I’m in the unique and oh-so-lucky position of being a critique partner for paranormal romance author Tiffany Allee, so I got to read Lycan Unleashed, the latest in her Otherworlder novella series, a long time ago. I adore Astrid and Mason and can’t wait for other readers to fall in love with them as well.
Detective Astrid Holmes is a sensitive, a human capable of feeling the energy of otherworlders. When she is dispatched to the horrific murder scene of a local vampire, she expects it to be just another day on the job. But when evidence is stolen on her watch, she is removed—not only from the investigation, but from her job as a member of the Chicago police department’s paranormal unit.
Astrid’s only hope of reinstatement lies with her ex co-worker and almost-lover, Lycan Mason Sanderson. But convincing the OWEA agent to let her assist with the investigation isn’t nearly as difficult as staying alive when the murderer realizes that Astrid may hold the key to unlocking his identity.
Fighting to take down a killer could have deadly consequences for Astrid and Mason, but working together puts their already fragile relationship in jeopardy.
I love the explosion of cross-genre romance. There are so many possibilities and quite a lot of freedom in bending familiar tropes. What are your favorite aspects of writing these types of stories?
First of all, thank you so much for having me here!
Cross-genre romance is such a wonderful phenomenon. My favorite part is that I get to entertain myself by blending the types of stories that I enjoy, in a way that hopefully makes the story interesting to readers across genres. It keeps it interesting for me anyway!
I love romance. I love urban fantasy. I love mystery and horror. Blending these elements together into a balanced story is tricky! Sooo tricky. But, I enjoy the challenge inherent in getting it all to come together for stories that (I hope) satisfy readers on a couple of different levels.
Your first series with Entangled, From the Files of the Otherworlder Agency, is paranormal romance. But each story also revolves around an intricate mystery. Is it difficult to balance the mystery with the romance, or does the plot help to facilitate it?
Like I mentioned in the last question, blending elements is difficult. And it’s especially tough to have characters fall in love in a convincing way, while solving a mystery and fighting for their lives.
But you’re also correct in saying the mystery plot helps to facilitate the romance to a certain extent as well. Striving to solve the mystery and bring the bad guys to justice is what keeps the characters in close contact during each of the books. This close contact allows romance to blossom. Or explode. Whatever.
I do appreciate a nice blossoming explosion of romance.
On the spot time! What are a few of your favorite lines that you’ve written?
This was a tough question. I decided to pick one line from each of the OWEA books, and hopefully they’re entertaining outside of the context of the story. And I love dialogue, so these are a little dialogue heavy.
From Banshee Charmer, said by the male main character, Aidan:
“I’m a sex god. That’s my special power.”
From Succubus Lost, said by my heroine to the hero, Costa:
“Sorry that your pyromaniacism is so limited.”
And from my new release, Lycan Unleashed (okay, totally cheated and chose two):
“It suddenly struck me that I might not be the only one who still thought about that kiss.”
“Lo and behold, even old vampires used Outlook.”
The Outlook line totally cracked me up!
You’ve written some memorably steamy scenes, so I have to ask: do you discuss these with your spouse? Do you let him read them?
Nooooooo! Oh, excuse me. No. I don’t discuss them nor do I let him read them.
Let’s just say I let him read one of my first stories—which included my very first sex scene—and for days after he’d sing-song, “Panties, panties, panties!” And he still does it anytime anything close to sex scenes are mentioned. I’m not sure which of us is more scarred at this point.
One of us will need to grow up before I let him read another. 😉
I’m guessing this isn’t something we should hold our breath on. You’ve been crazy busy this last year. What can we expect to see next from you?
Whew! It has been a busy year. Next out will be my light paranormal romance novel about a vampire stuck on a cruise ship with his far-too-sexy neighbor for her sister’s wedding, called Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid. It will be released early this year from Entangled Publishing’s Covet imprint.
The fourth book of the From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series is scheduled for June, 2013. And expect to see a romantic suspense novel from me before the end of the year!
I can’t wait! Thanks so much for stopping by, Tiffany.
Tiffany has graciously offered a giveaway of an e-book copy of either Banshee Charmer or Succubus Lost to one lucky commenter. I’ll draw the winner on 1/28/13, and announce the winner here and on twitter!
About the Author
CPA-turned-romance-author Tiffany Allee used to battle spreadsheets in Corporate America, and now concentrates on her characters’ battles to find love. Raised in small-town Colorado, Tiffany currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver. She is happily married to a secret romantic who tolerates her crazy mutterings.
She writes about ass-kicking heroines and the strong heroes who love them. Her work includes the suspense-driven From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series which revolves around a group of paranormal cops solving crimes and finding love, and Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, a lighthearted paranormal romance (2013, Entangled Publishing).
Tiffany has an MBA in accounting and nearly a decade of experience in corporate finance. All super useful stuff for a writer who spends far too much time trying to figure out fun ways to keep her characters apart, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books—of course!).