Angel Assassins 1
April 28, 2014
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.