Nina Pierce talks Para-Normal
Nina’s here today to introduce you to her awesome release Shadows of Fire.
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It’s Not Normal, It’s Para-Normal
With Halloween just around the corner, my thoughts are turning to everything creepy and macabre. My reading pile is filled with archangels, vampires and ghosts.
But of course it wasn’t hard for me to get lost in the paranormal world.
I’ll admit it. I love science fiction. I always have. When my peers were reading Judy Blume I was engrossed in stories by Anne McCaffrey (Pern Series) and Madeline L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time). I watched Star Trek with rapt fascination and could name an episode from the first series after watching a ten second clip. My imagination sparked with the idea of alien abductions and prickled with the thought of ghosts living in our attic. I hated to think of monsters under my bed, but couldn’t keep myself from watching Frankenstein movies. (I know … I’m totally aging myself here … just pretend you’re not thinking I’m ancient. *wink*) I still enjoy the fantasy. The idea that the world is bigger than my senses can detect. And from the surge of paranormal books being devoured by the reading public … I don’t think I’m alone.
So what is it? What is the allure with everything paranormal? Did this recent flood start again with the Harry Potter and Twilight craze and move into Supernatural and Grimm or has something always fascinated us about this fantasy world? Do we simply enjoy visiting that place in our imagination where vampires stalk the night and zombies invade our dreams and everything fanciful comes to life?
For me, it’s the stretching of my imagination—the possibility that there’s another dimension that exists around me. Losing myself in a story about a band of werewolf rebels fighting unseen dark forces or a faery realm where wars are fought and babies are born, well, it just makes me sigh. Now add a love story, a broken heart, a mended relationship and I’m in reader nirvana.
This has now carried over to my writing. Paranormal stories give me the opportunity to let my muse play in a world of make believe … to fantasize what it would be like to be saved by a vampire just as I’m about to be mugged on my way home from work … or meet a lion shifter on the plains of Africa … or discover that an archangel can become flesh. Oh, the places I can go!
** What about you? Do you enjoy the paranormal? Do you have a favorite type of paranormal hero that makes your knees go weak?
My latest release, Shadows of Fire, is a sexy romantic suspense involving vampires undercover as firefighters. Oh yeah … I went there!
A woman forced to live a life she didn’t choose …
Thirty years ago, a horrendous attack in the California mountains thrust chemistry student, ALEXANDRA FLANAGAN, into the secret world of vampires. Now, unable to stomach the thought of drinking blood from another person, she survives on a chemical blood wine. But there are some who secretly disapprove of her clandestine activities and will do anything to stop her.
A vampire of honor protecting humans …
Ancient vampire, REESE COLTON, is part of an elite military operation seeking out and eliminating rogue vampires. Undercover as a firefighter, he and his team have been called in to investigate the unusual number of fires covering up the murders of vampires living on Alex’s blood wine.
A murderer seeking revenge …
When chemistry ignites passion, Reese and Alex find themselves embroiled in an affair that catches them both unaware. With the number of fires escalating and evidence against Alex mounting, Reese isn’t sure whether to follow his heart or the clues as he seeks to find a murderer in the Shadows of Fire.
“Oh, screw you, Burkett.” Reese Colton threw his cards down as the man across the table collected the two paper IOU’s along with a pile of money. Testosterone and laughter filled the fire station kitchen. “You all suck!” Reese drained the drink at his elbow.
His best friend leaned back in the wooden chair and flicked the scrap of paper with his finger. “Oh, you’ll pay up on this one, buddy.” Josh Burkett flashed his familiar shit-eating grin. Only braces and modern dentistry had altered its appearance in the two centuries Reese had known him. “Not only do I have it in writing,” the chair banged down hard on the linoleum floor as Josh leaned over the marred table, shooting Reese a smug look of satisfaction, “I’ve got witnesses.” His outstretched arm indicated the four other firefighters sitting around the table.
Reese had never welshed on a bet, especially if it was more along the lines of a dare or involved a woman—this one was both. Wagering an official date with the owner of the firefighter’s local watering hole against Josh’s month of station cleaning duties seemed like a sure thing. Now that he’d lost the bet, Reese was having his doubts. He’d been flirting his way around the woman for months—had even managed a friendly kiss or two—but he’d sidestepped anything deeper. A complicated relationship just wouldn’t work around all the shit going on his life at the moment.
And a relationship with Alexandra Flanagan would be nothing but trouble.
But with Josh pathetically lusting after some co-ed, his friend had goaded Reese into the bet. “You haven’t had anything better than a straight all night, Burkett.” Reese gathered the cards off the table and put them back in the box. “With a full boat, it was a pretty safe bet I’d be pocketing that paper and you’d have your head stuck in the station toilets for the next month.” His hand shot out, attempting to snatch the IOU from Josh.
“Oh, hell no! You’re not backing out of this one.” Josh’s superior reflexes were as quick as Reese’s, keeping it from his grasp. He tucked the paper safely in the shirt pocket of his uniform. “This is our golden ticket to a front row seat of pure entertainment.”
Timmons leaned in conspiratorially. “I’d be happy to cover that bet for you, Colton. I’m just afraid one night with me and that sexy Irish barmaid would find you just couldn’t measure up.”
“A woman would choose a life of celibacy over a night with you, Timmons.” McLeod laughed as he cleared away the empty nacho plates, wing dishes and the drinking glasses, depositing them all in the industrial sink.
Friendship, boredom, and the late hour made the whole situation humorous—at least to the other men in the room.
“I’m thinking this date needs to happen in the next—”
The shrill ring of the alarm speared through the firehouse, cutting Josh off mid-sentence. Conditioning and quick reflexes pressed the men into action. Chairs scraped across the floor and boots pounded through the adjoining day room.
“Attention South Kenton fire.” The dispatcher’s disembodied voice filled the newly charged atmosphere. “Repeat. Attention South Kenton fire. Structure fire, East Brooker Road. Witnesses report potential occupants …”
Six men slid down the brass pole, donning their bravery with their bunker gear.
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Award-winning romance author, Nina Pierce, grew up in a house full of readers. So becoming enamored with books was only natural. Nina’s discovered the passionate side of romance with her sexy stories. For her, it’s all about the sweet scent of seduction mixed with the heart warming aroma of romance.
Nina resides in New England with her high school sweetheart and soul mate of twenty-eight years and three very spoiled cats who consider her “staff”. They love to spend time with their three adult children, one handsome son-in-law and a grandson that melts their heart.
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