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Forget the Flying Monkeys. What about Flying Werewolves?

November 5, 2008

Shifters and Draicon and Morphs, oh my! Silhouette Nocturne author Bonnie Vanak fills us in on her latest paranormal romance, Enemy Lover, featuring magic spells, warring shapeshifters, a superpowered heroine, and an “uber alpha” werewolf hero.

by Bonnie Vanak, author of Enemy Lover and Broken Souls

My November Nocturne, Enemy Lover, is true shifter book. It shifted so many times while writing it that some days I felt like a werewolf clawing at the keyboard. Or a floating fairy flying the story to a new stratosphere.

You see, I started out creating Jamie, the heroine, as a flying fairy. I wanted her to be pixy-like, a kind of Super Fairy. That didn’t work out. So instead I endowed her with superpowers she doesn’t know she has until halfway through the book. She can teleport, play “floater basketball,” and has the power of telekinesis. In one scene in the French Quarter, she physically hurls Damian, the hero, and a rival werewolf into the air to prevent them from killing each other.

Flying werewolves! It fit, and seemed cooler than flying monkeys.

Enemy Lover pairs an old-fashioned, powerful Alpha Draicon werewolf with a young, hip woman who is his very reluctant destined mate, Damian is a protective, aggressive Alpha who would give his life for his pack and especially for Jamie, his mate. He’s sexy and dynamic, but as overpowering as he is, she is equally strong.

Jamie tried killing Damian with a poison kiss because she believes he murdered her brother. She also happens to be a computer geek who is into World of Warcraft and she’s dying of a spell turning her into stone. Damian is faced with searching through New Orleans to find an ancient book of magick to save her life, figuring out what Jamie means when she calls him an “uber Alpha” and fighting the Morphs, the enemy that want them both dead.

Then he finds out she’s got a whole boatload full of psi powers he’s never before encountered. What’s an Alpha to do, let alone an “uber” Alpha?

When I created the Draicon werewolves for my first Nocturne, The Empath, I decided to have them search for their destined mates, who contained the missing half of their magick. They needed an enemy to fight, so I invented the Morphs, former Draicon who turned evil by killing a relative to gain power. Morphs can shapeshift into any animal or insect form. In Enemy Lover, they shift into a swarm of hornets to attack Jamie and Damian.

But for Enemy Lover, I wanted the Draicon to have a more powerful weapon in the Morph war. Jamie possesses the ability to become that weapon, which is ironic because she regards all Draicon as her enemy, especially Damian. Damian must convince her to trust him, and gently coax her into becoming his lover and his mate. It’s a challenge he never anticipated, especially when he discovers she can turn him into a flying werewolf. Jamie gradually turns to him, enlisting his help in harnessing the magick she’s longed for all her life. Yet the use of her new powers expedites the stone spell, changing Jamie’s internal organs into granite and turning her hair and nails gray. Damian and Jamie must race against time to find the magick book before Jamie is forever turned into stone.

Each of my Nocturne books can be read alone, even though they are connected. I hope you enjoy Damian and Jamie’s story of courage, strength and how two strong-willed individuals learn to set aside the past to forge new beginnings formed from love and understanding. You can read an excerpt of Enemy Lover on my website, http://www.bonnievanak.com. Happy reading!

P.S. An interesting bit of trivia — part of Enemy Lover was written on location in the French Quarter at the Hotel Provincial. The hotel, a former Confederate hospital, was recently named one of the top ten best haunted hotels by AOL Travel. Maids have reported seeing bloodstained sheets appear and vanish. I didn’t see any ghosts, bloodstained sheets, or even flying werewolves while staying there. However, I did have a great view of the Ursuline Convent from the bathroom window. The convent is rumored to be haunted as well. That particular ghost story inspired a funny scene in Enemy Lover.

Use the above widget to add an own excerpt of Enemy Lover to your own site. And Bonnie will return to paranormalromanceblog.com to tell us about her Nocturne Bite, Broken Souls — also featuring the Draicon and Morphs — later this month!

