Hello to everyone on a countdown day to the Romantic times Booklover’s Convention.
I’m blogger for today *waving* … so I’ll introduce myself.
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, author of paranormal romances and urban fantasy for Kensington Brava, Dorchester, Amazon Montlake, and Harlequin Nocturne. True confession right off the bat: “Paranormal” is my middle name. Everything I write comes out with a supernatural twist, no matter what I might be thinking. So I’ve been running with that and having a blast.
The reality: I have two sides, two personalities, in my writing life, with both dark and light paranormal shades. My darker side writes vampires, immortals and werewolf tales, such as my Wolf Moons series, Vampire Moons series, and 2014’s Protectors series for Nocturne. My lighter side pens quirky, silly “girlie” paranormal stories such as “Barbie and the Beast,” and “Veronica and the Vampire.” You know, the stuff we sometimes need after a long day for a breather and a laugh…
I love both sides.
And really, I just love to write. Have to write. Need to tell stories.
Ah, RT approaches. This will not be my first sojourn to the Book lover’s convention. I’m no RT virgin. This time around, I’ll be on three panels – “Say what? Let’s Talk Dialogue,” “Rx Category: the cure for your romance needs,” and “Paranormal Paramours: Can you bring him home to mother?” I’ll also be helping to host a Harlequin Soiree. I’ll be signing at the Book Faire and the Indie Expo with samples of my work, so I’m really hoping I’ll meet some of you there. If you read this blog post and see me… please say hello! Writing is about connecting, and that’s what I hope to do at RT = Meet some nice new folks. Generate some friendships. Have fun.
RT is a spectacular party for both writers and readers. My second RT experience was my favorite. As a top finalist in the RT/Dorchester/sponsored “American Title 3” contest with “Barbie and the Beast,” we finalists wore tiaras (well, there was one GUY with us, and he didn’t wear any such thing), and we got into the all the parties early. It was a rush, and we had a great time. Also, guess what? Barbie and the Beast became a book. Yay!
These days, with so many people publishing with small presses and self-publishing their own eBooks, I suppose that maybe the ratio of readers to authors will be greatly narrowed. But remember this, cuz it’s my best advice to readers: (this should be in bold strokes) Authors love to meet readers. Love it. !! Me included. If you’ve read my books, want to read my books, are willing to give my tales a try and trust that I can spook you or provide a belly laugh… or if you just want to introduce yourself = bring it on! Please. Really. I could use some new pals.
One more question to answer before I sign off. Q = Can you tell us a little about the paranormal in your books? A= sure!
The two series I wrote for Nocturne are vastly different. Wolf Moons series (Blackout, Wolf Bait, Red Wolf, Wolf Trap, Moon Marked) feature Lycans vs recent inductees into the Werewolf arena, and Werewolves vs humans in face-paced, suspense-packed stories.
My Vampire Moons series (Golden Vampire, Guardian of the Night, Night Born, Vampire Lover) features a few of the Seven Blood Knights from Arthur’s Round Table, as we meet those immortals in the current century, still keeping to their quests and meeting up with women who can, after all that time, give them a throb in quite a few of the right places. The full novels here (Golden Vampire, Guardian of the Night) are deeper stuff, dense, emotional, complex, and not for the reader who wants to breeze through a novel with lots of white space on the page. Stuff you can dig your teeth into. . .
A further hint about my work: All of my dark paranormal heroes are characters with morals and integrity. My heroines are kick-a women with plenty of suffering in their pasts that they’re attempting to outdistance.
In my lighter fare… Ah yes… there’s Barbie and Veronica… and the series that might be called “Not just another dead-end date,” because these vulnerable, girly femmes meet up with supernatural dudes who knock their socks off, and have to figure out how to cope with the term “Other.” These also are women I’d like to call friends, and who can show you a good time.
That’s me in a nutshell. Paranormal personality through and through, and proud of it. Teacher in my day job. Writer by night… Storyteller by necessity.
And I’m hoping to meet you at RT.
Please check out my website and Facebook page for more info on what I do. Show me some love if you’re so inclined. (LOL *waving again*).
Oh – and I’ll have a few goodies at the Book Faire and Expo for those who read this blog post and tell me so there. Glow in the Dark fangs, anyone? (You can scare people in the hallways). And maybe a chance to win a really cool werewolf bracelet? Not bribes to say howdy, exactly, more like peace offerings from me to you.
Have to signing off for now. Characters are calling to me. My Muse is signing at the top of her lungs, and hates to be ignored. I’m thrilled to have a brand new contract, and rarin’ to go.
Cheers to all –
See ya soon –Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
To what lengths might a twenty-something, single female go when confronted with raging hormones, family pressure, and a desire for a big diamond ring? For Barbie Bradley, the answer might lie somewhere in the dark, creepy pathways of an old graveyard. Named after the Mattel toy, Barbie has spent her entire life trying to live down the name. But after one wild night with a cemetery watchman who is much more than he seems, she is about to end up with something the doll never had�the perfect husband.
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Dorchester Publishing / Amazon Montlake Publishing
Dorchester Publishing / Amazon Montlake Publishing