Monday, June 21, 2010

Guest - Lydia Dare

Good morning everyone! Today's guest, Lydia Dare, is actually a fantastic writing duo who are well on the way to becoming one of my favorite 'authors'. One of my secret passions is Regency romance but combine it with paranormal? I'm all over it. But I'll stop gushing now and let you read their guest blog. Don't forget to go all the way to the Lynda Again section. There's a giveaway you won't want to miss.

Oh, and here are links to the reviews I've done on these books. Check them out.

A Certain Wolfish Charm
Tall Dark and Wolfish
The Wolf Next Door 

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There are two of us who make the writing team of Lydia Dare. Jodie, whose first love is Regency England, and Tammy, who loves all things paranormal and romantic. After a rather long day at a local writing workshop, we decided to merge our genres and see what happened. I think it’s safe to say the end result was magical, and not just because we introduced readers to a powerful coven in the process.

In truth, this new landscape was a bit foreign for both of us. Tammy wasn’t accustomed to cravats or dowries and Jodie wasn’t used to heroes who sprouted fur and claws once a month or world building. It was new territory for each of us in our own ways. I think it was also freeing in a way that neither of us would have ever expected. We were both able to bring a bit of our preferred genres to the table and come back with something we never would have come up with on our own.

Readers are so accepting of shape-shifters and vampires in contemporary settings because of television shows and movies. And if you buy into those stories, logic only makes sense that they’ve been around a lot longer than that and have a secret history just waiting to be discovered. Those pieces of history were what most interested us when we made the world the Westfields live in.

As the historical half of our partnership, Jodie was accustomed to working within the rules of the era and maintaining historical accuracy. However this new world was like a breath of fresh air. And those pesky rules went out the window, or they sort of did, anyway. Suddenly, the possibilities were endless and anything seemed possible. We could grow powerful extinct plants with mystic powers. We could race across the island nation in hours rather than weeks, and on foot rather than on horseback. We could have heroes who had authentic wolfish grins and heroines who had true powers to enchant those around them.

As the paranormal half of the partnership, Tammy got steeped in rules that usually weren’t present in her writing. Although the Lycans were a bit wild, they still had to follow society’s rules. So, while their ability to grow fur and fangs was a given, Tammy had to learn the setting, from the furniture to the clothing. While Jodie’s adventure into the paranormal was freeing, Tammy’s foray into the Regency was the opposite. The characters were now bound by rules that were foreign.

The tag line of our debut trilogy is “Regency England has gone to the wolves.” And in our world, that is very true. We’ve also added in witches and most recently vampyres into that same world. With each addition, we are able to reinvent our world and create a new mythology. It’s the most fun we’ve ever had as writers. As we continue to build our world and stock it with other paranormal characters, we’d like to know – What paranormal characters are you most drawn to and why are they your favorites?

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

A Certain Wolfish Charm, ISBN 9781402236945, April 2010
The rules of Regency Society can be beastly—especially when you're a werewolf. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn't help his wolfish temper that since he's rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, the town is willing to overlook his outrageous behavior. Lily Rutledge has a wild streak of her own. When she turns to Simon for help, he falls for her immediately. For Simon is drawn to the fearless Lily more powerfully than the moon...






Tall, Dark and Wolfish, ISBN 9781402236952, May 2010
The reckless, rakish younger brother of a powerful duke, Lord Benjamin Westfield transforms into a wolf under the light of the full moon—until one fateful evening when he doesn't change and his life is shattered. Fearing he may never be able to change again, Benjamin sets out for Scotland in search of a witch who can heal his inner beast. The noble werewolf is drawn to the beautiful young woman, but what does he have to offer in this broken state?





The Wolf Next Door, ISBN 9781402236969, June 2010
Rogue, Rake…Werewolf. Years ago on a full moon, Lord William Westfield gave way to his inner beast and nearly ruined young Prisca Hawthorne. Knowing he can never trust himself in the arms of the woman he loves, he throws himself into a debauched lifestyle. When Westfield discovers he has a rival for Prisca's love, he decides if she's going to marry a Lycan it damn well better be him. But time is running out as Prisca's other suitor takes an instant and potentially fatal dislike to Westfield.




