First Two Fairelle on Sale One Week Only!

Hey Everyone! It’s been a while, both on my blog as well as on my newsletter and I feel like I’ve abandoned you ūüôĀ I am sorry to those of you that have waited for my next book! I’ve had so much going on! Between writing screenplays and turning a few of my book series into TV series to my son’s auditions, to having to move and all of my conventions in between! WHEW! I have been so busy! And because of that I’ve not posted as much as I’d like. So I decided to make it up to you I’d do a sale!!

The first book in my Fairelle series Red the Were Hunter is FREE for one week! 

What if you were the key to an ancient prophecy that would begin to heal your lands, but fulfilling your destiny meant you had to turn your back on everything you’d been taught to believe in?

Redlynn of Volkzene, a member of the Sisterhood of Red, is heartbroken to discover another girl kidnapped and her best friend slain by werewolves. Defying the head of her order, she sets out to kill the beast she believes responsible.¬† The King of the Weres‚Äď But there are worse things in WolvenglenForest than the wolves.

Adrian, reluctant heir to the throne of Wolvenglen, and his band of wolf brothers are bound to protect the humans; especially the Sisterhood. Finding Redlynn unconscious in his woods, awakens in him a passion he’s never before experienced and a protective instinct that has him ready to turn on his own men. Problem is, a female is the last thing Adrian needs complicating his life.

But all is not as it seems in Wolvenglen Forest and to save the missing girls before time runs out, Redlynn and Adrian must move past their inner demons and learn to trust each other. In the search for vengeance, however, sometimes you have to sacrifice what you desire most.

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And the second book Snow the Vampire Slayer is ONLY .99 for one week!

Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of playing ‚Äúmother‚ÄĚ to her seven Vampire Slaying brothers. For the past two years, she‚Äôs yearned to be out there fighting at their side as they hunt for bloodsuckers in the black of night. Snow is as good a fighter as any man, but she wasn‚Äôt called to be a Slayer. A mere formality in her book.

Prince Sageren, Son of Lothar has spent the last fifty years in exile, awaiting the day when he can finally avenge his family and take back his throne. Barely existing, he‚Äôs forced to face his inner demons and the monster he once was, compelling him to vow to never drink from humans again. A simple enough task‚Äďuntil he crosses paths with a human who makes his fangs ache to drain her.

When Snow runs into Prince Sage on a late night trip to the woods, she’s torn between the urge to kill him and the desire to succumb to the feeling he stirs within her. And when Snow’s life is threatened by the same evil that murdered his family, Prince Sage must enlist the aid of Snow’s brothers to not only help him save her life, but to also regain his rightful place as King of the Vampires.

If Sage can keep the Slayers from killing him first.

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I hope you all enjoy the books! And if you do remember to leave a review on your favorite retailer!! Have a great weekend and be sure to share the links on your social media and your friends!

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New Covers for Fairelle

I’ve been contemplating changing the Fairelle covers for some time but the fear of the unknown has kept me from doing it. Until now. In an effort to preserve the original ideas and feel while still making them more dynamic, I came up with these new covers for the series. I am happy with how they came out and feel they give the books a much needed facelift that belies the fantasy and yet romantic nature of the books.

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The Books are Fantasy Romance – Fairytale Retellings. You can learn more about them on their individual pages and they are for sale on all major online retailers. I hope you enjoy them and their new covers as much as I do.

Yanti’s Choice – Free Fairelle Short Story

Hello Everyone! For those of you who have read my Fairelle series you may not know it but there is a new short story available for free on Amazon called Yanti’s Choice. It is a short story about Yanti from the Red the Were Hunter book.

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Blurb

Yanti’s Choice ‚Äď A Fairelle Short Story
Since she turned eighteen Yanti has been the highest sought after mate for every eligible male in Wolvenglen. But in their society it’s not the male who chooses the mate.

Yanti has always wanted Roal; the one wolf that hasn’t shown any interest in her as anything more than a friend. Disappointed Yanti refuses to give up on him. But dashing handsome Lash has her in his sights and won’t give up until he has her.

Roal knows that Yanti is more than special and deserves only the best male in Wolvenglen. But Roal feels more comfortable with his books than actually telling her of his feeling.

