Sunday, March 3, 2013

Genre Hopping and prizes

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Genre Hopping 
Paty Jager

I tend to be a genre hopping writer. I write the genre that is the story I am most excited about at the time. Which leaves me with historical western romance, contemporary western romance, paranormal historical romance, and action adventure romance books.
While I do genre-hop I try to stay true to either the western theme or a Native American theme in the books. The Halsey brother series is historical western romance. I have two stand alone contemporary western romance books. And a paranormal historical romance trilogy set among the Nez Perce Indians of NE Oregon. The paranormal element is the Nez Perce spirits who find love in the books.  And my action adventure series has a heroine who is an anthropologist who specializes in Native Americans.
Each genre has had its ups and downs to write, but I’ve enjoyed all the research and learning the ins and outs of each genre.
Do you like to read different genres? Does it bother you when an author writes in more than one genre?

Blurb for Spirit of the Mountain
Wren, the daughter of a Nimiipuu chief, has been fated to save her people ever since her vision quest. When a warrior from the enemy Blackleg tribe asks for her hand in marriage to bring peace between the tribes, her world is torn apart.
Himiin is the spirit of the mountain, custodian to all creatures including the Nimiipuu. As a white wolf he listens to Wren’s secret fears and loses his heart to the mortal maiden. Respecting her people’s beliefs, he cannot prevent her leaving the mountain with the Blackleg warrior.
When an evil spirit threatens Wren’s life, Himiin must leave the mountain to save her. But to leave the mountain means he’ll turn to smoke…
Wren’s eyes glistened with unshed tears. “My gift is to save The People. The weyekin who came to me in my vision quest said this.” She wrapped her arms around herself as if staving off a cold breeze.
Himiin hated that they argued when they should relish their time together. He moved to her, drawing her against his chest, embracing her. The shape of her body molded to his. Her curves pressed against him. Holding her this way flamed the need he’d tried to suppress.
He placed a hand under her chin, raising her face to his. The sorrow in her eyes tugged at his conscience. To make her leaving any harder was wrong. But having experienced her in his arms, he was grieved to let her go. Even for the sake of their people.
Her eyelids fluttered closed. Her pulse quickened under his fingers. Shrugging off the consequences, he lowered his lips to hers. They were softer than he imagined. Her breath hitched as he touched her intimately. Parting his lips, he touched her with his tongue, wanting to see if she tasted as sweet as she smelled.
She tasted of sweet honey straight from the bosom of a bee tree.
One taste was not enough. He pulled her closer, moving his lips across hers, tasting and savoring the feel of them.
Her mouth opened and she sighed.
 His body came to life. The sensations transcended anything he’d experienced before. How could one woman make him feel powerful and vulnerable at the same time? Why did he wish to crush her to him and never let go and yet feel compelled to treat her with the tenderness
one would give the tiniest of creatures? He couldn’t continue this way.
To hold her, to touch her soft skin. He would never be able to let her go.
He must.
He released Wren and stepped back, avoiding her eyes. How could he show her the sensations she brought to him then turn around and tell her they couldn’t see one another any more?
“Himiin? Did I do something wrong?” The pain in her voice drew his gaze to her face.
The anguish and fear in her eyes cut through him like a knife.
“You did nothing wrong. It is I. I should not touch you so. It is wrong.” He took one step forward, before remembering he could not touch her and remain sane. “You are spoken for. We should not be together.”
She moved quickly, grasping his hand before he could pull away. “I could not bear to not have you to speak with these last days.” She stroked his hand. “Or to touch.” She placed his hand on her cheek. “I may never feel this touch from the Blackleg.” She kissed his palm. “I wish to have this to remember.”
He growled and pulled her into his arms. “I wish I were the one to touch you so, but I cannot. It is wrong.”
“Why?” She leaned back, studying his face. “I should be the one to say if it is wrong or not. It is my heart, my body. My life.”
“You belong to another. He has spoken.” Himiin released her and took a step back. He should not have shown himself to her as a man. Wewukiye was right.
It complicated things.

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Award winning author Paty Jager is a member of national and local writing organizations. She not only writes the western lifestyle she lives it. With sixteen novels and several short stories published, she continues to have characters cavorting in her head. 
You can learn more about Paty at her blog;  her website; or on Facebook;!/paty.jager , Goodreads  and twitter;  @patyjag.


Debby said...

I would think genre hopping would keep your writing fresh and new. You write what appeals to yo and it is better.
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Paty Jager said...

Hi Debby, Exactly! That's what keeps me excited about what I'm writing. The ability to write whatever story is pulling at me rather than staying true to one genre. Thanks for stopping!

Lauri said...

You really have an eclectic back list. I admire you for that! Wonderful post about wonderful books!

Paty Jager said...

Hi Lauri! Yeah, I genre hop! Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Caroline Clemmons said...

I'm an eclectic reader, so I'm an eclectic writer. Love being self-published so I can write whatever strikes my mood.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

I think genre-hopping is great! Your Spirit books are among my favorites--have loved these since your first talked about the concept!

Paty Jager said...

Caroline, I'm the same way. I like to read many genres so why not write them and being self pubbed does give you that option. Thanks for stopping in!

Hi Genene, Thanks! I had a wonderful time researching and writing them. I'm glad you've been there for the whole process.

Sarah Raplee said...

I don't mind if an author genre-hops, as long as it's clear what's going on so I'm not surprised after a buy a book.

Paty Jager said...

Sarah, That's a good point. If you buy a book from an author and expect it to be like the others they've written that could be a bummer.