Guest blog by Carrie Clevenger, author of Crooked Fang
When I started writing Crooked Fang, I can honestly admit I wasn’t looking to add “romance” to the formula. Lots of readers (especially those unfamiliar with the genre) tend to think of romance as the bodice-ripping, wrist-pasted-to-forehead, gasping, panting and exceedingly lame type of read. Or that it’s primarily for female readers. Today, times have changed. Romance is found in many other genres, not as a focal point for the plot but incorporated nonetheless.
The romance found in Crooked Fang is anything but. Xan Marcelles is not your lacy-blouse-wearing type of vampire. He’s vulgar, wears a leather jacket, smokes, drinks, and lives in a tavern. He meets the female protagonist when she’s singled out by a loud outburst from her abusive boyfriend. Xan’s concern for her well-being tangles him up in her life. Not exactly romantic, but still. The interest is there.
Romance, or love-interests trends in most of our lives. It’s a biological mechanism that draws us towards another person with carnal intent. Or perhaps it occurs by accident. There’s even the same-boat circumstance where simply going through the same trials together can draw two people together beyond being good friends. Simple survival needs coupled with unexpected kindness can kindle feelings between two people.
Romance need not end happily ever after. Sometimes it’s a flare, burning bright momentarily, sweeping the protagonist off their feet only to end in cold realization that either the other person doesn’t return the sentiment, they have no space in their lives for such an unrealistic relationship, or that they are somehow unavoidably incompatible. This is also a reflection of reality, where despite fully fledged yearnings; it’s simply not a viable option for a person to give away their heart.
Is it bad for us to have happily-ever-after endings? Of course not. I can’t imagine someone purposefully desiring an ill-fate on good feelings. When couples in a story eventually gravitate towards one another after a series of trials, it’s a satisfying ending. All the loose ends are conveniently tied up. We can close the book with a smile and sleep with a sense of contentment that the Prince found his bride and rode off on his white horse.
But then again, that’s why we have the novel series. What will happen to the girl who can’t seem to keep a boyfriend? Or the bad boy with the perpetually broken heart?
What kind of romance is found in Crooked Fang? I suppose in a few words I could describe it as realistically awkward and flawed.
Sometimes a vampire’s past can bite him in the ass.
Xan Marcelles–bassist for Crooked Fang, vampire and full-time asshole, is content with his quiet existence in the backwoods of Pinecliffe, Colorado. But life at the Pale Rider tavern is set to become a little more complicated when he gets entangled with a feisty, blue-haired damsel and her abusive soon-to-be ex-boyfriend.
To add to his woes, he’s gone from hunter to hunted, and his past returns to haunt him when a phone call draws him back to New Mexico. With the help of friends from his living past, he must get to the bottom of a murder, and figure out where he stands with his lover and his band, all while keeping one step ahead of his enemies. Hiding won’t be easy for him, especially with a mysterious woman dogging him every step of the way.
WARNING: Cussing, smoking, drinking and hot sex.
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Main site: crookedfang.comLyrical Press, ebook format (all formats) to be published August 20.
http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=535Katarr Kanticles also, print version releasing August 1.
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