*"Dignity" by New Politics plays*
My name is Jaz Primo, and I'm an urban fantasy and paranormal romance author. Ta-da!
What? No fanfare? Not even a small golf clap?
Meh. Okay, so you were expecting Stephen King, perhaps? Aw, well, glad to be here on Bookmark Your Thoughts nonetheless. I'm the author of the first vampire novel in the Sunset
Series titled Sunrise at Sunset. It's a novel destined to revolutionize modern paranormal literature as we know it, as well as surpass the popularity of leading vampire novels in the marketplace.
*rolling my eyes heavenwards* Hey, dream big, I always say!
Please permit me to present the teaser from the novel's back cover:
“We vampires are focused and tend to shape our own realities.”
My name is Katrina Rawlings, and I am a vampire. I declare that with neither pride nor ego. I am simply nature’s most dangerous predator. On occasion, it’s a very valuable quality. It helped me
protect Caleb Taylor one day when he was very young. But that single, traumatic day is behind him now; wiped from his memory, or so I hope.
Caleb has finally matured into a rather striking young man, and believe me, I like what I see.
I’ll readily admit that there are issues for us to confront and overcome, though a sense of mutual commitment isn’t one of them. I’m feeling hopeful for our future together, in fact. But an
adversary from my past has returned to haunt me, and she’s trying to get back at me through Caleb. That was her first...and last...mistake. I’ll protect my Caleb at all costs, and I’ll make her
regret the day she was born.
So, I suppose that I’m not just a vampire. I’m about to become someone’s worst nightmare!
How'd that sound? If you like that, you should see the book trailer for it. Check it out on YouTube or my website at www.jazprimo.com, and I think you'll enjoy it.
But enough of that...moving on!
*"Ultraviolet Light" by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals plays*
Has anyone noticed the change in the presentation of the vampire that has so revolutionized them in present-day society? It wasn't long ago that they were terrifying, evil creatures of lore who
preyed upon the innocent. Oh, sure, they've always walked the tantalizing line of erotica, but one aspect has was uniformly standard: They're evil, undead creatures who must be destroyed in
order to cleanse the world of their taint. (Stake through the heart, anyone?)
So, what happened along the way? Some might claim that Twilight changed everything with sparkling vampires who guilt-laden and courting a save-the-humans approach. However, they would be mistaken! The Vampire Diaries came along well before Twilight. The handsome vampire Stefan was already riding that bandwagon by the time sparkly Edward came along.
Indeed, some may argue that Anne Rice's vampires from the 1990s, principally the vampire Louis Pointe du Lac, heralded the inception of the "kinder and more humane" vampire psychology. Granted, the "Have you hugged your vampire today?" bumper stickers came later...
However, to me, the discussion should naturally turn from one of precisely determining the timeline for the change in modern vampire literature to examining "why." What was it in the social psyche of vampire-loving readers that caused them to want a gentler, more huggable, vampire? I believe that a rise in the population of two genres of readers was the primary catalyst for the acceptance, and skyrocketing growth, of this new character development. The first is the Young Adult (YA) genre. Millions of teen readers (and their Moms...okay, and some Dads) with visions of youthful romance dancing before their eyes sought an inner, often hidden, innocence
in the creatures who bumped in the night. The second noteworthy genre is the die-hard Romance category. The Romance genre exploded with a sudden interest in the paranormal over the past
decade, including a penchant for vampires. This passionate group of readers not only sought the hidden innocence of former antagonist character types, but also wanted to experience them actually "bumping and grinding" in the night! *giggle*
*"Original Sin" by Geographer plays*
I'd like to take a moment to point out a fact: During the past few years of our "great recession" the only two genres that maintained their strength of sales, in fact growing during this dire
economic time, were the YA and Romance genres! These two monumental genres, who are strongly guiding Hollywood's release of films related to their favorite novels for the foreseeable future, are the reason for this wonderful development in the pro-antagonist slant on formerly forbidden fruit. So, you can well imagine that, much like the stock market, once something appears to be selling there will be thousands of additional entrants into the foray all hoping to grab their share of the treasure. Hence, nearly daily and certainly weekly, new novels are released examining the formerly hidden humanity of yet another mystical, paranormal, or otherworldly being or presence. And while many, including new authors in this realm, fear a saturation of the marketplace, I suggest that the tide is still strong enough to sustain new entrants
onto the field.
At least, I really hope so for my sake.
*clearing my throat*
Well, it appears by the clock on the wall that my time with you must come to a close. I've enjoyed our little chat. A big thanks to Natasha for granting me the opportunity to meet you!
Hopefully, you'll consider me in your upcoming book purchases. My novel is available in trade paperback and most eBook formats. And please look me up in Facebook or Twitter, or merely send me an email at [email protected] because I'd love to hear from you!
I now return you to your regularly-scheduled episode of "Bookmark Your Thoughts".
Check out Jaz's website HERE.