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Paranormal Week: Keith Melton

Vampires and Werewolves Unleashed!

Despite the melodrama of the title, I imagine it likely most werewolves would flat out refuse leashes, and the vamps wouldn?t allow it unless they were really into that kind of thing.

Let me pause to introduce myself. I?m Keith Melton, a degenerate author of Urban Fantasy-esque stories, and I was asked to be a part of Selena?s blog because she had an empty slot to fill on short notice (and I won?t tell you how I begged her desperately, promising never again to talk about how Siamese cats can really see ghosts, how good I look in a tinfoil hat, or how the mac and cheese diet changed my life). So now that?s out of the way and it?s time for the fun stuff! Werewolves and vampires in cage fights!

For a moment I?m going to indulge myself (why stop now, right?) and wax philosophical about vampires. They seem to have splintered into a few categories in recent decades, changing a bit from the fear-causing creature of Dracula and Stephen King?s?Salem?s Lot or the tormented creature of Anne Rice?s Lestat. Some authors keep them frightening and dangerous, and others play into the undercurrent of dark sexuality inherent in the myth. We have amusing tales, like?How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks, a whole legion of young fans for Twilight, and the sexy,?muy caliente vampires of our own Selena Illyria, whose Rysen and Kit light the pages on fire.?Warning! Blatant, self-serving plug dead ahead: We also have my own dark vampires in my novel?Blood Vice, far more dangerous than sexy. Vampire Karl Vance happens to be a hit man for the mafia, whacking wise guys so he doesn?t have to feed on the innocent. From there poor Karl?s life only gets more complicated when he meets Maria, a young woman who watched?Scarface and?The Godfather a few too many times and wants to make the entire city of Boston an offer they can?t refuse.

Astute readers will notice there was nothing particularly philosophical about the previous paragraph. However, if I start babbling in detail about the history of vampire characters in fiction we?ll be here all night, and the vending machine is out of Doritos. So, moving on?

Now I?ve always loved werewolves because wolves are such beautiful creatures, and quite frankly, having fur would save me big money on a winter wardrobe. Werewolves have also become more human, less ravenous monster since the days of?American Werewolf in London. Who wouldn?t want to be in tight with a pack alpha? They could probably score you great seats at the theater without even having to growl?much.?Warning! Blatant, self-serving plug ahead: In?Run, Wolf, my new and shiny werewolf novella, we have two non-alpha (in rank anyway) characters who defy the laws of the pack that seek to drive them apart. They risk everything for their love, planning to give the pack a collective thumb-in-the-eye on their flight to freedom. Will they escape to love another day when hostile wolves finally track them down?

As for vampire and werewolf cage fights, I think they?d be bigger than professional wrestling. I?d even pay for outrageously overpriced, watered-down soda and overcooked hotdogs to see that action.

If you?re interested in links for some of the stories mentioned here, I?d be more than happy to supply them. (Shocking, I know.)

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RUN, WOLF by Keith Melton

http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/shop/product.da/run-wolf

http://www.amazon.com/Run-Wolf-Nightfall-Clans-Book/dp/B002LLCI6K/

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BLOOD VICE by Keith Melton

http://www.mybookstoreandmore.com/shop/product.da/blood-vice

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Vice-Nightfall-Syndicate-ebook/dp/B001VA1O9Y/

TRAPPED by Selena Illyria

http://www.loose-id.com/prod-Trapped-853.aspx

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Claim-Trapped/dp/B002BY7740

Somehow I don?t think Stephen King requires a link.

Paranormal Week: Marie Treanor

Things that Go Hump in the Night

By Marie Treanor

Yes, you guessed it, I?m talking about paranormal romance!

When Selena invited me to blog about this subject ? thank you, Selena! – I counted how long I?ve been writing in the genre.?Five years! My mind moved hastily on to how many humping things, or creatures, I?ve created in that time. And why!

