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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hump day with Dreamspinners Press's JP Barnaby

 A Paranormal Post from a Non-paranormal Author

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t write, and generally don’t read Paranormal books. In fact, in the non-m/m world, I like books from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child over someone like Dean Koontz because while sometimes farfetched, the weird things that happen are at least plausible. The books I hate most are the ones where you get to the end and it falls into the category of “aliens did it”.

I have written one story, which could be considered Paranormal – it’s a very short little story for a Halloween celebration at Dreamspinner about a man whose lover, a first responder, was killed in an explosion. The lover comes back for just one night to comfort the man who is seriously considering following the man he can’t live without into death.

Haunted by JP Barnaby

But, since I don’t write Paranormal, I’d like to talk about a few authors who write amazing books with those themes:

Jordan Castillo Price is the undisputed queen of Paranormal, at least for me. I met Jordan at GRL last year, and she was such a sweet and wonderful woman. I moderated her reading spotlight, listened to her read a bit of Victor Bayne from PsyCop, and then went back to my room and bought the series. I wasn’t disappointed. She has an amazing grasp of world building and character development that sucks you right in to the story.  Definitely five star reads.

Once upon a time if you told doctors you heard voices, they'd diagnose you as schizophrenic, put you on heavy drugs, and lock you away in a cozy state institution to keep you from hurting yourself or others.
Nowadays they test you first to see if you're psychic.

 The PsyCop series by Jordan Castillo Price features frazzled psychic medium Victor Bayne and his smokin'-hot boyfriend, Jacob Marks. Fifteen years ago, Victor studied at Heliotrope Station, one of the original residential psychic training programs in the U.S. The only thing he learned in that facility was how to be a better liar.

Now he's part of an elite PsyCop unit. Solving murders should be a snap when you can talk to the deceased. But since no one's ever given him a lucky break when they were alive, why would they start now?

Among the Living (PsyCop 1)
Criss Cross (PsyCop 2)
Body & Soul (PsyCop 3)
Secrets (PsyCop 4)
Camp Hell (PsyCop 5)
GhosTV (PsyCop #6)
Spook Squad (PsyCop #7)

Short Stories:
1.1       – Thaw
2.1 – Striking Sparks
2.2 – Many Happy Returns
2.3 – Mind Reader
3.1 – Stroke of Midnight
6.1 – In the Dark

And conveniently – you can find all of these books on the PsyCop website.

Diana Copland - Another Paranormal that I really liked was Diana Copland’s A Reason to Believe. I like this story because the author made me believe that it could actually happen. I don’t discount the existence of ghosts, but give me something I can sink my teeth into for the realm of possibility.
Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core--and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.
Haunted by the lingering spirit of the little girl, Kiernan is compelled to aid in the search for her killer. The chance to get closer to the enigmatic Matt is an unexpected bonus. Although Kiernan's been betrayed by people who turned out to be more interested in his fame than in himself, with Matt he's willing to risk his heart. As the two men grow closer, Kiernan helps Matt rediscover that life offers no guarantees--but love offers a reason to believe...

Rowan Speedwell - Since none of my recommendation lists would be complete with Rowan Speedwell, whom I adore, I’ll also tell you about a little novella she has out called Ghosts of Bourbon Street, inspired by our weekend there for the very first GRL. I had the absolute pleasure to beta this book (as I am honored to do with so many of her books). (With amazing and beautiful cover designer Jared Rackler). It’s a fun little romp between a dancer and bar owner.
New Orleans bartender Paul isn't looking for love, but it seems something in the bar has other ideas.
As a bartender at his family's gay New Orleans bar, Paul Thibodeaux finds it easy to pick up guys. Too easy---he drifts from one encounter to the next. He's drifting through life, too. He barely even notices the naked guys dancing on the bar in front of him. When his friends challenge him, he has to admit he never looks higher than their knees. But then one night, he does. He's not sure what to make of Michael, the dancer who catches his eye, but something in Jean-Thom's old building seems to have an opinion about him, and the evening he finds Michael someplace he shouldn't be is going to change his life...

Abi Roux - The last paranormal I want to recommend is Abigail Roux’s The Gravedigger’s Brawl. I got this book during the first round of the Rainbow Awards last year where I judged. It wasn’t the paranormal aspect of the book that drew my attention, but the cover, characters, and setting are amazing.
Dr. Wyatt Case is never happier than when he’s walking the halls of his history museum. Playing wingman for his best friend at Gravedigger’s Tavern throws him way out of his comfort zone, but not as much as the eccentric man behind the bar, Ash Lucroix.
Ash is everything Wyatt doesn’t understand: exuberant, quirky, and elbow deep in a Gaslight lifestyle that weaves history into everyday life. He coordinates his suspenders with his tongue rings. Within hours, Wyatt and Ash are hooked.
But strange things are afoot at Gravedigger’s, and after a knock to the head, Ash starts seeing things that can’t be explained by old appliances or faulty wiring. Soon everyone at Gravedigger’s is wondering if they’re seeing ghosts, or just going crazy. The answer to that question could end more than just Wyatt and Ash’s fragile relationship—it might also end their lives.

Thanks for joining me on my little romp through the world of Paranormal. I hope you’ll give a couple of these titles a try – they’re definitely worth a spectral read.
JP Barnaby

Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.

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