I just started reading Dracula for the first time, and the edition I have comes with a long introduction with a breakdown of Bram Stoker's history, as well as the manuscript. Did you know that Bram Stoker was quite possibly gay and might have used his writing symbolically to illustrate his true feelings? Or that many of the vampiric/blood references in Dracula were sexual in nature, even alluding to fellatio and infidelity, and that Dracula himself was sexually ambiguous with an eye for men as well as women? For its time, Dracula was an extremely erotic book, even though we don't see much in the way of outright sexuality. So, could the Granddaddy of all paranormals simply be the first erotically flavored paranormal romance, and all vampire stories that have come since simply carried on the tradition and followed the natural progression into racier and more obvious eroticism? Who knows, but today's paranormals certainly make for good reading, don't they?
So tell me, which do you prefer: vampires or werewolves? Who's your favorite paranormal author, and what's your favorite paranormal book? Because even I, an author of paranormal romance, love to find new books to read. :)
A winner will be drawn on September 17 to receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a copy of one of my books: Rise of the Fallen, Heart of the Warrior, or Micah's Calling. Please leave your email where I can contact you if you win. If I am unable to contact the winner within 24 hours after the draw, I will select a new winner.
Make sure you visit the other blogs on the hop to enter for one of many more prizes.
Good luck to everyone, and happy paranormal romance reading!
...Since this is an over 18 giveaway, here's an over 18 excerpt from my latest work in the AKM series, Micah's Calling, which is a follow-up to Rise of the Fallen:
Trace took a deep breath and blew it out as he stood, and then he made the short walk to the door and carefully opened it. He couldn't even breathe, he was so nervous. And yet, something drove him onward.
After entering the hall, Trace quietly followed the sounds of their muffled grunts and gentle, rhythmic gasps. A soft cadence of slapping flesh beckoned him forward, and his cock kicked up to full mast as he thought about the two people dearest to him making love in the way of true mates.
Damn, but he wanted what they had so fucking badly.
He kept to the shadows, using his power to partially cloak himself, which wasn't hard to do in the dark hour before dawn. The blinds and drapes hadn't even closed over the windows, yet, and no lights were on. Only the lights from the city below, brightened by the snow, illuminated the room.
And then he saw them.
On the couch.
Their coupled forms faced each other, and their bodies moved in perfect synchronization. Sam was on top, her hands pressed against the back of the couch on either side of Micah's head, her body churning and bouncing aggressively as Micah took her hard from the bottom. She faced Trace, but her eyes were closed. Her face was the picture of bliss with her bottom lip dropped open as she breathed heavily.
Her breasts were small, but buoyant, and they jiggled with the power of Micah's thrusts.
Trace pressed his back against the wall and watched, his cock straining as he gaped.
The two of them together were beautiful. So in love. What did it feel like to love someone like that? And to be loved the same way in return? To want someone so badly you didn't care about anything else?
Micah suddenly changed tempo, slowing down, breathing hard. Sam's eyelids opened halfway as she smiled at him and rotated her hips around and around.
Trace hardly dared make a sound for fear of being discovered. He didn't want them to stop.
The air smelled of sex and of lilacs mixed with Micah. Sweet and sultry. Heavenly.
Then it happened. Sam's gaze lifted and caught Trace's. He froze, unable to turn away, unable to move, and unable to speak.
Almost immediately, Sam's body seized and shuddered as she fell into orgasm. Her eyes rolled back as her body collapsed forward against Micah, her breathing erratic and choked as she wrapped her arms around Micah's head and held his face against her chest before opening her eyes and staring right into Trace's once more. And she came again, gasping, but not looking away from him.
Oh fuck! Fuck! He was dead. Micah was going to kill him. And yet, Trace couldn't move.
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I am partial to vampires ever since I was younger and read Anne Rice's books. My favorite paranormal author right now is probably Laura Kaye.ReplyDelete
kesummer69 at gmail dot com
Of those choices, werewolves, though I like angels best. I'm still getting into paranormals, but Clare London wrote my favorite thus far, SAY A LITTLE PRAYER.ReplyDelete
I love vampires , my favorite author is Sherrilyn Kenyon.ReplyDelete
wow tough choice, vampires I think Felicity HeatonReplyDelete
Thanks for the excerpt nothing like a little voyeurism to make you need a cold shower. Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com
Vampires are my favorite. One of my favorite authors is Gena Showalter. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com
enjoyed the series so far & am looking forward to the next book (so keep writing) :)ReplyDelete
gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com
I am a were kinda girl! I really enjoy nalini sighn psy changeling series. My fav. Book probably (wow this is hard) ummm magic slays by illona Andrews bookedandloadedATgmailDoTcomReplyDelete
Gotta go with vampires! Love LAurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series =) email@example.comReplyDelete
Werewolves for me! My favorite books would have to be the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning :)ReplyDelete
I like them both but greatly prefer vamps. I dont have just one favorite. There are too many great ones out there.ReplyDelete
bacchus76 at myself dot com
Book I prefer vamps, but no fav one. In true blood werewolves!ReplyDelete
JR Ward!!! love her BDB seriesReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the hop!!!
