Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Mental Health Therapist Who Writes Dark Romantic Suspense... Say What?

Hello Everyone!

I’m new here. So I’m going to use this post to introduce myself.

I’m Abbie Roads. <waving>

By day…

I’m a mental health therapist, known for my blunt, honest style of therapy and my shoes—I love a great pair of heels. I've been seeing clients for sixteen years now and have read so many books—in the name of knowing which ones to recommend to each client—that I can spout off inspirational phrases from them on command. I do love a good inspirational quote. I often make my clients pick a few of these phrases to serve as temporary life mottos to keep them on the right track. 

But at night…

I write dark dark dark romantic suspense. My debut novel RACE THE DARKNESS is available for pre-order now.

How does an inspirational-quote-loving therapist end up writing dark romantic suspense?

Well… In a way it makes perfect sense. I meet people at the worst moments of their lives. Think of a human tragedy. Go on… Yes. I’ve had clients in my office with that very issue. How does the therapist not become traumatized or turn negative when she hears all this bad stuff day in and day out? 

Some therapists garden, some paint, some throw themselves into charity work. I write. I write human tragedies, but ALWAYS give my characters a happy ending. The same happy ending I wish for all my clients. 

Writing is how I  process the negativity. I’m not putting down the details of what's said in my office. It’s more like the information goes into my brain and gets filtered and distilled down into something dark and creepy. It's actually kind of weird--I start to get twitchy and bit b*tchy if I don't write. Writing dark is my best coping mechanism!

Want a little taste of some of my dark writing? Check out this excerpt from RACE THE DARKNESS:

Death twined around Isleen Walker’s body, whispering over her naked flesh, coiling around her heart and lungs, hugging the last sparks of life from her. Twenty-five years of being alive distilled down to a wish. A wish that death would hurry up and grant her its promised relief.

“I’m dying,” she tried to warn Gran, but the words came out quieter than a breath. Her gaze roamed the room, their prison for the past eight years. It was just big enough to contain her and Gran and an overflowing waste bucket, but now it felt too small, too fragile to contain Isleen. Soon she would transcend this space, and no matter what Queen did, she wouldn’t be able to tether Isleen here.

Gran slept, face tucked into the corner. Safety was an illusion—beating after beating had proven that fact—but still, they always gravitated to the corners. Gran’s once-supple flesh sagged from her bones. Her spine protruded sharply in a pathetic row of spikes.

“…tobesaved. Not die.…protectordiedtoo?” Gran spoke in a smear of barely distinguishable words. She’d been a sleep-talker for as long as Isleen could remember—even before they’d been abducted.

She used to wake Gran from her dreams, but had long since decided it was a mercy to let her stay inside them for as long as they hosted her. Maybe in her dreams, Gran still possessed her wits and all her faculties, and lived somewhere beautiful where nothing bad ever happened.

Footsteps pounded down the hall and stopped outside the door. The sound of the key in the lock scraped across Isleen’s heart. Was today going to be a feeding day, a beating day, or a bleeding day? It didn’t really matter. It was too late for food; a beating would finish her off; and she had no more blood to give. But there was Gran—

You can purchase RACE THE DARKNESS here:

And one more quote before I go! I can't resist! There's just so many to love!

Do you love inspirational quotes as much as I do? What's your favorite?

Tell me--Do you read dark romance? What's one of your favorite dark romance novels?

About Abbie Roads:

Abbie Roads loves Snicker Parfaits—gotta start with what’s most important, right? By day she’s 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.

You can find Abbie here:

Monday, May 30, 2016

Celebrate Memorial Day with a Romance Giveaway

Today is dedicated to the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces, especially to those who lost their lives while carrying out their courageous duty.

In honor of our fallen heroes and heroines, Team Sourcebooks is discussing our favorite military romance novels over on our Facebook page. Come join us! By entering the conversation, you are automatically entered for a chance to win all of Sourcebooks Casablanca's May releases. The lucky winner will be picked on Tuesday May 31. (US residents only.)


Friday, May 27, 2016

Is it summer yet??

Tis the season...no, not THAT season.  The other one.  If you're a parent, you know what I mean.

End of the school year.

My son is 16.  He's fairly self-sufficient and really, he should be looking forward to this more than I am.  And maybe he is.  All I know is that I CANNOT WAIT.

We don't get a bus for him so I do carpool duty twice a day.  The school is only five miles away but at 6:30 in the morning, it feels like 50 miles.  And in the afternoon, it totally disrupts my day.  So yeah, maybe I'm whining but summer break can't get here soon enough.  To be able to sleep in and not deal with an alarm, is like a fantasy right now.

