First off, we have winners! Congrats to:
on winning the copy of Kami Garcia & Margie Stohl’s Beautiful Darkness, and
on winning the copy of Lena Meydan’s Twilight Forever Rising.
There are lots of new books being released next week, so stay tuned to the blog for more giveaways–and keep reading below for how to win a copy of Meljean Brook’s new steampunk/romance The Iron Duke!
Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve begun a series of monthly columns for Tor.com called Fiction Affliction, wherein I present a handy shopping list of all the new releases coming out in science fiction, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, high fantasy, and YA paranormal. The November lists will be up in a week or two.
Making those lists isn’t as easy as it sounds. The genres have become so blended that it’s hard to tell where a title should be listed –apocalyptic sci fi, urban fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal romance are all doing huge mashups right now.
I have, however, discerned a quick and easy way to tell an urban fantasy title from a paranormal romance.
If you’re browing the bookstore shelves and see a book cover featuring a half-naked kickass female torso, usually with tattoos and often with sexy long hair and a gun–THAT BOOK IS AN URBAN FANTASY.
If you’re browing the bookstore shelves and see a book cover featuring a half-naked male torso with show abs, with longish hair and a stubbly chin that’s barely visible because his entire head isn’t showing–THAT BOOK IS A PARANORMAL ROMANCE.
|Urban Fantasy…..Paranormal Romance|
Easy peasy. Now the issue is solved. I swear this is true–put it to the test.
TODAY’S CONTEST: If you want to read more thoughts about writing outside the box romance has been wedged into for the past thirty years, check out my guest blog today at the Romance Books R Us blog–and leave a comment for a chance to win Meljean Brook’s new steampunk romance, The Iron Duke!