Blurring the Genre Lines
By Sonya Clark
There’s a thin line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Urban fantasy doesn’t have to have romance, but more frequently than not now if you pick up an urban fantasy it will have some level of romance. Generally the supernatural plot will be front and center, more important than whatever romance there is in the book. The plot would still stand if all traces of romance were removed from the book. Priorities are flipped in paranormal romance. The romance is front and center and the relationship is the most important part of the story. In fact the relationship will drive the story, even with a suspense and danger filled plot. The two genres used to be easier to separate but the line between the two is getting thinner, less distinct. I for one don’t mind that at all.
As a reader I love both urban fantasy and paranormal romance and have my favorites in each genre. I tend to gravitate more toward urban fantasy because I like the action, all the suspense and danger. My favorite type of urban fantasy series is one that also has a strong romance and I love following the relationship of a long-term committed couple over the course of several books. Kitty and Ben in the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn are one of my favorite couples. I also love Cat and Bones in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. These couples get put through a lot in their dangerous supernatural worlds. Part of the attraction of reading the books is seeing how they cope as a couple and how their relationship handles the stress. It can be rough of course but as a reader you want their love to be stronger than anything the world throws at them, and you root for them as both individual characters and as a couple.
When I started writing Mojo Queen I didn’t plan for there to be any romance in it. Paranormal investigator Roxie Mathis and her vampire ancestor Daniel Rambin were keeping me busy with their quirky friendship as they worked on a case involving demonic possession. But at some point bad guy sorcerer Blake Harvill charmed his way into becoming Roxie’s love interest. Suddenly my story had one foot in urban fantasy and one foot tip-toeing over the line into paranormal romance. I wasn’t sure that was what I wanted at first, but now I’m excited about these two characters. I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes, especially after getting such a rocky start in Mojo Queen. I hope readers find them worth rooting for too and I’m loving writing something that blurs the lines between my two favorite genres.
Winners will be chosen from all of those who enter via the form, leave comments at tour stops for bonus entries and you can also enter at each tour stop.
10 winners will receive signed book plates
2 winners will receive free ebook copies of Mojo Queen
1 grand prize winner will receive the Mojo Prize Pack, which includes:
· Signed book plate
· Mojo Queen playlist CD
· A voodoo doll
· A protective mojo hand
· Spirit of Good Luck incense
· A seven day spell candle
· A bag of graveyard dirt
The winners will be announced on Sonya's blog on Friday, August 19. Physical prizes open to US Shipping Only Please, Ebooks international.
You can also check out Shadow's fabulous review of Mojo Queen *here*