Authors Share The Best Paranormal Books You Need To Know About

I’ve teamed up with some amazing paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors to share the best paranormal books you need to know about. 

These are personalized recommendations of our all-time favorite paranormal reads. 

Tip: You can scroll to the bottom to see a gallery
of the books recommended in this post.


I know this will come as a shocker that my favorite one isn’t about vampires, but I absolutely loved Elementals by Michelle Madow. I don’t think I’ve ever read through a series so quickly. Normally, I’m a slow reader. But I couldn’t put it down. 

It’s about the teenage descendants of Greek gods who also have elemental magic. They have to team up to unravel an ancient prophecy and save the world. 

It’s fast-paced and filled with action and romance – everything I could want in a series. It’s a really fun read!


Submitted by L. DanversAuthor of Blood Heirs


I adore the Covencraft series by Margarita Gakis. In her world, witches are ruled by covens and not allowed to be independent of them. Most are reared within the system and have their magic honed and guided. Her MC, Jade, was born outside the system and discovers her magic as an adult. She’s forced to join the local coven, and as an independent person who has survived some pretty dark stuff, she resists this tooth and nail. But her powers are immense and she is a danger to herself and others if she doesn’t learn how to control them. Fabulous series that neatly balances dramatic action with humor. (Huh, I should go leave a review somewhere…)

McKenna Dean, Author of Snowfall

The Fever Series. It’s not only dark and sexy, it has a murder to elucidate, and the heroine changes so much along the way that she becomes almost unrecognizable. And the romance is deliciously slow-burn, which I love!


Anya J Cosgrove, Author of Lost Boy


I love the Midnight Breed series by Lara Adrian. It was my first taste of paranormal romance, and I devoured them!


Carrie Pulkinen, Author of Sweet Release


I enjoyed this PNR series: Afterlight: The Dark Ink Chronicles by author Elle Jasper.   


Sherry Soule, Author of Witchy Wickedness


My favorite is my first. I came to paranormal romance through True Blood, and while not a pure PNR, I went back to read Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and my love of vampires was born!

Cecelia Mecca, Author of The Healer’s Curse 

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According to Authors: Vampires vs. Werewolves

It's the question that keeps fans of paranormal romance up at night - which is better? Vampires or werewolves? A brave team of authors battles it out. Who will win? Keep reading to find out...

It’s an age-old question any paranormal romance or urban fantasy fan has probably spent a disproportionate amount of time thinking about…

Which is better: vampires or werewolves?

A brave team of authors is battling it out this week making their arguments for which supernatural being is the most powerful – and the most fun!

Who will win? Keep reading to find out!

Here we go…

 

I’m team vampire all the way. Yeah, the whole drinking blood and being dead thing is kind of a downer, but they’re incredibly strong and fast. They never age. And then there’s the power of compulsion…

Meanwhile, while werewolves have their perks, they typically only change during a full moon, leaving them vulnerable when in human form.

L. Danvers, Author of Blood Heirs

 

Vampires, totally. They tend to be loner symbols, living centuries without being fully a part of the eras they live through. Also they tend to be aristocratic and I like the trappings of that (elegance, beautiful old-fashioned clothes, castles). It’s kinda funny: my best friend is firmly Team Werewolf. We have an agreement: if I get bitten by a vampire, I’ll ask if she wants to be bitten, but if I get bitten by a werewolf, she *definitely* wants me to bite her, and her biting me is exactly the reverse!

Ironically, the works I currently have available are about werewolves. It could’ve been any paranormal being, but frankly I liked the title I came up with for the first one. I plan to introduce vampires to the series later, and other creatures as well.

Lilith Rosetti, Author of Werewolf Proof Fence

 

I love both! But hey, if a girl has got to choose, I’m team vampire. If I ended up with a vampire boyfriend, I’d rather have one that can go in the sunlight, though. A vampire’s bite is way sexier than being bitten by a wolf. And if I were a vampire, one thing I definitely wouldn’t do is go to high school! I’d travel the world.

