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Tag Archives: Paranormal Romance

Awakening the Fire.

Ally Shields, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch Book One).
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romantic Paranormal
Buy links: Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/Nr8jko
Amazon (UK):
http://amzn.to/Rt0zkb
Barnes and Nobel: http://bit.ly/RPrJ45
All Romance Ebooks: http://bit.ly/U25Q0G
Publisher: Etopia Press
Cover artist: Annie Melton
Length: 83,000 words, 245 pages (approx.)
Heat rating: Sexual tension, PG-13, M/F
Tagline:
While fire witch cop Ari Calin races to stop the violence triggered
by an exotic drug, a werewolf pack is intent on starting a supernatural war.
Blurb:
Ari Calin has sworn to keep the peace in the Olde Town
district of Riverdale, and most of the time the Otherworlders cooperate. The vampires,
werewolves and other magical creatures go about their own business, living side
by side with humans, until the foreign werewolves arrive and an virtual reality
drug hits the streets. When violence erupts, Ari needs more than her witch fire,
weapons and potions to stop the madness.
Teaming with a human police lieutenant and a way-too-sexy vampire
singer, Ari hunts for the enemy—from the vampire strip clubs to the caverns under
the city. Every step draws Ari and her companions deeper into an old feud and closer
to the brink of a supernatural war.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Arianna Calin, 23, is
a fire witch and a cop for the Magic Council, the ruling authority for Otherworlders.
Andreas De Luca is a
vampire who sings in a vampire supper club—and so much more. Andreas was born in
1786 but he was 29 when he became a vampire and will look 29 and yummy forever.
Lt. Ryan Foster, 34,
is Ari’s partner among the human cops. They work joint cases for the Magic Council
and the Riverdale Police Department.

Interview

What is the most important
thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I network. When I began writing full time four years ago, my
friends and family didn’t understand why I was doing this. I felt rather lost until
I discovered other writers. Now I network for support and promotion, knowing there
are many out there sharing the same triumphs and frustrations.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
Almost everything. Seriously! I’ve always been curious and enjoy
seeing and experiencing new things, from climbing the pyramids to horseback-riding
through the Arizona
desert. I suppose that’s why writing, reading and traveling top my list of things
I love to do. It’s a way to experience many new worlds. But sometimes it’s the little
things that really catch you off guard. The butterfly in the garden, a particularly
good wine, a sailboat on the lake at sunset.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Get serious about your writing much earlier in life. I wrote
my first book when I was nine—all about a palomino horse. Imagine how many books
I could have written if life hadn’t distracted me along the way! It takes time to
learn the craft. Write, rewrite, and then do it all over again.
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
OMG, yes, but they don’t know it! Mannerisms mostly, and sometimes
parts of funny conversations. I try to disguise them so they won’t guess. :) But
I even use people on the street. No one is safe.
What are some jobs you’ve
done before (or while) you were a writer?
I began full-time employment as an English teacher, then a practicing
lawyer and finally a Juvenile Court Officer. The most fascinating years were spent
as a member of C.A.T.T, the Child Abuse Trauma Team that investigated severe child
abuse cases.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I can’t read urban fantasy while I’m working on a new book, so
I usually turn to mysteries like those of J.D. Robb, thrillers like Vince Flynn,
or a light romance. If I need cheering up, I re-read Georgette Heyer to laugh at
her witty dialogue.
In between manuscripts, I catch up with new paranormal releases
from Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, and anyone else that catches
my eye. I tend to like vampires!
Imagine you get to go
on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts
as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will
you go?
My laptop, so I could write and check-in by email and Twitter.
My kindle for obvious reasons. Lightweight clothing and my camera. I would return
to Egypt for the fourth time,
do the Nile trip again and see Luxor and Karnak. I love that place!
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Thanksgiving. Everyone comes home for Thanksgiving just to enjoy
the good food and conversation. No pre-holiday shopping, fighting through the malls,
wrapping packages, or holiday programs to detract from family time. And I rather
like the pumpkin pie, too.
Which statement is more like you:
“I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed.”
“I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because
I do things as fast as possible.”
I’m definitely the ten day tour, and I’ve been on several! If
something needs to be done, I want it done now. I’ll stay up all night to finish.
And I have no patience whatsoever with delayed gratification. Now, now, now. As
soon as this task is done, I can move on to the next challenge, the next fascinating
riddle to solve.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms.
I’m always ready for chocolate!
When I’m alone, I read or play tug-a-war with my miniature
pinscher, Ranger
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I have an earring collection
in the hundreds!
If I had a halo it would be tarnished.
:-D
If I could be an astronaut, I’d go to the moon or mars.
I can never watch a movie where the hero or heroine dies,
because I cry too much. It’s embarrassing!

