Everyone who follows this site knows that I’m a huge Karen Marie Moning fan. (It wasn’t too long ago that I chatted about the cover of her new graphic novel, Fever Moon, and the next traditional book in her Fever world, the spin off Iced.) But, I don’t think that I mentioned that Moning's Highlander series might just be one of my all time favorite series in romance! The hunky Highlanders are certainly a hard act to follow, and I can’t help but feel a kinship for her romance-loving heroines. When I found out that not only would the author be re-releasing her novella “Into the Dreaming” with 100 pages of bonus material, but that it was being previewed on Moning's Facebook page? I could barely contain my excitement!
At tonight's nighttime convention party, the Gangster Cafe Talent Quest, we did it up Prohibition style! Feathers, crystals and pearls adorned the necks of guests, but it wouldn’t be a party hosted by author Heather Graham if there wasn’t a paranormal twist. Flappers, flyboys, tycoons (and even some teetotalers) with a supernatural spin were all in attendance so there was a great mix of fangs and fur along with fringe and glitz.
Host Heather Graham and cohorts entertained the crowd with a musical play inspired by the Jazz Age
Today RT convention attendees got a bit of insight on the process that authors Jeaniene Frost, Charlaine Harris and Nalini Singh go through as they write some of the most popular paranormal series on the market. In the Paranormal Chat this afternoon these genre headliners let us inside of their worlds (both the fictional and real ones) and, of course, talked about what readers can expect next!
The discussion started off quickly, as the authors spoke about their favorite character transformation over the course of their series. Frost said she has been very pleased at the changes in her “Wicked Witch-y” character Justina. While for Harris, it is Sookie who has changed the most as she has really come into her own despite the enormous paranormal responsibilities piled onto her young shoulders. And Singh said it was Nikita, Sascha’s mother, who has the most interesting character development because we still don’t know Nikita's motivations for rejecting her daughter.
No chat between these three ladies would be complete without discussing those fanged heroes and heroines we all love so much. The authors all talked a bit about why they chose to write series about relationships with younger women and not just older men, but much, much, much older men.
Married authors Zoë Archer and Nico Rosso both write tales of adventure and romance — but until now, they’ve never written together. However, their latest stories take place in a new Steampunk series of their joint creation, the Ether Chronicles. The first book, Archer's Skies of Fire, hits stores this week and today the authors stop by to interview each other about co-habitating, co-writing and of course, co-creating their newest fictional world. Plus don't miss your chance to win a copy of the series starter at the end of this exclusive interview!
If someone was sitting at the table next to us at breakfast while we were working on the Ether Chronicles, what are some of the things they might overhear?
It’s no secret that Karen Marie Moning has been a busy, busy author. Not only did she just release the cover for her first graphic novel, a Dark Fever continuation, but also she’s been teasing readers with excerpts from Iced, her upcoming novel that will start her new Dani O'Malley series.
Moning’s popular MacKayla Lane books (aka the Dark Fever series) may have come to a close, but the author is not changing zip codes for her next novel. The first in the Deckle Edge books, Iced, will be set in the same world. And just a glance at the cover makes it clear that this is a transition novel. Moning fans will remember that Shadowfever, the Dark Fever series finale, had a predominantly red cover and a design around the edges that spotted the woman’s figure in the middle. Now we’ve got a cover that has some similar design principles, the border around the edge, the red — holla, ode to original Dark Fever covers — and a woman standing. But I think it’s worth noting that unlike the Shadowfever cover, in this artwork the heroine is far away. And I really like that we get a more removed look at this woman and her world because, hey, she's not MacKayla, who we knew for six books. Instead, this gal is more of a mystery; we aren’t all up close and personal with her yet.
I am ridiculously excited to announce that I will be the official moderator for the Paranormal Author Chat that will take place at the RT Booklovers Convention on Thursday, April 12th. The authors participating are a who’s who of all that is greatness in paranormal romance today: Nalini Singh, Jeaniene Frost and Charlaine Harris!
Thankfully, I have meet each of these authors previously, so I might, might be able to shake off my fan-girl daze and actually ask these talented ladies insightful questions about their work. But just in case (as I always have a backup plan) I was hoping that RT readers will be able to give me a hand with preparing some great questions for these three paranormal authors.
Today the twelfth installment of author Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stake series, Wanted: Undead or Alive, hits shelves. To get readers ready for another foray into the author's awesome paranormal world, RT's Morgan, interviews Sparks about her unique take on vampire lore, including vampire fusion cuisine and the special synthetic blood that has altered what it means to be a creature of the night. The author also discusses her warrior heroes and shares a look at the difficult sacrifices they must make before they get their HEAs.
Paranormal fiction abounds with unusual creatures, but recently we’ve been seeing heroes and heroines whose lineages push the boundaries of our imaginations. That’s right, we’re ready to declare that it’s the season of hybrids! These characters may have a foot in two worlds (and sometimes more) but still deserve their own happily ever afters. Take a look at which hybrids are making our hearts race this month and find out what we think would be the best — and worst — parts of their puzzling heritage.
Character: Caliban “Cal” Leandros
Heritage: Human and Auphe*
Author: Rob Thurman
Series: Cal Leandros
New Release: Doubletake
*Auphe are murderous fiends that predate humans on the evolutionary chain. They seek to exterminate humans, Cal’s birth was the result of their genetic experimentation.
Veteran author Amanda Stevens is gearing up for the second in her Graveyard Queen series, The Kingdom. The author captured our imagination with the series starter, The Restorer, which is a contemporary series with a Gothic feel. This is due in no small part to Stevens' unusual heroine, Amelia, a professional cemetery restoration expert (who got her job in a most unusual way). In today's interview with RT's Morgan, we get a special look at the series' unique heroine, the deliciously dark and emotionally damaged hero Devlin and how the pair interacts with the vampire-like ghosts that surround them!