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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Why Paranormal?

I'm pleased to present my friend Raven Corinn Carluk as a guest on my blog. Enjoy!

Why paranormal?  Normal relationships are hard enough to deal with; stolen covers, toilet seats left up, mother-in-laws, divorce, jealousy, and every other stumbling block.  So why add to that mix?  Isn't it enough without wanting to eat your partner?

For paranormal readers, definitely not.  We want out stories big, our characters engrossing, our tricks difficult, and our rewards enormous.  We want passion through the ages, and inner struggles with humanity, and to know that love never dies.  Struggling to make a relationship work around opposing work schedules is nothing compared to making it work when one of you changes once a month.

It's certainly not for everyone.  It's a big, magical, scary world out there.  But some people seek the things that go bump in the night.  Those are the people who need to know the struggles of our paranormal characters.

Even adding the barest hint of the exotic takes us beyond the mundane.  A witch working in a call center.  A spiritual medium on the city bus.  A werewolf shopping for groceries.  Each are just familiar enough that we feel welcome following them, that we can root for them as they struggle, and we can share their elations and sorrows.

But they're not normal, and they take us out of our every day worlds.  We can dabble with the darkness without taking it home.  We can be part of that world for as little or as much as we want.  We can even bring back what we want, and keep it with us.

So, why paranormal?  Why not paranormal?

Raven Corinn Carluk

Raven Corinn Carluk is just starting out on her journey as an author.  She's proud to have All Hallows Blood to offer to you.  You can read more about Raven on her site, or follow her blog.  Her novel, All Hallows Blood, is available on Kindle, and in print on Barnes & Noble.  (ISBN: 978-0984180554) She's always available, and would love to hear from you.

A bit about her book All Hallows Blood:

Mourning her mother on Halloween, Keila O'Broin, psychic warrior and last of her line,isn't prepared for dead teenagers to ask her to avenge them.  Compelled by her family creed, Keila combats the vampiric serial killer, despite her atrophied powers.

But defeating one killer is only the start of her adventure. Into her life walks Varick Eitenhauer, centuries old undead master of Portland.The vampire tells her she will now help him defeat his rivals in a battle to control the city, and he will accept no refusals.

Surrounded by her desire and danger, the only way to succeed is to rise from her past like a phoenix from its ashes.


It's been great having Raven as my guest and I encourage you to enjoy more of her writing in her book All Hallows Blood.