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April 29, 2014

Suped Up Feature: Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner

Angel Kin
Angel Assassins 1
Tricia Skinner
Entangled Edge
April 28, 2014
Entangled Edge
While channeling Robin Hood's "steal from the rich and give to the poor" attitude at a local politician's house, ex-con Katie Logan witnesses a forced suicide. Dirty or not, supernatural or not, he didn't deserve to die, especially not by his own hand. But with her record, stepping forward as a witness isn't an option. On the run from the police and the murderer, she turns to The Bound Ones for help.

When a beautiful woman comes to The Bound Ones, half-angel assassin Cain is immediately drawn to her. But when she fingers him as the killer, he can come to only one conclusion. The twin he thought was dead is very much alive…and trying to send him a message. Unfortunately, that message is: "You're next."

It's a race against time as Cain fights to save the woman he's falling in love with before his brother Abel destroys them both.





Reimagining Cain and Abel for Angel Kin
by Tricia Skinner


Angel Kin, published by Entangled Publishing's Edge imprint, gave me an opportunity to put my own spin on the legendary tale of Cain and Abel. In general terms, I'd wager most people know the Bible story: Cain killed Abel out of jealousy. End of story.


I'm not going to dig into the religious meaning of the tale. I'll leave that for scholars and hardcore believers. What I will say is the story fit perfectly with one of the overarching themes of my Angel Assassins series: family.

Using the sibling rivalry as my base, I focused on building the brotherly relationship of Cain and Abel that would fit in my world. In Angel Kin, they're identical twins. Cain believed Abel had died when they were children. He was taken to Heaven, trained as an assassin, and sent back to earth with three other half angels/half humans (Nephilim).Of course, Abel survived and was taken in by the enemy fallen angels called Renegades. He was also trained to be a killer, and then summoned to modern day Detroit to carry out assassinations.

Making the brothers twins ramped up the conflict. Their lives were different, yet similar. The stakes for Cain were high because the police were chasing him in a clear case of mistaken identity. Even his own team, The Bound Ones, were dragged into Abel's plot to destroy Cain because no one believed he existed. Through it all, Cain rages against the idea he must kill Abel.

For the romance, I'll admit I had a blast messing with Katie (the heroine) and Cain. She saw who she thought was Cain commit murder. How horrible would it be to then have to get help from the man who looked exactly like the killer?The two had to look deep inside themselves to discover who they were, what they wanted, and what they'd do to get it. It's a tense romance; the best kind.

In the end, good stories are those that make you stop and think about yourself and the people around you. Does blood make someone family? Or is it the actions of an individual that make them more than a friend? I hope I gave readers a twist on the lore and another way to view love and family.

I’m Tricia Skinner and I write Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. I’m a former journalist who discovered my inspiration to write fiction as an escape from “real life.” My reading tastes are all over the place, but I’m mainly drawn to fantasy (and its subgenres), paranormal, sci-fi, and history.

When I’m not writing, I’m a newbie “green” practitioner, fitness procrastinator, and a technology geek. I’m a mother and a wife. My family includes two Great Danes. I’m also a gamer. I enjoy interacting with my fel­low geeks and help­ing other writers, especially through the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of Romance Writers of America where I’ve served as Newsletter Editor. I’m represented by Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary.


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37 comments:

  1. Thanks for the nice post! My guest reviewer did a wonderful review of the book and I confess it intrigues me a lot!

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    1. I saw! I'm kicking myself, my calendar is so full I can't squeeze this in

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  2. This one is everywhere and I am cuuurious

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  3. I love books that give spins to old tales. This book sounds interesting to say the least.

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    1. IKR? Cain & Abel with the good/bad guy roles reversed.

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  4. Thank you, Melliane, Blodeuedd, and Jennifer. Old tales have always grabbed my attention, but it's challenging to add another spin. If you pick up Angel Kin, I hope it's a twist you'll enjoy. :)

    Trish

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  5. I'm reading this one right now, I'm only 26% in but I'm really enjoying it. *goes back to reading*

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    1. Glad to hear it, Bookaholic Cat. :)

      Trish

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    2. Will wait for your review, marcela!

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  6. I'm starting Angel Kin this week and can't wait! All the reviews have been positive and it's been a while since I read a book with angels!

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    1. My angels and half-angels are on the dark, gritty side. If you like tortured heroes, you'll find a few in Angel Kin. ;)

      Trish

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    2. I saw some too! I feel so bad my calendar is sooo full right now, I can't squeeze this in.

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  7. Thank you! I really like the sound of the plot, it seems to have a little of everything. How interesting taking such a known tale (oops, don't let any overly religious person hear me calling it that) and adapting it to modern times. I definitely want to know more.

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    1. Thanks, Loupe. I have favorite stories that I'm always eager to see with a fresh twist. Anything involving King Arthur, Merlin or Excalibur is one example. Beauty and the Beast is another. OMG, The Phantom of the Opera, too!

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    2. LOL you're safe here, Loupe!

      That's what drew me to this story too, Cain & Abel are very infamous, the model of how NOT to be a sibling. It's nice to give Cain a better face, everyone deserves redemption somehow.

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  8. OH I just bought this one! I can't wait to give it a read. Looks so good :)

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    1. Ha! Your blog name is epic! Thanks for picking up Angel Kin. :)

      Trish

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    2. Review it soon! I'd like to read your thoughts :)... yup, her blog name resonates

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  9. I really enjoy books that take old tales and revitalize and respin them. I think I would enjoy this one!

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    1. I hope you'll take a chance, Heidi. That's one reason I'm impressed with Entangled Publishing setting new release prices at 99-cents the first two weeks. I'm a voracious reader, too, so all those books add up. :) A lower price makes it a little easier to take a chance on a new author. Believe me, all us newbies appreciate it!

      Trish

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    2. Me too!... Oh this is only 99c?! I'll grab a copy! Woosh!

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  10. I've avoided angel books for quite awhile, but I want to read this. I like that it has a more UF feel to it.

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    1. Oh, Christy. Girl, you're speaking my language. I try to write what I enjoy reading. Angels, Nephilim, fallen angels; I guess I have a thing for the dark side of heroes.

      Trish

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    2. I love Angels-Nephilim too! Their myth is something else

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  11. Thanks for hosting Tricia! It's always a pleasure working with Talk Supe. :)

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    1. awww, thanks and you are welcome!

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  12. It's been a long while since I've read one with angels. Thanks Braine :D

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    1. You're welcome, the reviews are saying this is really good!

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  13. I one-clicked this yesterday! I'm sure I'll be reading it soon ;)

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    1. I am not surprised, it's a great deal too at 99c

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  14. It's awesome how Ms. Skinner twisted the familiar bible story to make it fit her story. I one-clicked this one a couple of days ago and I'm very much looking forward to reading it!

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  15. Angel Kin sounds like a fab read and it's nice to see she used her own family to help develop these characters! Great post!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. A family project! Isn't it awesome?!

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  16. Wonderful guest posts :) the author sounds sweet. Angel assassins? yes please!

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