The romance genre has greatly expanded, including multicultural heroes and heroines. The RWA (Romance Writers of America) magazine the RWR (Romance Writers Report) publishes many articles about the explosive growth of multicultural and LGBT romance. I'm so glad to see the industry reflecting the real world and publishing stories about all different kinds of people. Romance is what makes the world go round, of course!
I'm currently reading MINARET by Leila Aboulela and thoroughly enjoying it. Najwa, a young Muslim woman and her family are forced into exile in London. What made me realize that it began in the summer of '78 was a song she mentions by Boney M., which was a huge hit when I visited London that summer. I hadn't heard that song in ages!
I found Kathryn by accident on Triberr--I only go there once a day, but for some reason I kept that tab open, so I looked it over again...I read her post, amazed that she's on the Cape, then saw she's a Wild Rose Press author!
She mentioned the spooky, but very fun ghost tour in Barnstable on the Cape, starting at the oldest wooden jail in the U.S.--and we both wrote about that tour in our books--in my latest time travel, DARK BREW, and she wrote about it in HAUNTED SOULS.
Meet Kathryn, and check out her passionate romance with a paranormal twist!
Kathryn spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense. Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Amazon Bestsellers and RomCon Reader Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching writing classes. Two of her ghost story/romance titles, Gull Harbor and Haunted Souls, are set on beautiful Cape Cod, where she lives with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.
About HAUNTED SOULS
Four years ago, Emily Shea and Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily’s own plans, her attempts to locate Brett were soon overwhelmed by the challenges of single motherhood. Now, Brett has returned home, and Emily is forced to share her secret.
Despite feeling betrayed, Brett is determined to forge a relationship with their son, Tyler. As the former lovers battle both their inner demons and their mutual desire, another presence enters their lives—Tyler’s imaginary friend.
Soon, however, the chilling evidence points to a different conclusion: a ghost has formed a dangerous connection with their son. Emily’s attempts to help both a lost soul and a friend in need spiral toward a deadly confrontation, and Brett must race to save Emily before he loses her again—forever.
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She had a difficult childhood with a tyrannical father, and grew up to be a feminist way ahead of her time. Tragically, the ferry she was on crashed with another boat, and she drowned. Her body was never found.
She became friends with Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, the subject of my next bio novel, and Sophia's sister Elizabeth. Margaret's a figure well deserving of her own bio novel...something to think about.
After I wrote my first historical, THE JEWELS OF WARWICK, I was trying to decide who to write my next novel about. I joined the Richard III Society in 1992 after finding CROWN OF ROSES by Valerie Anand on the wrong shelf of the Cambridge library. I'm convinced it was waiting for me to pick it up. I read that book and became fascinated with Richard and his times. I wrote 3 novels featuring him, and walked in his footsteps in England. My time travel romance FOR LOVE AND LOYALTY has him coming to modern times and changing history. I wrote it as a comedy, but knew from the start it wasn't for everybody. In an interview in the new Ricardian Chronicle
the Society's American Branch newsletter, I tell the story behind FOR LOVE AND LOYALTY.
world shifted the moment she was born. Now, nothing can stop him from making
meeting a man who looks like an angel, wings and all? What would you do if this
man told you he existed with only one purpose – to claim you and only you?
Destiny Carter is a feisty, take charge, Rubinesque
beauty with a tough façade, who finds herself in that age old quandary, “always
a bridesmaid, never a bride.” A string of lackluster relationships leave her
hopeless and ready to settle…Until she meets Japheth, the man her fiancé claims
is his best friend! Japheth’s arrival is heralded by an attack on Destiny’s
life, and instinctively, she knows this is just the beginning.
Born more than 200 years ago, Japheth looks like an
angel but he’s far from it. In his world, the ratio of men to women is 500 to
1, and although he’s a superior being, he’s willing to break the most sacred
law of his brothers, even drink human blood, to have one meant for him alone.
