Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Guest Post: Salvation of Humanity Through the Hands of the Supernatural Beasts

I kind of thought the title would either grab your attention or baffle you. What does it mean and why did I pick it? I was going back and forth about what I would discuss today. Philosophy, ideology, mythology, anthropology or theology? Maybe a little of them all if you can connect the threads for yourself.

Pamela invited me to her blog. Thank you! She said she had a blog about supernatural creatures.

Hi I’m a.c. Mason. I know a little about supernatural creatures since I sometimes feel like one. When I’m not being a strange creature I’m an evil master mind plotting to take over the world. As you can see, I’ve yet to reach my ultimate goad. Lol.

I’ve also worked on many races of supernatural creatures for my books, but I’ll focus on the two that are currently published. 

My first creatures were the Aequitas. For those of you that don’t know aequitas, equitas is Latin for: justice, fairness, equity.
I liked the first word a lot. And I christened my creations the Aequitas.
What are the Aequitas?
They are humanoids who:
Travel through realms and planets.
They are immortal.
They can fly with angel’s wings that come out of their back, they can learn to harness inner peace, and work on the side of what is just.
They can communicate telepathically.
They exchange blood to share their most sacred gift a part of their soul.
They have demon strength, cunningness, and speed.
Their eyes turn black when using demon attributes.
They can collect and release souls.
They are a race of slaves, born into servitude with the purpose of balancing good and evil.

They are the equalizers between the forces of good and evil. The duality within them was wonderful the play with as a writer. Having the universes as the backdrop gives me a lot of freedom, but Earth, Heaven and Hell play big roles. 

In Aequitas I Betrayal you are introduced to the world of the Aequitas and their saga continues in Aequitas II Punishment. I’m currently working on the final book of the trilogy Aequitas III Redemption.
My second supernatural creatures are the Shunu.

I’d learned about the Shunu, one of three sons of a God known by some of the Turkic peoples while doing other research. I do far too much research. I know a lot useless information. Shunu is a lupine (relating to a wolf or wolves) deity and my shifters are his descendants. The mythology of my wolf-sprits comes from the Turkic beliefs.

Shunu are my shifters:

They can shift into spirit form or solid wolf.
Each has a second ability. VanWolf dreams of possible futures. You have to read the series to find out what the other pack members gifts are.

But Shunu aren’t the only supernatural creatures in the Wolf-Spirit series. There are werewolves-a mixed breed (Part Shunu and Human), Amyrsana—chieftain (witches and warlocks) and the Aru tos—deities (demi-gods).

In Chocolate Damsel you are introduce to the Wolf-Spirit series and the harrowing adventure continues in Chocolate Temptation. The wolf-spirit series treks through WWII starting in Paris France when the city is occupied. I do intend on writing other wolf–spirit novellas in different time periods. 

I hope that give you a look into my supernatural creatures and me.

Now I have a question for you. Why do we seem to want human salvation to come from the supernatural? Have we lost faith in our fellow man?

If you want to learn more about me, a.c. Mason or my books you can find me at www.acmason.com and my books here.

Pamela thanks for having me and my strange creatures by.

a.c. Mason
Darkness ♀♂ Desires

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tuesday Guest Post: Sonya Clark

Roxie Mathis is the Mojo Queen

There are certain things readers of urban fantasy have come to expect because of their prevalence in the genre. Kick-ass, leather pants, and tramp stamps are common descriptors for urban fantasy heroines. When I started writing Mojo Queen I knew I wanted something a little different for main character Roxanne Mathis.

Roxie is a paranormal investigator. She’s also a hoodoo root worker who can see auras and spectral entities. Her life isn’t about beating up bad guys, it’s about using natural magic to defend against supernatural problems. She’s got a casual wardrobe of jeans and cargo pants, tee shirts and boots. She wears glasses, what with being near-sighted. If she had the extra money to spare she’d choose to blow it on blues records rather than a tattoo. Unlike the reluctant heroines of some stories, Roxie has no real desire for that fabled “normal life”. She feels at home in a supernatural world most would find terrifying. Here’s a passage from Goofer Dust Blues, one of the Mojo short stories available on the Free Reads page of my blog.

