Welcome to the Howloween Blog Hop! I love how Halloween has become the somewhat unofficial holiday of the paranormal romance genre. In my last post for the Snarkology hop (you can still comment on that post for a chance to win a copy of Werewolves in the Kitchen!) I talked a bit about the holiday of Samhain vs. Halloween. Today I’m thinking more about how paranormal romance has become so popular. Which has me thinking, why do I read this stuff? Why do I write it?
Whenever I’m interviewed and someone asks me what genres I write, it’s easy. Paranormal romance, urban fantasy, epic fantasy, scifi romance/space opera. I want magic, I want creatures, I want powers and shifters and vamps. I want that sense of something titanic, something otherworldly.
I was raised on Star Wars, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Ladyhawke, and Highlander. As a tween I was reading fantasy and scifi authors like David Eddings, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, and Stephen R. Donaldson. So I suppose it’s really no surprise that I’m drawn to the fantasy and sci-fi genres, including paranormal romance.
Like most paranormal authors, I use what I call “whiz-bang” magic in most of my stories. Shapeshifters, vampires, people who can summon the elements and lightning bolts…the cool stuff. However, I’m also a Pagan community leader, so when I’m writing about Wiccans, Druids, and other Pagans, I try to accurately reflect the actual spiritual traditions. In my own writing I try to make a clear difference between “people with magical powers” and, “people who practice one of the Pagan spiritual traditions.” I mean…I’ve facilitated some intense ritual experiences for large groups of people, it’s a pretty subtle magic. I’ll be sure to let you all know if I start summoning bolts of lightning to smite my enemies!
In A Fading Amaranth, I wanted to not only tell the story of Nathaniel and Alexandra, but I’ve also been itching to dive into the world of a multi-book urban fantasy epic I’m working on. As I wrote the story, it turned out that Nathaniel and Alexandra run into my mage character, Jocelyn, and a few of the other mage guardians in Chicago. They get roped into helping track down a creature that is stalking the streets of Chicago, so there is an abundance of romance, spicy hotness, and magical action adventure. It’s coming out next month!
A Fading Amaranth
Nathaniel’s been a vampire long enough to grow weary; he’s lost his muse. When he meets Alexandra, she isn’t swayed by his vampire hypnosis and he rediscovers his passion for life. Alexandra hasn’t been with anyone for years; her psychic abilities overwhelm her with people’s thoughts. However, she can’t hear Nathaniel’s mind.
They struggle to decide what they’re willing to risk, and willing to give up, to be together. When a Faerie monster begins stalking Chicago, they find themselves snared in a paranormal battle with some of Chicago’s mage guardians. For one guardian, Nathaniel counts as one of the monsters…
My Giveaway Contest:
A free copy of A Fading Amaranth when it comes out next month. To enter, post your favorite vampire story (book or movie) in the comments along with your email address. You can also post why you like that story or that vampire; I love hearing what stories engage people!
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Click on the link to find more blogs participating in the hop. You’ll get introduced to new-to-you paranormal romance authors, and each blog post will offer a chance to win a prize.