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Natale Stenzel | Between a Rock and a Heart Place

February 24, 2009

First of all, thank you, thank you to Fresh Fiction for hosting me here today. I love visiting this site for scoop on all the latest romance novels by my favorite authors, so I’m thrilled to be blogging here on the release day for BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HEART PLACE, the third book in my series of funny paranormal romances.

As you’d guess almost immediately upon reading the back cover blurb for this story, my heroine Daphne Forbes receives a truly unwelcome gift: renegade puca powers. Oh. Well, that explains everything. Or maybe not? A puca is actually a fantastical character derived from Celtic and British mythologies. In some traditions, the puca is a shape-shifting trickster who preys on travelers; half faery and half human, the creature has a distinctly mischievous, even malicious bent. Does my version of the puca accurately reflect all the mythological accounts? Some of them. Others I cheerfully warped and expanded to suit my own needs. The pucas in my stories have three specific powers: mindspeak (mind-to-mind communication), glamour (creating illusion/molding the thoughts of humans), and shape-shifting.

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  • Stacy~ February 24, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Hey Natale, great to see you here 🙂 Hmm, I guess if I could shape-shift, I’d want to be a tiger, which is my favorite animal. I wouldn’t necessarily want to have that killer instinct, but to be able to slink around like such a beautiful animal would be incredible. At least that’s what I’d hope 🙂

  • Natale Stenzel February 24, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Hi, Stacy! Nice to see you, too. Yeah, a tiger would be cool: power, speed and attitude. Good choice*g*.

  • Jeanette February 24, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I think I would be a fat happy housecat, who enjoyed those wonderful times cuddled up with my sexy owner. Of course, for obvious reasons, I would prefer my human form at times as well. And then there are always those platters of cheese, bread with Italian butter, and a good bottle of wine that would be difficult to enjoy without being the other me.

  • Jessie V February 24, 2009 at 11:44 am

    congrats, natale!! if i could shapeshift, i’d like to be an owl. i love their eyes and neck, and their beautiful wings.

  • Natale Stenzel February 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    *g* Just going down my mental list, see if I’ve covered any of these in my books. This is actually really cool*g*.

    Jeanette, I bet you can find some cat owners who tell you their felines enjoy that cheese, etc., just fine in kitty form*g*. yeah, I’d rather be human, too. Especially if the hero’s hunky*g*.

    Thanks, Jessie! Owls really are elegant creatures, aren’t they? And yet quietly predatory . . . wheels turn . . .*g*

  • February 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    your book rocks!

  • Natale Stenzel February 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    LOL! Thanks, blackroze!