Book Tour: Antique Charming, Guest Post & Giveaway by Natalie-Nicole Bates
How Paranormal Romance Found Me
By Natalie-Nicole Bates
|If you would have asked me six months ago what genre of romance I write I would have told you, contemporary, without a hesitation. Indeed, my first sale this past summer is a contemporary romance titled Change of Address, which will be available from Secret Cravings Publishing this coming January, 2012.
Paranormal is an amazing genre that has always interested me. But as a book reviewer, I’ve seen it all—vamps, weres, shifters, zombies—writers were already writing these and writing it well. I felt that if I wanted to ever write anything in this genre, I needed to find a new idea, a fresh idea.
|I am an avid collector of Victorian and Edwardian era photographs. To me, there is much beauty in these amazing black and white stills. This past spring, I found a photograph from an online seller that completely captivated me. The size of a postcard, but printed on much thicker stock was the image of a funeral home (I come from a long line of folks in the funeral care business). Outside, a very handsome man stands proudly with his hands clasped in front of him, most likely one of the owners at the time. Although the photo is slightly faded, you can still clearly make out the reflection in the glass of a black funeral carriage tied with elaborate ribbons. The back of the photo reads in very scripted writing, “Week of Oct-11-1896.”
Although the photo was pricy, I splurged and bought it for myself.
|When I finally had it in my hands, I was in love. And then the thought finally struck me, what if a very lovely woman just starting out on her own in the funeral business buys this particular funeral home, and what would happen if she receives a visit from the very handsome man in the photo who claims to own the funeral home?
That is how Antique Charming came to be. I get asked frequently why this story is so short. My reason is because Antique Charming was never meant to be a full length novel, but just a delightful bite of paranormal romance to be enjoyed by a reader in a short period of time. Perhaps at some future time I will speak with my publisher about lengthening it into a full length novel. But for right now, my photographs are beginning to speak to me and perhaps inspiring me to write a few more paranormal spins.
About the Author:
Natalie Nicole-Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her short paranormal romance, Antique Charming, was published by Books To Go Now Publishing in October 2011 and her contemporary romance, Change of Address, is scheduled to be published by Secret Cravings in January 2012.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.
Visit Natalie online at http://natalienicolebates.blogspot.com/
Antique Charming by Natalie-Nicole Bates
|The night he came home…forever
Third-generation funeral director Lizzie Morton is about to have her dream realized. She has purchased the long abandoned Nichols Funeral Home and its upstairs flat, determined to restore the funeral home to its once former glory.
But a late night visitor, Adam Nichols, claims the funeral home still belongs to his family. Lizzie scoffs at his odd behaviour and outlandish claims, but when a vintage photograph appears, she soon realizes, to her horror, that Adam Nichols did once own the funeral home—more than one hundred years ago—and now she has allowed this entity to pass into her home.
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Excerpt: from Antique Charming
She heard it again.
The same time as last Friday night.
Three taps at her front door.
Lizzie muted the television, tossed the blanket off of her body and scurried out of bed. She slipped her robe over her shoulders and tied it securely, determined to find out who in the world would knock at her door at three in the morning. By the time she had reached the door the week previous, no one was there. The street had been dark and still.
It had to be a mistake. She had only recently closed sale on the long abandoned funeral home, determined to restore it to its once former glory. She had only been living in the upstairs flat for a few weeks.
As she hurried down the staircase, each step beneath her feet creaked in protest. There was no one visible through the peephole. She unchained the door and opened it just enough to peek around it.
No one was there, just like the previous week.
The street was dark and quiet. Not even the whisper of a wind could be detected. Only the cold dampness of the October night raised a chill on her skin.
Who was playing this weekly joke on her? Could it be the ghosts of some departed soul who had passed through the halls of Nichols Funeral Home sometime during the past century? A small smile crossed her lips as she prepared to close and lock the door. She was a third generation Funeral Director. Did she now believe in ghosts?
Before the door could close, a hand poked into the slight space and seized her wrist. A cry rose in her throat and she jerked backward, but the hand held tight and the door flung open.
The man emerged, shrouded in darkness. He was an ethereal creature, tall, and dressed in anonymous black. Only a streetlight glowed behind him.
“I’m home,” he announced.
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