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Susan Krinard’s Historical Werewolf Hero

October 24, 2008

Bestselling author Susan Krinard’s third book in her werewolf vampire trilogy is out now! Susan tells us about Come of the Night and its hero Ross Kavanagh — a one-quarter werewolf cop — and asks readers to weigh in on their favorite kind of hero…

by Susan Krinard, author of Come of the Night

Hi, everyone! The third in my recent werewolf/vampire trilogy is out this month: Come the Night. It follows the adventures and romance of Gillian Maitland, daughter of the patriarch of a powerful English werewolf family, and Ross Kavanagh, a disgraced, one-quarter werewolf cop. Gillian is bound by werewolf custom to marry a mate of her father’s choosing, a marriage that will forge new alliances and insure Sir Averil Maitland’s continued power as head of the great werewolf gathering, the Convocation. Gillian has resigned herself to her fate, even as she mourns the loss of her one true love, surrendered years ago to her own fears and his stubborn pride.

Having been accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Ross has seen everything he cares about slip out of his hands… But when a young English boy shows up in New York to claim that Ross is his father, Ross discovers that his bitter feelings towards Toby’s mother are far more complex than he’d like to believe. In order to protect Gillian and their son, Ross must travel to England, where he’s plunged into a chaotic world of deadly werewolf politics. Forced to conceal his mixed human blood, he’ll have to fight to clear his name, prove himself Gillian’s equal, and restore the love they’d so tragically lost.

While Come the Night is set in the 1920’s, the unique world of the English country house gives the book a timeless feel. The werewolves of the Convocation are the aristocrats of their species, many bent on purifying the werewolf kind of all corrupting human blood. In a world trembling on the brink of a new way of life, the werewolf clans have a choice: either accept that they must share the world with humans, or join their cause with tyrants bent on conquering the world.

Ross and Gillian see the great danger to both werewolf and humankind; the stakes are high, for themselves and for the world as they know it. Their love may be the bridge that will change the course of the future.

Ross Kavanagh appears as a secondary character in my previous vampire novel, Dark of the Moon. He’s also the son of Sim Kavanagh, the half-werewolf gunfighter hero of To Tame a Wolf. I became very fond of Ross while writing DOTM, and really wanted to see him featured in his own novel. He’s now become one of my favorite characters: a hard-boiled cop with a heart of gold. I’ve always loved this kind of hero, cop or otherwise … Bogey in Casablanca comes to mind. Or, to extend the example a little further, my ultimate favorite: Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in X-Men. I’m looking forward to writing other characters like him in the future.

I’d like to ask readers a question: what is your favorite kind of hero? Quiet but tough? Diamond-in-the-rough? All-out macho alpha-male? Or something else completely?

To read an expert of Come the Night, just use the Browse the Book widget below!

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The Story Behind the Story

October 8, 2008

Ever wonder how authors find their great ideas? Author Vivi Anna answers that very question by revealing the unlikely inspiration behind her series the Valorian Chronicles, continued this month in Veiled Truth (Silhouette Nocturne) and Mahina’s Storm (Nocturne Bites)…

by Vivi Anna, author of Veiled Truth and  Mahina’s Storm

As a writer I always get the question, “How do you come up with your ideas?” I get ideas from everything around me. Music, movies, something someone says, something I read in the newspaper, weird dreams. And sometimes, I get them while watching TV.

That’s how the idea for the Valorian Chronicles came to be.

I don’t watch TV often. There are a few shows that are must-see every week for me. Right now, its Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, America’s Next Top Model (yeah, I don’t know how that happened, but I’m hooked and have watched the past 4 seasons) and the new one True Blood. But once upon a time, I used to be addicted to CSI. The Vegas one. Why, the Vegas one, you may ask? Well, it’s all because of Gil Grissom. I love me some Gil. Intelligent, quick-thinking, quirky, handsome Gil.

So, one night, while I’m watching Gil do something extraordinary in his strange little way, I had an epiphany. I asked myself, what if Gil was a vampire? And after that question popped into my mind, everything came at me in a rush. It was like I was watching it on TV. You know, like if Jerry Bruckheimer ever wanted to make a really cool CSI show with vampires, lycans and witches, and he could, you know, call it CSI: Necropolis, for lack of a better name. (Are you listening Jerry???)

