Since I haven’t had nearly enough entries, I’m extending the contest deadline to the release date of my book, July 16.
I am hard at work now editing my second Harlequin Nocturne book in my post-apocalyptic vampire series, Nightmaster. (Original title Bloodmaster, which the powers-the-be thought was too … bloody. ) I’ve done almost as much detailed worldbuilding in these books as I do in my urban fantasies, because no matter what kind of book it is, I can’t turn off my SF/fantasy mindset. My “vampires” the Opiri, have a fully developed culture, and their precarious relationship with humanity, after years of vicious warfare, is constantly threatened by the corrupt and powerful on both sides of the divide.
This fascination with worldbuilding hasn’t always served me well as a paranormal romance author, because I tend very strongly toward more complex plots and a larger cast of characters who have lives of their own–something that’s not easy to do in an 80,000 word novel. And I am far more interested in psychology than sex. (Though I have to admit Nightmaster is a little steamy, because the setting of the book made that appropriate. Many times my plots do not and, voila, I inevitably don’t do as those who focus a great deal on sex. Since I was the first, or at least one of the very first, to have a non-cursed shapeshifter/werewolf as my male protagonist in a paranormal romance novel, way back in 1993, it’s particularly frustrating. It’s not always the innovators who make the money!)
Ah, well. Now I have the Mist series, and that lets me have a little of the freedom most romance novels don’t. Even though I still trend toward happy, or at least hopeful, endings. And interpersonal relationships are crucial to me, regardless of genre. I love the drama that inevitably comes with human interactions, especially between enemies, reluctant allies, and lovers.
Oh .,. and gods, demi-gods, elves, valkyrie, and clueless mortals.