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Shifting Hearts.

 

Dominique Eastwick welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us
about Shifting Hearts: Wiccan Haus.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tagline: Sometimes it takes losing everything to find the one
thing you need.
Blurb:
The last of his kind… Rekkus is the last of the great Black
Tiger weres and he is happy to stay that way. Working as security for the Wiccan
Haus, a magical spa for inner healing, he has enough danger – and women – to keep
him busy. Unfortunately, the Fates are not content with him being comfortable.
Alone and discouraged… Dana has walked away from all she has
known, her fiancé, family, apartment, and job. Now, having a ticket to the Wiccan
Haus may be the only way she can move on. But what she finds isn’t what she expects,
nor is it what she thought she was looking for.
Meet the unusual residents of the Wiccan Haus. The staff can
get a little hairy and not all of the guests eat what’s served in the dining hall.
But the proprietors always do what they can to make the resort into a place of healing
and peace, using all of their years of practice. At the Haus, where humans and Paras
reside side-by-side, everyone in need of the Rowan siblings’ services are welcome.
Welcome to the Wiccan Haus.
Buy links:

Interview with Rekkus (from Shifting Hearts)

Thank you for coming to
chat with us today. Why do you think Dominique Eastwick choose you to represent
her?
I didn’t really have a choice as she is one of the high members
of the Syndicate which rules the Para’s.
Paras?
Yea Paranormals, witches, weres, vamps, fae, non humans.
And one group rules them
all?
That’s what they think.
Tell us a little about
yourself?
I am head of Security for the Wiccan Haus, as well as the protector
of the Rowan Family.
And?
And what?
Could you tell us what
the Wiccan Haus is?
Didn’t you do your research before coming to interview me? No?
Fine–the Wiccan Haus is a resort and spa for the emotional and physical healing
of those in need. We are located off the coast of Maine. Contact Myron if you want more information
or research it yourself at http://thewiccanhaus.blogspot.com/
. Is that enough information for you?
I suppose it will have
to do. Where do you live?
At the Wiccan Haus. Is this really necessary I have work to do.
Your accent isn’t American
and certainly isn’t from Maine.
Where are you from originally?
You really mean to go through with this interview don’t you?
Fine, I am from Wales.
But it’s been a very long time since I lived there.
What do you wish people
would know about you?
I wish people didn’t know about me at all.
Okay then, what music
do you listen too?
I like Jazz and traditional Irish folk music.
Will we be seeing more
of you or are you stepping out of the lime light?
I can only hope to step out of the lime light but I don’t see
that happening. I do seem to show up in every book in one form or another.
Where have we seen you
before?
If you had seen me before you would not be here now.
What is your perfect evening?
Any evening I spend with Dana. ALONE. Without drama.
Is there anything you
wish Dominique Eastwick had kept her mouth shut about?
Are you kidding me? First Hell Yes. Second I’m not a fool to
bad mouth Dominique or any member of the Syndicate now am I?
Do you feel you were portrayed
fairly?
Yes actually I was. I am exactly like that. I am surprise you
didn’t get the hint not to come chat with me.
Tell us about Dana what
drew you to her? (interviewers note, he genuinely softened at this point in the
interview)
Fate would be the simple answer, that she is my soul mate just
as simple. But it’s her fragility that made me love her.
What’s your favorite sports
team?
Manchester
United. Don’t tell anyone I sneak to the computer in the office and check on the
scores.
What’s you biggest turn
ons?
Dana, in any state of dress or undress.
What are your biggest
turn offs?
Weak Para’s and Trixie’s deep
breathing class.
What’s your favorite ice
cream flavor, chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
I do like a bowl of cream every now and then. I would have to
go with strawberry; Sage makes some killer strawberry ice cream on the Island.
What is your biggest fear?
Having anything happen to the Rowan siblings or Dana. They are
my family and I protect them with my life. Now if it’s all the same to you I have
work to do. Next time interview Cyrus and Sarka I am sure they would LOVE to chat
with you.
(Interviewer’s side note
having approached both Cyrus and Sarka it’s this Interviewers opinion that unless
one wants to take their life into their own hands it would be well advised to stay
away from those two siblings.)
To learn more about the Wiccan Haus come visit us here http://thewiccanhaus.blogspot.com/
Sharon Kleve, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about your book, Klutzy Love.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Buy links:
Publisher: Books To Go Now
Cover artist: Books To Go Now
Length: 100 pages
Heat rating: Low simmer
Tagline: Clothes are Flying and People are Dying
Blurb:
Corny is a hot chick with a great
job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had
an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but
her boss is dead.
Steve Spears is a seasoned
narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After
finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he
doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!
Corny misses Steve, but she’s
getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of
the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food,
and alcohol.
Steve’s big gun and cop’s
intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room.
He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers
crossed behind her back.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Corny Myers, 29, Pet Detective
Steve Spears, 30, Narcotics cop

