Happy Thursday! Normally, I’d be thinking “one more day until the weekend,” but if you’ve read this blog very long and have heard me whine and moan about football season, well…it’s football season. So I have seven hours on the day-job on Saturday, where I do the important job of directing inebriated football fans to restrooms. Which means cramming two days’ worth of writing and the week’s grocery shopping into Sunday. Ugh. I hate football season.
But I don’t hate Feeling Fictional! I have a guest post on our favorite pirate that went up yesterday, and thanks to Roger for letting me know about it.
There’s also a review of Elysian Fields up today at Leeanna.me, where she asks the burning question: Romance in urban fantasy–yea or nay? Read on for another look at that question.
Today, please help me welcome one of my favorite people, author M.V. Freeman! Her latest release is Incandescent, a paranormal romance with a strong urban fantasy storyline published by Crimson Romance.
She’s a native of Minnesota, but now calls North Alabama her home. She is member of RWA and (along with me) is a member of the Southern Magic and Georgia Romance Writers chapters. By day her mind is filled with medical jargon at the local health clinic, but at night she finds herself exploring alternate worlds within our own. Heavily influenced by Slavic languages and culture, you will find she weaves these elements into her stories. She harbors a love of strong coffee and cream for late-night writing, and adores dark stories with anti-heros and determined heroines. You can learn more about M.V. Freeman by visiting her website, on Facebook, or by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT INCANDESCENT: Some gifts are unwanted, and Laurie Hudson’s affinity for fire is one she hates. It has destroyed her relationship with her family and she has few friends. She’s fought hard to keep the fire inside suppressed, living a low key life as a bartender, until a brutal and charming man blows into her life. Around Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Her options are taken away when he kidnaps her, forcing her into a fight she wants nothing to do with. As she learns to survive, Laurie faces the hardest choice of all, her freedom or the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for. A formidable Tri-elemental, Mikhail Petrov commands earth, air, and water. He will use anyone or anything to free himself from the oppressive rule of the Mages, including the untrained fire element he discovers, Laurie. Most of his family has been wiped out in an effort to manipulate him. He thinks he has nothing left to lose. To him, Laurie is a tool, a rare and powerful elemental that is his to use. He fights his feelings for the fire elemental because with caring comes weakness, another opening for destruction. Rarely are emotions as easy to control as his elements. As he trains Laurie to work with him, he doesn’t expect his growing attachment to her. With the Mages closing in, Mikhail faces a choice: destroy the fledgling relationship with Laurie to gain his coveted freedom, or sacrifice himself for hers.
As I balance between two worlds I have to be realistic. Do I go with one or the other? Do you think it is possible to balance the two? Why or why not?
Thanks, Mary! I have encountered this in both my Sentinels series and Penton series as well. Sentinels is definitely UF “with romantic elements” and Penton is definitely PNR with a heavy UF storyline. A lot of reviewers complain about too little or too much romance in the UF and about too much action in the PNR. Plus, publishers want to know where a book fits when they put it on a real or virtual bookshelf. So it really is a fine line to tread.
So, what do you think about mixing urban fantasy and paranormal romance? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Incandescent (which is a great read, by this way!).