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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Blog Hop: What Paranormal Creature Would Be Your Perfect Valentine?

Thank you to all who stopped by and commented, and especially to those who also liked my Facebook page as part of the blog hop! The winner of this blog's drawing is Louisa Cornell. Louisa,  I've tried to get in touch with you through your website, but if you didn't get my communication, please email me at cecilia at ceciliadominic dot com

Thanks again to everyone who participated!

I'm participating in the Valentine's Day Blog Hop sponsored by J.A. Garland. First, the fun details:

For a list of participating authors, click here or see below. To enter the grand prize drawing, click on one of the graphics above or here.

I couldn't help but notice that there have been a plethora of quizzes appearing on Facebook, and it's been a time of great discovery for me. First, I found out I'm an ambivert, which is somewhere between an introvert and an extrovert. Then I discovered that instead of Atlanta, Georgia, I need to live in Paris, France. Most recently, a quiz told me the profession I'm most suited for is that of a writer. Hmmm... But so far, no one's told me which paranormal creature would be best suited for me. Assuming, of course, I wasn't married.

Without further ado, here are some questions to figure out which creature would be your perfect mate. I tried to find a widget to automatically score it for you, but sadly, I couldn't, so be sure to keep track of your answers.

1.  Pick a color:
a. Red
b. Silver
c. Green
d. I find this question offensive to those who are color blind. 

2. Pick an ideal first date:
a. Dancing with a lot of neck nibbles.
b. I don't care as long as it's magical.
c. Long walk or hike in the woods.
d. Picnic and gazing at the full moon.

Photo by Lachlan Donald from Melbourne, Australia
I bet he's of Scottish heritage with that name. 
3. What fashion accessory needs to come back in style?
a. Capes
b. Wands
c. Nature colored clothing.
d. I don't care as long as you can chew on it.

4. Pick a hashtag:
a. #biteme
b. #lifeismagic
c. #vnotf
d. #arooo

5. In a relationship, the most important characteristic for compatibility is:
a. Understanding of night owl tendencies.
b. Being okay with your significant other bringing work - and any strange consequences that ensue - home with them.
c. Being okay becoming part of a large family whether they approve of you or not.
d. Letting your significant other have a late night with his "pack" every so often.

6. You've just had a crappy day. How do you deal with it?
a. Write it out in a journal that I'll hide later.
b. Whipping up something interesting in the lab or kitchen.
c. Long walk in the woods.
d. Venting. Howling works nicely, but I can complain to my close friends, too, if I'm feeling verbal.

French Quarter building at night (photo by Falkue at de.wikipedia)
7. What city would you like to live in?
a. New York, New Orleans... Anywhere they're up all night and don't look at you funny if you're a little strange.
b. London, Paris... Somewhere with a strong history of legend and magic.
c. Atlanta, Seattle... Someplace with a lot of trees. Too much concrete makes me feel suffocated.
d. Someplace smaller where I can sneak away easily for long runs.

If you chose mostly a's... Go on and interview that vampire.

You like a man or woman of mystery, someone dark and controlled with moments of passion. The promise of romance draws you in, and the danger keeps you coming back for more. Emotional intimacy may be a little cold, but that's okay, you like the thrill of the chase, and the physical moments more than make up for feeling pushed away and the fact he/she will never return your calls during the day. Plus, no one rocks a cape like a vampire, who scoffs at superhero rules.

If you chose mostly b's... You'd totally sign up for that "I wish I'd gone to Hogwarts" dating site and find your own wizard.

You see the potential for magic in everything, and your ideal mate feels the same. Magic is not only being, but doing, and wizards will come up with that "your friends won't believe this" gesture. The downside:  they're always thinking about ten things at once, and you might not be the priority if they're puzzling over some tricky problem or spell. On the other hand, when that intense attention is on you and making you happy, there's no comparison to the normal mortal's version of romance. Just watch out if they want to make a commitment - your mother-in-law might literally be a witch.

Eileen Donan Castle in Scotland (© Guillaume Piolle / CC-BY-3.0)
Tell me this doesn't look like a romantic wizard getaway.
If you chose mostly c's... You're getting back to nature with a little elven love.

Sure, they might hate the holidays because of the undignified portrayal of their cousins, and you'll never find them in the midst of the concrete jungle, but when it comes to revealing the secrets of the forest and wild places -- and bringing their own magic to your wild places -- nothing compares to the elves. Elves' long lives make commitment a little tricky, so enjoy their presence in your life while you can. You'll gain a whole new appreciation for the term au naturel.

If you chose mostly d's... Let your wild side loose with a lycanthrope.

The fact that they have a fancy name along with the everyday term werewolf indicates that these creatures are more complex than just full moons and howling. Want an alpha hero in your life? How about a literal one who's nice to run your hands over and likes to cuddle. Perhaps you're the alpha and need a caring beta -- fear not, your lycanthrope lover has had plenty of practice and is eager to please. The downside - love them, love their pack because even a lone wolf will find one eventually. But if you need a lover to fetch your heart, look no further. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

So, which paranormal lover did you end up with? Is it a good fit for you? Tell me in the comments, and you'll be entered to win one of the following - your choice:

1. An electronic copy of The Mountain's Shadow - so many werewolf men, so little time! Which one will Joanie choose as she investigates the mysteries behind her own career's end and her family legacy?

First it was ADD. Then pediatric bipolar. Now the hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job.

When her grandfather leaves her his multimillion-dollar estate in the Ozarks, though, she figures her luck is turning around. Except her inheritance comes with complications: town children who disappear during full moons, an irresistible butler, and a pack of werewolves who can’t seem to decide whether to frighten her or flirt with her.

Joanie’s research is the key to unraveling the mysteries of Wolfsbane Manor.  However, resuming her work means facing painful truths about her childhood, which could result in the loss of love, friendship, and the only true family she has left.

