Saturday, November 9, 2013

Book & A Guest Post About Writing Title: Her Eternal Rogue
Author: Gina Danna
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Number of Pages: 284
Publisher: To The Bitter End Publishing

Alexander Barrington flees his tyrannical uncle for the open seas where he becomes a ruthless pirate who turns vampire.

Captured and sentence to hang, a fate he must avoid to keep his vampire self hidden, a reprieve comes if he rescues Lady Lavinia Sinclair from the French pirates and returns her to her betrothed in England. 

Alexander falls for the woman who makes him feel human and alive, but can he really have her without exposing what he is – a thief, the undead? The damned? Refusing to taint her innocence any further, he erases her memory of him and vanquishes into the night but can he really exist without her?

Check out What the Author has to say about authors and writing!!!

            I have heard said that no sane individually would sit at a computer and type a 100,000-word story. So are authors sane? Yes and no. How do we explain to the normal working joe that we have these voices in our heads that act out a story and demand that we write it down for the world to see? Most people look at you and grin, though they have no idea what you’re talking about.
            What makes us start writing? Probably books. Writers are readers. Many times we’ve read enough books that we start thinking “wow, I would have …” to the story – changed the ending, whatever and next thing you know, we’re writing.
            I’m a historian. Love the past. So most of the romance books I love are historical. What I love reading are the storylines that do not follow the standard formula. I like them with a twist, an unexpected action or character flaw. And my favorite stories are those that make me want to go and want to research more about that period or that episode. Did it really happen that way? It is that background that had me writing Her Eternal Rogue.
            I loved Pirates of the Caribbean. Johnny Depp. Oh so nice…made me want to write a pirate story. But I also like True Blood, Vampire Diaries, even Twilight – the lure of vampires. So I put the two together for this story. But my degrees are in history so I needed to make sure this was as accurate as possible. I know, I know – it’s fiction. What does it matter? To me, it matters a lot.
            Researching pirates – a lot of material is out there. The bulk appears to be on the height of piracy, about 150+ years prior to my novel. Back to the days of Black Beard and his like. But I’ve been crazy about the Regency period, the c. 1815 England and I’ve read a ton of books on that period so, set to make this 1801, I looked further. Pirates have been around for centuries and we’re still plagued by them today. Okay.
            But what about vampires? I’ve read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and know the drill – they can’t be in sunlight, have to be staked, etc. Now Twilight twisted it with them sparkling in the sun which is abnormal so they stay in and never sleep. In Vampire Diaries, they wear magical rings. Stoker set the rules these authors broke. What was really the story? Searching through research books, vampires were out in the daylight and could be reflected in mirrors, etc. They blended with the living too easily, which scared people. That made me excited – I could justifiably make Alexander however I wanted.
            So with my info in hand and years of emersion in Regency romance, I sat at my computer and typed my 100+k worded story. And I loved every second of doing so. ~J

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Gina has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.
Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.


  1. Amy - Thank you for having me :)

  2. Great post, Gina. One of the things I love about writers' conferences is that I'm around a bunch of people who think like me. Tweeted and shared.

  3. I love being able to twist stories and make them my own. I don't know anyone who hears the voices in their head that forces them to write...except authors. We are a unique bunch!

  4. Loved HER! And yes, I think, you're a little crazy, lady. LOL **hugs**

    1. LOL At times, I think so too :) Thank you

  5. Great post. I can't wait to read this I love historical romance and add in the paranormal, I'm sold. I've shared :)


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