Guestpost Author J.K. Beck + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Guest Post , J.K. Beck Posted on September 20, 2010 @ 6:00 am 44 comments

We are very happy to have author J.K. Beck (aka Julie Kenner) here today. Her new novel When Blood Calls came at the end of August and next week is the official release of book 2, When Pleasure Rules. Today she is here to tell us about the line between Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. 
Be sure to check out the end of the post for your chance to win When Pleasure Rules. Please give JK a warm welcome. 


I had a booksigning for WHEN BLOOD CALLS a week ago, and afterwards, my husband reported that he overheard a woman wandering the aisles complaining to her husband: “Vampires! All these books about vampires! When are they going to stop?”

As far as I can tell, that’s a long time coming. Because not only are vampires wildly popular—in books, movies, television—but also because vampires are only one component of a surge in paranormal fiction that straddles genres in a way that no other genre comes close.

Sure, mystery or horror or romance often straddle that thriller line, but the two aren’t symbiotic. Ditto chick lit/romance, and any sort of “mainstream” fiction that has a romance in it.

Urban fantasy and paranormal, though…well, the lines seem to really be blurring.

Of course, I’m writing only about my perspective, which is a limited one considering my view of the world is pretty limited to what I can see from the chair in front of my computer, but the UF/PNR thing is hard to miss. Folks tend to lump the two together-bloggers, readers, booksellers.

That makes it an exciting time to be writing either UF or PNR, not only from a story telling aspect, but because there are cross-over readers out there.

My Shadow Keepers series is paranormal romance because the focus of each book is a romance between the two main characters. The characters—especially the paranormal ones—are dark, many deeply tortured, and they inhabit a gritty world where justice is meted out by a paranormal judicial system that is almost a character in its own right. The tone of the books, the world-building and the multiple points of view straddle that urban fantasy line (for that matter, they cross the thriller line, too).

Of course, analysis of genres is all good and well after the fact, but none of that mattered in writing the book. My goal was a dark and gritty story that readers could sink their teeth into.

Here’s a short excerpt (the hero, Luke, has confessed to murder…a confession that has irritated his attorney, Nick, since a confessed killer is a bit harder to defend):

Luke was a player, and expendable. He had always known that. But his ultimate goal was justice. And, yes, he sought penance as well. Redemption for a past that he had managed to escape. A past that crept softly up to him more often than he would like to taunt him, to urge him to sink down under.

He would not.

He had fought long and hard for the restoration of his soul, and he despised those who willingly succumbed to the daemon, who would not even pitch the battle.

He was kyne for a reason, and acknowledged or not, he would stand true.

“If it comes to that, you know I’ll protect the kyne. But I don’t expect an investigation that deep. They have my DNA, and Ryan Doyle has already filed a witness statement. The case is open and shut. There’s no reason to dig.”

“The PEC doesn’t always need a reason,” Nick retorted. “And Ryan Doyle will probably take on your trial as a personal crusade.”

That much, Luke thought, was true. “I need out of here, Nick,” he said, standing. “I have no intention of staying in this goddammed cell.”

Nick didn’t even bother to pretend shock or dismay. “I’m assuming you’re not intending to wait for my brilliant legal tap dancing to acquit you. So what are you planning, and how is my ass going to be compromised?”

“Not you. The prosecutor. She’s a human, new to the Division. Her name’s Sara Constantine.”

“I know,” Nick said. “I’ve started a file. Her legal background’s exceptional, but unremarkable for our purposes. Straight A’s. Good creds. Solid work history with the County.”

“And with Division?”

“Today’s her first day on the job, actually. Division ran all the standard tests—she’s not mentally susceptible, which is a damn shame—and they’ve tossed her into the job running. From her file, I’d say she’s up for the challenge, which leaves us no lines to tug. Not professionally, anyway.”

“But personally?”

“There, we may have caught a break.”

He pulled out his cell phone, then slapped it down on the table, a dark image locked on the screen.

