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by Dee Gentle
Leslie Tramposch: Managing Editor - Sara Reyes: Marketing and Publicity

January 2006 Issue

PNR Attractions 2006

Spotlight on Upcoming Paranormal Releases

Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the author of sexy paranormal romances, including The Stone Prince, The Pleasure Slave, Heart of the Dragon and Jewel of Atlantis.  She is also the author of Awaken Me Darkly and Enslave Me Sweetly, a darkly seductive alien huntress series.  Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.                                   

An Interview With Gena Showalter

PNR: Have you always wanted to be a writer, what led you to pursue writing as a career?

Gena S.: Not always.  For many years, I didn't know what I wanted to be when ‘I grew up’.  I dabbled with story telling in high school, but didn't think to pursue it afterward, and so I jumped from nursing to phlebotomy to microbiology in college.  But none of those satisfied me.  Finally - and I don’t recall exactly what happened to at last kick some sense into me – I decided to give writing a try.  I wrote for two years (six stories) before I landed an agent, but we didn't sell anything for another two years.        

PNR: Could you tell us about your writing routine, how do you balance writing and personal time?  

Gena S.: Personal time?  What's that?  When I'm working on a rough draft, I write all day and all night.  Lately rough drafts have been taking me about four weeks.  Once that’s done, I'll usually work an eight hour day until the book is completely polished – that takes about 2 months.  It's all about OCD, baby.  Once I start something, I'm obsessed with getting it done.   

PNR: What is the best part about being a writer? The most frustrating?

Gena S.: I love creating characters and worlds and situations.  I love imagining and weaving fairytales.  I love seeing and holding the finished product.  It’s a rush, like a drug.  I love, love, love it and can’t get enough!  The most frustrating part would have to be writing a rough draft or a scene and realizing later that it does'’t work for the story.  Oh, the agony of cutting it or starting from scratch!

PNR: Who is your favorite author(s)? Who has most influenced your work?

Gena S.: I adore Karen Marie Moning, PC Cast, Jill Monroe, Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Linda Howard, Charlaine Harris - I could go on and on.  All of these wonderful ladies have definitely influenced my work.  I want to be them when I finally do grow up.  One of my new loves is Kresley Cole.  What a powerful writer!

PNR: Though you do write contemporary romance, most of your work is in the paranormal genre, what do you like most about writing paranormal romance?  

Gena S.: The possibilities are endless.  Anything and everything is possible.     

PNR: Your stories feature a number of paranormal abilities and beings, is this challenging?

Gena S.: Sometimes the ideas flow easily, others times I have to force them.  I’ll take a drive or pull out my hair as I try to figure something out, but it’s amazing when the right idea/character/situation finally forms.  

PNR: Who is your favorite character(s) to write? The most challenging?

Gena S.: I love writing the heroes in my books.  They are fun and sarcastic and edgy and strong, and I fall madly in love with every one of them.  They’re always willing to die for their women, and that’s just irresistible to me.  I’ve found the most challenging characters to write are my bad guys.  I have to remind myself that good characters can do bad things and bad characters can do good things.      

PNR: Everyone is excited about your Alien Huntress series; can you tell us a little about it, maybe some inside information? 

Gena S.: Some insider information…..Well, the second book in the series, Enslave Me Sweetly, features some pretty cool aliens.  They were tons of fun to create, with some. . . attributes people might find surprising.  Also, the heroine of this book isn’t as dark (and, let’s face it, quick with her fists) as Mia Snow, the heroine of Awaken Me Darkly, but she kills without hesitation.  Plus, I introduce some new, fun gadgets in the second story.      

PNR: It looks like you have a busy year ahead, could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?   

Gena S.: Up next is Jewel of Atlantis, set in the same world as Heart of the Dragon.  A human OBI (Otherworld Bureau of Investigation) agent enters the fabled land to steal a jewel.  He steals a woman instead.   After that I have the mass market version of Awaken Me Darkly.  Then Enslave Me Sweetly (the second alien huntress novel), Animal Instincts (my first contemporary), Oh My Goth (my first YA romance), Mysteria (an anthology with MaryJanice Davidson, PC Cast and Susan Grant), and Playing With Fire, a book about a woman who develops unexpected super powers.  And that's just my 2006 schedule.     

PNR: Thanks Gena, for taking the time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what's new and how can they contact you? 

Gena S.: It was my pleasure!  I happen to be my favorite subject J
Check out my blog



Featured in this Issue:

Gena Showalter

J.R. Ward






















Gena Showalter



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February 1, 2006
ISBN #0373770960
384 pages

JEWEL OF ATLANTIS - All Atlantis seeks the Jewel of Dunamis, which legend claims can overcome any enemy. Grayson James, human agent for the ultra-secret Otherworld Bureau of Investigation, has orders to keep it from the wrong hands -- or destroy it. What he doesn't know is that Jewel is a woman, not a stone! But once he meets this precious gem, destroying her is the last thing on his mind...

