10 December 2010

Anniversary Bash: Day Five!

Is it Friday already? It feels like it's still the beginning of the week. Time flies when you're only doing the fun stuff. *g* But it's great to see all the new commenters we're collecting. We hope you'll stay around a while for our fabulous regular posts.

But in the mean time, on to the freebies!

Yesterday's winner is Libery. Come on down and collect your (freaking awesome) prize. Email either myself (lorelielong at gmail dot com) or Carrie Lofty (contact at carrielofty dot com) within 24 hours.

Today we've got a theme again. What's the only thing better than a historical in an unusual location? Why, an unusual historical with paranormal elements, of course! To round out the week, we have seven books total from three different authors.

Zoe Archer:

The whole Blades of the Rose series -- Warrior; Scoundrel; Rebel; Stranger (all signed! Think her wrist got tired?)














Monica Burns:

Assassin's Honor; Assassin's Heart







Now here's the part I love, telling y'all what to do to win! Answer this: if you were traipsing your way around a historical romance novel and suddenly discovered it was a paranormal too, what would you like to find? Vampires and werewolves or something like magic?

Standard disclaimers: This stack can only be mailed within the US. Void where prohibited. Valid email address must be provided. Don't take any wooden nickles.

And don't forget to come back on Sunday, when we'll be giving away twelve--count 'em, twelve--books.

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Lorelie Brown's first book, JAZZ BABY, is currently available from Samhain Publishing and will be released 4 January in paperback. Her second romance, an 1880s-set western, will be published by Carina Press in Summer 2011.

51 comments:

Noelle Pierce said...

I'm a big fan of magic, more than vampires or werewolves. It's a fascination I've always had, which is probably why Harry Potter appealed to me so much. Since I was little, I've always wanted to be magical. *grin*

Tory M said...

Having now read the lovely Lydia Dare's Wolf series, I have to say I rather like finding werewolves, though if you know what she's got in mind and/or pay close attention in the last one (Taming of the Wolf, I believe), you know something else wicked this way comes (I can't WAIT). I think vampires should do well in historicals too simply because so many of them (in contemporary paranormal) are old. So obviously vamps were alive (so to speak) and kicking back then too. The best part of Lydia Dare's books is she is (or is about to when the next trilogy comes out) incorporates all three (wolves, vamps and magic).

Beverly said...

I've gotten a little tired of vampires and werewolves. I like finding a little bit of magic in a book. If an author's taken time to think about how magic would really affect the world beyond the main couple, then it will probably be a good story.

Keri Ford said...

Magic! So I could magically shave my legs....and bathe well...and all those other clean things!

Jennifer Harrington said...

My favorite paranormal element is simply good old-fashioned time travel, and all the mind-bending concepts that go with that. Hope that counts! Magic is great too, when done well.

SandyH said...

I like some sort of psychic ability but I do like werewolves. I like vampire have been overdone. Uniqueness is always interesting.

lrwirum said...

I think I would have to go with werewolves and/or vampires. That would work for me. :-) Of course if they were a different type of were that would work too. LOL

Larena

Melinda B. Pierce said...

Give me magic please! I do love werewolves and vampires, but I'd love to see a historical with witches, warlocks and psychics reading their crystals. Maybe a gypsy or three leaving clues to a mystery. :-)

Thanks for running the daily contests!

Melinda

Jeannie Lin said...

I like it when the paranormal is something inherent in the culture and time of the historical setting. Great books for the giveaway today! I know I'm not eligible to win, but I wish I was!

Shannon said...

Magic! Vamps and warewolves are great to read in novels but can you imagine congering up a nice latte at your disposal? =0)

Heather Hiestand said...

I'm back into vampires at the moment! I do like the delicate touch Zoe Archer is using with magic, though.

Stephanie said...

Give me all three please and any more you can add on! I've recently become addicted to the historical/paranormal genre and can't devour stories fast enough.
Though not new to time travel historicals-they will always have a special place in my heart-this new twist is so much fun to read.

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windycindy said...

Magical and mystical beings and things! A mystery of sorts that would make me a part of the story
line...Great prize giveaway!
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D.L. said...

Hard question! I think I would pick magic first and vampires second. For some reason I have the hardest time imagining werewolves in a historical, but I'm not against it!

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KarenN said...

I've read quite a number of historicals that has vampires, but I seldom come across one that has werewolves in them. I think that would make for a nice change in pace. A little magic thrown in should make it even more interesting. How about a werewolf clan that's made up of witches and warlocks?

Virginia C said...

I will sprinkle some imagination dust around and combine all three elements in one book. Why not have a lovely heroine who is a powerful "white witch"--a healer, seer, and a protector of the legacy of her family heritage. Her true love, a warrior warlock, was turned Vampire in a fierce battle with an evil Vampire King. By defeating the King and becoming a Vampire, he assumes the role of leader of the evil kingdom. His love cannot abide his newer, darker nature, and she flees from him, hiding away with the help of her magical abilities. A rival for her heart slowly works his way into her affections, and she does not realize that he is a Werewolf with his own dark agenda. Will the Vampire King allow love to touch his soul once again? Will he seek out the woman who haunts his tormented existence and save her and her kind from a most sinister enemy? For those who believe...love is stronger than evil!

