Posts in the Paranormal Romance genre

Guest Post

“Happiness is in the Heart of the Beholder” by Cassandra Chandler

Lingering Touch Cassandra Chandler

I love books. I think everybody reading this probably does. One of my favorite things about reading is how intimately we can share in another person’s experiences, even if those people are fictional. It helps me relate to others—the real people I encounter in my life.

And of course, I love romances. Life is uncertain enough. I want to be assured that at least some of the characters in the stories I immerse myself in will have a “happily ever after”, no matter what shape it takes.

When I set out to write the first three Summer Park Psychics books, I wanted to reflect different choices that people can make that lead them to happiness—especially in love. Most of the books I’ve read—and written—take a kind of traditional approach, and these endings are often great and satisfying. There’s a vast array of options, though, and no one path will be right for everyone.

Maybe one couple would be happiest having a big wedding and tons of children, living out in the country with a bunch of pets. Another might like a smaller ceremony to recognize their commitment, choosing to elope or go to a Justice of the Peace. They might want plenty of children, too, but prefer to live in the city. Some people only want one child, or two, or none at all. Some want a legal union, others might be more comfortable with a spoken commitment just between them. I want to show this variety as often as possible in my stories.

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“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow—Spooky Story or Love Triangle Romance?” by Gaby Triana

Wake The Hollow Gaby Triana

You might think The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the eerie tale of the Headless Horseman, the 18th-century ghost of a Hessian trooper who rises from his burial site every Halloween and ridesaround Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on his horse in search of his missing head. Well, only partly. See, the ghostly horseman only makes an appearance in the last few pages of the story. So then, what is the rest of the tale about?

If you’ve never read LOSH, go ahead and do it. Seriously. It’s not that long, and not only is it an American classic, penned by Washington Irving, but you can also see a love triangle at its most comical. That’s right—The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is actually a comedy, one that Irving considered silly compared to his greater works. It introduces Ichabod Crane, an awkward, educated out-of-towner who’s taken a job in Sleepy Hollow as a schoolmaster. Soon, he falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of the town’s richest farmer.

Way to set the bar high, Ichabod.

Like something out of a teen movie, Katrina thinks Ichabod is super dreamy, but she already has a suitor, town hero, Brom Van Brunt. Brom is a strapping young lad, quick with a prank and agile on his horse. And trust me, he’s not too keen on know-it-all, ladykiller Ichabod coming to town to flirt with his girl.

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Adult Excerpt of THE DEAD OF HAGGARD HALL by Marie Treanor

The Dead of Haggard Hall Marie Treanor

Okay, listen, not to brag, but we’re about to make Hump Day [lewd secondary joke redacted] the hottest day of the week. We’ve got a scintillating scene just for paranormal fans (but we welcome any and all newcomers) from the amazing Marie Treanor. Don’t read this one at work because—for the first time EVER—we’ve got an excerpt that’s too sexy AND too spooky!

The Dead of Haggard Hall is out now!


“Patrick,” she whispered, and then again in a wail that chilled my blood. “Patrick!”

“Rose, Rose, don’t be upset,” I tried to soothe her as she all but blasted her way out of me. “Help me to discover the truth. Please! I can carry messages to and from you if you just talk to me some more.”

I heard the hint of desperation in my own voice, knew it wasn’t good, but my solitude up here wasn’t guaranteed forever, and I was very aware of passing time.

“Rose.” I held out my hand in supplication. “Please talk to me again. Please.” I was striving towards her, calling her with every ounce of will I had. I didn’t even feel the arrival of the uninvited until it crashed into me with a jolt, spilling into every part of me, cold, malevolent, familiar. My soulless, sentient bag of emotion from last night. I should have been ready for it, but I wasn’t. And I couldn’t control it and speak to Rose at the same time.

Rose wasn’t staying. I felt her and the other ghosts withdrawing from me in distaste as the thing pushed me onto my back, zipping through all the most intimate places of my mind and body.

“Rose,” I gasped. “Please stay, just wait… ” With an effort, I tried to heave the thing out of me, but during my distraction, it had got too strong a grip on me. I had to let Rose go, release the last strand of invisible cord that had bound her to my world, and concentrate all my attention on expelling my uninvited guest.

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Q&A

Q&A: Libby Bishop of SON OF THUNDER

Son of Thunder Libby Bishop

Libby Bishop, one of the most exciting paranormal/erotic Romance authors out there has done us a kindness and answered some of our burning questions (Hey, don’t look at us like that. “Cake or pie?” is a very important question for some people.) and it’s fantastic! Her newest book, Son of Thunder, is out today!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

A Good Year (with Russell Crowe)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Romancing the Stone

Baby Boom

The Princess Bride

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

A Good Year

A Good Year: this photo is from one of my favorite scenes. Funny, but romantic and witty. This really showed the chemistry between these two characters.

