I’d like to welcome fantasy/paranormal author Lisa Kumar whose first full length novel, Bound by the Mist, has just released. Isn’t her cover gorgeous?
Character-driven Fantasy Romances in a World of Kickass Paranormals
I’ve always loved paranormal and fantasy books within the romance genre. I loved vampires and werewolves but outgrew them before Twilight made them wildly popular. Next was my obsession with Greek god–or gods of any kind. Surprisingly, I haven’t jumped onto the angel bandwagon, but maybe someday. Right now I’ll stick with all things fae.
But lately, with the proliferation of urban fantasy, paranormal romances have become increasingly inundated with kickass heroines and whirlwind plotlines. Do those make for exciting reads? Sure, probably–if I read them. But I often put them down in frustration. I want romance, not action-packed fight sequences where the heroine can kick the hero to the next town with her pinky toe.
Now, I understand that some women–many women–love these kinds of stories. That’s great. That’s fantastic. There’s something empowering about reading about a super-strong woman.
But what about those of us who want romance, realistic romance (well, as realistic as it can be when reading about fantastical creatures and beings)? And how about those who want to see ‘everyday’ normal heroines we can identify with? It may be the introvert in me, but I like normal when it comes to my heroines. While I might admire Zena-type women, I can’t identify with them as closely as I would like.
So, give me a romance centered on the couple, and I’m a very happy reader. As this is what I love to read, it’s also what I write. And my latest release, Bound by the Mist, is character-driven to the extreme.
So for those of you reading this post–would you read a character-driven paranormal or fantasy romance that somewhat flies in the face of the mainstream genre? You know my answer. I’d love to hear yours.
Thanks for dropping by! And thank you, Jenna, for hosting me on your blog.
Bound by the Mist Blurb:
A magic that’s fading
Relian has lived a life that hasn’t changed in millennia, and he likes it that way. As Prince of the Erian people, he has his conscripted duties. And a human, even one as desirable as Cal, does not fit into them. But as the enemy darkindred knock on the borders and the magic of his people fades, he might just have to find room.
A love that’s binding
College Student Cal Weston spends a good portion of her time trying to keep people from thinking she’s crazy, including herself. And with good reason. But her carefully constructed reality is turned upside down when she discovers that Relian, the seductive elvin prince who has been starring in her sensuous fantasies, isn’t merely a myth and his magical kingdom really exists. Now she’s bound to an elf and stuck in a land where no one, least of all Relian, is willing to spill any answers about the truth of her arrival.
Two people, two worlds meet in the mist
Even as love grows between them, can they lay aside their differences to embrace a life together?
Thank you so much, Lisa for taking us into the fae world for a taste of the otherworldly Relian and the down-to-earth Cal. So now let us know your choice, readers: character-driven romance or action packed? Lisa’s offering a copy of Bound by the Mist to one lucky commenter today!