And when it looks like Yanti has chosen another male as her mate, Roal makes a decision that could cost both of them a happily ever after.

This is a short story in the Fairelle World. It also contains the first chapter of Red the Were Hunter and Snow The Vampire Slayer. Books One and Two of the Fairelle Series.

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Release Day for Zelle and the Tower – Fairelle Book Three

Zelle and the Tower

Rebekah R. Ganiere

Released and is .99 for just a few more hours!

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Blurb: Sweet and na√Įve Rapunzelle possesses a dangerous and powerful magick. Her entire life has been spent in a mage tower built by her father, to keep her safe. Or so she’s been told.

Flint Gwyn has spent the better part of the last year wandering Fairelle, wanting nothing more than to wash away the pain of letting his family down. Between drinking and womanizing he plummets in to despair, with only Dax the werebear to keep him from getting himself killed.

When Flint and Dax stumble into Zelle’s tower while running from a dragon, she finds herself drawn to him in a way that awakens startling memories she cannot place. And the longer he stays, the closer she comes to losing her heart.

Unable to control his feelings for the lonely maiden who brings him peace for the first time in his life, Flint fights to release her from her prison. But in doing so, he may very well bring down the wrath of an evil that’s plagued Fairelle for a hundred years.

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Excerpt:

“You know that normal is only a fairy tale, right?” he asked.
Zelle inched closer to him. Her willowy form barely reached his shoulder. Her hands were delicate, shoulders slim, her neck long and slender. Every part of her looked like a fragile doll. Except the presence that wafted off of her. The confidence she exuded combated that appearance. Every inch of her exuded sensuality.
Her hand snaked out and splayed against his chest. “You won’t hurt me.”
“No, I won’t.” From the glow of her purple eyes, he knew there was a reason she stayed in her tower. Power was the only word he could think of. Power and magick.
He ran a shaky hand through her long soft tresses and pushed the hair over her shoulder revealing more of her throat. Her perfectly full, peachy lips waited for him, just inches away. His erection stirred at the thought of kissing her again.
She stepped into him, pressing against his body. Her supple breasts smashed into his torso and her hips found purchase between his own. The contact was like a lantern switching on inside him. Every part of him woke up and paid attention.
“Kiss me again.”
He should be chivalrous and do the right thing. Leave the sweet creature be, and not poison her with his anger and pain. But the pounding in his ribcage, and the feelings she aroused in him, were like no other. Never before had he wanted to be with a woman so badly. And never before had one held so much sway over his person.
He wondered for a moment if she had bewitched him, before pressing his lips to hers and tasting her sweet fragrance. He lifted her from the ground, pinning her against the wall with his knees between her thighs. Her soft frame molded into his as she tangled her fingers in his hair. Their tongues swirled together in a soft dance of desire and he fought to keep from ripping her dress from her.
His body responded of its own accord, his need growing with each passing moment. She reached down to the hem of his tunic and lifted it, running her fingers underneath. He’d never let someone touch his scars before. Never even let people see them before besides his family.

The women he’d been with, he’d forced to face the wall till he was done.
The desire to take Zelle down to her plush bed and make love to her flooded him. He slowed his kisses, his brain screaming that this was wrong. He didn’t deserve this. She pushed her hands higher, raising his tunic to his shoulder. She traced a scar with her mouth, kissing his skin.
Flint swallowed a lump in his throat and moaned. Her fingers twined in the dark curls of his chest hair. Moving over to his nipple, she flicked out her tongue and licked around it. He slammed his hands into the wall on either side of her, and pulled away, trying to control himself. She slid down a couple of inches and   worked her way across his chest with her mouth and fingers, bringing him torturous pleasure.
He had no doubt she knew what she was doing, but the thought that she had done this before wasn’t something he could comprehend. She’d said he was the first who had ever gotten into her tower before. Had that been a lie? Pulling away from her was the hardest thing he’d ever done.
“What is it?” She looked up at him.
“Nothing.”
“Did I do something to upset you?”
“No. You’re wonderful. I just‚Ķ” He swallowed hard. This wasn’t good. He’d known her less than a week and already he had feelings for her. Feelings he hadn’t planned on. Feelings he didn’t know what to do about.

