These throw back posts can be fun, but it definitely also brings very a interesting prospective too! I went on to write a series of articles for RT Book Reviews about pulling back the curtain and revealing the real life behind the paranormal books we love so much. The series never saw the light of day because of scheduling conflicts and then the editorial director of RT left her position and I never pursued reviving them. Now that I’m blogging again I may contact RT to see if they’d be interested in me updating the articles. I had great interviews with Zak and crew from Ghost Adventures, Doreen Virtue, an angel expert who made appearances on Oprah and other talk shows, there were also mediums and astrologers that I interviewed as well.
I recently stepped out of the romance genre to read Dark World, a non-fiction book from Zak Bagans, a man who set about documenting the afterlife – ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities. I was completely gripped by the book. For those of you who are familiar with me through blogging or through the publishing industry know that when I say – this is the BEST book I have read in a long time – is a very bold statement for me to make (Yes, I have literally read thousands of books and this easily makes my top books of all time). I loved this book so much that I purposely wrote this blog in such a way that I could mention it in more than just a passing way. How could I not share the love?
When I enjoy a book (especially THAT much) I want to share it with everyone! The question then becomes who would be interested in it? Everyone because it’s that good – just wasn’t going to cut it. It’s a great book but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. In fact, I’ll admit there were a few parts that scared me enough to say…okay, I’m NOT going to be able to read THAT part tonight!
So how to go about recommending a book from a genre someone doesn’t read? I thought back to my early days as a bookseller when I was recommending romances on a daily basis and the amount of genres within it – Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Series/Category Romances, etc. – came easily to me.
Instead of me telling you to run and get this amazing book… (And yes, you really should!) Hello Book Matchmaker! This is what I do! So if this post has gotten you in the mood for a really good ghost story, and a real ghost story just isn’t your style, with Halloween just around the corner, here are some highly recommended ghostly romantic reads:
The Ghost by Danielle Steel
Ghost Moon by Karen Robards
Ghost Moon by Rebecca York
Linnea Sinclair’s Gabriel’s Ghost
If you’re also willing take a walk on the wild side…Zak Bagans’ book Dark World is waiting for you! Oh, but you may want to keep the light on when you get to the scary parts…Or better yet, take the day off and read it during the light of day… I promise you won’t be disappointed!!
So how do you recommend books from a genre someone doesn’t read? What are your go-to books (or authors) to recommend? What books have you slipped into a conversation for the sheer love of it?
I’m still a fan of Ghost Adventures, but I haven’t read Zak’s second book, I Am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead, one thing hasn’t changed though, I still devour paranormal fiction! Some of my reigning favorites are Dinah McCall’s The Prophecy Series, The Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh (and I have ALL of the Guild Hunter novels, but haven’t yet dived in!) and one of my most recent favorites and deserves its own blog post was an indie release by BN Toler, Where One Goes, such an epic read! It released last year and was in my top five reads of the entire year!
What are your favorite paranormal reads? Who tops your list for ghost go-tos? What authors are in a completely different category of writing paranormal?
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