Genre Talk – The Resurrection of Lestat

Angela Quarles:

Today I’m on Paranormal Unbound talking about Ann Rice’s announcement to bring back Lestat. What do you think? Are you as excited as I am?

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

lestat2 I’m sure everyone’s heard by now, but if this announcement isn’t tailor-made for Paranormal Unbound like your very own fake fangs, I don’t know what is. Last Sunday a week ago, Ann Rice announced that she will be publishing the next installment of the Vampire Chronicles with  Prince Lestat due out October 28!

I’m sorry, I feel like I have to repeat that again! Ann Rice is bringing back Lestat!

Anyone else here a huge fan? I vividly remember the days when new Ann Rice novels came out and I had, just had, to shell out the big bucks on release day to get the hardcover and then I knew that for the next 2-3 days I would be unreachable. I’d clear my calendar of anything but minimal sleep and food until I’d devoured it. Her rich story-telling style and appreciation of history always had me in awe…

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Hack Dopamine to Increase Writing Productivity

Angela Quarles:

Most of the time, my posts on my health blog relate it to writing only tangentially, but I thought this post today was completely relevant for this blog too. So here you go!

Originally posted on When Paleo Met Sally:

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Earlier this month, Kevan Lee on Lifehacker wrote an intriguing article on How to Harness Your Brain’s Dopamine Supply and Increase Motivation. It’s a very interesting article, and a quick read if you want to pursue it in more detail. But basically, he lays out that dopamine is connected to more things than just pleasure: “Dopamine’s impact on the body is felt in many different areas, including motivation, memory, behavior and cognition, attention, sleep, mood, learning, and oh yeah, pleasurable reward.” Where it gets interesting is that dopamine has now been shown to be high during stress and so its main function is now believed to be as a motivator. The takeaway here is this:

Dopamine performs its task before we obtain rewards, meaning that its real job is to encourage us to act and motivate us to achieve or avoid something bad.

He suggests that we can hack…

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What We’re Reading: Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden

Angela Quarles:

Today on Paranormal Unbound I talk about my recent read, a steampunk romance by Delphine Dryden

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

gossamerwingDelphine Dryden, one of the fabulous ladies over at wonkomance.com, is one of my auto-buy authors, and since I’m one of the ones who includes steampunk in paranormal, well, here ya go, this is what I’m highlighting today! I finished Gossamer Wing yesterday, the first in her new Steam and Seduction series, and it didn’t disappoint.

Dryden is a deft hand with words and emotion, and here she spins a tale that puts us right into a rich world, where the United States is known as the Dominions (never having left England’s wing) and they’re dealing with a shaky peace after a long war with France. The heroine, a widow, is the spy here, yay! And the hero is such a delightful blend of alpha and beta rolled up in an honest, endearing and frank demeanor, with such a sweet heart. Dryden sidesteps typical romance tropes in how he…

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Let’s Get This Thing Launched

Angela Quarles:

Just a quick note to let y’all know that I’ve started a new blog called When Paleo Met Sally, and this is the first post. It will be focused on the challenges of navigating the Paleo/Primal world as a writer. Tips and guest posts coming soon on how to eat clean, healthy whole foods (as much as you want) and still lose weight!

Originally posted on When Paleo Met Sally:

angela_verticalbooksHowdy! For those stumbling onto this blog in its early stages, this is my first post launching this new endeavor. Being a writer and addicted to sharing, I couldn’t help but want to share my experiences trying to implement the Paleo/Primal lifestyle as a writer. I didn’t think it would fit in on my regular author blog, so, well, here we go with this one…

Living this way can be daunting and time consuming, and writers don’t usually have time to spare. But we know we should eat healthy because, you know, it’s hard to write if we’re achey or our brain is foggy. So I figured I can’t be the only writer experiencing these challenges, and so I thought I’d start a blog that hopefully will help other writers who wish to implement the lifestyle but have been too intimidated to start.

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Interview with NYT Bestseller Darynda Jones + Giveaways

Angela Quarles:

Today on Paranormal Unbound I was extremely excited to interview NYT bestseller Darynda Jones. Come stop by and learn more about her books, what’s coming up, plus 2 giveaways, one of which is an autographed copy!

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

Today, I’m excited to welcome New York Times bestseller Darynda Jones to Paranormal Unbound! I first heard of her when reading one of Margie Lawson‘s packet’s on fresh writing, and then this summer Ms. Jones taught a class at RWA University, which reminded me I’d wanted to check her out–so I grabbed her first book in her Charley Davidson series, First Grave on the Right. And, uh, yeah, I chewed, chewed, through the rest of them in some kind of book stupor. I couldn’t tell you what happened in which book, because when I finished one, I popped the next one onto my Kindle and kept reading. I love it when I find an author like that.

