And I was okay with that. I really don’t like when paranormal novels fall into the trap where it is all about battle, fight, rally, battle, plan and fight. Give me my romance already!
Paranormal novels work the same way. You need some element of magic or the supernatural that’s so deeply integral to the story that the entire novel would collapse if you removed it. Try removing the supernatural element from Dracula and see how far you get. The book has a romance, but without the vampire count to move things along, author Bram Stoker would have no story. On the other hand, if you’re protagonist’s werewolf boyfriend could just as easily be a muscular guy who loses his temper once a month right around the time he needs a haircut, you aren’t writing a paranormal novel, you’re probably writing a romance with supernatural trappings—and your readers will see right through it.
(Night Prince, Book 1)
Best Paranormal Romance novel
Don't call him Dracula...
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire... More...
“...electric...” – Jillean , Once Upon a Romance …full book review
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I’ve been asked to compile a list of the best paranormal fantasy novels of the last decade (2003–2013): a virtually impossible task, considering how many iconic series and authors have risen to prominence during that period—Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Richard Kadrey, Kat Richardson, Stacia Kane, Nicole Peeler, and Jaye Wells, to name just a few.
Want to learn the difference between a paranormal novel and a story with a supernatural element? Today’s tip of the day from answers this question and others you might have about writing paranormal books. In the excerpt below, from chapter one, author Steven Harper explains what a paranormal book is and why supernatural stories are so fascinating to read.