Elemental Storytelling: Tropes in Enchantress’ Destiny by Beth Caudill #elves #fantasy #amreading

ElementalStorytelling

Thank you for having me again. I spent many hours searching the TV Tropes site. Not all of my time was spent on items related to Enchantress’ Destiny. Although, Enchantress’ Destiny has fairy tale elements which opened more elemental possibilities than I expected.

 

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Introducing the Tropes of Enchantress’ Destiny

EnchantressDestiny-480x750Title – Enchantress’ Destiny

Publisher – Moonlight Mountain Books

Date Published – March 2015

Genre – Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Word Count – 25,200 words

 

One dark curse, two elves and a destiny neither could escape.

Cursed at his birth by a dark elf, Rowe Calder avoids personal entanglements, especially his betrothal to Caliressa Bellehaven. Circumstances force them together and love won’t be denied. But the dark elf claims his vengeance and only the strongest enchantress can reclaim Rowe’s soul.

 

Elemental Storytelling Molecule Definitions

 

Fairy Tale

I’m a pantster when it comes to writing my stories. I start with an idea or situation and write until the characters stop speaking to me. When I started Enchantress’ Destiny, I hadn’t intended to write a fairy tale. I started with a curse and the Dark Elf. It was only during edits that I realized I’d written a reverse Sleeping Beauty tale. (It wasn’t too much of a surprise given I’d written the first draft during the summer the movie Maleficent released.)

Rowe, my hero, is the one afflicted with the curse. Avoiding the chance at finding his love and triggering the curse has dictated his life, until he meets Clairessa. Claire is a powerful elven enchantress and refuses to believe she can’t save the elf who comes to mean so much to her.

 

Curse

Upon his birth, the Dark Elf cast a curse upon Rowe. When he performed the bonding ceremony with his True Love, the curse would take Rowe’s life.

 

You Can’t Fight Fate

The curse will not be denied, although it is altered by Claire’s spell and love.

 

Our Elves are Better

Rowe and Claire are a variation of Wood Elves. They are tall, have pointed ears, athletic, live in treehouses and possess magic. Their magic is directed through stones they have an affinity for and connects them to Arilase and the Goddess who they worship.

 

Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight is never easy. Rowe and Claire have to fight their own hang-ups and the consequences of the curse.

 

Faux Death and Converse with the Unconscious

After the curse takes affect, Rowe’s body lives by drawing on his bond with Claire. His soul/essence is taken away, leaving him unconscious. Claire has no choice but to drag his body on the quest to save him. She may occasionally talk to the undead body; nobody knows what happens in the dark of the night.

 

Happily Ever After

It’s a romance, so this fairy tale has the requisite happy ending scene where we see the couple together after everything is wrapped up.

 

Eldritch Abomination

The Dark Elf has forsaken everything in search for vengeance. He became something so dark that when he dies, his soul will be lost forever denied the warmth of the Goddess.

 

Right-Hand Cat

I always thought the Cheshire Cat had something evil on his mind. You can’t trust that smile. He became the inspiration for the true villain of this tale, a woman who was given a chance to redeem her past evil deeds by the Goddess.

 

Manipulative Bastard

Still attached to her evil ways, the cat influenced the Dark Elf to seek revenge and discouraged any attempts at remorse.

 

Evil Laugh

An evil laugh echoed in chamber where the final confrontation takes place. It confirmed Claire’s belief someone other than the Dark Elf was involved in the situation.

 

Excerpt:

EnchantressDestiny-480x750Claire watched him walk to the bar. The view of his back, particularly his ass, was almost as enticing to stare at as the front. His long amber honey hair swished behind him and his scent, the tangy zip of orange, hung in the air like the fragrance from her orange-scented geranium. On his way back, blue, green and gold colored eyes held her gaze, and her insides quivered with nervous energy. He was a delicious sweet, mixed with the allure of a hunter’s confidence, like the tree lynx in search of prey.

A moment of indecision gripped her. Dating an elf would be problematic with the betrothal contract hanging over her head. But he tempted every part of her and their liaison would be fleeting. For one night, she could revel in the touch of another elf and embrace the wildness he called within her.

He returned with a cone-shaped glass, filled with a white liquor colored with the faintest tinge of blush and placed it in front of her. She twirled the toothpick with a winterberry on the end and raised an eyebrow at him.

“I didn’t order this.”

“It’s a club special.” His eyes and smile dared her to turn him down. “I hear they’re very popular with the female guests. Surely tonight is a time for experimentation?”

Accepting his lure, she drained half the concoction. Tartness exploded on her tongue and burned her throat, but she was never one to back away. Staring into his eyes, she licked her lips. “Delicious.”

His quiet moan sent a distinctly feminine thrill through her. Knowing a man appreciated her attributes brightened her mood.

Group laughter and the stamp of many feet heralded the arrival of at least ten people. Quickly, the remaining tables filled and they could hardly hear each other above the din. Her spirits took a downturn with the numerous arrivals. She’d enjoyed the quiet privacy.

A loud clatter disrupted every conversation as a lion shifter shoved a satyr into a table and it splintered under his weight. The goat-man rose, stomped his hooves and laughed, oblivious to the unhappy stares directed his way.

“Perhaps you’d like to take this elsewhere?” Rowe whispered in her ear.

 

Buy Links

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iBookshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/book/enchantress-destiny/id976609430?mt=11&uo=4

 

Author Bio

Although Beth grew up in West Virginia, she currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, two sons and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who makes an excellent lap warmer. Blending the analytical and creative sides of her brain, she delights in creating fantasy worlds for others. Catch her online most days except when NCIS and Once Upon a Time air.

 

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3 thoughts on “Elemental Storytelling: Tropes in Enchantress’ Destiny by Beth Caudill #elves #fantasy #amreading

  1. Ashantay Peters

    I enjoyed the excerpt! Best wishes with your book release – Rowe is one sexy elf!

  2. Thanks for hosting this great series again Melissa.

    • missy.snark@gmail.com

      Beth, Welcome and thank you for taking part! It’s been a blast reading everyone’s posts. You molecule is lovely. It looks like you put a ton of research and thought into it. 🙂

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