Monday, June 21, 2010

Monsters are Hot!


Today we welcome the fabulous Cynthia Eden to the Naughty Chicks clubhouse. Cynthia isn't just a terrific author, but those of us who have met her in person know she is a real sweetheart too.

Thanks so much to the Naughty Chicks for inviting me over today! It’s great to be here…and to be talking about monsters.

You see, I think monsters are hot. That may sound wrong, but it’s true. I love wolf shifters. Sure, they can get a bit furry, but they’re tough, they’re wild, they’re animalistic…and sexy.

And vamps…oh, yeah, they have a bit of a neck fetish, but they’re eternally young, eternally strong, and they have that whole I-Can-Mesmerize-You-With-My-Eyes thing happening. Sensual!!

Lately, another monster hero is on the rise in paranormal romances…the demon hero. Come on, can you get a better bad boy? I don’t know if it gets much badder than a demon.

I love writing and reading about these paranormal characters. They’re more than men. They’re stronger, more dangerous, and often (to me!) hotter. Come on…don’t you love the idea of an all-powerful vamp hero being at your beck and call? Or isn’t the idea of having a sexy shifter to yourself pretty tempting?

I’ve had a crush on monsters for years. I realized I had a problem early on. When I saw my first vamp movie, I didn’t root for the “hero”—no, I wanted my vamp to get his girl and to live (eternally) happily ever after. Didn’t happen in that movie, unfortunately, but these days, I make sure I always give my supernaturals their happy endings. After all, those hot monsters need love, too!

So I say bring on those monsters!!

But how do you feel about the monsters? Love ‘em? Have a particular favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. One commenter will win a copy of I’LL BE SLAYING YOU, my very soon-to-be released (on June 29) paranormal romance. And, yes, in I’LL BE SLAYING YOU, a hot monster will get a happy ending.

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes paranormal romances and romantic suspense novels. She is currently very busy writing her stories for Grand Central Publishing and Kensington Brava.

She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.

(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people). Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.

***Update - winner drawn for Cynthia's contest is MBreakfield. Congratulations!

40 comments:

Michelle Polaris said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Cynthia. I love monsters too. I have my very own kind of demon story in my head pushing for attention. Not its turn yet, but I'm anxious for it. Good luck with your newest book.

Cynthia Eden said...

Thank you, Michelle! Glad to be here! :-) And good luck with your demon story.

tetewa said...

Paranormals is my favorite genre to read and I enjoy reading about all the different monsters in them. My favorites are vampires, I'm always looking for new author and series to read!

Cynthia Eden said...

Hi, Tetewa! I do love those vamps, too!

Wynter Daniels said...

I am new to the monster genres, but I absolutely loved your succubus story, Midnight Sins. You made me a fan and I look forward to more hot monsters! Vampires are definitely my favorite - very sexy.

Savannah Stuart said...

I'm like you, I love monsters, especially the furry kind! Shifters of any kind are definitely hawt but I do have a preference for the lupine kind :) I just watched Wolf Man the other night and when it was over, my hubby looked over at me and was like 'You wanted him to live didn't you?' Ah, he knows me so well. I thought for sure she'd save him at the end and they'd escape to America.

Paige Tyler said...

Hey Cynthia! Very cool to have you guest blogging at NAC! I'm a huge fan of paranormal romance, reading and writing it! In fact, I just signed with Ellora's Cave for an erotic romance with a rather unconventional romance hero - a zombie! Different, I know, but he's a very hot and sexy zombie!

Oh, and by the way, I'm reading Hotter After Midnight and love it! I'll have to check out your other books!

*hugs*
Paige

chelleyreads said...

i love reading paranormal romances--love the world building and unusual characters and of course the monsters! my favorite kind of monster will have to be shifters and werewolves.

Ashlyn Chase said...

Hey, Cynthia!

You must be doing something right. Your career just continues to grow and grow. I think there are many people who love monsters. I enjoy writing about them, but in real life? I'll take my human.

Ash

Victoria said...

Hey Cynthia - I love vamps the most but you have a yummy shifter that I just love. To be a tiger - WOW - the power. Love your work.

Cynthia Eden said...

Thank you, Wynter!! Cara was a fun character to write.

LOL, Savannah, bring on those furry shifters!! And I so wanted the wolfman to live, too.

Hey, Paige!! I'm excited to be here! Oh, wow, can't wait to read about your zombie hero! And I'm glad you're enjoying Hotter After Midnight--thank you!

Cynthia Eden said...

chelleyreads, those shifters and wolves are so wonderfully wild. I love reading about them (and writing them!).

Thank you, Ashlyn! And in real life, I will gladly take my human--much less stress involved!

Hi, Victoria! Thank you!! I had a blast writing about my white tiger shifter. While researching the tigers, I was amazed at their strength and deadly skills.

Anonymous said...

I love paranormals, I love monsters. My fav is Dragonshifters!

Valerie
in Germany
valb0302@yahoo.com

Dalton Diaz said...

Welcome to NAC and thanks for joining us!
Hugh Jackman. Wolverine. 'Nuff said.

Ina said...

Hi Cynthia :)
I love monsters and I love every single paranormal influence! I'm not sure if vampires or shifters are on top of my list, but I love them both! oh and demons! *gg*
greetings, Ina

Edie Ramer said...

