Actually, I have a new release, so I’m going to talk about that. Not new, but a re-release of my first published book, DARK RAPTURE. It’s a vampire romance, and was published back in 1997, when paranormal romance was just beginning to test the waters. Sure, there was a small ripple in the early 90s, but that died down mid-decade, and then really began to grow toward the end. I know this because Dark Rapture was bought in 1993, scheduled for publication in 1995—cancelled, because the vampire market was dead—then rescheduled again when the publisher decided it was safe to try the ooky stuff again.
Nowadays paranormal is everywhere. I seriously think the bookstores should have a paranormal section. Heck, they could have a Vampire section, and it would take up a lot of space. We do love our otherworldly romances. And what’s not to love about them? In the paranormal realm we can explore beings that might normally scare the crap out of us. But authors have made them seductive, sensual, and very intriguing.
I rarely read straight romance. It just doesn’t offer that spark I’m looking for. That something different. I do like historicals, but they’re even better with a vampire or werewolf in them. And the young adult section! Isn’t that a fabulous exploration lately with all the paranormal choices? My personal favorite is Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely. That woman knows how to do faeries.
So I’m excited for this re-release, and only a little worried. You see, when most publishers reissue a book they don’t even tell the author (I found out about it surfing Amazon) and the author usually isn’t offered a chance to re-edit the work. I bought a copy for myself the other day (no free copies the second time around either), and started reading. Oh dear. Did I love my adverbs back then! But you know, it was a darn good story, and I do hope new readers will find it as good as I believe it to be. It’s got rock star vampires, pissed-off ghosts, time-travel and lots of adventure.
So what do you think? Paranormals are definitely here to stay. But what sub-genre of the paranormal would you like to see emerge? Anything we authors have missed?