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Erica Hayes – Guest Blog & Giveaway

It’s my pleasure to have Erica Hayes back here at SVR to celebrate the release of the third book in her Shadowfae Chronicles, Poison Kissed. Here’s the link to her last guest blog where she discusses why we should read her books. Today, she’s discussing Banshee’s, or more to the point, her take on them. Very cool! Let’s give her a warm welcome and be sure to read after the guest blog for the giveaway info. 🙂

Banshee blues

 In fantasy, we’re often hard pressed to find new twists on old material, to make our paranormal creatures fresh and interesting for our readers – and for us, too! Where’s the fun in writing about the same old thing?

 So when I decided to write about a banshee heroine – and she’s a kick-ass heroine, of course! – I wanted her to be a bit different. Dark and twisted. Dangerous. Not your ordinary banshee.

 In old Irish culture, women called keeners sang a lament when someone died. For the great Irish families, the keener was a fairy, called a bean sidhe – and with her magic fairy prescience, she sang the lament even when the dead person was far away. So the banshee’s song often preceded the news of a family member’s death by days or even weeks.

 Cool, I thought: a lady who sings about death. That’s dark and eerie already. But what if she didn’t just sing to signal a man’s death – what if it was her keening that killed him? What if her song itself was lethal? And I’m not talking about a funeral dirge, either. I’m thinking opera. Nerve-shattering soprano. A pure, beautiful, terrible voice from hell.

 Now we’re getting somewhere. Better still, what if she could sing not only death, but pain, or fear, or other emotions too? A lady like that would be a formidable weapon.

 And so Mina the gangster’s bodyguard was born. She’s tough and beautiful. Her voice can peel paint from walls. Her hearing is preternaturally sharp. She can sing you to sleep or into fits of mouth-frothing terror, and her kiss is laced with poison. And if she’s really angry, she’ll kill you with a scream.

 Of course, as befitting any decent UF heroine, Mina has issues. She’s got a desperate crush on her gangster boss, a sexy snake-shifter who struggles to keep her at a distance, even though to show weakness in their world is death. She’s hunting a killer – her mother’s murderer – whose identity she can’t discover. And she has a weird love-hate relationship with her banshee powers:

 “My magical melody swelled and twisted in my chest like a snake, longing to sing free. She’s a cruel deathwish mistress, my song, and she’d warp the world to her capricious will if I let her. She makes me strong, but her hunger shivers ice in my blood. I don’t want to be a killer.

 Sometimes fate doesn’t give a damn what you want.”

 Hell, yeah. This banshee is a lethal weapon! So what does an evil author do to a kick-ass character bent on carving up the scenery? I take her weapons away 🙂 Mina falls foul of a fairy trick, and loses her magical voice, right when she’s about to uncover the shattering secret of her mother’s murder.

 Not the traditional banshee of old Irish legend, it’s true. But in these days of sparkling vampires, anything goes! So I hope you enjoy her story.





POISON KISSED ~ Book 3 of the Shadowfae Chronicles

 Beyond the veil of magic, a fairy otherworld pulses with glamour and dark beauty. It’s a place where passions run deep and dark and death is just one kiss away…

 Mina is a banshee whose greatest power lies in her siren song. She’s beholden to her boss Joey, a snake-shifter who once saved her life and now employs her as a gang enforcer. She refuses to upset the fragile balance between them by admitting that she longs for him, that his embrace is the only thing she craves more than revenge for her mother’s death…

 When Mina learns that Joey may have been involved in her mother’s murder, fury threatens to spill out of her, note by vicious note. She and Joey have always trusted each other to stay alive, but now she’s not sure what to believe. The evidence stacked against him — or the one man who haunts her dreams and burns in her blood…


Thanks Erica! I’m just working up my review post, but I just have to say that I loved Mina!

Giveaway Details:

Erica Hayes has been gracious enough to supply a copy of Poison Kissed, book 3 in the Shadowfae Chronicles to giveaway to one of my readers! Contest is open to Everyone. Erica’s off globe-trotting right now, but I believe that she’ll be popping by to respond to comments or questions as she’s able, so feel free to ask her questions as well.

