Flirting with Paranormal

MagicDay 12 of my 20Days/20Books Reader Appreciation Celebration takes a decidedly otherworldly turn. If you’ve read my Touch of Seduction series, you know I’ve dabbled with giving my characters psychic abilities. In the Spirit of the Highlands series,  of which Plaid to the Bone is the prequel, you’re likely to encounter some dark magic along with your historical romance.

Here’s what Farquhar had to say about his first impression of Morgan MacRath. He’s the chief advisor to Cait’s father and is intent on seeing that she lives up to the unholy bargain she struck before she wed Adam Cameron.

Plaid to the Bone“When a man plays at magic, it leaves a mark. Perhaps not one clearly visible to most observers, but certainly discernible enough so that another practitioner can recognize his fellow dabblers. So far the household that bides in Bonniebroch seems to be clean. All except that Morgan MacRath who arrived with Mistress Grant. Invisible tendrils as long as his arms trail behind him and a spider’s web of spells encircles his head.”

–from the journal of Callum Farquhar,
explorer, imbiber, and touched by just enough magic to make a body wonder what I’m up to.

Like a little magic with your love stories?
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Ashlyn Chase

I’m thrilled to introduce Ashlyn Chase, a light-hearted paranormal author, my critique partner and my friend! She’s been known to describe herself as “an Almond Joy bar–a little flaky, a little nutty, but basically sweet!” I count myself fortunate to know her and one lucky commenter is going to win her Flirting Under a Full Moon!

Flirting Under a Full MoonBrandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That’s it—she’s officially done with men. Unfortunately, she’s just been told her “soul mate” is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick.

Nick has been searching for true love for one hundred years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she’s the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she’s about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

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Shifter-fans, you’ll want to check out her newest release, How to Date a Dragon!

 Lord of Fire and Ice

Lord of Fire and IceWhen Connie Mason suggested we do a Viking romance for one of our collaborations, I was very happy. Since I’d already written Maidensong, Erinsong & Silk Dreams, the Norse culture was in my wheelhouse. I knew that world, but I wanted to give Lord of Fire and Ice a bit of a twist.  So I made our hero Brandr a fire mage. He has an affinity for flames–the ability to control it as well as call fire from thin air.

Of course, he’s hot in other ways too! (Doesn’t the cover model look like a super buff Derek Hough?) And yes, that is a slave collar on his throat. Too many Viking tales have made the heroine the hero’s thrall. We stood that trope on its head. Check out the excerpt to see how Brandr became the unwilling and disobedient property of Katla the Black!

The Prize

When you leave a comment today, you’ll be entered in the random drawings for a Plaid to the Bone from Kensington Publishing, a Flirting under the Full Moon from Ashlyn, and Lord of Fire and Ice from me. You’ll also earn a chance at my Grand Prize: a Kindle Paperwhite!

Here are some questions to get us started: How do you feel about cross-genre stories? Historical romances with paranormal elements?  Time travel romance? Light paranormals instead of dark?

78 thoughts on “Flirting with Paranormal

  1. ELF says:

    I like some cross-genre stories but only if they’re well-written. I find it interesting that I am quite willing to suspend disbelief…but only if it seems logical, lol.

  2. CrystalGB says:

    I like cross-genre stories. A blend of historical and paranormal is my favorite.

  3. Armenia says:

    One of my favorite cross-genre books is the Outlander series. Its a nice blend of historical romance, time travel and paranormal.

  4. Ashlyn says:

    Mia, thank you for having me!
    It looks like we have plenty of work to do to keep all these readers happy. (Grin)

    See you soon!

  5. Azucena Rodriguez says:

    I don’t mind the cross-genre books. It’s nice to read something different, I get tired of reading the same though I still love each of the genres.

  6. Janie McGaugh says:

    I really enjoy cross-genre stories, assuming that I like at least one of the genres.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      An important distinction. If you don’t like either of the genres, you aren’t going to like them mashed up.

  7. bn100 says:

    like cross-genre books

  8. Marcy Shuler says:

    I don’t mind cross-genre stories (Historical/paranormal/time-travel), but I prefer light paranormal aspects to darker ones.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Agreed. Life is dark enough, sometimes.

  9. Stephanie F. says:

    I love them all no matter the elements in the stories but I especially love Historical romances with a bit of paranormal. Even better when they are light and humorous. I love the beauty and elegance and romance of historical’s with the fun and exciting twists of the paranormal. One of my favorite series is The Darkest London which mixes historical and paranormal with a bit of steampunk.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Shana Abe’s work is a lyrical blend of historical and paranormal. Have you tried her books?

      1. Stephanie F. says:

        I’ve read the Smoke Thief and I absolutely loved it. I’ve been trying to ge copies of the rest of the series but haven’t been able to. I really hope to soon though cause I loved the writing and concept.