 

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Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? Steampunk

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Welcome to What’s in a Genre? If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi

This week I want to talk about a genre that I love, love, love! Steampunk! But I get a lot of people asking me what Steampunk is.

Steampunk can be defined as Victorian Futurism. Don’t know what that is? Let me explain!

Steampunk is set in the Victorian Era. The time of corsets and top hats. Waistcoats and parasols. It can be set in New England or England. The wild west or in the south. No matter where it is set it had to be in the Victorian Era and it had to include futuristic elements.

Ray guns and airships, jetpacks and goggles. The Sci-Fi elements are futuristic for the time period. Vehicles are often powered by steam and made from copper, iron and brass.

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Women wear corsets and carry weapons at the same time.

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And plots usually are about a dark overlord trying to get their hands on technology to dominate the world. Technology plays a large part of the stories and the science behind them is well thought out and extensive.

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Just putting gears on things won’t work. Especially for avid Steampunk lovers. For them you need to really know what you are writing.

Some of my favorite movies are Steampunk and I even have a Steampunk Alice in Wonderland story that I have sitting on my hard drive. Steampunk is fun and fanciful and the technology is only limited by your imagination. Just make sure that you have a lot of time for research because once you start, it’s hard to stop!

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Welcome to What’s in a Genre?
If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk

Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi

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Welcome once again to the next week of What’s in a Genre? If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery

This week I want to talk about¬†a genre that I am still trying to get parameters on myself. A genre that is as vague to me as saying ‘all people are different’.

The genre I speak of is, Magical Realism. For all intents and purposes Magical Realism is defined as: Magical elements in the normal world that are excepted by people who come in contact with them.

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Magical Realism –¬†Basically, it’s finding the magic in today’s world. When writing it, there isn’t an over abundance of magic, like in fantasy. It neither rules the world nor is it a fundamental element or base of the story. There is simply magic in small ways that isn’t usually explained though commonly accepted.

For instance, if someone has telepathy, or can fly, or can appear when they are mentioned. That is magical realism. It is subtle and not common but no one really questions it either. It takes what is real and bends it just far enough to the extreme to make it magical, yet people can also explain it away as coincidence or “just the way things are”. They are plausible.

Magical Realism can be set in any time and any place here on Earth. Maybe it’s fairies in the glen, or a woman that lives for hundreds of years and pops up in photos. Maybe it’s someone who is always there when you need help, or knows what you need when you need it. Whatever it may be, the characters accept them as being what they are and the story is not based around that magical element.

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The last Genre I am going to discuss this month is one that I love: Sci-Fi.

Sci-Fi ‚Äď Science Fiction can be like Magical Realism in the aspect that it takes what is plausible and real and stretches it. The difference is, there is a scientific reason behind it. There is science and technology that, though made up, are something that could be real under the right circumstances, or with the right research. Sci-fi can be set on Earth as well as a different planet. Science Fiction can cover, futuristic, dystopian, space travel, time travel, parallel universe, aliens and more.

My novel Dead Awakening is an Urban Fantasy, but it is also Sci-Fi. It is about a girl who enters an unsanctioned drug trial, only to wake up strapped to a hospital bed in a derelict building with no memory of who she was or how she got there. That is Sci-fi. Have you read the side effects of drug nowadays? Death is definitely one! So why not zombies?

Over the last twenty years Sci-Fi has gone from being totally in outer space to more Earth based science. One of my favorites though is still Space Opera.

A Space Opera is a sub genre of Sci-Fi. It is called Space Opera as a play on Soap Opera in space. Space Operas have strong romantic elements and tend to be a bit melodramatic. They take place completely in outer space and contain futuristic weaponry and advanced races.

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Come back and join me next week so find out more about Steampunk!

 If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk

Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery

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Hello again! Welcome once again to my writing series on genres.

I’ve been asked about many times. What genre is my Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi book supposed to be in? Where is the list of classifications? Where do we draw the line when it comes to gore, sex, cyber mechanics? Where do I fit?

If you missed my last two posts, they covered Paranormal Romance versus Urban Fantasy and High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy.

