Welcome to author Chris McHart and the tour for her newest novel, Unexpected Powers, book for in the Unexpected series. Chris is joining us to talk a bit about paranormal worlds, so enjoy, and then be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
And now, here’s Chris!
Creating Paranormal Worlds
I always thought I’m a contemporary girl… no world building, no paranormal rules to follow. It was easier that way. At least that’s what I thought. Then I started Alex’s Surprise. I still love my contemps, but I also discovered I enjoy creating a world that’s close to ours, but different. Mainly one where shifters, vampires and other supernatural beings exist. It allows me to play around with laws, with rules and with society. In the Unexpected Series, the human laws are nearly the same as ours, but the Vampire laws… not so much. They resemble the laws of the Middle Ages in Europe. People were married, no matter who they wanted to spend their life with.
I took some of the rules and customs and merged them into the series, giving Gerome and Luis (from book 3) a hell of a hard time. And Ash from book 4… well, Ash nearly broke because of them.
Writing paranormal gives me the chance to create a world as I need it, but it’s also sometimes pretty hard to keep everything straight… to remember all the laws, and why something works the way it works (or not. LOL)
It’s a break from our society, from our laws and rules, and a world where I’m the boss. I can torture my characters all I want, force them to marry, mate, hate and love, and to develop quite interesting powers… no, I won’t spoil more.
By now, I love it, and I’m working on another paranormal series with Aria Grace as well as book 5 in the Unexpected series (and a short story about a certain new character who appears in book 4. But I won’t tell you who it is.)
About the Book
Ash’s life hasn’t been the best so far. Mated to a man he hates, he resigns himself to his fate of being abused. When his mate kidnaps the highly pregnant Alex, they become friends, and to Ash’s surprise, Alex’s rescuer saves him as well. Now he can start a new life, but it’s going to be a lonely one, due to his visible and invisible scars.
D didn’t seek out a man, but one look at Ash and he’s head over heels in love. But Ash needs to work through his issues before he can see D’s love for him. Slowly, Ash learns to trust D, but with their growing feelings, other strange phenomena appear. What’s up with lights turning on without Ash touching the switch and doors opening on their own? Is something dangerous happening and threatening their blossoming love? Or is it something else altogether?
About the Unexpected Series
Alex’s Surprise: Alex wanted a night of hot passion with Gerome, but he gets more than he ever bargained for. His life will be changed forever in a world where he’ll be thrown in jail— or worse— for being pregnant.
Alex’s best friend, Sam, has been acting strange ever since he met Alex’s one-night stand, but now Alex needs help in order to hide, and Sam is his only hope.
Saving Alex: Not only is Alex pregnant, something punishable by jail time, but Gerome, the father of the baby, is a vampire prince. When strangers invade Alex’s home and kidnap him, he doesn’t know who is responsible, if he’ll ever see the man he loves again, or even get to see the child growing inside him.
Considering himself the father of his lover’s child, Sam has a hard time standing around and letting others plan Alex’s rescue. But when the Prince and his trackers find an important clue, the race to save his beloved is on. Now all he can do is cross his fingers that the scheme they’ve devised will work.
When Prince Gerome receives ransom demands, the instructions are clear: mate a complete stranger or he’ll never see Alex or the child he carries again. Will he be able to convince his newly intended to help, or will those seeking to dethrone his family win this evil game of blackmail?
Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me: When his father, King Harold, forces Prince Gerome to mate a complete stranger in order to save his unborn child, he complies with a heavy heart and says goodbye to all his dreams of finding love. Gerome’s hurt and treats his mate the way he’s been taught all his life: through power and submission. But with Luis, it doesn’t work.
When Luis is mated off to a stranger, his world ends. He was a carefree student one day and the next a vampire prince demands his submission. He can’t run, but he can hide and hate in silence. So he withdraws until only a shell remains.
Neither of the men has any chance of finding love together until a friend intervenes. Can Gerome forget what he’s been taught all his life, and is it possible for Luis to forget what’s happened to him? Will they ever find their own happy ending? And can love blossom where only hate exists?
About the Author
Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whisky. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).