February 3, 2012

Dark Mind Tours Presents: Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle – Tour Stop: Guest Post by Krista Holle

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Welcome to my tour stop for The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle
hosted by Dark Mind Tours!  Today, Krista stops by with her thoughts on
Fairytales and Shapinsay.
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A hand slid over my mouth and stifled my scream before I was even fully awake. When my eyes sprung open, I was ready to be filled with the image of a most ghastly villain, but instead it was forewarned magick that filled my eyes, and I was filled with awe. A man in the lightest sense of the word, loomed over me with eyes so wide and feral, I thought he might howl to the moon. His words came out rough and breathy. “If you make a sound, I’ll snap your scrawny neck.”

Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.
Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, naked selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.
Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

A Fairytale from Shapinsay
Once upon a time, on the windy island of Shapinsay, there lived a beautiful maiden who loved to swim more than anything.  While the rest of the islanders hid in boats or skittered beyond the waves, Kait would embrace the sea with gulping arms and splashing feet.  She did not trust the warnings of the village women, nor did she feel the nearly human eyes watching her from deep beneath the surface
I’ve always loved fairytales.  They’re full of romance and magic while still threatening the hero or heroine with the most insurmountable danger.  When I was growing up, my peers were gobbling up books by Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary.  Not me.  I was scouring the library for that one fairy tale I might have overlooked.  These were not pretty picture books, but fairy tales from all around the world with lots of black text.
I know I’m not alone here.  Hollywood has been on the fairytale bandwagon for some time.  There’s been Splash, The Princess Bride, Stardust, Red Riding Hood and Enchanted, just to name a few.   All blockbuster hits—smart Hollywood!
When I wrote The Lure of Shapinsay, I wanted it to have an almost fairytale feel to it.  I cranked back the clock a couple of hundred years and conjured up some lively peasants to be my main characters.  I also located the perfect setting of Shapinsay.  It’s a barren little island off the coast of Scotland, complete with a castle, loads of wooly white sheep, and fierce winds.
The only thing missing now is a villain.  The waters of Shapinsay just happen to be full of them. They come in the form of selkies.  Just to clarify, selkies are the original shape shifters—beautiful men and women who live as seals in the sea, but shed their skins and walk on land when it suits them.  The men are notorious for luring women to their deaths deep beneath the sea.  Voila!  Instant lover and villain rolled into one.
When I set off writing The Lure of Shapinsay, I imagined a fairytale for grownups, what I didn’t expect I’d end up with was a very unique paranormal romance.  In it you’ll meet Eamon, a criminally good looking selkie with a penchant for killing sheep.  He loathes everything on land, especially humans.  It’s more than a small problem for Kait, the feisty blonde, who’s magically lured by the very selkie who wants her dead.  She’ll do anything to win her seal man’s heart—even follow him under the sea.  The odds of this land/sea relationship working are pretty slim.  But that’s what a fairytale is all about… isn’t it?
What I ended up with was a very unique paranormal romance.
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  1. Sophia Rose

    I've never read a selkie story, but I loved that Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about one.

    This is a great fairy tale/forbidden romance style and I love those.

    Thanks for sharing about the book and for the giveaway.

  2. One sick cookie

    Awesome blog here! Thanks for hosting the “Lure” tour.

  3. Diana

    Great post, Great story, Great cover!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Guangzhou Travel Guide

    I enjoyed this book a great deal eventhough I have not followed any of the popular paranormal series. The characters were easy to like and the story held my interest to the end. I found the selkie folklore fascinating and feel Krista developed the plot nicely. She has a gift for articulating detail and vivid description that made me feel I was in the seaside village of Shapinsay with her characters.

  5. The Smithy Cafe and Restaurant Shapinsay

    I came across this article by accident, while I was researching Shapinsay folklore as a way to develop the cafe and restaurant I run with my daughter on Shapinsay. The island, one of 70 that make up the Orkney Islands does indeed have numerous white wooley sheep, a Castle, and when the wind blows you certainly know about it, but it is certainly not barren, and is known as 'the green isle' . A rich agricultural land that produces fantastic Orkney Beef, and clear waters that contain succulent Orkney scallops, providing the Selkies don't get to them first!!!

  6. Chapter by Chapter

    @The Smithy Cafe and Restaurant Shapinsay
    ha! Very cool how you ended up here!!

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