Monday, September 15, 2014

Turning on the Blender: The Hybrid Paranormal Character: Guest Blog and Giveaway with Marie Michelle Coleman

Turning on the Blender:  The Hybrid Paranormal Character

I’ve always loved a good paranormal tale. Vampires are high on my list of interesting characters but I’m up for ghosts, shifters, and assorted supernatural creatures of all kinds. I’ve also found stories about angelic encounters fascinating. The beautiful images of angels in paintings, sunlit stained glass, and sculpture capture my imagination. In Bespoken, I blend my love of vampires and angels to write a paranormal romance with a vampiric angel named Gabriel at its center. He’s no ordinary angel, no ordinary vampire. He’s a nightangel and his arrival is quite a surprise for Casey Sloane, a driven young attorney who is all business aside from her penchant for a little daydreaming.

The daydream world that Casey falls into is lush and magical in contrast to the stressful realities an up-and-coming associate attorney must navigate each day. Casey’s daydreams give a hybrid paranormal being such as Gabriel two unique landscapes to operate within. This duality of worlds that Casey slips between allows us to see what the nightangel brings to, and holds back from, each environment. We learn how Casey, his quite practical daydreamer, deals with her nightangel in two such diametrically opposed settings. It might draw you to wonder what you would do if faced with Casey’s dilemma. How would you react if an exquisite and dangerous nightangel strayed out of your secret daydreams (where you couldn’t get enough of him) to turn up on your doorstep (where the entire equation suddenly switches up)? Would you be delighted or terrified? Would you let him stay or would you insist he go? How his hybrid nature unfolds in the daydreams versus the world is sure to lead to some interesting twists and turns. The dual setting surrounds Gabriel with some extra mystery and presents Casey Sloane with some extra slippery slopes to maneuver. 

Writing a blended paranormal character is any setting is fun because its hybrid nature opens so many doors for the character’s traits, powers, and worldview. I did a lot of research on angels and vampires but research is just a jumping off point with a paranormal creature. A vampiric angel is more than a vampire with wings, more than an angel with a sharp set of teeth. What it is, may be part up to the writer but it’s also partially dictated by the character as it takes on a life of its own in your writing. Every character is going to grow and change as they move through the story. 

The beauty of the paranormal character – especially the hybrid paranormal character – is that it can grow and morph in so many wonderful and unexpected ways. Gabriel is a nightangel. 

What his nature encompasses intrigues me as a writer because it holds the potential to harbor so many conflicting qualities. Is the nightangel good, bad, or something in between? 

Will his power and beauty make it difficult for Casey to perceive the real answer? It’s going to be interesting to see what surprises the nightangel Gabriel has in store for us and for Casey Sloane.  

I hope you’ll read Bespoken and meet the nightangel Gabriel for yourself.

A Nightangel and Daydreamer Novel
Book One
Marie Michelle Coleman

Genre:  paranormal romance/urban fantasy

Publisher:  Suburban Island Publishing

ISBN:  978-0991146628

395 pages on Kindle
368 pages in paperback
Word Count:  92,000

Cover Artist:  Doug Pecht

Book Description: 

Nobody ever told Casey how dangerous a little daydreaming could be.

Casey Sloane appreciates the power of a good daydream. It’s the perfect antidote to the pressures of her hectic life as an associate attorney at a high-powered Washington, D.C. law firm. When the nightangel Gabriel takes up residence in those dreams, Casey is more delighted than surprised. Gabriel is the perfect mixture of danger, otherworldly beauty, and out-and-out temptation required to throw her daydreams into a state of perpetual overdrive.

But when the nightangel sheds his wings and arrives in the real world for a real-time relationship with Casey, she gets a quick education on the unforeseen consequences of secret daydreams.

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His eyes shone like the sun through the treetops on a summer day. Casey thought that was kind of crazy considering he was a nightangel and preferred the darkness. All that light raining down on her was banging against her heart like it was a tin roof in a summer thunderstorm. The curve of his lips told her she would be swimming in the fiery glow of his attention if he had his way.
She couldn’t help but admire him. She gazed up at the nightangel, the way an artist studies her own handiwork with proprietary pleasure. He was handsome, more than handsome; he was the definition of masculine in her personal dictionary. His nature was undiluted by modern convention. Everything about him was unequivocally male—strong, purposeful, and confident. He had a little bit of the knight in shining armor thing going but he played by his own rules. And he was smart as hell. Gabriel was perfect. He was everything she had ever wanted in a man and was afraid to get.
A fan of soothing light stretched behind him and Casey realized it was the radiance of the nightangel’s wings spread out at his back. Yes, he was perfect and it didn’t hurt that he had a Class A set of wings sprouting out of his back either. He was some dream. He beamed down at her. The world tipped on its axis.

The dreamangel was looking more irresistible than she had ever remembered him being—and that was saying something because vampires with the wings of fierce angels had a certain natural tendency to hold a mortal in thrall by virtue of their very presence. She tried to shake herself free of the spell he was casting over her. Doing this was difficult. She could not get enough of her angel. Maybe she was a kind of angel-holic. She shouldn’t like nightangels so much. They tended to take advantage of it.

About the Author: 

Marie Michelle Coleman is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author whose book, Bespoken, is the first in the Nightangel and Daydreamer series. She's been in love with the written word since she was old enough to turn the pages of her first book. She's always had a fascination with vampires and angels. Sitting down at the keyboard and turning on the paranormal blender was a natural next step.

Marie lives in the Washington D.C. area. She believes in the power of a compelling dream, the therapeutic merits of loud music, and the benefits of always being in the middle of reading a great book. Marie has a soft spot for a good romance and likes to laugh. Jane Austen is her favorite author. She'll probably always be a little in love with Mr. Darcy.

She grows roses in her garden but no matter how hard she tries, they don't look anything like the ones in Casey Sloane's daydreams.

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Kym My Book Nook said...

looks great!:)

Marie Michelle Coleman said...

Thanks so much for checking out this stop on Bespoken's virtual book tour and giving my guest post and excerpt a read!

Marie Michelle Coleman said...

Many thanks for hosting my guest blog today, Roxanne! I really enjoyed writing about the hybrid paranormal character.