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I am often asked what the difference is between paranormal romance and urban fantasy since I write both—The Nightcreature Novels are my paranormal romance series—Blue Moon, Thunder Moon etc—and The Phoenix Chronicles is my new urban fantasy series that begins this week with Any Given Doomsday.

Paranormal romance has one hero and one heroine.  The book is primarily a romance, with the relationship and the plot resolved in that book, though characters can continue, usually secondary characters in other books.  Most paranormal romances are told in the 3rd person, although my series was told in the first person.  They can be set in the past, present or future. Paranormal romances can be both light or dark.  The line between good and evil is very clearly defined with the hero and heroine being firmly on the side of good—although there may be some question about one or the other’s allegiance, but that is resolved by the end of the book. Paranormal romances have more romantic covers with the hero and the heroine or sometimes just the hero.

In the first book of my paranormal romance series, Blue Moon, Officer Jessie McQuade has seen plenty in her years on the force—but nothing as intriguing as the gorgeous, naked man she encounters while tracking a rogue wolf. Professor Will Cadotte is a Native American activist. He’s also the only man capable of distracting Jessie from her work. And for a cop, distraction—no matter how pleasurable—can be deadly. It’s against Jessie’s better judgment to accept Will’s help in her investigation, yet she soon finds herself doing exactly that—and more. Will’s dark, penetrating eyes see into a part of Jessie’s soul she never knew existed. It’s exhilarating…and terrifying.
Now, as a town’s deepest secrets come to light, no one is safe: not friends, lovers, or strangers. And as Jessie follows a bloody trail to the shocking truth, she’ll have to decide whom she can trust when the moon is full…

Other examples—Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Lynsay Sands

Novels of urban fantasy have a continuing character—usually a heroine but can be a hero, who is of the kick ass variety.  There is often more than one love interest and therefore the relationship is not resolved in one book, sometimes neither relationship is ever resolved and more may be added in future novels.  In urban fantasy, there is a finer line between good and evil.  One or more characters may be anti-heroes.  The heroine may have a relationship, romantic or otherwise, with someone from the dark side.  Relationships and plotlines continue into other books.  Urban fantasy is usually told from the first person point of view of the main character.  Most urban fantasy novels have contemporary settings in familiar urban arenas.  They are usually very dark.  These covers are more mainstream in tone having concept covers or heroine only covers, body part covers.

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Darkness will summon her…

Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Department’s fight against injustice. But when Liz’s foster mother is found viciously murdered—and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene—her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams…of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what in the world do they have to do with her former lover, Jimmy Sanducci?

To places she’s never been before…

While the police question Jimmy in the murder, Jimmy opens Liz’s eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them. Now, with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz—ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core…and put the survival of the human race in peril.…

In my debut urban fantasy, Any Given Doomsday, available Nov. 4, readers are introduced to Elizabeth Phoenix, an ex-cop with psychic abilities who is drawn into an age-old supernatural conflict.  Liz begins to have dreams of malevolent creatures disguised as humans.  Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Liz is now among them.  She must travel from her hometown of Milwaukee to the gorgeous vistas of New Mexico, then on to the glittering world of Manhattan as she fights demons of Biblical proportions along with the two men in her life, both hot as hell and neither completely human.

Other examples-Laurel K. Hamilton, LA Banks, Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong

I enjoy both genres—both reading and writing them.  My favorite thing about paranormal romance is the romance in the middle of incredible, supernatural forces.  My favorite thing about urban fantasy is the darkness, the danger, the possibilities—not everyone gets out alive, not everyone stays dead.

Which do you prefer paranormal romance or urban fantasy and why?

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