Monday, March 4, 2013

Genre Bending...

Genre Bending…
So did you read—Gender bending?  Close but no cigar.  Think of it as merging two or more genres into one unique read.
My first love for reading picks tends toward paranormal, heavy on Urban Fantasy.  Give me Kelly Meding, Jennifer Estep, Seanan McGuire, Ilona Andrews or Patricia Briggs and I’m a happy camper. But,  I have to admit there are other genres that fight for their place in my heart. 
My second contender for reading preference-military romantic suspense.  Maya Banks, Cindy Gerard, Cherry Adair, Christy Reece, and Julie Ann Walker can come visit my Kindle Fire anytime.  Oh yes, I have some hot and heavy thoughts for those Special Forces bad boys. Dangerous and delectable, those plots can keep my pulse rate up more than a treadmill.
But sometimes, when you read and write a certain genre, you like to take a break and whet your creative mind with something a little different.  I hit this point recently as I finished up my third novel, Shadow’s Moon and sent it off to find a home.  As much as I loved my UF and romantic suspense, I wanted something…more.
                  Years ago, when I first read Christine Feehan’s Ghostwalker series, I was hooked.  Her ability to merge romance, military and paranormal really did it for me.  Yet I had a hard time finding other stories with similar elements.  So this year I headed out in to the wide world of books and searched again. I was thrilled to find some great new authors out there. 
My two top contenders had merged into some captivating novels!.  What happens when you mix military, romantic suspense, paranormal? You get some fantastic reads like Trish McCallan’s Forged in Fire, J.D. Tyler’s Alpha Pack novels, and Cherry Adair’s T-Flac/Psy books.  I even picked up some of Rebecca York’s earlier works-Decorah Security series, but just haven’t had time to read it yet.
In the ever changing book world, readers and authors alike are looking for the next unique idea.  As the lines between genres begin to blur, what are some combinations you, as readers, love or would love to see?


  1. Don't know if anything like it is out there, but I have an idea for a historical/paranormal mystery...sort of like a mash-up of Ann Rice and Agatha Christie, with romance. Except, the MC is young and hot, not at all like Miss Marple...

  2. I love science fiction romance. It's out there, but not as much as I would like. I love Aubrie Dionne's series (Paradise 21 through Tundra 37). I love the feel of 1950s pulp sci-fi combined with love/emotion.

  3. Hi, Jami. I like historical with a touch of fantasy or paranormal. If you throw in time travel, I'm happy.