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A Confession: I Really Do Love Flying Cockroaches by Bonnie Vanak

November 24, 2008

Bonnie Vanak has written about some creepy critters in her paranormal romances for Silhouette Nocturne: werewolves, evil shapeshifters…even flying cockroaches! Bonnie tells us about the different species that appear in her new ebook, Broken Souls, and how her werewolf hero and heroine find love — despite the cockroaches!

by Bonnie Vanak, author of Broken Souls

I live in Florida. We have giant palmetto bugs. I mean, they’re disgusting. They fly into your hair. They’re big. Scurry away faster than, well, cockroaches, when you run after them with a can of Raid.

Recently, I read an article about how the hissing cockroach from Madagascar may soon infiltrate Florida. These bugs are up to five inches long. When they’re threatened, they hiss at you.

I chortled as I relayed the fact to my green-faced co-workers.

Then I confessed my little secret. I really do love flying cockroaches. Not in my home, or in my hair (not even on a bad hair day). But wow, they’re a perfect addition for one of my Nocturnes.

For my Nocturnes, I created a race of werewolves called the Draicon. Their enemies are the Morphs, former Draicon who turned evil when they killed a close relative for greater power. Morphs can shift into any life form, including snakes, scorpions, and cockroaches.

In Broken Souls, my Nocturne Bite, Katia, the heroine, remembers how her family home was infiltrated by Morphs shapeshifting into roaches to slide between the rags she and her father stuffed beneath the door to keep them out. In that particular battle, she fled, the important promise she made to her father lost in memory.

Except for those disgusting cockroaches. She remembers those.

She must recall what promise she made, and find her father to expunge her guilt for abandoning him as he was overwhelmed by Morphs (shapeshifting from those cockroaches). So Katia performs the very dangerous, and outlawed blood candle spell to call forth her father. She does this because Baylor, who loves her and brought her to his pack, wants to mate with her. He’s given her a deadline, yet she must discover first if her father is alive. Katia believes her first loyalty is to her own blood.

The problem is, she doesn’t know what she’s calling forth. If her father is alive, will he have turned into a Morph himself? Capable of turning himself into a flying cockroach?

Sure does raise interesting questions for a family reunion.

When I created the Draicon, I knew I wanted them to have destined mates. Yet I also wanted to explore the idea of what happens to Draicon who lose their destined mates.

Are these werewolves destined to live unhappily ever after?

Not in my world. This is why I wrote Baylor and Katia’s story in Broken Souls. They are two lost, broken souls whose destined mates are gone. Facing them is the important question: what is more important, loyalty to family or love for a possible mate?

Baylor was more a villainous type in The Empath, my first Nocturne. He was suspicious of Nicolas, Damian’s beta wolf, and gave him a hard time. In Broken Souls, he becomes a true hero determined to win the love, and Katia, the Draicon who also lost her destined mate.

Baylor is determined to protect Katia and remain loyal to the core to his pack. He nearly loses his life in a Morph fight to keep his people safe. But for Katia, he will do more. He will risk not only his life, but his carefully guarded heart.

Baylor and Katia are sorely tested in Broken Souls. Yet in the end, all works out well. Broken Souls is, after all, a romance. Despite the fact that their destined mates are gone, Katia and Baylor discover that they can find true happiness.

Even with those nasty cockroaches. Because not even a nasty flying roach can separate those determined to make their own destiny to share their lives, and their hearts.

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Author Susan Krinard, from werewolves to vampires!

March 3, 2008

By Susan Krinard, author of Dark of the Moon

Everyone seems to be writing vampires these days. For years I’ve written about my shapeshifter “werewolves,” beginning with my 1993 novel Prince of Wolves .. . one of the very first romance novels to feature a werewolf hero (and, I believe, the first in the genre to present one who wasn’t “cursed”).

When I decided to venture into vampires–or, as I call them, “strigoi”– I decided to try something different … a setting that has hardly been used in romance, the Roaring Twenties. The series began with Chasing Midnight, about a high-flying vampire flapper and the straitlaced werewolf who falls in love with her. It was set against the exciting background of bootleggers and mobsters, where our hero and heroine fall in love while fighting to keep the evil head of the vampire mob, Raoul Boucher, from bringing chaos down upon the city of New York.

One of Raoul’s enforcers was a mysterious vampire named “Dorian Black” … a man who, in spite of his profession, had a moral sense that wouldn’t allow him to surrender completely to his dark side. Dorian became the hero of my new book, Dark of the Moon … a tormented soul who, every dark of the moon, becomes the very creature he most fears. Only his growing love for reporter Gwen Murphy, who is investigating the presence of vampires in Manhattan, can possibly save him.

Dorian is one of my favorite characters. As a hero with a dark past and much to atone for, he has a long way to climb. He must constantly battle his darker instincts in order to be with Gwen and begin to accept her love; he knows he’s a danger to her, and his increasing desire to make her a vampire like himself becomes almost too strong to resist. But when she’s threatened by a cult of strigoi bent on killing her and destroying the entire vampire race, he begins to realize that her hatred is a small price to pay in exchange for her life.

Gwen, too, was a very fun character to write … the very image of the plucky girl reporter who, in spite of the discouragement of her male colleagues, will stop at nothing to get her story. I was inspired by the movies of the 1930s, where heroines portrayed by actresses like Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck “always get their man.”

Though Dark of the Moon is set in a period unfamiliar to many readers, I think it provides a colorful and unique backdrop for a vampire story. The Twenties were a period of transition, caught between the morals of the Victorian Era and the exciting new ideas of the Twentieth Century. The conflicting pressures of both worlds tells strongly on our characters, who have their own challenging transitions to make in an uncertain world.

I hope readers will enjoy Dark of the Moon, and look out for my next werewolf book, Come the Night, in October.