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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gothic Romance

Since mid-December 2016 my life has been upside down. My husband became ill with such a severe case of shingles on his face (and in his eye) he had to be hospitalized. That was just one part of the problem, as it turned out. He also had contracted an intense face eating bacteria all over the same area of his face. Four months later, after the bacteria kept returning—always worse than the time before—he is still on medication and unable to do much of anything. He also has new health issues caused by some of the drugs he had to take. 

I thought I’d just post a bit about my Gothic romance novella this month, and I apologize for not being around more. Many unexpected responsibilities fell into my lap during this time, and I’m doing my best but it leaves little time for writing-related activities.

Last year my novella length contemporary Gothic, Raven of Blackthorn Manor, became part of the A World of Gothic series. This was such an exciting experience! The story is set in a remote part of Ireland on a very haunted property.

Gothic romance is not a large genre, but there are many loyal fans who love stories set to a Gothic theme. A World of Gothic has a slight twist to the traditional theme—the stories are contemporary and are only novella length which is around 30,000 words.  

There's something about a perilous tale where an intelligent heroine is surrounded by danger and attracted to a hero who seems to be her greatest enemy that lures me ever deeper into the story.

Do you enjoy reading Gothic romance? If so, please share what you love most about the genre, or your favorite Gothic story ever.

These are the first five novellas in the A World of Gothic series, and there are several more now. They are all fabulous reads. 

When Morgana Pierce accepts an invitation to Blackthorn Manor, known as Ireland’s most haunted property, she hopes to convince the gloomy owner, Sir Dermott Blackthorn, to allow her crew to film the property for her paranormal series.

Morgana has a secret of her own. She’s on a quest to find the father she never knew. Her only clue to his whereabouts led her to this bleak property on an isolated windswept Irish peninsula, where myths, legends and goddesses still seem to live and breathe.

Morgana’s ability to communicate with the dead soon puts her in danger as she learns there have been several suspicious deaths and disappearances in recent years. Threats against her own life force her to decide how to navigate an ever darker reality.

Dermott Blackthorn’s ancestral line has been cursed for nine generations, and he is the last one. His death is imminent if things unfold as they have for the previous eight Blackthorns.

Morgana is attracted to Blackthorn’s mysterious and moody house guest, Ronan McIver. He is both protective and dismissive of her, sending mixed signals. What is he doing at Blackthorn Manor?

As the danger surrounding Morgana intensifies, the setting is ripe for the perfect storm. She must rely on someone, but who can she trust? 


GEMMA JULIANA lives in Texas, USA with her own personal hero. She has lived in many countries, including Ireland. She was very excited about setting this novella in Southern Ireland and weaving spooky ancient Irish mythology into the plot. 


Melissa Keir said...

Sounds like a wonderful Gothic read! A perfect book for a dark and stormy night! I'm sorry to hear about your husband. It sounds like he is in good hands and please let me know if you need anything!

Cara Marsi said...

Gemma, I'm so sorry about your husband's health problems. I read Raven of Blackthorn Manor and loved it. I've always loved Gothic romance. Hope things improve for you and your husband.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

Oh Lordy, Gemma, you have had it rough. I hope all goes well. I read Victoria Holt gothic romances long ago. And two by a friend in the past years, but not really many. Many hugs!

jean hart stewart said...

Sounds like a wonderful story. Take care of yourself and your're going through a particularly bad patch and I'm so sorry!

Paris said...

I love Gothic's and read everyone our small library had when I was pregnant (many moons ago!). I've got you on my TBR list:) Take care and best wishes for your husband's speedy recovery!

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