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Day 5 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway – Stories We Can’t Resist
January 5th, 2014

Congratulations to  Beth, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Beth to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Let’s talk about those stories you can’t resist. Whether it’s a certain romance novel trope like secret babies or marriages of convenience or a type of book or setting like paranormal or Scotland, we all have those books that we gravitate towards, the ones we can’t resist.

For me, I love secret identity stories. Think Superman or Zorro. I always find myself writing one a secret identity story every couple of books or so. I love the reveal moments, when the rest of the world is exposed to the character’s secret identity. The CW has a great show on now called Arrow, which is a take on the Green Arrow comic. Every time someone finds out that Oliver Queen is really the vigilante, I love it.

I also have some secret identities in a few of my books. I have El Moreno the pirate in ONCE A MISTRESS, Jack Donovan aka Blade the bounty hunter in DONOVAN’S BED and a highwayman who pops up in two of my Nevarton Chase series (TEMPTING A PROPER LADY and TOO WICKED TO LOVE). Book three of that series, which I am still writing, is about the highwayman and who he really is. So if you have a secret identity story, you’ve got me at hello. 🙂

I also love anything to do with Atlantis. In my most recent release, PRODIGAL SON, the first of a paranormal trilogy, the hero is a bounty hunter who has super powers he inherited from his ancestors in Atlantis. So I manage to do a secret identity with a side of Atlantis. 🙂

I love psychic abilities and mermaids as well. (My Atlantis characters all have psychic abilities.) But there are so few mermaid stories out there. Some good ones are THE LAST MERMAID by Shana Abé and the Water Lilies series by Deborah Smith (ALICE AT HEART is the first one). Marjorie M. Liu did a merman in her book SOUL SONG. Some day I will write a mermaid book of my own, but the right story hasn’t manifested in my brain yet.

What about you? What flavors of books do you love? As always, anyone who leaves a comment will be entered in a drawing for a paperback book from my backlist!


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7 Responses to “Day 5 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway – Stories We Can’t Resist”

  1. alisha woods says:

    I like the boy next door type story, marriage of convenience, stories like Twelfth Night, comedy of errors.

    • Debra Mullins says:

      I like marriage of convenience, too. And who doesn’t love a comedy of errors? I forgot to mention I like stories with twins in it, too.

  2. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Some past friends teased me that my likes ran into the D’s… that it is hard for me to resist… Dragons, Druids and drows/dark elves. I am a sucker for them.

    I also like anything celtic vibed or Highlander.

    • Debra Mullins says:

      I’m there with you, Raonaid. I’m Irish (in case you can’t tell by the last name ), and anything mystical Irish is a surefire magnet for me. Have you read the dragon series by Shana Abe? That lady can WRITE! She doesn’t just do mermaids 🙂

  3. Great topic, Debra, and congratulations on your publishing anniversary!

    I love friends to lovers stories, when long-time friends finally figure out they are perfect for one another romantically, too.

    As for historicals, marriage of convenience definitely works for me!

    • Debra Mullins says:

      Libby, have you ever seen the movie “Definitely, Maybe” with Ryan Reynolds? That’s a friends to lovers romance. Love watching it!

  4. Gail Sofsky says:

    Wrap a love story around some dragons and you’ve definitely got me hooked. Fantasy and Romance twined together period is a win win.


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