Is there anything better than a great series about a great relationship? Today, we’ve asked author Alaya Dawn Johnson, whose Wicked City, the sequel to Moonshine, comes out next week, to talk about one of her favorite relationships—fictional, of course! Alaya(“rhymes with papaya”)’s series takes place in 1920s New York, about a social activist named Zephyr Hollis who gets involved with vampires and other sundry things in and around New York City. Thanks, Alaya!
This is a big, fat post about one of my favorite series of all time, Elizabeth Peters’s Vicky Bliss series. I probably shouldn’t have done this, especially at such length, but in the way of great loves of your life, restraint is hard to come by. The novels include Street of the Five Moons, Silhouette in Scarlet, Trojan Gold, and Night Train to Memphis. (The fifth book, The Laughter of Dead Kings, was a fun read, but it doesn’t do much to add to the romantic arc that I’m dissecting here, so I don’t get into it. Technically the first book is Borrower of the Night, but that’s pre-John.)
Blanket Spoiler Alert: I don’t spoil the mystery plots of any of the novels. I’m talking about the romantic arcs, and none of this discussion ought to detract from enjoying the whole thing. Romance, after all, is in the execution. But if you’re spoiler-phobic, consider yourself warned (and: sorry! They’re great books! Read them and come back!).