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Magical Men And Daring Women
By: Nancy Northcott
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Who was the first imaginary hero who made your heart go pit-a-pat? For me, it was Sleeping Beauty’s prince in the Disney film. He didn’t have magical powers, but he fought the magical Maleficent, charging out of her prison after the fairies released him, leaping a chasm on his horse, slashing through all those thorns, and, finally, confronting Maleficent in her dragon form. Oh, man!
Granted, I was about five at the time, but the love of seeing derring-do and magic combined stuck with me. A couple of years later, I discovered Superman. His powers weren’t magic, but they might as well have been to my seven-year-old heart. With that, my fate was sealed.
The heroes I loved ran the gamut from Robin Hood to the 30th century’s Legion of Super-Heroes, but the ones who had a special claim on my heart had abilities just a smidgen beyond the ordinary. To me, they were magical men (or boys–Superboy and Robin the Boy Wonder were major crushes, and never mind that they existed only in two dimensions and four colors on the pages of comic books).
Because of them, the first stories I wrote were super-hero fan fiction.Writing paranormal romances about heroic mages fighting deadly ghouls and demons who prey on humanity felt like a natural progression. So did writing strong, brave, determined women who could keep up with these men. Certainly these choices came as no surprise to my friends.
My debut novel, Renegade, matched a mage traitor with the mage shire reeve hunting him. The novella that followed, Protector, centered on mage hero who was a firefighting helicopter pilot and a heroine who was not only a mage but a wildland firefighter.
Guardian, my latest release, is about a mage doctor and a Mundane FBI agent who get a second chance at love. Nine years ago, medical student Stefan Harper and undergraduate Camellia “Mel” Wray were lovers. But her inability to accept his magic forced him to keep secrets that eventually came between them. Now ghouls have murdered her friend, she’s working the case, and he’s the consulting physician. Can they defeat the lethal ghouls and find their way back to each other, or will magic come between them again?
On the platform for the press conference, Mel’s mouth went dry. Why the hell did Stefan have to be so gorgeous? His tall, lanky frame had filled out to fit the breadth of his shoulders, but the strong line of his jaw hadn’t changed. She remembered the feel of it under her fingers, the way his beard stubble had felt against her skin as his mouth explored her most intimate spots. The memory sent heat curling through her belly, then lower.
She clenched her muscles, pushing mentally at the unwelcome sensations. Too bad her rebellious—and long-denied—libido refused to forget, just as her body remembered Stefan’s warmth when she nestled against his side, both of them sated and content, after they’d made love.
She couldn’t see his hands, but she knew them too well. Thinking about them made her breasts tighten. Thank God her suit jacket provided cover.
He’d had a light in his eye then, curiosity and humor she’d adored. Now he looked hard. Almost angry.
He’d be angrier when she got him bumped off this case, but that was just too bad. There was no way she could stay focused with him working so closely with her.
What about you? What kinds of heroes did you first fall in love with? Are they still your favorites, or have you come to prefer a different type?
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