Today I’m hosting Angela Dennis and her novel Dance With the Devil, a paranormal romance from Samhain Publishing. Angela is giving away a $20 Amazon or B&N gift card as well as a print or digital copy of the book (US only, international winners will receive an eBook substitution in the format of their choice). Make sure to comment, follow the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!
Angela is also here today to talk about why she writes paranormal romance, one of my favorite genres. Take it away, Angela!
Why I Write Paranormal Romance
I love genre fiction. Romance, science fiction, horror, fantasy, I love it all. I think that is primarily what draws me to paranormal romance. Although at its core it is romance, it draws from several other genres as well. When you write a paranormal romance, you aren’t just telling a love story. You are creating an alternative reality, fleshing out a new mythology for whatever paranormal creature you choose to utilize. The whole idea is glorious because you can take a joy ride through your imagination. The sky is the limit. You can create whatever you want, as long as the rules and structure of your world make sense. But the best part is still the romance. And what a romance!
Romance can never be too easy. It’s all about flawed characters combined with internal and external conflict. In paranormal romance the writer has the opportunity to really amp up the conflict. The heroine isn’t just a woman struggling to find herself and overcome past hurts so she can love the hero. On top of all the other normal baggage, she shifts into an animal, has magical powers, or needs to drink blood. In the case of shifters, what does she do if her hero isn’t a shifter? She has to decide how much to tell him. If he is a shifter, he may be a different kind of shifter. What if she’s an Alpha and he’s a Beta, or they’re both Alphas? The options are limitless.
But, despite all this, I write paranormal romance because I love it. Pick up my Kindle and you’ll find it’s about 60 percent paranormal romance, 30 percent urban fantasy, and 10 percent everything else. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was my favorite book as a kid. Supernatural is my favorite television show. I’ve always been fascinated by the paranormal, and probably always will be. Writing in this genre lets me create new stories and put my own spin on existing mythologies. And what could possibly be better than that?
After killing one of her father’s enforcers, half-blood lion shifter Jillian Winters ran for her life, landing in an upscale bar halfway across the country. Her boss, Carrick—a pure-blood shifter—has no idea his barmaid is a fugitive.
When her father’s recklessness puts the Pride at risk, Jillian must return home and assume his place as Alpha. But not before she indulges in a taste of the attraction that’s been building for years between her and Carrick.
Carrick Granger has had a soft spot for Jillian from the moment she stepped into his bar, soaking wet and afraid of her own shadow. He knows she has secrets. So does he. He’s also the outcast son of an Alpha—and now that his father is dead, he, too, has been summoned home.
Thinking they’ll never see each other again, the simmering heat between them ignites like a match to gunpowder. But then the bullets start flying, forcing them to choose—duty to their Prides, or the one person they can’t live without.
Warning: This book contains deception, lies, betrayal, a sexy lion who is determined to claim his mate, and a mating bond that will change the landscape of the Prides forever.
Her attraction to him was beyond dangerous. But, thankfully, that attraction wasn’t mutual. If it had been, it would have been impossible to turn him away. A smarter person would have left town the second they realized Carrick was a shifter. But, like an idiot, she had stayed, unable to resist being around him during her short stint of freedom.
Even now, the call of the Pride echoed in her mind like the beginnings of a migraine. She massaged her aching temples. Carrick was so close that her hand brushed his shoulder as she reached for her head. Although it was an innocent touch, the heat of his body seared her skin.
Damn it. Fate had a twisted sense of humor. No other man had ever affected her like this.
When he turned, the intention in his green eyes was unmistakable. She stepped back, stunned, heart pounding. With a nervous swallow, she licked her dry lips. He moved closer, eyes focused on her mouth. Torn between flight and surrender, she froze.
Their bodies brushing, Carrick ran his hands down the length of her arms. “How many layers do you have under there?” He squeezed her shoulders gently. “Take them off. I’ll make a fire.” He grasped her hand, tugging her toward the fireplace.
Jillian didn’t move. She couldn’t do this. “Thought you didn’t want to talk?”
“I changed my mind.” He released her hand and moved across the room, crouching before the hearth to kindle the flames.
She couldn’t make herself move, either forward or away. This was her last chance. Once she walked out that door, she was gone forever.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex. When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.
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Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.