Books that go bump in the night

By Marianne Murray Guess

October is a month of change.

The sun sets much earlier, the nights are getting a little longer and cooler and the ghosts and goblins start to go bump-in-the-night. This is the perfect time to focus on paranormal books, specifically, paranormal romance. These books center mainly on romantic relationships with a background theme of vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, time travel, other worldly beings and psychic abilities. They are extremely popular with a wide-range of readers.

Here are some authors who are at the top of the paranormal romance genre:

Nora Roberts: No better way to start than with Nora, the bestselling author of more than 200 romance novels with 500 million copies of her books in print. Her latest is The Guardians Trilogy beginning with “Stars of Fortune” and her latest in the series is, “Bay of Sighs.” Mermaid Annika is from the sea and it is there she must return to after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, as is her graceful athleticism. However, in the darkness her enemy broods. Nora has won countless awards and the New Yorker Magazine called her, “America’s favorite novelist.”

Patricia A. Rasey: A rising star in the paranormal romance field, Patricia is a three time recipient of the Word Weaving Award for Literary Excellence and winner of the prestigious RIO Award of Excellence. Her latest in the Sons of Sangue Series is book four, “Rogue.” Vampire biker member, Anton “Rogue” Balan, has turned his back on the powerful Sons of Sangue, betraying the brotherhood he once considered family. Signing up with a rival gang, The Devil’s, Rogue has gone deep undercover to catch the La Paz Cartel’s kingpin. Laura Adrian, NY Time bestselling author had this to say about Patricia, “Dark, gritty, edge-of-your-seat paranormal romance.” A northwest Ohio gal, she plans to be at our store in November.

Kristine Grayson: Called the “Reigning Queen of paranormal romance” by Best Reviews, this bestselling author has made a name for herself publishing light, slightly off-skew romance novels about Greek Gods, fairy tale characters and the modern world. She has expanded her magic to include New Adult novels with her Charming Book Series — “Utterly Charming,” “Thoroughly Kissed,” Wickedly Charming” and “Charming Blue” — all released in paperback. In “Utterly Charming” mysterious, handsome wizard Aethelstan Blackstone hires beautiful, hardworking attorney Nora Barr to get a restraining order to protect Sleeping Beauty from her evil stepmother. As it says on the back cover of the book, “welcome to the fractious fairy tale world of Kristine Grayson, where the bumpy world to happily ever after is paved with surprises.” Her books are snappy, fast paced reads and are, well, utterly charming.

Judith Merkle Riley: Her book, “The Oracle Glass” is an outstanding historical novel of 17th century France, and is based on a real-life scandal known as the Affaire des Poisons. This is a riveting tale from start to finish and is currently being read by our book club members. The novel challenges you to open the pages and get a whiff of brimstone as the “Oracle Glass” transports you to the Paris of Kings and witches on a guided tour of corruption, love and sorcery. Sorry to say that Judith, an author of many internationally bestselling historical novels, passed away in 2010 at the age of 68. One of her colleagues said, “She was an extremely gifted storyteller with penetrating social science insights.” Her wonderfully entertaining novels will certainly live on.

According to Wikipedia, the term “paranormal” has existed in the English language since 1920. The word consists of two parts — para and normal. The definition implies that the scientific explanation of the world around us is “normal” and anything that is above, beyond and contrary to that is “para.”

If you’re looking to escape and unwind with a good book, these authors and their bestselling books might just be the answer if you’re willing to be — paranormal!

Happy Halloween and happy reading, everyone!

By Marianne Murray Guess