The best paranormal characters for a Halloween read!
Ahh, Halloween! The time of year when we celebrate all the things that go bump in the night, and perhaps even allow our more spiritual sides to come out–the parts of us that believe in the ghosts and goblins that might haunt the earthly plane. I don’t think paranormal romance would be quite so popular if it weren’t for a healthy love affair (pardon the pun!) for this holiday and the creatures that have risen out of the imaginations of so many authors.
Today all of Harlequin.com‘s print and ebooks are on sale for 31% off. If you’re in the mood for a spookier type of romance today, perhaps you’d like to select one from the top five types of paranormal characters that our readers and authors love. Let’s run down the list of what’s creeping through romance these days, shall we?
No surprises here. Vampires have been a literary staple since the 18th century, but their popularity didn’t explode until they became the subject of gothic fiction. Since then, vampires have never really left the scene. I grew up in the days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so vampires hold a very dear place in my heart, as I was so inspired by the series that I began reading and writing fanfiction. I fell in and out of love with both Spike and Angel like they were seducing me instead of a certain pint-sized blonde vampire slayer. Nowadays authors like Maggie Shayne, Laurie London and Colleen Gleason keep the undead spirit alive at Harlequin with their own unique stories of love and (blood)loss.
Who would have thought that big, fuzzy dogs could be so sexy? I certainly didn’t when I read my first werewolf paranormal romance and, when I think back to my Buffy days, I really wasn’t interested in Oz that much either, but I’ve since changed my tune. There’s something to be said about a big, barrel-chested man who has the strength of a beast. The nice thing about werewolves is that they’re shapeshifters–there have been a lot of different takes on the premise by Harlequin authors over the last few years. In Jessica Andersen’s Lord of the Wolfyn, she takes the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood and creates a tale about a fantastical beast-man whose humanity craves the touch of only one woman. However, if he wants to save his kingdom he’ll have to cave to his animal instincts…
3. Mythical Creatures
Nymph Kings, Lords of the Underworld–I think Gena Showalter has cornered the market on mythical heroes. These are men who have watched centuries go by in the blink of an eye, sometimes been locked in prisons of time and space, looked into the eyes of gods and laughed, and are still capable of falling in love!
Perhaps a recent paranormal phenomenon would be the rise of the angel character as a hero. These aren’t your average angels in white robes with halos, though. These are Fallen Angels, whose past are marred with misdeeds, or Angel slayers who fight to save the world against the demons that stalk the night, like in Michele Hauf’s Of Angels and Demons series.
Men and women who can read your thoughts, or predict an outcome, are often found in paranormal romance. They often have great back stories that involve trying to suppress their psychic capabilities, or perhaps discovering them in an accident. They certainly don’t lead normal lives. How could they? They can read your mind! Rhyannon Bird’s Primal Instincts series has some of the most interesting characters with psychic abilities in paranormal fiction, along with other paranormal characters–like witches, vampires and shape-shifters.
This really is just scratching the surface of the wonderful world of paranormal romance. As you might know, we’ve got our Paranormal Romance Blog that focuses on the genre every day of the year (not just holidays!) so if you dig it, you can get news, contest details and blog posts from paranormal authors there.