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Guest Author: Darynda Jones (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is author Darynda Jones.  The first book in her new Charley Davidson series, First Grave on the Right,  hits bookshelves on February 1, 2011.  Please join me in welcoming Darynda here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read the first chapter of the book here.  I found this book highly entertaining, enjoyable and just all around fun.  You can expect my review of the book in the next couple of days.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win an autographed copy of First Grave on the Right.  Darynda will stop by to answer any questions and view your responses to her question.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Welcome Darynda!

It’s Not Easy Being Grim

by Darynda Jones

So, what if the grim reaper were just misunderstood? You know, a being not made of death and darkness and creepy skeletal remains? And what if she—yes, she—were really a bright, shiny beacon of light that lured those departed who were left on Earth toward her so they could cross to the other side? Of course, in the process she would attract all kinds of trouble, everything from demons who try to kill her to ghosts who try to kill her to, well, humans who try to kill her.

That is Charlotte “Charley” Davidson, the heroine of First Grave on the Right, in a nutshell. And while she’d like to believe she’s a complete badass, she’s really more of an accident-prone, slightly schizophrenic girl from Albuquerque who takes the complications of ADD to a whole new level. Not to mention the fact that she’s the only grim reaper this side of forever.

Okay, but why the grim reaper, you might ask. That one is simple. As an aspiring author, I wanted to get noticed. I wanted something different that would pique the interest of agents and editors alike. Fortunately for me, Charley did just that. First, she won the 2009 RWA Golden Heart for Best Paranormal Romance, then she landed me an amazing agent. Not long after that, she secured a three-book deal for the rights to her story with St. Martin’s Press. Her journey has been an incredible one and the fun is just beginning.

In First Grave on the Right, Charley Davidson uses her reaper abilities to help her succeed as a private investigator. It’s a natural progression from her childhood. Since she was five, she’s been helping her detective father solve crimes. In First Grave, three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, and they come to Charley to find their killer. At the same time, she’s dealing with a being she calls the Big Bad. He’s more powerful, and definitely sexier, than any specter she’s ever come across. With the help of some living and some not-so-living associates, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn’t nearly as dangerous as falling in love.

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Here’s a quick excerpt:

In too much pain to stretch, I let a lengthy yawn overtake me instead, winced at the soreness shooting through my jaw, then looked back at Dead Guy. He was blurry. Not because he was dead, but because it was 4:34 a.m. And I’d recently had my ass kicked.

“Hi,” he said nervously. He had a wrinkled suit, round- rimmed glasses, and mussed hair that made him look part young-wizard-we- all- know-and-love and part mad scientist. He also had two bullet holes on the side of his head with blood streaking down his right temple and cheek. None of these details were a problem. The problem resided in the fact that he was in my bedroom. In the wee hours of dawn. Standing over me like a dead Peeping Tom.

I eyed him with my infamous death stare, second only to my infamous fluster stare, and got a response immediately.

“Sorry, sorry,” he said, stumbling over his words, “didn’t mean to frighten you.”

Did I look frightened? Clearly my death stare needed work.

Ignoring him, I inched out of bed. I had on a Scorpions hockey jersey I’d snatched off a goalie and a pair of plaid boxers-same team, different position. Chihuahuas, tequila, and strip poker. A night that is forever etched at the top of my Things I’ll Never Do Again list.

With teeth clenched in agony, I dragged all 470 throbbing pounds toward the kitchen and, more importantly, the coffeepot. Caffeine would chisel the pounds off, and I’d be back to my normal weight in no time.

Because my apartment was roughly the size of a Cheez-It, it didn’t take me long to feel my way to the kitchen in the dark. Dead Guy followed me. They always follow me. I could only pray this one would keep his mouth shut long enough for the caffeine to kick in, but alas, no such luck.

I’d barely pressed the on button when he started in.

“Um, yeah,” he said from the doorway, “it’s just that I was murdered yesterday, and I was told you were the one to see.”

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I’d like to thank Angela and everyone at Dark Faerie Tales, one of my favorite blogs on planet Earth, for having me. This is such an honor. My question to all of their readers goes a little like this: Is there a paranormal entity/creature that you have not seen in print that you’d like immortalized between the covers of a fiction novel? (Okay, that is a purely selfish question. Research, research, research.)

Thank you again!


