Monday, October 25, 2010

'Tis the season for paranormal romance

Halloween is in the air! I spent Saturday evening at a haunted house with one of my boys. I'm talking a real haunted house. Sure, decorations were added to ramp up the spooky mood, but this house is truly haunted...if you believe. It's an old, stone farm house built in 1800 and nestled in the middle of nowhere. It served as a hide-out for those headed north to escape slavery. This place was amazing and filled with presence no one could deny. Being the writer and reader that I am, it got me thinking about paranormal romance. Hey, can you blame me?

One of my favorite paranormal romances involved a haunted house much like the one I was in on Saturday. It's one of Nora Roberts' McKade series, The Return of Rafe McKade. Speaking of paranormal and Nora, I absolutely love all of her Donovan clan books, Charmed, Enchanted, Captivated, and Entranced. Those are a must read for anyone who likes witches and magic. She makes it all so skillfully woven into everyday life that you have to believe her characters could be your neighbors. Love it!

I have also enjoyed reading Terry Spear's Heart of the Wolf and Destiny of the Wolf for the same reason. Terry not only incorporates real wolf and wolf pack behavior into her stories, her werewolves are also so well blended into human society (in their human form) that you're left thinking that they really could exist. There are many more books in this series that I have yet to read, but I definitely will.

I like paranormal romances that have a strong plausibility factor. I think it gives them a longer lasting impact. They leave you wondering...looking over your shoulder. What are some of your favorite paranormal romances? Do you like to curl up with them during the haunting season?


  1. I'm usually ahead of the game when it comes to Halloween, but this year it seems I'm behind --even with related reading! I love the paranormal. I have an open mind and I think anything is possible (unless it's been categorically disproven LOL). I love to immerse myself in another world because if it's well written and the world building is good, well, you can almost imagine stepping into it. It's the writing that can make a premise seem plausible I think. I really like Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Christine Warren, Christine Feehan, Lora Leigh, Nalini Singh and Gena Showalter (just to name a few).

  2. Hey Kaily,

    Those are some of the authors I've had my eye on, but I haven't had a chance to read any of their books yet. I'll need to get my hands on some and read them after I submit my current manuscript. Good to have a list to go on!