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Deadly Destinations visits Cainsville the setting for Kelley Armstrong’s new adult urban fantasy novel Omens. Cainsville is only one hour away from yesterday’s Deadly Destination of Chicago. The first novel in the Cainsville series will be released on August 20, 2013 from Dutton Adult/Penguin.
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Cainsville. Pop: 1600
You may have noticed we’ve left the “Welcome” off our sign. It’s simply an oversight. You’re perfectly welcome here, at least for an hour or two.
You had trouble finding us? That does happen. We might be only an hour from Chicago, but there’s no nearby exit from the freeway and that road into town isn’t very good. We wouldn’t want to inconvenience anyone looking for gas and food—there are much closer, better serviced towns—so we don’t like to advertise ours.
Yes, Cainsville is very pretty. Thank you. We are partial to that old world charm. I won’t say we’re stuck in the past—we do have the best technology available—but some of our residents are quite fond of the old ways.
Tourist attractions? Oh my, no. We’re too small for that. While there are plenty of community events and festivals, they really are for the community. You understand, don’t you? We’d love to have you, but our public space is very small, and you might find some of our customs . . . unusual. Did I mention we like the old ways?
Oh, speaking of old, you noticed the gargoyles, didn’t you? We do love our gargoyles. I can tell you a story about them, if you like. We’ll go have tea in the diner, and I’ll share a tale or two. We can be quite friendly, as you’ll see. Shame you couldn’t stay longer, but you’d need a place to sleep—inn, motel, bed & breakfast—and we don’t have any of those. A terrible oversight, I know.
Housing and job prospects? You aren’t thinking of moving here, are you? Not that we wouldn’t want you. You seem like a lovely person. Perhaps not exactly our sort of person, but we can be accommodating. The problem, you see, is geography. We’re completely hemmed in here. Our founders built Cainsville in the fork of a river, with marshland on the only open side, which means it’s impossible to expand. No new housing developments means no new commercial prospects, which means very few open jobs or homes. A truly regrettable situation.
Do you still want that cup of tea and a story? Excellent. You must try the orange cranberry scones. They’re the best in the state. Or so I’ve heard. I really don’t get out of Cainsville that often. Perhaps you’ll tell me a story yourself, one of your own town, before you leave . . .
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.
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This contest is provided by Penguin
Two lucky readers will each win a copy of Omens
Available August 20, 2013 from Dutton Adult/Penguin
About this Book:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong begins her new series with Omens, featuring a compelling new heroine thrust into a decades-old murder case and the dark mysteries surrounding her strange new home.
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
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