Thursday, June 28, 2012

Angels vs Demons? What's your choice?

Welcome to starr words 
and the Angels vs Demons blog hop!

Hmm, which do I prefer, angels or demons? Most of the angels I've read have been 'fallen', so in a sense they're demons. On the other hand, the truly heroic demons have that spark of 'light' making them, in a sense, angels. Oh heck, a great character is a great character, no matter what their species or beginnings.

I haven't yet written either angels or demons, although some of my villains might be considered rather demonic. Those are the ones I love writing the most.  Not much beats a great bad guy.

So, which do you prefer--the good guy gone a little bad, or the bad guy who struggles to find his good?

For this blog, I'm sharing an excerpt from Keltic Flight. In this bit Korin and Nanceen are using a Faerie portal to move from the human world to the Otherworld. A fey creature, much like a demon, the Bocan waits in that space between the worlds.

Keltic Flight
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A rending, a horrible ripping reverberated through the glen, bounced off the cabin walls, and returned to surround her with mind numbing cold. Wind whipped leaves and twigs against her face and arms, stinging, blinding her. She lifted one arm to cover her eyes and tried to peer around the minimal protection. A maelstrom spiraled in the center of the portal opening, a swirling darkness that stole the light.

The wind growled and a huge, misshapen, vaguely man-shaped form hovered in the center of the maelstrom. The head coalesced into a huge, heavy, bestial face. The creature laughed, its lips stretched to thin, sharp lines. Pointed teeth glinted in the fading light. Below him lay a motionless, winged...

“Korin!” Nanceen screamed and tried to rush forward, but an invisible force kept her from reentering the portal. “Korin!”

Korin barely lifted his head to shake a denial. She didn’t care if he didn’t want her to come after him, save him she would. The creature was unknown to her, for beings had never been reported within the portal. But she would face any danger for Korin.

She forced one foot forward, and a blast of icy wind pressed her back. “No! Let him go! Leave him alone!”

The creature turned its head toward her. Something dark and slimy dripped from its fangs. It grinned and winked at her. It drew back one foot. With another wink it shoved at Korin’s inert form.
“Take him, wench. What’s left--not much.” The creature’s gravely voice held her frozen until a limp figure rolled to her feet. “Foolish wench. I’ll wait for you, too.”

Here's the description of the book.

To the Faerie Gentry of the Otherworld, the fairy wee folk are but a myth and legend. Until the fairy Korin falls in love with a half-Gentry maid. Forced to bargain with an evil king to woo her, he risks discovery, and his life, to fulfill the conditions. Book Three of the Double Keltic Triad

Korin Goodfellow loves the Gentry maid, Nanceen. In order to woo her, Korin bargains with his evil king, who sets seemingly impossible tasks. The first? She must believe in him.
But the folk of Faerie, the Gentry, don't believe in the odd assortment of beings who make up the wee folk. And definitely not in fairies.
Nanceen doesn't know what she believes. Until Korin calls to her, then makes his way into her world, becoming a wingless man she can see, touch, believe in.
But will the rat king's conditions drive a wedge between them, or force Korin to confrontation, to battle, into risking his life for love?

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