Monday, April 14, 2014

Mythical Monday (45)


It seems there are many books based on or influenced by Myths and Mythological Beings.

There are so many different Mythology and Mythological Beings recorded. Some are very popular and well known, others not so much. There are many similar beings, yet different depending on the culture it’s based in.  The definition of Myth covers about anything in the Urban Fantasy/Fantasy realm to me.

I’ve invited authors to share briefly the Mythological being or Myth that influenced their character(s) or story, or what their character(s) are based on influencing their books.  Hosting here, one author and being or myth per week.


This week we have:
Paranormal Romance author 
Kait Ballenger
Talking of Pixies.



For anyone who has read even the back cover blurb of Immortal Hunter, it’s easy to see that the supernatural focus of the book is demons. They are at the center of the novel, seeing as David Aronowitz, the hero of Immortal Hunter, is a demon hunter for the Execution Underground, an international covert organization of hunters who fight to protect humanity from the supernatural creatures who lurk behind every dark corner. Despite that demons are the focus of the novel, I wanted to take a moment today to highlight the other supernatural creature this novel features: the faerie.


Faerie:

1. a tiny mischievous, imaginary being
2. an imaginary supernatural being, usually represented in diminutive human form and characterized as clever, playful, and having magical powers
3. a variant of fairy

AllsĂșn O’Hare, the heroine of the novel, is half-Fae, specifically pixie. So what makes a faerie a faerie in the world of the Execution Underground? Well, you’re about to find out. Below is a Mythical Mondays entry for pixies similar to what would be in the beginner’s guide for Execution Underground trainees—of course, I can’t show you the real entry, since Execution Underground training is highly confidential. ;-) As potential hunters of the supernatural, trainees must be able to recall and understand something similar to the following information:

Pixie

(See also Fae/faerie/fairy/earth angel)

Note: The term Fae is an over-arching term for an entire kingdom of supernatural creature with multiple sub-species existing within the kingdom. For example, a pixie, a sprite, a water spirit, a brownie, and a goblin are all examples of Fae, but exist within different sub-species. Fae are benign creatures and have no interest in hurting humans; therefore, they are not hunted by the Execution Underground.

Appearance: Pixies are characterized by their small stature (smaller than the average human), physical attractiveness to the human eye, and bright eye color.

Abilities: Pixies are capable of producing a powerful, sparkling faerie dust, which causes humans to be easily suggestible to their will. They are a type of nature sprite and draw strength and magical power from the earth. They are capable in fully exorcising demons, their natural enemy.

Behaviors: Pixies are notably mischievous and are often known for dealing in half-truths and pranks. They are easily angered, but not outwardly aggressive.

Weaknesses: Iron

Habitat: The Isle of Apples – a second dimension, capable only of being accessed by the Fae, in which its entry lays near the west coast of the Republic of Ireland.

Natural Enemy: Demons


So there you have it. The Fae as portrayed in the Execution Underground series! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little teaser and that you decide to check out Immortal Hunter!

All Best,
Kait Ballenger


Author Bio:
Kait Ballenger is a full-time romance author, wife, a former professional bellydancer, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series about an international network of supernatural hunters who fight to protect humanity alongside the powerful women they seduce.

With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is a recent graduate of Spalding University’s M.F.A in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, where she studied dual-genre in screenwriting.

When Kait’s not preoccupied with paranormal creepy-crawlies, she can be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a book. She lives in Florida with her husband, their doggie-daughter Sookie (yes, like the heroine in Charlainne Harris’ books), and two mischievous cats Elliot and Olivia (yes, like the Law and Order characters), near the love and care of her supportive family. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she will be a bestseller and have people name their pets after her characters too.

Author Links:
Kait Ballenger's site
Twitter:  @kait_ballenger
Facebook page

Purchase Books: (click image to go purchase at Amazon)


Also find at Barnes & Nobles:
After Dark
Twilight Hunter
Immortal Hunter

Also on Book Depository:
After Dark
Vampire Killer (Kait's story is the same as what's in After Dark, this is a UK Anthology with 2 different authors)
Twilight Hunter
Immortal Hunter

10 comments:

  1. Another interesting post! I've always thought of Tinkerbell as a pixie, but didn't give them much thought otherwise. Thanks for the definition!

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    1. Alexia, I really liked getting the details of the Pixies. Really neat! :D Thank you!

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  2. Cool to learn more about pixies

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  3. Oh like! I love the specific rundown about pixies. Makes me more curious about her series. Great post!

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    1. Melissa (B&T) There are loads of amazing and hot men in the series. ;) Just thought I'd let you know. lol

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  4. Oh I love Fairies, we can find many different kinds and it's always so interesting to see how the author would feature them.

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    1. Melliane, it's always so cool to hear the details of the fey. :) Thank you!

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  5. I have seen this book around a lot. I love fairies/fae. We never see brownies or sprites very often though.

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    1. Jennifer Bielman, yeah, it's a very good Paranormal Romance series. Hope you get to check it out one day. And true, we need more brownies ans sprites in the world. :)

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