Question: What do you find fascinating about the fae? Do you like the Seelie or Unseelie fae? Do they scare you? Entice you? Do you like new twists on the old mythology of the fae? Or do you prefer that writers stick within the parameters of fae myth? Tell us what you think!

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

  • Subscribe to my blog, Sidhe Vicious Reviews, through the links at the top right hand side of the blog, and let me know in your comment. Be sure you verify your subscription through the email you’ll receive or it won’t count. (+1 entry)
  • If you’re already subscribed, you’ll receive two extra entries, but be sure to let me know in the comments if you’re an old follower. (+2 entries)
  • Post a link to this contest on your Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, GoodReads, LibraryThing, or on your blog and send me the link either in the comments or by email and you’ll get an extra entry for each place you add a link to. ( add 1 entry each for  however many links you’ve done)
  • Follow me on Twitter, Add me as a friend on FaceBook, GoodReads, MySpace, Chapters Community or LibraryThing. (add 1 entry each for however many places you followed/friended me)
  • Follow Erica Hayes on Twitter  ( +1 entry )
  • Contest is open to Everyone and will run through October 10th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on October 11th.
  • Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won, but post it like wilmaflinstone(at)boomshakalaka(dot)com so you don’t get any spam. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

Please leave your links in one comment if possible. Thanks!

September 30, 2010 - Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Book Releases, New Releases, Uncategorized | , , , , ,


  1. […] – September 30th, 2010 – Erica Hayes, author of the Shadowfae Chronicles will be here to celebrate the release of Poison Kissed with a guest blog & giveaway! […]

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  2. What do you find fascinating about the fae? Do you like the Seelie or Unseelie fae? Do they scare you? Entice you? Do you like new twists on the old mythology of the fae? Or do you prefer that writers stick within the parameters of fae myth? Tell us what you think!
    I love that they are magical and mysterious. I like both Unseelie and Seelie fae. They entice me …. I am fascinated by them. I love new twists in the old myths.


    Comment by Misha Mathew | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  3. I am an email subscriber

    Comment by Misha Mathew | September 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Oh! I am an old email subscriber

      Comment by Misha Mathew | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  4. Tweeted

    Comment by Misha Mathew | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  5. tweeted


    Comment by Misha Mathew | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  6. I am fascinated with the Fae and like to read about both the Seelie and UnSeelie Courts – for different reasons. Though one claims to be the better, nicer court – I think that they are both tricky – and should be taken very seriously.

    I think when an author can put a new spin on any mythology – it is a good thing.

    I am a follower.


    Comment by Michelle Greathouse | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  7. it’s interesting to read about the myths of the fae and since I haven’t read many books about them it’s all new to me! but I have to say I like the Seelie more, because I only knew the Unseelie by Karen Marie Moning so far…
    Erica, thanks for your post – it was fantastic and I can’t wait to read your book!
    greetings, Ina

    I’m an old follower
    inale87 at gmx dot at

    Comment by Ina | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  8. I love the fae, probably because I’m such a dork for old mythology. I’m always excited when authors base their modern stories off of it. I suppose I like reading about the Unseelie more, but I guess that’s because dark tends to be more interesting, to me at least. I think the fae are so compelling because they’re so powerful and glamorous, kind of like vampires, except they don’t eat people (usually.) +1
    I’m an old follower +2
    follow on twitter (bcardoo79), fb, goodreads (Bethany Cardone) +3

    Comment by Bethany C. | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  9. 1. USA
    2. I have never read any of your books or have read about the fae but they do sound very interesting. I would like to read about them and your books.
    3. I am a follower and email subscriber

    Please enter me in contest.

    Comment by Victoria Zumbrum | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  10. Oh there are sooo many things to like about the fae. I’m of Scottish decent so there have always been legends and myths about the fae passed down. So I find it interesting when books some out that are true to the original legends as well as books that change things up a bit.

