Urban Fantasy deals with fantasy species living in our suburbs and shopping at our malls.Â Which begets the immediate question:Â Do the humans in that fictional world know about these fantasy creatures living amongst them, or not?
And that’s where an urban fantasy author’s headache immediately sets in.Â Right from the get-go she has to make decision about whether the species are known or secret, and each decision has huge implications for the universe she’s building, and the human characters in it.
If she’s writing urban fantasy romance, it adds layers of complication to the romance, too.Â Usually, one of the romance couple is human and the other is the fantasy creature.Â For the sake of simplicity, let’s deal with vampires for the rest of this post, although urban fantasy doesn’t have to be just vampires.Â It could be elves, witches, fae, gargoyles, demons, angels…anything.Â Vampires still continue to be incredibly popular, and my latest book is about vampires, so we’ll use vampires as the example for now.
An urban fantasy romance where the vampires are secret makes life difficult for the hero and heroine, because usually, one of them is human and the other is vampire.Â The human has to adjust first to the whole idea that vampires exist in the world, before any true romance can begin to happen.
If vampires are openly living in the world, such as Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series, this problem doesn’t exist, but a whole new series of problems arises:Â prejudices against vampire & human relationships, and a whole truckload of political issues that the author needs to decide about before they start page 1 of the novel.
These are the two alternatives that most urban fantasy/urban fantasy romance authors tend to consider when they’re building a new urban fantasy universe for a novel or series.
I went a third way when I was building the world for Blood Knot.Â I asked the question “What if the vampires were on the cusp of emerging?”Â What if the novel caught them at the moment when they were trying to reveal themselves to humans?Â What sort of ramifications would that have?
After that, the background for the novel (and the series) wrote itself.
As it turns out, vampires trying to “come out” has some very interesting complications indeed.Â In the world of Blood Knot, not everyone likes the idea of vampires becoming common knowledge, and you’d be surprised at who tries to stop them.
After thirty-five novels with various publishers, under various pen names, and after nearly ten years with Elloraâ€™s Cave primarily writing in romantic suspense and paranormal romance, I have finally taken a deep breath and self-published Blood Knot, an erotic urban fantasy romance (MMF, Contemporary, Vampires, Paranormal), and my 36th novel overall.Â It was released on March 9, 2011 and is available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks, Apple Ebook Store and the Sony Ebook Store for $2.99 in all the common e-book formats, and will soon be available in print.
I’ve won a number of awards, including Australia’s Emma Darcy Award (the equivalent of the Golden Heart) and was most recently nominated for the CAPA’s Best Erotic Paranormal and Favourite Author categories.Â You can find out more about me and my books here.
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Taylor Yates never dreamed growing up she would end up happily living with two drop-dead sexy vampires and time-hopping through their thousand years of personal history. Her life is completeâ€¦or is it?
When she finds herself at the seige of Jerusalem during the first crusade, Veris doesnâ€™t know her at all and doesnâ€™t want to.Â Worst of all, he and Brody are total strangers, and Taylor drives a wedge in deep between them by trying to seduce Veris at their first meetingâ€”notÂ something a lady of the day does if she wants to keep her head.
Taylor and Brody must woo Veris using the customs of medieval England, win his heart and his full commitmentÂ before Jerusalem falls in four days timeâ€”or when they return to their own time, their lives as they know them will be goneâ€¦
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