New York Times best-selling author Jeaniene Frost shares her love of romance, magic, and mayhem in some of her favorite books!
Ever since I first snuck in to watch Dracula as a child, I’ve loved the paranormal genre. A little later, swiping books from my mother’s romance novel collection made me a lifelong lover of that genre, and Wonder Woman first fueled my addiction to strong heroines (as a little girl, I even had Wonder Woman Underoos, which both dates me and embarrasses me now). Therefore, it’s no surprise that my favorite things to read and write contain elements of all three.
Take my latest novel, The Beautiful Ashes. My heroine, Ivy, gets thrust into the supernatural world when she finds out the hallucinations she’s had all her life are actually glimpses into other realms. The hero, Adrian, wants nothing to do with Ivy because of a destiny he’s determined to avoid, but the only way to get the vengeance he craves is to help Ivy navigate these realms in search of a weapon only she can use. Falling in love is the most reckless thing they can do, but it’s also the only way Ivy might be able to save Adrian from his fate. After all, nothing transforms a person more than true love, right?
When I’m not writing about strong heroines navigating their relationships with dangerous-yet-sexy alpha heroes against a backdrop of hazardous paranormal elements, you can usually find me reading about them. Here are some of my favorites:
When readers first meet Kate, she’s a magic-filled mercenary with a lot of trust issues. As the story (and series) progresses, you find out the many good reasons why Kate has had to keep everyone around her at arm’s length—among Kate’s many other secrets, she’s had to hide the truth about her lineage. Curran, the Beast Lord of Atlanta, is more than up for the challenge she poses. In her perilous life, Kate’s had to battle vampires, necromancers, shape-shifters, malevolent magic and more, but what I love most about this series is how her greatest challenge might be letting herself be emotionally vulnerable enough to love, and be loved, by Curran.
MacKayla, or Mac, starts out as a somewhat flighty, privileged girl whose biggest concern in life is dropping her cell phone into a swimming pool. That all changes when Mac’s sister is killed and she travels to Ireland for answers, not knowing that she’s going back to the place she really came from. To say that Mac undergoes a startling transformation in this series is an understatement. For several books, she’s both manipulated and saved by the enigmatic Jericho Barrons, a man practically drenched in secrets. Neither wants to get involved with the other, yet Mac and Barrons’s relationship is as inevitable as it is steamy. I loved watching the two of them get beneath each other’s skin. Shadowfever is also the first novel I ever read in ebook form because I was traveling when I finished Dreamfever and I couldn’t wait even one day to get to a book store to find out what happened next.
Outlander made me fall in love with two things: First-person narrative and Jamie Fraser (for some of you, I don’t need to say more because “Jamie Fraser” is enough.) If you’re not familiar with this series, you are missing something special. Our heroine, Claire, starts off as a married army nurse who’s inexplicably transported to eighteenth-century Scotland. Before she can say “time travel is real!” Claire is forced into marrying a handsome Scot who has no idea that his new bride is both from the future and married to someone else. If the setup sounds implausible, Gabaldon’s superb writing and meticulous historical detail will soon make you a believer, but it’s Jamie and Claire’s relationship that still has me hooked twenty years after I first read Outlander. Their love forever changes both of them whether they’re together or apart, and their relationship proves a line my character Bones once said in my second novel: “Time has no dominion over love.”
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