Friday, February 26, 2010

Tales of an Extraordinary Girl--Gena Showalter


  • Publisher: HQN Books
    Subject: Fiction : Romance - Paranormal
    Publication Date: October 2009

Earth, Wind & Fire aren't just a band anymore . . .

Twenty-four-year-old barista Belle Jamison dreams of a better job and a decent love life. Until a crazy scientist spikes her mocha latte! Suddenly Belle can wield the four elements - earth, wind, fire and water - with only a thought. Coffee too hot? No problem. Hair in need of a blow-dry? Done.

Gorgeous government agent Rome Masters has been sent to neutralize Belle. But he's not the only one after her. Together they must outrun the rogue agents on their trail and find a way to control her powers. There's just one problem: the sparks Belle and Rome generate are even hotter than the ones flying from her eyes-and with her future on the line, now is the worst possible time to fall in love...

  • My thoughts:

I have never been a big fan of first person POV. However, Gena writes such an engaging tale that you forget the POV and laugh over Belle's antics and drool over Rome. Yah, I'd like to make that Cat purr.

This is a fun pararomantic romp that had me laughing in more than one place. I really like Belle, she's a hoot. It's not all fun and
games, though, there are major bad guys, murder, kidnapping attempts, unexpected fire, rain, and wind popping up everywhere, a guy who can become electricity and travel through electrical lines, a fun empath sidekick whose young male bravado is endearing. The whole story evolves around an ordinary girl--well sorta--and her unexpectedly being given powers she had no idea existed much less knows how to deal with. Moral: never leave your Mocha Latte unattended.

I really enjoyed this story and it's almost comic book overtones, loved the wit and humor. I haven't read the next one but as soon as I can get my hands on it, I will.

  • And speaking of the next in the series...


Publisher: HQN Books
Subject: Fiction : Romance - Paranormal
Publication Date: February 2010

Belle Jamison is finally starting to feel like a normal girl again. Her job as a paranormal investigator is going well, she's learned to control her supernatural abilities (mostly) and she's just gotten engaged to Rome Masters, the ultra-sexy operative who once tried to neutralize her!

But planning a wedding is never easy, especially when the bride keeps accidentally torching her dress, the groom returns from a dangerous mission with selective memory loss and the man responsible now wants Belle for himself. With Rome's ex determined to win him back and a new band of supervillains on the horizon, it will take all Belle's powers—plus a little help from her trusty empath sidekick—to save the day, salvage the wedding and prove that true love really does conquer all.

I had the chance to chat a bit with Gena about this series.

  • Tell me a bit about Belle. I cracked up when I read her resume and the interview she had and she's definitely a bit of a scatterbrain.

Tragically, Belle’s crazy apple didn’t fall too far from her creator’s tree. The resume is true to – God, I can’t believe I’m admitting this -- my life. Well, my old life. For years, I couldn’t hold down a job, was often fired or quit within just a few weeks, and never finished anything I started. Writing changed that for me, and I developed terrible OCD (now I can’t start anything without obsessing until I finish) But the scatterbrain part . . . I hang my head in shame. Classic “what did I do with that?” Gena. The hair trigger emotions . . . shame . . . spiraling . . .

  • You create an organization to handle those who are enhanced, like Belle, what's the deal with them?

I wanted a place where enhanced humans (and even non-humans) could congregate, study, train, learn to fight/use their powers, and learn to hunt those abusing their powers. Yet I also wanted PSI (Paranormal Studies and Investigations) to be a place that was grounded in some kind of reality -- like the FBI – so that readers could relate.

  • What do you like about your hero? What makes him sexy?

Rome Masters . . . dreamy sigh. I love me an alpha hero. And he’s definitely alpha. Strong, assertive, brave, willing to die for his family. Horribly, if necessary. He’s protective, not afraid to laugh, stubborn, sarcastic, and when he loves, he loves with his whole heart. There’s no other woman for him. Belle’s his one and only. Now, always. Nothing could tempt him away from her.

  • What was your favorite scene in Playing With Fire?

When Tanner shoots a bad guy with his eyes closed, and Belle tasers Rome. I had so much fun writing that scene. I chuckled the whole time.

*snork, oh that was funny.

  • What's coming from the pen of Gene Showalter in 2010?

