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WARNING- Cliffhangers ahead!

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Should your books come with a warning label? Should the publisher or author post it right on the front cover that you are heading for dangerous waters and need a puffy orange life jacket to navigate the rapids ahead? I think so. Definitely in the case of New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning‘s urban fantasy Fever series.

I started off the series innocently enough. I’ve been putting off reading them as I am writing a fae fantasy romance series, Tales of the Black Court, and I haven’t wanted to mix up my world building. But my fae romance world is holding steady, I have The Dark Huntsman finished and Prince By Blood and Bone in a complete rough draft, so I decided to treat myself. Thank romance that I waited until her entire series was finished because even though I loved every page there are some major cliffhangers!

dark fever by karen marie moningBook one, Dark Fever, was complete in itself. I enjoyed it. Dark and with some nice twists on the fae that I appreciated it made me anxious to read the next book, but I didn’t feel like I was left suspended. Not so with book two, Blood Fever. Blood Fever left me hanging by my fingers, heading for a drop. But, once again, I could handle it. Luckily I had book three, Fae Fever ready to go, so I didn’t feel too cheated.

But then I read Fae Fever and was left not just heading towards the rapids, but swimming without a life vest in the dark waters with the sound of the rapids dead ahead.

Major cliffhanger!

I’m lucky. This series is complete and I’m able to read the books one after another, but I can imagine how upset readers were with having to wait for the next book, and the next one, because I am assured that Dream Fever also has an ending that makes you want to turn the page… but there is no page to turn.

I asked this question on an author’s loop that I am a member of: do you leave cliff hangers at the end of a book that is part of a series? Does this upset your readers?

The answer yes- readers get upset. Don’t to it. Unless…

Unless you have the next book ready to go and can get it to your readers hot, anxious, sweaty hands in record time. And don’t do it in romance. I have to agree. If your book is a romance, like my books, the relationship should not end on a cliffhanger. Once you do that you are out of the romance category and into something else. Urban fantasy, mystery series, maybe even serial women’s fiction…if there is such a thing. HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) are essential for romance. Or at least HFNs (Happy For Now).

But what about series threads? Can you have a cliffhanger in a romance series thread?

The consensus was not a cliffhanger, per se, but definitely leave some dangling threads.

In the Tales from the Black Court, that’s what I’ve done. I’ve kept some suspense throughout the series, but no romance cliffhangers.  All my couples get there HEA or at least an HFN. What about you?

shadow fever by karen marie moningDo you love cliffhangers? Karen Marie Moning has made it work for her. Her Fever series is very popular and fans raced out to buy Shadow Fever and find out what happens in the end of the series. And I have to admit, I loved her writing. I can’t wait to find out what happens and it woldn’t deter me from reading more of her books. But I might delay. Just in case.

Would you keep reading a series that left you scrabbling by your fingertips? Or would you get mad and give up? Have you ever been stuck waiting a year for a book that left you hanging?

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Is Paranormal Really Dead?

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twilight saga boxed setIs paranormal romance a thing of the past? Since Twilight hit it big that is the scuttlebutt around the industry. But I think they’re wrong.

All genres and sub-genres have their ups and downs. And there are always naysayers who say the genre is dead when is starts to come off of it’s high. But rarely is the genre truly gone. There are always the core readers who are upset when they can’t find their genre of choice. And while the large print publishers may be backing off of buying paranormal, the readers really aren’t.

Yes, you lose the non-core readers. Those bandwagon jumpers who only read the hotest thing. They read Twilight and they are likely moving on to Fifty Shades of Gray at this very moment. But they weren’t the people who boosted paranormal in the first place. Readers like you and I did that. Readers who loved when they stumbled upon a romantic ghost story, or psychic investigators and ate those books up and demanded more. Those readers are still out there. And they are hungry for the next big thing in paranormal romance.

Hungry for something different.

Why has paranormal romance declined? Well, it’s natural for any thing to drop after hitting a high. The stock market does it. The economy does it. And trends do it. But that doesn’t mean that that trend is dead, it just means it is in a natural low. And that low doesn’t have to be extreme. Paranormal romance is still selling. It is still selling strong. The only people who are not buying it are the big print publishers. And they are still buying it. New authors like Joan Swan are still being given contracts, and selling well. joan swan's fever

What the big print publishers are doing is slowing down. And that’s fine. The genre is slowing down. And that’s fine. But dead? No, I don’t think so. Not when so many people are still reading and still buying.

