Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rebecca Royce Talks About the Appeal of Paranormal Heroes

I'm thrilled to welcome paranormal romance author, Rebecca Royce. This week Rebecca kicks off a month-long blog tour for her latest novel, LOVE BEYOND TIME, the first book in her Outsiders series.

Follow Rebecca on her tour, comment on the blogs she visits, and you're in the running for a $50 Amazon gift certificate that Rebecca will be giving away.

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Rebecca, why do think Paranormal Heroes are so appealing?

First of all, can I say that is a very yummy topic for me? I love a good Paranormal Hero. But I digress.

I think the reason we find Paranormal Heroes so appealing is that they are allowed to be different from our real life husbands, boyfriends, or significant others. As a rule, a vampire or a werewolf can get away with things that normal human beings can’t get away with in real life.

For example, a werewolf can say, realistically, to his mate: I am dangerous, I will kill anyone who crosses me, but I am NEVER of any danger to you. As a romantic, I shiver at that thought. You, the heroine, are the only person on the planet who will never be in any danger from this person who could kill anyone else. If our real life men said that, and meant it, we might want to reconsider our relationship with him. There might be a little psychosis running around somewhere inside of him that, as his love, we might want to seriously reconsider investing in. But the animal in the werewolf makes it acceptable—even desired from our paranormal hero.

In Love Beyond Time, Kal, the hero of the book, is a member of the Outsiders. They look human. In a lot of ways they are—except in the ways that they really are not. Kal, for example, struggles with his warrior instincts in a human world. Its not acceptable for him to beat up a man on an airplane just because he knows that the guy is going home to beat up his wife. He can’t get away with it. Everything inside of his screams to show the man the kind of abuse the man shows his own wife. And yet, he can’t. That is Kal’s internal struggle. How does he live as a human when he is not one? How does he exist when there is nowhere on earth he can truly be himself without risking exposure to the demon who hunts them?

That is part of what made Paranormal Heroes so appealing to me. The otherness—the wildness—the parts that make them dangerous, but not to you.

What do you love about a paranormal hero?


Born one half of a perfect pair, Kal has spent his life believing his other half is gone. But when fate thrusts Isabelle into his arms, he will have no choice but to become the man he was destined to be. That is, if he can battle his own demons first.

Not willing to accept her heritage as an Outsider, Isabelle tries to hide from the truth. But when Kal’s life is on the line, she will have to step forward and embrace her powers or watch everything she has come to love disappear.

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Excerpt #1

Abraxas Moore stared one more time at the unforgiving clouds forming above him. The weather would soon become perilous, and he knew he had very little time until they caught him. Even the Green Hills, the place that had sheltered him and his kind for centuries--their home--was no longer safe.

The rain that he was sure would start at any moment would not be life renewing. It was not a sign of rebirth, and he knew with a near perfect certainty it was not even natural in its origins. Rather, it had been conjured by those who sought to kill him as a means to draw him out into the open. They hoped he would make a mistake and fail at his task. Then they would be able to trap and kill him.

Most disturbing, however, was he knew they would succeed in their task.

His role as leader of his people, not one he ever truly sought, weighed heavily on him that night, and he knew not even the love of his wife, Niki, would sustain him through what was to come. The prophecy was no longer something that would eventually happen, but was actually occurring in front of his eyes.

Time had finally caught up with them.

Excerpt #2

Isabelle Listora stood in front of the creepiest cabin she had ever seen. It didn't look deserted, not really, but it didn't look lived in either. It hadn't been occupied for at least several days, she was sure about that. The door hung open and it looked like the local wildlife had taken what was left of the food from the cupboards. At the very least, Isabelle was relatively sure that she wasn't going to be finding any neglected children occupying the cabin today. If they were there—and her instincts told her they were not—then they were well hidden and not likely to come out just because she asked.

Everything about what had happened since she had woken up this morning had seemed so bizarre to her. Why was she being sent out into the woods to investigate child abuse? Where was the local agency and why were they not looking into what was happening? She had, in fact, asked her boss those same questions several times before heading off into the middle of nowhere, driving four hours from home to an unknown destination where she would have no police help or known local resources to call upon in case of an emergency. Once again, inwardly, she groaned at the absurdity of the whole thing.

Excerpt #3

She had not told her counselors about her secret 'dream man'. She wanted to but every time she thought to open up about it she found herself unwilling, or better put, unable, to share him with anyone. So she contented herself with good friends and the love she had with her family plus the pleasure she took from doing her work. But lately, it hadn't been enough. She wanted babies. She wanted his babies.

But he was just some sort of fantasy she had made up to get her through her sexual issues and make her life bearable.

Get up, Isabelle.

She blew a hair strand out of her eyes. There was that voice again. Why was it telling her to get up? What was going on? Isabelle put down her bolts and glanced around.

 About Rebecca:

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the pararnormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

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Rebecca will be giving away a $50 gift certificate. Just follow her on her blog tour and comment on the blogs where she guests. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

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Taryn Kincaid said...

Great take on the paranormal hero, Rebecca! Have fun on the tour.

Anonymous said...

You said it perfectly - just love a wolf/alpha hero who's on the edge of danger. Great interview and blog stop!

Calisa Rhose said...

You know if you offer book money I will come, Gale!

Rebecca- I like the sound of this series. I'm a paranormal fanatic I guess. Nice to meet you and I hope to keep up with the tour.

Rebecca Royce said...

Thanks so much for hosting me today, Gale~

Gale Stanley said...

My pleasure Rebecca. I love the paranormal - great post and congrats on the new book.

LadyVampire2u said...

Congratulations on your all new release! This sounds like such an awesome book. And I love paranormal heros because they bring in an element of the unknown.

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Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Mmmm Goodness. I do love those paranormal heroes. And Kal is very very yummy!

Great Post Rebecca!

Jessica Subject said...

Just started reading this book today. :) Like the scifi heroes I write about, paranormal heroes always have that extra bit of unpredictability about them. And when they want something, they fight for it.

Maria said...

I love Rebecca's take on werewolves and this sounds like a really interesting concept for a series! Thanks for all of the excerpts. I like paranormal heroes because of all the different things they bring to the story - the non "human" aspects, whether it's special powers or extra strength or the ability to shift into an animal - it adds an additional layer of mystery to the character


Jacki C. said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I love paranormal heroes - they are literally larger than life!

Pender Mackie said...

Paranormal guys are definitely not your typical, every day guy. Nice post, Rebecca.

Fancy1972 said...

Sounds interesting. I can't wait to read it.

tammy ramey said...

i love the cover, it is very beautiful. the excerpts were wonderful and i can't wait to read the rest of the book and see what happens next.

marybelle said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpts thank you & I just love the cover.


Chelsea B. said...

Great interview and thanks for sharing the excerpt!


winnie said...

I completely agree about why we love paranormal heroes! Love those alpha males! Thanks for sharing the excerpts with us!


Tracy Smith said...

I am beginning to really enjoy paranormal romance, so this looks good.

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Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

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