Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guest Blog by Brooklyn Ann - Regency and Paranormal Romance: The Ultimate Genre Blend - April 17, 2013

Please welcome Brooklyn Ann to The Qwillery as part Brooklyn's virtual Blog Tour and the 2013 Debut Author Challenge.

Regency and Paranormal Romance: The Ultimate Genre Blend

I am often asked why I decided to blend historical and paranormal romance. My first answer was that it came natural to me since those are my favorite genres to read. The few times I could find both were always a treat. Anne Rice was the master of blending historical with the paranormal… but there wasn’t enough romance for me.

I’d toyed with the idea of writing a Regency paranormal for awhile but didn’t quite have the courage. Best to stick with paranormal romances set in my familiar hometown.

Then I discovered that the horror genre was born in the Regency era. Seriously, The Vampyre (the 1st vampire story in English) and FRANKENSTEIN were created the same night when Lord Byron, John Polidori, Mary Shelley, and Percy Shelley were partying like rock stars and had a horror story writing competition during a thunderstorm.

This gave me THE idea and I could not be stopped. What effect would stories like The Vampyre have on real vampires back in the regency? What effect would they have on a debutante who wants to write her own horror stories?

And so BITE ME, YOUR GRACE was born. It was a lot of fun researching countless aspects of life in 19th century England and blending those facts with world-building for my vampires. I hope readers have as much fun reading the story.

About Bite Me, Your Grace

Bite Me, Your Grace
Sourcebooks Casablanca, April 2, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

London's Lord Vampire Has Problems

Dr. John Polidori's tale "The Vampyre" burst upon the Regency scene along with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein after that notorious weekend spent writing ghost stories with Lord Byron.

A vampire crazy broke out instantly in the haut ton.

Now Ian Ashton, the Lord Vampire of London, has to attend tedious balls, linger in front of mirrors, and eat lots of garlic in an attempt to quell the gossip.

If that weren't annoying enough, his neighbor, Angelica Winthrop has literary aspirations of her own and is sneaking into his house at night just to see what she can find.

Hungry, tired, and fed up, Ian is in no mood to humor his beautiful intruder...

About Brooklyn

A lover of witty Regencies and dark paranormal romance, Brooklyn Ann combines the two in her new vampire series. The former mechanic turned author lives with her family in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. She can be found online at

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The Giveaway

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Bite Me, Your Grace from Sourcebooks. US/CANADA ONLY

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 12:00AM US Eastern Time on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me today! I'll be checking in when I get back from school. :)

  2. I haven't read any. Love the cover. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  3. This sounds great! Thank you to the Qwillery for pointing it out. I can't wait to read it.

    Carol Wolf

  4. I love historical and paranormal also. The only vampire I can think of is Lest at and Armand. Not sure what regency is. I am sure that I have read some. I think Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen. This book sounds good and want to read.

  5. Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Brooklyn on the new release! This book sounds awesome! Ummm.... nothing really comes to mind :( Sorry! I know I've read some but having a brain fart.

  6. I honestly don't know. I can't think of any of read from that period other than Dracula and I really didn't like him.

  7. Kristen Callihan Darkest London series has many paranormal creatures and is currently my favorite historical and paranormal mixed genre series. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Hi Heather, Hi Carol! Chris, OMG, I LOVE Anne Rice's vamps! Yes, LORD AND LADY SPY is also a regency...and an awesome book! Hi Erin! Victoria, yeah, Dracula's hit or miss for me.
    Syd, I'll have to check those out!

  9. I like Interview with the Vampire and Dracula. I can't think of any other books during that period. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  10. I've really enjoyed Gail Carriger's steampunk Victorian stories with vampires, werewolves, etc. as well as Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampire Chronicles.

  11. The Hathaway series by Lisa Kleypas

  12. Ooh, I'm going to have to check those out!

  13. Kathryn Smith had some awesome vampire historicals. I just ate that series up. I would want "Bite Me Your Grace" simply because of your hat. That hat is banging.