Sometimes I think the best stuff about history is what they don’t teach you in school. I was always a studious sort, so I enjoyed history class most of the time anyway, but I didn’t realize what I was missing until much later.
Like incubi and succubi, for example. Nobody talks about them in history class—I guess because of the associations with both sex and evil—but this is powerful mythology, and a lot of people used to believe in it. An incubus is an evil demon who has sex with a woman in her sleep. This was the standard explanation (or feeble excuse – I mean, just because people believed in demons didn’t mean they were stupid) in medieval times for a pregnancy that happened when the husband was far from home. A succubus is a similar demon in female form that preys on poor, unsuspecting, sleeping men.
This is fascinating stuff, but I ask you, why must the incubi and succubi be evil demons? I’m not crazy about good/evil dichotomies, and besides that, I assume the whole notion arose out of erotic dreams—an entirely natural, personal, and harmless phenomenon. It seems awfully unfair to label such enjoyable dreams as evil.
Anyway… One of the great things about writing fiction is that you get to make things up. I messed with the mythology until I got what I wanted: characters with a combination of seductive power and the ability to send erotic dreams. There’s plenty of room there for being good or bad or—which is far more likely—something in between.
From there it was a short step to a heartwarming Christmas Regency novella about two spies, about love and betrayal, and about a reunion during the season of peace on earth.
About Under a Christmas Spell:
Dissolute aristocrat Lord Valiant Oakenhurst hides a sexy, supernatural secret—as a powerful incubus, he is able to influence others through erotic dreams. At an exclusive Christmas house party, his latest mission is compromised by the beautiful but deadly succubus Lucille Beaulieu. Though still drawn to his former lover, Val cannot forget her betrayal….
Hoping to atone for her past, Lucie uses her seductive powers to help couples find happiness. But she is distracted from her task by her own delicious dreams of the dark and dangerous Val.
As the riotous festivities begin, their passion is reinvoked, but can a little Christmas magic restore their lost trust?
Giveaway! What would you dearly love to give someone for Christmas? The recipient can be anyone, dead or alive, someone you know or don’t know, and the gift can be anything you like.
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