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?
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!