Author Bio:

Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, Darynda was born spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. After the Golden Heart final, she pimped herself as best she could, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin’s Press in a three-book deal. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

You can visit Darynda around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win an autographed copy of First Grave on the Right.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Is there a paranormal entity/creature that you have not seen in print that you’d like immortalized between the covers of a fiction novel?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Friday, February 11th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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48 Responses to “Guest Author: Darynda Jones (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Ammy BelleNo Gravatar
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    Great Post! Thanks for the morning pick me up before I go to work! As to the question … that’s a tough one! I have read about all kinds of shifters, psychics, vampires, witches, and assorted other Halloween-themed entities … what I would like to see, hm … I ahve read about gods and angels; evil lizards and good dragons; ghosts and faeries – what else is there? So instead, if I may, I will modify my answer to say what I want to see -more- of: myths. I love a good adaptation of a myth – and I would love to see more Hercules and Gilgameshes around in the book world! Thanks!:)

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  2. RickiNo Gravatar
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    I think everything I like is in print already, but I would love more traditional ghost stories.
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  3. KarenNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t really found any good books with Skinwalkers as a lead, so I’d love to see more of that.
    Loved the post btw, the book looks great ^_^

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  4. Michelle GreathouseNo Gravatar
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    Hi, no need to enter my name for the giveaway. Just wanted to stop by and say how much I enjoyed First Grave on the Right – I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

    Best to you Darynda!

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  5. Tanya1224No Gravatar
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    Well..I would say pretty much what commenter Ammy said. I think I’ve read every entity there is. I do enjoy reading about beings from Mythology. I read a story with Atlas in it and I was swoonin :) I can see why publishers were into Darynda’s book. It sounds great and very different from what I’ve read…woman grim reaper…awesome. Please count me in for this contest.
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  6. Wicked WalkerNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t read a book about a centaur yet…that could be pretty cool…not sure how the romance would work with that but maybe he can have a human form LOL.

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  7. DaelithNo Gravatar
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    Thank you for the article and information on this new release..

    As the others have stated, it’s really hard to come up with anything that hasn’t been done already. Vampires, wereanimals, shapeshifters, dragons, ghosts, mythological beings of other cultures (deities, etc), selkies, zombies, gargoyles, mermaids/men, demons, angels, genies, witches, succubus, griffins, centaurs, hellhounds, elves, fae beings, furies, harpies, ghouls, banshee, grim reaper, devil, mummies, minotaur, phoenix, unicorn, Pegasus, nymphs, pixies, and trolls.

    The only thing I can think I haven’t seen a great deal of is sphinx. I’ve read books with them mentioned, but never elaborated on them. Might be interesting.

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  8. debbieNo Gravatar
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    I would like to see some of the native american mythological creatures such as the apotamkin,sedna and the wendago.
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  9. Darynda JonesNo Gravatar
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    Wow, these are great ideas! Thank you guys so much for stopping by! And thank you to DFT for having me. I love this site!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful day,
    ~D~

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  10. Van P.No Gravatar
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    Yes, i think the majority of the paranormal creatures has already been used in fiction novels. I think it Would be interesting if some kinda wrote a more modern version about the gorgons. Greek Mythology most popular gorgons are the three sisters.

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    thanks for the giveaway, im really looking forward to reading this book!!

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  11. Lesley D.No Gravatar
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    I can’t think of any paranormal creatures I haven’t seen in print except for the really obscure ones.

    I love the excerpt on your website, by the way! Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Darynda JonesNo Gravatar
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    @Debbie, I have considered Native American mythology, especially considering where I live. Lots of Native American culture here.

    @Van, gorgons, very cool.

    @Daelith, wow, I had never even considered a sphinx. What an intriguing idea. I’ll have to do some research.

    @Wicked, centaur would be interesting too. I’m noticing a lot of Greek mythology. Must brush up! LOL.

    @Tanya, I would LOVE to read the story you’re talking about. Atlas, huh? Nice. If you remember what it was, let me know!

    Michelle! Nice to see you here! Thank you so much for stopping by!

    @Karen, I recently saw a movie with skinwalkers and loved it! Great idea!

    @Ricki, I love traditional ghost stories. I would love to see more and actually, First Grave started out leaning in that direction, but an agent told me no, it had been done to death. :( So I changed it. Then he rejected me. LOL. C’est La Vie.

    @Ammy, thank you so much for the kind words! And evil lizards? LOL, love it!!!!

    I am absolutely crazy about zombies and want to do something in that direction. But by the time I get off my butt and get the book written, they will be out of style. LOL

    Thanks all so much for stopping by!!!!
    ~D~

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  13. Darynda JonesNo Gravatar
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    Thank you, Lesley!!! So glad you liked it!
    ~D~

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  14. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I would like to see some books about THE Devil (would be interesting to see the story from the Devil’s point of view) and genies.

    Would love to read First Grave on the Right! It seems interesting.

