(18+) ~ The first of three in this new paranormal romance trilogy.
's ambidextrous artiste du jour, Helena Davis, has been suffering an inexplicable case of insomnia for the past few months, and it's driving her insane. So when she receives a call in the dead of night from Chicago P.D.'s chief of police, her friend, Don Tyler, to do a forensic sketch for a witness to a murder in the prestigious Eastern Brooke Heights, she jumps at the chance. Chicago
is a temperamental, antisocial, but extremely talented young woman. She's able to create works of art of any type, from charcoal sketches to clay sculptures to oils. Her gift lies in her ability to "feel" what a client wants, and when the only witness to the murder of a prominent media mogul, his beautiful wife Penelope, has trouble recollecting what she saw that night, Chief Tyler knows only one person who can pull the face of the perpetrator out of the foggy recesses of her mind. Helena
From that night forward, though,
's peaceful, somewhat reclusive existence dramatically changes when she discovers Detective Morris, one of her antagonists at the CPD, is at the crime scene, too. That night, she discovers nothing is what it appears to be, and handsome but—in her opinion—arrogant Detective Morris helps her see, neither is she. Helena
From that night forward, though,
The Allure of the Tall, Dark, and Paranormal
I’ve often wondered why women of all ages are attracted to romances involving vampires. From the fun Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to the ultra-romantic Twilight, to the gritty True Blood, there’s no doubt that the blood-sucking undead has captured our romantic imagination with no end in sight.
Personally, I believe it’s the allure of the tall, dark, and paranormal.
As far back as I can remember, even as a preteen, I’ve always been fascinated with vampires, first in child-like awe, and later, well, in a more mature way. The first time I discovered my fascination with those undead creatures was when I watched an episode of the original “Dark Shadows”, a daytime serial that aired between 1966 and 1971. I caught it in its final year and was immediately hooked, and although the last episode aired that year, thank god for reruns!
If you’ve ever seen the series, you’d know that Barnabas Collins, the two hundred year old vampire and star of the series, wasn’t the most attractive vampire by any stretch of the imagination. He’s definitely no Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise, that’s for sure. But to a young girl who fancied herself in love with pretty boy teen-idols, Donny Osmond and Tony DeFranco, Barnabas was downright ugly. Still, there was something about him that fascinated me although I couldn’t put my finger on it back then.
As I matured and left my “infatuation-of-teen-idol-boys” days behind me, I didn’t lose my love for vampires or Barnabas Collins. In fact, it grew stronger. His allure was that he was larger than life (tall), was a foreboding character (dark), and there was something otherworldly and powerful about it (paranormal). Voila! Tall, dark, and paranormal!
So, obviously, by tall, I don’t mean physical height. By “dark” I don’t mean hair or skin coloring (and with vampires it can never be skin color since they’re pale), and by paranormal . . . well, yes. I do mean supernatural. Ladies and Gents, if you’re a fan of the vampire paranormal romance genre, you know what I mean. Deep inside we’re all attracted to the dark, brooding, irresistible sort; the bad boys/girls of the paranormal world; the guys or gals we could never bring home to mother in the real world.
It’s with this mindset I began writing the trilogy and my latest vampire paranormal romance novel (the first of three) entitled, “Blood, Lust & Spawns”. The two main male characters, Alexander and Xavier, are admittedly tall, are broody vampires, and they are definitely paranormal. They have all the ingredients that pull women to them like moths to flame, and they do. They’re irresistible and, much like the bad boys we know or have known in our personal lives, they’re not the types we’d bring home to mother yet are the kind we can’t help but fantasize about.
After all, isn’t the allure of the dark side irresistible and isn’t the forbidden fruit always the sweetest? What do you think? Agree or disagree?
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At the age of eleven, and as eldest daughter in a family of five children, Catharina was expected to take the place of an absent mother. As second of five children born to Dutch-Indo immigrants, she took to storytelling to paint a happier world for them and for herself.
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