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Avoiding the Fae
“What? Why would I want to do that?” you ask. “Faeries are so cool – I’d LOVE to meet one!”
No. No, you wouldn’t. Pop culture has us all lulled into thinking “Tinkerbell” when we hear the word faery. But the Fae aren’t cute, little, or nice! These are the faeries of the old legends: powerful beings of many shapes and sizes, amoral and unpredictable. Some may appear beautiful, benevolent, enticing and alluring but make no mistake – they are all dangerous!
The Faery Realm has long been believed to be underground, but existing on a different plane than our world, and faeries are able to cross into the human dimension at will.
“Wait a minute! They’re dangerous and they can come HERE?”
Yup. There are entrances to the Faery Realm almost everywhere, portals that are invisible to human eyes. Some of these doorways are constant. Others only appear on certain days (e.g. All Hallows Eve) or at certain times (3 a.m. is known as the Witching Hour for a reason!).
Caves, forest groves, hilltops – any of these could be the site of a Fae portal. Even a tree could be suspect. For instance, you’ll want to keep away from certain trees late at night, especially hazel, thorn, alder and oak. Some of the larger ones are doorways to the Faery Realm. Others are simply favorite hangouts for some faeries. At best, you could find yourself pinched and hit as you walk by. At worst, you could be tangled in the branches until morning. Or simply gone.
“But wouldn’t you want to see where the faeries live? It’s supposed to be really beautiful!”
Stories and legends tend to agree that the Faery Realm is a place far more wondrous than our world. (Mind you, it has its dark and scary regions too, where darker and scarier fae live.) But the real point is that once a mortal enters that realm, they can’t leave! Unless the Fae voluntarily free them – which happens very seldom – humans are trapped there. And it won’t simply be for the duration of a normal human lifespan. In the Faery Realm, time moves so differently it might not even exist as we understand it. Twenty earthly years might pass in an hour. Or vice versa. If they did happen to let you go, the world would have changed a great deal while you were gone. (Remember Rip Van Winkle? True story.) This happened to Rhys, the hero of my first book in the Grim Series, Storm Warrior.
“How do you protect yourself?”
Avoidance is always the best method. In the past, people took special care to steer clear of the Fae. There were ordinary places you didn’t go at certain times. For instance, farmers knew better than to enter a mill at night. It was believed to be when fairies brought their grain to be ground. Interrupting faeries at work could earn you a failed crop or other curse.
There were also places you NEVER went! In the Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England), children were commonly cautioned to stay away from fairy mounds. These are strange solitary hills in odd places, such as the middle of a flat field. These round grassy knolls were believed to be entrances to the underground fairy realm. Venture too close and you could disappear, never to be seen again. The mounds weren’t any less dangerous for grownups, especially if you happened to be a beautiful woman or a handsome man. You might be spirited away by faeries looking for a mortal mate! (This happened to Aidan, the hero of my second book in the Grim Series, Storm Bound)
Other entrances to the Faery Realm could be found in bodies of water. Venture too close to a lake and you could be seized and drowned by a Kelpie – a horse-like fae that dines on humans. Or you might be lured into a river by a beautiful woman, only to discover too late that she’s an Undine. She and her sisters won’t eat you, but you’ll never escape their attentions either!
My newest novel, Storm Warned (Book 3 in the Grim Series) features a very large portal between the mortal world and the Faery Realm beneath the country of Wales. You’ll also find undines, kelpies and a wide variety of other Fae in its pages. Check it out, plus the other books in the Grim Series, Storm Warrior and Storm Bound, on my Amazon Author Page: http://ow.ly/Kgjkr.
Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fantasy. There isn’t anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.
A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, Dani now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway gardens, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of chickens, with the assistance of three dogs and several grandchildren.
Dani is the author of Changeling Moon (2012 RITA finalist), Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn; plus First Bite, a Dark Wolf story. Recent works include the Grim Series (Storm Warrior, Storm Bound, and the newly released Storm Warned).
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Storm Warned by Dani Harper
Available on March 31, 2015 by Montlake Romance
Passionate musicians Caris and Liam grew up centuries apart. When their fates collide, they must learn to trust each other and work together to stop a dark force from seizing both Fae and human worlds.
When Caris’s unearthly musical talent attracts the attention of the Wild Hunt, the Welsh farm girl is stolen away to serve as a faery grim, a herald of death. Two centuries later, she’s finally escaped back to the human world—and into the present-day life of a reclusive and heartbroken American musician.
Music was Liam’s whole life—until a crushing betrayal left him desperate to flee the public eye. Yet long-dormant passions awaken within him after a powerful storm strands a beautiful, strong-willed woman on his isolated farm. When a fae prince bent on ruling both human and faery realms threatens Caris’s life, Liam must decide if he can finally believe in love again, not just for her sake—but for the sake of two worlds.
From the bestselling author of Changeling Moon, this sweeping and passionate story of paranormal romance follows two souls from different centuries who lost everything…and found that only love can save them.
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