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Guest Post: “Living in a Fantasy World” by Missy Jane

Born of Magic Missy Jane

One of the biggest decisions I make when beginning a new book is setting. A lot of times characters will pop into my head half-formed. I’ll know a physical trait or two, maybe their name, but not much else. What do they wear? When do they live? What type of city, village, town, are they in? All of these questions are vital to the flow of a good story, but often elude me when I’m gripped by the plot or one very stubborn character.

When I decided to write a gargoyle story I had no idea it was going to be fantasy. I love to ready fantasy and have written a couple of other books (unpublished) that can qualify as fantasy books. However, I hadn’t considered setting one of my romances in a completely fantasy world yet. My previous paranormal romances are in urban settings, one contemporary and one post-apocalyptic. So when my Gargoyle Masters opened their mouths and began speaking I knew they needed a setting to match their speech patterns.

Writing in a fantasy world provides a lot of creative freedom. I’m able to create my own map of the world, my own languages and modes of transportation, my own forms of clothing and customs. I absolutely love it. Though there is a fine line of creative freedom and downright ridiculousness, I’ve tried very hard not to cross into something that would completely change the feel of my story. My gargoyles are large, sexy, protective males, whose sole purpose had been to protect the human kingdom in which they were created. The introduction of women they can’t seem to live without really throws them for a loop.

Book one in the series, Born of Stone, introduced my gargoyles and matched two of them up to women who needed to find their inner strength. However, book two, Born of Magic, matches two of the brothers up to women who already know how strong they need to be in the world dominated by men. They go toe to toe with the gargoyles with no problem and prove themselves to be more than worthy mates. The two books have a different feel for this reason, just as the gargoyles are each unique in their own ways.


About Born of Stone:

Guarding a kingdom takes mere strength. Guarding their hearts takes something more.

As his month-long guard duty comes to an end, Master Wynnston should be looking forward to well-deserved time away from the king’s castle. Instead, he feels strangely reluctant to leave. When Zephara of the Pastelle race arrives, he realizes why.

The stunning, silver-eyed ambassador is the woman his heart, body, and soul have been waiting for. She’s also a powerful wizard who will endure the test of the Twenty. Wynn has never been afraid to woo a strong woman, but winning and keeping Zephara’s love will test him to the limit.

Meanwhile, pure chance has finally led Master Kephas to find the runaway Princess Theodora. But before he can return the frightened, skittish beauty to her father, he must win her trust—and her heart.

Physical strength will do Wynn and Kephas no good as they face their challenges. And two women will search deep within themselves for the strength, courage—and tenderness—to bring two powerful men to their knees.

Warning:  If you’re looking for ugly stone creatures, move along—you won’t find them here. If you like hot, protective, males who aren’t intimidated by strong, assertive females, settle in and turn the page.


Missy JaneMissy Jane is the alter ego of a married mother of four who was born and raised in Texas. She spends most of her time lost in worlds of her own making, alternately loving and hating such creatures as vampires, shape-shifters, sexy Archangels, and gargoyles (to name a few). When not writing, she spends her time reading, taking photos of her beautiful daughters and training her husband to believe she’s always right.

Excerpts from Missy’s paranormal and erotic tales can be found at AuthorMissyJane.com , MsMissyJane.blogspot.com, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

Q&A

Q&A: Terry Spear of BILLIONAIRE IN WOLF’S CLOTHING

Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing Terry Spear

I shouldn’t even have to explain why we’re so excited for this one. It is impossible not to devour a Terry Spear book. Between the dazzling shifters, intense romance, and high stakes action everywhere, we end up taking books like Billionaire in Wolf’s Clothing everywhere we go. So, yeah, we’re pretty excited about this Q&A! And you should be too!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  1. Romancing the Stone—I loved that she was a romance author and was boohooing after the end of the book where she, as the heroine, is kissing the hunky hero. And then she ends up in the jungle with a very unlikely hero, who’s not heroic at all.
  2. The Princess Bride—he loved her no matter how the princess treated him, and was the Dread Pirate Roberts, in a hilarious way. They were so cute together.
  3. Prince of Persia—such an unlikely pairing with the thief boy and the princess, and the oh-so-close kisses that were driving me crazy. Loved it.
  4. Edge of Tomorrow—he’s soooo arrogant, and when he has to repeat his mission over and over until he gets it right, he falls in love with the woman who won’t open her heart to him.
  5. Oblivion—he thinks he’s married, wants something more than what he’s got in this futuristic world—a love of the past and he continues to have memories of a woman he loves.

