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Giveaway (Us/Int): Jean Murray chats about dark Horror Romance… will it stick?

Giveaway (Us/Int): Jean Murray chats about dark Horror Romance… will it stick?

by davincikittieApril 6, 2012

No Bones About It…

As an author, I’m always fascinated watching the evolution of the paranormal genre. Vampires continue to draw a crowd, despite those naysayers that boast they’re yesterday’s news. One thing I do agree with is that they are evolving along with the genre. Young adult has exploded onto the scene in various paranormal forms, challenging the traditional traits. For adults, there has been a shift to darker topics. Zombies, demons… Would you’ve ever guess there would be such a thing as Horror Romance?

The trends in publications are not much different from what we see on TV. Popular shows, such as in The Walking Dead, True Blood, and The River, come to mind. Dark paranormal and horror have made it to prime time. If only the producers would make a movie or series based on three sisters, a key, a curse, and gods of the underworld I would be one happy woman (all wishful thinking on this author’s part 🙂 ). **sighing**

But truly, I’m anxious to see where this world of dark themed romance is heading. What will readers want in the next two, five or even seven years? How will the romance community change and grow with the likes and desires of its readers?

On a personal note, I love to read and write dark paranormal romance with a touch an urban fantasy mixed in. It gives me the action and adventure of urban fantasy and the supernatural love story that I adore. I want the roller coaster ride of emotion and sometimes the only way to get there is to take the characters to a very dark place. With everything stripped away I can see or create a side to their soul that is begging to be saved. Some of my favorite authors- JR Ward, Lara Adrian, Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione. I love their work.

So, I pose the questions…
What do you think of the evolution of the paranormal genre?
Do you think Horror romance will make it?
And, what would you like to see?

Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore. 

Lilly, fearless commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only thing standing in the way of the goddess’ undead army unleashing hell on earth. But Lilly has a secret—one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.

About the author…

Jean Murray was born and raised in a small town on the east coast. In her pursuit of a nursing degree, she aspired to see the world and joined the Navy. One of the benefits of her membership in the Armed Forces, she has had the opportunity to travel and live in different parts of the world and the United States. Her travels abroad have given her the opportunity to experience different cultures. It inspired her to delve into Ancient Egyptian myths and legends for her debut novel, Soul Reborn, book 1 in the Key to the Cursed series from Crescent Moon Press, now available.

Find the author:

Key to the Cursed Series: Three sisters and their fated mates, Gods of the Underworld, on a journey of love, redemption and war.
Soul Reborn ~ available in all formats (buy Kindle herebuy paperback here)
Soul Awakened ~ Summer 2012
Soul Unleashed ~ Winter 2012


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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • April 6, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Thanks, GT for having me over today.

    I just wanted to add that the World Horror Con just finished up April 1st. The guest of honor???

    Sherrilyn Kenyon

    The Romance community was well represented at this conference with several authors in attendance.

    The worlds-a-changing 🙂


  • April 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Jean, I’ll continue writing dark for a while, probably because of Prime Time and a deep passion for fright. 🙂 Great post!!!

    • April 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Rachel.

      I’m with you. We must be of the same blood. There is just something so fascinating about delving into the dark parts of ourselves/characters (fraught with conflict /story potential). Although, I will admit to hiding behind a pillow watching a good horror flick or not being able to sleep after a scary novel. Funny how I keep going back for more.


  • April 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I became a heavy reader when my mother allowed me to read her Stephen King books. I was 12. I’ve always loved horror. Don’t even get me started on zombie apocalypse. LOVE IT!

    I didn’t start reading romance until I was in my late 20’s. I LOVE the dark paranormal romances. The darker the better for me. I think vamps are getting a bit over done, but I love to see some of the unique twists authors are putting on their brand of vamp. Anytime I find something unique and vastly different from the rest I have a squee moment. I read…ALOT. So new & interesting things are always an awesome find for me.

    Not entering the giveaway.

    • April 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Vanessa.

      So glad you stopped over. Hope you are enjoying Soul Reborn 🙂 It has its fill of zombies/revens. I read tons of Dean Koontz when I was younger, but now I like a little romance in my scary plot.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  • Linda Thum
    April 6, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I’m not a big fan of horror – i’m a big chicken. But everyone has their own taste & preference. Guess as long as there is a good storyline & a HEA no one is going to complain … much!

    • April 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Linda.

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m a chicken too (just ask my husband). Although Soul Reborn has revens, it focuses on the sisters journey. I hope you give it a try.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  • April 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I am a BIG dark UF/PNR fan. I like to have a nice mix of the two. I think it is here to stay because of the emotional extremes you can experience. I am not sure what I would like to see that has already been covered. I just love it when two worlds collide, be they human/supernatural or vamp/shifter or immortal/fae or a combo of all of them 🙂 I don’t need a HEA, just a Happy for now till the next book in the series. BUT I don’t want a soap opera either. There has to be a kick ass story/mystery/thriller aspect for each book.

