Paranormal <3 <3 <3 Thanks, Lauren, for the chance to visit with your readers. And WHEEE on all the new LD books I get to gobble up in the next months! Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, urban fantasy…Lauren does it all so well. And she’s one of the reasons I write both contemp and paranormal. But today, I’m going to share: Three things about Paranormal Stories that I love:
1. The way a scene in paranormal makes me look at old situations with new eyes.
Sometimes that means I’ll spend the next trip to the grocery store wondering if the guy next to me in the freezer aisle is going to spontaneously shift into a werewolf, or if the woman with the high heels running for the bus secretly dines on her dates- vampire style. While I’m not keen on being scared to death while out and about on my day, it is fun to look at the world with a new sense of wonder.
No, really, I love them. But I love them best when they are MORE than insta-mates. Knowing instinctively that someone is the one—man, that’s got something so magical, and would put every dating agency instantly out of business. But the instinct to shout MINE! alone isn’t enough. I love to see, and write, mates who know they belong together and then have to deal with the reality of being people who don’t know each other one little bit. Who have to find a way to grow to love each other in spite of already wanting each other madly. Imagine the possibilities for trouble!
3. A way to make the almost impossibly sensual possible.
Humans are sexual beings—some more so than others—but in the paranormal arena there is the chance to step beyond the human norm without it being freaky kinky or pushing the boundaries of plausibility. I enjoy reading wildly sensual tales, as long as my bullshit meter isn’t constantly going off. Gymnastics that need a flow chart and anatomically correct Barbies/Kens as demos—slip that scene into a paranormal world and I can drop my skepticism and enjoy it far more.
There are other reasons I like to read and write paranormal stories as well as contemporaries, but those are the first few that come to mind, and that I think apply to my latest release—the print anthology of my three Pacific Passion e-novellas. STORM SWEPT is an erotic romp through the B.C. Pacific Inside passage. It brings together an air-shifter and a water-shifter, and it’s a way to bring a little magic to my readers. I hope you check it out.
Somewhere between the ocean depths and the mountaintops, there’s a love strong enough to call them both home.
Traveling doctor and shaman Matthew Jentry has his hands full caring for his water-shifter clan. There’s something far too enticing, though, about mysterious Laurin Marshall.
Laurin thought leaving for her next teaching assignment would keep her identity as an air shifter a secret. Until she finds Matt is on the same boat, and their sexual fireworks ignite…
Before Laurin and Matt can begin to explore their mystical bond, the People of the Air challenge her right to choose a water shifter as her mate.
Fending off Laurin’s would-be suitors is easy for Matt. But what will happen when she encounters his playful, lusty Otter clan? Especially since they’ll be the main attraction at the solstice fertility ritual.
Excerpt for Stormy Seduction
Despite their deepening emotional connection, Laurin still wonders how she and Matt can find permanent common ground.
Matt waits patiently for Laurin. He has no desire to change her sky-borne nature. Until a giant golden eagle touches down on the Stormchild and tips the delicate balance of more than just the boat.
Warning: Contains strong sexual currents and powerful waves of desire that break down inhibitions. Enough heat to challenge global warming. And a curse-melting ménage so exotic it’ll make you look to the skies and sea with longing.
Vivian Arend in one word: Adventurous. In a sentence: Willing to try just about anything once. That wide-eyed attitude has taken her around North America, through parts of Europe, and into Central and South America, often with no running water.
Her optimistic outlook also meant that when challenged to write a book, she gave it a shot, and discovered creating worlds to play in was nearly as addictive as traveling the real one. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of both contemporary and paranormal stories, Vivian continues to explore, write and otherwise keep herself well entertained.
Giveaway- do you have a favorite reason for reading paranormal stories? Share, or leave any comment, and I’ll pick a couple participants to win their choice of one of my ebook backlist. So you can pick your favorite kind of HEA.