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Guest Blogger: Fiona Jayde
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Thanks to everyone who made yesterday’s release day so perfect! And although I’ve had to cancel my trip to West Virginia for Lora Leigh’s RAW due to illness, I still have friends scheduled to take over this blog for the next few days. I might poke my head in the door occasionally, but I will be resting for the most part. Thanks again for your support and all your wonderful comments concerning Four Sworn! ~DD

Paranormal Logistics In a Semi-Normal World
by Fiona Jayde

As a writer, I love the art of world building. As a reader, I eagerly devour different worlds and customs and rules other writers create to spin their tales. I love seeing how fellow authors take common elements of vampires, werewolves, angels, witches, heaven and hell and everything in between and make it unique and sparkling. But being me, I always wonder about the logistics. Are there bathrooms in hell? Don’t people (and by people I mean angels, demons, weres of any species, witches, humans and humanoids) need to clean up after steamy love making? When weres shift, what the heck happens to their clothing and other personal items?

I’ve ran into that last problem head first when planning my paranormal series. My Bloodwolves (or Lycks) shift into fairly large wolves, and I had to make the hard decision to either somehow let them keep their clothing, or follow the rules of physics (such as they are) and make the clothes tear off. Torn clothing does leave a lot of nice possibilities for those steamy love scenes. But in reality (again—forgive the word), who wants to run around a city buck naked?

Nakedness aside, how do paranormal creatures live? Do they have money? You need at least a couple of bucks to buy a fresh bag of blood (we’re talking good vampires here—baddies will just eat and run). Do werewolves/angels/witches work? Pay rent? Buy toothpaste?

With so many excellent examples before me, I turned to the masters. Angela Knight in her Mageverse series allows her weres clothing to “meld” to their bodies– they chalk it up to magic, simple and clean and brilliant. JR Ward’s vampires have access to millions—probably because they are so old they’ve had ample time to mature their investments. Buffy the Vampire slayer got a job at a fast food joint to pay the bills. And Spike had a nice crypt—and though we never did see a bathroom, one would assume the undead don’t have need of facilities.

All these choices have significant effect on the characters and their conflicts, and overall storylines. In my case, I decided I liked torturing my characters. Which meant that they can’t just shift on a whim in plain sight because it can be embarrassing getting stuck in one’s own pant legs. With no opposable thumbs to help take those things off.

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The first installment of a kickass paranormal series, Night Haven introduced readers to the world of vampires, bloodwolves and pulse pounding action.

Coming September 21 to Samhain Publishing

Desire cuts both ways…
Nothing gives Dina more pleasure than leaving the vampires she hunts to the mercy of the dawn. And yet most humans she is sworn to protect seem all too happy to offer up their necks. She has vowed never to be like those needy creatures yet, three months ago, she allowed a vampire to kiss her. The memory still makes her body burn—and her skin heat with humiliation.

For over twenty empty years, Luke has lived in a world of dead pleasure and burning sunrise, feeding off those who long for immortality and taboo thrills. Only his art makes him feel half-alive. Until one night in a dark, moody nightclub, where a reckless, amber-eyed bloodwolf left behind her clean, sharp scent—and an ache in his blood nothing but another taste can ease.

Finally, with the chance to purge Luke out of her system, Dina moves in for the kill. But she comes to a horrifying realization. She can no longer shift, and the desire to taste him—body, soul and blood—is making her crazy. As an enraged bloodwolf threatens to rip them both apart, she may just be crazy enough to trust Luke with her life.

Warning: Contains interspecies lust between a bloodwolf and a vampire, and desire thick enough to cut with a blade.

Read an excerpt here!

8 comments to “Guest Blogger: Fiona Jayde”

  1. Valerie
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      · September 8th, 2010 at 8:15 am · Link

    Hope you are feeling better soon Delilah!!

    Loved the post. Really like that cover, makes me want to know why she is running and looks very mysterious.

    Another book for the wishlist….sigh!!!

    Valerie
    in Germany



  2. savonna
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      · September 8th, 2010 at 12:35 pm · Link

    I hope you feel better soon, DD!

    Loved the post and I tend to ask the same type of questions…hahaha!! I also loved the excerpt. The book is going on my wishlist ASAP!



  3. Brandy W
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      · September 8th, 2010 at 1:11 pm · Link

    I tend to wonder about creature comforts as well. To blend in they would need to act like humans. You can’t invite peeps over and not have a bathroom for them to use. :-D

    Bloodwolf has me curious to read what one is. Another book for the list.



  4. Teresa Noelle Roberts
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      · September 8th, 2010 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Great post. It’s far too easy to forget the practical details when you’re caught up in writing the first draft of a paranormal but the practical details are what make paranormal books sing. I find it incredibly touching, for instance, that in Patricia Briggs’ books, female werewolves can’t carry a child to term because the fetus is human and can’t change when she changes. I wouldn’t have thought of that, but it makes sense–and gives her ways to torture the characters.

    Yeah, shifters and clothes…I’ve made my shapeshifters largely immune to cold so they don’t freeze if they wind up naked after a series of shifts, no matter what the weather. (I realized I had to do this since the story was set in upstate New York in March…brr!) However, they can still be embarrassed.



  5. Diane Sadler
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      · September 8th, 2010 at 7:01 pm · Link

    Vampires and bloodwolves? Sounds great!



  6. sue brandes
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      · September 8th, 2010 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon Delilah. Fiona I really enjoyed your post. Never heard of story with Bloodwolves before. Your book sounds wonderful. Adding that to my reading too.



  7. fiona jayde
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      · September 8th, 2010 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Thx for having me at your blog DD, but I’m sorry hear you’re sick.. I hope you feel better soon!

    @ valerie – I was really happy with the cover. Kanaxa did an amazing job!
    @savona – lol great minds think alike!
    @Brandy – LOL! Exactly!
    @ TNL brrrr! My characters are in Santa Barbarbra, and even there can be cold… can’t imagine NY in March! That conflict of not being able to shift while pregnant is really interesting I thought!
    @Diane – thank you!



  8. Amelia
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      · September 8th, 2010 at 10:42 pm · Link

    I was looking forward to meeting you this weekend, Delilah!! Get well soon.

    Enjoyed your post, Fi. I’ve wondered about some of those things too.