Grew up watching Bela Legosi, Lon Chaney, Jr, and Boris Karloff. Graduated to Hammer's Dracula films. As a reader the next logical step was vampires, werewolves and other paranormal folk...all before it became mainstream and cool. More of my escapism... At this time I'm on #10 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, seriously hunky, flawed, vampires, who find their one true love...usually the hard way. Sex, violence against some seriously baddest of the bad badguys. What do you think of paranormal books, not just romance but any kind, even true stories? Not worth your time? True hauntings more your style? Love to find out...
Shelia, Have you read Barb and J. C. Hendee?
Yup...behind about five books in their first series...also have Barb's Vampire Memories series. Won't be getting back to them until this winter when I'm not out so much...think -20 temps, not windchils, in MN. Right now am on number 10 in Lara Adrian's Black Dagger Brotherhood...love this series.
You read Tamara Siler Jones mysteries...they're classed as fantasy mystery. Ghotsts and magic, and real nasty baddies. These might be to your liking better than my romance and paranormal.
The first in the trilogy is Ghosts in the Snow (2004), then Threads of Malice (2005), and Valley of the Soul (2006). If you like mysteries with some twists these are really food...though haven't read number three yet.
I must say I haven't read any of these, but I do like fantasy books and I like stories about vampires and werewolves and that kind of stuff too.
What I absolutely can't stand is romance. And unfortunately, that makes it really hard to find any vampire books for me, because whenever I read the back of one of them to see what it's about, it's always a love story. I can't recall any right now that wasn't (except for Dracula) - but of course I might be forgetting something I read.
But I do watch vampire movies. There seems to be less romance in the ones I've seen.
Octavia E. Butler's "Fledgling" is an unusual and, to me, a great book. It's about the awakening of a young vampire. Not heavy at all on the romance side which, like Laura R., I don't like. She's written several other books and I've enjoyed them all.
There are a lot of vampire stories out there lately and for some reason I just cannot wrap my mind around them. My mother is in her 80s and reads them and my daughter in her mid 30s not sure what is with me but I just can't get into them.
Debora, you are not alone - being in my mid 30s I also have no interest in vampires' theme