story in my head.

I told her, “I don’t know how to write a first sentence. I don’t know how to use that sentence to make a paragraph. I don’t know how to turn that paragraph into a chapter. I don’t know how to make enough chapters to make a novel.”

She looked at me and said, “You won’t know until you do it. You’ll figure it out as you go.”

Light bulb. Epiphany.

The next day I started writing the very first version of Dangerous Dreams. I would ultimately write two more versions before I wrote the one you can read today.

It wasn’t until I finished that first version of Dangerous Dreams that I considered myself a writer.

Writers write.

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