Friday, July 16, 2010

Paranormal Romance

EDITED TO ADD: Congrats to Sherry for winning a copy of Unleashed Temptation! Please contact me at savannahstuart (at) hotmail.com.

First I’d like to thank Tracy for letting me blog today! How fabulous is she! (That’s a statement, not a question).


Up until about two years ago, I’d never read much paranormal romance. And definitely not any urban fantasy. Thanks to Desert Island Keepers and other blogs and reviews, I finally took the leap into the world of paranormal romance. I’m so glad I did, too. I discovered amazing authors like Cynthia Eden, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Bonnie Vanak, Lora Leigh, Patricia Briggs…and I could probably go on for a while so I’m just gonna stop now. I never thought I’d actually write paranormal romance though. Like never ever. At one point in my career I never thought I’d write erotic romance either but I was wrong on that end too (thankfully!). Unlike my first erotic romance, writing my first paranormal romance happened by accident.


I started writing what is now titled Unleashed Temptation as an erotic romantic suspense. Carly, the heroine, was sick of her job, had just broken up with her boyfriend and was looking for a fresh start. So she moved to Miami and ended up falling in serious lust with her new boss. After plotting out a vague outline I realized the story was missing something. So I bounced around ideas and thought how much cooler the story would be if her boss was a werewolf and she was his intended mate despite the fact that she is human and hates dogs. So, Unleashed Temptation was born and from there I’ve published two more stories featuring the Lazos pack, a group of werewolves who call Miami their home. In addition to hiding their true nature they all deal with typical, everyday problems and falling in love is never easy. If it was, it wouldn’t be any fun.


If you read paranormal romance (and if you’re reading the DIK blog, I’m guessing you do), who was the first author you fell in love with in that genre? And why? For me, it’s Sherrilyn Kenyon without question. When I picked up a copy of one of her Dark Hunter books, I was officially hooked on the genre. Oddly enough, I prefer shifters and werewolves to vampires (in general), but SK will always be my fave. If you’ve never read a paranormal then what is your favorite genre and why?


Power Unleashed
, the third book in my Miami Scorcher series with Ellora’s Cave releases today so in honor of release day I’m giving away a digital copy of Unleashed Temptation, the first book in the series. It’s received five blue ribbons from Romance Junkies and recently placed 3rd in RWI’s More Than Magic contest in the novella category! Answer one of my questions above and be entered to win.


Power Unleashed


After a year in captivity, werewolf Paz Cabrera is trying to figure out her place in the world. While her sister’s new family is more than welcoming, Paz still doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. She has a big secret that could ultimately harm her new protectors and give The Council ammunition to condemn her to death. When The Council sends their legendary enforcer to hunt a rogue werewolf intent on killing innocent humans and terrorizing Miami, she discovers a terrifying secret.


As enforcer for The Council and one of the oldest living werewolves on the planet, Adam Tucker had fated himself to a lonely life. With an evil werewolf threatening the existence of all supernatural beings, the race is on to stop him. After centuries by himself, he never expected to meet his mate while on the job, but now that he’s found her, he won’t let her go. Paz denies their connection, but she can’t escape the sizzling heat between them. Adam knows she’s keeping a dark secret from him, and no matter what it takes, he plans to uncover the truth and bond her to him forever.


To read an excerpt click here. For more information, click here.


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Thanks again to Tracy for having me here today!

17 comments:

Chudney Defreitas-Thomas said...

Happy release Day!

Sherry said...

Happy release day! To answer one of your questions, my favorite paranormal writer is Cynthia Eden. First, because I know her and second, because I'd never read a paranormal til I met her. I've branched out now but she's still my fav. can't wait to read this one.

Wynter Daniels said...

Congrats on the release - love the cover and the excerpt. I think my first intro the the genre was also Cynthia Eden. She got me hooked. Love your Miami Scorcher series, too.

Cynthia Eden said...

Happy Release Day!!! And wow, your books sounds fantastic! I love paranormals so much. Am totally addicted. :-)

(And, thanks Sherry & Wynter!)

Savannah Stuart said...

Thanks Chudney!

Savannah Stuart said...

Sherry and Wynter, I totally agree! Cynthia is definitely a favorite of mine :) Lucky for us, she just had a release!

Savannah Stuart said...

Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia! I know how much you love paranormals ;)

Runere McLain said...

Release Day Happies sent your way! (I'm an admitted Kenyon freak, too. With Feehan on the side.)

Your cover is great and the excerpt is definitely a teaser! I NEED the book now! lol All the best in this wild, wonderful publishing business!

Kaylea Cross said...

Hi Savannah! Congrats on the new release :)

I'm a huge JR Ward fan (even though Phury's book just about broke my heart), but I'm going to be reading Cynthia Eden next week while I'm on vacation.

I've never read any of Kenyon's books...is that bad?

Savannah Stuart said...

Thanks Runere! Yeah, Kenyon is awesome. Once I'd read her I was like, why have I waited so long?? ;)

Savannah Stuart said...

Kaylea, I know your reading tastes so trust me, you'd LOVE Kenyon. She's all about the emotion :)

s7anna said...

Congratulations on the new release!

My intro to the paranormal genre was via Christine Feehan's books - I got addicted and am still in love with the genre.

Emjai Colbert said...

MMMM love paranormal erotica, I think I need to go see if I have any bucks in my paypal account. I cut my teeth on Anne Rice way back in the stone age, somehow it felt so wrong to read Interview with the Vampire and feel slightly turned on when Lestat turned Louis. Vampires, weres, ghosts and witches. Love love love them. BTW my first book is a paranormal romance ghost story, and I've got a Witch book sitting at Samhain waiting waiting waiting.
Congrats on your new release,
EM

Savannah Stuart said...

Ooh, yes, Feehan is good! I've actually only read a few of hers and I don't know why I haven't read more *g*

Savannah Stuart said...

Emjai, I don't think I've read any Anne Rice but I loved the movie Interview with a Vampire :)

RitaVF said...

Congrats on your new release, Savannah. Will read the excerpt and check out the series. Share your taste for Cynthia Eden. Her Midnight Series are keepers.

Vixen Pearl said...

Congrats on the release! :) I must admit, these sound interesting, I'll be sure to see about checking them out.

To answer your question...wow, hard to choose. I love so many paranormal authors! :) The first one I fell for would be Susan Krinard. She was recommended to me by a friend, and I went into it not quite knowing what to expect, despite her glowing review. And man, did Cassie blow me away. :) I've loved shifters, ever since.

Good luck with your series, Ms. Stuart! :

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