  10. pophyn says:

    I’m happy with mixing genres. Magic and fantasy seem a perfect fit with historical romance, in particular, but any kind of crossover can be fun.
    Mixing is good outside of romance, too…one of my favorite detective series has elements of SF and paranormal mixed in.
    Congratulations on #20!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Pophyn. I’m so tickled to have 20 published works! And so grateful because without my readers, it wouldn’t have happened. ;-)

  11. catslady says:

    I love it. I love variety and mixing genres makes for a different type of read but yet still romance :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I really enjoy a bit of mystery with my romances.

  12. Barbara Elness says:

    I love reading lots of different genres, so when a story incorporates more than one of my favorites, it’s definitely a great draw for me. Historical with paranormal elements, humor in a darker story, it’s all great.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      No matter how dark a story may be, there needs to be a few light moments, even if it’s only “gallows humor.” I so needed it when in Braveheart Hamish said, “I’d hate to think I got dressed up for nothing” before a bloody battle.

  13. Aly P says:

    I feel like I’m breaking the trend here, but I am one of those that don’t really like the mix of genres: no historical and PNR or time travel. I’ve read some and enjoyed them but it’s not something that I search for.

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      That’s why there are different strokes for different folks. LOL. Perfectly fine, Aly.

  14. If the story and characters are good, any genre or combination of genres can work. Love the really creative combinations!

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      I agree with you completely.

  15. Glittergirl says:

    I love romance with a touch of paranormal <3. That's one of the reasons Highland romance is my favorite — the touch of fae magic is perfectly at home there. And since the author can define the fae magic as she wants the possibilities are endless! Some of my favorite stories are touched by magic of all kinds. Time travel shows in Janet Chapman's Highlanders and Sandra Hill's Viking 2 series (time traveling Viking SEALS, you have to read them to believe it).

    Oh and I knew that Viking on the cover looked familiar. I just couldn't place Derek :-). Thanks for the giveaways!

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      Time traveling Viking Seals! I love it!
      Dumb as it may sound, I read a keeper about werewolves in space. LOL

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I need to try those Sandra Hill books.

      1. Glittergirl says:

        Oh Mia, I haven’t read her other books but the Viking 2 series is so funny. I was thoroughly entertained!

  16. Quilt Lady says:

    I do enjoy historical with some paranormal elements. Also time travels. I am not real big into the dark paranormal books and never have been. I do kind of mix up my reading.

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      It’s a joy to write LIGHT paranormals. There’s enough angst and fear in the world.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      You’d enjoy Ashlyn’s lighthearted paranormals then. No gore or blood or deep angst–just love and laughs!

  17. Ashlyn Chase says:

    Ladies (and if there are any gents lurking) I’m off to a seafood festival at Hampton Beach with my husband (whom I call Mr. Amazing.)

    I’ll check in as soon as I get back. Keep chatting!

  18. Viki S. says:

    I’m good with cross genres and the paranormal elements. It’s fun to blend things at times.
    If I read only the same all the time I think I might get bored. Thank you so much!

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      Yup. It’s good to have favorites, but good to mix it up now and then. I find myself reading so much paranormal that sometimes I find a “pure” contemporary or historical really hits the spot.

  19. Jessica V. says:

    I like cross-genres, sometimes i can get two of my favorites in one place :). My favorite is historical with hints of paranormal.

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      You’re in the right place, Jessica!

  20. Diane McMahon says:

    Love cross-genre. It’s like Action-Adventure all rolled into one and with a nice twist here and there. It keeps the reading interesting and unique.

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      I couldn’t agree more, Diane!

  21. Shirene says:

    I’m for any type of mix except I have yet to find a Steampunk Romance that shakes me to my core.
    But I look with eager anticipation to one doing just that every time I pick up the genre.

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      That’s one I haven’t tried yet, Shirene. I have a good friend who writes steamy steam punk (lol) and I keep meaning to buy one of hers. Cindy Spenser Pape. She writes them for Carina Press, I believe.

      Now I have to go buy one!

  22. Venus says:

    I love cross genre books. What better way to get everything you love all in one place.
    I’m looking forward to reading Plaid to the Bone and I loved How to Date a Dragon!

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      Bless you, Venus!
      You’ll love what Mia writes! She converted me to loving historicals simply because I loved her use of humorous banter and her feisty heroines.

  23. Sarah Meral says:

    I don´t mind cross-genre stories. One of my favourite series features Victorian Gothic love stories with a paranormal twist :)

    For me it really comes always back to the writing, if it´s good, I read anything :)

    And I´m looking forward to reading PLAID TO THE BONE, I love it when books have magic in them.

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      Great point, Sarah.
      If the writing is interesting, clear, and true to the author’s voice, it comes through and makes a reader glad they picked up the book–whatever genre it might be.

      I’m not crazy about SciFi, but if it’s well written and easy to follow (not full of technology,) I can enjoy it.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Hope you love my Highlanders, Sarah!

  24. Annah says:

    I really enjoy historical romances that deal with the fae. I think the myths and legends weaving into real life is really neat. I also really love Amanda Quick’s Arcane Society novels.