Jewel, part goddess, part prophet, is a pawn in Atlantis's constant power struggles. She needs Gray's help to win freedom and uncover the secrets of her mysterious origins. Gray needs her wisdom to navigate monster-ridden Atlantis. But need blossoms into passionate love as they fight demons, dragons, vampires -- and a prophecy that says the bond between them could destroy them both

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March 1, 2006
ISBN: 1416517177
Ridding the world of evil, one alien at a time. . .

In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department, and she's the perfect girl for the job. Tough and sexy, she's earned each of her scars battling the elusive enemy among us. Now, investigating a series of killings, she is shaken to the core when a burst of violence leaves her partner Dallas fighting for his life. A tall, erotic stranger holds the power to heal the injured agent -- and to bind Mia in an electrifying and dangerous seduction. He is Kyrin en Arr of the deadly Arcadian species -- an alien, a murder suspect -- who has Mia walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. . . and edging closer to a shocking revelation that will shatter everything she's ever believed.

This title was previously released as a trade paperback, June 2005

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Downtown Press
May 30, 2006
ISBN: 0743497503
304 pages

Eden Black walks among humans, protecting them from the murderous evil of other-worlders who abduct and enslave. And though she appears to be human herself, Eden is an alien, a Raka, distinguished by ! her golden hair and skin, and gifted with the ominous ability to kill without remorse—and with total accuracy. Until the fateful night she has one shot to eliminate her target, a human slaver— and misses.

"Failure" is not in Eden's vocabulary. Neither is "partner"—but that's what she is forcibly assigned after recovering from her disastrous mission. A sexy, steely-nerved human agent, Lucius Adaire enjoys nothing more than sparking the fury -- and rousing the desire—of the fiery female assassin too proud to admit defeat. Locked in an assignment they ca! nnot afford to lose, Lucius and Eden find themselves bound in two high-stakes, heart-pounding games: the sensual web of kill or be killed and the erotic dance of seduction.

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Berkley Pub Group
June 30, 2006
ISBN: 0425211061
P. C. Cast ~ MaryJanice Davidson,
Susan Grant ~ Gena Showalter

Hunky werewolves, delicious demons and, drop-dead sexy witches all have the same address...


Hundreds of years ago, in the mountains of Colorado (just close enough to Denver for great shoe shopping), the small town of Mysteria was "accidentally" founded by a random act of demonic kindness. Over time, it has become a veritable magnet for the supernatural—a place where magic has quietly coexisted with the mundane world.

It's a town like any other town, where the high school's Fighting Fairies give fans something to cheer about, where everyone knows your name—if not exactly what you are—at the local bar, and where the wishing well actually lives up to its name.

Strange occurrences happen every day, but now the ladies of Mysteria are about to unleash a tempest of seduction that will have tongues wagging for centuries to come...

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Pocket Books
July 4, 2006
ISBN: 1416524746
It's Mean Girls meets Freaky Friday when a fiercely individualist Goth girl wakes up to discover that the whole world has gone Goth and she's actually - gag - popular.

Jade Leigh is a nonconformist who values individuality above all else. She has a small group of like-minded Goth friends who wear black, dabble in the dark arts, and thrive outside the norm. They're considered the "freaks" of their high school. But when Jade's smart mouth lands her in trouble—again—her principal decides to teach her a lesson she'll never forget.

Taken to a remote location where she is strapped down and sedated, Jade wakes up in an alternate universe where she rules the school. But her best friends won't talk to her, and the people she used to hate are all Goth. Only Clarik, the mysterious new boy in town, operates outside all the cliques. And only Mercedes, the Barbie clone Jade loathes, believes that Jade's stuck in a virtual reality game— because she's stuck there, too, now living the life of a "freak." How will they ever get back to reality? Can things ever really be the same?

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September 1, 2006
ISBN: 0373771290
Belle Jamison, Superhero?

Used to be, my greatest achievement was holding a job more than three days. Now, suddenly I can shoot fireballs, chill your drink, or blow-dry your hair at fifty paces with a blink of my eye! It all started when a crazy scientist dropped something in my Grande Mocha Latte. Of course I got wicked sick. Next morning, I'm waking up with a major hottie bending over me. He tells me 1) his name's Rome Matthews, 2) he's a government agent, and 3) I can control the four elements with a thought. He seems even less pleased by my (apparently irreversible) transformation than I am because now he'll have to kill me. Still. I didn't make this bed of trouble, but Rome sure wants me to lie in it. . . with him.

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