When he meets
Destiny, he knows she’s the one he’s been searching for. To claim her, he will
have to betray a friend, risk his life, and hardest of all, humble himself
enough to win her love.
soon as they left the room, Destiny removed her hand from his and reached for
her book. She gave him that suspicious look again, pursing her lips before she
spoke. Sitting in a chair directly across from the sofa, she narrowed her eyes
and openly asked, “What is it about you that sets me on edge?”
lifted one corner of his mouth. Charming.
This little female continued to challenge him. “You tell me. Can you sense that we are connected?”
crossed his arms, taking special notice of the quickening of her heartbeat and
imagined her luscious chocolate nipples tightening to taut buds just waiting
for his tongue. He braced himself for the lie, her sweet scent of arousal even
and me? No. I’ve never met you before.” And
there it was, right on cue.
placed the book on the table beside her and stood, her expression daring him to
come closer. “I don’t think Robert would like…”
air shifted with her movement, and Japheth closed his eyes briefly, basking in
her scent. Just one taste. He opened
them, moving toward her. “Robert. You’re not going to say anything to Robert.
If I decided to take you for myself right now with Robert in the next room, he
would be the least of my problems. Whether or not we’ve met before has nothing
to do with our connection.”
glared at him and took a step back. “If you decided
to take me?” She pointed her
index finger at him as she continued. “You listen to me, you arrogant bastard,
you don’t decide to do anything…”
narrowed his eyes and took another step toward her, closing the distance she’d
tried to put between them until he was mere inches away. His conscience, long
quieted into silence, balked at the idea of entrancing her and taking her so
far from Robert she would forget he existed. There was something about her that
made her willingness to be with him more important than his desire for her. Her
wants and needs took precedence over his own. He shook his head, silencing his
stumbled forward, an apparent moment of dizziness, placing the index finger of
her right hand at her forehead and the palm of her left hand on his shoulder to
steady herself. She blinked several times, her dark lashes appearing to move in
slow motion, and looked into his eyes as if seeing him for the first time.
wasn’t sure what was happening. He hadn’t done anything to entrance her. He had
wanted to, but he was certain he had restrained himself, yet she tilted her
head up and kissed him. A mere brush of her velvety-soft lips sent a spark of
possession through his entire body. He gripped her upper arms, dragging her
body against him, and deepened the kiss.
He couldn’t shake the feeling that they were getting closer this time – that
his contact with Destiny would make him and her easier for them to locate. His
feelings were always right.
loosened his grip, allowing her to step back. The fact that she had already
been attacked at least twice meant his enemies had found her. Although she had
not described her attackers, J knew that the same evil creatures he had
decimated at the bus station had attacked Destiny before his arrival. He had
quickly wiped Destiny’s memory of the attack as well as Robert’s, but to his
surprise, guilt twisted inside him. He did not like wiping her memory or altering
her in any way. Her connection to him placed her in danger, and he wanted her
to fully understand whatever decision she made.
stared into his eyes. “Oh, I, um, that’s not what I, I mean, I didn’t…”
gaze shifted slightly, and she took in a sharp breath.
frowned, clenching his jaw before turning to face Robert. Dammit. His heart plummeted when he saw her reaction. He had sensed
the moment Robert awoke, but Destiny commanded every bit of his consciousness.
She was all he could think about, and he needed her away from Robert. He also
didn’t want her hurt in any way. He felt her pain and confusion, the new
sensation throwing him off balance for a moment. He had always known he had the
ability to feel another’s emotions, but until now, he had never allowed anyone
to get close enough.
Dariel is an animal lover
who writes IR/MC (interracial/multi-cultural) paranormal and dark urban fantasy
romance. She is presently writing a shifter series, “Dark Sentinels,” a
reluctant hell-dweller series, “Kushiel’s Keep,” two Nephilim series with
vampire-like heroes, “Orlosian Warriors” and “Cain’s Progeny,” “Lifegivers,” a
paranormal romance series with a variety of beings, a crossover paranormal
thriller shifter trilogy with romantic elements, “Gateway,” and an erotic
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