    1. Ashlyn says:

      I’ve just begun writing a new series called The Cupcake Coven. In it I have two types of witches. Regular Wiccans and super-secret, Supernatural witches with an eye out for wiccans who might be able to handle the supernatural powers they could bestow on them. They have their own coven, and their own agenda.

      1. Mia Marlowe says:

        It’s such a fun series, Ash!

  25. Theresa Fischer says:

    I like cross genres, especially with paranormal elements! Time travel is ok, but not my favorite. I do like lighter versions of books.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It’s good to laugh. We need to do it every day.

  26. Sheryl N says:

    I love reading paranormal, time travel, etc. I enjoy mixing them all up too. I guess I like to have my cake and eat it too because it is like my birthday if those types of stories are blended with a historical romance.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      My first experience with paranormal elements was Mary Stewart’s Touch Not the Cat. Her heroine had a psychic connection with one of her male cousins but wasn’t sure which one it was.

  27. Elizabeth says:

    The only cross genre I like is historical fantasy. I like the elements of magic, fay/elf like races, mages, witchcraft, etc.

    Time-travel doesn’t really interest me because I don’t like contemporary romance. As for paranormal elements… I’m over the vampire and werewolf boom. I went through that phase long before the world got into it, lol.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Have you read CL Wilson’s work? She writes wonderful fantasy romance and will be my guest here in a few days! ;-)

    2. Ashlyn says:

      I’m moving away from where’s and vamps and moving toward other interesting characters. I even made up a paranormal being called a whirling dervish.

      1. Mia Marlowe says:

        Can’t wait to meet that one!

  28. may says:

    I love time travel historicals actually. I especially love light and fun stories. :)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Then you’d love Ashlyn’s work. She’s hysterical!

      1. Ashlyn says:

        Thanks…and while we’re at it, let’s tell them how some of your smart remarks have made it into my stories!

  29. Jamie Gehman says:

    I am personally a fan of a fun light paranormal romance.It adds a completely new dimension to story telling. Time traveling can be fun, if written fun, and not a serious matter, or leaving you with two different story lines to follow. I think much like real life, there should be a fun mysterious side to romances, with a little twist to each and every one.

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      Hi Jaime!

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m with you…a little light banter can relieve even the most desperate situation. Too much stress (even in a novel) can leave a person exhausted!

  30. Laurie W G says:

    Sorry, I’m not a fan of paranormal or time travel. I have read some of each. I have a few on my TBR pile. I tend to skip over them.

    1. Ashlyn Chase says:

      That’s okay, Laurie.
      We all have our favorites, and thankfully there are plenty of good authors to produce more than enough books in the genres we like.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I always say it’s a good thing we don’t all like the same thing–otherwise you’d all be after my DH!

  31. Danny says:

    I really like cross genre books, especially historicals with paranormal elements but Time-Travel stories can be tricky.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      You can sort of get tangled up in the whole space/time continuum thing.

  32. Linda Thum says:

    I’m ok as long as it’s well written & plausible – especially when it comes to time travel romance. I reckon it’s more challenging for authors tho.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Time travel is essentially historical romance, IMO, with a little internal snark from the contemporary character who’s playing the “fish out of water” part. We can really relate to the one who’s out of their element.

  33. Anita H. says:

    I enjoy reading cross-genre romance, especially one with a time travel aspect. One of my favorite time traveling romance novel is Karen Marie Moning’s Spell of the Highlander. There’s something really romantic about traveling across time to be with the one you love.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      And the idea that nothing–not even time can separate true lovers.

      1. Ashlyn Chase says:

        My first romance novel was Diana Gabeldon’s time travel, Voyager. It’s what turned me onto romance, and I love almost all the genres and cross-genres.

  34. Mary Preston says:

    I actually feel that most books cross genres in some sense. Stories that take two diverse genres & marry them up can be very exciting to read.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      They sure can be. I remember Elizabeth Boyle’s His Mistress by Morning. Her heroine had wished on a magic ring that the man of her dreams would love her back. She woke the next day as his mistress instead of his wife!

      1. Ashlyn Chase says:

        Now that sounds like a great magical complication. If a person isn’t specific enough, the Goddess can get it verra verra wrong.

  35. Ada says:

    For me, as long as the elements within the story makes sense, there’s nothing wrong with crossing genres. It sure makes reading interesting when there’s a bit of paranormal thrown into a historical romance.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I guess that’s why I “dabble” with paranormal elements–psychic abilities and magic instead of full-blown paranormal. I’m not sure how to help readers suspend disbelief enough for non-human characters. Fortunately, my crit partner Ashlyn suffers from no such problem!

      1. Ashlyn Chase says:

        LOL, Mia!
        That’s the best part of writing paranormal…suspending disbelief…turning on the imagination…and just ‘going for it!”

  36. Glenda says:

    I’m probably not the best one to start off the conversation since I don’t have strong feelings pro or con about cross-genre stories. I do enjoy them a great deal as long as they are well written with a great story line and well developed characters… sort of how all of your novels have been including those written with Connie Mason!! Love them all. Thank you for writing so well. :-)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Aren’t you sweet,Glenda! Thanks so much for those kind words.

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