“Some Flowers Thrive Better in the Dark.” I love this tagline because, just like the beautiful but deadly Belladonna nightshade plant, this perfectly describes my heroines in this series, ordinary women with dark pasts who are recruited to join Belladonna, a black ops organization that hunts vampire criminals.
In Turned readers will meet Ty Duncan, a sexy newly turned vampire struggling with the loss of his humanity, and Ana Martin, a former gang member who has yet to accept she is both good and worth of love.
Paranormal Romance Rocks!
The term “paranormal” was coined way back in 1915 for experiences that lie outside the range of normal experience and scientific explanation. Today, Merriam-Webster defines paranormal as very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world. In the romance community, the word paranormal awakens thoughts of vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies and much more. The challenge of any writer of paranormal romance is giving readers the same but different. Same excitement and emotional catharsis. Unique plot and characters. But then again, this is the task for any writer, whether she writes contemporary, paranormal or suspense.
I have a strong preference for romance heroes with fangs. Vampires are often considered the “bad boy” in the paranormal community. The night is their playground. They are strong, fearsome creatures known for giving into their baser instincts. In addition, they are usually at the top of the food chain—powerful creatures with the ability to the persuade others and defeat their opponents. It’s for this reason that vamps make such great romance heroes—I love it when an alpha vampire used to being in charge is thrown for a loop when the right woman comes along. Who doesn’t love a story in which the beauty and character of a good woman has the power to bring an alpha male to his knees?!
I read my first paranormal romance in…well let’s just say it was a wee bit ago. For some reason, I had a harder time admitting my fancy for vampires than I did my obsession with romance novels. After all, a girl who loves romance and HEAs? Fine. A girl that loves those things with some blood and gore and fantasy? Some people just don’t get it. But good thing I’m pretty independent and while I care about people and love nurturing others, I’m not big on depriving myself based on the whim of others. Plus, these days, you can find vampires in movies, television and novels, and even better, romance and sex is often thrown into the mix.
I love mixing the world of the paranormal with the complexities and conflicts of the human world. In my upcoming novel Turned, the hero Ty Duncan was savagely turned into a vampire and now he must deal with his newer, darker instincts. During Ty’s turning process he has struggled to hold onto his humanity. There are times when he’s not unsuccessful. Still, Ty must convince my heroine Ana Martin to join the Belladonna Agency, a black ops organization that hunts vampire criminals. Ana is a human with a sordid past she is attempting to overcome. Together, she and Ty will go up against a formidable foe, but their biggest challenges will be learning to forgive and love themselves.
The Belladonna Agency is a bit of a spin on Charlie’s Angels. Four women whose lives are all affected by a horrible event find themselves allies and eventually warriors. I wanted my heroes and heroines to be powerful whether they were vampires or humans. Ana can curse and fight with the best of them. She uses not only her physical strength but her strength of mind as well. As a former gang member, she is an unusual heroine but that is part of what makes her special—like Ty, she knows what it feels like to live within a community even as she can never quite fit in. When Ana and Ty use their individual skills they become a formidable pair—and discover a love that will last an eternity. I hope you’ll look into how this unlikely pair battles their enemies and their lust for each other in Turned, releasing April 1, 2014.
Books in the Belladonna Agency series in the order they should be read:
About Virna Depaul
“Virna DePaul is a USAToday and New York Times bestselling author of steamy, suspenseful fiction. Whether its vampires, a Para-Ops team, hot cops or swoon-worthy identical twin brothers, her stories center around complex individuals willing to overcome incredible odds for love. Bedding The Wrong Brother is a #1 Bestselling Contemporary Romance, and is followed by Bedding The Bad Boy. Her PNR series with Random House launches on April 1, 2014 with Turned.”
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