Anya J Cosgrove, Author of Lost Boy

 

I’m team shifter all the way. The idea of an undead lover gives me the creeps. Give me the hot blooded primal male. I follow the shifter lore where they are born that way with the ability to shift whenever they want. It is as normal as breathing to them. I really like the wolves, but the cats have their charms. The bears are pretty cool, too. And lately I’ve discovered honey badgers. Talk about your anti-hero!

Julye Evans, Author of Tiger’s Heart: Nightfair Shifters Series

 

Woot, team VAMPIRE all the way!!

Cecelia Mecca, Author of The Healer’s Curse

 

That’s four votes for vampires and one vote for werewolves. Vampires it is!

What would YOU choose? Let us know in the comments below!

 

It's the question that keeps fans of paranormal romance up at night - which is better? Vampires or werewolves? A brave team of authors battles it out. Who will win? Keep reading to find out... It's the question that keeps fans of paranormal romance up at night - which is better? Vampires or werewolves? A brave team of authors battles it out. Who will win? Keep reading to find out...

 

 

New Release Roundup: YA Paranormal Romance

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Here’s a selection of some of the latest new releases in YA paranormal romance.

She didn’t want an Alpha,
but Destiny had other plans…

Click here to read His Mate by Anna Santos.

Everything is quiet in the magnificent halls of the Sapphire Palace but Eira is not deluded into thinking her struggles are over.

Click here to read On Wings of Doom by Ginny Clyde.

Four supposed soulmates. One persistent Light Angel. A power she can’t control.

Click here to read Hunted by the Fallen by Samantha Britt.

Nighttide has come and with it demons who prowl the darkened streets, killing those who stray from safety.

Click here to read Song of Nighttide by Megan O’Russell.

 

And don’t forget, my YA-friendly PNR book Curses and Crowns is on pre-order now for only $0.99!  You can snag the deal here.

The Perfect Cookie + The One That Needs A Name

There are two things I love: writing and cooking.

Wait, make that three: writing, cooking and eating.

I didn’t grow up in a foodie family. While there are a couple comfort food-type dishes that have been passed down, I don’t have access to a collection of timeless, tried and true family recipes. So I’ve had to search for my own.

For whatever reason, last year I decided that finding the perfect cookie was my number one mission. Why? I don’t know, exactly. It just seemed like a perfect cookie was something a mom should have.

Plus, it was an excuse to make cookies.

So I tested a bunch. Some were fine. Some were downright disgusting.  But none were memorable – at least not in a good way.

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Everything changed a week or so ago when I opened up Tiffani Thiessen’s Pull Up A Chair. Yes, she was Kelly on Saved by the Bell. And let me tell you, that lady knows how to cook.  I have yet to try a recipe from that book that hasn’t turned out amazing. Her cookbook is honestly the best cookbook I have EVER used. And I am kind of a cookbook hoarder, so that’s saying a lot.

These cookies were made using her recipe for her Sea-Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, I have to confess. I did not have sea salt on hand. Which I realize is kind of in the name. But still, even without it, these were the most perfect cookies I have ever put in my mouth.

First, they were HUGE. Like, one is enough. Second, they were a perfect consistency. They had a slight crunch to them on the outside but were soft on the inside. And, of course, they tasted amazing.

Now that you know about where to find the perfect cookie, I thought I’d share one that I invented while playing around in the kitchen. I actually got the inspiration from Pull Up A Chair’s recipes for whiskey-glazed spice nuts (seriously, it’s worth buying the cookbook just for this recipe) and shortbread cookies.

Ok, so for the cookie that still needs a name, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups butter (cold)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp whiskey
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

Directions
Using a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugars with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add the vanilla extract, flour and salt and keep mixing until incorporated. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.  Roll the dough into a flat disk, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Roll out the dough and cut out into 3-inch circles. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

 

The Pure Joy of Creating

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

Whether you’re just starting out in your creative journey or you’ve published a successful series, you probably hear the same negative self-talk:

  • What if this project I’m working on is a massive failure?
  • Am I wasting my time?
  • What will people think?