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Comment by Deb@Debbie's Book Bag | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  11. I subscribe by e-mail and have for quite awhile now.

    Comment by Deb@Debbie's Book Bag | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  12. {waves} thanks to everyone for dropping by!

    I love stories abut the fae — lately I’ve enjoyed Yasmine Galenorn’s Night Myst and the Wicked Enchantment series by Anya Bast — both interesting takes on Seelie and Unseelie courts. I really like reading new twists on the old themes.

    Comment by Erica Hayes | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  13. Thanx Man 🙂

    Comment by NegativeTurk | October 1, 2010 | Reply

  14. I love the Fae either the seelie or unseelie either. They intrigue me. I love the old ways and the new twists too. +1
    I’m an old follower +2
    I tweeted this
    follow you on twitter +1
    Follow Erica Hayes on twitter +1
    total 6

    Comment by Pamk | October 1, 2010 | Reply

  15. I love how versatile the fae can be. No two authors interpret fae lore the same way. I also really enjoy new twists on the lore, like the twist in Julie Kagawa’s series.

    +1 follow Erica on twitter (@sara_UFblog)

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Comment by Sara M | October 1, 2010 | Reply

  16. hi, thanks for this opportunity!
    I just got my hands on Shadowfae and I am eager to read this whole series XD

    My email is: and I’m a follower +1

    – I would have to say that what fascinates me about the Fae is the sense of Freedom they have. I love the idea of creatures able to be both good and evil in their own way and I enjoy both sides too! XD
    I have to admit, also, that I enjoy when there’s new twists in the whole Fae mythology because it spices things up and it makes it more interesting.

    I shared this
    on Facebook!/profile.php?id=887420205&v=wall&story_fbid=122511821138097&ref=mf +1
    On Twitter +1

    I follow Erica Hayes on Twitter (@yllektra)+1

    And I follow you on Twitter as yllektra +1
    on FaceBook as Kelly Anastas… +1
    and on GoodReads as yllektra +1

    Total: 7

    Thanks again for this opportunity!

    Comment by Kelly | October 2, 2010 | Reply

  17. Oh and I added a link to this contest on my sidebar

    Total: 8

    Comment by Kelly | October 2, 2010 | Reply

  18. +1 I find the fae fascinating because of their sinister nature. They look beautiful and seem kind but they are deceptive just for the sake of amusement. I’m usually drawn more to the Unseelie fae because of the darkness surrounding them as well as their deceptive nature.

    +2 old subscriber to your blog
    +1 Twitter:
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    +1 follower on Goodreads (jmspettoli)
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    Comment by jmspettoli | October 2, 2010 | Reply

  19. i don’t know enough about the fae to be able to answer this question well, but i can say whatever twists you can add to the “rules” of the world, feel free! i love it when authors put their own spin on things – it’s what makes the stories so awesome!

    +1 answered question
    +2 i am an old subscriber
    +1 you’re my friend on FaceBook
    +1 and GoodReads
    +1 and LibraryThing

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by kisah | October 2, 2010 | Reply

  20. That’s lots of votes for authors putting their own twist on old legends 😀 I love it! And the deceptive nature of fairies is something I remember well from fairy tales as a kid — the sly leprechaun who’d make the gold vanish, or sell the farmer the top half of the field of carrots… cheeky 😀

    Comment by Erica Hayes | October 4, 2010 | Reply

  21. The fae have always been interesting. Something about the mythology and legends surrounding them can be just fascinating. They are a lot like vampires, but living. They have the beauty and mystery around them. And there is so much that can be done and adapted from the classic myths about them.

    +2 old subscriber
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    +1 tweet –!/DonnaS1/statuses/26517732620
    +1 twitter follower – @donnas1
    +1 follow Erica on twitter

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    Comment by Donna S | October 5, 2010 | Reply

  22. Twitter :
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    +2 for them

    + 1 I’m a subscribber

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    I love the fae, they intrigue me !

    Comment by PinkStuff28 | October 6, 2010 | Reply

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