In May, I have Into the Dark, featuring three short stories (two of which are written in the Lords of the Underworld world, and one in the Atlantis world) as well as a bonus Lords of the Underworld guide.

In June, I have The Darkest Passion, featuring Aeron, keeper of the demon of Wrath. His heroine is the angel sent to kill him. In July, I have The Darkest Lie, featuring Gideon, keeper of the demon of Lies. His heroine is a woman possessed by the demon of Nightmares. She claims to be his wife, but he can’t remember wedding – or bedding – her. Also in July is The Bodyguard, an anthology with the incredible Cherry Adair and Lorie O’Clare (my story features a man who can control shadows).

In August is the reissue of Intertwined. And in September is the sequel, Unraveled.

Oh, and I can’t forget my next alien huntress tale, Ecstasy in Darkness, featuring a vampire hero who can manipulate time and the agent in training who’s supposed to lock him up. That book will hit stores sometime in late 2010.

  • Good Grief! When you say obsessive about writing you aren't kidding.

  • I will tell you I'm a fan of yours and I've read several books in different series. You are one of the few authors I will pick up on name alone because of the quality of your writing. Your books are always a good read. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.


Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 25 books, ranging from white-hot paranormal romances set all over the world (and even in some places that do not technically exist), sexy contemporary novels and other-worldly young adult novels.

You can visit with Gena on her website. She loves to hear from her readers.


Mason Canyon said...

This sounds like a great series. I love paranormal with a little humor. Thanks for introducing me to a new author.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Welcome back to Over Coffee, Gena.

I have plenty of coffee and goodies. Make yourself comfortable.

Kat Sheridan said...

OMG, I do love Gena Showalter! "Belle tasers Rome." OK, that line alone is a good reason to grab this book! And I would lose my mind trying to do so many things at once! Do you keep a huge calendar on the wall, or use pop-up alarms or something to keep it all straight? Wow.

Now I'm in the mood for a latte...

VA said...

See, it is latte comments like that end up in Thelma and Louise dreams Kat!

I want a taser. Honey won't let me have a gun, I would settle for a taser :) That scene sounds delightful Gena. Being a cheeky monkey myself, I enjoy humor with a twist. Gotta say that this sound entertaining, making my next flight reading choices and this sounds like a winner!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Viv you crack me up. Somehow I don't honey letting you have a tazer either, but if you do get one we'll have to warn the supernatural world.

Gena Showalter said...

LOL Thanks guys!

I'm not sure how I keep everything straight. You'd think I'd make lists or something, but alas. I am fanatical about having it stored in the ole brain so I can't constantly second guess myself about what comes out when. :)

Paula R said...

Hey Gena, popping by to show some love. I already have both these books. They are in my TBR pile...I probably should have read them when I first got them, but my TBR bookshelves are overflowing. I will read them though. I love the idea of the story. And, come on seriously, these books must be great. I have read your contemps, the about alpha heroes...DELICIOUS!!, so I know I will enjoy these. Your voice is amazing, and I love it. I hope you have a great day gabbing over here, today.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

~Sia McKye~ said...


See Gena, you not only get good coffee and goodies her, but treats for the ego too. All part of the full service here. lol!

Helen Ginger said...

This sounds like a fun series with a lot of action. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Straight From Hel

Kat Sheridan said...

VA, how about a road trip? You, me, some latte and a couple of tasers. W00t! And some Gena Showalter to read while we're sitting in jail awaiting trial for blowing through a stop sign in a one horse town. Or maybe for table dancing or something. LOL!

GABixler said...

Do you have tea please?

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for posting at Reviewers Roundup~

Olivia Cunning said...

Love the concept! Sounds like a lot of fun.

Tanya1224 said...

Gena is awesome!! 2010 is going to be a good year for books. I look forward to more from her. LOTU are my favorite but all her books have been great. Even Intertwined which is teen had me glued :)

VA said...

Kat why does it sound so plausible? :)

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~Sia McKye~ said...

Glenda, I absolutely have hot tea. I have a particularly lovely spice tea here from Good Earth. Or if you prefer I have Irish breakfast, English, Earl Grey. Just open the cabinet and see the full selection.

I enjoyed the book Glenda.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tanya, Gena's upcoming books are gonna put a dent in my book budget.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh my Lord, why is it I can see Viv and Kat's whole journey? Tazers too. I'll bail you lady guys out.