Why I Love Paranormal Romance with Betty Bolté and C*ntest

And the Elysian Fields tour continues to roll–thanks to all of you who are following along!

First, thanks and apologies to those of you who commented over at Jeanz Book Read’n’Review–I had the date wrong on my schedule and thought it was going up yesterday. Oops! So if you missed it, here is the link–it’s a Tier 3 stop, so you can enter for the iPad and tour-wide giveaways.

I alao have an interview up today at Romance Junkies, and Tor is giving away a copy of Elysian Fields.

It’s mixup day, apparently! Thanks to Melissa at Buried Under Books for the spotlight–our interview is getting rescheduled and I’ll post the link on the day it’s up.

And stay tuned for tomorrow, when there will be some flash fiction, this time a story inspired by recent events in my life, titled, appropriately, “Bat Out of Hell.” 🙂 And more fiction on Friday, when you can read “Swamp People.”

Now, please help me welcome Betty Bolté to Preternatura. Betty’s latest book is Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure, a collection of historical fiction tales based on the lives of 19 girls living in the 1800s in America. These stories were inspired by the fact that each of these girls have a landmark dedicated to them in America as a result of their efforts. It’s a really cool story premise!

Betty lives on a farm in Tennessee with her husband, three cats, and two dogs, and tons of books. She is also the author of several nonfiction books and is currently pimping her historical romance trilogy (her words, not mine!–SJ). In the works is a contemporary paranormal romantic women’s fiction novel set in a haunted plantation home in Tennessee. By day, she works as a consulting technical editor supporting NASA’s Space Launch System Program. You can learn more about her at her website, on Facebook, on Goodreads or follow her on Twitter (@BettyBolte) or Pinterest. Betty’s also a member of my local (Birmingham) RWA chapter, so give her a warm welcome…and comment to win the giveaway. Read on for details.

ABOUT HOMETOWN HEROINES: True Stories of Bravery, Daring and Adventure:  Did you know that girls and young women made a difference in America’s history? During the 1800s, many girls helped America grow bigger and better, yet are missing from many history books. Virginia Reed, at 12, survived the trek to California with the Donner Party. Joanna Troutman, at 17, created the first Texas flag. Belle Boyd risked her life to spy for the Rebels during the Civil War. Grace Bedell wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln that changed the way he faced the nation. Kate Shelley, at 15, crawled across a high trestle in a ferocious thunderstorm to stop the next train from falling through a washed-out bridge. A young teacher, Minnie Freeman led her 17 students to safety through the blinding snow of the Blizzard of 1888. These are just a few of the 19 inspiring true stories of 19th-century American girls who touched the hearts of their hometowns. You can remember them today by visiting their historical markers, monuments, exhibits, and parks, or by reading their poems, and singing their songs.

And now, let’s hear from Betty…
Top 5 Reasons I Love Paranormal Romance 
I’m happy to be pinch-hitting for Suzanne while she’s busy elsewhere!

I am a romantic at heart, looking for love in everything I read and watch on TV or in movies. I’ve been reading since I was 5 and writing since I learned how to spell. But way back then (don’t ask, but yes, that long ago) I wasn’t aware of a thing called genre. I simply picked up books that interested me at the library, piled them into my bike’s basket, and pedaled home as fast as I could to devour them. Books were/are both my escape and my friend all rolled into one. I learned from them. A bit about life here, about love there, about hate and compassion over there. Along the way, I fell in love with historical fiction, ghost stories, and then branched into women’s fiction and, of course, romances of all kinds.

Now for the all-important list of why I love to read and write paranormal romance. See if you agree with any of these reasons. May I have a drum roll please? The top five reasons are:

#5. The mix of beings and how they interact function for me in the same way that the Star Trekseries/movies often highlight how people on earth treat each other, both good and bad, but in a non-threatening way, by depicting the interactions of humans with non-humans from other places. I hope a message might be shared that will help viewers treat each other better as a result. May be wishful thinking, but there it is.
#4. I’m a dog lover, so the idea of werewolves makes me happy. Imagine being part dog with the heightened sense of smell and hearing and, of course, the additional strength. Oh, and eating anything I want and not caring. Cool!
#3. Something magical happens in paranormals, whether explicitly or implicitly, that speaks to my love of pondering the mysteries in life, the unexplained events and coincidences that weave through our daily happenings. We can’t always know why something occurs. We just have to deal with it and move on. Perhaps understanding will come later.
#2. Ghosts and hauntings have fascinated me since I was a little girl creeping through an abandoned decrepit house near my home, imagining I saw blood on a sofa cushion and heard creaking boards upstairs. Had someone been murdered and now the murderer lived upstairs? My little brain invented a host of scenarios for who it was and why nobody knew he or she stayed in the house. So any romance that includes a spirit intrigues me, though I’m not a fan of horror fiction. Thus I’m thinking the movie Ghost, for example.
#1. Imagining the combinations of species loving each other stretches me as a human being to be willing to accept, or at least tolerate, all people. We can’t love everyone but we can try to understand their perspective and resulting needs and desires. Hmm, I’m seeing a theme of “understanding” as an underlying motive for reading.

How about you? Why do you love reading paranormal romance?
Thanks, Betty!!
What do you love about paranormal romance?  Leave a comment, and Betty has generously offered to let random.org choose one commenter to win a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. Tell us why you love paranormal romance!