Warning: Some sexy scenes, although nothing explicit, and adult language. Also alcohol consumption and food descriptions that may wreck your diet.

2. An electronic copy of Long Shadows, the sequel to The Mountain's Shadow, which will be released on March 25.

By day, Lonna Marconi’s busy career keeps her mind off the fact she was turned werewolf against her will. By night, a dose of wolfsbane lets her inner wolf out to play while her physical body stays safe at home.

When an overheard phone call at work warns her a trap is about to be sprung, she turns from hunter to hunted in the blink of an eye.

She finds refuge with the Ozarks pack she never claimed as her own. Upon discovering a family secret that explains why she’s unique among her own kind, Lonna finds heat in the arms of Max, who’s the one thing she cannot trust—a wizard.

Another kidnapping attempt sends her navigating the treacherous metaphysical borders of a centuries-old war, pursued by rogue sorcerers, a band of ghostly wolves, and repressed memories that prevent her from reclaiming her heritage. All the while, trusting her back to a wizard who demands the price of her heart…who may not have the luxury of giving his in return.

Warning: Some sexy scenes, adult language, and alcohol consumption. Also descriptions of Italian food that might offend carbophobes.

3. A Mountain's Shadow t-shirt. These shirts are made of a wonderfully soft fabric that hangs beautifully on feminine and masculine shapes alike. Feathered gray with an image of a wolf and the tagline "Some mistakes can literally come back to bite you" on the front and the book title on the back, this shirt will show you're a lycanthrope lover through and through. Available sizes: L-XXL
The winner of this blog's drawing will be announced next Monday, February 17.

Disclaimer:  this quiz has absolutely no psychometric properties. None. It also doesn't really indicate anything meaningful about those taking it. It's just for fun. According to Facebook, I'm Captain Picard, so you know you can trust me on this.

Participating blog hop authors with posts and giveaways:

Pippa Jay
Mimi Sebastian
Jude Johnson
Isabella Norse
Dani Harper  
Rita Bay
Allison Knight
Joyce Proell
Holly Hunt
Ceci Giltenan
Ute Carbone
Cassiel Knight
Audra Middleton
Angela Kay Austin
Morgan Wyatt
Liz Crowe
Susan Frances
January Bain
Linda Rettstatt
Dani Collins
Kelly Martin
Pauline Creeden

Note:  I will do my best to keep up with responding to comments, but please be aware that due to the impending ice apocalypse with frozen flakes of doom, I might lose power and be unable to. I will respond to comments when I am able, possibly once spring arrives.


  1. What a fun and unique post! Thanks for joining the hop :)

    1. Thanks for allowing me to participate! I had fun coming up with the quiz.

  2. I am an elven gal ;) Thank you for the chance to win. I really like the design of your blog

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment, Kristina!

  3. Cecilia, Love you blog site. Well done.

  4. i got an even wizard and lycan. I guess that's fitting, seeming as i looove shifters and magic.

    1. Nice! That also says country in the castle and brooding hero. Thanks for stopping by and taking the quiz!

  5. That was a fun quiz! I came up with a lot of c answers.
    Thanks for being part of this fun blog hop.

  6. I loved your post it was very funny... I got mostly C so I guess I need to hook up with Aragorn as I am Arwen (well in my mind) Thanks for being part of the hop.


    1. Find him more appealing than Legolas even though Aragon is human lol

    2. Well, Aragorn was pretty hot. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. LOL, well...no surprise for me here. I'm vampire all the way. My vampires are pleased. bwahahaha.

    1. Celia - I'm glad because I wouldn't want to piss off your vamps. :-) I admit I went mostly wizard, likely because I'm kind of attached to Max, the hero in Long Shadows.

  8. Awesome post. It made me smile, as I plot to interview a vampire. Hehe. Keep up the good work. Cheers!!!

  9. Werewolf! Guess I have an inner wild side. Buried very deeply.

    1. Anise, I'm sure you have a wonderfully wild side. Time to howl, girlfriend! Once we can leave our houses, of course. :-)

  10. Wizard! Okay, that was fun! I LOVE the opening blurb of Mountain's Shadow. Too funny! "First it was ADD. Then pediatric bipolar. Now the hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome." lmao

    1. Thank you, Bryonna! I started writing it while I was in graduate school, so a lot of the stuff in there references that period in my life. Yeah, I can see you with a wizard. :-)

  11. Fun quiz and a great blog! My ideal paranormal mate is a wizard! Kind of cool! I know several people I would LOVE to have turned into toads!

    1. Louisa, LOL! You and me both. Okay, me pretty much every time I'm stuck in traffic. :-)

    2. Congratulations, Louisa! You are this blog's winner. Please email me at cecilia at ceciliadominic dot com to let me know which prize you'd like and where to send it.

  12. Awesome post. I smiled while reading it!

    1. Thank you, Teri! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to write.

  13. Vampire! Good fit for me, I love to stay up all night and sleep til 1:00. I am retired so it is all good. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    1. I'm glad you're able to keep to your preferred schedule. With our snow days, I've definitely been sleeping my ideal hours of 1:00 to 9:00 a.m. Next week's gonna be painful.

  14. Vampire! I think it's a good fit based on the description :)

  15. Vampire and I think it is a good fit.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. You're welcome, Natasha! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

  16. Wizzard with a close Vampire. So how about a wizzard vampire :)
    This was a fun post. Thanks for a fabulous giveaway.

    1. A wizard vampire sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for stopping by, and I'm glad you liked the post. :-)

  17. Fun quiz! I got equal amounts of As and Cs - so I need a vampire elf apparently! Happy V'day!

    1. A vampire elf could be a lot of fun. :-) Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!