Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal

Why Do Vampires Make Great Heroes? By Cynthia Garner

Blog Diva - Saturday, April 26, 2014

Prior to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampires were dead things that crawled out of their graves each night to feed on the living, usually their family members and friends. They were the evil (and icky) undead. Nothing remotely romantic about ’em. Then Mr. Stoker came along with his tall, dark and handsome Transylvanian count and all that changed. Oh, the vampire was still deadly. Just not as dirty.

This transformation opened up the way for the vampire to become the hero as well as the love interest of an intrepid heroine who was brave enough to take him on. When she looked at him, that monster cloaked in humanity, what exactly did she see?

Well, if she’s like me, she sees someone who’s sexy, powerful, and ruthless when he needs to be. He is fiercely protective of her and will use his strength—a preternatural strength that he could use to kill—to guard her from harm, from others and from himself if need be. And he’ll do it even while he’s fighting what he feels for her. He is usually emotionally (and sometimes physically) scarred. He’s big, tough, and ready to rumble. He might be a little (or a lot) rough around the edges, or he might be the quintessential metro sexual. But never doubt that he’s an alpha male who plays by his own rules. An apex predator. Read More

SNAP: White Nights By Michele Drier

Blog Diva - Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fantasy anyone?

During a mystery writers’ conference a couple of weeks ago (yep, I write those, too) I was talking to another author (male) and the subject of what women want came up.
Well, the subject was 50 Shades of Grey. When authors get together they always want to talk about books that sell millions of copies.

If we could figure out the formula, we’d sell millions, too!

The conversation went beyond book sales, though. The guy was truly wondering why millions of women bought and read the book. Read More

War's Passion By Lia Davis

Blog Diva - Saturday, April 05, 2014

War’s Passion, Sons of War book 1
By Lia Davis
Published by: Fated Desires Publishing
Genre: paranormal romance, dragon-shifters
Heat level: 4 flames

Series blurb:


After losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace. Read More

Mass Market Appeal by Margot Justes

Blog Diva - Saturday, March 29, 2014

On a whim, as if by magic Devane came to Chicago in the dead of winter. What she finds in the windy city alters her life for eternity.

I’d like to introduce Blood Art, my first paranormal romance. It’s a story about vampire Nikolai Volkov, an obsessive art collector and his fight for happiness. In his path stands an evil spirit imprisoned in the Mona Lisa. I had a lot of fun writing this one, and I happen to love writing about art.

I’ve been told by some agents and editors that because I write about art I’ll never be
main stream, it’s a small niche market and placement would be difficult. I began to believe that I could never be main stream, and would never reach many readers.  Read More

Favored Dragon's Release by D. Renee Bagby

Blog Diva - Saturday, March 08, 2014

Shurik is a dragon, not a shifter. At no point in this story does he change into a human form. Why? Most dragon stories feature shifters because dragons are traditionally much, much bigger than the average human, making intimacy an issue. Shurik is no exception. He's about the size of a two-story house. So why not make him a shifter? Because I love to make things difficult for my characters.

I wanted to explore a relationship beyond the cultural differences I get when I do my usual fish-out-of-water stories. A physical incompatibility was fun to work around and added a level of tension to the story I wouldn't have had if Shurik could turn human when he wanted.

My other reason for wanting Shurik to be a non-shifter was Dragonheart (fun movie and Sean Connery was great in it), Flight of Dragons, and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1980s version). Yes, I am a He-Man fan. I was back then and still am. I didn't care if it was a "boy's cartoon." But I digress… Draco, Bryagh, and Granamyr (respectively)—they were the dragons I fell in love with. Because of them, I wanted to write a heroine who loved a dragon that was a dragon all the time, not just when it was convenient to the plot.  Read More

Anointed By Maggie Mae Gallagher

Blog Diva - Saturday, March 01, 2014


Brisk conversations stopped as I passed by and people scrunched their noses in disgust. I glanced down. Sewer water trailed in my wake; I was drawing far too much attention. Squelching the need for sustenance, I needed a place to check the manuscript and ascertain if anything was salvageable. If that place came with a shower and clean, dry clothes, I’d do months’ worth of penance to the gods. With this many people around, the less conspicuous I appeared, the better. Saving this world had to wait until then.

I ducked inside a store front with leather apparel in the display window. I completely ignored the clerk behind the counter with spiked blue hair and metal piercings in his eyebrows, nose, lip, ears and, frankly, I didn’t want to know where else. His bored eyes hardly noticed the state of my clothing as I perused the store.

