Please join me in welcoming Nancy Gideon here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her Moonlight series, Masked by Moonlight, was recently released on May 25, 2010. Masked by Moonlight is also part of my Debut Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge.
One lucky commenter has a chance to win a copy of Masked by Moonlight. Details are listed at the end of the post.
“And They Lived Happily Ever After” Squared
by Nancy Gideon
Paranormal readers love a series. They love plot mythology and characters that return book after book after book. But the equation for a paranormal romance has always been 1 Hot Hero + 1 Sexy Heroine = 1 Happily Ever After.
I confess. I don’t like arithmetic. I wear my “English Major. You do the Math” tee shirt with pride. Something about formulas and common denominators always struck me as having a singular lack of creative license. Plug in variables and arrive at a statistically certainty. Okay. I believe you. I don’t really care to know why it works as long as it does, and don’t ask me to show you the steps. Just hand over the calculator and no one gets hurt.
That said, you can imagine my enthusiasm when it comes to applying mathematical theory to writing. There’s no math in romance! Those inflexible rules need not apply, especially in a paranormal where rules are made to be broken…if you can do it convincingly.
THAT said, imagine my surprise when the formula used in my new dark paranormal MOONLIGHT series was met with a certain degree of publisher and reader hesitation. 1 HOT Hero + 1 Sexy Heroine = 4 Happily Ever Afters. What do you mean it doesn’t add up? The same hero and heroine are in the first four of six connected books. There’s the proof. Let’s just say I pulled a James T. Kirk and manipulated the data to arrive at the desired conclusion. It’s not cheating. It’s creative thinking.
I didn’t start out to shatter the H/H/HEA continuum. It just sort of happened when Max Savoie and Charlotte Caissie came alive at my keyboard. From page 1 to 384, they circled warily, verbally fenced, struggled with loyalties, and sizzled through a sensual dance within the world I was creating for them. But by the time I got closer to that 384th page, I knew I’d created more of a monster than just Max. I had a monster of a plot that was still unfolding. I had character issues dangling, intriguing secondaries ripe for exploration, a deeply buried mythology that Max had only begun to uncover. I needed more time, more space. More pages! Though the first book, MASKED BY MOONLIGHT concludes with the reader knowing Max and Cee Cee are together as a couple, there are huge obstacles to their developing relationship. Did I mention he’s a shape-shifter searching for his past, bound to a criminal empire and a shadowy clan of Shifters who believe he’s their prophesied leader? That she’s a dedicated New Orleans detective following clues to a grisly murder that point right to the enigmatic mob enforcer she finds inexplicably irresistible? Not to mention she has serious issues committing to a man . . . and he isn’t one. Conflict to the nth degree.
Though each of the first four books feature Max and Charlotte, each one deals with a separate external plot and a new internal complications, while peeling back the underlying layers of their secretive pasts. It’s been an adventure for me because many of these surprising revelations I’m discovering right along with them. What fun is there to working a story problem when you already know the solution?
“Gideon kicks off a paranormal series with intriguing characters and zippy action . . . and masters the tension required to keep her complex and engaging story moving.” Publishers Weekly starred review
Okay, I’ll admit it. Following the steps has its rewards. Even with rules meant to be broken. And a reward for the reader is that the first three books come out back-to-back-to-back in June with MASKED BY MOONLIGHT, July with CHASED BY MOONLIGHT and August with CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT.
You do the math.
For more about the series and surprises to come, visit my website.
Nancy Gideon is the author of over fifty romances ranging from historicals to paranormal and romantic suspense, writing under her own name and as Dana Ransom and Rosalyn West. She’s even dabbled with a movie novelization and has had a screen play collaboration made into an indie horror film. She works full time as a legal assistant and harbors a secret addiction to Net Flix.
Synopsis (Product Description):
Homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder. Using Jimmy Legere’s right hand man is a dangerous gamble, not just because of his ruthless reputation as more monster than man, but because her feelings for her mysterious and irresistible enemy are … complicated. There’s just something about Max.
Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max Savoie owes Jimmy Legere his life. Existing silently in his rescuer’s shadow, he heeds only one voice. Until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties. Forced to step outside his cautious rules to save her, he risks more than his heart . . . he risks exposing his dark secret.
Working together means facing the truth about who and what they are, and what they need from one another. If Max is the murderer she seeks, Cee Cee might be his next victim. She can’t afford to trust any man. Good thing Max isn’t one.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Masked by Moonlight.
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Do you like following romance rules or do you think they can be broken by having the same hero and heroine in more than one book?
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6. Giveaway ends Monday, June 28th at 11:59 PM EST.
7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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