Posts in the Paranormal Romance genre

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: The Darkest Corner | Q&A with Liliana Hart

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Deacon Tucker is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortician in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Deacon Tucker ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Deacon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.

Deacon is on a mission to stop the most fatal terror attack the world has ever known–what’s known as The Day of Destiny–a terrorist’s dream. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.


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A man’s life was at stake, and Wolffe had already been through more than most. It was going to be traumatic enough for him to wake up in a different country, surrounded by faces he’d never seen before, and unsure whether he’d been captured by the enemy. Fishing through the lies to get to the truth would take time. Deacon knew exactly how Levi Wolffe was going to feel.

“Fuck me, this is a never-ending battle,” Axel complained. “There’s no way we’re digging this thing all the way out of the muck.” “All we’ve got to do is uncover the handles on the sides,” Deacon said.

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Top 5 Reasons Emma and Julian Need To Be Together

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  1. They have a secret language.They trace letters on each other’s skin and can actually communicate. Have you ever tried that in real life? When I was a kid, my friends and I would try to write messages on each other’s backs and, let me tell you, it is

    H
    I or wait is it an A

    H
    A
    P actually make than an R

    H
    A
    R
    D.
  2. They’re already parabatai.

    The Clave’s got it all wrong here that the fact they’re already bound together as parabatai is a curse. (Even though the reason why romantic love between parabatai is forbidden is still a secret at the time of this post so I really don’t know what I’m talking about.)

    Of course, parabatai should be together. They know they can make a serious commitment to each other, because they’ve already done it.

    Somebody make me a member of the Clave, already. I need some voting power. *Bangs gavel* 
  3. They already know that they would be good parents. At this point, Julian is less of an older brother and more of a father figure to his siblings. Emma already fits into Julian’s family perfectly. Bringing someone else into the mix would just be weird. 
  4. Their names sound nice together. (Is anyone else really hung up on names? Let me know in the comments!)
  5. Because of quotes like these:

    LOS_banner“We are bound together, Emma, bound together—I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you!”

    “You’ll fix me, because we’re parabatai. We’re forever.”

    “How long have you been drawing me?”
    He sighed. A moment later his hand came to rest in her hair. His fingers twined in the strands. “My whole life.”
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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy

 Two things I was obsessed with as a kid- ghosts and murder mysteries. Yes, I was a weird child. Yes, my mother debated therapy for me at one point given my active imagination and macabre hobbies, but she decided to trust her gut and let it play out. Now she’s happy to know I’m not a psychopath, I’m just a writer. Starting a new series and branching into mystery from romance was an easy leap for me. I always loved adding an element of mystery to my romance novels and I’ve been a mystery reader since childhood.

When my daughter was a baby and I had zero money, I went to the library three or four times a week and eventually checked out every Agatha Christie book they had (close to 60, I would guess) and then worked my way through all their cozy mysteries. If it had a kitten or a cupcake on the cover, I was all over it! So when the opportunity came along to create a mystery series, my heroine Bailey popped into my head immediately. An amateur sleuth with a love for fashion and HGTV yet who grows intrigued by mayhem and murder? Very close to my heart. While I’ve always been fascinated by ghost stories, I honestly am not even sure where the idea for the ghostly sidekick came from. Suddenly Ryan was there talking and the first book just about wrote itself.

If your best friend came back as a ghost, what would be the first thing you would do with them?

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Why Romance is Powerful by Abigail Baker

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I’m marked for death.

If I can get this Deathmark removed, I can help save the world from total ruin. Only thing is, Brent Hume, Grim Reaper and love of my life, is hot on my trail, zeroing in on the mark that beckons him. The Reaper’s instinct cannot be denied. He would sooner stop breathing than ignore a Deathmark’s call.

He’s a tireless supernatural hunter, and I’m his top prey. If I don’t find a way to stop him from doing his job, everything and everyone I love will suffer. The world will suffer. And I’m sick of letting people down, dammit.

But even as I run from him, I want to run toward him.


WHY ROMANCE IS POWERFUL 

When I am asked what kind of books I write, I proudly say romance. I mean, my novels won’t get nominated for major literary awards. My Deathmark series won’t win a Pulitzer. But the Deathmark series—I hope—will whisk readers away to another world where there is a promise of action, adventure, love, laughter, and happily ever after. If Ollie and Brent’s story entertains you, then I’ve done my job.

Romance is an amazing genre. Readers love their HEAs. They crave them. Life is filled with grim details. It is nice to read a story where those grim details are overcome for a satisfying ending.

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Heather Long’s Passionate Affair with Romance

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The first book I remember flipping through was a pop-up Greek mythology book. It had these great “statues” of the gods along with simple tales about them—including love affairs. I loved that book. I paged through it until it began to fall apart. This is a pretty typical story. Most kids have other picture books, usually featuring kittens and puppies.  Not me—well, I probably had them, but I don’t remember them.

What I do remember was curling up next to my grandmother (I couldn’t sit on her, because she’d had cancer and was going through treatments) while she read me her Harlequin romances. Yep, at the age of three, she fed me a steady diet of boy meets girl, secret babies, millionaire bosses, Cinderella tales, and more. She really didn’t like picture books, but she did love her Harlequins.