Interview

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does
it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Klutzy Love, book three of The
Corny Myers Series is a paranormal romance. Klutzy Love goes back to the beginning
when Corny and Steve first meet. All three books have strong humor elements, lot’s
of interaction with animals and a sexy cop.
How do you come up with ideas?
Every Saturday and Sunday morning
my husband and I take a long walk and talk about the crazy things Corny should do
with her sidekicks (animals). He’s says he’s not a romantic guy but he comes up
with creative ideas that I would’ve never thought of. The other walkers must think
we’re crazy.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
I joined Romance Writers of America
and the local chapter, Peninsula Romance Writers of America. I go every month to
our meetings and seminars. I volunteer as the chapter Treasurer. I went to the Emerald
City Writers conference last year and met the most incredible women and a few men.
I guess my answer is I spend time with other authors and keep educating myself.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
It makes me extremely happy…I
crack myself up.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Besides writing; my husband, my
cat, and cooking. Most recently I befriended a neighbor’s male Mallard duck. We
have deep conversations and he agrees with everything I say. He nods his head up
and down and says, “Quuack, quuack” I love a man who thinks I’m right
all the time.
Would you consider self publishing?
Be Mine
Not right now. I feel a strong
loyalty to Jenni Conner at Books To Go Now. This is a tough industry to be in. Every
review is very personal and you can get crushed pretty easy. She’s always there
to listen and put a positive spin on things. If it wasn’t for Jenni, I wouldn’t
be where I am today.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
I have a day job, but I’m able
to squeeze in at least two-four hours daily and I write four to five hours on Saturday.
Writing fulfills me like nothing else ever has.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your
work?
A big laugh, a big smile and a
better appreciation for animals… ha ah!
List two authors we would find you reading when taking
a break from your own writing.
Janet Evanovich & J.D. Robb.
In both series, the authors create wonderful and exciting relationships between
the heroine and the hero.
Why do you write?
Why do I write? Well, because the little voices in my head tell
me to—seriously, I’ve always talked to myself—now I put the voices on paper.
I was a late bloomer and didn’t start my love of reading until
I was in my twenties and then I couldn’t get enough of the wonderfully, smutty Harlequin
books.
I’ve worked in the government sector for fifteen years and always
dreamed of having a job that I could work from home. This crazy idea came to me
one night, after reading a particularly sizzling romance. Why not try my hand at
writing one? So, out of the blue I told my husband I was going to write a Harlequin
novel. He said, “Okay.”
I figured I’d read enough of them, I could write one—no problem.
Eight thousand words later; I realized it was harder than I thought. I also realized,
I wasn’t writing what I was most comfortable with—animals.
I put my Harlequin attempt on the back burner and started writing
“The Boss from Hell”. My boss, who I adored, had been fired and his replacement
was a living-terror. It was really easy to come up with material to write about
and of course I threw in a bunch of romance and of course animals. Ninety thousand
words later I was still optimistic that I could write for a living, but I’d need
a lot of support, my cat couldn’t give me. The support came in the form of Romance
Writers of America and all the people involved in the local chapter.
Several of the members of my local chapter read my book and made
numerous suggestions, one of them came from an independent publisher—Books to Go
Now. She told me to put the novel aside for now and try my hand at a short story.
That’s where I incorporated the paranormal aspect to my writing and it really clicked
for me.
I submitted ‘Flamingo Blues’, as a Christmas short story to Books
to Go Now and I was offered my first contract. ‘Be Mine’, a Valentine short story,
is book two of ‘The Corny Meyers Series’ and in addition to a contract, I won the
holiday contest too. Woo hoo! Klutzy Love is book three of ‘The Corny Myers Series’,
which came out in August 2012.
I’ve been a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none, my whole life.
I’ve worked in restaurants, weight loss centers, worked in a fish cannery and even
worked in a top salon in Seattle, but none of that was as satisfying as seeing my
own words in print.
That is why I write….
Flamingo Blues
If money were not an object, where would you most like
to live?
Italy. I would sit in a relaxing chair in my beautifully manicured
garden. Eat bruschetta made from my home grown tomatoes, basil, and olive oil, on
warm baguettes. Well, to be honest, I do that now, but Italy would be awesome.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
It would be an unusual book store,
only selling eBooks. You could bring in your Kindle or Nook, and sit in a comfy
chair and read through the latest eBook menu. You’d select your download and then
come to the counter and purchase a gourmet sandwich, salad, wine, or beer and then
enjoy your read.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Show and tell; I could always
find a bug or frog to bring in and talk about. My love of animals hasn’t diminished
over the years, only gotten stronger.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
“Warning: May be nuts.”

