Guest Post: Author Katie Reus Talks Villians + Giveaway!

Filed in Giveaways , Guest Post , Katie Reus Posted on August 12, 2011 @ 6:00 am 19 comments

We are delighted to welcome back Katie Reus to BLI today! I’ve long been a fan of Katie’s romantic suspense stories. She writes awesome appealing Alpha heroes for her well crafted, thrilling and action packed plots. Katie is here to celebrate the upcoming publication of her latest novel Deadly Obsession, which will be available on August 15, 2011, from Carina Press. Katie is going to talk about one of the central characters key to any good spine tingling romantic suspense story…..


Thank you so much to Lea for having me as a guest here today at Book Lovers Inc.! In a few days I have a romantic suspense (DEADLY OBSESSION) releasing from Carina Press and the villain in the story is definitely a baddie. I write romantic suspense and paranormal romance so there’s always an element of darkness in my stories, but this guy takes the cake for being one of the worst of my villains.

I’ve written drug dealing villains, stalkers, villains with no compunction about kidnapping and using children as pawns, crazy doctors who like to experiment on people, but this guy…he is bad news. As a sociopathic sexual deviant, he’s scary and shows no remorse for what he does. When I originally wrote this story it was about fifteen thousand words shorter but after I finished I realized something was missing. The villain, as bad as he is, needed to tell things from his point of view. It was the only way the story would be more rounded and come to life in the way I envisioned. This completely changed the tone of the book so after more rounds of edits and re-writes, Deadly Obsession ended up being much darker than I originally intended but the story is that much stronger for it.

Depending upon the type of book I’m writing dictates what type of research goes into it. Getting into the head of a serial killer took more research than I’ve done before and even though there were a few nights I had a hard time falling asleep (reading about people with little to no conscience is scary!) it was a very eye opening experience.

Who are some of your favorite villains in literature? And why? One commenter will be selected using to win a digital copy of Deadly Obsession.

Deadly Obsession coming soon from Carina Press.

The chilling words of a killer: This is just the beginning…

Ten years ago, Lilly Carmichael left town without an explanation, breaking Braden Donnelly’s heart. The death of her aunt has brought Lilly home–and face to face with memories she thought were long buried. Still getting over a traumatic incident from her work as an NSA agent, Lilly initially dismisses the face at her window as a figment of stress-induced paranoia.

Now the sheriff of Hudson Bay, Braden has spent the last year hunting a sadistic murderer. But his investigation is turned upside down when new evidence indicates that Lilly is the killer’s next target. Determined to protect the woman he’s never stopped loving, Braden must race against the clock to trap a dangerous psychopath—before it’s too late…

About Katie Reus:

Katie has been reading romance since she was a kid and the addiction stayed with her into adulthood. Katie writes dark paranormal romance and sexy, fast-paced romantic suspense. Currently she writes for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne (Destined Mate, October 2011), and in early 2012 the first book in her paranormal series will release from NAL/Signet Eclipse (Alpha Instinct: A Moon Shifter Novel).

Where To Find Katie:



Katie has generously offered a digital copy of Deadly Obsession to one lucky commenter! 🙂

All you have to do is answer Katie’s question noted above!
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, August 27, 2011; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!



About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • _yay_ August 12, 2011 at 6:19 am

    My favorite villain of all time is the one that also is the hero of the book. Vicor a freelance killer! Can you say #moralconflict?!?!
    The Hunter by Tom Wood
    Of course the story has another "villain", too. It's just that I'm into antiheros these days and what's more anti than an assassin who kills for money.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Wynter Daniels August 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Congratulations on the release – I love the villain in that book – he's truly chilling. I love the villain in Karen Rose's Die For Me. He's evil incarnate!

  • ClaudiaGC August 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Congrats on your new book, Katie!
    I always love Shannon McKenna's villains. They are so very eeeeevil! 🙂

    claudigc at msn dot com

  • Kaylea Cross August 12, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hey, Katie. I love this book–I think it's my favorite of yours, aside from Savannah Stuart's Tempting Target, that is 😉

    The villain in this one gave me the shivers more than once. So evil!

  • Katie Reus August 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I haven't read that one, yay, but I do love antiheroes. One of my favorite heroes is Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, and he's pretty much an antihero too.

  • Katie Reus August 12, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Thanks Wynter! I haven't read that many Karen Rose books but the ones I have, omg, totally creepy villains! She has a real gift.

  • Katie Reus August 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Claudia, I just read my first McKenna book not too long ago (Extreme Danger) and wow, uber bad villain!

  • Katie Reus August 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Thanks Kaylea! This one definitely has some chilling moments. The research I did on serial killers for this book kept me up at night so I'm glad I channeled it into the bad guy 🙂

  • Victoria August 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I hate him, but he is a fantastic villain – the doctor in Cheyenne McCray's No Werewolves Allowed.


  • Jane August 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I was just reading an article about the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel and it mentions Professor Moriarty. He is definitely one of the best villains in my mind.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • Na August 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    A great hero is a worthy hero and for me the same applies to villains. The best ones are those that are worthy opponents, they may be bad but are not always evil. Their personality is what will stand out in my mind. In the FEVER series, the villain was excellent. I can't say his/her name because it would give it away 🙂 The villain in Beyond the Hightland Mist was Adam and he was quite amusing. I like some of the bad guys that Cat and Bones are up against as well in The Night Huntress series.


  • Karen C August 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Congratulations on the upcoming release! I've got it on my TBR list.

    Villians that we love to hate. Any villian in the JD Robb In Death series; the villian in any Lisa Gardner book; the villian in JT Ellison's Taylor Jackson series to name a few. They are evil and diabolical. They give me chills. They make me look over my shoulder if I'm reading at night. When I'm alone. And I hear a noise.


  • Katie Reus August 13, 2011 at 7:03 am

    These are all great choices! And yes, the one in the Fever series still blows my mind. I didn't see the ending wrapping up the way it did.

  • Tore August 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    My favorite villian is Victoria from Twilight. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds like a very good read.

  • roro August 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    My favorite villian is Victoria from Twilight. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds like a very good

    rogcaprino @ hotmail dot com

  • Jen B. August 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Favorite villian? I have to agree with a prior commentor that Karen Rose has good villians. My first thought, though, was classic Dracula. But, then I saw the Morriarty comment and thought that was also a great answer. I have to say, I still like Freddy Krueger. Now that is a villian!

  • Ju Dimello August 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Katie,

    Congrats on your book release! Great to "meet" you 🙂

    I think I love the idea of a good "villain" simply because I find their histories fascinating. I really loved the character Renard (played by Robert Carlyle) in the James Bond flick – The world is not enough. I loved the fact that he did things for the "love" of his life.

    Same with the famous "Mummy". Arnold Vosloo playing Imhotep really touched me – since whatever he did was for the sake of love.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. Count me in. judimello AT gmail DOT com

  • Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    I would say one of the most twisted villians is from KMM's Fever series. If a story is really good I will get dragged into it and I rarely like the villian! I know a bunch of people that liked the villian in the Fever series before we really "knew" but he was never my favorite!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  • Sugar August 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

    ooh this looks exciting!
    My all time fav villian would have to be Neferet from the House of Night series.. she is beautiful, alluring and evil to the core!

    my email is

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