Thursday, November 27, 2014

Magic in the Real World by Giselle Renarde

When I started writing my dark romance Seven Kisses, I didn't anticipate the novel would turn into magical realism. I also didn't realize it would turn into an erotic adaptation of Beauty and the Beast or thinly-veiled Archer fan fiction, but that's a story for another day.

I'd conceptualized Seven Kisses as REAL realism, but before long I knew the book NEEDED a touch of magic. That magical element was required to offset the horror and the fear.

Gabrielle*, my protagonist, spends a good part of the novel drugged and strapped to a hospital bed against her will. After everything she goes through, she deserves an experience far more magical than mere escape--something more magical even than love.

I think I need that, too, even though my life is filled to the brim with love and it's nowhere near horrific. I think I need magic, and I think I need fear.

Last week I watched a free preview channel called Crime and Investigation. Mainly, it was three billion episodes of Law and Order, which was fine by me. I went with it. But then a different show came on: My Haunted House. And it scared the bejeezus out of me.

Okay, it was two in the morning and I was alone in the apartment, so maybe I was predisposed via setting to being wildly afraid of something that was only mildly scary. But maybe not.  The stories were terribly terrifying.

My Haunted House turned me into the kid I used to be.  When I was younger, I loved all things paranormal. Ghosts topped that list. Today, in erotic romance, "paranormal" seems to be code for vampires and werewolves, which kinda sucks because vampires and werewolves have never appealed to me.

I can get on board with vampires if I really want to (blood has a certain appeal), but I find werewolves puzzling.  If you want to write about them, it seems like you have to be really attuned to the trend. I've written one werewolf ebook. It's a twentieth century historical called The Beast In Me (named after this song). I really quite like my werewolf historical, but I don't think it ever saw a review over 3 stars. So that was the first and last werewolf book for me.

Back to ghosts.  I like ghosts. I like witches.  I like creepy, unexplainable things. I like telepathy. I like telekinesis. I like demonic possession.

So why don't I write more of it?

Hmm... I'm not really sure. Maybe I'll put that on the resolutions list for 2015.

In the meantime, a lot of people have asked where they can buy Seven Kisses (and get their magic on!), so here are links to for Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. It's available a bunch of other places too, as an ebook and in print.

*Within the first few paragraphs, I was having so much trouble typing "Gabrielle" that I had to transcribe the name as "ghgh" and then do a general search-and-replace. The name tripped up my fingers. Not just that, but it's too close to mine. Either I'd type "Giselle" or I'd type Gabrighsle (yeah, it trips up my fingers THAT much!). Then when I started watching Archer, the name started coming out as "Lana" and that's when I knew I'd fallen deep into fanfic mode, but like I said: a story for another day.


  1. I think we all need to experience variety in our consciousness. Some do it with drugs, others by being frightened or awed by books. sexual stimulation, or movies. Some take us to other worlds, other ways of being. I don't do much with paranormal; I usually find that real life is as perplexing and fablonjed as is.

  2. Giselle:
    I started reading "Seven Kisses" earlier this week. Throw out the rules about rape, rape as titillation and bestiality, I am captivated by the story and the ability of the storyteller. You have a well honed ability to stay in the moment. I wish I could describe it better but I can't deconstruct the way Garce can. It's just a few extra exchanges of dialogue, a few more sentences about the setting, even the internal dialogue (something I don't like for more than a sentence or two) that all lends to the depth of the story.

    If you have TCM on your cable/satellite, on Saturday night they are airing the Jean Cocteau version of Beauty and the Beast. There is such magic in that film version, the same magic that is unfolding on the pages as I read.

  3. It sounds as though I should add this to my TBR list, Giselle.

    Spencer, the Cocteau Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorite films. I first saw it more than forty years ago, when I was in college. Images still linger.

  4. Humans may need the stimulation of fear, mystery,forces beyond understanding. Those are things our minds and bodies had to adapt to in order to survive, and those "muscles" need to be exercised.

  5. I can't wait to read Seven Kisses, Giselle. It sounds so awesome, and I remember when you were first talking about it here. Also, I love this cover a lot.

    I liked your demonic possession book (Monstrous Obsession, I think it was called?). I would read more of that.

    Though I might have to tease you for scaring me (as you once teased me and Tamsin about zombies). Ghosts and demons are the two paranormal things that scare me to no end.


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