Banshee — Divine Portent or Misunderstood Maiden?
Banshees are Celtic spirits who were thought to keen under a person's window, announcing that poor soul's impending demise to them and their family. She has been described as old woman with frightening, glowing eyes, as ghastly or beautiful, as being draped in long red hair. But the banshee is always quite alone, and mournful.
I wanted to write something I knew I would enjoy, so I combined my love of romance, the paranormal, and mystery for Banshee Charmer. The story needed a main character who was not universally loved—in fact, it felt fitting for her to have a bit of a chip on her shoulder. But she couldn't be unloved either, she did, after all, have to care a lot about her partner and have the capacity to love the man I had in store for her.
Having spent far too much time reading about mythical creatures, I was pretty familiar with banshees. And I decided that this generally morose creature—in my mind a misunderstood one at that—would be a perfect fit for my heroine.
I have adjusted banshees in my world to be a little different than banshees in lore. Fully powered banshees have the ability to kill with their mournful screams, and they can see when people are going to die. Because of their dangerous nature, banshees do not go among humans except to breed (banshees are all women) and humans fear them. When one of them is born underpowered—like our poor heroine, Mac—they are referred to as half-banshees and are almost always killed.
Thankfully for my story (and for its hero), Mac is not killed at birth. She is raised among humans, never quite fitting in. And when her best friend and partner, the one person she felt accepted her, is killed, she will stop at nothing to find the murderer.
Are banshees and similar creatures really something to be feared, or are they just misunderstood?
About Banshee Charmer
Banshee CharmerFrom the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency 1
Entangled Publishing (January 2012)
When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.
Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…
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