Straight to the question I get asked more than any other: what’s urban fantasy?
The twin question clinging to that one? What’s the difference between urban fantasy and paranormal romance?
Short answer: not much. See, I can be succinct when I want to.
Long answer: in urban fantasy, although love often drives the main character, their journey is the focus. Redemption or revenge. Not simply the romance between two characters.
It’s been said, however, that paranormal romance and urban fantasy share 95% of the same DNA.
Being ‘urban’, in urban fantasy the city becomes central. It can be set in any time period. In Rebel VampiresLondon and its dark and glory, is as much a character as the vampires themselves: St Paul’s, London Bridge or Primrose Hill.
If you study the Rebel Vampiresfront covers, you’ll see a different London skyline and bridge: these are central in each book.
I love urban fantasy because unlike some other types of fantasy, the supernatural is either hidden beneath our world or is right there alongside: the magical among the everyday. Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere first turned me on to this style of fantasy, when I watched the original BBC TV version: it opened my eyes to a new style of fantasy.
This is one of my favourite scenes in Blood Shackles, because it contrasts the powerful supernatural with the reality of our lives.
‘I realised I hadn’t heard the click of the front door, when I glanced up, and you were standing there. You were leaning against the wall, with a thoughtful expression, as you watched me on my knees, dusting cloth in one hand, glass vase in the other and tears in my peepers, whilst I sang along to Amy Winehouse. I must’ve looked like a right berk.’ (Blood Shackles)
I’m taking part in a big urban fantasy giveaway this week. You can win books from authors like John Hartness and Michael G Munz, and a Kindle Fire. This giveaway ends soon, so make sure you hurry and enter!
Read a book for free and then fill out the form for a chance to win one of four $25 Amazon Giftcards. Repeat as often as you wish for more chances to win. Closes 28th February. Click here. ~ Blood Shackles ~ Treat Yourself To Some Dark Romance…
It’s a dangerous game to love your slave. When your whole species is enslaved – and it’s the humans who are acting like the monsters – how far would you go to free your family?
“Triumphant, addictive and somehow hopeful…this is a novel everyone should read” – Readers’ Favorite
Rebel Vampires‘ very own exclusive jewelry collection. It’s inspired by the series (including the yet to be published third novel Blood Renegades). Each piece is connected to one of the books, including quotes and an interpretation by me.
Diligo: in Latin means esteem highly, prize, love.
In Blood Life emotions are amplified: ‘They survived but twisted, like a blasted tree after lightning. Where once they were pale and sickly, now they were intense, powerful and dark.’ (Blood Dragons) Light fights for those he loves. He suffers, endures…saves the world. Love, yeah, he was always one for that.
Yesterday on The Hot Spot I ran a takeover, including a contest to win the Servitutem Bracelet. See the winner here.
Servitutem: in Latin means bondage, servitude, enslaved.
Light is a slave to love. To his Author Ruby. The darkness of a second desperate and brutal world of blood. But he’s also a true slave. Bought and paid for, like a puppy in a shop window – unless he can free them all. ‘I’m not a slave; I’m the bloody superhero.’ (Blood Shackles)
I’ll spotlight other parts of the collection soon and new items as they become available.
Have a browse in the shop – we wanted to find a way to give back something special and unique.
What’s your favourite and what would you like to see next in our shop?
This weekend Blood Dragons – the first in the bestselling Rebel Vampires series – is featuring in one serious Science Fiction and Fantasy Event. All books – almost globally – only 0.99. Over 100 bestselling authors and new releases – so click here and take your pick.
The most blinding thing of all this week? My website has been revamped (see what I did there?). Have a prowl around, see what’s new: click here.
2017 is an exciting year for Fantasy Rebel: new releases planned and a whole lot more. Visit my events page, contests and here on my blog to make sure you don’t miss out! As always I natter on Facebook and Twitter too.
I’ll post with sneak peeks behind the upcoming Rebel Vampires Collection.
And here’s your first taste: the new banner for my website. Because ‘you can’t flay a rebel’s Soul.’ (Blood Shackles)
There’s magic in a name. The giving of it. Knowing of it. Taking it from someone.
If you could be rechristened into a glorious dark new world, what name would you choose?
‘We have the name they wetted us with when we wailed all bloody from the womb but we also get the one we select, when the blood elects us from the ranks into something else. Me? I chose Light…it wove me to the best of my First Life and everything I never wanted to lose.’ (Blood Dragons)
In Rebel Vampires, which has been compared by both readers and critics to ‘Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles’, every Blood Lifer name has a story behind it: Light, Ruby, Alessandro and Hartford…
And that’s the contest in the Bloody Big Giveaway this weekend. For the chance to win my brand new release Blood Shackles: a gripping dark fantasy, which puts a new twist on vampires, paranormal London and secret conspiracies, decide on your alter ego vampire name. Then click here and post it in the comments.
Set your dark side free…
Today I’m hosting Infinity Book Blog’s 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways. Fancy a signed copy of Blood Shackles? Choice of e-book? Fun and games? Q and A? Exclusives? Banter? Better see you there then. 3 – 4 p. m. EST (8 – 9 p.m GMT).
Dive into the spellbinding bestselling new series…and discover a new world.
“One of the most unique & ingenious vampire books I have EVER read …Pure genius.” Leather and LaceReviews.
Enter on Goodreads for the chance to win three autographed copies of Blood Shackles. Click here.
When your whole species is enslaved – and it’s the humans who are acting like the monsters – how far would you go to free your family?
