How about some love for paranormal romance today?

Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group

She blushed and Nell strode up to the table with William Emery, her husband.

“Why the hell are you still here?” Nell demanded as William bent to kiss Meriel’s cheek. Though he’d met the man who had eyes for no one but his wife, Dominic glared at his audacity.

The two sat as if they meant to stay a while. Casual. But Dominic liked the expression on Nell’s face. Intent on running her prey to ground.

“How could I have gotten that kiss if I’d left?” Meriel winked at Nell, who glowered and turned it on Dominic.

Nell turned her attention to Dominic. “And why are you allowing this? I can’t be with her twenty-four-seven. I’m counting on you to keep her out of trouble.

He kept his fingers with Meriel’s and looked to her before speaking. “It was important she hold her ground.”

He’d done it and nearly given himself an ulcer having to sit there and not rush her from the place. And he didn’t regret it when she gave him a beautiful smile.

“I know, right?” Meriel looked to Nell.

Nell, unable to hold a smile back, shook her head as she looked to Dominic. “Yeah, yeah, he’s the cat’s meow. What’s going on?”

The two leaned in close and began to speak while William held out a hand. “Can I buy you a drink? We aren’t doing much of that at home as the missus is in the family way.”

Nell looked up and sighed. “I thought we agreed not to announce it to the universe for a while.”

“He’s your best friend’s whoosit, bond thing. Of course she’s going to tell him, even if it’s inadvertent.”

Dominic liked the energy between Meriel’s friend and her husband. They clearly liked each other as well as loved. Tom hadn’t really dated when Dominic had been growing up. None of his friends had gotten married yet either. He hoped the lack of exposure to working relationships wouldn’t be too much of a detriment with Meriel.

“Mazel tov.” Dominic raised his glass.

“We’re still going to dinner tomorrow night. Just a reminder. This does not trump that.” Nell sent a raised brow to her husband.

“Who am I to deny you anything?”

“Are we going to find this mage stalking Meriel? Or can I get her the hell away from here?”

Nell raised a brow his way. “Gage is here and doing his business. Meriel has given me some clues and so now I think it would be good to get up on out of here and leave.”

“I think you should come to Heart of Darkness.” Meriel looked to Nell and then over at William. “Nell, you can check the wards and security yourself and if it passes inspection, I can report on it next week at council.”

Nell sighed and William laughed, reaching out to touch her cheek.

“Nell hates the nightlife and does not like the boogie, I’m afraid.” Meriel teased.

“Even though she usually ends up having a good time.” William rarely took his gaze from his wife.

“Yes, well, it’s probably more fun than watching skanks rub themselves all over you like homeless cats.”

Meriel looked to Dominic and winked. Did she think he was amused by all this?

“My darling Meriel,” he said this silkily as he kissed her knuckles, “I don’t want to go anywhere tonight with this asshole out and about. I want to get you home where you’re safe.”

William shifted in his chair. “Glad to know it’s not just me. I agree with Dominic. We’re doing dinner tomorrow, we can go afterward.” He shrugged one shoulder. “I’ve checked out a few nightclubs in town, you know, to get the lay of the land. Maybe we can talk about that sometime.”

Nell nodded. “They’re right, Meriel. Not that, you know, I’m not chomping at the bit to go clubbing and all. Until we get a better handle on just what’s happening, it’s best for you to be extra wary. I was concerned before, now I’m convinced it’s mages here looking for witches to grab. I’m putting a few more people on a team to run these mages to ground. As for Heart of Darkness, Gage has already checked the wards there, you have too. It can wait another day.”

Nell turned to Dominic. “You know she’ll be far stronger after the ascension.”

Scandalized, Meriel whacked Nell’s arm. “Shut up! I won’t allow this to be used to push him into the ascension.”

Nell whacked Meriel’s arm right back and snorted. “Fuck you, Meriel. I’m saying what needs to be said and you’re being a dumbass.”

“This is my bond. This is my ascension and if I can tell Edwina to back off, I can sure say it to you. She’s scarier anyway. This is about not only my bond, but about our clan and mine and Dominic’s future. I won’t rush. I’m not some weakling of a witch as it is, thank you very much for the confidence.”

So fierce. She was so deliciously hot and fierce right then. A shiver ran through him, driving him to make her safe, to make her his.
“I’ve already told her I wanted to do it. We were discussing the particulars when this happened.”

Nell smirked and Meriel growled. “Good. Talk some sense into her then. Go home, Meriel. Get the hell off the streets or I’ll assign a guard to you full time.”

Dominic was torn about this. He wanted her protected, but he was perfectly capable of physically protecting her. They really had no idea what he’d spent most of his twenties doing.

Dominic knew the smile on his face was nearly feral, but this was getting taken care of his way, damn it. “Why don’t you two come with us to Meriel’s father’s garden?”

Her eyes popped open as she gaped at him. It made him laugh, even has he knew it would have been better not to show her any amusement or she’d try to get around him.

Today’s winner will receive a signed copy of HEART OF DARKNESS and a signed copy of my latest de La Vega book, REVELATION.

What types of paranormal books do you like most? Anything you’d like to see more of in 2012?

29 comments to “Paranormal-Palooza!”

  1. Jewel
    December 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 am · Link

    Werewolves/shapeshifters & vampires are definitely my favorites.