For many creatives, as much as we yearn for success and recognition, the truth is that we’d continue to pursue our passion even if we knew no one else would see it.

Because we create for the pure joy of contributing beauty to this world.

It gives us meaning and purpose.

Even after publishing a number of fiction books, some of which have done better than others (though none, as of writing this, have broken through what I’d consider successful monetarily or recognition-wise), the questions listed above come to the surface daily.

Sometimes it’s when I’m actively working on a project. Sometimes it’s when I’m planning out my quarterly goals. And sometimes it’s when I’m doing something as simple as washing the dishes.

So what drives me to keep pushing forward?

The pure joy of creating.

When I examine the gifts and talents I’ve been given, when I think of what mark I want to leave on this world, it all comes down to one thing: sharing stories.

Do you want to write a book? Learn to paint? Learn guitar? What's stopping you? Here, you'll learn how to overcome the negative self-talk and pursue your passion joyfully.

The first book I ever wrote was a tremendous flop. I spent years writing Stellix (later rebranded as Conspiracy Unleashed). It was the first major project of the sort that I’d ever taken on. I had no idea what I was doing. Honestly, I never dreamed I was even capable of writing a book, let alone finishing one. But the idea came on so fast and so strong that all I knew was that I had to get it down.

If the muse has ever taken over, you understand what I mean.

Suddenly, I found myself staying up late to write. And waking up early. And pulling out my phone and making notes to myself about character traits and plot. And making character inspiration boards…

You see, the drive to get this story down was powerful.

I could have ignored it. I could have told myself that, while it was a nice idea, I had other things to spend my time on. I could have thought to myself, “Who am I to write this down?”

But I didn’t.

I allowed the muse to come to me, and the words flowed.

Was it sunshine and rainbows? No. It was work. But it was work that filled me with purpose and passion.

The book may never hit the New York Times Bestseller List.

But that’s okay.

It will always be my favorite book because it was the book that allowed me to prove to myself that I could write. It was the book that unlocked a burning passion within me to create for the pure joy of creating.

Do you want to write a book? Learn to paint? Learn guitar? What's stopping you? Here, you'll learn how to overcome the negative self-talk and pursue your passion joyfully.

While I’ve always enjoyed writing, I don’t have a degree in creative writing or English literature. My degree is in journalism. At the time, it seemed like the more practical route. (Little did I know at the time that printed newspapers were about to become a thing of the past.) I briefly worked as a news producer, and while I loved my company and coworkers, nothing about it fulfilled me.

Early on in my writing career, I decided to view it like this: I don’t have a degree in writing and publishing books—so these early years are my learning years. These are the years to learn everything I can about my craft. These are the years to research the publishing industry, make connections and learn everything I can about what it takes to run a successful author business.

But, more than that, these are the years to create for the joy of creating.

It’s true—the more books I write, the more I learn about writing. And the stronger my writing becomes.

Will I ever be one of the great writers remembered and adored for generations to come?

Who knows?

And, quite frankly, who cares?

All I know is that this pursuit brings me happiness.

And while, yes, there are ups and downs (there is nothing more heart-wrenching for a creative than the first negative review), there is also excitement and wonder. Sometimes, I look back at the stack of books that I’ve published and just think, “Wow. I did that.”

So here’s my challenge to you: whatever you’ve been putting off, whether it’s writing a book, learning to paint, mastering the guitar, stop crumbling under the weight of the what ifs.

What if Michelangelo had talked himself out of picking up a paintbrush?

What if Mozart had been too afraid of failure to sit down at a piano?

Not only would they have never unlocked the potential within themselves, but the world would be worse off for it.

Because when you create, you are bringing beauty into the world.

You are creating something out of nothing.

Don’t sell yourself—and therefore the world—short.

Ignore the doubt.

Ignore the negative self-talk.

Do it anyway.

Go create something beautiful.

But first, tell me: what’s been holding you back from pursuing your passion? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Did you find this article helpful? If so, you can help support me as I pursue my creative passions by purchasing one of my books.

