Reality and perception aren't always what they seem. Sometimes the greatest hope is found when two hearts find their truth and their home.
Title: Glamour Blade
Author: Áine P Massie
Series: House Millar, #3
Publisher: Encompass Ink, Teen
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2015
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When Rory Ó Cuinn, a Sidhe warrior, is sent by the Sidhe Queen’s Council to reestablish the magically enhanced vampire hunters known as Guardians, he doesn’t question his mission.
Lord Lorccán is a rare vampire noble, as he only kills humans who are far more monster than not. When he meets the enigmatic vampire Mistress Anya from the House Millar, he believes he's found an ally in creating a warrior class to police the vampires and protect the innocent—human and vampire alike.
The two goals bring Rory and Lor together, in more ways than one. But Sidhe nobles aren’t meant to love the damned and Rory fights against a rising attraction for Lor, just as Lor pushes every one of Rory's buttons—mostly on purpose.
When they team up, using both their magics and knowledge, to save those that matter most and find possible future Guardians, their predesigned realities and perceptions change and twist. As love, hate, passion, and betrayal collide, the only question left is which emotions the pair will grasp and hold.
Book character Wiccans versus the real Wiccans. Good portrayals? Bad portrayals? Creative license?
There are so many portrayals of Wiccans and pagans in books, but most are not very accurate. That doesn't mean they aren't fun, enjoyable, or creative, just not overly accurate most of the time. For my characters, it depends on which character you are referring to. Anya is Wiccan (well, she was raised to follow the Gods of Ireland, though she doesn't use the word Wicca or even pagan really). She has an altar, prays to the Gods of her homeland, holds a dumb supper on Samhain every year, and more. She doesn't cast "magic," but she does do spells as any practitioner of the old ways would. That being said, Rory (whom you first meet in Glamour Blade) is from the sidhe realm, follows the same Gods and Goddesses that Anya does, but as he is a sidhe, he does preform elemental "magic" as one thinks of in paranormal stories. He uses water and air to heal, cleanse, and fight. He uses fire to destroy vampires at one point. He uses glamour to hide who and what he is. However, he also does simple (and real) things such as communing with nature and the Earth Mother. He gives thanks to the Lord and Lady.
I try to mix the fun and the real.
As for bad portrayals.... That's easy. There are some authors that use the term Wicca or pagan when what they mean is evil or sick. We are not evil, we do not pray to the devil, kill people, or so many other things one reads about. The other common thing is to make Wiccan's crazy in stories. Um, nope. That's also not okay.
The thing is, creative license gives one the ability to change reality to fit the story they want to tell. Often that's a good thing—we wouldn't have any paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi without that license. The problem is when readers think that what's in the books is real and/or accurate. I won't point fingers at any books or authors, but I will say that you should always read up on any faith, religion, and people before you decide what is true and what isn't. (From those within the group in question, not from those that hate or fear them, and not in fiction, lol).
But for me, what it boils down to is showing the truth in a positive fashion while still having fun and being over-the-top at times J