Happy Thanksgiving, my friends. I hope you all have (or had) a lovely one. While we’re all eating and out shopping for Black Friday, I thought I would share an essay I wrote last year (slightly updated!) about unusual paranormal characters in Romance.
Modern paranormal romance caters to women who want to dream a little more than the average reader. They crave the weird and just looking at the romance pages in Amazon or at the shelves in a bookstore, you’ll see publishers are catering to that wish list.
These days the main star of the genre, though, seems to have gelled down to two factions: Vampires and werewolves. As a reader of the genre, and as a lover of mythology, I’ve often wondered why that is. After all, the world’s mythologies offer so many different types of monsters (yes, I said the M word ;)) to choose from.
For instance, in Victorian mythology you’ll find a nasty fella called Spring-heeled Jack . He could make crazy leaps into the air, or from buildings, had claws for hands and fireballs for eyes. Imagine running into him in a dark alley.
In Scottish mythology you’ll find the pooka (or sometimes spelled púca) a being of Irish lore that shape-changed into horses, goats, or rabbits (1) and has been known to do humans no harm.(2) but to be a troublesome little buggers. There’s also the selkie that is something like a cross between a mermaid and a seal. and has been known to drown humans (2). But I’ve seen them used to romantic effect (anyone ever read Anne McCaffrey’s romantic scifi novel Powers that Be?)
In Greek and Roman mythology you have the shade ( akin to the ghost), sirens, and the harpies, not to mention gods, dryads, and fauns. As you can see, the list is endless right in that one mythology. And can’t you just see the *ahem* Erotic antics to be had with a faun?!
(C.S. Lewis missed a great opportunity to write a romance. *eg*)
I chose focus on the Celts of ancient Ireland and Gaul who battled the Greeks and Romans in order to preserve their homeland. (Alas, we won’t have time to cover here how that worked out) From that culture sprung King Arthur, Merlin and the various sorcerers based on him, maidens with mystic powers and secrets, and the Warriors and druids of the myths based on very real ones who fought and lived and loved long, long ago. *sigh* Though the mythological records can seem spotty, they carry within them the very seed of romance itself.
(And, wow! Imagine being taken away by an elf king… and a faun? Wait, I think I have a book about that….)
If you’d like to see what I made of my take on the Celtic mythological beings, my fantasy romance, the synopsis is as follows:
Passion’s Sacred Dance (2nd Edition) (Celtic Stewards Chronicles, Book 1)
Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her renowned history center. Yet she knows in her heart that the center is sacred and what a catastrophe losing it would be. How much of a catastrophe, she hasn’t a clue.
Until Aaron Fielding arrives with his tales of magical guardians and the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors from Celtic legend who protect humanity from a wicked enemy seeking their destruction.
Is the end of the world imminent? What can she, a modern woman and her warrior lover, possibly have to offer when a long-prophesied druidic mythic battle explodes around them?
Whatever lovely fantasy creature you enjoy, me, personally, I love them all. And I am grateful that I have readers who love the worlds I create. Thank you so much for all you do!
If you’d like to read more, as I said earlier, the ebook of PASSION’S SACRED DANCE is on sale today for Black Friday. You can find it at Amazon.
Add to your Good Reads shelf here. I hope you’ll check it out and enjoy the magic!
I tried to find some Thanksgiving creature to add to the article. Alas, it doesn’t quite lend itself to that. (There’s no Great Turkey, Charlie Brown, or anything like that…) However, the late, great Jim Henson gave his own spin to the holiday in a show about a bizarre little town called Turkey Hollow. You can read about that in this article.
So, tell me, what unusual character might you want to read (or write) a love story about? In the meantime, enjoy this holiday, my friends, have a happy, thankful, safe weekend!
(Essay ©Juli D. Revezzo, 2013, 2015. Originally featured on The Wild Rose Press blog)
More on Pookas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%BAca