    • April 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm


      The one area I still need to read is a Fae storyline. I have a few on my TBR, but can’t seem to read fast enough. I like that authors have mixed the mythological worlds. I think it better represent our own diverse culture, adding depth to the characters and conflict. I also enjoy that the hero/heroines are facing real problems that are tangible to us.

      Looks as if our TBR list would be almost identical 🙂 I think you would really enjoy Soul Reborn. Hope you win.


  • Denise Z
    April 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I am loving the evolution of the genre. I really enjoy kick ### action and strong female and male characters, which I think this evolution has given birth to. No longer is is just the unassuming good guy have to save the day, but we can have a whole crew ! I think horror romance will make it because, no matter what the current trend there is always a yearning for romance and romance junkies will still like the thrill of the goose bimbles with a good spooky story. I guess where I would like to see this go is illustrated in above, but to go a step further – I want good writing, not just a formula that says the same story (we have all seen this happen often in a popular market), I want strong characters, and I want to like them even if they are not always the good guy. This is my top priority in a really excellent read. Thanks for sharing today, I loved the trailer 🙂

    • April 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm


      You summed it up perfectly. I couldn’t agree more. The fact that you can have a strong female save the day and often working in concert with the hero, just rocks! The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a good of example of a “crew” of characters with strong ties working toward a common goal.

      And you’re right, the most important part (no matter what the genre- horror to light) is the story behind the characters.

      Glad you liked the booktrailer. I loved putting it together.

      Thanks for hanging out and sharing your thoughts.


  • April 6, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Great post, Jean. I agree with your assessment of the direction of dark paranormal/urban fantasy/horror. I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  • June
    April 7, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I always loved horror movies, and since I love romance books I think the idea of them is great. If most people are like me, depending on their mood at the time, they might want either something light and funny or something darker and more intense. I do think that darker stories are becoming more popular, or maybe it is just that more are being released & talked about. I have noticed especially more in the dark erotic romances.

    • June
      April 7, 2012 at 12:44 am

      To add to my first post, I have many of the same fave authors. I think those more intense authors of paranormal & urban fantasy romances are very popular and gaining even more fans each year. I think this will continue as people move from the norm/mainstream and as more of the youth move from YA to adult books when they are grown.

      • April 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        Hi June.

        I think in the blend between horror and romance, we will see a lot of base emotions. When your life is in danger or you have a monster chasing you, all the little bothersome things fall away and you make most of the time you have left. LOL. Very raw! It would set the scene for “reconciliation” or even bloom new love.

        I would love to read a dark erotic. Any suggestions?


  • April 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I think sex and horror go well together. Both can be visceral and raw, and there’s an intensity about them that is appealing. I’m generally not a fan of being scared or feeling less than happy – I read books for entertainment, so if it’s going to give me nightmares, it’s not entertainment! Hah! That said, I really enjoyed the early Anita Blake books, despite their vivid, often gory, crime scene depictions. It probably helps that she has a harem of hot men. *wink*

    Will the horror/paranormal evolution continue? Probably. As disgusting as I find zombies, the rest of america seems to be infatuated with them. =P

    Thanks so much, Jean, for sharing and chatting with us these last few days, and for the generous giveaway! <3

    • April 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you so much for having me here today. What a great site!

      I also need a HEA. A feel good ending. I think that is why I like the romance piece mixed in. I want the hero and heroine to fall madly in love, but they need to work for it.

      Zombie love– I have a hard time imagining that one, but a talented author might be able to make it work. Thankfully, my revens are the backdrop to the story and saveable.

      Again, thank you for this opportunity. I’m having a blast.


  • April 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I must admit, when we’re talking dark, I lean toward dark gothic Paranormal myself. I always think first, though of authors like Poe, and J. Sheridan LeFanu and the old schoolers like that. 🙂 I don’t get the fascination for zombies in romance though…That would take a little more getting use to but ghost, goblins, and Stoker-like vampires. Yeah I could go for that. :0

    • April 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Julianne.

      So glad to see you here. I think there is something to be said about the more traditional versions of myths. I know the trend right now is to find something different or twist the tales. Authors are being pressured to find something unique and as a result we get farther from the origins of the myths themselves. It will be interesting to see what characters develop out of horror romance.

      When I think of horror, I think of Freddy Krueger, Jason, vampires (villian). I imagine similar characters will be the backstory and the hero/heroines fighting against these creatures. Although, it would be pretty funny seeing Jason find his mate. LOL.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


  • bn100
    April 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    1. I think there are a lot of interesting stories and a wide range of books to read.
    2. Yes, there’s a genre for everyone.
    3. I’d like to see more books written.

  • April 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Congratulations to Denise Z (ebook of Soul Reborn) and June M (tote bag) for winning the giveaways from Jean!

    Thank you to Jean for visiting with us, and for the generous giveaways, and to all of you for participating! <3

  • April 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I had an awesome time.

    Congratulations to Denise and June.

    Jean Murray

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