Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Money can't buy me love

Marie's launch day post is certainly a tough act to follow, but reading what she wrote made me examine just why it is that I write paranormal romance. After some serious thought, I've come to realize that, while I've done plenty of other things to satisfy my need to create, writing seems to fit the bill better than anything else. It gives me a chance to share my imagination with others, and writing paranormals gives me the best opportunity to use that imagination. I dearly love dreaming up new worlds, new creatures, new names, new characters, and new gadgets! Fortunately, since this is fiction, I don't have to explain how things work!

Another thing I enjoy is writing about a strong heroine. I think all of us are somewhat envious of strong female characters. They're always intelligent, always in great shape, always beautiful, and always capable of holding their own with the guys. So far, my heroines in the Cat Star Chronicles series have been women who are independent and successful in their own right, and the fact that they all wind up falling for Zetithian males who, essentially, have nothing to offer other than themselves is what makes this series so fascinating to me. These men have no money, no property, and, in most cases, are considered property themselves, yet they are each talented in their own way, and are no less masculine, no less attractive, and no less heroic than they would be if they were wealthy or powerful.

Tisana, my heroine in Warrior, is a healer and a very powerful witch who falls in love with Leo, a slave who can't even give her himself, since he is owned by another. He can only give her his love, which makes for some very sad moments. This book has a more serious tone than Slave, but there's still plenty of fun, and, of course, a healthy dose of sizzling romance! Where would we be without it? Tales of adventure and mystery are great, but without the added spice of romance, I'm left feeling short-changed. Catching the bad guy or finding the treasure are great goals, but all the treasure in the world can't buy true love, and isn't that what we all really want?

20 comments:

  1. Sounds very intriguing...and the juicy bits....are they juicy? lol!

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  2. Yes, sweet Charlotte, they are VERY juicy!!!

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  3. Cheryl, I share your love of world building, but have gone back in time for mine, which is certainly more restrictive.

    I do envy you your freedom to have your world your way. lol

    I enjoyed Slave very much, juicy bits and all, so am looking forward to Warrior!

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  4. Hey Cheryl, couldn't agree with you more. A lot of the romances I read have heroes that are not only the handsomest thing ever, they are also rich and powerful. And somehow still single. I like the twist of a romance involving a man who has nothing to give but himself! That's all most of us have to offer, anyway.

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  5. Hey Cheryl,
    I'm humming that old Beatle's tune as I read and type. :-)

    YES! ABSOLUTELY! I do think true love is what we all would like, and all the money, power, good looks, name, whatever is no guarantee of that. The HEA is what romance is all about. The BIG PAY OFF that our readers are counting on. Keep giving them that pay off, my Casa Sister! They will definitely thank you for it.

    AC

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  6. Thanks, Michele!
    I hope you enjoy Warrior! Unfortunately, it only takes place on one planet! *sigh*

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  7. Christina,
    LOL!!!! I'm so glad to hear someone else say that!!!! Rich, handsome, powerful--and somehow unhitched at the age of 38! There must be something TERRIBLY wrong with him!

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  8. Aunt Cindy,
    Let's hear it for living happily ever after with the neked slave boys!
    YAYYYYY!!!!

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  9. Looooove your juicy bits, Cheryl! Can't wait to check out Warrior!
    Marie

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  10. Thanks Marie!
    Your juicy bits were pretty juicy too!

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  11. Snorting with dirty laughter over here! Thank you, thank you verrrrry much! I keep telling the men in my life to buy the book for their ladies but they are not allowed to read it!

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  12. My husband hasn't read Slave. However, he did read the book I self-published and about halfway through, the desired effect was achieved! Something about cherry pie....

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  13. Officially poking out my mind's eye. Thanks for the visual, Cheryl. You are too funny!

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  14. Marie,
    No, really! It was cherry pie! He lured her to the, um, right place with a trail of cherries!

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  15. All I can think of to say to that is YUM!

    Can't wait to read Warrior!

    Robin :)

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  16. Thanks Robin!
    Leo IS pretty yummy, if I say so myself...

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  17. Yum...juice :-)

    Cheryl, loved SLAVE and am looking forward to reading WARRIOR! I knew there was a reason I loved cats!

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  18. Very intriguing. I, the self-confessed non-romance reader just finished Marie's LOS (FABULOUS!) and now I have to add your books to my list. You gals have corrupted me! Ha! But, I am not complaining.

    Great post, Cheryl. I love fantasy. It is my fav genre to read, in fact. I know that writing it is far from easy, as even in a made-up world you must follow certain 'rules.' But, I, like Michele, am a bit more shackled by the realities of past history with the set limitations. I have to additionally fight the rabid Janeites who only want their idea of Darcy et al. I can definately see the draw of placing one's story on another planet! Great post.

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  19. Cheryl--
    Great post! I love your heroines, they are so much fun--I fell like I could sit down and chat with any of them :)

    Danielle

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  20. Thanks Joan and Danielle!

    Sharon, I wouldn't be in your shoes for love nor money! The Janeites sound dangerous!

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