Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Fun Twists An Turns Of ParaNormal

My guest is the talented para romance author, Alexandra Ivy. I have to admit, I've been looking forward to this particular book in her The Guardians of Eternity series. Tane's one hot hero. Enjoy the excerpt.

I thought Alex's topic very interesting. Para normal has changed over the years and as a reader, I love those changes.

What do you think of those changes?

First I want to thank Sia for inviting me to drop by for a visit. :-)  I enjoy having the opportunity to speak with fellow readers who love the paranormal!! And that’s what I always consider myself…an avid reader who just happens to write!

I’ve been blogging a lot lately about the fun twists and turns the genre seems to be making over the past year or so.

When this wild ride first began it was dominated by dark, brooding vampires. Who could ever have predicted the remake of classic lit with flesh eating zombies? Or the popularity of steampunk? Or the infusion of high fantasy with contemporary romance? I LOVE the fluid nature of the market and the fact that we as readers are willing to take a chance on writing that’s waaaaaay outside the box. :-)

I think it's the very fact that paranormals refuse to be pinned down with the same rules and expectations that makes other genres seem stale is what has kept it so popular. And as it continues to evolve I believe it will only attract new readers and writers.

My own series, The Guardians of Eternity, are a mishmash of genres. I’ve combined my love for horror, fantasy, adventure, and overall, romance into a strange brew…oh, and a fairly large dash of humor (or at least what passes as humor for me :-). It’s been so much fun creating my own world without restrictions, and I hope that comes through in the stories.

  • My question is: What you see for the future of paranormals.
Dust off your crystal balls and give me a hint of what you hope to see more of, or perhaps invent something entirely new!!


Tane is a Charon, sworn to hunt and kill rogue vampires. His new assignment seems like a waste of his talents…until he catches up with the Jinn he's been sent to capture. Half human, half demon, Laylah has a vulnerable streak that strikes right through to Tane's cold heart. He should be furious when she uses her powers to bind them together, preventing him from dragging her before the Commission. Instead he welcomes any reason to stay close enough to touch, to taste, to seduce…

Laylah doesn't know why she was chosen to protect a child who may be the catalyst in a war between good and evil. But the mysteries of her past pale compared to the dangers approaching. Tane is devastatingly strong, breathtakingly sensual. And Laylah will have to trust in every ounce of that strength, because her enemies are drawing near, eager to destroy them both…Excerpt

I began my career in 2000 under the name Debbie Raleigh, writing traditional regencies and now as Deborah Raleigh writing regency historicals.

Moving to paranormals has been a dream since I watched my first episode of Buffy. I hope everyone enjoys the Guardians of Eternity series.

Do stop by Alexandra Ivy's Website. She has all sorts of extras including some facts on her Heros and her books.


~Sia McKye~ said...

Alex, Welcome back to OVER COFFEE.

Gee, do you think you could get Tane here to serve

On topic, I do find Paranormal ever changing and fascinating. I love the blends with Para. I'll admit it is my preferred genre because of all those blends. I also write it and like you, I've been captivated since I watched my first Buffy episode. :-)

Jo said...

Although I recently read the Twilight series, paranormal is not normally what I read. I read a lot of black magic books when I was a young woman and ended up frightening myself to death so basically swore off the whole scene.

Kat Sheridan said...

I really enjoy all the many sub-genres in paranormal, although I confess a love for old-fashioned time travels, or space operas. I write historical suspense, but lately I've been having ghosts crop up in the writing, a direction that's new for me. I still prefer flesh and blood villains, but I like the idea of other-worldly entities interacting with the hero/heroine.

Helen Ginger said...

I've never been a big paranormal/fantasy reader. I started with mystery and have stuck with that. But...I'm now reading some fantasy/paranormal and am really enjoying it. I think part of the reason is what you said -- there's so much variety in the genre.

Olivia Cunning said...

My crystal ball says lust demons. Not sure what they are, but I think I want to find out.

VA said...

I got hooked on paranormal a couple of years ago with Judi Fennell's In Over Her Head and never looked back. I've read about vampires, werewolves, selkies, mers, demons, angels, ETs, and the list runs on and on.

Love the genre because like you mention Alexandra, there is so much flexibility in the format. The fact that it is not grounded in reality means you can do anything including normal. There is humorous and light-hearted, gritty and post-apocalyptic, and immortal and urbane.

Crystal ball along with the tarot cards made themselves scarce some years back and I always thought hunting down those who which to remain unnoticed is a bad idea.

My prediction: If the economy stays bad fantasy will reign, but as it improves more realism will be represented.

Off to read the excerpt.

VA said...

Tane is yummy. Great excerpt!

VA said...

Alexandra, I tried to leave a comment on the excerpt blog and the box to actually post it is hidden. I tried randomly clicking around and couldn't find it to post after the verification box which was squished as well.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Vivian, Tane is yummy. I *met* him in Alex's last book. I've always thought him tough, but lonely, or alone, I guess would fit better.

I don't know the answer for why you can't comment on the blog where Alex put the excerpt. Hmmm.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Helen, there really is a lot of variety. I think what makes para so attractive is it incorporates some of my favorite genre--I love thrillers and adventure a lot, romance too and adds a twist. I love seeing that blend of normal and the extra fillip of the unusual.

aries18 said...

Great hunky Tane. Love the excerpt! And love paranormals of all sorts. Hope there's lots more to come.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Olivia, lolol! lust demons? Are they similar to rock stars? It's gonna be how you work up this one.

In mine, they're the bad guys, for the most part.

Alexandra Ivy said...

Thanks so much for the comments!! I love books with ghosts and demons (lust demons sound yummy!) VA I'll check on the excerpt page, my web mistress might have set it so the comments don't show...I'll have to ask :)

Alexandra Ivy said...

I absolutely agree about the adventure...I started out writing historicals, and I always had a hard time balancing the amount of romance with my love for sending them on crazy adventures :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Ahh, a woman after me own heart. No wonder I love your books. You seemed to have found your balance just fine Ivy, hot sex and wonderful kick ass adventures.

Tonya Kappes said...

Hi!! I'm seeing a lot of magical plots in cozy mysteries. It's more magical than paranormal. Very fun!

Alexandra Ivy said...

Thanks Sia!! I agree Tonya, cozies and witches or ghosts just seem to go together!!

Dana Fredsti said...

I'm with Olivia. I like the idea of lust demons!