My guest today is paranormal romance authors Sable Grace. The first book in their new Dark Breed series, Ascension, hits bookshelves tomorrow. Please join me in welcoming Sable here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read the first chapter of the book here.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Ascension. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
Sable Grace is the writing team of Heather Waters & Laura Barone, long time critique partners and friends who came together by fluke to discover their voices fit together quite nicely during an experiment of “I’ll write the first sentence, you write the next.” It was meant to be nothing more than a warm up exercise for each of them to get started on their own projects, but soon, the story became far more interesting than what they were supposed to be working on and Sable Grace was born.
Both Heather and Laura reside in Florida, are happily married, and are, well, complete opposites. (Think the Odd Couple on crack here.) Still, there’s enough common ground for them to weave their words together in the voice of Sable Grace.
Good Girls Don’t Always Wear White
by Sable Grace
What is it about creatures that go bump-in-the-night that have readers everywhere running to the bookstores? Is the vampire all dark and broody? Or the witch pulling off the impossible? Maybe it’s the angst-filled souls or the super-human strength that allows them to fight on the side of good—or evil?
For a writer, finding the balance of just enough of all of the above without going overboard is often a challenge. Do you have your Vamps drinking human blood or will that turn off readers? Should they be remorseful for the human lives they’ve taken so they’re filled with regret? Can a werewolf shift to wolf form and still be attractive to the reader? Can a Witch be squeamish, but still able to hold her own in a fight? And what about gods/demigods or Shapeshifters or even zombies? Can creatures who’ve shown up everywhere from books to movies to television be written in such a way that they break the mold, but not the readers hold on the book?
In Ascension, book one of the Dark Breed Novels, the struggle was there each time a new creature was introduced. There’s a Vampyre/werewolf (Lychen in our series) half-breed who makes no excuses for who she is. She loves the strengths and abilities her mixed breeds give her. She uses these to her advantage without making excuses for herself, even if it makes her an outcast among her own kind.
You’ll find a Witch who doesn’t fit the norm because she is squeamish, but if there’s a fight, she’s the one you want watching your back. That she’s handy with spells and magic is a plus, too. And Shapeshifters that are scary in their looks and abilities to go for the kill. And let’s not forget about the Vampyre that break the mold of today—of sexy and alluring—and fall in the downright freak you out category. Writing about the gods was fun, too. Their temperaments and attitudes aren’t what you’d expect in most cases either. Okay, so the Leeches—or zombies as most call them—are about the only ones in the Dark Breed series that fit their stereotype. We hope. Half the fun of writing the series is trying to find a new way to envision the creatures painting the pages.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Ascension.
To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:
Can you remember the first time you saw/read about a character that completely swayed away from their stereotype?
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6. Giveaway ends Monday, May 9th at 11:59 PM EST.
7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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