A gust of wind disturbed my hair, giving me a little spook. It tripped that switch in the back of my brain or deep down in my gut or wherever it was, the switch that flipped when the spook was just right and shivered across the ends of my nerves. The thing is, I like the dark. I like the spook. I feel at home there, walking alongside the things that go bump in the night. Not for nothing is my best friend a vampire.
Someone brave enough, or crazy enough, to be friends with a vampire must not be afraid of anything. Roxie does get scared though, and she has a healthy respect for all those creatures and spirits that live in the dark and sometimes cause mischief and mayhem. She gets scared, but she does her job anyway. She doesn’t make a big deal out of it but she believes in helping people. Most folks can’t handle the supernatural world so they don’t know what to do when they come face to face with it. Remembering what it was like as a kid and first dealing with her auric vision and finding herself surrounded by ghosts, Roxie wants to help people who are out of their depth in the dark. Even if it means sometimes she finds herself in over her head. She might have to bluff her way through a situation, or she might have to jump blind and hope she sticks the landing. With her knowledge of hoodoo, her magical abilities, and yes her vampire best friend, she hasn’t found a thing yet she didn’t have the mojo to vanquish. Who needs leather pants when you are the Mojo Queen?

Learn more about the author at http://www.sonyaclark.net/

Monday, May 16, 2011


Toss the confetti! We have a winner of Danielle Monsch's Ebook Pleasure Satellite!

Congratulations, MM Queen of English. Please send your email address to Danielle at Dani(at)DanielleMonsch(dot)com and she will send it to you. 
Thank you all for commenting. I'm sorry there was such a debacle with Blogger these past few days. Hopefully, they've fixed the problem and everything will return to normal. :-)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday Guest Post: Danielle Monsch


Sometimes I’m kinda shocked that my first story wasn’t a vampire story.
I often say (and it’s mostly true) that I started writing because of a dearth of vampire stories. I know, crazy to think of, right? But yes, there was a time you couldn’t close your eyes, pick up a book from the store, and have a one in five chance it has a vampire character in it.
Since I became obsessed with vampires and couldn’t find enough stories, I started writing my own. Enough people said they liked my stories that I began to accept I had some talent when it came to the writing thing. Now, it took me a long time before accepting I had talent morphed into wanting to do it for a living, but that’s another story.
Back to now. Now I’m a Writer! Now, I can write any little story that crosses my mind and make it work. Now I’ve got about half a dozen stories in various stages.
No vampires.
Why? I mean, I still love my vampires. Sure, it’s not the obsessive love I had in my teenage years, but they are still my favorite supernatural creature.
Do I want to write a vampire story? Absolutely. And I will. I really will.
But I have to find the right story. There used to me too few vampire stories, now – OK, I won’t say there are too many, I don’t believe that – but if I’m going to write a vampire story I want it to be my unique take on it, something that I haven’t seen before.
So for now, vampires are on the back burner.
Still, for now doesn’t mean never. I’ve loved vampires for so long there is no way I’ll not write a vampire story sometime in this (hopefully long) writing career of mine.
My teenage self is looking forward to that day.

What supernatural creature do you enjoy reading about most? One random commenter will receive a free copy of Danielle’s latest story, Pleasure Satellite, found here at http://bit.ly/Dani_PS

Danielle Monsch is a Romantic Geek Girl Writing in a Fantasy World.  You can find Danielle on the web at www.DanielleMonsch.com, www.twitter.com/DaniMonsch, www.facebook.com/DanielleMonsch or email her at Dani@DanielleMonsch.com


Nevan’s life is nothing but duty and honor. The eldest son of a prestigious House, he has a life mapped out ahead of him, including mating a woman for whom he feels nothing but brotherly affection. But then one night he discovers a woman who makes his blood boil and his body hard.

