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My Love Affair with Paranormal Romance | Tawny Stokes

My love affair with paranormal romance started, as it always does, with a few talented women. To know when it all started, we’d have to go back… way back to 2005.  

Nope wait, I think we need to go back even further. To 2001 when a little-known Canadian author named Kelley Armstrong published her first Women of the Otherworld book called “Bitten,” which was turned into a TV show a few years ago. It was really my first introduction to an action-packed, paranormal-being populated world with a female lead and a really incredible hot male hero.  She had the best forum for writing on her website, and I visited often and got a lot of advice and information there.  Kelley even blurbed my first published book “Hell Kat,” which Kensington Publishing published in 2005 under my pen name Vivi Anna.  I think Kelley is one of the most underrated authors out there.  

Shortly after Kelley, I discovered Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. I gobbled up every book she put out, which turned out to be easy and fortuitous as I worked in a bookstore at the time.  I worked in receiving, so I was the first person to see each and every book that came into the store. Yay for my heart and mind, not so great for my bank account.

In 2005, I discovered Gena Showalter and her mesmerizing Atlantis series.  That was my first real foray into paranormal romance.  I fell in love with her writing, her heroines, and especially her heroes.  She brought the romance back into my reading life, where before it was populated with horror and mystery and thrillers.  And then when I met Gena at a Romantic Times Book Conference, I fell in love all over again.  She was so sweet and giving and truly loved her readers that I wanted to do what she did.  

And that is really how I fell in love with the paranormal romance genre. And it only took three incredibly talented women and a lot of great books.


Tawny Stokes has always been a writer. From an early age, she’d spin tales of serial killers in love, vampires taking over the world, and sometimes about fluffy bunnies turned bunnicidal maniacs. An honour student in high school, with a penchant for math and English, you’d never know it by the foot high blue Mohawk and Doc Martens, which often got her into trouble. No longer a Mohawk wearer, Tawny still enjoys old school punk rock, trance, zombie movies, teen horror films, and fluffy bunnies. She lives in Canada with her fantastical daughter, two cats, and spends most of her time creating new stories for teens.

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The last thing a girl as awkward as Dani Gale should be doing is trying to learn the high wire. Yet that’s exactly where Dani ends up—at OZ, the Oswald Zinzendorf School of Circus Arts. Trying to overcome her shyness is near impossible when her new partner—the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes on, and whose touch seems to give her poise she thought impossible—also seems to be sabotaging her progress. 

The last thing Cai Coppersmith needs is a distraction, especially in the form of the new, cute shy girl. He needs to focus on trying not to shape-shift into a tiger on school grounds, and completing his mission to keep Dani from winning the school’s high-wire competition. In fact, the entire safety of OZ is relying on Dani not succeeding. But there’s something about the girl that draws him in. She has magic, he can feel it. So he’ll do what he can to protect her, even if it means pushing her away.


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