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Werewolves or Shifters? What’s In Your Romance?

Fantastic Fridays

wolves, bears, and jaguars…oh my

I’m happy to announce that I have the rights back to my first three hot paranormal romance novellas, Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods.

In 2015 I’ll be working at re-vamping and re-branding the series. They’ll still be the hot, twisted fairy-tales they’ve always been, but with new covers, new blurbs, and possibly a new series title. I love these books. They are fun, sexy romps through the wilds of Colorado and they are chock full of romance, intrigue, and hot alpha werewolves.

Or do I mean shifters?

When I first wrote these novellas the paranormal romance readers hadn’t latched onto the shifter label as hard as they have now and I used werewolf to describe my beasts, even though my characters shift into full wolves and not scary Boris Karloff wannabes. Grr!

But, a year or two after my books became published it became clear to me that the romance community had issues with the word werewolf. They saw it as the half-man, half-beast from the horror movies. And, if I were writing a paranormal with a scary half-man, half-beast, it would still work. But I’m not. I’m writing about sexy shifters who become full fledged amazing animals. Wolves and bears, and maybe I’ll be venturing into jaguars. (I’ll have to tell you about the super sexy Latin lover I just met. Mmmm.)

Sorry, got distracted. Back on topic…

Now that I’m re-vamping these books I have to consider several issues.

Are they dated? Do they need new edits? And what sort of changes should I make?

I don’t think they’re dated, but I will definitely read through to make sure I don’t have any glaring issues with technology. One of the things I find funny about watching old movies is how fast we’ve changed in our technology. Just look at how the shape and size of the cell phone has changed. From a bulky thing wired into your car, to a huge rectangle, to something so tiny you could easily hide it in a bra, now back to larger bulky rectangles. Who would have predicted they’d get bigger and not smaller?

As for new edits: I think I had pretty decent editing from my previous publisher, but I know my writing has changed and grown. When I re-read through them I think it will be very hard not to tweak my own words and style. I have to decide if I should or not. Would you? If you had the chance to re-write something like that would you take the time? Or would you let it stand as it is. Many e-books are voraciously re-written, even without republication, but that’s not true of classic print novels. Should we re-write?

Back to the question.

So that leads me to the werewolf vs shifter thing. I think, given the current climate of the paranormal romance world, I’m going to seriously consider changing werewolves to wolf shifters. And werebears to bear shifters. I never liked the word werebear anyway. It’s awkward to say. And those aren’t total re-writes, merely a twitch to a wrinkled skirt.


What’s your opinion? Are you a sexy shifter reader? Do you care if it says sexy werewolves? Or do you think horror movie heroes and scary villains instead of hot, hunky, alpha wolves?

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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Can the Big Bad Wolf Become the Hero?

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal Blog

Alpha males. Alpha females. Paranormal romances have both and when you have strong protagonists you have to have strong antagonists. But what do you do when you know you are going to have to turn that antagonist into the hero of the next book? Is it even possible?

When I had finished my novella, Little Red Riding Wolf, I knew I had the potential for a sequel in the antagonist Seth. But in order for Little Red’s plot to work, he needed to be a bad wolf. A very bad wolf. And he is bad. He’s angry, and impulsive, and there is an edge to him that has him teetering on irredeemable.

But is he irredeemable?

Sullen and dark, he’s Red’s brother and ultimately his motivation is good. He loves her, he loves the Pack, and he is just trying to do what’s right. His problem is that he is willing to cross any lines for anyone he loves. And that has all the makings of a hero.

After all what is an alpha hero but a tortured soul looking for redemption? Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books are full of them, and in fact the best ones have the darkest heroes. Zarek, from Dance with the Devil, is a good example.He’s so dark and tortured even the other Dark Hunters think he’s over the edge. And yet he finds redemption and love.

I think that is what really makes paranormal alpha heroes different from beta heroes or even from alpha heroes in other genres. Frequently they are dark and brooding because they are atoning for a sin, or a perceived sin. Or they are laboring under punishment from someone else for doing something wrong for the right reasons.

Sometimes, as in Laurel K. Hamilton‘s works, they are good men with bad natures. The vampires can’t help being vampires. They is what they is. It’s what they do with it that counts in the end.

Can Seth come back from his near brush with the dark side? Can he go from being the Big Bad Wolf to being the Alpha Hero? I’m finding out right now as I plot his story, and I think it is going to be interesting plumbing the depths of someone who is willing to do anything for those he loves. Even when he falls in love with the enemy.

Do you like dark tortured heroes? Why or why not? Who are your favorite dark heroes? Were they bad in another book or series? Leave me a comment and let me know.

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