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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The afterlife could become monotonous - Bring Me to Life (Time Walkers #1) by Emma Weylin

Published: September 29th, 2014
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs


Being dead sucks, or so Vincent Asher believes. He’s spent the last two hundred years of his death battling vampires because his boss won’t let him kill demons. Known as a force called the Wraith, Vincent has become bored with preventing the apocalypse. When he hopes his boss will give him a more exciting assignment, he gets the shock of his afterlife. He must protect the woman who killed him.

Bryna Wildrose accidently killed the only man she ever loved. In a self-imposed death sentence, she’s spent the last ten years of her life trying to get herself killed. She never meant to kill Vincent, and the guilt is eating her alive. A vampire gives her a dire warning. The Wraith is coming for her. She can run, or she can let death take her.

Given no choice, Vincent goes back in time to find the one woman he loved more than life itself, but when he expected to torment her for causing his death, he learns nothing is what he believed it to be. Real love never dies, but Vincent’s power might not be enough to keep Bryna alive.

Paranormal Romance Plots—How to keep it fresh and Original 

I like to create new worlds. It’s the first step in keeping any genre fresh and original. Backstory, history, and the tiniest details are key ingredients. The paranormal genre is full of witches, ghosts, vampires, shape-shifters, and the like. While these creatures and people do have a real-world lore, it’s when a writer creates their own mythology that really keeps this genre so interesting. For Bring Me to Life I brought together vampires, time travel, secret organizations and true love. Mixing concepts up and putting them with ideas that at first glance don’t seem to fit can make an amazing story. 

Characterization is the other major factor. We all have our favorite heroine and hero types, but what about mixing them up? What if you have a “bad boy” who is a true gentlemen? Or a heroine who can kick butt, but also loves to bake muffins? Or a werewolf who enjoys making homemade jelly? Characters, like plot lines can make the story flat and clichéd. 

Say a writer decides to mate a pixie who hates flowers, but loves airplane mechanics with a savage cougar shape-shifter who also owns a plot of property to help protect a dwindling chipmunk population. It’s not that difficult to see the only possible villain could be an Enchantress who needs the essence of pixie and chipmunk to mix a batch of evil goo to help her take over the world. Maybe it doesn’t need to be so dramatic, or have to include the dichotomy of good and evil, but matching up things that “don’t work” and recreating them until they do work is not only fun, but helps to keep the genre alive. 

The second way would be to start from scratch and build the world from the ground up. This aspect of world building is general attributed more to Fantasy than Paranormal, but this is where writers can pull from alternate reality type stories. What would the world be like if Christianity hadn’t become the dominate religion? What if it was still common for humans to know gnomes and keplies still existed? How would people without magic be viewed? How would non-believers be treated? What would happen if a man fell in love with a woman who refused to believe in magic? 

There is an endless supply of mythology to pull from to create interesting stories and the imagination is limitless. Love can be added to any story to give it more meaning. Standing tropes on their heads and reinventing them help to keep this genre fun to write and fun to read.



Death sucked. Sure, the women were hot and the ability to move back and forth through time to fend off the apocalypse was entertaining, but even the afterlife could become monotonous. Fast times and even faster women had become his stint in existence. True, such things as illness and pesky bullets couldn’t kill him any longer, but Wraith was getting bored. At some point in the last two hundred years he decided his fate had been Hell instead of Time Walker limbo; he’d just been too naïve to know it at the time of his death. Actually, it was probably about the time he’d earned his moniker instead of going by his Earthly name.

He ducked down when a vampire swung at him with a two-by-four. He popped up, caught the board on its second swing, cracked it over his knee, and then stabbed the undead with the sharp end. Why should he have to endure Hell by his lonesome? The vampire burst into a smoky cloud of ash which fell to the alley before it was gently blown away.

Wraith looked at his watch.

New York City, 1939. He pulled his crumpled list out of his pocket and checked where he was supposed to go next. New Orleans, 2085. Great. There was nothing worse than having to go to the largest vampire nest in North America, but they were still boring. He perked up a little. Maybe it wasn’t a vampire this time and he’d get another crack at a demon. Those were always so much more interesting to kill when Felix decided to let him, which wasn’t very often.

He checked his list again and watched as all his assignments vanished one by one.


What the hell had he done now to get in trouble? He’d been good for the last decade—well, there had been that one night in a Hestia temple with two virgins, but it hadn’t been his fault. They’d asked him to stay. Besides, that was five years ago. Surely he wasn’t getting into trouble for that.

Headquarters appeared on the page in big glowing letters. He walked down the alley and visualized headquarters, and the imagery around him blurred from dank, garbage-ridden streets to bright white halls lined with gold trim.


He was in Hell all right.

He walked down the hall with its never-changing view until a large door out of nowhere swung open.

“Get your ass in here!” Felix bellowed.

“I’m here.”

“You’re late,” he snapped.

Wraith arched a brow at him, but didn’t say anything. Felix was like a bazillion years older than he and could send his ass back to the Bronze Age to deal with babes who didn’t know how to bathe or shave. “Yeah, so sue me. What did I do this time?”

“We found out the point in time that causes the apocalypse. It’s your job to go stop it.”

Wraith sighed. Same old, same old. When was he going to get an exciting assignment? He stuck out his hand for the transparent cellophane-like material Felix handed to him and looked down at the forming image. Two hundred years of annoying monotony drained away as raw rage boiled in his system. “No. I’m not doing the job.”

Felix rolled his eyes. “You’re not supposed to kill her, dumbass. You’re supposed to protect her.”

Wraith glared at his asshole superior. “Like hell I am. Find someone else, or I guess it’s The Apocalypse Meets the Twenty-third Century.”

“It’s this or judgment.”

Wraith started to curse. “You’re kidding me? I have to save that bitch or you’re going to throw my ass in Hell?”

“Yeah, ain’t the afterlife a bitch?” Felix said without sympathy. “Get going. I need you there a day before the main attraction.”

Wraith pulled out his assignment sheet and looked at the time. It was the day before what should have been his twenty-eighth birthday. He’d never had an assignment so close to his death date before. That wasn’t affecting him nearly as much as having to save the life of the woman who killed him.

About the author: 
Emma Weylin fell in love with the written word as a child. She loves to create her own worlds full of magic and wonder. One of her favorite things is populating those worlds with interesting and true-to-life characters who experience everything from epic love and heartrending battles to seriously silly or embarrassing “duh” moments. She believes love can and does conquer all things. When she’s not writing, she enjoys her family and has a copious yarn addiction.

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Emma said...

Thanks for having me today!

Unknown said...

this looks like a sexy read. would love to read this :)

wendy Hutton said...

sounds like a really good read, thanks

Piper said...

Sounds good. I usually only read romance when it's paranormal heh

Denise Z said...

I love it when a synopsis makes me smile. Thank you for sharing this treat with us, I am looking forward to the read and adding to my wishlist :)

Unknown said...

Sounds like a good book! thanks for the giveaway!

Aurélia said...

thanks for the giveaway :)

Joseph Hawkshaw said...

The expert was very good great job.

Spg Chlomo said...

Sounds like a good book! :)

Unknown said...

Sounds great! Thanks for this opportunity!

justwin4once said...

I loved the excerpt - and I like how you describe building a world for your books.

winemama said...

sounds good, thanks for the giveaway!

Betul E. said...

Thanks for the post & giveaway!

CCAM said...

I'm always in mood for a good PR/UF Thank you