Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I went back and forth

I went back and forth about what I wanted to write about on here. I very rarely put truly personal things on the Paranormal Romantics blog. If I want to open up about life, I tend to do it on my own personal blog or on Twitter or Facebook. Paranormal Romantics has been, for me, a place to talk about what the blog title suggests: the Paranormal or Romance or writing in general.

I'm not a very good blogger. I tend to think in spurts and stops when I'm not writing fiction and I can have a hard time forming a coherent thought that starts and ends the blogs I write. Oh well. I hope I haven't been too terrible! :>

So, before I tell you about the sheer joy I have reading books in the series I'm addicted to, I want to take a moment and tell you all about my amazing sister-in-law who doesn't have my issues starting and stopping a blog. Just recently, she's opened up her life to the public and began blogging about what it is to be a mother of an autistic child. You can find her blog here: Its called Life on the Fringe. Jennifer is an amazing mother and I give her a ton of credit for doing this to help others. I love my nephew very deeply!

Okay, so to get back to the Paranormal, I just wanted to tell everyone that I jumped around like a child recently when I got to read the new Sherrilyn Kenyon novel "No Mercy." I am addicted to her world and I still get as excited to read those books as I did in the beginning.

What was the book that hooked you on the Paranormal?



D L Jackson said...

To be honest, an author hooked me, not one particular book as I read several at once. I love Karen Marie Moning's Highlander books and Fever series. I also started with Christine Feehan and moved on to Sherrilyn Kenyon. When I first started reading Feehan, I started at the end of her series. LOL I couldn't put them down and stalked the bookstore, waiting for new deliveries.
Now, beyond Paranormal romance, I love Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and actually forced my teenage sons to sit and listen to a chapter every morning before school while they ate breakfast. That's what hooked me. I figured they were getting older and soon they'd be leaving the nest, the morning read was my way of sharing time with them before it slipped away. The bonus is, I discovered a new writer I may never have read before that. John Scalzi is another favorite. I loved Old Man's War, given to me as a 40th Birthday present from one of my peers. http://whatever.scalzi.com/
This has romance, action and humor that will make you nearly pee your pants.
Last but not least, Barbara Elsborg who I Beta read for. She got me hooked on erotic romance. I can't think of one novel I don't love.

Christa Paige said...

Hey Rebecca! Thanks for your post. I too struggle with the blogging thing. I was touched by your sharing about your nephew. In my non-author life, I teach college courses to teachers and right now I am doing a 4 class series on Autism. I'll be sure to check out that link.
As for the pnr addiction, I had only read Regency romances but one of my close friends sent me J.R. Ward's Dark Lover as a Christmas gift. She told me I'd love it. I read the entire thing in one sitting, on Christmas Eve. At 9pm I then begged my husband to take me out to the bookstore before they closed, so I could buy the next 2 that had been released.
Since then, I have glutted myself of the genre, and I haven't lost the passion for all things paranormal.

Anonymous said...

Paranormals just snuck up on me as I was a scifi fan (love Harry Dresden); it was just a skip and a hop away from paranormal romance (just add more romance to the scifi/fantasy). I think the crossover was Rachel Caine's Weather Wardens, Brenda Joyce's Masters of Time (gotta love them immortal time traveling Scotsmen) and the Sookie Stackhouse series.

Annie Nicholas said...

My first paranormals were from Anne Rice from there I went Laurell K Hamilton then Jim Butcher. Recently I've been abducted by JR Ward.
I can't wait to meet my next addiction.

Annie Nicholas said...

My first paranormals were from Anne Rice from there I went Laurell K Hamilton then Jim Butcher. Recently I've been abducted by JR Ward.
I can't wait to meet my next addiction.

D L Jackson said...

Loved most of the Weather Warden series, but got bored at the end.
Suzanne Collins has a great trilogy out. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and MockingJay

For those of you who haven't read Scalzi, I dare you to read Old Man's War. It's not just sci fi. It has romance and as I said, it's quite funny. The rest of the series is just as amazing.
Here's the bit that hooked me on the back of the book:

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.

D L Jackson said...

Oh, and have any of you read Jayne Ann Krentz and her Arcane Society novels???

I love them.

Annie Nicholas said...

You're not playing fair, DL.Now I have to read Old Man's War.

D L Jackson said...

He he.
I laughed so hard while I was reading this one night, I woke everyone in the house up.

Anonymous said...

Ah, "Mockingjay"... loved the first two books but I'm waiting until I'm truly desperate before reading that one. Call me picky, but I like my post-apocalyptic, dystopic YA reads to have some iota of hope...

I love Jayne Ann Krentz's books; I started with the Jayne Castle futuristic paranormals first (love those dust bunnies!).