The contest ends on Bonfire Night – or in other words: ‘Remember, remember the fifth of
November’. And although there’s no gunpowder, there’s plenty of treason, plot and thrills in Blood Shackles. And Light – he was never frightened to look into the flames…
5* “Gut twistingly intense… There’s so many secrets and the suspense will drive you wild. The twists and turns to this incredible story will give you whiplash. I just couldn’t put it down.” – SLH Reviews
Halloween. Just around the corner. Enticing us with parties, pumpkins…and killer clowns. Oh, and the Halloween Sale of Blood Dragons. Only 0.99… I’d make a spooky price joke here but…I’m still caught up on the clown thought. Blame reading It at too tender an age.
I also opened the Official Bloody Halloweenfest on Friday, kicking off three days of contests, reveals, giveaways, excerpts and dark fun. Have a look here
I held a Halloween Contest to win a handcrafted BELIEVE bracelet. Entrants had to answer this: Mulder always wanted to believe… On Halloween, in what do you want to believe? Vampires or werewolves? Witches… or kick-ass superpowers to take on the undead? What do you believe – all right, wish, walks the same streets as us humans?
I was blown away by the answers – insightful, funny and passionate about the paranormal… Yeah, I struggled to pick a winner.
It looks like we want to believe in vampires, werewolves, shifters, witches, magic and the thin veil dividing our worlds… to mention just a few. Read the brilliant responses here
And the winner? The handcrafted BELIEVE BRACELET goes to: Veronica Vasquez
Here’s what Veronica believed in…
‘Witches, vampires, werewolves, dragons, shifters, fae, and all sorts of beings that I can’t even imagine! I’d like to believe there is a secret magical world out there, as ours has so many problems, and that one day the magical world and out world will combine and it will heal so many of the problems with society today! I believe!’
Congratulations and respect!
To celebrate Halloween by escaping into Blood Life, pre-order Blood Shackleshere for 0.99 or buy the paperback. Need to read Light’s adventure in Blood Dragons first? Click here
At last…it’s time for the glory, the tears and the…I Love Vampires CompetitionWinner to be announced!
Why do I love vampires? What? You didn’t ask? Writer rules, so here’s why: they’re deep in our culture. Our heritage. Our psyches. They transform and become what we need. What we love, hate and fear. Zombies and werewolves? They do the same.
But vampires do it with style.
Rebel here…so no straightjacketing questions. Just ‘I love vampires…’ and if that was true? You could finish it any way you wanted.
And boy did you.
Honorary Mentions go to…
Leah Hess: ‘I love vampires because they’re beautiful and dark. They’re stronger, faster, wise. I have always loved them. When I was little and asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d reply a vampire!’
Terri Hebert: ‘They are sexy, dark, exciting and very passionate. They excel in seduction and are loyal to their mate!!’
Light may be rusty with the seduction but he’s all for loyalty. And passion.
Tashia Jennings: ‘Vampires are seductive, mysterious and can live forever.’
Isn’t the attraction to vampires the sense they’ve conquered death – and the fear of our own?
Patti Griner: ‘What’s not to like about seductive, hot men who are great in bed?’
Sotia Lazu: ‘I adore vampires. Don’t care that some publishers consider them a fad. They’re my favourite supernatural!’
Just give us the names and we’ll set the Blood Lifers on them…
MCD Baxter: ‘I love vampires, always did, always will. So much so, that as they were portrayed as monsters and hating themselves, I began writing (back in 95) a story where the violence would be to a minimum — it would not have the same Human-Vampire interactions — they would love themselves for what they are; Romance figures prominently.’
I always like vampires with a twist…
Amy Bernal: ‘I have loved vampires since I was 7 years old. I always thought they were real and wanted to join them. Growing up they fascinated me. The darkness, the mystery and of course the immortality. I am partially disabled and still deep within me, if they were real I would totally ask or beg to be one.’
Would you become a vampire – if it was offered to you?
Now to the winner…
Why were they chosen?
Three reasons: knowledge of the genre, humour and a genuine love, which shines through every word. See for yourself below. And the name of the vampire loving Queen?
To you the glory – and the handcrafted LOVE bracelet: this will be winging bat-like to you with a note from me soon.
And here’s Cherri-Anne’s glorious entry:
‘I love vampires because they are VAMPIRETACULAR!! VAMPIRELICIOUS!! And they are ABSO-BLOODY-LUTELY the most magical, the most intriguing, the most drool-worthy paranormal out there!
They get my blood pumping every time! It doesn’t matter if they are good, bad, everything in between or the perfect mix of both!
I have loved Vampires since before they sparkled, wrote in their diary, and were even popular! In fact, when I first discovered Vampires, I was barely into double digits and they definitely were not a romance subject! There wasn’t even a “paranormal genre” per se at that time! (And no, my books were paper, not stone. I am not THAT old! LOL wink)
In fact, my Vampire Mate is THE KING and I, his Queen, of ALL Immortals! (Wink but sssshhh! I am not supposed to brag about it. Something about bragging being not very “Royal”, whatever that means! *eye roll*)
Congratulations to the winner, honorary mentions and everyone who took part. I love vampires – and I love my readers. So my contests are a perfect mix.
And if Cherri-Anne is a real Vampire Queen and her mate the King… always best to keep on her good side…
If you love vampires watch out for Blood Dragons: click here
The second book in the Rebel Vampire series – BloodShackles – is available to to pre-order here.
For all the vampire lovers, Blood Shackles launches on 1st November.