Seena has known nothing but blood and pain in her life. A fighter for the BloodRing, she is nothing more than spectacle, her life and death meaningless except as entertainment for the masses. Then one night a male comes to her in secret with a bargain the likes of which she has never been confronted with. The ultimate fight, which will lead her either to freedom…or to his bed.

Nevan will allow nothing to stop him from possessing the human. On the Pleasure Satellite anything is permissible, and to the strongest goes everything.


The lights began dimming, a signal that the next fight was about to start.  Samos bared his teeth, a semblance of a grin that did nothing to hide his bloodlust. “My Lords, you are in for a fine fight!”
The other males sat forward, near reverberating with excitement in their seats.  Farana also looked forward, though she held herself so still Nevan feared she might shatter.  Having nowhere else to look, Nevan’s gaze went towards the ring as well.
As with every other fighter’s entrance, a thin mist of smoke covered the ground floor before the opposing cage doors opened, loud clanks and groans as the old but effective gates rose to let in the fighters.
And when the smoke cleared, a collective gasp came from the crowd.
“It’s a human!”
“I’ve never seen one before!”
Nevan was as shocked as any other being here, though long habit kept his face blank.  While humans weren’t an extinct species, it was rare to see them outside one of their few existing strongholds.  How the Peddler came across one, he had no idea.
Xenil spoke.  “Is that truly a human?”
“A female human?” added Jaron.
Samos seemed very pleased with the shock the human’s entrance seemed to engender.  “Yes, it is truly a female human.  Rare and deadly, she is.  She would not represent me in the BloodRing otherwise.”
The human’s eyes traveled the crowd, and Nevan understood at once she was searching for Samos.  She seemed to have knowledge of who the Peddler would gravitate towards, her eyes starting with the highest boxes, the ones that held the spectators of wealth and power.  After sighting the Peddler, she studied the box’s other inhabitants.  Farana almost fainted with fright when her eyes met the human’s and she quickly looked away.
The human’s eyes met his.
Tevarian females seldom looked their males in the eyes.  The few females of other species he had met had been intimidated by his size and by his species ferociousness, and therefore were skittish around him.
The human locked gazes with him, not looking away until whatever question she was searching for was answered - not intimidated, not hurried. 
Nevan’s throat felt thick as their gaze held, his breath impossible to get into his lungs.
The voice of Farana broke through the hold of the human’s eyes and Nevan turned his head to look at the female at his side, shocked to find he was standing partway up, not remembering moving at all.  He cleared his throat.  “I wished to get a better look at the human,” he said, sitting back down.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

E Nomine & Trinity Blood

I'd actually forgotten how much I enjoyed Trinity Blood, an anime involving a vampire who works for the Vatican. Anyway, this is an AMV for E Nomine's "Vater Unser". (E Nomine is a German music project).

Oh yeah, Abel's wings and weapon rock. :-)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

“F” is for Focalor

I first came across Focalor (transliterated Fuokaroru) in Yoko Matsushita’s manga Yami no Matsuei (Descendants of Darkness). It wasn’t until I started conducting research for Death Sword I learned Focalor is a former angel of the order of Thrones.  

According to The Dictionary of Demons (Michelle Belanger), Focalor “has power over the  wind and seas. He can overturn ships of war and drown men in the waters.” Despite this ability, however, apparently Focalor can also be “commanded to leave people unharmed and he is said to willingly consent to this request.”

A duke of hell, Focalor commands 30 legions of demons (A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels – Gustav Davidson). When summoned, he appears as a man with gryphon wings.

Focalor is unique among demons in that he hopes to one day return to Heaven.

Friday, May 6, 2011

"E" is for Erlking

One of my favorite songs by Sarah Brightman is "Figlio Perduto" ("Lost Son").