This week I want to talk about Sword and Sorcery and Dark Fantasy.

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So what is the difference between them?

Dark¬†Fantasy ‚Äď Is a lot like General Fantasy. It’s¬†in its own world,¬†completely made up by the author. It can have elements of Earth, but is not set on Earth. It¬†can have Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Fae, Trolls, Goblins, Elves,¬†and Magic but it also has darker elements. Horror, being the main one. Dark Fantasy may have an overall sense of foreboding, depressive overtones, gore, violence, and a sense of dread.

A story with werewolves and vampires or orcs and goblins would be considered Dark Fantasy, as opposed to a story with a serial killer that is not a supernatural creature, which would just be horror.

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Sword and Sorcery Р Sword and Sorcery is much like other types of fantasy. All of the other world points apply. But unlike a High Fantasy that is an epic sweep about the world, Sword and Sorcery is more about one person and their struggle in the world. The hero or the heroine. Sword and Sorcery has quite a bit of swordplay and magic and even romance. And if there is a theme of good versus evil, the theme is a personal one, not one that will change the world. And though a Sword and Sorcery book can span several books with the same protagonist, the hero usually is a traveller who yearns to move beyond the fighting to a peaceful life. Which they usually receive in the end.

I personally have never read a Dark Fantasy or a Sword and Sorcery. I find that they tend to be a small portion of the fantasy genre. More and more the High Fantasy are becoming a more popular genre. I would love to read a Sword and Sorcery. Something that is just about people and not about someone saving the world.

Come back¬†next week when I’ll discuss Magical Realism and Sci-Fi.

Did you miss the first few posts in this series? Here they are!

Welcome to What’s in a Genre? If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk

Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy

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Hello again my lovelies! So I decided to make a few changes to my blog this year. You may have already seen the Monster Monday posts. Now on Wednesdays I will try to have posts related to writing.

So I decided to start out with a subject that I’ve been asked about many times. What genre is my Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi book supposed to be in? Where is the list of classifications? Where do we draw the line when it comes to gore, sex, cyber mechanics? Where do I fit?

If you missed my post last week, it covered Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy.

This week I want to talk about a genre that I am neck deep in right now. Fantasy Romance. My Fairelle Series is completely Fantasy Romance. But within the Fantasy genre there are so many different sub-genres. High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Sword and Sorcery, Dark Fantasy.

So what is the difference between them? Well, Today I will talk about General Fantasy, High Fantasy and Epic Fantasy.

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General Fantasy ‚Äď The main difference between Fantasy and Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance is that Fantasy is in its own world, not here. The world of a Fantasy book is completely made up by the author. It can have elements of Earth, like in my Fairelle Series, which is a series of fairytales loosely set in a middle ages world called Fairelle. Fantasy can have Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Fae, Trolls, Goblins, Elves, you name it! Magic is a big part of a fantasy world as well. Fantasy Romance would be like Paranormal Romance as far as rules for the romance applying, only set in a Fantasy world.

High Fantasy –¬†¬†High fantasy is fantasy fiction set in an alternate world created by the author rather than Earth. In High Fantasy the POV is usually told by the hero. The hero usually has a mentor that helps them fulfill their potential. There is a dark force that is destroying the world and the hero has to try to save everyone. High Fantasy usually has to do with Good verses Evil. It is told on a grand scheme involving more than just a few main characters.

In High Fantasy the rules and laws of the world are usually unique and unlike the rules and laws of Earth. All kinds of races and classes can be seen in fantasy, but the hero is usually of Good nature, while the villain is of Evil nature.

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Epic Fantasy – So if there is High Fantasy, and there is Low Fantasy, what is Epic Fantasy? Epic Fantasy has most of the characteristics of High Fantasy with the exception that Epic Fantasy does not have to be Good versus Evil. It also has to be more than one book in length. To qualify as an Epic Fantasy there needs to be at least a trilogy to resolve the problems in the books. In both Epic and High Fantasy the hero usually starts as a child or teen, sometimes the chosen one, and you can follow them for years on their journey to fulfill their destiny.

Lineage can play a large part of the Hero on his journey. His parentage, of date of birth or magical abilities.