Got to go with vamps and BDB...ReplyDelete
Vampires and big fan of JR Ward.ReplyDelete
skpetal at hotmail dot com
Werewolves. I loved Lora Leigh's Lion's HeatReplyDelete
thanks for the hopReplyDelete
i love the brac pack series bylynn hagen lol,
the steamier the book the better lol and i love when they push my zones lol that just means its goin to be steamy as hell
I can't pick just one but I love JR Ward, Gena Showalter, & Kresley Cole. My favorite book, well I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Lords of the Underworld, & Immortals After Dark :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Meant to add I pick vampires :)Delete
I am a vamp tramp and follow many vampire series. One of my favs is Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)comReplyDelete
What a great hop! This is gonna be so much FUN!!!ReplyDelete
My favorite paranormal author is hands down... Shelly Laurenston/G. A. Aiken. All her books have humor, characters you can really like, HOT sex and a HEA. And my favorite paranormal book is: Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston.
Thanks for being part of the 18 & Over blog hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
I choose vampires. Fave paranormal author is Laura KayeReplyDelete
Black Dagger Brotherhood series! I reread the entire series when a new book comes out! JR Ward is one of my favorite authors! Thanks for the HOP!ReplyDelete
Hard choice but I'd have to pick werewolves. One of my favorite authors is Patricia Briggs and her Alpha and Omega series.ReplyDelete
I'd say vampires. I like Darynda Jones' seriesReplyDelete
shermie40 at yahoo dot com
Both!! I have to go with both! I love JR Ward, Diane Duvall, Kiki Howell, Gabrielle Bissett, and Sylvia Day's vampires just to name a few. But Carrie Ann Ryan, Shelly Laurenston, Nalini Singh, Moira Rogers, Desiree Holt are just a few authors who write some of my favorite werewolf books.ReplyDelete
I like vampires. I like Shayla Black and Jacquelyn Frank.ReplyDelete
bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com
Vampires:) I like Charlaine Harris, and my favorite is her book Dead as a Doornail.ReplyDelete
spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com
I love them both equally my favorite authors are Kresley Cole, Gena Sholwalter,Shelly Laurenston,Sherrilyn Kenyon and Donna Grant to name a few .ReplyDelete
I love them both! But if it had to come down to a choice...it would be vampires! Thanks for the sexy hop and awesome giveaway!ReplyDelete
ehaney578 at aol dot com
As I have just finished reading Alexandra Ivy's FEAR THE DARKNESS, I would say I love them both. And so far this is my favorite book.ReplyDelete
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com
vamps, haven't read any lately though - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)comReplyDelete
Werewolves are my favorite, and Kresley Cole is my favorite paranormal author. I can't pick just one book.ReplyDelete
Love em both. Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter and Sherrilyn Kenyon are some of my fav's. Thx for giveaway.ReplyDelete
blinkysthebest at aol dot com
Vampires are my favorite but I do love werewolves too. My favorite paranormal author right now is Seirra Dean or Charlene Harris. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
I love both and follow Gena Showalter, Nalini Singh Patricia Briggs THanks for the giveawayReplyDelete
I love vampires but the past few years, I have developed a soft spot for werewolves.ReplyDelete
I really do not have a favorite author; though I do like the ones posted. I also like J.R. Ward and D.N. Simmons.
booklover0226 at gmail dot com
I have to pick! lol I love them equally! thank you for such a great giveaway, Donya!ReplyDelete
talinaperkins at ymail dot com
I love both vamps and shifters but Vampires are my faves. I don't really have a fave author/book so I will just pick the one that got my romance addiction started a few years ago, Lynsay Sands' VAMPIRE, INTERRUPTED. She will always be a fave of mine, I love her humor and stories :)ReplyDelete
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com
Werewolves/shape shifts are my favorite! Not that I don't like vamps I would just prefer a beast ;)ReplyDelete
More of a werewolf kind of person.ReplyDelete
My fave paranormal series is the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
nrlymrtl at gmail dot com
I honestly love both vampires are my favorite first when I started reading! I really love Felicity Heaton books.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the great giveaway!
I like both, but one of my favorites is Leia Shaw. and her Destiny series.ReplyDelete
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com
I love them both, but I prefer vampires. My favorite paranormal author is Kresley Cole and my favorite book is Lothaire by the same author.ReplyDelete
I LOVED that very sexy excerpt! I will be adding this to my TBR!ReplyDelete
PNR is my favorite genre, especially when they are very steamy! I have to pick werewolves over vamps, but I prefer feline shifters to them all. ;)
Some of my favorite authors are Elisabeth Naughton, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, The Wiccan Haus Series (different authors), Cynthia Eden, Kate Douglas, and many more. One of my favorite books is Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton. :)
Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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