Gabrielle Bisset

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Proudly Paranormal

Welcome to my leg of the Proudly Paranormal Blog Hop!  The brainchild of author Adriana Ryan, it celebrates the paranormal genre in all its facets.  The hop runs all month, so expect to see all varieties of paranormal, from the erotic romance I write to the supernatural women's fiction Adriana writes, and all areas in between.

Since this is a hop dedicated to the Proudly Paranormal, of course I'm talking about my vampires in the Sons of Navarus series. The paranormal genre gives an author such freedom to write stories that are fantastic and imaginative.  In Blood Avenged, I had the chance to first introduce readers to my vampires' world and Vasilije, the book's main character.  In Vasilije, I give readers the first initial taste of my version of vampires--sensual, earthy, and dangerous.  He's unlike any character I've ever written, an unrepentant hedonist, and the paranormal genre is a place he can shine.

Vasilije is the quintessential vampire to me.  He preys on humans, turning them to please himself.  In another genre, this kind of character wouldn't work.  Hedonists are rarely appealing, but as a vampire, Vasilije exudes a very appealing air because of his hedonism.

And now as I finish the second book in the Sons of Navarus series, Blood Betrayed, I'm getting ready to introduce the second Son to the world.  Saint is very different from Vasilije, manifesting another set of characteristics of my vampires--haunted, brooding, and different. 

The paranormal genre is perfect for Saint's character.  In the paranormal world of the vampire, he's right at home with his darkness. 

I write in other genres and the historical always makes its way into all my writing (What can I say?  I'm a history prof!), but the paranormal is where I love to spend my time the most. It's the genre that gives me the most freedom to be creative, and I'm so thankful for that outlet. 

Thanks for hopping by on this stop in the Proudly Paranormal Blog Hop.  One lucky commenter will win a $10 Amazon gift card and a set of bookmarks from the first three books in the Sons of Navarus series--Blood Avenged, Blood Betrayed, and Blood Spirit.  Just be sure to include your email address in your comment so I can contact you when you win.  Good luck!

And watch for posts all month long from other authors who are proudly paranormal! Next up on Monday, March 5:  Author J.D. Brown


30 comments:

Shah Wharton said...

I adore all things paranormal too. It's fantasy, but also urban. I can be easily convinced of the reality of paranormal characters, as appose say - a flying dragon. It's just magical but in a raw, complex way. I'd no doubt be a complete wuss if some gorgeous guy wanted to drink from my throat or dominate my world, or make me immortal, but in the fantasy I'm screaming at the heroine, "Just do it!"

Heard you were thinking of swapping to wordpress? I considered it for my author blog but opted for blogger - I know it so well I can through up and blog in no time now. And add all the widgets etc. But I'd have to learn everything again for wordpress. I don't really know any benefits to it either.

I am considering paying for my rights to my blogs though. I didn't realise before, but with the word 'bloodspot' or 'wordpress' comes the possibility that if they decided to wipe your blog you'd have no way of stopping it or gaining access to the content. Scary.

X

Adriana said...

I love me some hedonism! :) That's one of the reasons I love the paranormal genre--our heroes and heroines can be so much more 3D than is possible in other genres. They can be coldblooded killers and still appeal to readers. The flexibility to us, as writers, is mind-blowing! Great post! :)

Tamsyn said...

Paranormal is one of my favourite genres. I enjoy entering the paranormal worlds created by the writers. It is amazing really to someone who has no imagination! :o)
Many thanks for the giveaway.
tamsyn5(at)yahoo(dot)com

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Gabrielle.

I enjoyed the post and look forward reading the Sons of Navarus series. The excerpts I read were smokin' hot.


Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Kianna Alexander said...

Hi, Gabrielle!
When you mentioned Vasilije being an "unrepentant hedonist," for some reason I thought of the ever-reclining, grape eating Hedonism-Bot from Futurama! (LOL) Characters drive our stories, and with such dynamic and well defined heroes, yours have got to be good.

Best, Kianna
kiannaalexander@gmail.com

Savannah Chase said...

The paranormal genre is amazing and one that I adore. It lets you explore so many possibilities and lets your imagination go wild...

nenssa said...

You had me at Hedonistic vampire, and completely sealed the deal when I read about your background in historical studies. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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Danielle Ravencraft said...

Excellent post. Your books sound dark and sexy - just the way I like them. :) Your description of Vasilije (love his name, by the way) makes me think of Damon Salvatore. I love those bad boys and that's one of the many reasons why I love paranormal characters - Like you said, paranormal lets us use those darker, sinister characters and still make them endearing to the reader. In any other genre, they would be the villain, but in paranormal books, they are the heroes. Love it.

A.H. Browne @ ahbrowne.com said...

