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.
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.
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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