Sunday, January 31, 2016

WHY? BECAUSE I CAN by Tena Stetler

Roses and Readers, please welcome our guest, Tena Stetler.

Hello, everyone!  Glad to see you could make it.  I’ve been asked why I write paranormal romance more times than I can count.  My cheeky answer –  because I can.  Really, I enjoy taking my readers to places they may not have been, doing things they may not have done, with creatures they may not know walk among us.  Basically, I love whisking them off from their normal hum drum life to a romantic adventure.
Some of my werewolves are from the frozen tundra of spectacular Alaska.  Others are only half werewolf, spent most their lives using their preternatural abilities in the special forces, defending our country. Now they find themselves in a new phase of their life.
Vampires, demon’s, witches, oh my --  reside in Washington DC.  Now come on you already knew that.  Didn’t you?  Bet you didn’t know one of them owns and operates a upscale multi-species hair and nail salon in DC. That explains at lot. (At least it did in A Demon’s Witch)
These preternatural creatures have inhabited my mind since before I could read. While others had normal imaginary friends, now that’s an oxymoron. I played with vampires, werewolves, witches, demons and unicorns. If you don’t think my mom was worried.  Yep, always fit the definition of weird kid and embraced it.  But my real friends loved my stories growing up, their mothers, not so much.  When the night frights got bad, mom took me to the doctor who told her, I had an overactive imagination and would grow out of it.  Nope, never did, just wrote about.  LOL
My romances are meant to rip me, oh I mean you away from reality and plop you, my reader, into the middle of fantasy.  A bit on the spicy side the romances are meant to entertain, create a memorable love story with characters that will grab hold of your heart, hang on long after you’ve read the last word and closed the book with a sigh.  So next time you pick up a book, I hope you’ll lose yourself inside if for only a little while, it’s a stress reducer and can be just plain fun. 
Thanks for stopping by.  Remember the magic to happily ever after!


Candy Heart Romance - Charm Me  -  Blurb:
Summer Dawn Riley’s an extraordinary elemental witch whose troubled past haunts her. She’s created a calm life for herself teaching yoga and keeping people at a distance. Her life takes a one eighty degree turn when she enrolls in a women’s weapons class and meets ruggedly handsome Devlin Sawyer.

Devlin, a former Navy Seal, has sworn off women after two long-term failed relationships, but there is no denying his attraction to Summer. She intrigues him like no other woman ever has. Despite her attempts to ignore him, Summer is drawn to Devlin. His magic signature is strong, but he’s no warlock. Will Valentine’s Day magic find them a future together?


Getting to her feet, she brushed the dust from her black yoga pants, tugged at the bottom of her bright orange tunic, and flipped the light switch on. A soft glow of florescent lighting flooded the large room, soothing Summer’s nerves. Guess she would never be the same carefree individual she was before the incident. Oh, shake it off. You’re safe and it’s time to get on with life. “Come on Pip, let’s get this place open.”

A massive stone fireplace towered in the corner.  She picked up an arm full of wood and flung it in the general direction. Logs landed in the fire pit and neatly arranged themselves in a tepee shape. With a magic flick of her finger toward the hearth, flames raced up the aspen logs. “That’s better.”

She raised her arms, about to send the yoga mats back to their proper place when the heavy wooden front door creaked open. Piper rushed toward the door, teeth bared and a growl rumbled in her throat. Summer whirled around and yelped as Devlin ambled into the room, black hair tousled and glistening with melting snowflakes. His nonchalance at the dog’s approach surprised her as he slowed to a stop. Piper sniffed around him, backed up a few inches, then stood at alert in front of Devlin.

“You scared the bejeebers out of me.” Summer held her hand to her chest as her heart thundered.
“What are you doing here?”
“Call your guard dog off and I’ll tell you.” The corners of Devlin’s mouth curved up into a smile, a faint light twinkled in the depths of his dark eyes.
“Piper, leave it…come.” The dog gave Devlin a last sideways glance, trotted back to Summer and sat at her side.

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About the Author:
Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance author with an over-active imagination.  She wrote her first vampire romance at the age of twelve, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. Colorado is her home; shared with her husband, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle.  Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn. 

Here’s where you can find me: (I love to hear from readers and other authors!)


Margo Hoornstra said...

Welcome, Tena. Thanks for 'ripping' me away from reality today. I needed that! Fantastic post. Best of luck with Charm Me.

Alicia Dean said...

Ahh, yes! I love the different settings you've given your paranormal characters. Great post! I also had an overactive imagination as a child. Good thing we didn't grow out of it, right? :) Congrats on the new release. The Candy Hearts series is such a cute idea.

M. S. Spencer said...

Always love your stuff, Tena! I guess paranormal is the ultimate fiction--you can make it whatever you want. M. S.

Jannine Gallant said...

My only foray into paranormal was a ghost story. You make it sound super entertaining, though! Good luck with sales for this new one, Tena!

Tena Stetler said...

Thanks so much for having me today, Brenda. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to visit. I really appreciate it!
It's cold and snowy here, just like in Charm Me. The Colorado Rocky Mountains are the back drop for the story! They also give me inspiration.

Rolynn Anderson said...

Thanks for explaining why you write paranormal. Turns out most of us writers are looking for characters and plots that are we often grab on to the abnormal. I've written about a woman who can hear brain rants from people who don't like her and a woman with an extraordinary/quirky memory. What can I say-I'm dabbling in your genre! I admire how your brain works...keep it up...and good luck with Summer and Devlin's story!

Tena Stetler said...

Thanks Rolynn for stopping by! I love to hear visit with readers and authors. Dabbling in paranormal is a lot of fun, especially with happy every after. LOL

Leah St. James said...

Oh how fun, Tena! Love the excerpt and the magical moments. (Sometimes I just don't understand authors who insist on constraining their witches' powers...the good ones, I mean. :-) Geez, if I could wave my arms and clean the bathrooms, I sure would!) Wishing you much luck with the book!

Anonymous said...

So interesting, you playing with these creatures. I 'played' with cowboys--still do! LOL guess this is what makes the world go round. Good luck with the book.

Tena Stetler said...

Leah and Andrea thanks so much for stopping by. They say love makes the world go around, which it does, but imagination and diversity does too!