I counted seven different species, and I suppose that?s the ?why? of it too. In this genre there are no limits to your imagination. From the traditional ghosts, vampires and werewolves to less traditional shifters like swans and water men and trees ? to say nothing about the most powerful race in the universe – I?ve pretty much gone where I liked, and it?s been fun. J

I do like putting a slightly different twist on the traditional, though. For example, I don?t see why vampires have to be the bad guys. Or the good guys. They make wonderful anti-heroes, like my Karoly inHunting Karoly. J And finding a rational (ish) explanation for why these creatures exist can be fun. In the?City of the Damned it was nuclear poisoning (or was it??). In?Dragul Rising, I looked for a reason as to why such myths as vampires and werewolves existed in the first place. And in my new werewolf trilogy?Wolf Hunt, I?ve used a completely different scenario of alien invaders and a frightened, oppressive government.

I?ve always loved a good ghost story, but writing them, especially within the romance genre, brings a whole new set of knotty problems: how can you have a Happy Ever After if one of your couple is materially insubstantial and ? er – dead?? I found a ?different? happy ending that I rather liked in?Ghost Unlaid (just released at TWRP!). And I suppose for my provoking but sexy Rab in?Requiem for Rab, it was a different beginning!? I confess I?m particularly fond of the mischievous ghosts in?Ariadne?s Thread ? they were great fun to write, and I did find peace for one of them, but at least it wasn?t my hero or heroine who was dead; this time the main characters were just the haunted.? Interesting to imagine the effect on someone of continual haunting, though ? it gave my hero a dark and brooding edge, made him just a little strange.

Another thing I like doing is infusing the paranormal into everyday objects. Like a chess piece (Queen?s Gambit) or a guitar or a crash test dummy. No, really ? I?have made a hero out of a crash test dummy, or at least out of the spirit which haunts it. It was a challenge, but it helped that when he was haunting it, he looked and felt like a sexy man and not a dummy. Check out?Killing Joe, and you?ll see what I mean.

And then there are fairy tales ? a wonderful source for paranormal romance. Magic and true love together ? who could resist? I?ve been playing around with those too, recently, in conjunction with the very talented Bonnie Dee, and the first of our?Fairytale Fantasies, Cinderella Unmasked, is just out at Samhain. In fact we?ve just completed a second one which, if anything, was even more fun – let me just say that Rumpelstiltskin is?not his name, and this hunk is no gnarled old goblin J

Of course you can have magic in any setting ? people with ESP, like Via in?The Devil and Via, sexy as sin medieval sorcerers like Drago in?Gothic Dragon… There?s no end to who or what you can write about, and I think that?s the secret of the success of paranormal romance. It?s the ultimate escapism.

Anyway, as I started off to say, I counted seven different species going hump in the night in my stories over the last five years: ghosts; cursed or enchanted objects; vampires; werewolves; non-traditional shifters like swans, trees, water etc; witches and sorcerers. And finally, that most mysterious of all creatures ? men. But I think I?ll leave someone else to blog about those?

Marie

Marie Treanor

Haunting Romance

www.MarieTreanor.com

Paranormal Week: Shelley Munro

Reasons to Like Paranormal Romances

I’ve always enjoyed reading paranormal romance and read it before the genre became really popular. This love of the genre continued when I started writing. In fact my first sale was a paranormal romance called Aislyn.

While I was pondering a topic for this blog I thought of lots of different topics, but I kept coming back to the same thing–my love of the genre. So I decided to do a list of the things I like about reading and writing paranormal romances.

1.? The alpha heroes. In most cases the heroes are strong alpha males who love their women and try to keep them safe to the best of their abilities.

2. The heroines are also strong. They’re strong enough to keep their alpha males in line and make them work for love and loyalty.

3. There’s a real variety of settings. The stories can be set in a large city or a small country town, under the sea or in the underworld to name a few.