Three weeks.

And for the first time in a really long time, we have some plans for the summer.  Last summer we did a trip to New York for a week and it was fine but it was partially for work so I didn't love it.  This summer?  Some of the trips are work related but so much more fun!  Plus, the main goal of the summer is to get the 16 year old his license so I will be relieved of carpool duty come September.  YES PLEASE!!  We'll see.  As of right now he's not buying into it.

So when the kids get out of school, what's your plan?  Who's doing something fun this summer?  I've got a weekend in Pinehurst, a weekend at the beach with the girls (#squadgoals), a book signing at Nora Roberts' bookstore in Maryland, a couple of concerts - including my 80's crush Rick Springfield, and some visits with family .  None of the trips are major but they're just enough to get me away a little bit and allow me to relax.

But you know what I'm already aware of?  How fast it's all going to go by.  I'll end up sleeping way too much, being way too lazy and then wondering why I didn't get anything accomplished!  It's a crazy pattern but I'm prepared.

If I can stick to the things I already have planned and throw in a couple of impromptu things that are just for the fun of it, I'll be happy.  And if I can do it all with a really cool playlist, even better.  This summer's music obsession?  Cake By the Ocean!  I kid you not.  Maybe it's because it's a fun song or maybe it's because of my completely inappropriate crush on Joe Jonas...either way, that song is going with me everywhere!  https://youtu.be/PAzH-YAlFYc

So what are your plans??  And what are you listening to??

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cover Reveal: To Love a Texas Ranger!

They are Men. They are Brothers. They are LEGENDS.

I've waited so long to be able to show off this gorgeous cover and now the day is finally here. As usual, Dawn Adams, head of the Sourcebooks art department, has outdone herself. I just love this cover. The guy wears such a determined look on his face as though to say, "Bring it on." That's the type of man Texas Ranger Sam Legend is. He has a mental as well as a physical toughness and can handle whatever comes.

(Notice the smudges of blood and dirt on his shoulder, right arm and collar.)

Yep, he's used to trouble, whatever kind it is, even it flies at him from all angles. 

This is Book #1 of a brand new series called Men of Legend. A tough father, Stoker Legend, and his three sons fight for their own brand of Legend justice. Sam is a Texas Ranger, Houston is a rancher like his father, and Luke is an outlaw that no one knew anything about. He's Stoker's illegitimate son so he fights an uphill battle. This series, as well as each book, oozes with conflict.

TO LOVE A TEXAS RANGER opens with Sam staring death in the face as he encounters a band of rustlers who have nothing to lose.

He boards a train bound for his family ranch, The Lone Star, to recuperate…only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run. Determined to rescue the beautiful Sierra, Sam recruits an unlikely ally. But can he trust the mysterious gunslinger to fight at his side?

The Texas Ranger

Sam is shocked to discover his new ally is not only an outlaw, but his half-brother. Torn between loyalty to his job and love of his family, Sam goes reeling straight into Sierra’s arms. Yet just as the walls around his battered heart begin to crumble, Sierra is stolen away. Sam will risk anything to save her—his life, his badge, his very soul—knowing that some bonds are stronger than the law…and some legends were born to be told.

“Broday’s Westerns always captivate.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“One of the best historical western authors.” —Fresh Fiction
“Poignant, dramatic and packed with action and mystery.” —Addicted to Romance 

This book releases on October 4, 2016. PREORDER at these links:

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(Right now only paperback is showing but digital will appear soon.)

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jane Austen and Our Enduring Devotion by Terri L. Austin

Jane Austen’s Love and Friendship is out soon, and it got me thinking about Jane and our obsession with her.

My favorite Pride and Prejudice remains the Colin Firth version, starring Jennifer Ehle. 

It remained more faithful to the book than the Keira Knightly version. 

I loved both Emmas, but Gwyneth's lighter portrayal wins by a nose.

And was it just me or was Billy Piper terribly miscast as Fanny Price?

But of course Austen’s characters have fought vampires and zombies. 

And one of my favorite adaptions is the modern romcom version of P&P, featuring Mormons. Yep. Pride and Prejudice--A Latter Day Tale.

 A couple of weeks ago, my son sent me a pic. He and some friends were playing Marrying Mr. Darcy. Sadly, he lost and remained an old maid. 
 But all this leads me to believe Jane Austen is the hardest working dead woman in publishing today. Even beyond the grave, she must be exhausted.

So what’s your favorite Jane-related item (movie, book, manga, video game)? And what is it about Austen that is so enduring?