Welcome to my little spot on the Romance Adventures Blog Hop!
I'll try to keep this short and sweet for those of you who are busy with the holidays, but I do want to talk a bit about the adventures romance novels can take us on.
I know in some of my books, the reader is taken to the mythical land of Eria, where the elvin king and prince welcome us. In another book, we go to the North Pole to spend time with a handsome but arrogant Santa. Sometimes, we even go back in time to Regency England. Each place is magical in its own way, and I hope most of my readers are drawn to the world they're reading about.
Where do you like to be transported to when you read? If you answer below and leave a message, you'll be eligible to win an e-copy of Santa for Christmas and Bound by the Mist. Thanks for stopping by!
Please drop-in on the other authors who're participating in the Romance Adventures Blog Hop so you can learn about their wonderful books and score a chance to win some goodies.
Hi, everyone! If you don't already know me, my name is Lisa Kumar, and I write fantasy romance and time-travel Regencies.
My good friend Brenda Dyer, who pens fantastic paranormals, chose me to carry on the next spot in the MWP blog tour. I have to say I love her Prophecy series, which features vampires. But these aren't your normal vampires. No, these hot men have a totally different history--and angels are involved. So if this sounds right up your alley, drop by her website and her blog. You won't be sorry.
Here are my answers to how I craft my tales:
1. What am I working on?
Right now, I'm working on the second story in the Love in Time series, which are my Regency time-travels. In the current book, Maryanne, the heroine, is a socially awkward young research scientist from the future who's stranded in 1813 England. She finds shelter with a retired research scientist who "went native" and married an earl from that time. There, she meets the handsome Marquis of Avingdale. Though she can't fathom why, he's interested in her...but he's the whole reason she's in 1813 England in the first place. He's her mission, and he's fated to die. Well, he was until she stopped a potential dalliance that would've led to his death. What's a girl to do in this situation? Maryanne doesn't have a clue. And neither do I--I just know they have to fall in love and end up with a HEA.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
For my time-travel Regencies, my heroines go to the past on purpose, as they work for the government-controlled agency, Intellitravel. That agency's services are open to only the highest bidders who want to pay obscene amounts of money to know the how and why of past events. That's where my heroines come in--they're sent back in time to "research" the mystery in person. Of course, that never goes smoothly, and they're somehow stuck in the past for awhile.
As for my fantasies--well, they feature hot elvin males who are nothing like Santa's helpers. The elves of Eria are as tall as humans and, on the whole, extremely good-looking. They love nature, but even their powers can't stop their world's magic from fading--the very magic that nurtures Eria's land. Their only hope is Earth and its humans. But the elves have closed themselves off from humanity--and don't trust them. This is where my human heroines come in. They are normal women who have no special powers, but each of them has her own individual personality, with her own strengths and weaknesses. These women have a far greater destiny in Eria than they could ever have on Earth, and they will help bring about a prophecy that will shape the fate of Eria.
3. Why do I write what I write?
I love anything with a fantastical twist, as you can see!
4. How does my writing process work?
Good question! I'm not quite sure how I ever finish a book. I'm very much a pantster, where I write by the seat of my pants. Of course, since I write romance, I have a fair idea of how the ending should come about. The same can be said of the beginning, and then I have a few fuzzy points in-between plotted. I've tried to plot more extensively, but find it kills any drive I have to write the story.
Now, I'm going to pass off the torch to D'Ann Lindun, who will be hosting the next stop on the MWP blog tour. She's an awesome writer of romantic Western suspense novels. If you love smoking-hot cowboys and their resourceful heroines, you'll love her books. Check out some of her great covers below. And if you'd like to take a gander at her blog/website, click here.
I'm so excited to have Bound to the Elvin King out. Of all the stories I've written so far, this is my favorite. I hope you'll love it as much as I do. Here's the blurb, which, by the way, made it past the pitch round in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest:) After countless millennia as the King of Eria, Talion thought he’d experienced all life had to offer. That is, until Maggie entered his land. The beautiful human whirlwind refreshes his spirit, while all too often trying his patience. Though he desires nothing more than to claim her as his bond mate and queen, his secrets could drive them apart or even end their lives. Stranded in the elvin land of Eria, Maggie D’Anglio spends her days trying to figure out a way home while attempting to avoid the sexy and provoking Talion. Unfortunately, she’s living in his palace. His world. His rules. And he can watch her squirm under his penetrating gaze anytime he wants. The mysterious king intrigues and infuriates her as no one ever has, a lethal combination to her commitment-phobic heart. But when she parties too hard and wakes up magically bound to him, there’s no escaping the irresistible irritant—or her new role in a land on the brink of war with the darkindred. His past, along with her pride, will threaten their relationship and their very lives. If they can’t place their differences aside, a kingdom will be lost to bloodshed. Will they have the courage to admit their love for each other, or will their fears bind them together in death? Amazon B&N All Romance Smashwords Google Play