I keep feeling like I'm on a house tour with this blog hop. haha And next up on our tour is the wonderful, Gabrielle Bisset. lol

Great job and I have to agree with everyone else, and you. One of the best things about Paranormal is letting the darker sides of us out in our writing, while still keeping to the appeal of many other women, and even male readers. Love that.

Sky Purington said...

I'm all about the vamps. Sounds like a great series! Love this blog too. :-)

diannehartsock said...

Vasilige sounds amazing, but you've really hooked me with Saint. 'haunted, brooding, and different'. My kind of vampire! Have a great paranormal month!
diannewrites2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Gabrielle said...

Thanks so much for everyone who's stopped by. I love that we're all about the darker side of things. :) It's great to meet all of you!

M. L. Archer said...

Nice, extra dark looking blog...and how can you NOT love sexy Vamps?

wanda f said...

Hi Gabrielle I cant wait to read this series it sounds fangtastic .Paranormal is my favorite genre I just cant get enough and Vampires are at the top of my favorite paranormal beings list.Have a great weekend

flanagan@mebtel.net

Ash Krafton | @ashkrafton said...

I remember the first time I'd read the term "paranormal"...It was the perfect word to bridge the gap between horror and fantasy and seemed to muddy up the line in a most satisfying manner.

A teen in the Eighties, I always had a dark side, a streak of urban fantasy (even if we didn't have the perfect phrase for it yet.) It went along with the big hair, the heavy metal, the street-wise toughness that we all prentended to have back then.

Even then, I always peered into the shadows, wondering what was there. I suppose it was darkly romantic, in a way, that longing to reach out to what was there...I guess that's what "paranormal" is: darkly romantic.

Guess the attraction is ageless, since I'm sort of doing the same thing, twenty years later. :)

Unknown said...

Hi< Gabrielle!
I love all romance, but paranormal has really sunk it's fangs (so to speak) into me. It has no limits - whatever the author can imagine can open up a whole new world for us readers, and I read especially for the escapism. If I want reality, I can turn on CNN, you know? But with paranormal romance - especially those with erotic elements, I can really let my hair down and completely immerse myself in another world for awhile. That, to me, is priceless! I can't thank you enough for that gift!
Please keep working your magic!

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Chrisbails said...

My two favorite genres to read. I love historical and paranormal. I love historical because in some books there is history and I love history. I like paranormal because you get to use your imagination.
Thanks for the giveaway. These books look great and going to be adding to my must buy/read pile.
christinebails@yahoo.com

Nicole Garcia said...

Hi Gabrielle, Just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your books. I finished Blood Avenged, and that is now one of my favorite books. Right now I'm reading Stolen Destiny, and even though I just started the book, it had already captivated me. Next I will be reading Destiny Redeemed. I am so glad I found your books, because I have tried to read some others and ugh, I couldn't even finish them. Your books have great story lines and even greater sex scenes. You are an awesome author, and your students are lucky to have a teacher like you. P.S. I left a review on Amazon for Blood Avenged. Good luck with your writing:)

Gabrielle said...

Thanks so much for the comments, everybody! It's wonderful getting to hear from the readers firsthand. I can't tell you how much that means to me. And to have a review from someone who loved the book after taking a chance and buying it is the best!

Julianne said...

Gabrielle, the first three books in the Navarus Series have wonderful covers. I haven't read any of your books yet, but I'd love to start. I do have Destiny Redeemed.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Vanessa N. said...

I love reading books in the paranormal genre because you can let your imagination go. Thanks for the chance.

mythic021@gmail.com

Janie Franz said...

I am really enjoying the Paranormal Blog Hop. It's giving me a broader version of what the genre is about.

And brooding vampires are so deliciously interesting.

Can't wait to see what the other authors have in store.

Carrie said...

I love escaping into paranormal worlds. Thanks for the giveaway :)

celjla212 at aol dot com

Rosalie Skinner said...
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Rosalie Skinner said...

Great post, love this genre. Now I have more books on my to read list.

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WakeAngel said...

Paranormal is def my new favorite type of book to read. In fact, it's pretty much ALL I read now! Thanks to the girls at work, I am obssessed!:-) It's a little odd now when I pick up a book outside the genre because it's like, whoa, gotta get my mind ready to read something "normal" for a change!

mmbrack AT earthlink dot net

kyreadinggirl said...

I have always loved paranormal stories, especially if it combines romance and/or hot men! I love this hop that caters specifically to all things paranormal!

Ann
Kyreadinggirl@yahoo.com

Katrina said...

I love this. Truly truly I do. (I would also like to tell you that your page is SO pretty.)

oneagainst at hotmail dot com

molly.frenzel said...

I love when authors mix history in a paranormal novel. It takes 2 of my faves and combines into one satisfying read!

molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com