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Fresh Pick / June 27, 2011

The Blades of the Rose #3  November 2010 On Sale: November 2, 2010 Featuring: Nathan Lesperance; Astrid Bramfield 370 pages ISBN: 1420106813 EAN: 9781420106817 Mass Market Paperback $6.99 Add to Wish List Romance Buy at Best of Paranormal Romance RITA pick Rebel by Zoe Archer Unleash the magic within… On the Canadian frontier in 1875, nature is a harsh mistress. But the supernatural can really do you in… A LONE WOLF Nathan Lesperance is used to being different. He’s the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he’s always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free. Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed… AND THE WOMAN WHO LEFT THE PACK Astrid has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world’s magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she’s loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan’s searing…

Yasmine Galenorn | Resolve: Superman or Batman? One answer for $25 Gift Card
Author Guest / June 27, 2011

A much bandied question goes: Who do you prefer, Superman, or Batman? My answer has always been Batman. Because he’s fallible, he’s gritty, and he’s flawed. I’ve never been able to empathize with Superman. He was too good, too black-and-white with his ethics, too invincible. He lived in a world of sunshine and total darkness, where my visions ran in shades of gray. I couldn’t believe his character because it seemed far too one-dimensional to me. I love playing in the dark. Shadows and mist, gloomy clouds and drizzling rain make up my environment most of the year here in the Seattle area, and it’s the environment in which my characters live. I’m at my best writing dark fantasy, with characters that face overwhelming odds but somehow make it through this battle to face the next one. There’s an old saying that once your characters are down, you kick them again. While it seems cruel, this is how compelling fiction is written. In dark fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, if there is no conflict and if the stakes aren’t high enough, then no one will care much about your characters. If you know the characters will come out unscathed,…