By Abby Niles
I love questions like these.
There’s really no right or wrong answer. It’s all opinion based. I also get to take off my writer’s hat for a moment and don my reader one. However this question can be answered from my writer’s perspective as well since I write paranormal stories I like to read.
The simplest thing can make the difference between a good paranormal and a bad paranormal. Some readers stick to a certain type of paranormal story and refuse to veer away from that subgenre. The genre becomes divided between vampires lovers, shifter lovers, and demon lovers and so on. Then there is the whole paranormal is not paranormal unless it’s dark argument. So another divide happens between dark paranormal verses light paranormal.
I’m not as picky, lol. I’m more than willing to read anything.
So what IMHO makes a good paranormal?
Honestly, for me it’s not just one or two things that make a good paranormal good. It’s everything combined—the whole entire package: killer plot, memorable characters, vivid writing, and an awesome world.
How many of us have been completely absorbed in a book to only have the ending completely ruin it? I have. I HATE when this happens. So I need an ending that really leaves an impact on me. If I’ve been completely mesmerized by a book and I get the last page and think, “That’s it?!?!” that’s not good. I want endings that leave me with a small smile and a feeling of contentment.
How about this one…the book doesn’t have enough detail or there is so much detail you feel like you’ve been reading every ornate groove of the door the character is about to walk through for ten pages. I prefer a book that has perfect medium. That gives just enough detail to put an image in my head, but doesn’t get overly specific in every detail. Once I start skimming pages because of excessive detail, the story is starting to lose me.
With paranormal the world and whatever supernatural element there is to the story have to be believable and seamless. Paranormal characters have to be well thought out and whatever supernatural species they are has to be incorporated into every aspect of that character. The supernatural part makes them who they are. I love reading paranormals where I really connect with the supernatural chemistry the author has given her characters, that unique twist that makes a vampire or shifter that authors.
As for the actual world, I need to be able forget about the reality I live in and enter the one the author has written without issue. Now that doesn’t mean I have to want to be a part of this world, or wish that it is was real. I know this isn’t paranormal, but Suzanne Collins captivated me with The Hunger Games, but I have no desire to ever visit District 12 or Panem or participate in The Hunger Games. But she wrote this world so well, I had a very hard time coming back to myworld after I finished it. That is some fantastic writing.
So I have to ask you guys, what are some things that make a good paranormal to you?
The Awakening: Liam
The Awakening Book Two
The Awakening Book Two
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Covet, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: 8/26/13
Number of pages: 206
Shifter, Liam Doyle knows Hell. At least he believed he did. The night he feels his mate die, he learns how very wrong he was. Nothing he’d struggled with since Ava’s rejection compares to the emptiness that fills his soul by her death. Lost in his grief, he’s taken by surprise and drugged. When he wakes, everything changes. Nothing is what it seems, and someone is dead set on making him pay.
When Ava Michaels is taken captive, she’s thrust into a dark and terrifying world along with the man she was forced to leave behind. While being near Liam again is heartbreaking, the motive behind her kidnapping is gradually revealed. The more she learns, the more she worries Liam isn’t the man she believed him to be. He has enemies willing to do anything to extract their revenge. Can their love survive a crazy man’s vengeance?
“Doesn’t concern me? I guess that’s what you’d have to believe when you mark a woman and bring her into a supernatural world without telling her, huh?” she scoffed harshly. “Fact check: It does concern me and you don’t get to tell me it doesn’t. If you won’t give me answers, I’ll find someone who will.”
When she went to hobble past him, he shot his hand out and latched onto her wrist. “Stay out of it, Ava.”
She tugged her arm but stopped when his grip tightened. Lifting her gaze, she was stunned by the fear she saw in his eyes. “Liam,” she breathed. “What won’t you tell me?”
His eyes flashed caramel before returning to normal. “You want truth? Here’s some truth. If you don’t want to completely ruin me, you have to live. Now get in the damn house,” he roared.
“What is that supposed to mean?”
Groaning, he hoisted her over his shoulder. The crutches fell from her grip to the ground. He squatted and snatched them up, then stalked across the yard.
“It means: You. Have. To. Live. That’s pretty fucking clear.”
He yanked open the screen door. As he lowered her, her body slid down the length of his, her nipples puckering as hard muscles scrapped against her nipples. Arm holding her tight to him, Liam stared down at her, his breathing ragged. Caramel lightened the dark brown irises causing her heart to stutter.
Before she could even blink, he grabbed the sides of her face between both of his hands and his lips were on hers. Angry. Possessive. Punishing…desperate.
As quickly as he started the kiss, he ended it, ripping his mouth from hers. Anger still tightened the contours of his face. He leaned down until he was eyes to eye with her. “All you have to concentrate on is breathing. So do it.”
About the Author:
Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.
In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found herself some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.
And eventually sold a short story, then a novella, then a novel, and now a series.
Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?
In her downtime, which isn’t often, you can find her playing ‘Just Dance’ with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list. She also loves Zumba, and refuses to admit she looks more like Animal doing his Muppet flail than a sensual Latin dancer.