Monday, January 23, 2017

The Devil's Daughter (Hidden Sins #1) by Katee Robert

The Devil's Daughter by Katee Robert
Release:January 24, 2017
Romance Subgenre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Hidden Sins #1

Growing up in a small town isn’t easy, especially when you’re the daughter of a local cult leader. Ten years ago, Eden Collins left Clear Springs, Montana, and never once looked back. But when the bodies of murdered young women surface, their corpses violated and marked with tattoos worn by her mother’s followers, Eden, now an FBI agent, can’t turn a blind eye. To catch the killer, she’s going to have to return to the fold.

Sheriff Zach Owens isn’t comfortable putting Eden in danger, even if she is an elite agent. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to be so attracted to her. As calm and cool as she appears, he knows this can’t be a happy homecoming. Zach wants to protect her—from her mother, the cult, and the evil that lurks behind its locked gates. But Eden is his only key to the tight-lipped group, and she may just be closer to the killer than either one of them suspects…

Author Interview
I'm excited to have author Katee Robert on the blog today to discuss her new book, The Devil's Daughter. Thanks for sharing, Katee!

This book is heavier on the mystery/suspense elements than your previous works. How was writing this book different for you?
I’ve been comparing it to a person who runs marathons regularly who suddenly takes up yoga. It was challenging for me, but in a really gratifying way. The rules for mystery are different than for contemporary romance, so there was a lot more plotting and outlining involved to ensure that all the foreshadowing lined up and that no one threw their book across the room at the end of it (myself included).

What inspired you to write this book? Have you always wanted to write something in which mystery and suspense play a large role?
I’ve been a fan of mystery and suspense novels since before I discovered romance. They were the first adult books I jumped to, and writing one for myself has always been on my “Someday I’ll…” list. This specific book was inspired by an interview I read about between one of the FBI agents who founded the serial crime unit and Charles Manson. Things just clicked, and I knew I had to write a story about a serial killer connected with a cult.

If someone is brand new to your work, what book do you think they should start with?
I always recommend two books, depending on what someone is looking for. If they want something lighter and more humorous, I recommend starting with Wrong Bed, Right Guy. If they like their romance with a darker edge, I recommend starting with The Marriage Contract.

What question do you wish readers would ask? What is the answer?
How does a romance writer end up so freaking obsessed with serial killers? Haha. No, I don’t know what question I wish people asked, but that’s as good a one as any. And I blame a combination of finding Sandra Brown’s books the same year that a guy a couple blocks away was arrested for killing 13 women (he like buried some of them in his yard, and my sister went to school with his kids. It was nuts).

As a writer what would you choose as your spirit animal/mascot/avatar? Theme song?
I joke about the honey badger being my toddler, but I think I’m really the honey badger in the family. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up for grabs haha. A friend once told me that "The Girl With One Eye" (by Florence+the Machine) made her think of me. I found it funny at the time. Now that I’m writing about serial killers and crawling around inside these villains heads, she definitely knew what she was talking about. Fictionally, of course!

About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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