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“I Once Thought Writing a Paranormal Romance Would Be Easy…” by Tina Donahue

Disciplining the Beast Tina Donahue

After penning dozens of contemporary and historical romances, I wanted to switch gears and explore the paranormal genre. At the time, I was well aware of complications in writing any romance. The author has to keep the lovers apart in a logical manner, bring them together in a way that makes sense, and then tear them apart again with the turmoil occurring seamlessly within the plot. No easy feat. Add to that problems in communication during historical times—after all, they didn’t have cell phones or the internet in order to get in touch quickly—and authors face innumerable obstacles they must overcome.

As I hadn’t written any paranormals up to that point, I reasoned the genre had to be easier. The heroine or hero or both have superpowers. They don’t need no stinking iPhones, they can communicate telepathically or beam in and out of each other’s lives like Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock did on Star Trek. Talk about freaking easy.

Wow, was I ever wrong. Not about the powers but the limitations I had to include to create tension. Take Superman for example. If he were impervious to everything in the universe, he could vaporize any villain within seconds. Yay, end of story. In two seconds flat. That would take up three pages of a three hundred page book. Clearly, having limitless powers wouldn’t work. That’s why Kryptonite is Superman’s Achilles’ heel. It creates tension and complications. You can’t have a satisfying story without them.

Even though paranormal didn’t prove easier to write than other genres, it is fun creating supernatural beings and seeing where their powers take them. In my Taming the Beast series, which takes place at a New Orleans makeover service for supernatural beings, I added a touch of romantic comedy. What a blast these books have been. I’ve introduced a witch, minor god, good fairy, voodoo priestess, reformed demon, satyr, genie, weres, vamps, zombies, and in my latest, a reaper and good angel. Disciplining the Beast, book 5, is Wynona and Rafael’s paranormal romance. Fun, sexy, and satisfying with an HEA straight from heaven.


About Disciplining The Beast

Thank heaven for babes who like to raise hell.

Taming the Beast, Book 5

Wynona relishes her job as a reaper. Some jerkwad pisses her off? He’s toast. Any douchebag who mistreats a woman better watch out. Lately, she’s been enjoying it a little too much—and Heaven is not amused.

Wings temporarily clipped, she’s doing time working as an enforcer at From Crud to Stud. The body count isn’t what she’s used to, but at least the scenery—that is, her celestial parole officer—is tall, dark, and deliciously hot.

Rafael can’t take his eyes off Wynona. No, really. She’s a 24/7, one-on-one job. No matter how hard this angel rides her, she begs for more. Finding a way to bring out her best side is turning out to be the greatest challenge of his career.

She’s sassy and sexy, and she’s brought out a side of him he never knew existed—an inner Dom that is only too willing to follow her down the garden path of unrestrained indulgence. And once they set foot on that slippery slope, there’s no turning back.

Warning: Virtue has met its match. Celebrates bondage, discipline, voyeurism, and crazy good sex in an office setting, fetish club, and everywhere else. The faint of heart are advised to turn back now.


Tina DonahueAbout Tina Donahue

I’m an award-winning, Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised my work. Three of my erotic romances (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) are Readers’ Choice Award winners. Three more (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were finalists in the EPIC competition.  The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of my titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). I’m featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before writing full-time, I was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.


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2 Responses to ““I Once Thought Writing a Paranormal Romance Would Be Easy…” by Tina Donahue”

  1. Tina Donahue

    Thanks for hosting me. 🙂

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