Sometimes when you’re reading a book you come across a series that takes
characteristics of one
genre with blends it with another. I like to call this “genre-blending” because
the books can be
categorized into more than one genre. Oftentimes you see Paranormal Romance and
mixed together. Because of the paranormal aspect of these books, it’s not hard
to incorporate action
and suspense into these novels to make them more exciting. We’ve seen this in
Nalini Singh’s Guild
Hunter series and Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress. However once in awhile you
come across a series
where the author takes two totally different genres that you would never think
go together and blend
them effortlessly to create an intriguing concoction.
Whether it’s taking a time in history to use as a backdrop to a story or amping
up the sexiness with
paranormal creatures, genre blending has become more and more prominent in
fiction. Authors have
been getting creative with their stories and the fun shows as these hybrid
series are born.
This week I share some of my favorite genre blending books that take the best of
all worlds to make a
hybrid that is all its own!
GRAVE PHANTOMS by Jenn Bennett
Set in the flirty backdrop of the 1920’s,
Bennett injects her
historical series with some mysterious paranormal occurrences that add intrigue
to this romance
between a fun-loving flapper heroine and her Asian hero.
About: From the author
of Grim Shadows and Bitter Spirits comes the new Roaring Twenties novel in the
series hailed as
“Boardwalk Empire meets Ghost Hunters, but so much better” (Molly Harper,
author of the Jane Jameson series).
Feisty flapper Astrid Magnusson is home from college and yearning for the one
thing that’s always
been off limits: Bo Yeung, her notorious bootlegging brother’s
second-in-command. Unfortunately her
dream of an easy reunion proves difficult after a violent storm sends a
mysterious yacht crashing into
the Magnussons’ docks. What’s worse, the boat disappeared a year ago, and the
survivors are acting
Bo has worked with the Magnusson family for years, doing whatever is needed,
including keeping his
boss’s younger sister out of trouble—and his hands to himself. Of course, that
isn’t so easy after
Astrid has a haunting vision about the yacht’s disappearance, plunging them into
world of old money and dark magic. Danger will drive them closer together, but
surviving their own
forbidden feelings could be the bigger risk.
HER WILD HERO by Paige Tyler
HER WILD HERO
If you thought Covert Ops wasn’t alpha enough,
intensifies her Romantic Suspense based novels with a shot of sexy shifters! The
adds a punch to the series.
About: Name: Kendra
Rank: Trainer, Dept. of Covert Ops
Objective: Get out of the office and into the field
Name: Declan MacBride
Rank: Tracker, Dept. of Covert Ops
Status: Bear Shifter
Objective: Protect Kendra at all costs
The steamy Costa Rican jungle brings out the bear in Declan MacBride when he and
Kendra Carlsen are ambushed. In the midst of relying on each other to survive,
and fighting his
explosive attraction to Kendra, this shifter is about to lose control...
ALIEN SEPERATION by Gini Koch
The Katherine “Kitty” Katt series is largely
Science Fiction but if
you look closely there are quite a lot of Urban Fantasy attributes laced
through. With snarky dialogue,
action-oriented suspense scenes and Kitty’s crew of merry merry men, Koch
approaches the series with a UF feel.
About: Life's never easy .
The Mastermind has finally been identified, but before Jeff and Kitty Katt-
Martini can take him down,
they, their daughter Jamie, Charles Reynolds, Paul Gower, Christopher White, and
several others are
zapped out of their solar system and into another.
Landing in scattered groups on various areas of Beta Eight in the Alpha Centauri
getting the team back together will be a major issue. But it's only one of the
challenges they'll face.
Kitty and Company have to forge alliances with the wide variety of sentient
natives on the planet
while plotting to create a civil war and overthrow the king - who just may be a
clone of one of their
bitterest enemies, Ronaldo Al Dejahl.
Of course, to do this, they have to overcome an assortment of dangerous
obstacles, protect a group
of refugees, take mind reading lessons, and seek out unexpected new allies as
they journey to the
Centerpoint of the world.
And once they reach the All Seeing Mountain, new issues and surprises await.
Because there's more
than a small war going on - they're in the midst of the Alpha Centauri Civil War!
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