Even genres like the cowboy romance aren’t dead. Publishers stopped putting their weight behind them and the readers and authors went underground. More self-publishing authors are doing very well with genres like cozy mysteries, and cowboy romances than we know of. Are they big news? No. And they won’t be, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. Authors are writing what they love and readers are buying what they love. It just means the big print publishers aren’t involved in the transaction.

That’s what happens when you only want large sales of individual titles or trends. When the sales are still viable for a genre, but not enormous, that’s when small publishers and self-publishers get a huge opportunity. An already hungry group of readers looking for more. And this group of readers is willing to look. Whether it’s for paranormal or gothic or urban fantasy there will always be a group of readers who want the supernatural in their romance. And I’ll keep dishing it up.

And if the wave starts to rise again? Well, grab your board, I’ll already be in the water!

What are you reading that isn’t popular? What do you look for? What is your favorite genre, sub-genre, sub-sub-genre? Do you read what is hot, or do you read what is not? Or both? What about paranormal? What would you like to see that hasn’t been done? What about the genre is boring you now? What about paranormal is hot?

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Three Hot Paranormal Releases!

Thursdays Bite

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Just a little business before we get to the real meat of the blog. If you are a winner of my Killer Blog tour please contact me through my contact page and send me your information so I can either email your book or mail your prizes. List of winners can be found HERE.

I picked up my copy of Joan Swan’s FEVER last Thursday and held my breath till I could finally dive in on Sunday. Loved it! To read my review on Paranormal Freebies, click HERE. For those of you who can dive in right now and are looking for a book, I highly recommend FEVER. I’ve been waiting since 2010 for Joan’s book and it has seemed like forever!

Joan did let us sneak a peek in 2010, it wasn’t even quite through edits, but I knew then that I wanted more. So now I have it in my hot little hands and I’m thrilled!

Here is the blurb and I hope each and every one of you will run out and buy Joan’s book so she can write more! And for lots of chances to win FEVER click HERE and follow Joan on her Fever book tour.

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

The other book I picked up (finally!) is Melissa Mayhue’s Warrior’s Redemption. Another book I’ll have to wait to read, but now that I own it I can read it any old time I want to! Want to read a review of Warrior’s Redemption? Click HERE for ML Guida’s review.

Will the magic of modern romance help him defeat an evil ancient power?

MALCOLM MACDOWYLT sees himself a failed warrior, haunted by the death of the woman he married to become laird of Clan MacGahan.  Neither his Viking heritage nor his claim to descend from Norse gods can restore his confidence in his ability to protect his people.  His sister is held captive, her life in jeopardy, and his Magically powerful half brother wants him dead.  The last thing he needs is more responsibility, but that’s exactly what he gets when his Faerie mother-in-law arrives seeking justice for her daughter in the form of an enticing woman from seven hundred years in the future.

DANIELLE DEARMON has waited fifteen years to discover the life she is supposed to live.  She just never dreamed she’d end up in the thirteenth century with a handsome Scot bent on saving everyone but himself.

With the lives of those most dear to him hanging in the balance, Malcolm sets out to battle a powerful evil Magic, only to learn that the redemption he seeks exists only in the arms of the woman he loves.
I’m still waiting anxiiously for JL Bowen’s YA release, Healer from Featherweight Press. I shared the trailer (along with Melissa’s) HERE last week. This week I’m sharing the cover and the blurb. Enjoy!

Thirteen-year-old Armond Costa heals in three days, no matter what abuse his uncle and aunt inflict upon him. On his fourteenth birthday, he sprouts wings and discovers his aunt and uncle had lied to him. He’s the lost Golden Demon’s Healer. His father, King of the Golden Demons, insists he return with him and save his people from being persecuted by their mortal enemies, the Dark Demons. Now, Armond must choose between the Ellis brothers and seventeen-year-old Rusty Owens — the only family he’s ever known — or condemn the Golden Demons to extinction.

Can’t wait JL!

Now if you have all of these on your list I’m leaving you with a link to the Vampire Book Club and their list of March 2012 releases. They’ve done such a terrific job of compiling the releases that I simply had to send you over there. Enjoy!

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