I’m pleased to welcome author Alix Rickloff here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The second book in her Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy series, Lord of Shadows, hits bookshelves on June 28, 2011. You can read an excerpt from the book here.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a an autographed copy of Lord of Shadows. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
ALIX RICKLOFF has never been able to decide who she enjoys reading more; Austen or Tolkien. That lifelong indecision drove her to create stories of her own, combining those distinct loves. Her writing awards include a final in the Golden Heart, while Romantic Times Magazine calls her work both compelling and original.
Thanks so much for having me today. I thought in honor of a site titled Dark Faerie Tales, nothing would be more natural than discussing my own favorite faerie tale—Beauty and the Beast—and the universal theme of love transforming the baddest of boys into Prince Charming.
I’ve always adored this premise. And I’m not the only one.
Robin McKinley wrote not one but two versions of the story. Disney offered it to us with dancing flatware. A new and darker YA version just made it to the silver screen, the book still gracing the NYT Bestsellers’ List.
Spread the net wider and you’ll find variations of Beauty and the Beast all over popular fiction from the brooding aristocratic Regency rake to the billionaire corporate hell-raiser to the menacing spec ops soldier. Add a dark and troubled past or some deep internal conflict and we’re in romance hero heaven.
But why? What keeps us coming back to this theme time after time like moths to a flame?
Studies conducted recently suggest that females are more attracted to males with a grim or somber face. All you have to do is take a look at any romance novel cover, and that theory seems pretty darn obvious.
Ever since the first cavewomen got together to giggle over that tall, dark, and handsome mammoth hunter, women have been drawn to the bad boy with the troubled past. They’re a little dangerous. A little wild. And altogether too sexy for our own good. Just ask Sabrina Douglas, the heroine of my new historical paranormal, LORD OF SHADOWS.
Sabrina is Other—a mix of Mortal and Fey. She’s hidden herself away from the world following her father’s murder, but all that changes when she uses her healing powers to save a from drowning. A man with no memories, but horrific nightmares and deadly inhuman abilities.
As Daigh seeks to unravel his past, he discovers not only his own monstrous origins, but a conspiracy that could engulf the world of Mortal and Other. Sabrina becomes Daigh’s last hope, but dare he risk involving her? For if she can’t save him from hell, he might just send her there.
Daigh is my classic beast—dangerous, mysterious, living under a curse of sorts. Sabrina is the gentle, tenderhearted beauty whose love just might break the spell, if she lives long enough. This isn’t the first time I’ve borrowed bits and pieces of the faerie tale in my writing. Nor is it likely to be the last. Because while a good man may be what we need, it’s the bad boy we definitely want.
Write and let me know your favorite variation on the Beauty and the Beast story and be entered to win an autographed copy of LORD OF SHADOWS.
About the Book:
Who is working the demon arts . . .
Was it her murdered father? Her fugitive brother? It has been seven years since Lady Sabrina Douglas cloistered herself with the Sisters of High Danu, but the questions remain. She is Other—a mixture of Fey and mortal—quietly using her powers to heal. That is, until she saves a half-drowned man, his soldier’s body a roadmap of scars, his fathomless eyes filled with heartbreaking loneliness. The inexplicable connection overwhelms her defenses, touching her heart, mind . . . and body.
. . . and to what end?
A man with no memory, Daigh MacLir seeks his past even as unknown threats fill him with monstrous rage and inhuman abilities. But as a desperate game of hunter and hunted is played out from ballrooms to bedrooms, what Daigh discovers is more chilling than anyone could possibly imagine. Defying death was only the first step in the task he has been given, and Sabrina is his last hope. But dare he risk involving her? Daigh has been summoned to find an ancient king, and even the powers of love may not be enough to win the battle against the powers of darkness.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win an autographed copy of Lord of Shadows.
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What is your favorite variation on the Beauty and the Beast story?
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