Monday, February 10, 2014

Unusual paranormal characters in Romance
Juli D. Revezzo

Modern paranormal romance caters to women who want to dream a little more than the average reader. They crave the weird and just looking at the romance pages in Amazon or at the shelves in a bookstore, you’ll see publishers are catering to that wish list.

These days the main star of the genre, though, seems to have gelled down to two factions: Vampires and werewolves. As a reader of the genre, and as a lover of mythology, I’ve often wondered why that is. After all, the world’s mythologies offer so many different types of monsters (yes, I said the M word ;)) to choose from.

For instance, in Medieval mythology you’ll find Spring-heeled Jack.

In Scottish mythology you’ll find the pooka and the selkie.

In Greek and Roman mythology you have the shade (which is akin to the ghost), sirens, and the harpies, not to mention gods, dryads, and fauns—the list is endless right in that one mythology. And can’t you just see the *ahem* Erotic antics to be had with a faun?!

(C.S. Lewis missed a great opportunity to write a romance *eg*)

For me I chose focus on the Celts of ancient Ireland and Gaul who battled the Romans in order to preserve their homeland. (Alas, we won’t have time to cover here how that worked out) Warriors, druids, sorcerers, maidens with mystic powers and secrets. Though the mythological records can seem spotty, they carry within them the very seed of romance itself.

(and, wow! Imagine being taken away by an elf king… and a faun? Wait, I think I have a new idea for a book.)

If you’d like to see what I made of my take on the Celtic mythological beings, my new paranormal romance, PASSION’S SACRED DANCE.

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise--but can she trust him?

Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help--even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.

If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron's budding love might only complicate things.

If you’d like to read more, PASSION’S SACRED DANCE is available on
Amazon -
and the Wild Rose Press

I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy the magic!

So, tell me, what unusual character might you want to read (or write) a love story about?


Katherine said...

I have to admit I'm a bit over the vampire faction. I haven't read any werewolf paranormal romances yet although I do read Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series.

I've never heard of Spring-heeled Jack so that'd be something I'd be interested in reading about.

Great post!

Juli D. Revezzo said...

I love CV's Kitty and Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series. :) I like shifter stories for some reason, personally. The other werewolves I'd recommend would be Susan Krinard's Historical Werewolf series. I've also read Lydia Dare's Westfield Wolves. There are many good ones to choose from! :)

Spring-heeled Jack is an English legend from the 19th century supposedly. A kind of boogie man that jumps out at people from the shadows (or is that a mischievous kid? ;)) Here's an article about him.