When someone mentions monsters, the first thing to come to mind is not fairies. But during the research I’ve done for my Magic Knot Fairies series, I’ve discovered plenty of monstrous creatures in fairy myth and legend. Every country seems to have its own folk law about fairies. During my research, I’ve concentrated mainly on Celtic mythology as much of the mythology covering the UK and Ireland where my books are set has its roots in Celtic myth.
I’ve even created some of my own monsters for my series. A main secondary character in The Magic Knot and The Phoenix Charm is a nightstalker—a creature I created. (Although I suspect the name nightstalker has been used before.) My nightstalker is called Nightshade and he starts off as one of the bad guys. He is a beautiful black vampiric fairy with wings and a lot of attitude. The name Nightshade gives a clue to one of his powers. He can shift into a shadow form to move fast—great in a fight.
I love writing about paranormal creatures who go against type—monsters who are good. In The Phoenix Charm, I introduce a character who is a shadow elemental—a djinn otherwise known as a demon. Although he is powerful and dangerous, he defies his breeding to be an honorable character with a good heart.
The classic monsters such as vampires and demons can be scary, but I find some of the most frightening monsters look deceptively normal, so they give the characters a false sense of security before they try to kill them. For me the scariest monsters are not supernatural at all, but humans who may be possessed or just plain evil.
The latest book in The Magic Knot Fairies series is THE PHOENIX CHARM, recently given a Best Book rating by LASR. Read the review here. http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/11/phoenix-charm-by-helen-scott-taylor.html
BAck Cover Copy: The Phoenix Charm
He’s Pure Temptation.
Cordelia has sworn she’ll abstain from looking into Michael’s future—particularly when the image in the gilded smoke of her divination mirror shows him half naked. Yet she can’t resist watching the sexy rascal slowly running his hand down his ribs, over his abdomen, flicking open the button on his jeans with a little flourish like a magician performing a trick.
She’s Trying To Resist.
Respectable wise woman Cordelia restrains her secret water nymph sensuality with the Celtic symbols painted on her skin. But Michael’s powerful fairy glamour leaves her breathless, off balance, struggling for control. When Gwyn ap Nudd, the Welsh King of the Underworld, steals away Michael’s infant nephew, Cordelia must work with him to save the child. But how can she trust her instincts with Michael tempting her to explore the hidden elemental depths of her nature and insisting that she believe in the power of…The Phoenix Charm.
I also have a novella—THE FEAST OF BEAUTY— in The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance due out January 26.
Kate’s grandmother’s dying wish is that she should return her pearl pendant to the tiny fishing village in Ireland where she was born. At the village’s Midsummer Feast of Beauty, the unearthly silver hair and emerald eyes of Esras, the wealthy local landowner, mesmerize Kate. But how can she trust her heart to a man who claims to be a sea fairy king?
Helen Scott Taylor
Adventure Fantasy Romance
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