Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cover Reveal - - Race the Darkness

Abbie Roads, Susan Gee Heino, PJ

You meet the nicest people at romance conferences. Last summer, while waiting in line for a taxi to LaGuardia Airport after attending the 2015 RWA national conference, I struck up a conversation with two women standing behind me in line. We discovered we were all heading to the same airport and decided to share a cab. One of those women was the delightful Abbie Roads, a then-unpublished author. Today, eight months later, I'm very excited to reveal the cover of Race the Darkness, a dark, gritty, emotional, and sexy romantic suspense novel by debut author Abbie Roads!

It’s precisely 7:22 pm ET, the sun has just set in the east, and it’s starting to get dark...

First in a gripping paranormal romantic suspense duo by a Golden Heart finalist debut author whose clinical work gives her chilling insights...

Cursed with a terrible gift

Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn’t have to question you—he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night—the voice of a woman begging him to save her.

That threatens to engulf them...
Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except…there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy.


Abbie Roads is 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. Her novels have finaled in RWA contests including the Golden Heart. Race the Darkness is the first book in the Fatal Dreams series of dark, gritty romantic suspense with a psychological twist.

Dear Readers,

I wrote Race the Darkness from start to finish three different times, with three different story lines, and with three different titles! The only thing that ever remained the same between the versions was Xander and Isleen. I believed in them and the story they wanted to tell. I hope you love reading about their tragedies and triumphs as much as I enjoyed writing them… All three times! And isn’t the cover amazing, beautiful, gorgeous? I cried the first time I saw it! It made all the hard work to get this book to you worth it!

Abbie Roads 

P.S. I would love to connect with you and hear what you think about the cover! You can find me here: 
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An excerpt from Race the Darkness

No fucking way was he going to die running. He stopped, turned and faced the truck barreling toward them. The tires ate up the ground at an indecent rate. He clutched Isleen tighter to his chest. For her sake, he wanted it to be a quick death. No more lingering. No more pain.

That thought infuriated him. None of this was right. They shouldn’t be on the verge of death. Again.

The truck kept coming—twenty-five feet.

Everything slowed, happened as if through the quicksand of time. A white dandelion floaty meandered on the breeze directly between them and the truck. His heart no longer ran a staccato rhythm. Duh…duhm.Pause. Duh…duhm.


His life didn’t flash before his eyes. The future did. Isleen’s future. In an ethereal dream beyond time, her skin was gilded by firelight, her eyes void of sadness and fear, her body whole and healthy. She smiled, an expression so full of warmth and tenderness and undiluted joy that it plunked itself down inside his heart and wouldn’t leave.

He ached to create that kind of smile on her face, but their lives were over and it all could’ve gone so differently if he’d only listened to her, believed in her, found her years before now.


  1. Intense, attention-grabbing cover! Intriguing blurb, too!

  2. Wow. Abbie is beautiful, but that Cover! It just grabbed me. Abbie, you won the cover sweepstakes.

  3. Good, eye-catching cover. The excerpt is a good hook. I will be looking for this one. I hope RACE THE DARKNESS is a great success.