Werewolves mythologies, like vampires, go back thousands of years, and many cultures, all over the world, had their own ideas on the subject. Modern authors (including yours truly!) have had a field day with these, too. Do werewolves live in packs, or are they solitary? Are they forced to change only on the full moon, or is their shape-shifting under their conscious control? Can the ability/curse be passed by a bite, or are baby werewolves born to werewolf parents? And what about other were-creatures? Jaguars, lions, tigers, even birds, snakes and dragons. They’re all out there on the bookshelves, just waiting for us to discover them.
Would Bram Stoker roll over in his grave if he read a book by Stephanie Myer or would he smile, knowing his work has become such a component of modern culture that hundreds of new authors are working frantically to create a new spin on these enduring legends? As an author, my preference would be the latter. To come back to Earth after a century and find out that people were still talking about my books? That’s pretty much a writer’s ultimate dream, though I do know other authors who would be upset by having their creations “altered.”
Me? I’m as guilty as any other author of plundering the ancient legends. My favorite thing to do is mix it up. Why just have a werewolf falling for another werewolf, when you can have more fun tossing him together with a hereditary witch or a shy vampire?
(Curses and Exploring Ari, respectively.) How about a demon and an elf? Or even two elves? (Three for All) and then there are dragons…happy sigh. Gotta love those dragons. I’ve only just begun to explore all the fun an author can have with those.
So what is it about these former monsters that keep readers coming back for more, even now that they’re not as scary as they were on the Late Late Show? I have a few ideas. To start with, let’s face it, romance novels are about fantasy. Even those with no paranormal elements are a bit idealized, a way to escape from the harsh realities of life. While I firmly believe in happily ever after, even in real life, it’s not exactly ever after, is it? We all know life is short. In paranormal romance, the happily-ever-after can literally be forever. That’s an awfully powerful fantasy. Also, we’re looking at heroes with pretty much unlimited strength, wisdom, and machismo. Sigh. That’s kinda yummy too, isn’t it? In many cases, the heroine is also powerful, if not at the beginning of the book than by the end. So the female reader gets to feel empowered and drool over a hot immortal. That’s just a win-win situation!
So while my most recent release, Eagle’s Refuge, is a contemporary erotic romance with just a HINT of paranormal at Ellora’s Cave, I’ve by no means given up on my love of all things paranormal. You can watch for Sporting Wood, about a werewolf and a dryad, a Free Read coming soon from Ellora’s Cave, and Motor City Witch (Book 2 in my Urban Arcana series) coming later this year from Carina Press. As for what’s after that? Who knows? There’s a lot more mythology left to mess with!
Catch Eagle’s Redemption
Cindy Spencer Pape
Book 2 in the Texas Passions series, but can be read as a standalone story.
Out now from Ellora’s Cave
Praise: 5 Hearts from The Romance Studio: “This is definitely one I'll read over and over again.” You can click here for the rest of the review.
Dash Hyde is a former
cop, scarred both inside and out. When he inherits a share in a Chicago ranch, the last thing he expects is to meet a woman who can see past the scars to his very soul—even though she’s nearly blind. Texas
Carmen Whitefeather loves taking care of wildlife, but the damaged man she finds on her doorstep with an injured eagle fascinates her even more. The spark between them is instant and overwhelming, and she’s determined to enjoy every second.
As Carmen and Dash explore the passion they find in each other’s arms, they both take the risk of getting burned. When an old enemy of Dash’s targets Carmen, Dash will have to face his deepest fears and walk into the flames to fight for the woman he loves.