Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Sci-Fi Romances With “Extranormal” Characters

At the Goodreads Sci-Fi Romance discussion group Talk Genre: Sci-Fi Romance vs. Paranormal Romance, user Jo Jones asked for book recommendations featuring “extranormal” characters.

This is a new-to-me term, and I’ve been having little success Googling an exact definition. I’m guessing it refers to characters with mild-moderate superhuman abilities (e.g., a person with telekinetic abilities). I did discover the term is associated with DC Comics and its Department of Extranormal Operations.

Jo Jones’ question made me wonder if any science fiction romances feature extranormal characters. I reflected on various titles and came up with a list of possibilities (assuming my interpretation of the term is correct).

The origins of character abilities in the books I selected range from genetic engineering to natural-born gifts. Most books feature human characters. I included a few books featuring alien, humanoid characters and alien-human hybrids since their abilities are on mild-moderate levels. I’m not sure if “extranormal” applies to alien characters, though, so anyone in the know is welcome to enlighten me!

Some of the stories have a definite comic book superhero tone, such as Tatiana Caldwell's WAY OUT OF CONTROL, Corrina Lawson's PHOENIX RISING, and Sherly Nantus' BLAZE OF GLORY. 

Also, some of the books fall more into the erotic SFR category, so the characters don’t necessarily use their powers for battling a villain or defeating an external threat. The titles also vary widely in terms of settings, length, and heat levels.

WAY OUT OF CONTROL - Tatiana Caldwell

PHOENIX RISING - Corrina Lawson

BLAZE OF GLORY trilogy - Sheryl Nantus

SOMATESTHESIA - Ann Somerville

GIRL GONE NOVA and KICKING ASHE - Pauline Baird Jones

IN ENEMY HANDS and EUROPA EUROPA - KS Augustin



SUNRISE ALLEY - Catherine Asaro

HATHOR LEGACY: OUTCAST - Deborah A. Bailey

DARKSHIP THIEVES - Sarah A. Hoyt



TSUNAMI BLUE - Gayle Ann Williams

THE FACILITATOR - Sahara Kelly

ZERO FACTOR - Stacy Gail

THE SPIRAL PATH - Lisa Paitz Spindler

*THE MARANN - Christie Meierz

THE TROUBLE WITH MEMORIES - Eva LeFoy

*LUNAR REUNION - Shona Husk

THE FELIG CHRONICLES - P.J. Dean

THE OPHELIA PROPHECY - Sharon Lynn Fisher

GABRIEL’S GHOST - Linnea Sinclair

BRAIDED SILK - Ella Drake

EVOLUTION: ANGEL - S.A. Huchton



THE WHOLE TRUTH - Jody Wallace



DANGEROUS RENDEZVOUS - Heather Massey (in the interest of full disclosure, that’s me!)
Image source: Silkwords

*denotes book with alien hero/heroine

Know of any other titles I can add to this list?

Joyfully yours,

Heather