Monday, February 27, 2012

Character interviews... what would you like to know?

Well, for an upcoming guest blog and give away, I have been asked to interview Lugh!

Lugh  - for those of you unaware, is one my secondary characters and makes an appearance in every book in the Magic Series.

So, my question to you is, what questions would you ask Lugh if you had the chance?

Good Reads Give Away - Mimosa Black

Just letting you all know, that Mimosa is up as Goodreads Book Giveaway

Mimosa Black by Nicola E. Sheridan

Mimosa Black

by Nicola E. Sheridan

Released December 07 2011
Giveaway ends in 22 days (March 21, 2012)
1 copy available, 605 people requesting
Enter to win

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Teaser for's nearly done!

Lucian heard the crack of the Pater Rex’s magic before he felt it. Raw pain screamed through his body, his face was on fire, burning. Heat licked his face with hundreds of hot evil tongues. This time he couldn’t suppress a roar.
“Just take the damn wish Lucian!”

Friday, February 10, 2012

Monkeying about with... Varanas!

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Vānara (Sanskrit: वानर) popularly refers to a group of ape-like humanoids in the Hindu epic Ramayana who were brave and inquisitive by nature. They possessed supernatural powers and could shape shift.
 The term Vanara can be described as forest-dweller (vane carati iti vanara). []

Vanaras were created by Brahma and the other Gods to help in battle. They are powerful and have many godly traits. Taking Brahma's orders, the Gods began to parent sons in the semblance of monkeys (Ramayana 1.17.8). The Vanaras took birth in bears and monkeys attaining the shape and valor of the gods and goddesses who created them (Ramayana 1.17.17-18). After Vanaras were created they began to organize into armies and spread across the forests.

Personality wise, the Varanas are considered to be amusing, childish, mildly irritating, badgering, hyperactive, adventurous, bluntly honest, loyal, courageous, and kind.

[picture courtesy: exoticindiaart]
One of the most famous Varanas is Hanuman (check out the link for a super interesting myth). Hanuman is considered a deity and a central character in Ramayana. There are a lot of clips on youtube that depict Hanuman and some of the stories around him (spoken in Hindi). Here's one

One of the other interesting features of Hanuman in particular, was his ability to shape shift. He could shrink himself to the size of a cat, and also magically grow to the size of a mountain (hello King Kong!)

Vanaras were also described in the epic Mahabharata, as one of theVanaras were described as one of the Exotic Tribes of Ancient India.

All up, a very cool and interesting mythological creature, and one that is still worshipped today.

Monday, February 6, 2012

What are you interested in?

OK, so I've been absolutely flat out with University so I have been unable to prepare an interesting post on mythological creatures for you...  However, I'm going to list a few here, and if you comment and tell me which you're most interested in, I'll do my next blog on one. and perhaps add one to a book! :)

Undines - Beatiful water elementals.

[photo courtesy: Creative Uncut ]

Salamanders - wrathful fire elementals.
[photo courtesy; bop myspace ]

The Kitsune - fox like women with potentially demonic traits.

[photo courtesy; fanpop ]

The Perytion - hybrid creature with head & feet of a stag, with the shadow of human.
[photo courtesy: fine art America ]

The Rangda - ferocious femal folk demon of Balinese culture.

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The Vanara - brave beings shorter than human with light broun hair and simian faces.

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Anyhoo, I've already spent far to long googling these super cool images. Let me know what you'd love to see in a book or hear me blog about... or... if there's one that you're itching to hear about... tell me, chances are I'll love it too.

Have a great week.