About the Authors
Lydia Dare is actually the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. They are working together on their next paranormal historical trilogy as Lydia Dare, which will be released by Sourcebooks Casablanca in Spring 2011! For more information, please visit http://www.lydiadare.com/.

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-- Lynda Again

Sourcebooks is offering a complete set of this trilogy to one lucky reader. To win, all you have to do is send an email to me at Lynda@LyndaKScott.com with the word WOLF in the subject line AND your address in the body of the email by Friday. I'll put all the names in the prize box and my little fluffy buddy, Wookie, will select the winner.

And don't forget, you can still enter my Heartstone Grand Prize Drawing until my novel is released. Go to www.lyndakscott.com then click on News to get the contest details.

Hope to see you there!

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15 comments:

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Lynda and "Lydia,"

I'm impressed by the fact that this trilogy is the work of a partnership. Have you had any arguments or do you rub along well together? (Hope that question isn't too nosy!)

I love Regency and have a huge collection. I actually wrote my own paranormal Regency entitled TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS which will be published in August by Five Star/Gale.

Best of luck with your novels!

Lydia Dare said...

Jacqueline ~ Thanks! And you're not too nosy at all. From time to time we disagree on a direction or motivation, but thus far we've come away unscathed. ;)

TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS is a great title! Congrats. I'll have to check it out.

~Lydia (Jodie)

Anita Clenney said...

Hi Jodie and Tammy. The books sound just awesome. I'm going to have to pick them up. I'm a new writer with Sourcebooks (paranormal romance) and since I'm so busy writing, it's hard to find time to sit down and relax with a book. These are definitely on my list. If you're going to be at RWA Nationals, hope to meet you.

Pauline B Jones said...

I'm also impressed you can write together! Congratulations! The books sound very fun!

Stephanie said...

I love the concept of the series! Two of most favorite genres combined into something so beautiful! Congratulations Ladies!! It must be so interesting world building within these sorts of rules.
How about throwing Greek/Roman/Celtic Gods into the mix? Widen the rules a little more by taking away the rules with them?

Kari Thomas said...

Hi Jodie and Tammy! A BIG WOW on your collaboration! I would have never thought about joining Regency with Paranormal! SO KEWL! I absolutely LOVE the Blurbs AND the Covers!

Raising my hand for the Contest!!

hugs,
Kari Thomas, www.authorkari.com

Caroline Clemmons said...

Wow, I hope I don't post twice. My husband just updated my email, etc. and I'm still getting used to it. Loved reading about the Lydia duo. Please enter me for the book giveaway.

caroline@carolineclemmons.com

Lydia Dare said...

Anita ~ Congrats on your Sourcebooks contract. :) I know what you mean about finding time to read anymore. I've had to start listening to books on cd.

Pauline ~ Thanks. They were fun to write.

Stephanie ~ Oooh, I do love the Greek Gods. Great suggestion. Maybe the Elgin Marbles come to life?

Kari ~ Thanks. I would have never thought of it either. I give Tammy all the credit of merging the genres.

Caroline ~ I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. (And it only posted once as far as I can tell.) :)

SiNn said...

these books sound awesome as all get out for sure its more impressive because of the duo awesome job!

Lorrie said...

Wow, collaboration must be great to yeild such wonderful novels and to create worlds. I love paranormal, and being an author I've often wondered what it would be like to write with another author. lol. Maybe the novel would be finished sooner with help.
Thanks for a great post.

Linda Andrews said...

I love regency and paranormal. The books sound fantastic. I'll definitely look for them.

Lil said...

Your trilogy sounds like an awful lot of fun. And I love your tagline for it!

Barbara Monajem said...

Heh. These books sound really cool and a lot of fun (both to write and to read). Kudos to you both!

Beth Caudill said...

Congrats on the trilogy release.
Can't wait for the next book.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Congrats to Donna S whose name Wookie pulled for the 'Wolf' trilogy!

And thanks to 'Lydia Dare' Jody and Tammy for being with us this week. It's been fun!