Thursday, July 26, 2012

Romance Novel: One Summer's Night, Author: Mary Alice Kruesi, Fairies, Geancanach

Fae Goldie and Fae book - One Summer's Night by Mary Alice Kruesi

A while back I was putting together elements of my wip which as most readers know is a modern gothic romance novel as yet without even a working title.

I knew I wanted ghosts.

(Okay so these guys are not technically ghosts. They're grim reapers. Still it was good fiction even if it was on television.)

I also wanted something more in the supernatural elements department.

I remembered that back in April, Judie Quayle had done a blog challenge that had her listing mystical, mythical creatures every day. So I went back and found this one.

They are geancanachs. Judie Quayle said;

"The Geancanach (Gan-cahn-ock) is pixie-like in appearance, with huge eyes that curve upward on the ends and large pointed ears. They are always depicted as being very small, no more than a few inches in height, and having playful, if somewhat mischievous, smiles. They have small wings which do not seem functional, and they appear to move from place to place by dematerializing and reappearing quite rapidly. They may be mistaken for flickering lights or lightning bugs."

Mystical Myth says:
"They are considered the guardian of the home and hearth, are harmless, and crave the warmth of the fireplace."

I went to bing images - here - and found Goldie. Then I made her into a thumbnail so I could share her with you.

Goldie protects the journals of deceased poets, Henry and Lisha Berkhorn, parents of heroine, Mimi Crows Berkhorn.

Mimi bought a lockbox for the journals but Goldie kept banging herself against it, like a bird banging a window, so Mimi bought a different one with holes at the top so tiny Goldie can fly in and out.

Serendipitously, since Goldie was born, I've run into several references to the 'land of fae'.

I bought 2 used books and they just came in the mail. I didn't read about them before I bought them. I was just purchasing a couple of Mary Alice Kruesi books that aren't in the library. (She also writes as Mary Alice Monroe - I reviewed her wonderful book, The Butterfly's Daughter here. And her also delightful books, Skyward and The Book Club, here.)

I started reading one of them; One Summer's Night.

Guess what it's about? "When looking at an enchanting fairy painting by Maybelle Starr, Laurel could almost believe fairies existed." from One Summer's Night by Mary Alice Kruesi

That's right...fairies.

I'm only 35 pages in. I'm sure to finish it, though, as on Tuesday I have JURY DUTY. Lots of waiting.

I'll update this when I finish the book to let you know if it is as good to the end as it is so far.

UPDATE: This woman knows how to create an enchanting world. It's lovely. And the story is compelling and sweet. Put it on the shelf and pull it out when you want to escape into a sweet, different world and fall in love.

What's up with your week?


  1. Having some tech issues. Had to delete and repost this. Lost Julie's comment.

  2. Hope jury duty isn't too heinous, or you may be wishing for a visit from a friendly reaper. ;)

    1. It's not bad except when it's at 9am and I had to work until 1am the night before. Fortunately all I had to do was show up and be dismissed.

  3. Where the hell did my comments go? I put up two!

    1. Is Mercury still in retrograde? Something happened and I had to take the post down and put it back up. Tried to save your comment but I didn't succeed. Not sure what happened to your second comment. Sad to say I didn't see it.

  4. Fairies have been popular in teen novels. Aprilynne Pike's series is supposed to be good. And Melissa Marr.

    1. I don't know why but for some reason I don't want to write ya. It feels too limiting.