Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monster Love by Stephanie Julian

I love Halloween. The changing leaves, the cooler weather, jeans and sweaters. I love huddling in my office on a gray day to write with the cats snuggled in their chair.
I love that it's okay for kids to dress as demons and ghouls and carry bloody knives and get candy. Sure, I ooh and aah over a cute little fairy or adorable cowboy. But the kid dressed in black with his face made up like something out of Fangoria always gets two treats from me.
I was raised on a steady diet of Stephen King and horror movies. The first full-length film I remember seeing is “The Wolf Man” with Lon Chaney Jr. as the tragic Larry Talbot. Since then, I haven’t met a true monster I didn’t like. Dracula, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon… there are too many to name.

I cried when Larry Talbot was killed in "The Wolf Man.” He didn’t ask to be turned into a monster and I wanted him to get his happily-ever-after. But that was never going to happen. At least, not for Larry.
Most of the old monsters are looking for love. Dracula, the Mummy, Dr. Phibes—they just want to find that one woman to complete them. But that never happened.
Today, the monsters get to be the heroes in paranormal romance. They save the day and get the girl (or the guy) in the end. They may be hunted and feared by others but their differences, their gifts, have made them strong, powerful and capable of an understanding so-called normal people just don't have.
In “Kiss of Moonlight,” available now from Ellora’s Cave, the reader will meet the proud race of Etruscan werewolves, the lucani. They have a long history as warriors and a strong code of ethics and community. They’re not monsters. They’re not freaks. They’re strong, they’re magical and they live among us.




KISS OF MOONLIGHT:



http://www.jasminejade.com/ps-7748-50-kiss-of-moonlight.aspx


Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons or steaming hot sex. In fact, everything about him screams danger. But appearances can be deceiving. The tender possessiveness of his touch, the hunger in his eyes, the scorching sensuality of his kiss—all of it sears him into her soul and brands her as his for life.

But otherworldly forces are afoot and death hovers…

Etruscan werewolf Kyle is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate who could be placed in danger because of him. Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra, battered but not broken, stumbles into his world and tumbles into his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing—not kidnappers or visions of his possible death—will keep him from her.




STEPHANIE JULIAN is an erotic romance author with a dark side and a taste for the paranormal. She’s the author of the Lucani Lovers and the Magical Seduction series from Ellora’s Cave. Find out why Romantic Times magazine, Simply Romance Reviews, Night Owl Romance and Joyfully Reviewed have called my stories "fascinating," "fantastic," "intoxicating."

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27 comments:

Mindy said...

Hi and Happy Halloween Stephanie :)
LOVE the blurb for Kiss of Moonlight! The cover is GREAT :)

Mindy V-V
Birdsooong@aol.com

J.K. Coi said...

Happy Halloween! I too love the scariest costumes the best. When kiddo said he wanted to be Spiderman for Halloween, I asked why not a vampire or a ghoul--and he said "don't worry, I'll be the evil Spiderman.

Stephanie Julian said...

Thanks Mindy and Happy Halloween to you too.

Judi Fennell said...

Just watched Stephen King's bio. I love the story of how he sold Carrie; what I hadn't realized was that he got $200,000. In the early 70s!!! AND THEN he got $250,000 for Salem's Lot. In the early 70s!!! That'd be, what, a gazillion dollars nowadays???

ah, to dream!

But you're on your way - the lucani lovers are going to do GREAT!

Stephanie Julian said...

JK, your son is a kid after my own heart. Thanks for stopping by.

Stephanie Julian said...

Ah, to be Stephen King, without getting hit by the van. Thanks Judi.

Cathy M said...

My boy's always loved the scarier costumes the best.

I can't pass up a new shifter story and loved the excerpt for this one, Stephanie.


caity_mack(at)yahoo(dot)com

s7anna said...

Oooh...I love werewolf stories! This one sounds really really good!!!

Happy Halloween!!!
Anna Shah Hoque
s7anna@yahoo.ca

April Ash said...

Fascinating blurb and shifter Kyle sounds YUMMY! Good luck with sales!
Happy Halloween!
April
april@aprilash.net

Stephanie Julian said...

Shifters are my favorites, too Caity. Thanks for stopping by.

Stephanie Julian said...

s7anna, thanks so much and thanks for stopping by tonight.

Stephanie Julian said...

Thanks April. Kyle is one of my favorites.

Judy said...

I also love Halloween!! My grandchildren just left to go trick and treating.One was a ghoul and the little one was Scooby Doo!
Your book Kiss of Moonlight looks like a great read. I am a werewolf lover also. I also love the cover. It has some great colors and I love the wolf face, very wicked looking!!!!

magnolias_1@msn.com

Debby said...

Happy HAlloween and enjoy the vening!
debby236 at att. net

Stephanie Julian said...

Judy, thanks for the kind words about the cover. Les Byerly is an amazing cover artist. Thanks for stopping by.

Stephanie Julian said...
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Stephanie Julian said...

Debby, Happy Halloween to you too. I'm having a great time giving away candy even if it is kind of raining.

Virginia C said...
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Virginia C said...

I always root for the "under-monster", especially when they are sexy!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Jaxxy said...

Ooh, I love me some good visions of death *thinks back to Kiss of Crimson* Yum...

ArcadiaWearsPrada@Twilighters.org

Stephanie Julian said...

Me too Virginia. Sometimes they're more human than the humans.

Stephanie Julian said...

those visions always make things more interesting Jaxxy. Thanks for stopping.

Mitz said...

Hi Stephenie,
Thanks for the great post, enjoyed it took me back. I love them old movies. I watched them all when I was young with my grandfather, so I guess you might say my grandfather got me into the paranormal genre.

The Lucani's sound very interesting, I'm going to have to have to get the first book so I can check them out somemore. They sound like my kinda reads.

Thanks Again for being here...

misty_labean@yahoo.com

Stephanie Julian said...

Thanks Mitz, I hope you enjoy the stories. And thanks for stopping by.

Mitz said...

From the sounds of them I'm sure I will. Thanks for being here today or I would not have known about them.

melanie said...

I love scarey stories LOL
arafel1962@yahoo.com

Annie Nicholas said...

Got to love those EC covers. Hot hot hot!