4. Authors are very clever in their use of old myths and legends, giving them interesting twists and making them into fresh new stories.

5. The stories can be lighthearted and humorous or dark and gritty. There’s something for all my moods.

6. The world building is amazing.

7. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the type of paranormal creatures: vampires, werewolves, feline shifters, witches, fairies, dragons, demons? And the list goes on!

8. There are lots of series. I really enjoy catching up with characters I’ve read about in previous books.

9. Urban fantasy is a related genre with the stories often told in first person. These are some of my favorites.

10. Writing paranormal stories is exciting and interesting – the only limit is my imagination.

11. I get to research lots of fun stuff.

12. When I say I’m away with the fairies, it’s a reasonable excuse!

Why do you enjoy paranormal romances?

Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a geriatric dog. Her next release is CATNAP, a feline shapeshifter book featuring tigers. CatNap is due out on 2 September from Ellora’s Cave. You can visit Shelley at www.shelleymunro.com
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Paranormal Week: Anne Kane

Werewolves

I’ve always loved wolves. I grew up in Northern Ontario and on a cold winter night, the sound of the wolves howling carried across vast distances. There was a den in the forest beyond our house, and every year there would be new pups. If we were lucky, we could spy on them from a hill overlooking it, with binoculars. Although we knew they were there, we rarely saw them except at a distance. You learned to identify them by the way they moved. It’s hard to describe but a wolf does not run the same as a dog does. Their gait is different. They hold their heads different. And they are generally heading away from you. Wolves are very intelligent creatures, and they seem to know that people are trouble.

As a child I devoured Call of the Wild and all of Jack London’s books. I even attempted to write a book about a wolf when I was about twelve. That was my first taste of rejection. How I wish now, that I had kept that letter!

And where am I going with this, you wonder? Why, to my adult fascination with werewolves. Common sense tells me that no matter how much I love listening to the eerie howling of the wolves, or watching one loping away over the crisp crust of the new fallen snow, I am not and never will be a wolf. I’m stuck in this human body and will never know the exhilaration of stretching my legs in pursuit of dinner, half a dozen of my pack-mates running at my side.

And so, my imagination takes over. Somehow, I picture those wolves of my childhood crossed with mouthwatering Alpha males and my heart races. I read all the were-wolf sagas I can find, and I follow a number of authors in that genre. And yet, I’ve hesitated to write a werewolf story of my own, until now. So many authors have done it, and done it so well that frankly, I was intimidated. It was easier to come up with my very own bunch of shifters, such as the Imperial Were-Panthers, than to try to compete.

This summer, I finally decided I needed to try it. Or maybe I’m just feeling masochistic. Hard to tell, sometimes. LOL.

My werewolf story is part of the Sex and chocolate series at Changeling Press. It will be out on September 11th and I’d like all of you to run over there and buy it the minute it hits the virtual shelf. (hey, you can’t fault a girl for trying!)

So, a sneak peak at my very first werewolf saga:

Series: Sex and Chocolate

Title: Seducing Destiny

ISBN (13): 978-1-60521-253-1

Genres:? Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Themes: Werewolves

Release Date:? September 11, 2009

Author: Anne Kane

http://www.AnneKane.com

http://www.AnneKane.wordpress.com

http://twitter.com/annekane

Publisher Changeling Press – Erotic Fiction

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Jack, the alpha of the North Rockies pack, knows Destiny needs some time to come to grips with her werewolf heritage before he springs the whole mated for life thing on her.

Destiny has no intention of buying into the whole pack mentality, howl at the full moon thing. Sure, she practically drools at the sight of red meat, but that’s no reason to give up her comfortable life. Besides, she already has a boyfriend, a slick up-and-coming lawyer.

But when a band of rogue werewolves move into the area, Jack can’t afford to have his attention divided. He needs to convince Destiny that she belongs both in his pack and in his bed so he can concentrate on the new threat.