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  15. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    I can’t think of one that hasn’t been done. You know I’m at a loss. Everytime I think of one, I can think of a book that it is in. One I’d like to see more of is mermaids. I mean really getting to know their world, not just them interacting in ours. It’s been done, but not done too much.

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  16. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    Well I think a lot of entities out there in the book world. I agree that some more native american characters could be brought out as well as Japanese gods/spirits would also to be great to more of.

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  17. Darynda JonesNo Gravatar
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    Thank you, @Amy! And, yes, oh yes, I love stories about the devil. Too fun.

    @Melissa, I’m so glad you said that! A friend of mine wrote a mermaid series and she swears no one on planet Earth reads about mermaids! LOL. Her name is Devyn Quinn and I just love them. The second one is about to come out. Yay!

    @Teri, very cool ideas too! There are so many cool cultural aspects of mythology and religion. I love researching them.

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  18. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I think I’ve seen just about every kind of entity/creature there is, except maybe leprechauns – where’s the book about trying to steal their pot of gold?

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  19. MarisolNo Gravatar
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    I’d have to say I would like to see serpent-hybrid males – I would love to fantasize about being captured and held in a cavernous lair and…ahem.:lol: Or an extraterrestrial (alien) male character in a book. Haven’t really seen either in a paranormal/fantasy romance novel yet. But I could be wrong, maybe they are out there somewhere, waiting for me to find them…

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  20. MarisolNo Gravatar
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    Sorry, have to repost because I forgot my e-mail. :(

    I’d have to say I would like to see serpent-hybrid males – I would love to fantasize about being captured and held in a cavernous lair and…ahem.:lol: Or an extraterrestrial (alien) male character in a book. Haven’t really seen either in a paranormal/fantasy romance novel yet. But I could be wrong, maybe they are out there somewhere, waiting for me to find them…

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  21. Elisa BeattyNo Gravatar
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    I’m just so totally thrilled for you, Darynda! First Grave is FABULOUS, and soon the whole world will know! I know your nerves must be jumping!!

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  22. KarenNo Gravatar
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    Hmm, does the boogey man count? Haha, but no I think phoenixes haven’t been very common in novels lately, or I’m missing a lot?

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  23. AprilNo Gravatar
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    +2 follower

    Wow, this book looks really interesting. I love the cover!

    I want to say Gorgons, but they show up every once in awhile and there’s a few books about Medusa coming out this year alone that I’m really excited about. So maybe Lamias?

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  24. JenMNo Gravatar
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    +1 – It does seem like just about everything has been done before. Personally, I’m partial to stories with necromancers or people who otherwise interact with the dead so I’m really looking forward to read your book (don’t like zombies though LOL). I’ve had it on my wishlist ever since I first read the blurb a few months ago.

    I also love stories with characters who possess elemental magic (the ability to control air, fire, water or earth). There are a few good ones out there, but there’s always room for more as far as I’m concerned.

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    OMG. This part really made me laugh: “He was blurry. Not because he was dead, but because it was 4:34 a.m. And I’d recently had my ass kicked.” LOL.

    I’d love to win (and review the book). It sounds like it would be a great deal of fun!

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    I would love to see many more books with doppelgangers.
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  27. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    I’d say I don’t think I have read a book with a Kraken in it, although it has certainly made it into a few movies.

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  28. A'linaNo Gravatar
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    I would love to read more books with native american mythology. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I can’t wait to read this book!

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  29. PamkNo Gravatar
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    what about ordinary humans with extraordinary powers. +1
    I follow your blog and you on twitter too +2
    I also tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Pamk258/status/31419302632497152 +3
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  30. Vickie BNo Gravatar
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    Q:Is there a paranormal entity/creature that you have not seen in print that you’d like immortalized between the covers of a fiction novel?
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    A: I can’t think of anything or anyone who hasn’t been addressed at one time or another. I know there can be hybrids, say an angel who had a time with a demon and a child was born of their union…or a vamp/shifter or a gnome/elf….

    I luh-huv the cover of your book! I want a pair of those sandals. The premise of this story is superb. Cant’t wait to read it.

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  31. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    +1 What about Cupid or the tooth fairy. I can so see thr tooth fairy in a vamp book.

    +2 a follower of this blog-Lisa Richards/alterlisa and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter@alterlisa.

    +3 http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/31543784772734976
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    I haven’t read any stories about pixes (tiny fairies).
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    I would like to see evil twins come to life in fictions books! Thats would be quite interesting! Or maybe the angel of death? some type of angel! :D

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  34. Darynda JonesNo Gravatar
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    I’m so late getting back to this!!! So sorry everyone.

    @Barbara, I read a contest entry about leprechauns once and it was really good! LOL.

