How to Protect Yourself from Fairies – part of the Spring Fling Blog Hop



‘Tis Spring and the fair folk flourish. Indeed, they are at their strongest in the month of May.






I know what you’re saying. Why would you need protection against a cute little fairy? The truth is, in most countries where legends of fairies exist and where the belief in fairies lingers, many of the Fair Folk are not all that cute. Or little.

And they definitely are not nice.

Legend has it that the term “fairy” can be applied to a wide range of supernatural beings who possess considerable magical powers. Sprites, boggarts, pixies, banshees, brownies, hobgoblins, elementals, trolls, elves and many, many other creatures can all be lumped under the single heading of “fairies”. 

According to the old stories, fairies could be so beautiful that mortals were unable to resist them, or so ugly that mortals could perish from fear. There were light fairies who were mostly good and dark fairies who were mostly evil. Still others were both friendly and hostile, helpful and mischievous, kind and cruel. This amoral unpredictability made most fairies very dangerous creatures. Your only hope as a mere mortal was to avoid the fairies, repel the fairies or appease the fairies.

AVOIDING FAIRIES

Fairy Mound in Ireland
In the Celtic countries (Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England), children used to be cautioned to stay away from fairy mounds. These are strange solitary hills in odd places, such as the middle of a field. These round grassy knolls were believed to be entrances to the underground fairy realm. Venture too close and you could disappear, never to be seen again. It was especially dangerous if you were a beautiful woman or a handsome man. You might be spirited away by fairies looking for a mortal mate!

Steer clear of certain trees late at night, especially hazel, thorn, alder and oak, because they’re favorite haunts for fairies. You could find yourself pinched and hit as you walk by – or tangled in the branches until morning.

Farmers knew better than to enter a mill at night. That was the time that fairies brought their grain to be ground. Interrupting fairies when they were working could earn you a failed crop or other curse.

You needed to watch where you were walking because a strange tuft of grass or stray bit of sod could trigger a spell if stepped on. Your path through the woods could suddenly disappear. If you were crossing an open field, you might keep veering in the wrong direction or cross it only to arrive on the same side you started from. It’s called “being pixie-led” and it could happen in broad daylight.

Certain ponds, lakes and rivers were said to be the haunts of kelpies and other water fairies. If you came to these waters alone, you could be pulled in by these nasty creatures and drown. It was said that your spirit would then be forced to live in the fairy realm forever. Stay away or use the buddy system.

REPELLING FAIRIES

St. John's Wort
Garlands were often made of marsh marigolds and hung over the barn doors to protect the horses from being ridden to exhaustion by fairies. Flowers, especially primroses, were spread over windowsills and hung above the door-posts of the house for safety. Your best bet, however, was a plant called St. John's Wort. Wearing it was said to provide strong protection from fairy magic and mischief.

Fairies could vanish at will and remain invisible to mortal eyes as long as they pleased. Carrying a four-leafed clover would allow you to see the fairies – but only once. A Celtic tradition was to sew several of the clovers into a tiny bag to be worn around the neck. You could then discern the fairies once for each clover in the bag. In some legends, the clover was said to allow you to see through fairy glamors and magical disguises.

Iron in any form has always been the best protection against fairies – it was like kryptonite to Superman. If you kept an iron nail in your pocket, you couldn’t be carried away by them. A pair of iron shears hung on the wall near a baby’s bed was said to prevent the child from being swapped for an ugly fairy baby. Horseshoes could be nailed over doorposts.

Red berries kept fairies at bay, especially if they were from rowan trees, mountain ash or holly.

Even humble oatmeal was said to be a fairy repellent, if you carried it in your pocket or sprinkled it on your clothes. As long as you didn’t mind looking flaky, you’d be safe.

APPEASING FAIRIES

In many cultures, protection from fairies was achieved by cooperation and respect.

If you were Welsh, for instance, you might leave bread and milk on the back porch at night as an offering for the fairies. This was said to prevent them from playing pranks on the family and might even gain their favor. (Note – they liked butter, cream, and ale too. Especially ale.)

If you spilled salt in Ireland, you might throw some over your shoulder in order to give the fairies their share. If you passed a body of water, or even a well, you could drop in a piece of silver for the fairy that lives there. If you were milking a cow or goat by hand, you would probably let the first few squirts fall to the ground to appease any unseen fairies that were thirsty.

Many of the kindlier fairies were said to be offended when they saw a lack of hospitality and courtesy among human mortals, and would punish such offences severely. On the other hand, if you were fair and honest with your fellow mortals, and practiced generosity, the fairies were likely to treat you in kind. Or, at the very least, leave you safely alone!



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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


First of all, huge thanks to author Selena BlakeBitten by Paranormal Romance Reviews and Reading Between the Wines for hosting this terrific hop! 


The winner of my giveaway is 
bluesun1218

She'll be receiving a signed copy of Changeling Dawn (Book 3 in my PNR series) and a Dani Harper tote bag!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read my post on Fairies, and to leave a comment. I was able to add a LOT of books to my TBR list, and hope you were too!