    I’d like to see more books about elves in 2012. I’ve been reading a M/M series about elves & I’ve really been enjoying them.

    I have dozens of paranormal books I love including Cascadia Wolves & de LaVega Cats series. 🙂

  2. Linda
    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:35 am · Link

    Shifters and vampires are my favorite paranormal books. I usually get hooked onto a series and love to read about all the secondary characters

  3. Lindsey E
    December 23rd, 2011 at 7:19 am · Link

    Still enjoy shifters and vampires but demons are fun too. Fae, djinn and earth spirits would be good as well.
    linze_e at

  4. Rachel Riddles
    December 23rd, 2011 at 7:24 am · Link

    I love vampire books and witches!!

  5. elaing8
    December 23rd, 2011 at 8:32 am · Link

    Werewolves and Vampires are my favorite. Make it more of an erotic book and I’d be very happy 🙂

    Happy Holidays!!

  6. Mel
    December 23rd, 2011 at 8:50 am · Link

    I like mostly ones about Withces and Vampires. Some shifters are nice, too

  7. Kris M.
    December 23rd, 2011 at 9:29 am · Link

    I love shifter stories, so primal 🙂 Just finished a really good one by Cherise Sinclair. I have also always loved characters with psychic abilities.

  8. Alaina
    December 23rd, 2011 at 10:00 am · Link

    i like ones that arnt exactly the norm.. instead of werewolves i like cat or dragon shifters… instead of vamps i tend to go for witches, psychics and the odd (furies, etc)

  9. RebeLovesBooks
    December 23rd, 2011 at 10:14 am · Link

    I love shifters of all types, but I’m starting to enjoy books set in the world of Faerie as well.

  10. maria pena
    December 23rd, 2011 at 10:16 am · Link

    i love them all. Weres, vampires. Im not picky 😉

  11. Michelle AB
    December 23rd, 2011 at 10:33 am · Link

    I would like to see more gargoyles and animal shifters besides wolves. I would also like to see some wizards and dark faes that become good…LOL

  12. JenM
    December 23rd, 2011 at 12:40 pm · Link

    I’m partial to shifters of all kinds, but in general, I like anything paranormal with the exception of zombies and the current trend of angels/demons – those I pretty much skip.

  13. CrystalGB
    December 23rd, 2011 at 12:42 pm · Link

    My favorite paranormals are shapeshifters, werewolves and witches.

  14. Viki S.
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:10 pm · Link

    I’ve always been partial to vampires and shifters but have really gotten into dragons and demons lately.

  15. Cecile
    December 23rd, 2011 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Oh gosh, I love them all. I can’t simply pick one over the other. I love my vampires, I love my werewolves… I even love my familiars! I love my Demons and Angels… They are all creatures that get can go bump in my night!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Please include me in!!!

  16. Hailey
    December 23rd, 2011 at 2:47 pm · Link

    I love them all but I think I love your stories with the fae the most right now. I feel overrun with weres and vampires its nice to change it up a bit.

  17. Chelsea B.
    December 23rd, 2011 at 3:42 pm · Link

    All paranormal creatures are interesting to read about in they’re own way– authors are very clever like that!

  18. Diane Mc.
    December 23rd, 2011 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Good paranormal romance. Make it really part of the story and not an additional.

  19. Christine
    December 23rd, 2011 at 4:23 pm · Link

    I love them all. And luckily I dn’t have to pick I can read them all.

  20. Mariann
    December 23rd, 2011 at 5:26 pm · Link

    I love shifters and vampires!!! 😳

  21. Diane
    December 23rd, 2011 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Vampires, shifters, anything other I enjoy. I hope this coming year brings even more paranormal books.

  22. Barbara Elness
    December 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 pm · Link

    I love just about any paranormal romance, especially those featuring witches, vampires or ghosts. I love it when paranormal is mixed with something else, like historical, western, mystery, etc.

  23. Jennifer M(OR)
    December 23rd, 2011 at 8:52 pm · Link

    I love all paranormal but my favorites are shifter.

  24. azteclady
    December 23rd, 2011 at 11:27 pm · Link

    It’s both a very simple and a very complicated question for me.

    I like paranormals–just as I like any books–that are well written and internally consistent, where the characters react to the events of the plot in a manner that makes sense and shows–not tells–of their individual growth as well as the development of their relationship. As opposed to character reactions as plot devices and/or deus ex machina resolution of conflict.

  25. donnas
    December 24th, 2011 at 1:41 am · Link

    Vampires are usually my favorites. But I will read anything paranormal. And almost always like it.

  26. Carinne
    December 24th, 2011 at 9:06 am · Link

    I love shapeshifters, and would like to see more of the wolves in 2012!

  27. Shauntih
    December 24th, 2011 at 12:28 pm · Link

    I like all paranormal, but shifters are my favorite. I’d like to see more BEARS!!!

  28. Chris Bails
    December 24th, 2011 at 4:21 pm · Link

    I love paranormal of any kind. Especially wolves and vamps. Shifters are great and would love to see more tigers or lions. Love a strong, alpha male. Love your books lauren and would love to win and read this book.

  29. Spav
    December 29th, 2011 at 5:49 pm · Link

    I love paranormal books with dragons. I’m hoping there’s more of them in 2012.