Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Guest post: I Can't Get No…Satisfaction? by Tiffany Allee + Giveaway

Today I am very happy to welcome back to Ex Libris Tiffany Allee, author of the original and exciting new paranormal series: The Files of the Otherworlder Enforcer Agency. I loved the first book in the series Banshee Charmer, found it to be an enchanting and very exciting story combining the best of the police procedural and paranormal romance, urban fantasy genres (as you can see in my review). Tiffany is celebrating the release of her second book in the series Succubus Lost so please give her a warm welcome and read on for a chance to win a copy!

I Can't Get No…Satisfaction?
by Tiffany Allee

I was watching Saturday Night Live not long ago and witnessed the guest star (Mick Jagger) half sing (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Aside from being amazed that the man was a better actor than I expected, I was struck by how applicable that song is to romance writing.

The classic Rolling Stones song speaks to sexual frustration (and deeper themes, too) that makes me think about novels, and romance novels in particular. Tension drives many great novels. And my personal favorite type—romantic tension—is especially important. I do my best to keep my characters—and by extension, my readers—frustrated for as long as possible.

Don't shoot me! I have my reasons, honest.

Authors make promises to their readers in the beginnings of stories. If those promises aren't met, readers become frustrated. Particularly hazardous are those maybe promises. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. Maybe she'll end up with the pirate, maybe with the prince. Urban fantasy can even more romantically tense, as the heroine doesn't have to end up with anyone, let alone the man I'm rooting for.

I used to be a little frustrated by this—especially when the heroine ended up with the wrong man (or not the one I would have chosen, anyway). Television shows can be particularly cruel about this. I still recall watching Silk Stalkings years ago, and waiting season after season for the leads to end up together. From what I recall, they finally did, and it ended tragically (don't even get me started on that rant).

But one thing that show did right was wait until the end (at least the end for that set of characters). Why? Because that tension broke when they finally got together. A big climax, then we were all ready for a cigarette. One of my favorite shows now is Bones. It's a television show about an FBI agent and his scientist partner solving cases together. Something like six seasons went by before they finally ended up together. And season seven…fizzled. For me, at least.

Are you satisfied when the hero and heroine finally admit their feelings and become a couple? Do you find the tension that kept you glued to the page or to the television dissipates not long after this happens?

Banshee Charmer

Book #1 in the Files from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series

When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count...

Succubus Lost

Book #2 in the Files from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series

Someone is kidnapping and incinerating otherworlders beyond recognition, and Detective Marisol Whitman, a succubus, races to find the murderer before he claims another victim. But her pursuit is derailed when her responsible younger sister vanishes. Marisol suspects foul play and enlists support from an unlikely source: an agent from the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, Valerio Costa.

When the trail pointing to everyone from vampires to witches dries up, Agent Costa admits to knowing more than he’s shared. Marisol’s sister’s kidnapper harnesses more magic than she can imagine—and they’re running out of time. To find her sister before her powers are drained and twisted beyond recognition, Marisol must connect the dots between cases and put her trust in Costa, a salamander who may burn her before she can solve either case.

About the Author

Tiffany Allee currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver, and is happily married to a secret romantic. She spends her days working in Corporate America while daydreaming about sexy heroes, ass-kicking heroines, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books, of course). Her nights are reserved for writing and bothering her husband and cats (according to them). Her passions include reading, chocolate, travel, wine, and family.

Tiffany's Website: http://tiffanyallee.com/
Blog: http://tiffanyallee.com/blog/
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/authortiffanyallee
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TiffanyAllee


One lucky person from Tiffany's tour will win an ebook copy of Succubus Lost and the salamander pin pictured below.

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