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Modokker said...

i've read a couple historicals that were paranormal and they had time travel in them. I think i'd like to see magic in them. I've seen one or two like that as well.


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Kelly McCrady said...

I am a fan of bringing magic into an historical--especially medieval or before. I've read and edited some very good combinations of historical romance and magic. I enclude psychic abilities such as ESP under the heading of magic as well.

Barbara E. said...

I'd enjoy all of the above please. I love anything paranormal, and if it is combined with historical romance, all the better.

Julie said...

I'd love to have weres running around my historical romance! Not really picky as to what species, but it'd be interesting to see how they blend in to circumstances so different than what we read in urban fantasy.

Andrea I said...

I'm not really sure as I like all of them. I have been interested in vampires and werewolves in contemporary. I haven't read about any of them yet in historical.

Rebecca Ringler said...

What kind of magic? I am waiting to see what is next. I have not read a lot of wolf & vampire stories yet, but I will read what is next! :-)

Pamala Knight said...

I vote for magic too even though I love vampires and werewolves.

Congratulations on such a wonderful anniversary bash. It really is a fabulous site.

Gail said...

I personally love all the different elements of paranormals. To choose just one is hard. It all depends on the book. I suppose that if I was traipsing around a historical, magic would be the first and foremost paranormal element. As long as the writing is solid you can put as many paranormal elements in that make the story flow. ~I want to be magical, I need a magic wand that I can recharge:-) ~

susied said...

I would have to say magic, a mysterious element or force would be fun. While I have nothing against vampires and werewolves, I think they have been done to death, so to speak. So, something new and mysterious would be an interesting read.

JenM said...

In historicals, if there was a paranormal element, I'd rather it be either magic or werewolves. For some reason, vamps in historicals just don't do if for me.

Lexie said...

I'd hope it was something elemental magical, since I like that type of magic the best. But with my luck I'd get stuck in with vampires and werewolves (not big on biting or howling at the moon!).

Sybylla said...

I'd definitely say something like magic. (Although I'm still waiting for the tale of thwarted girl/kraken love...)

Janette Harjo said...

If I were reading a historical and found it to also be paranormal, I'd like to find the magic of Time Travelers!

FredTownWard said...

Intelligent dragons guarantee a hot book....

Sorry about that.

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Amanda said...

Historicals with a paranormal element are my favorites, though I tend to prefer werewolves and magic. I also like when the author incorporates the paranormal elements into the world and culture beyond the main characters giving the story a stronger and more unique setting.

Kanchb said...
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catslady said...

I too would go for the magic. I love variety and magic could mean almost anything. And mixed with historical would be a fantastic read.

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Kanchb said...

I'd want something similar to what Anne Bishop has done with her Black Jewel series or alternatively the elemental magic of Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses Series.

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Chelsea B. said...

OK, yeah. This contest SO has my name on it :-)
And I would like to find vampires and werewolves yes, please ;-)

Verona St. James said...

I like to run into some ancient gods. Greek. Celtic. Norse. I'm not picky.

Coley said...

Definitely magic. The vampires and werewolves outnumber the spellslingers, fae, and other magical beings by too much of a margin, so I'd definitely like more magic in my reading.

Sheree said...

I'd prefer magic. Vampires and such are somewhat known, but magic is still the great unknown (kind of like the deep sea).

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azteclady said...

At first glance, this seemed like a rather difficult question, but once I started thinking about it, I realized that my preferred paranormal element in historicals is magic.

And immortal (or at least really long-lived) beings.

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway, ladies!

Debby said...

I would love a touch of magic. I read one once where she had magic that went awry and it wsa fantastic.
debby236 at att dot net

Rosie Hong said...

I definitely want to find magic - sorcerers, magicians, witches, etc. A shape-shifter or two in the mix will be even better. :D

Rosie Hong said...

Oops...forgot my e-mail:

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She said...

I would like to find vampires in my paranormal because I love vamps. Time period does not matter.

Kristin said...

I think I would really like to find werewolves. I just think shape shifting is so cool.

Ellowyne said...

Well it depends...would I be able to use the magic? Or would I just encounter magical beings? If I can play, I want magic. If it's just to look at I want a werewolf.

Linda Henderson said...

I would like to find magic, I've always enjoyed stories with magic in them.

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Carol L. said...

I'd love to find Magic. Love the Vamps and Wolves but Magic would be first choice and maybe a few Fallen Angels with some special magic. :)
Carol L
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Maureen said...

I would like to find some magic and fantasy added into the story.

Carrie Lofty said...

Last call for the winner of this prize package: GAIL!

Please email Carrie: contact AT carrielofty DOT com to claim your prize, or another winner will be chosen!

Congratulations, and thanks to everyone else who stopped by!

Carrie Lofty said...

A new winner was selected for the Day Five prize package:

KANCHB!

Details here:

http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/2010/12/winner-updates.html

Anonymous said...

Having read Sherrilyn Kenyon's DH series, I'd have to say all of the above. I didn't use to read paranormal at all, but since I started reading hers I been reading a lot more of it. So to answer the question, I choose any or all of them. Weres, vampires, and magic.

Linda Young
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