First I want to say congrats to Sandi again for making the Bestseller list at Desert Breeze with Winner Takes All! My copy has been staring at me to read it and can't wait to dive in. :-D
I've added to my ever growing TBR pile and as I was grabbing my latest stampede of books, I realized something...I'm hardcore, unabashedly, fanatically addicted to books. No, really. I collect books even if I'm not sure when I'm going to read them, or even IF I will be reading them soon. I keep so many stories, plots, characters and situations I need to dive into. My latest has me checking out some old Harlequins I have missed. I wasn't one of those girls who grew up reading their mother's or sister's Harlequins. My mother didn't even like HQNs and I had an older brother who loved sci-fi and fantasy (which I loved growing up). I didn't get into the romance genre until recently so I guess I'm doing a little catch up.
Coincidentally this is the same era that the paranormal genre is making a rise. I grew up loving Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and she was about the only person doing vampires at the moment. I read that an editor mentioned she couldn't give away a paranormal a few years ago and now they're still selling like hotcakes!
For a gal who loves her romance mixed in with some noir, hard boiled detective, action-adventure, futuristic and/or fantasy, I'm loving all the great new ideas coming out of this crop of authors. Whether e-published, small press or large press there's lots out there to grab.
As an author, it allows me the chance to combine the genres I love and to experiment with new ones. Often times the paranormal genre toes the line between certain labels. My latest release A Kiss of Ashen Twilight was labeled a fantasy romance although I like to think of it as an urban fantasy romance because of the whole series which deals with a growing relationship (although the first book has an HEA. Some new titles I added to my tbr list have been using this title as well and I have to say I'm pretty eager to check them out.
A lot of people think the paranormal romance (or supernatural romance genre as some call it) is something that is only a fad but I think the current staying power has proven that it's an evergreen. Even when the media stops asking about the allure of undead heroes and whereabouts the genre rose, us reader and fans will still be there. And us authors will still be writing for those readers of the genre. Just like the young crop of fans in the YA genre who were exposed to LJ Smith's Vampire Diaries when they were growing up, so will the young fans of today look forward to similar but more adult fare as they grow.
I'm currently contributing to an upcoming writing guide for new authors entitled, well, The Complete Guide to Writing Paranormal from Dragon Moon Press and I'm focusing world-building for new writers. As a reader I LOVE to lose myself in great world-building, especially in paranormal and urban fantasy works. Probably my throwback from reading all those fantasy and sci-fi books! The awesome thing is now a romance is featured in these paranormal genres.
I often wonder what kind of new stories will come as the genre bends, turns and folds with new ideas and authors. Sci-fi as a hard label within itself is somewhat dying but I wonder if the SF romance will give it a boost in the coming months. Publishing itself is changing in the way books are produced, sold and marketed and with the crop of new stories to tell, the possibilities are endless.
No matter how big that pile gets I'll always be on the lookout for more goodies to read...one title at a time. If anyone's at Goodreads, add me as a friend so we can trade titles. If I had a second internet home, that's probably where you'd find me!
Take care all!