This blog originally posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. My very first post for Paranormal Romantics at its inception.
Well, it’s Wednesday so that means I’m in charge today. I’m kinda loving the middle slot because sooner or later everyone has to pass through Wednesday to get to their destination. So you’ll just have to suffer through LOL Don’t worry, I’ll even make it fun for you later on with games and contests.
So, let’s talk romance in a paranormal world
To me, the point in picking up any book and reading it to the very last word is the lure of the happy ending. Now, obviously, some books don’t have that, especially if they will be drawn out over a series of books. I don’t mind a series, but at least each book in that series needs to have its own happily ever after. Romantic tension is one thing but drawing it out through several books isn’t for me. As a reader, I’ll become bored and my To-Be-Read pile contains enough books to substitute the frustrating book.
Be warned, right? LOL
Anyway, to me, the awesomeness that is writing within the paranormal world is the open scope for different facets of romance. I mean, come on, who among us doesn’t love an angst-filled, good looking, hard bodied vampire or demon now and then? Especially if their dark and dishy ways can be redeemed by the book’s end. Up the ante with a set of impossible circumstances or a race to prevent the total destruction of the world, and wham, you’ve got a great vessel to pour a romance in.
That’s not to say the heroine’s are without flaws. Insecurities, fears, concerns, bring me your baggage and I’ll write you in, have you undergo a transformation—internal or external—and sometimes both—but by the end, the journey is very much like a thousand miles.
The reader should be tired, happy, and hopeful at the end.
Because let’s face it: even though we live in a world where aliens and paranormals are oftentimes indiscernible to the naked (or unperceptive) eye, at the end of the day, we go home to our completely ordinary spouses who only grow horns during PMS or man-o-pause. LOL And we love them, but there’s always the urge to have our eyes dart to the shiny new book or e-reader device sitting on the table nearby.
We want to know, what would happen if…
I’m so glad I’m a writer because I can make up my own reality whenever I want to.
Addendum to this post circa modern day June 2, 2010--Over the past year, I've become way more internet and promotional saavy. When I signed on to blog with these ladies, I was bright eyed and bushy tailed and thought I'd never run out of stuff to talk about LOL Oh boy was I wrong! Some weeks are harder than others to come up with content and as a result, I've shared some very personal insights and issues.
Do I still believe in romance in a paranormal world or is it now a fact of the paranormal being in a romance-driven society? I think it's a bit of both.
Paranormal romance has seen huge swings and changes over the last year. Vamps have simmered and bowed to the conquest of werewolves, angels and demons have taken the world by storm, and all kinds of other varmits have captured our imaginations.
I've discovered truths about my paranormal writing over the past year. I know now that I adore blending the paranormal with the historical, I absolutely LOVE writing an anti-hero and I've stuck to my guns in what I believe is best for my writing.
Above all, I firmly believe I've had the most fun I could have and I hope I've entertained you, the reader, with quality pieces and original story lines and characters.
So raise your glass and here's to another successful year for all of us!
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ALSO, I have a brand new vampire/foodie book releasing on Friday, June 4th called ROCKET'S RED GLARE, available from Eirelander Publishing, Inc.. To those who have read my books before know that I'm fond of both vampires and food-related things! ;-) I hope you'll take time to stop by my website and my Believing is Seeing blog for contest information, buy information and giveways.