Please welcome Juliana Stone to parajunkee.com.  Happy Book Birthday Juliana! Juliana is the author of the paranormal romance series Jaguar Warriors. Her series has been described as “passionate” “steamy” and “intriguing”, a must read for paranormal romance fans. Juliana’s third book in the Jaguar Warriors series releases today and to celebrate that release she has embarked on a blog tour to help promote her books. Also, Juliana and Harper Collins will be giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to one lucky person who leaves a comment!

The Art of Paranormal Romance.

Paranormal romance is a sub-genre of the romance novel. A type of speculative fiction, paranormal romance focuses on romance and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, or horror.

So says Wikipedia.

I’ve had a love affair with paranormal elements in novels for years, back before they were even known as paranormal. I think the first book that really hooked me was Interview With a Vampire. I was dating a guy in high school who was really artsy. He looked like Jim Morrison and at the time I was really digging the Doors so that was more than enough for me. He was also into books. He gave me Interview and I didn’t read it at first. I was into romance, historicals mostly, as that’s what my mother read but when I began reading about Louis and Lestat my world changed. I was hooked and quickly read every title that Anne Rice had written.

But there wasn’t much around at that time. I remember Rice came out with a book called The Mummy and it had more romance in it, featuring Cleopatra brought back from the dead and it was open ended…there should have been a sequel but wasn’t.

I continued to read romance but also read a lot of thrillers and suspense. I got married. Had kids and for a while there I didn’t read much. Eventually the kids were in school full time and I found that I had more time to myself. I went to the library and found a treasure. Dark Prince by Christine Feehan. I read it in one sitting and was hooked like a junkie jonesing for a fix.

That book changed my life. Literally. Not only did I fall completely in love with a new genre, I began to get a few ideas of my own. They were ideas that I decided to act upon and in the spring of 2008 I wrote His Darkest Hunger. I landed an agent and we sold it a few months later. Since then I’ve found an entire slew of paranormal authors who inspire me: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, Nalini Singh to name a few.

So, I’m curious…what author changed and or rocked your world?

The renown Ms. Stone & her fantastic publisher Harper Collins have generously offered up a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky commentor on the tour.

DEETS:

  1. One Winner chosen by Ms. Stone
  2. Prize:$25 Amazon Gift Card (international to those that can purchase on amazon.com)
  3. Comment to win: What author changed and or rocked your world?
  4. Giveaway ends 7/29
  5. View my giveaway rules for more information

    His Darkest Salvation

    After six months in hell, Julian Castille has returned to the world a changed man. No longer the longer the calm, powerful CEO, but a shifter fully embraced by the blood of his clan. Julian has one goal: find the key to the portal that stands between the human realm and unprecedented darkness-and win back the pieces of his soul. The last thing he needs is a distraction like the beautiful, enigmatic Jaden DaCosta.

Three years ago, a forbidden night of passion left Jaden forever altered: mated to Julian Castille–bound to a man who despises her. But the temptation to trust this darker, more savage-and more captivating-Julian is overwhelming. And as they fight for their immortal souls, their insatiable desire for each other may prove their fatal undoing…