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?Destiny stared in dismay at the box in the middle of her kitchen table. Her stomach lurched, a ball of anxiety settling in the very middle of it. Small by most standards, gold gilt covered the entire box, giving it an exotic look. An artfully tied crimson bow surrounded by curls of white lace sat cheerfully atop it, adding to the air of decadent luxury.

She knew who’d put it there, and she knew why. Jack. The Alpha of the Northern Rockies werewolf pack. The man who made her knees feel weak whenever she glimpsed him walking down the main street, or lounging at a local coffee shop. The man who’d make it plain that he intended to be her mate.

The absolute last man on the face of the planet that she intended to get serious about.

She had a boyfriend, one carefully picked with the future in mind. A trial attorney she’d met when she attended a convention in Calgary, Quentin Karnes had everything she wanted in a mate. On the fast track to a partnership in his prestigious law firm, he was cultured, rich, and moved in the highest social circles. Their children would grow up attending private schools, vacationing at the most prestigious resorts, dressing in the latest fashions. They’d want for nothing.

She’d worked hard to carve out a niche for herself in Riverton. Her accounting office catered to farmers and small businessmen, and she’d slowly managed to gain a reputation of being the person you wanted on your side when the government called to audit your tax returns.

She steeled herself and reached for the box. It wasn’t much bigger than a deck of cards, and she held it in her hand, somehow hoping that wishing would make it go away. When she’d moved here two years ago, she’d made it clear to Jack and every other member of the pack that she didn’t intend to join their little social group. She preferred to run alone. She hadn’t grown up in a pack, and if she could, she’d ignore her inner wolf entirely. So what if the sight of a full moon awakened an overpowering urge for a steak with the blood oozing out the sides? A girl needed to curb her baser instincts and make plans for the future.

No point in putting this off. Her sensitive nose could smell Jack all over the damn thing. She caught the trailing lace between a thumb and forefinger and gently undid the bow, dropping the cheerful piece of ribbon on the table. Taking a deep breath, she plucked the lid off.

Her breath caught in her throat. An exquisitely detailed chocolate wolf nestled in a cushion of crushed white velvet. Every detail from the tip of its muzzle to the dominant curve of its tail was perfect. Jack had reproduced himself exactly. She knew if she turned the little wolf over, she’d find a jagged scar running along its left flank.

?I suppose I could always bite your head off.? Destiny felt a wry smile tug the sides of her mouth. Although she didn’t like the idea, being the Alpha meant Jack had complete authority over all the werewolves in the Northern Rockies. Even those that didn’t want to accept him. The fact he’d chosen not to force her to take him for her mate didn’t mean he’d agreed to let her leave the pack. He’d said he’d give her some time to settle in. She’d hoped he’d forgotten about her and settled down with some other female. One who liked her inner beast.

She sighed and looked at the dark chocolate confection. The full moon was less than a week away. She’d been ignoring her darker side for a long time now, and she knew she wouldn’t be able to avoid going into heat this month. What were the chances Jack’s timing was coincidental?

She jumped, startled by the sound of a loud knock on her front door. Quentin must have gotten out of court early. She hadn’t expected him to show up for at least another four hours. She quickly put the lid back on the box. Sweeping the ribbon up off the table, she stuffed the box and ribbon into a drawer and slammed it shut.

?Come on in, the door’s open.? She hoped Quentin couldn’t hear the guilt in her voice. Not that she had anything to feel guilty about. Damn Jack and his fancy little chocolate creatures! She smoothed her hands down her skirt and tried to look calm.

?I know, I was just being polite.? Jack strode into the room, a crooked smile on his rugged face. ?You’re not usually this happy to see me.?

Destiny’s heart did a little flip-flop. Taller than her five-foot eleven, Jack’s dark hair was tied at the nape of his neck with a strip of leather, and his sapphire blue eyes sparkled with mischief. Thickly roped muscles stretched the tight shirt and rippled with every step he took. He looked every bit as yummy as the chocolate creations he sold in his trendy boutique.