 

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Currently, I have my Fantasy Romance Series Fairelle. It is set in the world of Farielle with its own rules and laws and creatures. One of the most important things to do when you write fantasy is research. Research creatures and time periods and governments. Gods and churches and habitats. Map out your world, plot your world, create your world from the ground up.

 

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Stay tuned for next week when I’ll discuss Dark Fantasy, Low Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery.

Here are the links for all five parts of this series!

Welcome to What’s in a Genre? If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk

Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? Paranormal Romance vs. Urban Fantasy

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Hello my lovelies! So I decided to make a few changes to my blog this year. You may have already seen the Monster Monday posts. Now on Wednesdays I will try to have posts related to writing.

So I decided to start out with a subject that I’ve been asked about many times. What genre is my Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi book supposed to be in? Where is the list of classifications? Where do we draw the line when it comes to gore, sex, cyber mechanics? Where do I fit?

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With the birth of so many different genres and the explosion of self publishing, it can be difficult to find the right shelf to tuck your book onto. Especially when you look at the categories on Smashwords or Amazon or BN and you think, “I could go in ten of those!”

When writing Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Sci-fi and other types of speculative fiction, it is sometimes hard to know where to place the book. When I wrote Dead Awakenings I felt the same way, was it Urban fantasy or was it Paranormal Romance? And as I continued with Reign of the Vampires and then the Fairelle and Otherworlder series I wanted to know where my books fit.

Readers do not always know which genre a book falls in, but there are several telltale signs that help them know whether a book is in a genre that they prefer, or if it isn’t. So for the next several weeks I will be posting the differences between different Paranormal Genres to help writers and readers know what to look for.

So for those of us who wonder where to put our “Biomechanical Princess trying to rule the Elf Kingdom while defeating the Ghost haunting her castle and marrying the Werewolf, all while going to school in downtown NYC”, this is a little bit of information to help you out.

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So let me start with the two hardest and closest genres out there: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy.

Paranormal Romance ‚Äď Paranormal Romance starts out being defined by the romantic element. To be a PR, you must have a Happily Ever After or Happily For Now. Those are two things that romance requires.

In a PR series, you find that each book is about a different hero and heroine.

Lastly, PR books are books where the romance is the main plot and of focus of the book and other plots are subsequent to it. Ask yourself this question: If I took away the love interest in this book, would it stand on its own? If your answer is “No”, then it’s PR. If it’s “Yes”, then maybe look at a different genre.

Paranormal romance is also usually associated with, Werewolves, Vampires, Shifters, Ghosts, Fae, and other humanoid characters. That isn’t to say that dragon shifters or mages aren’t PR, they can be, if they are set on Earth.

Paranormal Romance’s are usually set in present time, however they can be futuristic or historical. Paranormal Romance can encompass Dystopian elements, like my novel Reign of the Vampires, or can be in ancient times.

The biggest thing to remember when trying to decide if your book is PR is to look at the rules of romance and to make sure those all apply to your book.

Urban Fantasy ‚Äď Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance are split by some pretty thin hairs. Urban Fantasy is usually in a city, urban setting. Possibly rural, but mainly in an urban area.

It may or may not have romance. If it does have romance, the romance is Not the main focus of the book. That is not to say that an Urban Fantasy cannot have sex, it can. It can even have a lot of sex, but the love story is not the main focus. There is another plot that drives the book.

In an Urban Fantasy series there can be multiple books about the same couple. They don’t have to have an HEA or HFN. There are several Urban Fantasies that even had unhappy endings. So when readers look for an Urban Fantasy they should prepare for that.

Urban Fantasies can have paranormal characters, human characters, wizards, assassins, be dystopian, or the here and now.

So how can a reader tell if they are looking at an Urban Fantasy cover or a Paranormal Romance cover? Easy. What is on the cover? Is it a sexy couple or a strong female? Paranormal Romances tend to have couple in an embrace or together. Urban fantasies can have just the hero or heroine or something completely different.

Here are two of my covers. One is for my Fantasy Romance series and the other is my Urban Fantasy. Can you tell the difference?

 

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Here are links to all five parts of this series:

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk