Wednesday, February 7, 2018

IWSG: Sink Your Teeth into Some Genre Love

This month's Insecure Writers Support Group question is easy for me: What do you love about the genre you write in most often? I'm a paranormal author. What's NOT to love? 

In the past 30 years, I've written in almost every genre from historical and contemporary romance to series contemporary suspense, and even horror! But it wasn't until one of my editors back in the early '90s asked, "Have you ever thought about writing a vampire romance?" that I found the one genre that could contain all the above: A love story, a mystery along with history, dark other worldly elements that pushed the envelope. I began a vampire romance series that started in Regency England, moved to post-Revolution France, turn-of-the-century New York on up to modern day Las Vegas and superstition-steeped Peru following a vampiric family being pursued by a blood-feud. I had star-crossed lovers, vicious villains, tumultuous world events, a serial killer, bio-weapon studies and jump-scares galore in my 8-book "Touched by Midnight" series that was re-released by BelleBooks/Bell Bridge Books. And I loved writing every page!

From books with bite, I went to my "By Moonlight" shapeshifter series and started tearing things up from New Orleans to Lake Tahoe (my favorite places to research!) as warring clans were forced to band together against a deadly outside threat. More fun, limited only by my imagination. That's the best part of paranormals. Anything is possible once the reader steps into your world, and what a great time I had creating it with its pack-like behaviors and rivalries, dark, deadly Alpha males and the clever females who tame them . . . but never domesticate them. All this going on beneath the radar of unsuspecting cities, without the knowledge of, or sometimes in tandem with their human residents. I'm currently finishing the final book in the spin-off "House of Terriot" series which will lead me back to the big dog who started it all, Max Savoie.

One thing I can say for the paranormal realm . . . it's never boring or predictable!

For a taste of these dark, forbidden romances, here's a February treat: From the 1st until the 15th, MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT, only $.99 (!), pulls you into the seductive world of the vampire - my favorite vampire - the sleek and sinfully wicked Gerardo Pascale, the naughty villain from the first three books. Take a bite . . . you'll like it!

Hunt or be hunted . . A centuries old obsession stalks a noble family fighting to hide their dark secret from an ever-changing world. Sink your teeth into Nancy Gideon's Touched by Midnight series.

A deal with the devil. . . 

After a 400 year existence as a vampire, Gerard Pasquale wants only to be left alone to shadow the midnight streets of turn of the century New Orleans . . . until blackmail binds him to a mortal bride who throws his dark world into an upheaval. Certain he can escape the unwanted bargain through the treacherous terms he makes, Gerard discovers his new wife may not be as helpless to resist his will as he at first believes.

. . . that might save them both!

Haunted by a whispered past of witchcraft and voodoo, Laure Cristobel became a bride out of necessity to protect herself and the unborn child she carries. Though alarmed to find herself wed to a monster, she's dangerously close to falling in love with the man he once was-the man she hopes she can make him once again . . . .

"This story is 'rich, dark, verdant with abundant life, decay and inevitable death.' The very aura of horror permeates every aspect."-Old Book Barn Gazette.

"An extraordinary, suspenseful tale. Ms. Gideon once again displays her awesome talents. A definite keeper!"-The New-Age Bookshelf.

I can't wait to find out what your favorite genre is!!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the February 7th posting of the IWSG will be Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

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  1. Paranormal is a lot of fun. And than it can be twisted into many different forms depending on the story and other elements, like paranormal-romance or even paranormal/historical.

  2. One of the side effects of this month's question has been introducing me to everyone's writing! Consider yourself on my tbr list (as if it isn't teetering already!)

  3. I was a vampire virgin before I read one of your stories. Same with shape-shifters. The endless possibilities make your stories so interesting. So glad Belle Books is re-releasing your vampire stories.

  4. I'm sure that paranormal is only limited by the scope of the individual's imagination... and there are some authors who have very fertile imaginations!
    Good luck with the vampire stories, Nancy!
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