With book two of the Wytchfae series about to be released, I’m taking the opportunity to glance back at the first book in the paranormal romance series, Wytchfae - Runes. Let’s take a peek at one of the types of otherworldly beings in the story, and a favorite of readers—the shade, shadow, specter, spirit, wraith, apparition, poltergeist, phantasm—fondly known as The Ghost. While many different kinds of hauntings are on record, a ghost is commonly considered to be the spirit of a dead person that has not moved on, but rather stays to interact with the living. Some ghosts are hunky, some spooky, and some downright dangerous. Here are my favorites.
Among the hunkiest is the spirit portrayed by Patrick Swayze in the aptly titled, Ghost. The movie is well done with chemistry between the two stars, humor in the form of Whoopi Goldberg, and drama provided by the bad guys and Swayze’s character trying to communicate with and save his woman. In the end his transition to the light is sad but cathartic.
Another cool ghost who is also a main character is the kid in Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book. The story is whimsical, endearing, and engaging, and you really root for the boy.
Topper is one of my old time favorites, both the movies and the television show. Dapper, sharp, and cerebral, Topper haunts a ritzy couple and a floppy eared dog. My writing buddy, 14-year old Basset hound Daisy Josette, has similar “never miss a nuance” ears.
Bobby Singer in the television series, Supernatural, takes the cake (or pie, eh, Dean?) for the most cantankerous but lovable ghost. Intrepid viewers wanted him to hang around and continue haunting those Winchester brothers. No one ever gave Sam and Dean good ole “what for” like Bobby—and lived to tell it.
While I get a kick out of all the ghosts in Wytchfae - Runes, my heart belongs to the sexy Viking, Ingvar. He endured beaucoup trouble during life, including dealing with greedy kings, sorcerers, and a murdered sister.
A dismal afterlife soon followed and stretched out over a thousand years. Despite her Celtic heritage and mysterious witchery, the heroine Kelly is a ray of sunshine to the beleaguered Viking. Kelly and Ingvar will make a cameo appearance in Wytchfae 3.
WYTCHFAE – RUNES: Combine one faery witch and one hot Viking ghost and what do you get? Supernova attraction. Can they evade their enemies long enough to fan the flame?