Thank you, Eva, for hosting me on my Valentine Wishes blog tour.
All my blog posts in the tour have been about fairies, fairy legend and lore. As a giveaway with this blog, I am offering two copies of Valentine Wishes to two commentators, who will be chosen at random.
Today I’m thinking about one very important aspect of fairies that haunts most tales in one way or another, even if not overtly mentioned.
Fairies are sexy.
I will for now discount the sweetie baby faced images often used in children’s tales and concentrate on the older images of the fae. Looking back through representations of fairies and reading some of the old tales, it is easy to see why listeners and readers of those stories were charmed by the promises fairies offered.
In times past, when sexual activity was frowned upon, when lack of contraception always meant the threat of pregnancy for women, married or not, the notion of unbridled passions fulfilled had a lure it may be hard for us to understand in the modern world.
Fairies offered just such a thing with the additional bonus if you bedded with one of the fair folk you were certain to have a very good time. Not only were they beautiful, athletic and lusty, they offered the promise of sensual pleasures. Male or female, fairies gave their partners satisfaction in good measure.
Along with the beautiful music, poetry, palaces filled with all kinds of rare delights those mortals lucky enough to bed a fairy were rarely tempted back to the world they’d come from.
Some of the older tales tell of fairies that visited the mortal world and loved with a beautiful woman, or a handsome man, and had children. These children were always beautiful to behold and many had special skills or magical qualities that benefited both them and their communities.
The notion of fairy loving plays an important part in my story Valentine Wishes, and my heroine Poppy can’t resist the fairy of her dreams, and frankly I don’t blame her at all.
Here is a little snippet from the story to tempt you.
Cedar’s gaze caressed and twinkled, and his smile grew broader. She squirmed when his palms stroked over the back of her gown to pull her nearer until she could smell his delightful pine scented fragrance, and his presence sent delicious thrills through her body. All she’d ever wanted stood so close. Cedar smiled so tenderly and tempted her to forget everything else.
He’ll love me, but only because of the wish. Her heart flipped before it plowed back into despair. Oh, Cedar, I shouldn’t let the wish make you love me. Would it really matter? She gazed into his beautiful eyes and gave a trembly little sigh. If she drank the punch too, he’d love her and she’d love him back. Can I be that bad? He’ll never know it was because of the punch.
Cedar reached for her hand, clasped it, and bent to press a kiss on her wrist. The tingling romped over her in a racing wave.
This is the badest I’ve ever thought I could be.
He stood straight and tilted his head to one side. His delicious smile forced her to watch motionless, though she knew he was about to kiss her.
Yes, Cedar. Kiss me. Now.
“Tell me about this accident,” he whispered against her ear and pressed a soft kiss to her cheek.
She lifted her arms to wrap them around his neck, angled her face, and unable to resist the temptation, she brushed her lips against his.
He embraced her, cradled one hand at the back of her head, warmed her lips with his, and as she opened her mouth, he made her whimper as he swept his tongue against hers. She clung hard to him for her knees wobbled and warmth flooded through her body. All her imaginings among the flowers weren’t half as good as the real thing.
Valentine Wishes published by Liquid Silver Books will be released on the 10th of February. You can purchase it here.
Full of good intentions the novice fairy Poppy grants her first big wish at a Valentine’s Day party. The wish to bring her mortals love is powerful but misses its target and lands in the party punch. All three of her sweet mortal girls take just a sip and each one falls for the wrong man. There hasn’t been a fairy disaster this bad in centuries and Poppy has no idea how to put things right. Add to the catastrophe the arrival of Cedar Heartwood, the fairy of her dreams, who drinks the punch too, and Poppy’s dilemma grows. Cedar loves her in ways she’s only dreamed about. Should she take back the wish from both the mortals and the fairy she adores? She must step with care or lose everything.
Here is a little section of a review of Valentine Wishes.
I was certainly looking forward to reading this story and I was not disappointed at all. Daisy Banks writes a perfectly playful story about Poppy the bumbling fairy and her three humans. Let’s face it, this winter has been nothing if not harsh so far and Ms. Banks made me forget the wind chill. Ms. Banks is an author I always look forward to reading and I know you will too.
Read the rest of the review here.
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