I was more utilitarian when it came to clothes. They served a function but little else. I never much saw the point in it. Shirts of every color hung on display with crosses and symbols emblazoned across the chest. Leather pants and jeans in shades ranging from black to brown were stationed on round hanging units.

“Wot cha be wantin’?”  Read More

Stripper Named Kristar By D. Renee Bagby

Blog Diva - Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kitty is a classically trained dancer turned stripper. It's not a new concept but I pulled it out for KRISTAR because I wanted to use "write what you know." No I am not a dancer (trained or otherwise) and I'm definitely not a stripper (and never have been). I did, however, work as a bathroom attendant (a few sporadic weekends one year) in a strip club in the VA side of DC.

Working the bathrooms at the club was very interesting and I learned a lot about a profession I had thought was pretty easy—dance to good music while taking off your clothes. What's hard about that? Being around the ladies in the club taught me that stripping, like any profession, has it's own hardships.

Putting aside the guys who might get grabby and crappy tippers, there's a whole host of things those women put up with to do their job. Not to mention, swinging around that pole takes talent and a lot of upper body and leg strength. The pole dancing alone (actual pole dancing, not grinding against the pole) is something spectacular to see.

The best part about working in the club was meeting a woman who proved Kitty—my 6'2" stripper—wasn't unrealistic. A very lovely Russian-born woman worked in the club. She was 6'2" and she wore heels (flat heels instead of platforms, like a lot of the other ladies) and she got tipped a lot. I was almost schoolgirl-squealing when I saw her because I had thought making Kitty so tall as a stripper would seem implausible to a lot of readers. Reality to the rescue. Read More

Hunter's Claim: The Alliance, Book 1 By S.E. Smith

Blog Diva - Friday, January 24, 2014

Romance that takes you to new worlds.

Sypnosis for Hunter’s Claim: The Alliance Book 1

Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters' lives have changed. Four years before the Earth received its first visitors from space causing mass fear. Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, they try to survive. Hunter, a Trivator warrior, is shocked when a strange human female risks her life to help him escape. He now has a new mission, finding the female who saved his life.

Where do the Stories Come From?

I have always loved Science Fiction/Paranormal stories. Being a romantic at heart, it only seemed logical to combine the two when I began writing. I loved watching Star Trek and Star Wars which contained all the elements that held my fascination of the universe. Even as a child, I found it hard to believe that we could be the only ones in the universe. I often asked myself ‘what if we aren’t the only ones’? What would we do if others came to our world? What if someone out there among the stars heard our invitation and answered our call? So many questions, and yet, what a great story if it happened! That is how Hunter’s Claim came about. Read More

Reposessed By Shawntelle Madison

Blog Diva - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

“Why can’t I just help you pick out the women you intend to invite?” he asked. “Then I’d be sure to find one I like.”

“If you connect with someone, then you’re free to go out on a personal date. But, you’re not allowed to cast any spells on her and I expect the date to be platonic. If you both have a good time, you can continue on your own from there.”

He frowned. “If you could just sprinkle in a few younger ones—”

Tessa cut him off. “Be sure to stay open-minded over the next couple of days.”

He tapped his finger on top of her desk. “About this no sex thing…I see no reason why two adults can’t have a good time together if the feeling is right.”

“Because I run a matchmaker service. If you’re looking for a call girl, there are plenty of them around town. I make marriages, not one night stands.” Read More

The Shaman's Temptation By Erin Moore

Blog Diva - Saturday, January 18, 2014

What is a Shaman, Anyway?

The official definition is “a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, esp. among some peoples of northern Asia and North America. Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practice divination and healing.” For some North American indigenous people, the name “shaman” is not used, since it was a created name given by others. They prefer the words for medicine man in their own languages. But many modern shamans are perfectly comfortable with the term. Schools now even exist where one can study to be a shaman, with the goal of providing metaphysical healings upon graduation.

The origin of shamanistic peoples is fascinating. We can learn of the spread of humanity through either the Bering Strait, or, as the Hopi believe, by crossing the Atlantic via now submerged islands. As the spread of shamanism is traced by anthropologists through early pre-History, we can see how it dies out in many places (including all of Europe) with the spread of agriculture. Did all of our early ancestors believe in spirits, believe that everything, down to even the rocks, possesses a spiritual power? Did we all originate from these more ecstatic and spirit-focused societies, where the work was more communal and less hierarchical? I like to think that we did, and that the modern Native American still has a lot to show us about how we can connect with nature and ourselves.  Read More