Guest Author: Erica Hayes

Today, I’m excited to welcome Erica Hayes to Literary Escapism as we celebrate her upcoming release, Shadowfae!

Imagine a secret world veiled in fairy glamour and brimming with unearthly delights. A city swarming with half-mad fairies, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerize you with their song, and big green trolls bust heads at nightclubs. And once you’re in, there’s no escape…

Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs. After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom and longs to escape her brutal life as a trophy girl for hell’s minions. Then she meets Rajah, an incubus who touches her heart and intoxicates her senses. Rajah shares the same bleak fate as she, and yearns just as desperately for freedom. But the only way for Jade to break her bonds is to betray Rajah—and doom the only man she’s ever loved to a lifetime in hell.

Doesn’t this sound phenomenal? If so, stick around, we’re giving away a copy this week!

Thanks for inviting me to join the fun here at Literary Escapism. It’s a real buzz!

Magical powers – you do the charm, you wear the harm

I always thought it’d be cool to have magical powers. I remember when I was a kid, I wanted to do the Jedi Mind Trick, like Obi-Wan Kenobi. I spent a lot of time wandering around, waving my fingers mysteriously and intoning in a deep voice, ‘These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.’

Sadly, it never worked for me. So now I’m a grown-up, of course, many of my urban fantasy characters have paranormal or magical powers. Hey, maybe I’m compensating for something. But now I’m old enough to realize that maybe magical powers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nothing gets you nothing, and like all good things, magic comes at a cost.

Jade, the heroine of my novel Shadowfae, is a succubus, which in my world means she’s a mortal woman granted a thousand-year lifespan by a demon. She wears enchanted golden bangles that give her the demonic power to seduce any man she desires.

Sounds pretty cool, huh? Live for a thousand years, stay forever young, have any guy you want. The catch? Jade’s bound to obey her demon’s will, and must spend her time hunting down the damned souls of gangsters and murderers and sending them to hell.

And because she’s always tricking men into wanting her, her self-esteem takes a real beating. Because they never see what she’s really like, she believes no one could ever want the real her.*

Bummer. Seems there’s always a downside. Take vampires, for instance, whatever flavor you like. They get some cool benefits, namely immortality, eternal youth and that sexy hypnotism thing. Maybe turn into a bat if the fancy takes you. Of course, to get those things, they have to drink human blood, stay out of the sun, sleep in a hard wooden box, that kind of stuff.

And it’s not just the old-fashioned creatures that get the raw deal. These days, you do the charm, you wear the harm. Sam Winchester from Supernatural gets premonitions of death. Sounds pretty cool, save some lives, that kind of thing? Bzzt! Guess what, Sam? It means you’ve been chosen by a demon. For… some bad stuff. {I’m only up to season 3, okay? No spoilys!}

Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse can hear people’s thoughts. Nice one! Find out what your friends think of you, right? The catch… well, you find out what your friends think of you. Not such a party after all.

Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood can’t die. You wouldn’t think there’d be a downside to that. But there is. Oh, boy, is there. Defying death is the ultimate act of un-humanity, and in the end the world casts Jack as the Monster We Can’t Understand. I defy any of you not to cry for Jack at the end of Children of Earth. Sob. Sniffle.

So now we’ve had the grown-up, beware-of-authors-bearing-gifts talk: if you could have paranormal powers, just for a day, which power would you choose, and why? And what would be the downside?

I think I’d still go for the Jedi Mind Trick, even though it’d be tempting to join the Dark Side. I’m waving my fingers right now. They aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Really, they’re not. Okay?

* She could be wrong, of course. The book’s a romance, after all

Thank you Erica for visiting Literary Escapism.

Contest Time! We’re giving away a copy of Shadowfae to a lucky commentator. and all you have to do is answer this one simple question: if you could have paranormal powers, just for a day, which power would you choose, and why? And what would be the downside? Remember, you do have to answer the question in order for your comment to count. The contest is open to everyone, so everyone overseas can join in the fun as well.

As always, if you want more chances to win, you can post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it (#litesc), share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer (all in the same post please). The more places you share it, the more entries you get.

For more entries, preorder Erica’s second novel Shadowglass or purchase any novel (or any novel) through LE’s Amazon store sometime during this contest and send a copy of the receipt VIA email for your purchase to: myjaxon AT gmail DOT com. Each purchase is one entry and it has to be through the LE Link.

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I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer. All entries must be in by midnight on October 13th.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. If it was just for a day I’d want to be able to transport anywhere…if it was forever I think I’d want to read minds. I don’t see a downside to teleportation – it would be cool (unless it hurt, maybe?). Reading minds would probably get old.

  2. I think I’d go with teleportation, which is also the power I’d want for longer than a day. However, I think that I’d have to be very careful not to let people see me using it, and that would be really hard as far as my arrival is concerned. I mean, I could teleport from my apartment, and nobody would see me, but how do I control who’s around when I arrive? Plus if I used the power to travel, for example to Greece, I’d either have to stay up really late or get up really early in order to get there while things were open. And I’d wear two watches or one that keeps track of the time where I am AND where I was, so I don’t lose track of when to get back.
    Great giveaway!

  3. I’d say telepathy. I’m a busy body anyway, so being able to read people’s thoughts would be like receiving a lifetime supply of chocolate. Downside? Hearing any nasty things they may say about you.

  4. Ooh, more votes for teleportation. I’d never considered the time difference issue :D it’s be a bummer to zap yourself to the beautiful Greek Isles and find it was the middle of the night! No sun! No swimming! No ouzo!

    Jackie: you’d soon be able to trim your f-list, eh?

  5. Please enter me in the giveaway. Since it’s for one day it would have to be time travel. I really would love to go back in time to see my patents when they were younger. I would’ve loved to have seen my Dad riding his motorcycle. See my Mom dancing at a nightclub. The downside is that one day wouldn’t be enough to see all that I would want. Thank you. I’m also a subscriber to Literary Escapism.

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