Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HER LOVING HUSBAND'S CURSE: Guest Post by Author Meredith Allard

Vampires, Werewolves, And Witches: Our Fascination With The Unexplained.
by Meredith Allard

As someone who has only recently become interested in the paranormal, I’ve wondered what the fascination is with supernatural beings like witches, vampires, and werewolves. Prior to reading books like the Twilight series, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and a few of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampires books, I had never been much interested in such fantastical beings myself. I preferred to work in reality, historical reality since I love to write historical fiction, and writing about such impossibilities wasn’t interesting to me.
After reading Twilight at a student’s insistence, I began reading other vampire stories, and then I began to see the possibilities. When a writer isn’t held down to the limitations that a human life presents, then there are no limits as to where the story and the characters can go. When I began writing the Loving Husband Trilogy, I realized that there’s a lot to be said for allowing your imagination to soar. With supernatural beings, anything can happen. Having superhuman abilities is a fantasy for a lot of people. Many of us would love to have extraordinary strength. Many of us would love to have magical powers like witches. Many of us would like to have immortal life. So playing pretend by reading about, watching, and fantasizing about the lives of vampires, witches, and werewolves is a way of wish fulfillment, a way for us to imagine, if only for a moment, that we too have these extraordinary powers.
For readers who like the idea of the alpha male, vampires are a great way to dream your way through that fantasy. Many of us imagine vampires to be strong, both physically and with their personality, so for readers who like a take-charge kind of guy, reading about a hot, alpha vampire may do the trick. Now my vampire, James Wentworth, is strong too, but I’m not sure I would say he’s an alpha male. True, he would do anything for Sarah, the woman he loves, but there’s gentility to James that adds depth to his character. James is not all about James all the time. With James, I was able to create the perfect fusion of strength and compassion.
Ultimately, I think people are drawn to stories about paranormal characters because they’re glimpses into worlds beyond our human capacity. It’s a chance to play “What if?” What if we could live forever? What if we could cast magic spells? What if we could change our bodily form? I think that people never lose their childhood inclination to play pretend, and stories about fantastical beings allow us to do just that. I’ve recently read some articles about the fact that vampires are “out” and zombies are “in.” Maybe types of paranormal stories go in and out of fashion, but supernatural stories have been around as long as there have been people to tell them, and I know that paranormal stories will always be told because of our continued fascination with them. 


Publisher Copperfield Press (April 25, 2012)
Series: Loving Husband, #2 (trilogy)
Category: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Some Historical
Tour Date: April, 2014
ISBN: 978-0615613680
Available in: Print & ebook,  300 pages

And then, as if he could read her mind, he said, “We’ll be all right, Sarah. Just the two of us. I’ll never leave you ever.”

Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears.

Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If  Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?

Her Loving Husband’s Curse is Book Two of The Loving Husband Trilogy. Book One, Her Dear & Loving Husband, and Book Three, Her Loving Husband’s Return, are also available from Copperfield Press.

                                                              ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Meredith Allard has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction workshops at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Wild Mind, Moondance, Muse Apprentice Guild, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writer’s Weekly, and ViewsHound. She is the author of the Loving Husband Trilogy, Victory Garden, Woman of Stones, and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press). She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit Meredith online .

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  1. Thanks for taking part in the tour and hosting Meredith!

    1. Thank you and Meredith for the great opportunity, Teddy!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting the tour. I appreciate it!

  3. Thank you so much for being part of the tour, Mina. I really appreciate it!

    1. Thank you for the wonderful post, Meredith!

  4. Thank YOU for the wonderful guest post, Meredith!