Friday, June 15, 2012

Thoroughly Modern Paranormal Romance Guest Blog with Jennifer Rainey

Thoroughly Modern Paranormal Romance

And you thought you had problems with your love life. Imagine being a monster!

In my short story collection, Thoroughly Modern Monsters, I focused on the effects being a supernatural creature in a human-dominated world would have upon one’s relationships, both romantic and otherwise.

I decided  this: being a vampire—or any other creature of the night—would not necessarily make you a super-sexy chick magnet! If anything, it could seriously ruin your love life. (Do you tell her you drink blood on the first date or is that considered gauche? How long until you show her your fangs? Third date?)

The effects vary from story to story. My vampire, Nadia, is a na├»ve hopeless romantic desperate to make her human crush her own. She doesn’t exhibit the romantic prowess of most vamps. Her condition has left her socially awkward around people. (Think Zooey Deschanel playing a vampire.)

Meanwhile, my half-siren, Quinnish, oozes sexual confidence. He has a lady (or two or three) in every city, but when a young woman actually shows him some kind of legitimate affection and concern, he crumbles. He has always used the siren powers his mother gave him to keep humans at arm’s length until now.

In yet another instance, a werewolf’s condition helps fuel tension between himself and his family. There has always been negativity between Harold and his brother Michael, but Michael uses Harold’s lycanthropy as an excuse to drive him away even further.

These characters don’t get the standard sweeping romance or happily ever afters of some books, but I can only hope that their stories are as interesting to read as they were to write!


Thoroughly Modern Monsters on Amazon Kindle:


A love-sick vampire working at a department store. 

A confident siren kept from his home by the owner of a traveling carnival. 

A famous crime-fighting werewolf reunited with his hostile brother. 

The age of the monster under the bed is over! New law integrates all beings considered monsters by the United States government into human society, throwing them into the workforce. As these beings overcome workplace woes, unexpected romance and any personal demons that may have come along for the ride, they discover for better or worse what it means to be a thoroughly modern monster. 

Thoroughly Modern Monsters is a collection of seven short stories complete at 21,800 words.


Jennifer Rainey was raised by wolves who later sold her to gypsies. She then joined the circus at the age of ten. There, she was the flower girl in the famed Bearded Bride of Beverly Hills show until the act was discontinued (it was discovered that the bearded lady was actually a man). From there, she wandered around the country selling novelty trucker hats with vaguely amusing sayings printed on front. Somehow, she made enough money to go to The Ohio State University for a major in English.

1 comment:

Barbara E. said...

Thoroughly Modern Monsters sounds like a fantastic collection of stories and I'm looking forward to reading it.