?I thought you were my boyfriend.? She looked pointedly behind him as if she expected Quentin to materialize any second. ?I’m expecting him to drop in after court today.?

Jack ignored her reference to Quentin and gave her a toothy grin. ?I intend to be a lot more than a friend, and it’s been a long time since anyone referred to me as a boy.? He advanced, his eyes sparkling. ?Glad to hear you finally think of me that way, though, because unless my nose is deceiving me, you’re going to be begging for my attention shortly.?

Destiny felt a surge of color flood her cheeks and she turned away so he couldn’t see her face. It mortified her to know he could smell her eagerness. ?You wish.? Now that was lame!

He took her by the shoulders and turned her around to face him, his touch surprisingly gentle for such a large man. ?No, I know. The full moon is on Saturday. You haven’t slept with that wimpy boyfriend of yours, and you’re not going to if you want him to live to see Monday. A human male can’t begin to satisfy your needs. I wouldn’t have to lift a paw; you’d tear him apart yourself. Your frustration level is about to escalate to hellish proportions.? A devilishly wicked smile curved the corner of his mouth. ?Fortunately, I can help you deal with that.?

Paranormal Week: Chris Marie Green

Since the fifth book in my Vampire Babylon series, THE PATH OF RAZORS, was just released, Selena invited me to talk about it, and, as always, I welcome the opportunity!? ; )

I?ve always had some major interest in vampires, mysteries, London, and fairy tales, so I suppose it makes sense that the second trilogy in my Vampire Babylon series focuses on all four elements.? Some of you know that I even took a trip overseas to explore London so I could block out certain scenes and derive some inspiration from the foggy night streets and numerous haunted spots around the city.? Needless to say, my vampire hunters?and the new vampire Underground that the team needed to track and destroy?thrived in this new location.? It?s a long way from the Hollywood setting of the first three books in the series, but the monsters below the ground in Jolly Ol? are just as dangerous?if not more so!

When I first decided to write this urban fantasy series, I was inspired by that ?ghost story? we?ve all heard about the phantom boy who lurks in the background of one scene in THREE MEN AND A BABY.? (Go to the Snopes site to see the details?.)? It turns out that this particular ghost sighting was nothing more than a movie-board cutout, and there was no tragic boy who?d died on the movie set.? But then I started to wonder? What if that boy had been real?and what if he?d actually been a vampire?? I?d also wanted to write about a kick-ass vamp hunting woman, and Dawn Madison was born from that.? Her team, which is composed of a ?little person? psychic named Kiko, a mad-scientist type named Breisi, and a group of dead, spirit ex-hunters called Friends, came next, as well as the boss of them all??The Voice.?? I wanted to make him mysterious, sexy, and dark?he was basically what Charlie of ?Charlie?s Angels? would?ve been like had he also been the Phantom of the Opera with a different past, LOL.? I set the team to solving this ?THREE MEN AND A BABY?-esque mystery while the reader also got to see the inner workings of the vampire community that was causing all the trouble.

That was the initial trilogy: NIGHT RISING, MIDNIGHT REIGN, and BREAK OF DAWN.

At the end of book three, the main character and mythology arcs had been completed, so it was time for the team to hunt down a new Underground?and they found it in London.? In the opening book of the London Trilogy, A DROP OF RED, Book Four, Dawn and the team came upon the trail of a community that uses teen girls as their soldiers?and we all know that you do not mess with teen girls?especially if they?re vamps.? For this trilogy arc, I wanted to tie fairy tale elements to the female psyche, so there?s a big Red Riding Hood/Wicked Queen component.? That was fun, because, to me, old fairy tales?not the Disney versions?are truly scary; the dark woods aren?t necessarily made up of looming trees in a forest.? The woods are inside of us, and Dawn Madison finds that hunting is taking her farther and farther into an abyss in her soul.? The titles of the trilogy mark her journey: A DROP OF RED, THE PATH OF RAZORS (as opposed to the paths that Red Riding Hood had to chose from?the path of needles or the path of pins), and DEEP IN THE WOODS.

