Monday, October 02, 2006

Un Romance Non-Parallel

Sure, it's awesome that Nathan Kamp -- in all his snaxy glory -- is featured on the cover of "Parallel Heat."

But more cool is the fact that one of my favorite people, author and literary agent

Deidre Knight GuestBlogs tomorrow, Oct. 3!

There'll be a contest and more fun stuff!

Go to Romance: B(u)y the Book to read all about "Parallel Heat," as well as Deidre's AuthorView interview.

Then come back and tell me whether you feel the same as I do about Suspension of Disbelief (or SOD-ding off, as I like to call it)


Kati said...

Mmm, Deirde Knight... love her!

I have absolutely NO issue with suspension of disbelief. Obviously! Heh! I adore paranormal novels and find myself endlessly fascinated by the worlds created by authors. I'm now reading DARK PROTECTOR by Alexis Morgan. I'm only about a chapter in, but the chemistry between the heroine and hero is already smokin'! Anyway, the story has something to do with paladins and others and the paladins die and come back to life. Every time they die, they lose a little humanity. Fascinating concept for a book, and the hero I love already. He's just slightly surly and completely infatuated with the heroine.

Anyway, I love when an author effectively builds a world that is vivid. I think most authors are best served by staying close to the "real" world. At least, close enough that the reader can draw parallels between their world and the real world. Does that make sense?

Julie in Ohio said...

Good morning, Bellas!

I now feel as though I need a review on my sci-fi terminology. I love a good time travel but parallel dimensions are sometimes hard for me to grasp. When you start making up universes and different species I have a hard time following the names.
I grew up with Star Trek and Star Wars but if you were to ask me what Spock was, I'm not sure I could answer correctly. (Monica, don't hate me.)

So to answer your question, I don't have a problem with SOD. Just don't ask me to remember which planet has the worbling flowers and which one has the dancing rocks.

Vivi Anna said...

SODing is what paranormal and scifi/fantasy romance is all about. You have to be able to let your mind go and believe that this could happen. Because if you can't, or if the author hasn't done a good job at it, then the romance is ruined because you spend the whole time thinking how unbelievable the story is and miss all the good parts.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hey, Vivs! Yup. My prob w/ sci-fi, para, etc., is just as I say: I get confused and can't keep up. I work really hard, though, and when I get it, I'm dern proud.

For me, the mark of a good para multi-di, time travel, etc., romance is the ability of the writer to make sense to the uninitiated at the same time keeping the novel challenging and interesting for the hard-core fan.

I learn so much from readers who rec books and teach me how to read sub-genres.

Good point, MK, about the real world parallels. Kinda like "bad guys" needing likeability for readers/viewers to accept them.

Michele sent me pix of the model she taunted us with. I'll post them when I get a chance, I just can't because blogger won't let me add photos once the blog is posted. grrrr.

Monica Burns said...

JulieO - We Vulcans could never hate you as we suppress all emotions and address all situations with logic. *grin*

SOD - never heard the term until I started writing, but it's something I've been familiar with for a long time because suspension of disbelief is the story of my life. LOL

I'm really looking forward to reading Marco's story. D had me drooling over him at the end of her first book. He's a melt-in-your-mouth type of hot. Well maybe he wouldn't melt there, but it sure would be fun to try. Clearly, I'm not in Vulcan form when it comes to this hero. ROFL

Janice Maynard said...

Hey, Michelle - I'm back from Alaska. It was amazing!

Love Deidre's new cover!

I must confess that I have not read much alternate world stuff... with the exception of the Gabaldon Outlander series.

Of course some cynics would say that all romance requires suspension of disbelief, but that's just plain wrong!!

Hope everyone is having a good Monday.
Janice Maynard

Manda Collins said...

Great topic, Michelle. Suspension of disbelief is way important in historicals too. If the dialogue sounds too modern or some historical factoid brings you out of the story, the whole house of cards comes crashing down. Not sure which is harder to do since I haven't ever tried to write para or sci fi. But when I read para, I don't get as ticked off if something doesn't ring true because I always think--hey maybe in this world that's how it is...

Two days in a row, Bellas! I feel like my old self again!

Stacy~ said...

I love SOD stories. Sometimes I need my "reality" romances, but I am totally into jumping into the unknown and getting absorbed by a new and fascinating world, some that I wish really existed.

I agree with MK that some authors should stick with what they know. My issue is when the world becomes so complicated with too many rules and characters and exceptions that I have no idea what's going on, and it takes away from the romance. Yet again the book pimp is giving me ideas. AM's book sounds delish. Never did hit the bookstore this weekend...

Welcome back Janice - we missed you. Can't wait to see those pix.

Monica, I hear you're going to be at the booksigning this weekend in KY - I am sooo jealous! Sadly it's a bit far for a roadtrip. But you know, you're close enough to hit Cincy next year...

Michele said...

Call me "suspended".
Or Sodded.

I enjoy the brief fling of fantasy and am willing to journey with the author's imagination to other worlds and adventures.

But, the author has to have a care about my ignorance of their world. Cradle me with care until I know...then let me loose! Woot!

I adore Deirdre!! Can't wait!!!

Kati said...

Stacy - I haven't quite finished DARK PROTECTOR, but it's yummy. Devlin, the hero is well, all dark and broody and delish. SIGH. My favorite kind!

Stacy~ said...

LOL MK. Can I just say how much I love you right now? You crack me up. I'd put you on speed-dial as one of my regular suppliers *g*

Loving me some country music while I blog - a little Billy Currington. Have you guyz heard the new Keith Urban - it's awesome and romantic and I need that CD.

Playground Monitor said...

I started writing by writing "Lois and Clark" fanfiction, so I should be able to suspend disbelief since Clark's alter-ego was of course Superman. But alas, I have trouble reading sci-fi and some paranormal is like Michelle -- I can't keep up. I get confused. Of course, I'm old and easily confused. *g*

I had a WONDERFUL day. Today's mail contained a contract for a short story. This makes #7, but who's counting??? Of course, wonderful day was shot to hell when I went to Walmart to buy groceries, had my last item in hand, ready to put it in the buggy and they evacuated the store. I heard it was a bomb threat but unlike the other shoppers, I did not hang around the parking lot to find out. I drove outta that parking lot like Sea Biscuit out of the starting gate. If it blew, I wanted to be far, far away.


Playground Monitor said...

P.S. Finished Cam's book today. Snaxy. That man's snaxy.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Marilyn, I think you just described the beauty of romance...

we got evacuated; it was scary; Nora saved the day.

Congrats, Bella, on your short story sale! Wahooooo!

Julie in Ohio said...

Thank you, Monica!! I couldn't get Vulcan. I kept coming up with Falcon and I *knew* that wasn't right.

Congrats, Marilyn!!!!! That's terrific news!! :o)

ev said...

I went out today and bought both books!! woo-hoo!!