Monday, February 04, 2008

Guest Blogger - Sapphire Phelan

Good morning, everyone. This week we welcome multi-published author Sapphire Phelan. So put your hands together for a round of applause :D


Ms. Phelan is an author of erotic and sweet paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction romance. She also writes as Pamela K. Kinney, for horror, fantasy, science fiction, and a nonfiction ghost book, Haunted Richmond, Virginia. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats, and admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house and husband sometimes suffers for it!


Thank you to the ladies at Star-Crossed Romance for letting me blog here today. I had my first male/male romance story come out in Under the Moon’s print journal, Forbidden Love: Sacred Bands in September 2007. On the heels of that, at the end of October, Beast Magic—a paranormal novella with werelions—came out from Phaze. November was quiet, but in December, two stories—one sweet and my first historical romance, the other, a sensual fantasy romance in Phaze’s Coming Together: Under Fire anthology— premiered. I ended 2007 with a bang.

Let me ask the readers and yes, the writers here too: how dark is dark and do you prefer your romance hot, or bland and safe? I write what I like to read—the stories of my heart. Yes, I still read a sweet romance—heck, I write them too—but even a hero or heroine in my sweet stuff may still have issues, that desperation that has them teetering or even going over the edge. It makes them more interesting. And add to that mix, a hero that’s a shapeshifter, or a sea being, or even a parasitical alien, toss in hot sex, and you got something that’s definitely not your mother’s Harlequin of the ‘70s.

I am not alone either. J. R. Ward has some cool, edgy vampires in her books. Lori Handeland has dark characters that shapeshift. Some authors write BSDM stories with paranormal beings.

But how far is too far? When do you say, enough is enough? Or do you want it carried a bit farther; going where no reader dares to go before? I write the books and stories of my heart, but is it the one of your heart? Let me know, or let me know to keep me writing what I write.

Sapphire Phelan

Go beyond the usual, instead take the unusual that stretches the boundaries and find romance with Sapphire Phelan's aliens, werewolves, vampires, fairies, and other supernatural/otherworldly heroes and heroines.

Out Now:
“The Dark Man”, included in Forbidden Love: Sacred Bands- Under the Moon

Blurb: Michael never understood the compulsion to go to the beach. There, he meets Sevin Merrow, a Finman, a creature of the sea, and a seductive sorcerer. Michael begins to understand what the Dark Man wants of him as he weaves a sexual spell about him.
Will it lead to love, or something darker and deadlier?

Beast Magic-Phaze Publishing

Blurb: They came from two different worlds.
Ramses was a werelion. Shana Tory was human. The Dreaming foretold them as soul mates.
So Ramses tracked her down in America, and when he found her, made her his and brought her back home with him to the South African Bushveld.
But others from his pride, led by one evil lioness, do not want them together.
Besides their lives, will their love survive the coming war?

“Shadow Lover”, included in Coming Together: Under Fire-Phaze Publishing
Support this book by purchasing it as either print or e-Book at Phaze--proceeds goes to the fire victims.

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Skylar Masey said...


It's so great to meet you in cyber space. I have a local friend who was also in the COMING TOGETHER UNDER FIRE anothology. What a small world!

Lynda K. Scott said...

Thanks for being here. I don't know what the answer to your question is -- How far is too far? I suspect that depends on the individual, the time of day, the phase of moon :D And I suspect that it can change from author to author. I know I've read some anthologies that I loved one or two of the stories and hated another one. All by the same author, no less. And I can't explain it. Sigh.

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi, it's a wide open world in the romance novel arena, as it should be IMHO. However, I have my faves and my ick-dislikes -- but, it's all personal. So where you ultimately draw the line, I have no clue. I merely write what I enjoy reading, and hope that will be true for others.
However, it's a very valid question, one, I believe, that needs constant evaluation and exploration by writers and readers.

Sapphire Phelan said...

Hi, and sorry late answering anyone. I also was going to post about this blog yesterday, but woke up super ill, with vertigo, which meant I was so dizzy. Got to doctor's last night after hubby got home and medication, though better today, still topsy turvy. But not like yesterday--couldn't keep food down either, or get out of bed. I will post about this and hopefully more people will post here today.
Again, I am so heartedly sorry. I caught a nasty virus going around and didn't forsee waking up ill yesterday morning.
Sapphire Phelan

Lynda K. Scott said...

Feel Better soon, Sapphire! You can answer any comment whenever you like (and when you're up to it :D) We don't operate at lightspeed here, lol

meggins said...

How far is too far?

Yoicks. I'm gonna say that probably depends on both the story and the reader. "Enchanted" had great fun playing with fairytale characters in the real world, but, even though that real world was NYC, they kept away from the dark and the grim because that would have been too much. For that story. But something else, that had set up a dark, grim world, could get away with more.

As for the readers, they'll probably have to sort if out for themselves. What you call "bland and safe"--heh, heh--is somebody else's sweet and heartwarming. Somebody drawn to that sort of romance might shy away from most of your stuff anyway. There's always the possibility that someone might read your sweet story first, go looking for more, and be surprised, but, overall, you do a pretty good job of letting people know what the general "feel" is in advance.

And, of course, there are always those weirdos who will read virtually anything, like me. lol

Lynda K. Scott said...

Hi Meggins, thanks for stopping by. I'm a wierdo like you :D I'll read least once, lol, then if I like it--look out!