The Alure of Demons
Paranormal books have been popular now for sometime. We've read dark, demonic characters, vampires, werewolves, djinn, who are the hero or heroine of a romance. I confess I'm still not tired of paranormal characters yet.
My newest release has a heroine who is half demon. Trudy lives on life force, and can easily kill a human. Her life is a balancing act--surviving but trying to do no lasting harm, because she has a moral core where killing others is not acceptable, not who she wants to be. But she can't be free of her nature, so she struggles with life. And therein lies my interest in her. Her survival requires her to take--but she lives her whole existence built around not taking too much, not killing.
How many women can understand living a balancing act? Our issues are more mundane, careers, family, interests. But still we stress. Sometimes it seems hard to schedule in a needed haircut or exercise hour. There's laundry and errands and cupcakes for the second grade party! We stay up late finishing chores, then go to bed and think about things we need to do tomorrow. Paranormal heroes and heroines are in conflict with their world on a larger scale than we are, yet deep within we can understand their struggle. Their very nature makes it alluring to give in to the wild side, commit those selfish acts...who hasn't felt like that? We understand that allure.
Time and time again we turn our back on that call of the wild and do the responsible thing. Our paranormal heroes and heroines fight their nature and do the right thing. And in romance fiction, they get their reward.
My story is a romance, so it has a happy ending. But more than that, my heroine doesn't fix everything by herself, she has the help of friends and loved ones. I think that is a great key to balancing life.
I hear chatter that the paranormal romance genre is passe but I don't really believe it will fade completely away. I think characters with a dark side resonate with us on a deep level and will continue to be written and read because of the intense conflict that surrounds them. I know I will continue to look for those dark demonic characters who live on the dark edge of romance fiction.
My new release: Del Fantasma: Demonade
Trudy lost her beloved sisters in eighteenth century Vienna, but she is a survivor. As a half human daughter of the demon Asmodeus, she is a psyvamp, ever young and beautiful. Unlike her dead sisters, she does not engage in relationships with men, instead she moves from club to party, city to city, stealing small amounts of life force from intoxicated young men, never staying long in any one place. She is lonely, but friendships do not work for one like her and relationships with men seem to be deadly for her kind.
The Del Fantasma is a unique place, friendly, where she can relax after her nightly hunts and alleviate a little of her loneliness. But Cody introduces her to a man, Professor Gabriel Di Russi, a former priest, a scholar of demonology who once was part of a secret priestly society that studied demons for the Church. He is not like the drunk young men she feeds from, or like the dying old men she sometimes marries. Gabriel is both fascinating and frightening, and he wants to interview her--and she agreed!
What has she done?