As the release date for WAKING NIGHTMARE approaches (Sept. 1) I feel a bit like I used to when I waited for my due date to arrive. Certainly it feels like this book has been in the works forever. No mere nine months for this particular baby–I sold the series in 2007. That’s a long gestation!
When I sold The Mindhunters series to Berkley, Waking Nightmare was a complete. But I also owed two books to Silhouette, and I work full-time. My Berkley editor wanted to release the dark romantic thrillers back to back, so the books were scheduled for 2009. At times it felt like this day would never come!
The Mindhunters series features a private forensics agency that consults with law enforcement on particularly puzzling or high profile crimes. Headed up by the legendary Adam Raiker, a former FBI profiler, the agency includes some of the best criminologists in the country. Each story features one of his employees investigating a case.
Waking Nightmare is the first in the trilogy. Ryne Robel is a Savannah police detective on the trail of a sadistic serial rapist. He’s requested another investigator for his task force and he isn’t pleased when his commander instead hires Abbie Phillips as an outside consultant. She may be a brilliant forensic profiler, but Ryne needs answers, not psycho-babble and head games.
However, Abbie convinces him that head games are exactly what this elusive suspect is all about. The seemingly random acts of torture are actually calculated to match each victim’s darkest fears. And the stakes are rising. While they study the devious psychopath, he’s watching them–the next objects of his terrifying obsession.
After writing twenty-five books for Silhouette Romantic Suspense, it was incredibly liberating to write the three Mindhunters books. While they’re definitely romance, a gritty suspense is at the forefront. The length allowed me to include a complex suspense with plenty of plot twists and a relationship that developed at a believable pace. Ryne and Abbie have every reason not to end up together. She’s only there for the course of the investigation and then she’ll be gone. Neither of them are a good bet in the romance department. And isn’t that what makes for a satisfying romance? When two people defy all odds to find their happily-ever-after?
Book two in the series, Waking Evil will follow in October and Waking the Dead is released in November. Check out my website at www.kyliebrant.com for excerpts, news and sign up for the monthly contests!
What makes a book work for you? What does it take for you to find the romance between the characters credible? Have you ever read books when you didn’t believe the characters should end up together?
I’m giving away a signed copy of Waking Nightmare to one lucky commenter today!