Lest you think that these books are all just ideas and no action, I can tell you that there?re plenty of plot twists, detective stuff, fights, and dangerous romantic elements, too!? The ?bad? vampires are mean and the ?good? vampires are as conflicted as all get-out.? I hope that there are even creepy, rather eerie moments for you to enjoy, as well, just like an old Hammer movies that I happen to love.? : )

I?m going to give away a signed copy of A DROP OF RED, Vampire Babylon, Book 4, to someone who leaves a comment, so talk away!? And thank you for having me here.? <G>

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Paranormal Week: Shayla Black

Intro

Hi Shayla! Thank you so much for stopping by and blogging today. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and where readers can find out more about you and your work?

Thanks for having me! Here’s my official bio:

Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the national bestselling author of 25+ sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her ?free? time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance of 2007.

A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.

Readers can find out more about me and my work at www.ShaylaBlack.com or www.DoomsdayBrethren.com.

Q& A

    Please tell us about the Doomsday Brethren series.
    In today’s world of technology, science and logic, few people realize that magic lives and breathes-and walks on two legs-among mortals. Or that magickind possesses a weapon that can hurt, heal, comfort, destroy, grant fantasies, bring peace. Or, in the hands of someone terrible and strong enough to call forth its power, the weapon can bring about doomsday.
    Created during the days of the Round Table, it resurfaces in modern-day London and is sought by a wizard of evil brilliance with one goal: dominion over human and magical worlds alike. Only a band of wizards, enemies who must learn to become friends and accept love, can save the world from destruction.
    What was your inspiration?
    No one thing inspired me to write this series. I’d had bits and pieces of this idea floating in my head for about 12 years. I didn’t know how it fit together or what to do with it. I knew it was bigger than me at that moment, so I tucked it away. In 2007, I read it off again–and suddenly, it was all there in my head. Overall, I’d say I was influenced by a lot of things, from music to movies to my grandmother telling me that she’d love to see me write a book a magic.
    If you were casting actors to play the Brethren in a movie who would you pick?
    Tough question. I’m not really visual that way. Marrok would be Gerard Butler, I think. Ice has a Vin Diesel sort of vibe, but with green eyes. More than that?I don’t know. I have pictures in my head, but they don’t necessarily look like anyone I’m familiar with.
    If you had to put together a playlist to the series what songs/music would be on the list?
    TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS, the first in the series, I wrote largely to Celtic/New Age music. Marrok being fifteen hundred years old influenced my musical choices. SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW and POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT were both written to music I grabbed onto from the now-cancelled ?Moonlight? TV show, like ?Look After You? by The Fray, ?Drowning? by The Stereophonics, ?All Over You? by the Spill Canvass, ?Together? by The Kin, ?Love Remains The Same? by Gavin Rossdale, ?Your Guardian Angel? by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, plus some other faves like ?Bring Me To Life? by Evanescence and ?Broken? by Amy Lee and Seether. I’m not visual, but you can tell by this list probably that I’m very auditory.
    Random question time: Aliens have landed and given you a suit that grants wishes. Would you use it? And if so what would you wish for?
    Besides world peace and happiness for all? I might wish for everything fabulous for my friends and family, calorie-free chocolate and no writer’s block ever again. I’m sure there are other things, but those are off the top of my head.

Thank you so much for blogging with us. Please include any excerpts and buy links for your books. You can include as many as you like. J

    The Doomsday Brethren series includes:
    TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS (Book 1) – August 26, 2008
    ?Fated? (FREE e-novella ) – August 15, 2009
    SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW (Book 2) -? September 29, 2009
    POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT (Book 3) – October 27, 2009
    Excerpt coming soon!

