October is I :::Heart::: Paranormal Romance month at my blog. During these next thirty-one spooky days, besides the usual blog posts, I’m featuring authors who write paranormal romance. Today, I have Adriana Kraft in the interview chair. We’re discussing Colors of the Night, book one in the Colors of the Night series. Be sure to check out the excerpt.
1. What drew you to writing paranormal romance?
Adriana: We’ve had some shamanic training and have developed a deep respect for the ability to experience other levels of reality. Paranormal/fantasy fiction felt like an ideal medium for sharing that. We can offer readers similar experiences, and we can share some of what can be learned from staying open to other dimensions.
2. What do you like most about writing paranormal romance?
Adriana: We love the freedom paranormal romance gives us to escape from reality and create (or possibly encounter) other dimensions. What is so intriguing to us is how much our characters and their worlds take on a life of their own and drive the story forward.
3. Why did you write the book you are featuring?
Adriana: We’d just started experimenting with writing erotic scenes and learned about an erotic short story contest. We spiced our story up by creating (we thought) a timeless love goddess – Aria – who visits this reality to help rekindle love and steamy sex. We didn’t win the contest, but we did get good feedback. We like to say it was Aria who demanded that we write the rest of the story. It was clear to us that her one-shot in-person lesson for our troubled couple was never going to get the job done – and there were certainly more adventures to be had along their journey.
4. Why do you think readers should invest their time in reading paranormal romance?
Adriana: Unreal scenes and stories provide an escape from everyday reality but are no less salient for their capacity to wrestle with real life issues and problems. Reading them satisfies the need for a temporary escape but can also deliver important insights, perhaps when defenses are down and minds are less resistant. That doesn’t mean we’re always trying to deliver a message or teach something in our stories, but we do usually have an important truth we’re trying to convey. We write about what matters to us.
Book Title: Colors of the Night
Series: Colors of the Night, book one
Author: Adriana Kraft
Sub-Genre: Fantasy/Time Travel
Book Length: 180 pages, 64,000 words
Release Date: July 1, 2009
Publisher: eXtasy Books
A love triangle with a dazzling immortal goddess – will it ignite or extinguish the dying embers of a contemporary couple’s love?
Blurb: The dazzling and timeless love goddess Aria pays a visit to struggling thirty-something Jamie and Ryan Hazleton, who are on the brink of divorce. When the hot sex that results from her first lesson cools to icy glares, Aria decides to move in with them and provide more experiential learning. Can Ryan overcome his jealousy of Jamie’s uninhibited response to the delectable goddess? What if he succumbs to his own desires? Only time will tell whether this love triangle with an immortal will ignite or extinguish the dying embers of Jamie and Ryan’s love.
Jamie heard the tent zipper open and felt the rush of cool night air all in the same instant. Where was he going in the middle of the night? Startled, she lifted her head and opened her eyes. A tiny sliver of night sky was visible through the open tent flap—and it was pulsating with light.
“Jamie. Wake up. You’ve got to see this.” Ryan’s voice was a whisper.
Did he really want her to join him? She hugged herself against the chill, grabbed her sweatshirt and crawled out of the tent.
Ryan’s hands were reaching for her, so she took them and let him pull her to a stand. Tall columns of color—multiple hues of greens, blues, reds, yellows, and occasional whites—fell in a shimmering waterfall connecting sky and lake. The colors danced across the entire dome of the sky. She’d never seen anything like it.
They stood hand in hand for a long minute, then wordlessly walked down to the lakeshore and sat side by side on a low rock. Shrouded in rising mist, the lake seemed to be hovering between earth and sky with no boundary. Jamie lost herself in the throbbing rhythms of the dancing light.
“This is what I’ve been missing,” she heard herself say. “It feels like magic, like time is suspended. I wish we could catch and hold this moment forever.”
“I know,” Ryan replied. “It’s been difficult remembering such moments. I sometimes wonder what else we’ve forgotten.”
“You have each forgotten how to love.”
Jamie gasped and squeezed Ryan’s hand. “Who said that?”
Ryan shook his head.
“I said that.” Jamie watched in awe as the mist swirled and collected itself into the shape of a stunning female. The image pirouetted as if to prove she was much more than a vision. Jamie tried not to stare. The woman’s copper skin was barely concealed in a gauzy white gown; Jamie could make out darkened nipples on her pendulous breasts as the image floated closer to them.
“You two need help.” The phantom shook her head, sending her long dark hair flying. “Your marriage is crumbling. You care for each other, but you’ve forgotten how to love—if you ever truly knew how.”
“Who are you?” Ryan jumped to his feet.
“My name is Aria. I am a goddess of love, and I have come to show you how to love.”
Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for erotic fiction, author Adriana Kraft is a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. With backgrounds in criminology and counseling, we combine our expertise in the criminal mind, trauma, healing, and human nature with a passion for robust sexuality and life-long vitality.
One man, one woman, danger and intrigue – always a happy ending, but oh, what a ride! Readers can count on our Romantic Suspense line for “warmth, blazing hot sex, and well-developed characters” (Romance Junkies Reviews) as our hero and heroine battle outer threats and inner demons to stay alive and fall in love.
A man, a woman (or two), or another man, threesomes, foursomes, what’s your fantasy? We write our Erotic Romance stories to entertain, of course, but most of all we write them because we believe in happy endings for all who fall in love, whatever their gender, sexual orientation or numerical combination. Here you’ll find multiple partners, three-way, four-way and more, swing lifestyle, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings: “scorching hot…refreshing…something to read when you want straight up hotness” (Long and Short Reviews)
Together we have published more than forty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. We love hearing from readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.