Thursday, March 26, 2009

Guest Blogger Today - Denyse Bridger

Thanks to the wonderful Kadian Tracey over at Virtual Romance and Erotic Book Tour Blog, on which I will be guest blogging on April 18th, I've met up with the talented Denyse Bridger, who will be guest blogging here today. So please, a warm welcome for our new friend, Denyse!

First, my thanks to the lovely hostess for the chance to meet her readers today! I’ll give you a very brief bio first: I am Denysé Bridger, Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, my life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affair in my life is Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life.

My first major fantasy novel is AS FATE DECREES. (Available in bookstores everywhere, and on Amazon’s international sites.) A visit to my website will show the diversity of what is currently available, and the mixing of genres and styles that will be employed in many up-coming projects as well. The Italian influence is in evidence with several of the more important works, as many people already know.

To stay current with all these projects, or to just say hello, please feel free to email me anytime, there’s a contact link on the mail menu of my website. Or, feel free to sign up for my newsletter, which is called Romance and Fantasy. If you prefer to chat with me and other readers, the newsgroup is open to everyone. Denysé Bridger News.

Post: Do romance and fantasy mix as genres?

I’m curious, these are two of my favourite genres, so I tend to use them both in stories, often. I’m talking about the fantasy of Lord of the Rings, or Sword of Shannara now, not romantic fantasy. Can you write an epic adventure and still have a romance core, without offending or putting off readers of either genre? I did it in my first major release, As Fate Decrees, and that book was nominated and became a finalist for the very prestigious Aurora Award last year. So… I know it can work. BUT, do you as readers enjoy it?

My next release is again a romance/fantasy blend. It’s called Royal Consort, and will be released in a month or so by Firedrakes Weyr Publishing. I’ve taken an epic adventure, a threat that looms over a world, but the core of it is two people who love each other with tremendous passion and respect. I like that concept. We forget sometimes that respect is as integral a part of love as the passion itself.

And what of the other blend of romance and fantasy – where the fantasy lies in sweet whispers and candlelight and champagne and roses… When that’s the fantasy you want to settle in with, is it an erotic, explicit love affair you’re inclined toward, or is the sweeter, less provocative air of romance that makes you sigh? Or does it move more into the paranormal fantasy where your passion is ignited by a sexy vampire, or a werewolf who needs taming?

Tell me what you like to read, and at the end of the day, we’ll pull a name and see if there’s something in my catalogue that might suit your fancy. My current release is a very sexy vampire tale set in Pompeii just about the time Mount Vesuvius blew and buried the city… Check it out at Absolute XPress, the cover is amazing….

Thanks again for visiting and I’m looking forward to chatting with you!!!

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Thanks Denyse for stopping by! And here is the trailer for her upcoming release. I'll definitely be taking grabbing this one!


Christina said...

Hey Denysé,

I think that you can mix both genres, however if you are writing towards a purely romance audience, wouldn't they enjoy more romance than fantasy? and if you are writing towards a purely fantasy audience, wouldn't they in turn enjoy more fantasy than romance?

I enjoy a well balanced mix of the two. I actually prefer it. I would sooner read a fantasy that had about 30 or 40% romance to it, that way you get the best of both worlds.

Anonymous said...

Having read both of the books you mentioned in your blog... (As Fate Decrees is fabulous btw) I would say you do a tremendous job of blending the two genres. As a reader of both of those genres I prefer a good blending, I get both of my fixes at the same time.

Denysé said...

Thanks, Christina, and Brigit. I agree with you both - the balance is the key to making it successful for both genre readers. They become very special books that way, and the audience appeal is so much broader, so I hope to do more of them. And lots of other stuff, too!

Anything that you want to see that hasn't been done?


Kelley said...

Hi Denyse,
I like a mix of both genres and I agree that balance is the key.
Great post!


Colleen Love said...

I love both genres together!! And with the way you write, pure magic!!

Anonymous said...

Love them both, Denyse. And yes, I think you can mix both genres.

Also love the trailer for the Royal Consort.