Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Let's Get Scientifical #11: Different Stokes for Different Species

Welcome to Unwritten's February blog event! Of course, this is the month of love, so I wanted to celebrate that theme as I've done in year's past. But this year, I've decided to add a scientific spin to it. All month long, talented authors from several genres will write about some aspect of love from their books as it relates to science. It could be social, psychological, biological, or anything in between. Our blog event is sponsored by "HMC by Kate", a fabulous independent jewelry crafter. Kate's giving away one of her very beautiful necklaces that I think fits our theme perfectly. She's also offering everyone who stops in a 10% discount on any item from her Etsy store. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post and check out her lovely offerings! Without further ado, please welcome our guest author:

The Difficulties in Making Interspecies Children
Tara Fox Hall

            Romance in paranormal fiction wouldn’t be complete without interspecies relationships. The most common match being a couple with one partner a human, and the other some type of supernatural being--vampire, werecreature, faerie, demon, etc--has since expanded to many more exotic matches, bringing the possibility of interspecies children as a logical result. To meet that question, I’m here today to talk about the fine art of mixed-species gestation, Promise Me style.

            Interspecies romance and the resulting children of those unions abound throughout the Promise Me series, beginning with the union of a female werelion and male werecougar to produce the werecougar Elle in Taken in the Night, Promise Me series Book 3. In subsequent books comes the creation of the half-human, half-vampire male Theoron and female Venus, and the half-human, half-werecougar male Devon. To add realism, these “half-breed” beings are not without their own abnormalities, even in contrast to their respective already “super human” parent. Both Elle’s and Devon’s mothers experience abnormal rapid growth of the fetus in the last weeks of pregnancy, and very difficult deliveries. The vampire-human hybrids present an even larger host of problems, beginning with the necessity to invoke a magical potion to make the normally sterile vampire father potent in the first place (female vampires cannot have children, as their reproductive systems are too difficult to rejuvenate with magic for the duration needed to create a viable child). The human mother must also be both resistant to infusion of vampiric bodily fluids necessary for impregnation, and also remain in a partly-changed-to-vampire-yet-still-human-state to be able to become and stay pregnant without a miscarriage, which is almost always lethal to both mother and child. Once pregnant, a Bloodlust overcomes the pregnant human mother at seemingly random intervals, which she experiences and channels into sexual lust. Further, in the third trimester a heating/cooling problem presents in trying to regulate body temperature between the mortal 98.6 degrees and the much cooler normal temperature of a vampire. Delivery is also very difficult, with the ready to be born child reverting to its vampire lineage in an effort to escape the womb. Thus, most dhamphirs are planned to be born via Cesarean Section.

            Also existing as adult characters in the Promise Me series are the half-faerie, half demon Terian, the half-werecoyote, half-werefox Serena. While the latter seems to experience no difficulties, and only the boon of having two separate animal forms to call her own, the former is constantly under threat of having his demon side “take over” his faerie side, compelling him to a life of evil. This battle for control demonstrates one of the key points of these special children: with two “sides” so inherently different, each of these children must find a way to be at peace with themselves, to find a balance necessary to have a meaningful life.


Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, children’s stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice. All of her published children’s stories to date are free reads on


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Blurb: Sar and Theo move on from Sar’s affair with Lash, struggling to build a new life with their werecougar son Devon. Rebuffed, Lash resumes his solitary existence, biding his time. Ulysses lurks in the shadows launching repeated attacks on his enemy Devlin, whose darker side emerges rampant in an effort to protect those he loves. The vampire Danial prepares his dhamphir son Theoron for manhood, even as Ulysses delivers a last crippling blow to Devlin in his relentless quest for revenge.



This beautiful handmade necklace from HMC by KATE


  1. Excellent post! When you're done the series, you might look at writing a field-guide to the species (and interspecies) of the world you've created.

  2. Thanks Tori :) so glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks again for having me at Unwritten Mysti! Good luck in the giveaway, everyone!


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