29 thoughts on “Why I Love Paranormal Romance with Betty Bolté and C*ntest

  1. I love Paranormal Romance because it is what got me into Romance! I was always a Fantasy/Sci-Fi girl until I found P.C. Cast’s Goddess Summoning series. It was filed under Fantasy for the first book, but I had to find the rest in Paranormal Romance. While I picked up the rest of the series I browsed the section. Since then I’ve been an avid Romance fan. 😀

    • It’s always surprised me how so many sci fi and fantasy books contain strong romances or romantic elements. I enjoy sci-fi but wonder if I’d stick with it without the romantic elements in each of them. I’m glad you found romance! What would the world be with love and romance?

    • Thanks, Eva! It’s actually 19 stories, each a different girl’s tale of why she is honored with a landmark in our country. Each are very inspiring to me, to think they were so brave and courageous in the 1800s as teens or younger. I know I wasn’t very brave at that age!

  2. Paranormal Romance has become a love of mine because you get the sweet and emotional mx of love with the intrigue and kick of the supernatural. I’ve always loved sci- fi for it imagination and anything hoes attitude but my favorite aspect of it was always the relationships that happened in it. Wether between enemies, friends, strangers or different species. But the romance was always slightly on the back burner so I was so excited when PNR really blew up. It gives me everything I love about sci-fi with all the yummy romance. Romance lifts you up. It allows for hope and that no matter what life throws at you love can conquer all and that’s always a key aspect of PNR.

    • Well said, Stephanie! It’s the sense of hope that romance gives me that keeps me in love with the genre. When you have someone you love and who loves you, you can face anything. Thanks for that reminder!

  3. What I love about paranormal romance is, that just about anything you can imagine, can happen or be brought to fruition in the story. You can have shifters, Vamps, Ghouls, Demons–whatever your heart desires–and they can all be in the same book if you wish! I love the new generation of creativity within the paranormal writer’s community! It keeps things fresh and interesting! kbinmich@yahoo.com

    • Kimberly, I agree that the variety of options is limited only by the imagination of the author. Kinda a like a grownups version of the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, isn’t it?

  4. PNR allows an author to play with creatures, magic, alternate worlds and still deliver a HEA. The best feeling is being swept away into the pages of a yummy story and surfacing hours later, saying “I want more please!”

    Your book on these young women heroines I will definitely check out for my niece. Great examples for young girls to compete with pop singers and reality TV.

    • I so agree with you, Liz! There’s nothing like a great PNR with a HEA that leaves you wanting to know what happens next, or how a secondary couple met and/or how they resolve their conflicts.

      The girls in Hometown Heroines continue to inspire me in my day-to-day life, using their examples of courage and determination helps me push on with my own dreams and goals. Thanks for your interest!

  5. I love reading paranormal romance because of the fascinating worlds and characters created by imaginative authors.

  6. I have always been curious about ghosts in the haunted house. As a kid, my friend and I would stopped at this torn-down house and would make up stories about ghosts. This is my introduction to paranormal and I always wonder if there is a door to the netherworld….


  7. I love the fascinating worlds and supernatural characters that are so different from the every day world I know, especially vampires and shape shifters. It seems like they would fit right in to my world if they had the chance though and I sometimes find myself wondering if there are such beings and I just don’t know it. 😀

    • What a concept, Barbara E, to think of people around us as shape shifters. Hmmm. I wonder what my boss’s “native” shape might be? There could be a story in that thought, for sure!

  8. I completely agree with your reasons! 🙂 I love getting lost into all these other worlds. Its just more fun to go into them than just the everyday average girl meets boy, its girl meets werewolf or vampire. Alot more fun and you can be alot more creative.

  9. I like paranormal romance for the same reasons I like urban paranormal and fantasy: it’s not my reality. I don’t read fiction set in the “real world” unless it’s a romance by Nora Roberts. I prefer escapism and being able to play with the setting. There’s just so much more possibility!

    But I think I’ll have to make an exception regarding my non-reality rule for Hometown Heroines! It pushes all my other “need-to-read-this” buttons!

  10. Ah, thanks, Galena! 🙂 I agree with loving escapist fiction, but I also enjoy historical romance — settings and time periods that I don’t necessarily want to live in but are still interesting. Enjoy!

  11. Thanks for the contest Bette and Suzanne! I love paranormal romance because it has my two favorite things – paranormal and romance. I love everything paranormal, so it doesn’t have to be PNR for me, but that always makes it just a little bit better, and hotter. Yep, hotter. 🙂

  12. I have loved paranormal since as far back as I can remember. The first one I remember loving loving love was Interview With A Vampire – the book – and the movie, but the book first. Anything to do with it whether it be in real life or in fiction – all my profile stuff says I’m a paranormal believin’ earth saving etc etc etc. 😀 I think it’s because I have had my own experiences with things so some doesn’t seem to far fetched to me while the other stuff just takes me away.
    Thank you!

  13. PNR is awesome… because well, it just it! XD It’s totally not boring, because each series has its own unique world, and well, no two romance are alike. 🙂 Each book is different and its like my own little escape from reality. 🙂

  14. Hometown Heroines sounds like it has such a great premise! As for PNR, it’s like the best of all possible worlds for me. When I was a teenager, many years ago, I read romance on the one hand, and paranormals or SciFi on the other, but there was very little crossover. I stopped reading both genres quite awhile ago and didn’t start again until a few years ago when I discovered Charlaine Harrison’s Southern vamp series, thanks to True Blood. Imagine my surprise to learn that there was a whole new genre (really two if you count both PNR and UF), that combines my two old favorites. I’ve been hooked ever since.