Monday, January 26, 2009

Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance--the Line Up

I have the privilege of being in the upcoming Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance with a host of top paranormal authors. I've been seeing various incomplete lists of authors around the Internet, and I thought I'd post the complete, actual, real, genuine list here. This is from the horse's mouth (the editor):

Carrie Vaughn
Cheyenne Mccray
Kelley Armstrong
Anna Windsor
Anya Bast
Jean Johnson
C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
Holly Lisle
Mary Jo Putney
Eve Silver
Ilona Andrews
Dina James
Maria V. Snyder
Catherine Mulvaney
Jeaniene Frost
Lori Devoti
Sara Mackenzie
Lynda Hilburn
Alyssa Day
Michelle Rowen
Rachel Caine
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Meljean Brook
Allyson James

I don't think these are in story order (I haven't seen the final book yet).

But woo hoo! Many of my absolute fav. authors here. I don't remember if my contract says I get a free copy, but who cares, I'll buy one!

You can pre-order this book at Amazon by clicking here. My story is called "The Dream Catcher," by the by.


At 5:21 PM, Anonymous ghost writer copy editor said...

What do you mean by paranormal romance? As a ghost writer and copy editor, I'm curious. Do you have ghosts loving ghosts, Martians loving Earthlings, or what? Please write me at if you please and tell me about your work. It sounds interesting.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner said...

This is a good question so I'm answering it here:

"Paranormal" romance means a romance in which there is some element of myth: these days usually vampires, werewolves, Celtic fae, and other creatures. Ghosts possibly, though they are not as popular right now. Some examples: the hero can be a werewolf, vampire, fae, dragon, what-have-you. The heroine can be too. Or one of them can be a vampire hunter (a la Buffy TVS), or something like that. Or the hero and heroine can be perfectly normal human beings dealing with paranormal creatures.

If the two main characters are vampires, werewolves, what have you, they always are able to take human form and their relationship is based on them in human form.

Why is it called paranormal romance? I don't know. I think that name was given to the subgenre back when it was mostly ghost-related. The name now just means there's a magical creature or magic in the novel.

There are also "futuristic" romances, which are scifi romances (set on other planets or in spaceships--it's basically space opera). Angela Knight and Jayne Castle are prominent in this subgenre. If there are Martians loving Earthlings, the Martian male looks like a hunky Earth guy. :-)

In my own work, I write dragon paranormals (heros can shift from dragon to human form), I have Wiccan witches, and other were-creatures (mostly leopards, tigers, panthers, and mountain lions -- I like cats I guess), and demigods (Greek and Egyptian mythology, because that's what I'm interested in). I also write a "futuristic" series set on an Earthlike world.

See for more information.

Good question, thanks.

Allyson James


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