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with roasted garlic, andouille sausage, mushrooms, and black olives.
I’m always ready for a good steamy romance and a glass of chardonnay.
When I’m alone, I think about my husband and what I’m going to feed him for dinner.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m not a natural red head.
If I had a halo it would be
a pitch fork
.
If I could be an animal, I’d be a bald eagle and rule over all the other birds.
I can never bungee jump because I’m afraid of heights.

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For the Love of a God by Rosanna Leo.
Rosanna, welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it
cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My debut paranormal romance For the Love of a God is
launching April 23 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com, and I couldn’t be
happier! It is a true paranormal, with a hero who is dashing, intense and well,
supernatural. In this case, a Greek god.
In it, my heroine Maia Douglas is a scholarly museum statue
conservator, and somewhat of a museum geek. She has always been a little in love
with Greek mythology, specifically with Eryx, god of love. Her favorite
activity is to tend to the sensuous statue of him in her museum workplace.
She never dreams he could exist for real.
But one day, a new director comes to the museum and begins
to shake things up. A director who looks unnervingly like the image of the god
Eryx. Sparks
begin to fly between him and Maia. And before long, the mysterious man must
decide how much to reveal to her, and must face the fact that a vengeful
goddess is just as interested in Maia as he is.
What do you enjoy
most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most is falling in love with my
characters. It is so hard to “put them to bed” at the end of a book! An
author travels such an arduous, gut-wrenching journey with her characters. I
find myself wishing I could keep them with me for all time. However, it’s also
so exhilarating to set them loose upon the world, and hope they do well!
How many hours a day
to you spend writing?
Every day is a little different. I usually have a couple of
full days per week that I can devote to writing. Days when the interruptions
will be minimal. However, because I also work part-time and have a busy family,
other days are not necessarily good for writing. Even if I can’t spend a couple
of hours at my laptop, I will try to jot down notes that occur to me, or do
some quick revision. In this manner, I can stay in touch with my manuscript
much of the week.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t sweat it. I turned the big 4-0 not long ago, and the
most wonderful epiphany happened at that time. I realized everything is going
to be okay. The things that used to bother me didn’t anymore. The petty
conflicts and troubles sort of flew away. When you get to a certain age, and
have seen a few things, you realize it’s all going to turn out fine. Glass half
full has always been my mantra, but I really believe it now. Life is good!
What are some jobs
you’ve done that would end up in a book?
I currently work part-time in a library, and some of my
short story heroines are librarians or archivists. I just love that world. I
worked in a bakery as a teen, and some of that experience has ended up in my
latest WIP. I was also a classical singer, and another of my heroines has had a
very similar experience to mine.
What do you hope
readers take with them after reading your work?
A giggle and a sigh. I hope my love scenes make you melt,
but that I also make you laugh with the humor in my books. I try to inject a
sense of humor as much as I can. And let’s face it, sex and romance can be very
funny things…all those body parts and positions…hilarious! Not to mention the
nerves a H/H can feel upon meeting “The One.”
List two authors we
would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Maya Banks! I love the first generation of her Colter
