Friday, May 3, 2013

B.K. Walker


I would like to welcome author B.K. Walker to the blog today. She is here to offer her insights on Paranormal Romance writing.


 

Most Common Mistake in Paranormal Romance Writing



You've read Twilight right? Who hasn't? I know, that really was a silly question. How many other books have you read though, that are just too similar to Twilight?


There are so many stories out there about Werewolves, Vampires, and Witches, that it's almost terrifying to pick up another book in this genre, with these creatures as the background for the story.

Of course, we always want the love triangle, or romance, but how many times do you see a wolf fighting with a vampire over a girl - human or not?

Too many lack originality!

That's the most common mistake paranormal romance authors make. They don't stop, think about how they can make their story different and make it their own.

How can you put your own twist on an all too average story?

So many people want to dip into this genre when they begin their writing, but so much has been covered, that it gets old, the same old, same old, way to fast. People do not want the expected, the predictable, the well-known ending!

They want to be scared, surprised, tortured because they can't guess the ending or shocked by the unexpected twists and turns you've created.

Think about that when you pick up your pen to start writing your next great novel about the Vampire that's 3,000 years old fighting for the girl he's been waiting centuries to find.

The key is tension. I have to tell you, that every book I read lately, lacks the tension. The build up of the scene before the climax, they make my skin crawl and can't wait to turn the page to find out what happens next kind of tension!

I love to be surprised. I love to feel the characters emotions. I love to guess what happens next, only to find a surprising twist I never saw coming!

How can you make that one difference in the PNR world?

Read books in the genre you want to write. Get an idea of what's hot, what's working, and get your creative juices flowing.

Don't worry about how your style may end up like that of the author you just read, you will develop your own style, your signature style that people will recognize. You can fix it while editing, just write that story.

How are you going to make it different?

Let me ask you this...

What is it that you hate most about PNR or Urban Fantasy novels? Do you fear to read the newest release in this genre?


About B.K. Walker:

Jack of all trades, master of none. B.K. Walker is first and foremost a mother and wife. With three beautiful children and a wonderful husband, she enjoys her days living on their farm in Eastern Pennsylvania. When she's not writing, she manages her time organizing virtual book tours for other authors at the Virtual Book Tour Café, and helping her husband as a consultant in their jointly owned business. Putting most of her time into research, B.K. is always seeking the most effective ways to market and promote books and business alike. Art is a secondary love, and you may often find her sketches popping up on one of her blogs, or simply catch her reading the magic created in the pages of a great novel. Who knows, it just may be yours.  http://www.bkwalkerbooks.com



Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Publisher: BK Walker Books
Release Date: July 2, 2011
Cover Designer: Pit Vixen Designs
Available on Amazon

Book Description:

Vampire twins - one wants to love you, the other wants your blood.

A Werewolf - vows to protect you. Magic - stirs within you.

Imagine if Maggie Steifvater, Stephanie Meyer, and Laurell K. Hamilton sat down together to write a fast paced, steamy, paranormal romance full of thrilling twists and turns, featuring thirsty vampires and sexy werewolves.

That's Night Secrets, a suspenseful paranormal romance written by B.K. Walker, author of Dares And Dreams and Death Upon Me.

After Keira Crosby spends months mourning her parents' death, Jared, her best friend, is determined to get her out and moving on with her life. Night Secrets, a new club in town, has a grand opening bringing with it dark secrets of the night and magic within Keira she never knew she had.

For Corbin, Keira ignites his passion. For Dante', she ignites his thirst. It's up to Channing and his pack to keep her alive from the supernatural beings he hates most...Vampires. As the secrets of the night and Keira's heritage unfolds, her world is turned inside out. Who will be the last one standing?

Night Secrets is a fast-paced, page turning paranormal romance with the perfect supernatural mix that you can't stop reading and will leave you aching for more.



Genre: Paranormal Erotica Romance
Publisher: BK Walker Books
Release Date: December 22, 2012
Cover Designer: Pit Vixen Designs
Available on Amazon

Book Description:

Cevin Harpster is in his residency year to obtain his M.D. He's looking forward to his new life after graduation, where he will open his own practice and marry his high school sweetheart.

When Cevin suddenly starts dreaming of a beautiful woman he can't help but wonder if he may be going insane, as she seduces him night after night, taking him to heights of ecstasy he never knew he longed for. As the dreams become more frequent, his sex drive rockets and his fiance', Sam, finds Cevin's new desire for experimenting enticing, even if a bit rough, when his sexual experiences from his dreams are used on her.

Weird things continue to happen in Cevin's dreams, when he learns that this mysterious woman actually exists, and he is meant to be her mate and lead a pack of wolves he never imagined to be real.

When dreams and reality meet...someone always gets burned!


I would like to sincerely thank B.K. for her enlightening post. I hope it has been helpful to everyone! She has also made the generous offer of giving away two of her books to my readers, either from her back-list, Night Secrets, or To Love A Wolf. The first two people that comment on this post will be the winners.

Thank you for taking the time to read B.K.'s post. I hope you all enjoyed the information.



 

12 comments:

  1. Thank you for this enlightening guest post! After reading about both books I do have to say I look forward to the day I get to sit down and read them. Thank you Lucian for introducing me to a new author! :)

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    1. Congratulations! You've won a copy of one of B.K.'s books! Which would you like to receive?

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    2. Thank you for stopping in Cherree. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  2. I'm intrigued. I may just buy the book now. Thanks!

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    1. Congratulations! You've won a copy of one of B.K.'s books! Which would you like to receive?

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    2. Glad you enjoyed the post Mindy :)

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  3. Thank you Lucian for having me :)

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    1. It was my pleasure, B.K.! I hope the added exposure helped to spread the word of your work. :-)

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  4. Very cool post and so true...thanks for the awesome and much needed advice:) I wish you well with your releases!

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    1. Thank you for stopping in Michelle :)

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  5. So very true. Though you get too many that think all love triangles are Twilightish, but that plot has been around for centuries. You have to be original.

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