posted on February 19, 2020 by Abigail Owen

Creatures to Torture with Romance

My most recent series of books is Brimstone Inc. Loosely set in the dragon shifter world of my Fire’s Edge and Inferno Rising series, these novellas give me the chance to show other paranormal creatures within the world, most of whom only get a fly by mention in the dragon shifter books.

But I could always use readers help!

The basic concept with Brimstone Inc. is that each book will feature a common contemporary romance trope (story line) and add a twist of the paranormal with a different type of paranormal creature for each book.

Each novella will be completely standalone with only some tie ins to other books in the series, as well as in the dragon shifter series. What really pulls them all together is that each couple will have used the services of Brimstone Inc. in some way.

Okay, here’s an example of the first book in the series…

The Demigod Complex – A nymph who has lost her spring is the executive assistant to a Greek demigod billionaire. And Brimstone are the ones who hired her for him, because she has the unique ability to resist his charms.

See what fun can be had?!?

To give you an idea of what else is already in the pipeline:

Shift Out of Luck – Two wolf shifters, both the alphas of their fueding packs, have agree to a mating/marriage of convenience to try to end the fighting. (Brimstone did the match making!)

A Ghost of a Chance – A woman who can talk to ghosts can suddenly see her own spectral brother. She needs her brother’s best friend to help her find him before it’s too late.

Bait N’ Witch – A witch on the run is placed as a nanny with the very witch hunter who is after her. (What was Brimstone thinking placing her with him?!)

The question is, what next? I am a total lister. I live in OneNote, so you’d better believe I’ve already started lists for the paranormal creatures I haven’t already matched up yet and the fun tropes I could torture them with to make them fall in love.

Which is where you come in…

Check out the list started below. Which combinations do you think would be the most fun? Are there any other paranormal creatures you’d like to see?

Creatures

  • shifters (any animal you can think)
  • ghosts
  • psychics/telepaths (and all the variations)
  • vampires
  • mermaids
  • elves / fairies / fae
  • angels / demons
  • reapers
  • amazons
  • sirens
  • gargoyles
  • empath/emotional enhancement/manipulation
  • unicorn
  • gryphons
  • chimeras
  • valkyries
  • leviathans
  • skin walkers

Tropes

  • accidental marriage
  • accidental pregnancy
  • baby on the doorstep
  • blackmail
  • bodyguard / protector
  • forbidden love
  • girl next door / boy next door
  • mistaken identity
  • ugly duckling
  • royalty
  • revenge
  • one night stand
  • bet/wager/dare
  • opposites attract
  • best friends to lovers
  • fish out of water
  • across the tracks
  • redemption

One person who comments will win a $10 Amazon gift card.

 

 

Abigail Owen

Abigail Owen

Award-winning paranormal romance author Abigail Owen grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

13 thoughts on “Creatures to Torture with Romance”

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today! I can’t wait to see what combos and creatures folks come up with! Enjoy The Demigod Complex!!

  2. Avatar Amber says:

    I would like be to see something like a vampire and gargoyle fall in love even though they are mortal enemies. That would be a fun story to write since it happened over years and completely by chance or so they thought. 😉

    1. I love this idea Amber! I have vampires (and – minor spoiler – soon gargoyles) already in the world in the dragon books, and they’re fun to write. Definitely adding it to the list. 🙂

  3. Avatar flchen1 says:

    Ooh, I love ugly duckling stories, and even more so combined with other tropes–an enemies/rivals to lovers or fake relationship, for instance! I’d find that interesting for any of the paranormal creatures you listed, or maybe especially for fae or something else that is traditionally considered beautiful….

    1. This would be so cute!!! I’m already wondering what the ugly duckling would be instead. Born in fae but something else. Hmmm… Great suggestion!

    2. Congrats flchen1! You are the winner of the $10 Amazon gift card. Please email me at abigail.owen.boooks@gmail.com to claim your prize.

  4. Avatar Dawn says:

    A stuffy gargoyle and a slightly demented fairy cross paths and stumble upon an abandoned child/baby. I see humor in the story. Humorous paranormal romance equals entertaining!

    1. I love humor in paranormal romance. This combo sounds great! 🙂

  5. Avatar bn100 says:

    fairy amazon blackmail

    1. Ooh! I love this combo. Especially the Amazon and blackmail. Mind already working away. 🙂

  6. Avatar Fortune says:

    I´d love to read something like Hades/Persephone. Aaand..woman ghost who is helping a warrior, he falls in love with her and he has to find her body before it´s too late (her body can be in some “frozen” state by magic or something like that)

    1. Hades and Persephone is one of my favorite Greek myths of all of them. I’d love to write my own version some day! 🙂

      Also love the ghost and warrior idea!

  7. Congrats to flchen1, winner of the $10 Amazon gift card. Please email me at abigail.owen.boooks@gmail.com to claim your prize.

    Thanks to everyone for the fantastic ideas!!!

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