“Her father,” Nick said, as Luke looked down at the date-stamped crime scene photo of a middle aged man, his neck ripped open in a manner that was only too familiar. “Armand Constantine. And eight year old Sara saw the whole bloody business.”
“Ah, Sara,” Luke said, his heart breaking for the woman she was, and for the child she had been. He could feel the daemon raging inside him, and he welcomed it. Longed for it to surface if by revealing itself he could rip the life from the vampire who had taken so much from her. “Who did this?”

“Well, friend. This is the portion of our program wherein we wonder if the universe doesn’t have one hell of a sense of humor.”

“Who?” Luke repeated.

“Jacob Crouch.”

At the name, Luke’s head shot up, his attention shifting from the image to his friend. “What did you say?”

“You heard me.” He met Luke’s eyes, and Luke saw the calculation there. The same thoughts that had swirled through Luke’s mind. The same schemes, the same plots. “No guarantees, Luke. You might be her goddamned hero, and if you are we can get one hell of a lot of mileage off the deal. You killed her father’s murderer, and she might fall to the ground and kiss your feet. But it could just as easily turn the other way. A vampire killed daddy. A monster from the dark. And you’re a vampire, Luke. Just like Crouch. To Sara Constantine, we may all be monsters.”

I hope you check out the series. If you do, be sure to drop me a line and tell me what you think. You can read more about it at or read my blog entries at — same site, different sections. There, you can learn about contests, read excerpts, request swag, and check out my book trailer!

And be sure to comment below to be in the running for a copy of WHEN PLEASURE RULES, the second book in the series! Not sure what to say? Let us know what you think about the PNR/UF straddle. Do you read both, or do you tend to stay on one side or the other?

Happy reading!


Thanks to J.K. we have a copy of When Pleasure Rules to giveaway.

All you have to do is answer her question. 

This Giveaway is open to everyone!

Please leave us a way to contact you (Email addy in Blogger profile or twitter name is okay).

No contact – no entry.

Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 2nd and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good Luck!

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  • Lu September 20, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Great Guestpost!

    I love both PNR and UF and read both 😀

    chidoryx AT hotmail DOT com

  • Reading Angel September 20, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

    I read both PNR and UF, but I've noticed most of the series that top my favorites list are all UF…

    dukesangel002 AT yahoo DOT com

  • Zita September 20, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I also read both. I like them both too much to choose one or the other =).


  • Lucy September 20, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    PNR is my favorite, but I also like to read UF.

  • Misha1989 September 20, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for the post!
    I read both UF and PNR. I recently started reading these genres and am loving them.


  • host September 20, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I mostly read PNR, but don't mind UF from time to time…

  • ParanormalBites September 20, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I read both PNR & UF but I tend to prefer PNR and only venture into UF when the writer is well known to me, usually because he/she writes PNR as well.

  • Felicia the Geeky Blogger September 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I read both! I think they compliment each other really well and have very good cross-over appeal 🙂

  • vickyvak September 20, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I read and love both PNR and UF!!!

  • DrkCherry September 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I read both, but prefer PNR over UF. Normally I venture into UF if its an author I know from another genre. However, I can pick up a new author in PNR with no issue. Strange, no?

  • Victoria September 20, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I read mostly PNR with a smattering of UF. They both allow me to "get away."
    Love the excerpt. Thanks for the excellent post and giveaway.

  • Kulsuma September 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I like both equally!


  • Barbara E. September 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I read PR, UF, and anything that looks like it might have something to do with either one. I love books in general and if there is a paranormal subject or characters that are supernatural, I'm all for it. I'm looking forward to this new series, I don't care what "category" it is.

  • May September 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I do have to say I sort of prefer UF, since it's more… Open, allows more variety. But PNR rocks my socks, periodically XD

    Must I say this books seems steamy hot and OMG just gotta have it?

    mayarend -at-

  • Melissa September 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I read both. I do like a little more UF, however. 🙂

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • donnas September 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I do read both. But if I do tend to prefer PNR.

    Great post. Thanks for sharing. When Blood Calls was one of my favorite books read recently.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Alexa September 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I read a both PNR and UF but I would have to say that I read more of PNR.

