Two years ago, bestselling author James Rollins reached out to writer Rebecca Cantrell to launch a new thriller series based on a vampiric, reimagined history of the Catholic church. The pair, with Rollins creating the plot and Cantrell providing a sense of time and place, wrote The Blood Gospel. Featuring a trio of unlikely heroes — an archeologist, an Army Ranger and a priest — the supernatural novel was hailed as a new take on the history-mixed-with-fiction genre. Now the team is releasing the second installment in the series, Innocent Blood, and coming to Houston’s Murder by the Book for a signing and discussion session.
As with Blood Gospel, the collaboration between Rollins and Cantrell on Innocent Blood depended on modern technology. Rollins is based in the United States and Cantrell is currently living in Europe. The two spent several hours together daily on Skype discussing plot development and rewrites.
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Thu., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., 2013