New Releases in Paranormal Romance

Here are the latest new releases in paranormal romance books. Enjoy!

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Four brothers seek one woman. Mission: revenge. Enjoy the latest paranormal romance by Shelley Munro today. #pnr #pnrbooks #paranormal romance #werewolves #werewolfbooks

Four brothers seek one woman. Mission: revenge.

Read Renee’s Mates by Shelley Munro today.

He needed a mate. She wanted a fling. Enjoy paranormal romance? Check out Icing on His Mate by Michelle Ziegler today! #pnr #pnrbooks #paranormal romance #werewolves #werewolfbooks

He needed a mate. She wanted a fling.

Read Icing On His Mate by Michelle Ziegler today.

More than 20 award-winning and bestselling authors have come together to curate this bewitching boxed set collection of the best PARANORMAL ROMANCE and URBAN FANTASY books in the genre, each brimming with stories of royal magic. Enjoy this multi-author bundle of paranormal romance and urban fantasy titles today. #witches #booksaboutroyalty #witchlit #paranormalromance #pnr #pnrbooks #urbanfantasy

Willful witches, supernatural sorcerers, cruel queens, and powerful priestesses fall out of favor and rise to rule in this highly sought-after collection of spellbinding stories!

Grab this multi-author box set including a story from Tanya Dawson today!

A newborn witch is hunted for her blood. Two smoking-hot brothers teach her how to survive. Can she unravel their dark secrets? Read Shadow Walker by Anya Cosgrove today! #witchlit #booksaboutwitches #pnr #paranormalromance #paranormalromancebooks

A newborn witch is hunted for her blood. Two smoking-hot brothers teach her how to survive. Can she unravel their dark secrets?

Read Shadow Walker by Anya J. Cosgrove today!

A cut-throat competition. A romance to die for. Grab your copy of Curses and Crowns (Vampires of Crescent Cape Book 1) today! #paranormalromance #pnrbooks #yabooks #yapnr #vampire books

A cut-throat competition.
A romance to die for.

Grab Curses and Crowns by L. Danvers today!

Top Gift Ideas for Readers According to Authors

Looking for some fun gift ideas for the avid readers in your life?

Good news. You’ve come to the right place.

I’ve teamed up with some fellow authors to share our picks for the perfect gifts (in a variety of price ranges!) for readers to cozy up with. The only other thing they’ll need is a great book.

Without further ado, here is our roundup of the top gift ideas for readers:

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Huhuhero Fineliner Color Pen Set

These color pens are perfect for bullet journaling, coloring and notetaking in general. At just $6.98, they come in a 10-pack of vivid colors.  They write smoothly and are just plain fun!

Product suggested by L. Danvers, YA Paranormal Romance Author

Literary Candles

Have you ever seen anything so adorable? These bookish candles feature custom scents designed to evoke fond memories of your favorite literary tales – from Sherlock Holmes to Jane Eyre. Sixteen bucks for a gift your loved one will rave about? Yes, please!

Product suggested by Cecelia Mecca, Paranormal Romance Author

Long Distance Friendship Lamp

This gift is on the high end, price wise, but as I have several loved ones who live far away, I love the idea behind it and it seems like a lovely way to touch their heart!

Product suggested by D.M. Marlowe, Paranormal Romance Author

I Love Reading Fleece Luxury Blanket

Know an avid reader who simply wants to snuggle up with a good book and be left alone? Then this blanket is sure to make them smile. (Mental note to self: do not mess with L.G. Castillo when she’s reading.)

Product suggested by L.G. Castillo, Paranormal Romance Author

Mismatched Fingerless Mittens

Keeping your hands warm doesn’t have to be boring. These fingerless gloves are colorful with a bit of whimsy. Perfect for long winter nights.

Product suggested by Beth Caudill, Paranormal Romance Author

Aqua Love Notes Waterproof Notepad

Since I do all my best thinking in the shower…

Product suggested by Shelley Munro, Paranormal Romance Author

 

We hope you found this list helpful. We’d love to know – are any of these products on your Christmas wish list this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Paranormal Romance Holiday Giveaway

Paranormal Romance Books

Looking for your next favorite read?

