Monday, June 26, 2017

Mythical Monday #76 - Fairies

Art work by: @Burntlaughter on Twitter

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

There are many different Mythology's 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.




Fairies.

I think everyone has a different vision of fairies. Some good. Some bad. Some…straight up naughty. I hear people in Oregon talk about fairies in nature all the time. Often calling to, or wishing upon them like they are guardian angels or leprechauns. I have to admit, this is kinda lost on me. Why fairies in those situations? Why not elves or gnomes or even trolls?

So how do I envision fairies?

Well, Fairy God Mothers never sounded appealing to me. Maybe they should be called guardian angels? Cause when I close my eyes and try to picture a fairy, Rue Mcclanahan in a lavender hooded cape is the furthest thing from my mind. (Golden Girls actress reference. You are welcome!)

When I search fairies on the internet, I end up seeing lots of naughty fairy Halloween costumes, which have measly little wings, and let’s be honest, they aren’t lifting no one off the ground! ;) Not really my idea of a fairy either.

I guess there are all sorts of possibilities, however, in pop culture, we have been inundated with children’s movie fairies and they all start to look alike after a while… Those fairies are normally tiny, like action figure height or smaller, but built proportionate to an average human.

Gah! Hold up.

I had to stop writing this article and search the web for something. See, my old Dungeons and Dragons background refuses to let me think of anything other than this one classic D&D chart right now (see below). Humans and half-orcs compared to the sizes of elves and half-elves…of course, I’d need to draw the fairy in for size comparison.

Okay… moving on….

Fairies.

Basically, many of us think of Tinkerbelle right out of the gate. I know I sure do. Small, blonde, elf ears...whimsical. Fairies whose wings are often depicted as butterfly or dragonfly-shaped, translucent, and made of some sort of magical sparkling pixie dust that chimes.

So cute!

blah… lol.

I ask you this!?!? What if fairies evolved? What if they stopped being the size of humming birds and started getting larger? What if natural selection inched them away from being simple prey to things like owl, hawks, eagles, and cats, to something more…well…more durable.

In the first two books of my Urban Fantasy series, I build on a modern history of fairy kind, but don’t worry, in book three, which I am currently writing, there are more than just hints about the origins of fairies too.

The fairies in my book are human-sized…(Again with that D&D chart!). And although still preyed upon, and considered weak by the other mythological creatures that exist in my stories , they are stronger than they appear.

Sabrina London, the main character in ONE SMOKING HOT FAIRY TAIL and its sequel TWO POLLUTED BLACK-HEART ROMANCES is a fairy. She comes from the Water Kingdom and is their princess. Yes, you read that right. She’s a fairy princess. (boom!) Fairy kind, in my books, live in the four elemental kingdoms and rule the elements found in those kingdoms. Sabrina, of the Water Kingdom, has connections to water and as she grows more powerful she starts to understand how to control the element somewhat.

Of course, Sabrina has wings. But she doesn’t have elf ears. Her wings, unlike those seen in Disney movies, are large and colorful. Still butterfly-shaped, yes, but these wings are made of energy, not magic, and crackle like they have a static charge.

It is important to note that fairies in my books have two circulatory systems. One for blood, the other for solar energy. So basically they are solar powered.

Huh-what? You might say. Well, let me explain a little more.

The solar energy they absorb is turned into solar power and processed through their skin. This action/reaction naturally takes the form of two big energy-based wings on their backs. But that is not all that their skill produces from the sun. Their skin makes vitamin D, vitamin C, hormones, pheromones, and enough electricity to do that carnival trick where you light a light bulb by simply holding it. Cool, right?

Some fairy, only the most skilled, powerful, and ridiculously bold— like Sabrina— have learned to hold their wings in a state of near release where they sit just under the skin and form what looks like a colorful ornate tattoo.

But these beautiful wings are not just for show. Fairies in my books can fly, and more. These fairies can use the solar energy stored in their body to heal themselves of minor wounds. And they can also use that energy, in conjunction with their wings, as a weapon.

Not so helpless now, are they?

That being said, for the most part, fairies are peaceful and good-natured, in my books. You might even call some of them hippies. They stay out of the way of conflict and obey the rules of the Otherworldly Assembly, a government for all the creatures who hide from humanity.

The readers of my books will learn about the otherworldly beings along with a human character as he becomes more deeply entwined and entrenched with them. So...I don’t want to spoil too much.

One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail is the story of otherworldly beings: fairies, windegos, mummies, elemental spirits, and more living human lives—or as close to it as they can. When events threaten her discovery, Sabrina finds herself smack in the middle of controversy. She must do whatever is needed to protect her identities and her loved ones.


One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail
America’s population is slowly dying due to an epidemic, and Alexander, an ancient, immortal shaman, has medicine that can heal people. It has one small side effect—Alexander’s able to control the minds of anyone taking the drug, nicknamed “dust.”

Alexander plans to take over the country once dust is released to the general public, crushing anyone who stands in the way. He needs just a little bit more of a certain magical ingredient to make the medication work properly: fairy wings.

An intelligent, stunning fairy, Sabrina was also America’s sweetheart—until a video of a crime she was involved in surfaces, nearly destroying her. A year later, she’s finally ready to step back into the spotlight. Together with her bodyguard, Mira, a water spirit in human form, Sabrina’s prepared to start over.

Things are starting to look up until she meets Alexander in a club and goes from social outcast to tortured captive in the blink of an eye. Will she be able to escape the evil shaman and his mind-controlled slaves in time to save herself and everyone she cares about?


Two Polluted Black-Heart Romances
Welcome to Los Angeles—but not the LA you know. Here, humans coexist with vampires, mummies, fairies, and other nonhuman entities. Everyone’s just trying to get by for the most part—but some are having more difficulty than others.
A vampire named Cade, a fairy named Sabrina, and a mummy named Moselle are on the lam after exposing the existence of the Otherworldly Assembly, a shadowy organization of paranormal beings. The assembly has sent terrifying assassins called wraiths to exact revenge. The nonhuman trio is in for a real horror show, and they don’t know the half of it—another threat looms, and its destructive ambitions are vast.
Meanwhile, a human named Jackson is recovering from a near-death experience. Old memories and new loves flood his brain, and he’s having trouble finding an outlet for all these feelings—that’s when Sabrina the fairy catches his eye.
Two Polluted Black-Heart Romances, a fast-paced adventure filled with high stakes and unexpected twists, continues the action-packed saga that began with One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail. When unimaginable dangers threaten the planet they all share, humans and nonhumans find a common cause and must work together to prevent disaster.
 



About Kevin James Breaux:
Kevin James Breaux has written seven books and devoted the past eight years of his life to crafting short stories and novels. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Breaux is always enthusiastic about the challenge writing presents. He lives by the motto “Write Makes Might!”© and sees each new page as an opportunity to improve and advance.

Find Kevin James Breaux:
www.kevinbreaux.com
www.lbifw.com
Twitter:  @kevinbreaux


Learn more about One Smoking Hot Fairy Tail at: www.onesmokinghotfairytail.com

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5 comments:

  1. I really do enjoy a good worldbuilding with the different fae in the author's own imagination. This sounds very interesting to me. Nice guest post!

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  2. I can send you a copy of the book for review if you'd like, Melissa.

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  3. Had to smile at the Rue McClanahan as Fairy Godmother reference, although I think she'd make an awesome FG! And I love the idea of solar-powered fairies! Very creative!

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