After reading the descriptions of the Erlking, I wondered if her song wasn't based on the legend. It is.

According to Finlay Cowan, in his book, Incredible Characters, the Erlking is a “malevolent spirit of German origin, whose aim is to whisk children away to an uncertain doom by offering them treats and a visit to his palace.”

Goethe’s poem, “Der Erlkonig” is a well-known poem based on the legend and has inspired many writers and musicians, including Jim Butcher, Philip K. Dick, and E Nomine (a German musical project).

If you’re interested in learning more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erlking (information about the Erlking)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wuo6PUeyHmA (Sarah Brightman singing “Figlio Perduto”)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OexgtEnsWs (E Nomine’s “Die Schwarzen Reiter”, influenced by Goethe’s poem)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

"D" is for Draugr

Looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous zombie? You might want to tap into Norse mythology and  the various draugar (plural  form).

According to Wikipedia, Tolkien’s barrow-wights are based on the draugr legends. This is entirely possible, considering The Lord of the Rings  contains elements of Norse mythology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrow-wight).

If you want to learn more about draugar:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"C" is for Cait Sith

Not quite as big as a dog... My cat Shadow

I first came across the character Cait Sith in New Vampire Miyu by Narumi Kakinouchi. I don't know if she intended for him to be based on the Celtic legend or not.

Anyway, a few years ago I was working on a YA Sith novel & came across the name "Cait Sith" again. (Note: Sidhe is a variant spelling.)

The legend of Cait Sith is apparently Scottish in nature and refers to a large cat from the Highlands. This creature, according to the Scottish folklore site, is "as big as a dog and completely black except for one white spot on its breast." (http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk./folklore/scottishfolkapp.html)

In my untitled Sidhe novel, Cait Sith/Kellas Cat is a protector of the heroine and also a Threshold Guardian (for you Writers Journey fans). Hm, maybe I should revive this story.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday Guest Post: Rayne Hall


When writing paranormal and fantasy fiction, we writers can invent fantastic magical weapons. However, these weapons need to be interesting so they enrich the story, and believable so the readers can suspend their disbelief.
A weapon which can kill anyone, anytime,  is implausible and boring.

Here are some ideas how to create a magic weapon, inspired by real magic traditions from different cultures.  Your weapon probably includes some, but not all, of these ideas. Have fun!


* The weapon is made from a solid, natural material: stone, wood, or bone. The bone could be from a ritually sacrificed animal, from a human ancestor, from a hero or saint, or from a slain enemy.

* It may contain a crystal, or a  precious or semi-precious stone, because these are good at storing and intensifying magical energy.

* It has an elongated shape, like a wand or a staff. Indeed, it may be disguised as an everyday elongated object, such as a pen or a walking stick. The magician points it at the target, similar to aiming a gun.

* The weapon can be of any size, from a tiny jewellery pendant to a tree trunk.Small items have the advantage that the magicians can carry them on their body or hide them in their garments. Large items may be stationary and everyone knows of their existence and location.

* There is probably a religious connection. For example, the weapon may be sacred to a goddess or god, blessed in a temple, manufactured by monks, invented by a god, given to the hero by a goddess.

* It is probably old, perhaps inherited through generations.

* It can only be given - for example, in gratitude by the craftsman who made it, or granted by a priestess on her death bed.  It can not be bought with money.

* The manufacture of the weapon involved a ritual and a sacrifice. This may have been a human sacrifice. The weapon may have been dipped into the sacrifice's blood.


* Most magic works through the user's mind.  To activate the weapon, the magician needs to concentrate, perhaps think a certain sequence of thoughts.  The use of a magical weapon is never purely physical (such as pulling the trigger on a gun). It's the mental effort ath counts. This can create interesting situations when the magician needs to concentrate to use the weapon, but can't concentrate in the heat of the battle.