brothers (from Colters’ Woman). Ethan,
Adam and Ryan Colter are the sexiest men ever invented…and a big part of me is
hoping they actually exist somewhere…and that I run into them! Another favorite
author is Syrie James. Specifically, her book Nocturne. It was so evocative and I fell in love with her vampire
Michael. These two books are my “go-to” books when I need a
pick-me-up!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
London, England. I am completely fascinated
in British history and culture and would love to semi-retire there one day with
my husband. I’d use London as a hub and travel
all the time, visiting places such as Bath, Edinburgh and York.
Plus…all the Cadbury’s chocolate I want!!
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
The boys!!! I was a very shy, but very boy-hungry, young
girl. When I was eight, I had a crush on a boy and was convinced we’d marry. That’s
how all my crushes were. Intense, fiery, and usually anti-climactic!
Tell us an
embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story
about a significant other will do. ^_^
I didn’t really have pets as a child, but for some reason, I
was always being chased by German Shepherds. It was terrifying! I’d go to the
park, a German Shepherd would chase me. I’d visit a friend, a German Shepherd
would chase me. I’d go to the corner store for a bag of chips, a German…you get
the idea. And the sad thing is, no one I knew owned a German Shepherd. I wonder
if that dog was my guardian angel. Either that, or I smelled like bacon.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Up in Flames
(coming soon)
“Beware Rosanna’s eyes.” When I narrow them at my
husband, he becomes very nervous.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a bag of salty chips.
When I’m alone, I write!
You’d never be able to tell, but there are a lot of
naughty thoughts going on in my head.
If I had a halo it would be on
crooked!.
If I could develop some will power I’d stop eating
chips.
I can never work in a bakery because I will
balloon from all the free treats.

Books Coming Soon

For the Love of a God – available April 23 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com
Up in Flames- available May 28 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com

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Kay Dee Royal takes over the blog today with an interview of her hero, Chance. Welcome, Kay Dee!

Hello Kayelle! Hi everyone, I’m so excited and honored to be hanging out at Romance Lives Forever. Thank you, Kayelle, for your invitation.

Before I get to the “Chance” part, let me introduce myself: I’m Kay Dee Royal, and I love to write paranormal and fantasy erotica romance, but I also enjoy penning contemporary erotica romance and plenty of shorties in those genre as well.

My muse enjoys being taken away by strong, intelligent, confident heroines and rescued by wild, rugged, beastly heroes, both of which harbor shadowy secrets of intrigue and fun. My muse lives for the escape (LOL), imagine that.

Okay ~ How about that “Chance”? Allow me to introduce this rugged, beastly story-hero of Staring Into the Eyes of Chance. He’s the Lycan Alpha of an awesome pack ~ all are operatives in the Lycan International Investigation Agency, also known as LIIA.

So, Chance Grayton, please tell us a little about “your” part in the story…

Geez, Kay Dee, Kayelle…I’m not a story hero, first off. Simply doing my job and in the midst of it, found someone…Olivia. I stopped looking for a mate centuries ago, much to my packs dismay. I found out they actually thought I swung to the male side of love, not that I mind it, but I’m driven by a female, Olivia. Yeah, it surprised me, too, as she’s human.

I’d love it if you all would read it for yourselves…I’m still figuring out my part in the grand scheme of things…with more to come…

Well, there you have it ~ a hero, who’s also humble *smile* Oh, Chance, just gotta love ya.

