Thursday, September 27, 2012

.Book Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway: Jane Kindred -The Midnight Court

Today, on the blog I have a great guest post with Jane Kindred and why she is addicted to the paranormal{funny, I am too!} Don't forget to enter the giveaway and share some love for Jane and her books in the comments!

Against the pristine ice of Heaven, spilled blood and a demon’s fire will spark celestial war.

The exiled heir to the throne of Heaven, Grand Duchess Anazakia and her demon companions, Belphagor and Vasily, have made a comfortable home in the Russian city of Arkhangel’sk, but their domestic bliss is short lived. When their daughter Ola is taken as a pawn in Heaven’s demon revolution, the delicate fabric of their unorthodox family is torn apart—threatening to separate Belphagor and Vasily for good.

Anazakia is prepared to move Heaven and Earth to get her daughter back from Queen Aeval, risen in Elysium from the ashes of temporary defeat. But Aeval isn’t the only one seeking Ola’s strange power.

To conquer the forces amassing against them, Anazakia is prophesied to spill the blood of one close to her heart, while Vasily’s fire will prove more potent than anyone suspected. In the battle for supremacy over Heaven’s empire, loyalties will be tested and secrets will be revealed, but love will reign supernal.

Addicted to the Paranormal

Recently, I decided to take a departure from my usual genre of romantic epic fantasy and try my hand at romantic suspense. I was a voracious reader of gothic romances when I was a teenager. There was nothing better than a brooding, mysterious gentleman and a young governess who found herself irresistibly drawn to him even as she began to suspect he might be the one murdering people in the manor.

I’m probably dating myself by admitting that Victoria Holt was my favorite author. Romance has changed a bit since I was last devouring it. But romantic suspense is a close relative to the gothic tale, and I thought it would be fun to try to conjure up some of that brooding bad-boy danger and angsty “am I in love with the killer?” drama. So I started working on my new romantic suspense project, plotting it out in my stream-of-consciousness writing journal, peopling it with characters, and finding an interesting setting. So far, so good.

As I started to write, however, I couldn’t help thinking what other deep, dark secret my hero might be hiding. If he wasn’t the killer, maybe he was something else, something a little bit dangerous and different, something…paranormal. And before I knew it, a mysterious new breed of brooding bad-boy was growing in the petri dish of my imagination.

I kept trying to tell it to go away. This isn’t your story, I tried to explain. We’re not doing immortals and secret fae clans and elemental magic. This is romance. Just a nice, normal, suspenseful romance. With humans. That’s it. The story wasn’t having any. Mysterious groves started appearing, and the hero’s family secrets started getting a little bit weird. The setting I thought I’d chosen at random turned out to be the ideal place for unusual things to happen and for esoteric magic to be hidden for centuries, and the family history that should have had nothing to do with the locale suddenly fit perfectly, as if the story had meant to go there all along. I couldn’t stop myself. I was out of control.

I think I just may be addicted to the paranormal. Though it’s epic fantasy, even my current release, The Midnight Court, has demons for heroes instead of knights and wizards. I seem to be incapable of writing “normal,” and always go straight to the “para.”

And maybe there isn’t anything wrong with that. I’ll have my romance with a side of otherworldly, please. After all, some of the earliest gothic romance was all about vampires and werewolves and ghosts. I’m not exactly sure what psychological need such elements satisfy, but it does seem pretty primal. Paranormal heroes are a little bit wild, appealing to the id, feeding the desire to give oneself over to dark side and lose control—at least for a little while.

So I’m just going to embrace my paranormal addiction and enjoy the ride, and write the story that wants to be told. There’s no point in trying to force it to be something it’s not. Because we all know what happens when you try to suppress your true nature. It comes out and devours the neighbors, and buries the bones in the backyard.

About the author:

Jane Kindred began writing fantasy at age 12 in the wayback of a Plymouth Fury—which, as far as she recalls, never killed anyone…who didn’t have it coming. She spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. Although she was repeatedly urged to learn a marketable skill, she received a B.A. in Creative Writing anyway from the University of Arizona.

She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.

You can find Jane on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and on her website.

The Midnight Court is available now in print and ebook from Amazon
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  1. Fascinating post, one of my favorite genres or reads is a romantic suspense laced with paranormal woo-woo..LOL I loved the old Gothic romances too! Thanks for sharing this humorous post, you had me laughing.

  2. I love gothic romance too (and, ahem, I was/am a fan of Victoria Holt). That's so funny that you were working on a gothic novel and got herded into a paranormal - but considering in paranormals there's always some hellish character masquerading as a hot guy, it's practically gothic anyway. :) I'm proudly addicted to paranormal romance too.