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Guest Post and Giveaway with Martin Sharlow

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hello everyone, I want to thank you for allowing me to be here today.

As some of you might already know, my name is Martin Sharlow. I write paranormal romance, with a little bit of mystery and fantasy mixed in. Personally, I think fantasy is necessary to paranormal romance. Most would consider it urban fantasy, rather than actual fantasy but I don't see much difference except in the timeline. Yes, most paranormal romance is in the modern era or near it. But still fantasy is fantasy. Werewolves, fairies, vampires, and other assorted creatures including magic seems very fantasy related to me.

So in my paranormal romance books, I like to mix that fantasy in there as well. It usually plays a big part in the background. As an example, one of the main antagonists in the Shades series is an unknown plant creature that appears as a human being. Its origin is unknown to the characters, though its base of operations is located throughout the series. This creature is basically based off of nature magic, which may or may not be controlled by an external force or just nature itself. That's something you have to read to find out for yourself.

Without that portion of fantasy in the series, there would be very little beyond the relationship of Melissa and Michael. The creature brings another angle to the story. It helps motivate the characters, as well as build the relationship. Not only with each other, but the various other characters throughout the book. Admittedly the magic isn't like Lord of the Rings or something. It's more in the background generating the creature without seeing it happen, but it is the explanation for the existence of the creature. This is a good example of me incorporating fantasy.

You have to admit that vampires are either in the horror bracket or the fantasy bracket. I know it's paranormal romance, but unless the vampire is a monster, then they become something more like a hero. Well, at least from my point of view, I like to treat it as a fantasy. It helps me in my creative stage as well as the actual writing stage. So when you read my books, expect a little magic. I want to thank you for having me here again, I appreciate being here and meeting your readers. Thanks for having me.

Martin Here is the Good Reads synopsis of the novel! 

This giveaway will run from August 3rd-August 7th.  To enter, simply become a GFC follower and leave a comment for Martin as well as your email and GFC name. 


  1. Madeline said...:

    I really love that you incorporate magic into the background, instead of Lord of the Rings style!


  1. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for offering the giveaway.



  1. Mary said...:

    Sounds like it is a great story. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Mary_Reiss @
    GFC ~ Mary

  1. Darlene said...:

    Please enter me in the draw! This series sounds very interesting!

    I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. books4me said...:

    Thank you for the giveaway! It sounds like a great book!

    books4me67 at

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thank you! Looks like a great book :) dakotagirl16@hotmailDOTcom GFC Chelseacarson1

  1. SiNn said...:

    sounds like an awesome read ty for the chance
    im a new follower SiNn

  1. Jessica said...:

    I would love to read this book! Sounds great!

    jbronderblogs at aol dot com