Whenever the scene might get “steamy” she would tell me the characters had to go to bed to take a nap or they had to do their chores. Even after I learned to read, she would take an hour each evening and read aloud to me from these magical tales where everything worked out in the end.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller

Callie Delgado always puts family first, and unfortunately her brother knows it. She’s emptied her savings, lost work, and spilled countless tears trying to keep him out of trouble, but now he’s in deeper than ever, and his debt is on Callie’s head. She’s given a choice: do some dirty work for the mob, or have her brother returned to her in tiny pieces.

Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else’s soul, for a price, and sin without consequence.

To save her brother, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn’t have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic she isn’t ready for.

With the help of the guarded but undeniably attractive Derek—whose allegiance to the Charmer wavers as his connection to Callie grows—she’ll have to walk a tight line, avoid pissing off the bad guys, all while struggling to determine what her loyalty to her family’s really worth.

Losing her brother isn’t an option. Losing her soul? Maybe.

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GIVEAWAY: 5 Romantic Comedies That Would Work Better With Vampires by Juliet Lyons

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WOMAN SEEKING VAMPIRE:

Likes to keep things casual

Absolutely no poetry

Zero romance required.

Silver Harris is over clingy men—maybe men altogether. But when she shares a toe-curling kiss with a sexy Irish vampire on New Year’s Eve, she wonders if maybe it’s human men she’s fed up with. Silver turns to the popular vampire dating site, V-Date, only to discover that vampire men are just as unimpressive as their mortal counterparts. And her mysterious hottie? He’s nowhere to be found.

Can’t a girl catch a break?

Logan Byrne can’t get that sassy redhead—or that kiss!—out of his head. When his boss assigns him to spy on V-Date, he meets Silver again. Turns out, the police are recruiting humans to snitch on vampires through the dating site. As the snark and sparks fly, feelings between Silver and Logan deepen. But, when old demons resurface—literally—Logan isn’t sure he can shield either of them from the dangers that have been lying in wait for centuries.

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Heather McCorkle’s Favorite Couples

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Love is a powerful and curious thing, and it is powerful and curious couples that draw me to literature. As a reader, forget traditional and predictable formulas, I want unique and wild. The more depth and interest, the more hooked I am. I love writers that push the genre to new places—and no, I don’t mean 50 shades of new places—and take risks with their love story. Here are my top four favorite couples, and why (they might surprise you, you have been forewarned).


Harley and Joker | Marvel’s Batman Series

Yes, oh yes, really. Talk about a quirky, messed up couple. But they also have a devotion so deep that they would do anything for each other. Whether it’s a crime spree, taking on Batman, or trying to take over the city, they stand united in it all. The other’s happiness is paramount to them both and that is a unique thing among couples, especially darker couples.

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Guest Post: Grace Goodwin’s Top 5 Happily Ever Afters!

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So, like me, you’re a romance fan? It’s my one undeniable weakness. Show me a sappy movie, a heart-melting book or let me hear an emotional song about love and I’m a goner. Sold. Sign me UP.

Which means, over the last…ummm…few years, I’ve read, watched, seen and heard a LOT of stories about love, falling in love, losing love, finding love, making love. Love is in the air, isn’t it? Isn’t it always?

Now, I combine my two favorite loves, science fiction and romance, in the Interstellar Brides series. In Mating Fever, our sassy, smart, little-bit-crazy heroine gets a bit more than she bargained for when her assigned mate is a Beast suffering from Mating Fever. Beauty and the Beast? Yep, you guessed it, one of my favorites.

But make Beast a hot, protective, sexy-as-hell alpha male in outer space? Yes. I DID do that. Sorry. (Not Sorry!)

But I digress. Top 5 BEST HEA’s ever? Here’s my personal list. What’s on yours?

1 – Beauty and the Beast (Yes, I saw the new movie. LOVED it.)

2 – Blay and Qhuinn in Lover At Last by JR Ward – I cried for an hour… (*warning – it’s a gay vampire romance, and one of the best love stories I’ve ever read…especially if you know their history in the previous books. Explicit scenes – including a M/M/M/M/F scene may be a bit much for some readers.)

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Guest Post: “The Reality of Loving a Paranormal Shifter” by Wendy Sparrow

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I know! I know! Paranormal romance isn’t all about reality, but when you’re creating a paranormal world—you think of weird things. You have…concerns.

The first quandary I have when I start a new world is how I will deal with their clothes. Seriously. That’s my very first detail to work out. Do the clothes shift with them? Do they bust out of their clothing and go through a wardrobe of clothes? If they do destroy the clothing they have on, will they wind up somewhere naked? It takes something out of the sexy momentum when your tux-wearing hero shifter ends up hiding in bushes at a party after he wolfed out. And, sure, maybe they’ll undress some of the time, but in an emergency—you’ve hit the climax—and clothing is a casualty because all hell has broken loose. But, that’s not the only thing jiggling loose, if you know what I mean. The awkward could be high. Sure, some heroes and heroines could pull it off with panache, but they’d still be starkers.

Then, there’s the shift itself. No matter how many times I write shifters, I always think, “How would it really work?” There’s the Hollywood shift where the hair grows in slow-mo as the bones twist and enlarge. There are stages as one or the other form recedes. Human to hairy human and then to upright human-wolf followed by some mixture of wolf and human. How far does it go? To full creature? Full-wolf or bear or whatever? Would it be loud or quiet? Fast or slow? I vary it up in different worlds, but I figure I might as well embrace the magic and assume the definition of paranormal invites interpretation of what’s possible. I get a little contrary with my inner voice and yell, “Don’t blind me with your science!”

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