* The damage inflicted by a magical weapon may be invisible. It may kill without leaving visible wounds, baffling the doctors.

*  Magical weapons may act slowly. A person may get hit by a magical weapon and not realise it until hours or days later, by which time it's too late to seek help, and the person withers away.

*  The weapon may affect the target's mind rather than the body. For example, it may rob that person of the will to live, or of the courage to fight. 

* Many magical weapons work on one of the elements (earth, air, fire, water). For example, the weapon may kill by shaking the earth on which the target stands, or by heating  the air the target breathes.

* The weapon can hit targets which are hidden. Its energy can move through or around obstacles.

* The user needs training to wield the weapon. This probably involves training in magic (power raising, mental focus, directing energy), as well as training in the use of the specific weapon.  In the hands of an untrained person, the weapon may be ineffective, or may kill the user.


* Before use, the weapon needs to be magically  fuelled (the usual term for this is 'charged'). This may be done in a certain place (at a spring, in a temple, at a crossroads) or by a certain person (a senior magician, a crone, a priestess). The charge involves a ritual, which may be simple or complex, and is often religious in nature. Sometimes, a weapon can be charged by leaving it lying in running water, or exposed to bright sunlight, or to the light of the full moon.  If the weapon contains a crystal, it's the crystal that gets charged.

* After use, the weapon needs to be ritually cleansed. This may be a simple act such as rinsing in running water, or it may need a prayer, or a complex ritual at the temple. The cleansing and the re-charging are often done in the same ritual.


*  To be interesting, the weapon needs to have at least one weakness which causes difficulties for its user.

*  After being ritually charged, the weapon works only for a specific period - perhaps for seven hours, or until the next new moon. After that period has passed, it may become inaccurate or less powerful, or stop working altogether.

* The weapon may only work in the hands of certain people: initiates of the order, male virgins, or post-menopausal crones. This can create interesting situations, for example, if it works only in the hands of a male virgin, the enemy may send a seductress.

* The weapon depends on the user's attitudes and beliefs. What if the weapon works only for a user whose religious faith is unshaken? What if it only works for someone who is free from fear?

* In many magic traditions, the knowledge of names plays an important role. Perhaps the weapon works only if the user knows the target's true name.

* In some magic traditions, especially modern ones, visualisation is important.  Perhaps the weapon works only if the user can visualise the target's face.

* The weapon may work only if the user is in a state of altered consciousness (i.e. in a trance); this can be tricky in a battle.

* Magic spells often take time. The user needs time to raise magical energy  and to direct her will at the desired outcome. In an urgent fight situation, time  may be short.

* Magic requires intense concentration. Perhaps this weapon needs several seconds of total concentration before every shot, and this concentration can be hard to come by in the heat of a fight.

* The weapon may work only in the presence of a certain element (earth, air, fire, water). For example, the user must stand near an open fire, or the target must be close to running water, otherwise it won't work.

Enjoy inventing a magical weapon. I'd love to see what you come up with, and I hope you'll post your ideas here. I look forward to helping you refine your fictional weapon.

If you have questions about writing fight scenes or about magical weapons, feel free to ask. I'll be around for the next couple of days and will respond.


Rayne Hall writes dark fantasy and horror. She has published more than twenty books under different pen names in different genres, and her stories have earned Honorable Mentions in 'The Years' Best Fantasy and Horror'. She holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing, and teaches online classes.

Even if you've never wielded a weapon, and don't have a clue about magic,  you can write an exciting fight scene and create believable magic. Rayne will show you how, in her workshops on 'Writing Fight Scenes' and 'Writing About Magic And Magicians'.

The next workshops are:

Writing Fight Scenes, June 2011: www.romance-ffp.com/event.cfm?EventID=303
Writing Scary Scenes, July 2011: www.writersonlineclasses.com/?page_id=534
Writing About Magic and Magicians, Ocrtober 2011:www.celtichearts.org/workshops.html