GENRE: Paranormal Romance
From the Author
The Challenges of Writing Paranormal Romance
To a certain degree, in writing paranormal romance, you face the same challenges you do with any subgenre. The difference is the otherworldly element which necessitates world-building. Her General in Gray is a contemporary ghost story and didn’t require a great of establishing an alternate world. Ghosts, real or imagined, are commonplace to most people. Readers, has anyone ever seen or had contact with a ghost? I’m very intrigued!
In writing my vampire novels and my dark fantasies I had to climb over the inherent hurtles of suspension of disbelief and world-building. In Sinners’ Opera, Sinners’ Obsession, Cardinal Desires and Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody, my vampires are viral mutations of human DNA by a fragile blood-borne pathogen transferred in a ritual blood exchange between the mortal and immortal. In Gemini Rising, a controversial dark fantasy, the paranormal element wasn’t presented until near the end, and the world-building had to be subtly fed throughout the novel. In Gylded Wings, the challenge was to build a medieval world, then switch the world of today and, because of the hero (a fallen angel) build yet another alternate universe.
Another challenge is making a character traditionally of villain material a likeable hero or heroine, i.e., zombies (whom I hate), vampires, werewolves, headless horsemen, ghosts or demons. Needless to say, most of them today have been established as likeable creatures with passion, dark humor, and sex appeal to the max.
I find the setting more than the paranormal characters harder to develop for suspension of disbelief. Who’d believe the most infamous fallen angel of all now lives in Miami, Florida? Or in another book, the fallen celestial resides in Sin City – Viva Las Vegas. For a number of years, I lived in Miami but only visited Las Vegas twice. Both cities had to become live venues for the otherworldly with descriptions that grounded the reader in that locale. To me that is more difficult that trying to make well-read and intelligent readers believe that Lucifer is having a drink on Ocean Drive.
Thanks for allowing Autumn, Sib and me to guest on your blog today.
About the Book
Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General—for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.
John Sibley Allen died in battle from a wound in the back, the bullet fired by the turncoat, Beauregard Dudley. The traitor’s reincarnation is Autumn the Interloper’s first dinner guest. Sib bedevils her date and annoys her with fleeting, phantom touches, certain he can frighten her away as he did previous purchasers. As time marches on, her resident ghost becomes more appealing while her suitor, Beau, pales in comparison. Autumn finds her ability to love didn’t perish in the divorce that sent her south seeking a fresh start.
After over a century in the hereafter, Sib discovers he is falling for none other than the feisty Yankee girl, but what future could a modern woman and an old-fashioned ghost possibly hope for?
Read an Excerpt
“Stand aside, spook.” Dudley marched into the room, made as if to push past him, but Sib stood his ground. Folding his hands in supplication, he begged the woman he’d wounded to understand. “God knows, Autumn, I didn’t mean to hurt you. The whole ugly thing is his fault.” His finger jutted at Sib. “If he hadn’t challenged me to a duel—”
Grabbing the other man by his knit shirt, Sib prepared to frog march him back the way he’d just come. “She doesn’t want to see you, Dudley. Your very presence is disturbing and harmful.”
“Let her be the judge of that.” Dudley tried to wrest free.
From the bed came a weak cry that froze them in place. “Stop it. You’re both upsetting me. The two of you in one room mix as well as oil and water. Sib, leave. Beau, stay.”
Sib freed Dudley, turning to gape at Autumn. Why was she ordering him out, siding with, the traitor? The redhead dusted off his clothing and straightened his shirt. His triumphant expression tempted Sib to smash a fist into his mouth, wiping away his gloating smile. Instead, he offered Autumn a quick bow.
“I’ll be outside the door if you need me.” Why had he given this stranger the power to so damage his feelings? Because she can call me into corporeality? Perhaps, being a ghost wasn’t as bad as he’d thought. That she should take his killer’s side hurt more than he believed possible.
She nodded, refusing to meet the question in his eyes. He spun on his heel, walked calmly across the room, and closed the door without looking back.
But Sib left a vital part of his heart in that sickroom.
Author Linda Nightingale has done a wonderful job of creating two main characters who have so very little in common you wonder what they’ll ever see in each other. Yet, their chemistry is undeniable. Right from the start, you can tell these two are meant for each other.
As ghost stories go, this one is reminiscent of the many that have gone before but with a just enough of a fresh angle to make you want to keep reading.
Well written, this a quick read that will keep you entertained from beginning to end and have you wanting even more.
About the Author
Born in South Carolina, Linda has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston. She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.
Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt. She is the mother of two wonderful sons, a retired legal assistant, member of the Houston Miata Club, and enjoys events with that car club. Among her favorite things are her snazzy black convertible and her parlor grand piano. She loves to dress up and host formal dinner parties.
Linda Nightingale will be awarding Black Diamond Earrings and an eBook of Her General in Gray (International Giveaway) to one winner via Rafflecopter, and a second winner will receive a digital choice of one of the author’s backlist during the tour. You can enter HERE.
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