Contest info:

I’m delighted to give away:

    An Shayla Black/SJ Day tote bag
    An autographed copy of TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS

For more goodies, I’m currently running a contest at my site to win:

    An Shayla Black/SJ Day tote bag
    An autographed copy of TEMPT ME WITH DARKNESS
    An ARC (advance reading copy) of SEDUCE ME IN SHADOW
    A 3-chapter sneak peek of POSSESS ME AT MIDNIGHT
    5 other random titles

Click here for details!

Thanks very much for having me here today!

Paranormal Week: Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

PARANORMAL FOREPLAY

Hi everyone – I’m Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, and I’d love to chat with you tonight? about “paranormal foreplay” in the books we love. I’d be really interested to hear your take on these questions, as I confess my own thoughts on the matter.

Paranormal:

What’s so freaking cool about it?

What is it about a paranormal story that turns you on, as a reader?

As an author who writes vampire and werewolf tales for Kensington, Dorchester, and Silhouette Nocturne,? I have my own ideas, of course. And the first one revolves around? the phrase “Forbidden fruit.” The “guys” we, as um… good girls… aren’t supposed to give the time of day to, yet curl up with at night with when the lights are low and we have time to indulge in our bookish fantasies. You know what I mean. These guys are leading the best-seller lists all over the place.

The second word is “Foreplay.”

And not necessarily the meaning of the word that initially comes to your mind. There’s much more than sex that happens when a vampire seduces a woman, which would be foreplay in its sexual connotations. But what else is there that turns us on?

Most of those “guys” of whatever species you prefer, are of the tall,? dark, and dangerous persuasion. So what makes one character standout over others? Why do some? males make us pant? Usually, in my humble opinion, it comes back to that same word. “foreplay.” Which to me means the way a vampire seduces. The process of a good alpha Were seduction. Dangerous, sure, but oh-so-sensual. So sexy. so very special. For me, foreplay means the sighting, the chase, the intimate and immediate knowledge that this other being is the one. And then how the seducer goes about getting the other being to understand this.

Have to mention here that —- It isn’t in my writing vocabulary to present weak females in my books. Nor overwhelmingly dark males. Most of my characters have real day jobs that I present in as normal a world as our own (vampires excluded). As in “they’re here, but most of us don’t know it yet.” This provides, for me, a more believable unbelievable story. ha. I can be there. I can both dig and comprehend this.

You won’t find one brainless female in my stuff. Without exception, my heroines are intelligent, feisty young women able to mutter a good comeback to their dark and dangerous counterparts. Some of them are the Others, themselves. But no matter how strong, feisty, or intelligent the characters are, there is an immediate internal sex-o-meter that connects my couples. And this is brought about, created, and enhanced? by foreplay ? which for me is so much more that going to bed. It’s the breaking down of rules of attraction,? and the sheer intelligence behind all those? blue, green, brown or black eyes that allows for a sexy, sensual, physical and intellectual meeting of a male and a female… that enables each to understand and push the others’ buttons quite nicely.

I write both dark and light paranormals.
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My latest release was “Barbie and the Beast” from Dorchester, a book that was an American Title top finalist. Bet you just know that was a light, frivolous book, eh?

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My current contract is with Nocturne for a five book series, completed now – in both Nocturne Bites (ebook novellas, January and February 09) and full books in a series titled “Wolf Moons” that will be out in print in January, February, and March of 2010, back to back. Darker stuff with plenty of danger. But the intent on my part, whether writing light or dark, is always the same. And it’s that word used above. Shall we all shout it? “FOREPLAY”.

For a paranormal story to really grip me, and suck me in (!) I, as a reader and writer,? need to be seduced.

So —— what about you?

Though I am teaching classes today I my day gig, I’m coming back here to chat in between, and I’ll be here tonight. Love to hear what you have to say.

xo

Linda

http://www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com/
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