I’ve teamed up with some fabulous authors to give away a selection of FREE paranormal romance books through December 15, 2018.

Whether you’re into vampires, shifters or witches, you’re sure to find something to sink your teeth into. Just CLICK HERE.

While you’re there, make sure to grab a copy of my book Blood Heirs. It’s the short origin story to Vampires of Crescent Cape – and trust me when I say you do NOT want to miss it.

Here’s the link one more time: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/6MC07bl9W2xNH8gt0WjM

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Writers

I have a big family, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to think of gift ideas for everyone. When I’m strapped for ideas, I usually just go to Pinterest and type in “gift ideas for…” and put in some descriptor that’s relevant for that person.

Perhaps that’s how you stumbled on this post…

If you have a loved one who is a writer (or if you’re a writer yourself and are looking for fun things to put on your own wish list), then look no further. This list has a variety of gift ideas in a wide range of price points.

Please note that these are affiliate links, which means I get a small percentage if you click through and make a purchase – at no additional cost to you!

Leuchtturm Hardcover Medium A5 Dotted Notebook

If you’ve heard about bullet journaling, then you’ve probably heard people rave about these notebooks. They are perfect for diaries and making notes. And they look cute, too!

Journal Planner Pens 

I own this set, and while I LOVE them, I will warn you that they do tend to bleed through to the other side of the page I’m writing on. Personally, I don’t care. But you’ve been warned. 🙂

The Healthy Writer

If you’re a writer and you haven’t been listening to Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn Podcast), stop what you’re doing and go subscribe. She is a wealth of information about the publishing industry.

Anyway… Now that that’s out of the way, this book is all about how writers can take care of themselves so that they can sustain lasting careers.

Tilting Sit-Stand Computer Desk 

On that same note, one thing writers are really bad about is sitting all day long. If you have a loved one who is in front of a screen all day, consider investing in a standing desk for them. Their back will thank you.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Another issue writers struggle with is hand and eye strain. This dictation software allows you to transcribe voice recordings into text. It takes a little while to train your brain how to write through speaking rather than typing, but it can be a big time saver as well as give your hands a break.

2018 Dell Inspiron 

If you’re the type of person who goes all out for gifts, consider gifting the writer in your life with a brand new computer. I use the Dell Inspiron and am quite happy with it.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft 

This is a must-read for any writer. If you’re shopping for someone who is just getting into pursuing their passion for the written word, grab this book for them. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Shakespearean Insult Bandages 

And finally, how can you resist bandages with Shakespearean insults on them?

New Releases in Paranormal Romance

I am on a major PNR book kick right now, and I can’t seem to devour paranormal romances fast enough – especially if they involve vampires.

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Some of the latest books I’ve enjoyed are The Vampire Wish, V Games and A Shade of Vampire.

If you’re like me, you’re constantly on the prowl for new books in the genre. So I’ve made things easy for you.

Enjoy this roundup of new releases in paranormal romance.

(FYI – these include titles from the broad genre and are not necessarily YA-friendly. Be sure to check the book descriptions for yourself!)

Three Lykos shifters swore to protect Havana.
But who will protect them from her?
READ CLAIMING HER MATES

You can’t change evil…
READ THE TOWER

The story continues. Who is Taylor really? Will Katrina find out what Gage really is? How will she deal with her feelings for Tony and what kind of danger will the next series of Tarot Readings hold?
READ THE QUEEN OF SWORDS

With both of them snowed in at the farm, a series of increasingly serious accidents draws Sarah and Casey closer together, but they each harbor secrets that might tear them apart.
READ GHOST OF A CHANCE

You never forget your first wolf.
READ TRUST THE WOLF.

 

That rounds out the list of new releases. And if you’re still searching for something to sink your teeth into, you might enjoy my book Curses and Crowns. You can start the series with the free prequel, Blood Heirs, here.

A cut-throat competition.
A romance to die for.
READ CURSES AND CROWNS