Popularity of Paranormal in YA Fiction
By author, Sherry Soule
Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! All the previously published books in the Spellbound series have been rewritten and republished with more epic romance, sizzling character chemistry, and thrilling suspense. The new versions also include exclusive bonus material and brand new scenes. Even additional scenes from charming, bad-boy, Trent Donovan’s point-of-view! To help promote the new editions, Sherry is doing this awesome book promo to share the update with fellow booklovers.
The Spellbound series is a great mix of Pretty Little Liars meets Buffy, the Vampire Slayer!
Sherry is here to chat about the popularity of paranormal themes in young adult fiction.
Don’t you wish you could have a fairy godmother to grant your wishes?
I did and would’ve told her: Forget—fame and fortune!
Everyone has dreams. I just wanted to see my work in print, and read by the general public. See my book on library and bookstore shelves. I wanted to wake every morning and get to do what I love. So I decided to write a novel that I would enjoy reading. Not for Fame. Not for fortune. Nope. I wrote for readers.
I knew that the paranormal romance genre in both adult and YA novels was one of the fastest growing genres in fiction, but it may not be what you think it is. In standard publishing terminology, “paranormal romance” is a subgenre of romance. But paranormal novels don’t mainly focus on romance, and they include elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, and even horror.
As a writer, using aspects of the paranormal in my storyline adds so much more action and possibilities to my stories. I love that extra element of danger and suspense. And I’ve always had a morbid fascination with ghosts and haunted houses.
Since I love all things supernatural, and I knew the young adult fiction market was flooded with vampires, fairies, angels, and werewolves, I decided to make the heroine of my debut novel a sassy witch, who works in a haunted house filled with lost souls. Because witches need love too! And I wrote a story that entwined all the things I loved. And thus, my young adult paranormal romance novel, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN was birthed.
Basically, the premise of the Spellbound Series that I created involved an teenage girl named Shiloh Trudell, who is chosen by an ancient prophecy (like a modern-day Buffy) to have magickal powers to defeat paranormals and other evils in the cursed town of Fallen Oaks. She accomplishes this with the assistance of her friends and family. During the series, Shiloh discovers that, not only does she possess supernatural powers; she comes from a long line of heritage witches. The first in the line, Rowena Brossard, prophesized that one day the “Thirteenth Daughter” would be produced from her lineage. A force of good, she would be gifted with magick to battle the forces of evil.
In closing, I believe that novels with paranormal aspects will still hold a lot of appeal for teens and tweens (adults too!). Urban Fantasy and paranormal romance novels continue to be a favorite among readers of young adult fiction.
It was my honor to be your guest today. Thank you so much for allowing me to chat up my new series! I sincerely hope you guys enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind and read a book! Preferably one of mine. 😀
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Deadly Witchcraft. Ghostly Threats. Doomed Romance.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Fallen Oaks. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Trudell takes a summer job at Craven Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan, and immediately becomes enchanted by his charms.
Finally, Shiloh’s met someone who is supercute and totally into her, but Trent is immersed in the cunning deception that surrounds the mysterious Craven Manor. So much so that he may lose sight of what is truly important to him. And she can’t decide whether she wants to shake him or kiss him. Yet neither one of them can deny the immediate, passionate connection growing between them.
But underlying everything is the fear that Trent may be the next victim on a supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him…
With cryptic messages from a pesky wraith, Shiloh will finally begin to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist and decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
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Sherry, thank you so much for the guest post here on Turning Pages!