I would like to welcome Rae Lori, author of two great new series, to Literary Escapism today. The first novel in her Ashen Twilight series, A Kiss of Ashen Twilight, comes out February 2nd. The first novel in her Awakening series, Nocturnal Awakening, comes out May 15th.
Make sure you stick around because we’re giving away an ARC of Rae Lori’s new A Kiss of Ashen Twilight.
Much thanks to Jax for allowing me to hop onto her wonderful blog!
2008 was definitely the year of the Paranormal. Out of the boom came an explosion of paranormal romance, mysteries, suspense and urban fantasies all crossing genres at times to explore the worlds of vampires, ghosts, witches, werewolves and other shapeshifters. The sci-fi genre was slowly overtaken by fantasy, both high and urban, and new worlds were created. Some thought it was a phase that would soon pass but being a paranormal lover since I was a teen, I think this is an evergreen that is here to stay. It probably won’t be as mainstream and everywhere as it has these past few months. And especially with the current downward spiral of the industry everything is most likely suffering. Much of the readership was already there looking for paranormals that have now become much easier to buy than in the past. Sure they’ll get tired of it after awhile due to saturation, but if there’s anything about readers it’s that they know what they want and they know their favorite genres. If they are a paranormal genre lover they will always come back to discover new worlds never presented before, especially when the world is bleak and a wonderful escape is offered between the pages.
Part of that is the reason I started my Ashen Twilight Series and my Nocturnal Awakening Series. The former dealt with a group of fairies named the Aziza I’ve never read about before until I did some research into African Mythology. Fairies have always been my favorite type of creatures next to vampires so naturally I wondered what would happen if I tossed these two together. How would a benign fairy race that exists to aid hunters deal with falling in love with an unlikely hunter like a vampire? How would this fairy group (who believes that when one dies their spirit moves on to another being to live again) deal with creatures who are undead and, in a sense, trapped spirits? Lots of ideas came to me that helped me formulate the series to deal with my fairy heroine, Ariya, and my vampire hero a former Scottish Highland nobleman (and art lover) named Jace.
With the latter series I got to dive into Skinwalker lore. I loved the ideas of immortals living on the outside of our world with their own hierarchies, politics and culture. With Nocturnal Awakening, I got to explore how a young woman who uses her powers to assist police in catching baddies comes into her own strength and love as she learns of her royal birthright in the tribe. Many human and Skinwalker dynamics were at play and I got to use some of the mythology as well as make up much of my own.
I think that’s what makes paranormals so enticing. Much of it is apart of our history in defining how we lived and currently live as humans. Much of it can be about how we relate to one another and that clash of immortals with mortals in touch with humanity makes this a genre one I see as only remaining steadfast as time moves on.
Readers, what makes the paranormal genre so attractive to you? When did you first fall in love with it?
A Kiss of Ashen Twilight is coming February 2nd 2008
Nocturnal Awakening is coming May 15th 2008
Thank you Rae Lori! I have to agree with you, I love paranormals because they are not what we find in our everyday lives.
Contest Time! We’re giving away an ARC of Rae Lori’s upcoming novel A Kiss of Ashen Twilight to one lucky commentary and it’s very easy to enter. All you have to do is answer this one simple question: what makes the paranormal genre so attractive to you? When did you first fall in love with it?
As always, if you want more chances to win, you can post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer (yes LE is now on Twitter as well!).
I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer. All entries must be in by midnight on Jan. 20th.