That's a hard question to answer. To me, it's all in the writer, how she handles the hero, whether he's a vamp, demon or the plumber next door. I know I can't wait to get your next book. All of your heroes and heroines are great.

Jina Bacarr said...

Thank you for joining us today, Cynthia. Your stories are not only fun to read, but filled with dangerous man-type creatures that tempt us to go deep into the night with them...I read the excerpt for "I'll be Slaying You" on your website--it's so good. Really enjoyed it!

jeanette8042 said...

Loved the post and I love monsters too, especially vampires. One of my favorites is Zsadist from JR Ward's BDB series.

Diane said...

I love Cynthia's monsters, they are wonderful

kylie said...

I like monsters...when I'm reading about them in books and if they suddenly transform into delicious men. Otherwise, if I'm thinking about "hot" monsters in real life I get random images of the Cookie Monster. Not exactly the stuff of romantic daydreams!

Cynthia Eden said...

Oh, Valerie, dragon shifters are some of my faves!

Thanks for the welcome, Dalton!

Hi, Ina! I think there's lots of room for paranormal love--why pick just one favorite?

Hey, Edie! Oh, lady, thanks!!

Cynthia Eden said...

Thank you, Jina! I'm having a great time here! And I am so glad that you enjoyed the excerpt.

Thanks, Jeanette! I have heard such fabulous things about Zsadist--I must read that book!!!

Thank you, Diane!

LOL, Kylie, Cookie Monster has always been my pick from Sesame Street. cuddly, that great blue color, *and* he always has cookies!!

Michele said...

Love the monsters in the paranormal world... into the dragons so really enjoyed reading IMMORTAL DANGER :)

Can't wait Cynthia, just 8 days!!!

Rach said...

Cynthia Eden's book Midnight Master had the best paranormal alpha male character- Niol. He was hot, sexy and oh so dangerous. All the right elements to make a must-have demon. That book and that character opened me up to a whole new genre of books. I never thought I would have liked shape shifters or vampires or even demons, but now I can't get enough. Cynthia Eden's books make the bad boys of evil so tempting.

Rach

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Cynthia!
I am a lover--not literally! LOL!--of monsters! Vampires, werewolves, demons, succubi (they're considered demons, right?)...don't matter. I love 'em all! It's something about the darkness that resides in them right along side the good...sooo sexy. *shiver* Hee-hee! Awesome post and thanks for stopping by the NAC!!

mbreakfield said...

Oh, I love monster heroes. I like vampires and demons, but my favorites are the shifters. One of my favorite fairytales is Beauty and the Beast, which has a monster hero.
marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

cories said...

I like reading about monsters as they tend to have more interesting backgrounds. This makes a character more memorable and I'm more inclined to read about him/her/it.

cories119 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Bama said...

I adore monsters especially Niol and Adrian from Stealing Kathryn by Jacquelyn Frank! :)

katsrus said...

I love vamps too. Interesting post.
Sue B
katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

Martha Lawson said...

Hi Cynthia! Anxiously awaiting I'll be Slaying You. To date my favorite hero bad boy is Nioll!! I loved his story. I have loved all your books. Thanks for the contest.

Pamk said...

wow I'll so looking forward to this book. Can't wait. Love your books.

JenM said...

I'm with you, I always root for the monsters. I blame it all on the 1980 or so movie remake of Dracula with Frank Langella - OMG was he ever sexy -those eyes, absolutely hypnotic, at least in my 18 YO view.

Anonymous said...

I love monsters - they are the reason I read paranormal books... yeah, I like contemporary stories too, but something is missing...
Chris

Cynthia Eden said...

Thank you, Michele!! I was happy to have the chance to write that dragon hero.

Hi, Rach! I am so glad you enjoyed Niol--he's one of my top heroes. (It's my bad boy complex coming through--I love those bad men!)

Hey, Naima (what a great name)! I do love that mix of good and evil inside the monsters--such a fun combo!

Cynthia Eden said...

Marlene, I loved Beauty and the Beast, too! I think that story hooked me on shifters from a very early start. :-)

Cories, I agree--monsters can be very memorable!

Hey, Bama! Oh, I've got Stealing Kathryn on my TBR shelf! Can't wait! (And thanks for the Niol shout-out!)

Cynthia Eden said...

Thanks, katsrus!

Thank you, Martha! That totally makes my day!

Hey, PamK! Thank you!

JenM, I think that tricky Dracula has tempted us all!

Cynthia Eden said...

Chris, I really enjoy that special something "more" that monsters bring to the books.

Thanks so much for all the comments!! Hope you have a fabulous day!

flchen1 said...

Honestly, Cynthia, it depends a little on how you define monsters :) It's fascinating to read stories about demons, vamps, weres, and other creatures that we can only imagine, but the worst monsters are those that look like us. Those are the ones that star in stories that I can't/won't read.

Congrats on your latest!

Barb P said...

Hi Cynthia! You know how I feel. Bring on the monsters!!! I just love them. Anything from Vamps, to Shifters to Demons etc. Can't wait to get my hands on I'll be Slaying You. Have a good one!

Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Hi Cynthia,

Great post and I love your books!

Paranormals is one of my favorite genres and I enjoy reading about vampires and shapeshifters!

Congrats on your latest book!