  • Pamk September 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I read and love both. Just depends on what I'm in the mood for what I read next.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  • Kathy September 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I read both and agree the lines are quite blurry 🙂

  • EVA SB September 21, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I'm pretty genre agnostic and I'm maily interested in characters and writing style.
    When I started reading UF didn't exist and what is now paranormal was called either horror or suprnatural.

  • mariska September 21, 2010 at 2:10 am

    i love them both, but still i read more PNR then UF 🙂

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  • Phantom Paragrapher September 21, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I read them both but i also stick to PNR rather than UF .

  • Beverly September 21, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for hosting – please enter me!
    I read both – some books seem to fit in each or either – so it works!

  • Jennifer September 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I read PNR but would give UF a try if the story sounded good.

  • Ina September 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Hi J.K!
    what a great post – I read both PNR and UF and it's difficult to choose a favorite one.
    I can't wait to read the second book of your series – I'm currently in the middle of book 1 and wow, I love it, love it, love it! have I mentioned that I love it? 😉
    greetings, Ina

  • booklover0226 September 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I enjoy reading both PNR and UF. To tell you the truth, sometimes I can't tell the difference! All I know, I enjoy the books I read.

    I look forward in reading this series.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  • Lisa R/alterlisa September 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I read both but I have to admit that my favorite is PR. I like that in the UF there is usually more action and confrontations but I love the HEA and the softer side of the heroes and heroines that are in the PRs.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  • Sheree September 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Great guest post!

    I read both UF and PNR and I don't see a whole lot of difference sometimes. I suppose steampunk is more UF than PNR.


  • Sugar September 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Great info!!
    Loved the exerpt..

    I definately read both. I love to mix genres (I am working on an erotic, fantasy, fiction, paranormal, etc…right now 🙂 )

    Rules are made to be broken right?

    Thanks for the awesome site!

  • Montana September 23, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Thanks for making it international!

    I'm a huge fan of both UF & PNR! As long as the story is good then i'll read it!

    Twitter: @Deathkisses

  • Stephanie September 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    This looks like a great book. I like both UF and PNR. I like HEA, but I also like the fact that UF make the characters work for a while for a relationship and even then, there are still things that get in their way.


  • Julie September 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    I think both genres have good aspects and make for a great read!


  • JK Beck September 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    So sorry to have been unavailable! I'm buried in moving purgatory with dubious internet service and even less reliable cell service. (But the new house is great, LOL!) Thanks for the great comments! I'm scrolling through and reading right now!

  • jmspettoli September 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I usually read both but I do agree that it is sometimes hard to distinguish between the two. Personally, I like my urban fantasy to have a romantic subplot and I like my paranormal romance to have some action and a plot beyond the romance.

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

  • Jolene Allcock and Family September 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    what an amazing giveaway 🙂 I loved when blood calls and can't wait for when pleasure rules!!! I love PNR, but I also like UF and I also read contemporary and some historical. I'm not a huge fan of historical, but there have been a few books I really like. I dabble in everything. If I like it, I like it and make no excuses 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win, crossing fingers

  • throuthehaze September 26, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I definitely enjoy both genres.
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  • k_sunshine1977 September 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    i love both genres, and i love that the lines are blurring more these days…

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  • Ladytink_534 September 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I do read both and I like both. Sometimes I'm in the mood for one or the other and it's always great to have a choice but I prefer it when there is a blend of both.

    Thank you so much for this great giveaway!!!


  • Lora1967 September 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I have found that both cover the books i read. I think that one doesnt stray far from the other. Both require imagination which i developed in Kindergarten. At 43 i am finding that my imagination is still working. Full of hot guys! Imagine that!. Thanks for the great giveaways!

  • Lori September 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I like both UF and PR, I even like when they merge together. It doens't matter as long as a good story is being told.


  • MommyWantsToRead October 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I love both and will readily gobble them both up so it does not bother me at all when they begin to merge together 🙂

    giveawaymommy at

  • latishajean October 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I love to read both I heard so many great things about the books sound so good! thanks for the chance great giveaway 🙂

  • Mysteriousrose October 2, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I read both and I love it:-)
    I don't know what I would do without.

    I would love a chance to win this book.


  • mbreakfield October 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I read both, but paranormal romance is my favorite.

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