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Q&A: Faye Avalon of the BEASTS OF BODMIN MOOR Series

It’s just not a good Q&A unless we cry about at least one author’s favorite book or movie. We wept (at least) twice over this interview with Faye Avalon, author of the Beasts of Bodmin Moor series—which means we’ve brought you pure excellence. Enjoy!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?  Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

1) Out of Africa. The story, the acting, the cinematography, and of course the fabulous John Barry score. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. So many fabulous scenes, but this one, flying over Africa, gets me every time. The moment when she reaches for his hand. Beautiful.

 

2) You’ve Got Mail. A sweet, heart-warming love story. I love the scene where the characters wonder how they would have been together if he hadn’t put her out of business.

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Q&A: N.J. Walters of WOLF IN HIS HEART

Wolf in his Heart N.J. Walters

We love a good Paranormal Romance. Is there anything more intriguing than an incredibly beautiful man who can transform into an equally beautiful animal or awe-striking creature whenever he wants? What goes into writing something so out of this world? Luckily, N.J. Walters, author of Wolf in His Heart, out today, is here to answer our questions about what influences her work!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Some of my choices might surprise some people, but my absolute favorite movies with romantic elements are:

  1. The Crow. I know it’s dark and violent, but at its core it’s a love story.
  2. Ladyhawke. It’s heartbreaking.
  3. Jane Eyre. I love a dark, wounded hero.
  4. P.S. I Love You. Heartbreaking but a true love story
  5. Titanic

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

The Crow—My favorite scene is near the end of the movie where Eric and Shelly are finally united and at peace.

Ladyhawke—My favorite scene has to be the transformation one where they almost touch.

Jane Eyre—My favorite scene is again near the end when all seems lost for Rochester and Jane returns to be with him in the end.

P.S. I Love You—I don’t have a favorite scene. I love the entire movie.

Titanic—Jack gives Rose the strength to not only survive but to become who she was meant to be. My favorite scene is the one where he sketches her.

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Q&A: Brenda Huber of DEMON OF VENGEANCE

Demon of Vengeance Brenda Huber

Guess who has a Romance blog, several cups of coffee, and a Q&A with the amazing Brenda Huber? Us! We’re excited for so many reasons. Check out our Q&A below and don’t miss out on Demon of Vengeance, out right now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements? 

Wow, let’s see…  Off the top of my head, I’d say Dracula Untold, Safe Haven, Sweet Home Alabama, Robin Hood (the Kevin Costner version), and The Princess Bride.  ( I also love The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Sabrina with Harrison Ford.)

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well). 

I liked the whole movie, but I particularly love the final scene in Dracula Untold where Vlad finds Mina and recites the poem.  The whole scene speaks to me.  How he’s held her in his heart all those centuries.  The way he looks at her.  As if he’s in awe, as if he’s suddenly found his soul.  And as they walk off, the moment is filled with possibility and danger.  Like their story is only just beginning.

In Safe Haven, I like the scene where they get a ride home in the police car, and Alex pushes Katie up against the tree and kisses the daylights out of her.  You can see she’s finally really letting go of her past and actually beginning to look toward the future with hope.  Besides, come on!  Josh Duhamel is sexy as all get out in that scene!

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Q&A: Flo Fitzpatrick of SCARECROW’S DREAM

Scarecrow's Dream Flo Fitzpatrick

This has been such a serious pick-me-up to an otherwise bleary-eyed how-much-caffeine-is-too much Hump Day. Check out this amazing Q&A with Flo Fitzpatrick, author of the amazing paranormal romance, Scarecrow’s Dream, out now!


FAVORITE MOVIES

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

August Rush (Jonathan Rhys Myers, Kerri Russell, Freddie Highmore)

Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour)

A Good Year (Russell Crowe/ Marion Cotillard)

The Lake House (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)

and The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes/ Robin Wright.et al!)

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

August Rush: Favorite romantic scene happens when Jonathan and Kerri meet for the first time on a rooftop overlooking the arch in Washington Square Park and he sings a few lines from “It’s a Marvelous Night for a Moondance.” (I melt during this scene.) But the scene between Jonathan and his “son” Freddie Highmore playing guitar with each other without knowing the relationship is brilliant and immediately makes me cry. 🙂

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