We’ll let everyone read a bit about your story in a couple minutes, how’s that, Chance?

Maybe have them check it out sooner…thanks for including me, Kay Dee, but I need to scoot. I just received some Intel and will have to run. Thank you everyone for popping in…not real sure why Kay Dee chose me for today…it should have been Olivia. She can make friends at the drop of a hat. *chuckles, waves, and dashes out*

Guess he was in a hurry (LOL)…so here’s a bit of Chance and Olivia’s story:

A LIIA (Lycan International Investigation Agency) Book (Series ~ Book One)

Genre:

Paranormal Romance Erotic ~ Must be 18 or older, Explicit Love Scenes Rated Sizzling Hot (f/m)

 

Olivia swears off men until she meets Chance, a Lycan alpha. He ignites an undeniable hunger they can only sate together.

Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.

Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.

A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.

Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?

Find out more about this book at Muse It Up Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/6rubdud

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007G4HDKS

Kay Dee’s Links:

http://www.kaydeeroyal.blogspot.com
http://ravencraftrealm.blogspot.com
http://twitter.com/KayDeeRoyal
http://www.facebook.com/Kaydee.royal

 

Kayelle, thank you for inviting me today, it has been fun. I know Chance is a busy guy, and I’m sure he’ll apologize to me later for cutting out so fast. He will want to know if you liked the excerpt of his story, though…I know he’ll ask. I’m in the process of finishing up the 2nd book in his story, Savage Smoke.

 

Paranormal Elements, A Subtle Shade of Supernatural
by Mary Wilson, publisher Pink Petal Books.
Paranormal Elements might not be an established sub-category of contemporary romance, but it has a long history under different names. When there’s the hint that something is watching in the darkness, though the revelation shows it to be nothing, or maybe a creature wild and untamed, yet completely, totally normal, that’s paranormal elements. When a house seems to take on a life of its own, yet nothing untoward happens, there you will find paranormal elements. In the gothic romances of yester-year and in the romantic suspense where things don’t seem to be quite what they really are, paranormal elements are at play.
As an editor and publisher, when I think of paranormal elements, there are always questions left unanswered. Was he a shifter, really, or is that just my overactive fantasy-reading imagination shining through? Could a ghost have inhabited the house, even though they saw nothing, or did the characters simply have an overactive mind? Paranormal elements make you think about a story, but in a gripping, page-turning, “I’m not too sure about this” sort of way.
The great thing about paranormal elements is that while we most commonly see them in contemporary books, such as our release this month, Wolf’s Storm by Vonna Harper, they can appear anywhere, even in science fiction or fantasy. A historical book, for example, where there might be a curse upon a mirror that’s a family legend, though the reader, and the characters aren’t quite sure the curse exists, would possibly contain paranormal elements. As long as the characters think something supernatural is happening, and it appears to be, it falls under this category.
As a reader, one of the best things I find about the hint of paranormal is that it keeps me guessing. I don’t know, and by the end of the book, I’ll spend time thinking about what might be happening, how or why. Since I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal books, these supernatural happenings make me feel right at home as a reader. The disbelief is already suspended, and I’m along for a good read.
When it comes to editing and publishing these books, they defy categorization. But, one of the best things about ebooks is that they don’t have to be placed on one shelf, as it were. They can be shelved anywhere they fit, which makes these books fun to explore and fun to find.
Though as paranormal romance readers, we are firmly steeped in the strong traditions of vampires, magic, werewolves, and fantasy creatures, I hope that those same readers will find the paranormal elements just as exciting and just as page-turning. Think of them as just another kind of spice. Sometimes you want just a dash of nutmeg, and sometimes you want just a hint of paranormal in your otherwise contemporary, though no less erotic, romance.

Forced together by a mountain snowstorm and their smashed cars, two loners realize they have no choice but to spend the night together. As soon as the cabin door closes behind them, need takes over. They must have sex, only sex, not a relationship. But the dark wolves watching outside have their own agenda.  
Jake and Sarah want one thing, a night of sex. The wolves surrounding the remote cabin have another agenda.
Genre(s) contemporary with paranormal elements
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