Fantasy & Fairy tales Day 5
In that realm of fairy tales coming true- today’s guest is a new author on the block. Her first release is coming the end of May from Ellora’s Cave. Here’s a teaser.
An angel on the edge of a Fall, a woman who should be dead, and the demon determined to see them both in Hell…Risking Eternity by Voirey Linger – available May 26th from Ellora’s Cave.
Please welcome Voirey Linger.
When Vivian suggested talking about my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast immediately came to mind. I admit to being one of those gals who finds the brutish Beast to be infinitely appealing. I mean, what’s not to like about a big, gruff alpha and a little bit of captivity? Sure, he’s a tad rough around the edges, but there’s something to be said for just the right amount of abrasion. There’s more than just the Beast’s raging case of alpha-holeness and Beauty’s fall into Stockholm syndrome that draws me in to this tale, though.
I love the Beast’s vulnerability.
Okay. I admit, it’s not easy to see. The Beast is usually considered a prime example of the man in charge, with all compassion and humanity stripped away until that one special someone learns to love him just the way he is.
When you think about it, though, Beauty and the Beast is one of the few fairly tales with no villain thrown in. it doesn’t need it because the Beast is his own worst enemy. He might have been bespelled into a monstrous body, but it wasn’t a random act of witchery or fairy mischief. He earned it.
This kind of self-destructive hero fascinates me. I love reading and writing about a man who is slowly destroying his own life, spiraling out of control. His every weakness is there, on display, and the more he tries to hide, the more we see. At some point, he’s bound to break, to reach the point where he’s beyond salvation, unless something or someone gets his attention. Then something miraculous happens.
We see his strength.
That moment, when the man pulls himself back from the brink, is what defines this damaged hero to me. Once on that edge, the easiest thing in the world is to give up, to let go and take that fall into complete loss. But heroes don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.
Others can look at the Beast and see the gruff monster, the alpha-male extreme, but I’ve looked a bit deeper. I’ll always see him as a man of vulnerability and strength.
Voirey Linger’s Risking Eternity is up at the Coming Soon pages at EC.
What about you? Do you love the beast? Love a hero with a wild side? Leave a comment to be entered in this week’s draw, and then come back tomorrow to see if you’re one of the winners. This ends of the week of celebrating Peerless being available for a light romp. Next week, Stormchild releases from Samhain, and I’ve got a whole next contest with WOW…a new prize. :D
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