Anyway, I wondered what kind of crimes Gil would solve if he were a vampire. Who would he work with? What would the lab be like? So, the chief investigator Caine Valorian was born from that. And with him came the rest of the team: Jace Jericho, lycan; Lyra Magice, witch; Captain Mahina Garner, lycan; Laal Bask, vampire; Kellen Falcon, vampire; Gwen McKinley, witch. From there, I thought about all the cool people I could pair them up with.

And of course, I had to set this fascinating world somewhere, so I chose to create my own Otherworldly city called Necropolis. It’s a secret city of Otherworlders located south of San Antonio, Texas, down I35. I’ve had emails from readers in the area, telling me they could actually feel like they could drive down I35 and see where Necropolis would be. That’s way cool!

Once I had the world and the characters created, I started on a plot. And the book Blood Secrets was born. This book was Caine’s story. Then came Dark Lies, which was Jace’s story. And now the third book in the series is out October 1, Veiled Truth. This is Lyra’s story. And I’m hoping it’s as thrilling and fun to read as it was to write.

And that’s my story. And I’m sticking to it.

You can check out my world at http://www.valorianchronicles.com

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Author Jennifer Armintrout’s Sexy Bloodsucking Fiends!

June 17, 2008

With All Souls’ Night, Book Four of the Blood Ties series, Jennifer Armintrout wraps up the gripping saga of doctor-turned-vampire Carrie Ames and her eternal fight against evil.  We asked Jennifer to tell us what readers can expect from the final installment…

By Jennifer Armintrout, author of Blood Ties Book Four: All Souls’ Night

Hello, people out there in blogland! Hey, my new book is out, you should buy it! Not to be pushy or anything, but I do have a kid who’ll need college tuition some day. 🙂

Another really good reason to pick it up is that Blood Ties Book Four: All Souls’ Night wraps up the Blood Ties series completely.

Okay, maybe not completely. I do have a couple more ideas up my sleeve for Carrie, Nathan and the gang, but for right now, this is the end of the series. It’s the final showdown between good and evil, and it’s time for all of the characters to reconcile themselves to the fact that they’re really, pitifully outnumbered.

It’s also time for some old friends to return, and a new one to be introduced. And of course, there is gore. Much gore. I don’t like to brag or spoil anything for anyone, but zombies. Being attacked by werewolves. That statement alone can sell the book better than anything else I can say.

So, if you’re in the market for some thrilling action and you’ve already gone to see Iron Man this summer, then I think you have no choice but to check out Blood Ties Book Four: All Souls’ Night. If you haven’t read any of my other fine offerings in the Blood Ties series, such as Blood Ties Book One: The Turning, Blood Ties Book Two: Possession or Blood Ties Book Three: Ashes To Ashes, you’ll probably want to read those first, so you’ll know what’s going on in Book Four. And also, that college tuition thing I mentioned earlier.

~Jennifer

To learn more about Dr. Carrie Ames and the Blood Ties series, join Jennifer Armintrout in the eHarlequin.com Community this week, June 16-20, as she blogs and chats in character!

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Werewolf Lovers: Check This Sexy Cover!

April 17, 2008

By Jenny B, Digital Content Manager

Into sexy werewolves? You’ll love this!  In case you haven’t already seen it on Michele Hauf’s website, here’s a sneak peek at the first Nocturne Bites cover, on sale May 1st:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t it gorgeous??  I love how the hero is captured mid-transformation, and manages to look both hunky AND tortured — every muscle rippling as he fights with every ounce of his being against his curse…

Yum! 🙂

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Werewolves or Werecats: Who’s Your Mate?

April 10, 2008

By Jenny B

We’ve been paying a lot of attention lately to were-creatures like werewolves and werecats in Rhyannon Byrd‘s and Rachel Vincent‘s books, and that got me to thinking: who would my ideal paranormal romance hero (or heroine) be — a werewolf or a werecat?

What would you choose?

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Bloodrunners: Sexy Werewolf Stories from Rhyannon Byrd!

March 14, 2008

By Jenny B

Attention all fans of sexy werewolf heroes!  For more information on Rhyannon Byrd’s Bloodrunners series, check out this interview with her on eHarlequin.com.  She teases the story arc that connects all three books in the trilogy, and even hints at what’s to come in books 4 and 5, due out in 2009!