So without more dithering, here’s my interview with Ms. Jones, who was gracious enough to allow me to pepper her with questions, especially about the hero Reyes… Oh, and stick…

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Genre Talk: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Open Thread

Angela Quarles:

Today I’m on ParaUn talking about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel and Whedon fans were a-flutter last week for the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Did you watch it? What did you think? What were your favorite in jokes? Will you be tuning in tomorrow?

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

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Did you watch ABC/Marvel’s new venture, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D last Tuesday? Not only were Marvel fans anticipating the premiere, but so were fellow Joss Whedon fans as this represents his first return to TV since Dollhouse, as well since his success with the Avengers movie.

Being a Whedon fan I promptly put butt in chair at 7PM CST and was prepared for a treat. Unfortunately, I missed the first 5 seconds or so, which totally threw things off for me. I try not to imbibe any hype, but I couldn’t help but know that Agent Coulson was in the cast–this made me assume the timeline was before the Battle of New York. And since I missed the first bit, I didn’t realize that my assumption was wrong until later and it had me scrambling and confused. From there it made it difficult for me to get into it and…

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What We’re Reading: Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

Angela Quarles:

I’m talking about Moning’s Fever series over on Paranormal Unbound! Come join the discussion!

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

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I’m late to the game on this one, but it is what I’m reading and I’m nothing if not literal! I don’t know what made me finally pick up Darkfever, the first book in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, but I’ve been meaning to read them, and so I started last Tuesday, and I’ve been chewing through them ever since, now just over halfway through Shadowfever, Book 5.

I love it when a series grabs me by the short and curlies and makes me obsessively have to read the next one, and the next, and the next. It doesn’t happen often, but like the series title, it’s like you have a fever and can’t get much else done, you’re so immersed in the world.

And what a world! Here’s the blurb for Book 1:

When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death – a…

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Subtext in Paranormal Tropes: A Conversation with Jami Gold

Angela Quarles:

I’m on Paranormal Unbound today chatting with Jami Gold about subtext in paranormal tropes. What subtexts do you find intriguing in paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy? I know we only scratched the surface… Any good reads lately where you really enjoyed the subtext?

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

SubmarineTextHello, ParaUnbounders! Today we’re talking about a subject I just love to chat about so I was thrilled when I asked if Jami Gold wanted to be a guest on here and I asked her what topic, and she said, subtext!  Jami is one of my Beta reading buddies and she runs a great blog where she writes excellent blog posts on writing craft, but she doesn’t get a lot of chances to just talk about the paranormal genre, so I thought it would be fun to have her on here!

Angela: Hi Jami, welcome to Paranormal Unbound! Subtext always makes a story richer and one of those fun things to play with, or think about when reading any work of fiction. As you talked about recently in your blog, some people would be surprised to know that genre fiction, much less romance, contains subtext. Since we’re on Paranormal Unbound…

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Genre Talk: Is there room anymore for steampunk minus the magic?

Angela Quarles:

I’m on ParaUnbound today talking steampunk–Has the genre bent so much that it has changed the face and expectations of what’s considered steampunk and no longer allows room for kicking it old school?

Do you read steampunk? What are your expectations when reading it? Why do you like it?

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

By Craig Hatfield (Nyah.  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI’m one of those that defines the paranormal genre as more than just creature fiction–anything that is outside of our normal world fits the bill for me, though I know some disagree, and that’s okay.

Being the analyzer that I am, when I set out to write my steampunk romance a year ago, I bought a Kindle book on how to write steampunk, in case I missed crucial elements from the books I’d read or from my appreciation of the cosplay aspect. It gave me some great ideas to work off of, but one thing stuck out for me, and that is, the writer said that one of the elements that needed to be present to be considered steampunk was an element of magic or that appear to be magic. This didn’t jive with what I’d read in the genre, or even with the antecedents in the likes of…

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A Conversation with RITA Finalist Cynthia Eden

Angela Quarles:

Today on Paranormal Unbound, I chat with RITA finalist Cynthia Eden! Have you had a chance to read The Fallen series yet? What do you like most about them? Stop by and join the fun!

Originally posted on Paranormal Unbound:

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so pleased today to welcome my fellow Gulf Coast Chapter RWA chaptermate Cynthia Eden to the blog today! I was so excited when they announced the RITA finalists to see she’d made the list for Angel in Chains! I really enjoyed her Fallen series and she agreed to let me grill, er, I mean, ask her polite questions! So without further ado–

13517402First, congratulations on being a finalist! Can you tell us a little about your Fallen series?

Thank you for the congrats! And thank you so much for interviewing me!  I’ve had such a wonderful time writing my Fallen books. The Fallen books are dark and sexy—filled with lots of twists and suspense. In those tales, my angels must confront an onslaught of human emotions—the angels feel emotions for the very first time when they lose their wings (and fall into the mortal realm).

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