    @Marisol, I love that idea. I can understand your thought process on it. And I love aliens!!! I have a couple of manuscripts started involving aliens, so right there with ya on that front!

    Thank you so much for stopping by, @Elisa!!! Yeah, nerves are definitely jumping. A lot!

    @Karen, phoenixes are something I certainly haven’t thought of. Very interesting. I remember a show about a phoenix a long time ago. He was gorgeous and blond and oh-so yummy. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    @April, thank you so much. Isn’t that cover to die for? I love it. And I have to admit, I had to go look up lamia. *cringe* I never know that’s what those were called. See! Learn something new everyday!

    @Jen, I am working on a YA that involves elemental magic. I love it too!

    @Tami, thank you so much!!!!! If nothing else, Charley does have a tendency to get her ass kicked. LOL.

    @Vivien, doppelgangers is something I havn’t seen much of either. Great idea!

    @Stephanie, that’s true about the Kraken. I’ve seen several movies as well, but haven’t read much with them. You know, that could be an incredibly interesting story. It could even be told from his POV. Something like a trapped or tortured soul. (I love me some tortured souls.)

    @A’lina, thanks so much for stopping by. I started doing more research in that direction. Maybe soon! :)

    @Pamk, Those are always fun!!! I love the “discovery” part, where they learn what they are capable of. Fun!

    @Vickie B, thank you so much! I am in love with the cover too. Such a very cool concept. And, yeah, those shoes….

    @Lisa, okay, that is too cute! A tooth fairy in a vamp book. Awesome idea!

    @Meredith, I love pixies. A friend of mine is doing a series with fairy godmothers that is too cute. It could be similar to that, where they change size, etc. Love that idea.

    @Cathy, also great ideas. And I have something in the works with the Angel of Death. Such a dark and delicious concept!!!

    Thank you so much to everyone for stopping by!!! And thank you again to DFT for having me!
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  35. Mary Ellen ThompsonNo Gravatar
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    I’d like to see a púca, an Irish shapeshifter. Probably not as a main character but as some sort of sidekick or helper. According to legend, they can talk, they give advice and lead people away from harm.

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  36. vampireprincess2468No Gravatar
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    Follower.

    Would be undead monster. I would want to be the main character and very evil

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  37. Darynda JonesNo Gravatar
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    @Mary Ellen, I’ve never heard of a puca. How cool! Thank you for posting!

    @Vampire Princess, evil is always fun. hee-hee-hee.

    Thanks, you two!
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  38. Donna SNo Gravatar
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    I really cant think of anything that hasnt been used. Although Im sure there are some that I havent heard of that could be. I wouldnt mind more ghost stories and myths though. Ancient Greek and Roman mythology has some great stories and characters.

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  39. Sara MNo Gravatar
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    I’d like to see a gritty Urban Fantasy (not Young Adult or Paranormal Romance) with a mermaid. There are some paranormal creatures that have been featured before, but never as one of the main characters: elves, gargoyles, gremlins, sprites.

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  40. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would love to read a story about Nessie the loch-ness monster in a beauty and the beast type story only with the beast being the heroine.
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  41. JulieNo Gravatar
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    Most of the popular creatures have already been written about, but I’m sure there are some from Greek mythology that have not been. It would be neat to read about new creatures.

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  42. Maria SmithNo Gravatar
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    No I think all the good paranormal creatures have been done. What I like is when authors mix them up!

    Your book sounds wonderful! Please include me!

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  43. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    I can’t think of any creature that I haven’t already seen. I think that I have seen every conceivable creature. Although, I would like to see more gargoyles.
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  44. Patricia LepplaNo Gravatar
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    What a great question…. I can’t think of any. THere are so many out there. I would like to read more about Banshees like in My Soul to Take.

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  45. MCNo Gravatar
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    I would like to see more about mermaid, but in a adult urban fantasy way. Also I would like more necromencers,gorgons,harpies and kelpies.

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  46. Lisa G.No Gravatar
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    How about Gargoyles? I haven’t seen any of them in any books. Thx. Lisa

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  47. DarkBloodyVampNo Gravatar
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    Hi there!

    Hmm that is a hard one a paranormal creature not seen in print that you’d like immortalized between the covers of a fiction novel. This only thing I can think of is a Liche. It is defined as a the following:

    “Liches are once living powerful necromancers and have become powerful enough to live on after death as a Undead necromancer or Liche. Liches tend to be powerful evil creatures who are stronger now they are Undead than they were when they were alive. They have the power to command the dead to do their biddings.”

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  48. Lindsey EklandNo Gravatar
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    I have read about many supernatural/mythic creatures as primary and secondary creatures so I do not feel any lack.

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