To get back to the list of blogs participating in the Spring Fling Blog Hop, go to this link: http://site.selena-blake.com/2012/04/spring-fling-blog-hop-april-23-27/

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186 comments:

  1. Although I am more of a were or zombie freak I do enjoy fairies as well! I am reading a wonderful story with them in it now called Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear. Thank you for your giveaway!

    gimmethescoopreviews@gmail.com

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    1. A steampunk fairy tale! How cool is that? Gotta check into this more.... Thanks!

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  2. My favorite Faerie books are Holly Blacks series (Tithe is the first), I also love Melissa Marrs books too(first in those is Wicked Lovely. Most certainly recommend those two series for Fae lovers.
    @JenniferJ. A steampunk Fae series? Sign me up too! Definitely checking for that next time I'm at the library.

    Love your books by the way!

    demiseangel665@yahoo.com

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    1. Both those series are new to me. Thanks for making me aware of them.

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  3. I do believe in fairies. I love the young adult fairy series from melissa Marr that was started by wicked lovely:), arethazhenATrocketmailDOTCOM

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    1. Have you seen her website? http://www.melissa-marr.com/

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  4. Love the picture of the Fairy Mound in Ireland.
    I've read several books featuring the Fairies but can't remember their names. :( I love Tinkerbell though. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I've liked the new Tinkerbell animated movies -- I'm glad they fleshed out her character and let her be the star.

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  5. I actually did research on Faeries not to long ago. Love how you put all the facts together in this giveaway.
    Looking forward to the blog hop.
    Mbast06@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm forever doing research for my books and I end up with a lot of ideas for blogs. :)

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    2. I am barely keeping my head above water trying to write and keep up with the blog tour. I'm hoping to borrowing some of your faerie dust and make a little magic with my blog too.

      Love seeing your posts!!!
      MaryLynn

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    3. *sprinkles generous amount of faerie dust from a flour sifter* There you go!

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  6. I can't recall if I've read any fairy books or not but I do know that I have Melissa Marr's series on my TBR list.
    Megblod@yahoo.com

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    1. After all the comments here, I've got her series on my TBR list too! LOL

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  7. Love the pictures of the fairies! Lol, I always throw a bit of salt over my shoulder if I spill some but I never knew it was to appease fairies, I was always told it was for good luck! Avoid mushroom rings as well, they're fairy gathering places too, and never eat fairy food/drink or you'll never be able to leave their world, kind off a Hades in the underworld deal! Have you heard of the Artemis Fowl series by Irish author Eoin Colfer? I like his take on fairies, I loved the Melissa Marr series as well. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher have fairies in them as well and I like his take on them too!
    suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

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    1. Omigosh, how could I have forgotten the fairy ring! (especially since I had a couple on my lawn once) Sometimes it's hard to fit all the info I find into a single post. Glad you mentioned it.

      I love Jim Butcher's take on fairies as well. Toot-toot is a wonderful character.

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  8. I enjoyed the pictures of the fairies. I believe in fairies. I don't recall reading any fairy books now but remember when the The Spiderwick Chronicles a series of children's books came out. Growing up my mother always told me if I spilled some salt to throw some over my shoulder so I wouldn't have any bad luck. I enjoyed reading this post, I learn some things about fairies that I did't know.
    beckyqward@gmail.com

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    1. I loved the Spiderwick Chronicles movie -- I thought it was a great introduction to the concept that fairies come in MANY forms!

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  9. Interesting post! I'm not really that big a fan of fairies, but I have enjoyed books with them (though we have to be grown-up and call them Fae or some such). My favourite series is definitely the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, because for one it's amazing, and the fairies in it are really cool and badass (also they're the bad guys). Thanks for the giveaway!

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

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  10. I love stories with some kind of celtic roots in them. I read a while ago Jewels of the sun from Nora Roberts. It had the fairy prince in the story.

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    1. I have Celtic roots too, and I LOVE the wonderful mythology that surrounds the British isles.

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  11. Forgot my email : wolfswan1 at gmail dot com

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  12. I like the magic, mystic world of fairies. I like the myths that surround them. I love that in stories for grown ups they are not all sweetness & light, but have an edge.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Me too - their dark side is so intriguing, and filled with story possibilities.

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  13. Titania is the queen of faeries. My name also appears in this book: The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones. Its quite interesting and brings the reader to a different world. The way it was written was very intruiging. I like faeries too!! I like their wings:) Thanks for having this giveaway. My email is tania_kwong(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. How cool - Your namesake, Tania, is the lost princess of Faerie in this book, daughter of Oberon and Titania. What a fun read!

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  14. I love reading different faery stories. I believe my fave is Puck gotta love him!

    tobihelton@gmail.com

    Thanks for doing the blog hop!

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    1. Puck has enjoyed a new life in modern comics and novels. He's an excellent trickster character!

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  15. that was a fun post! I LOVE the Fae. If I had to pick a paranormal creature to be, that would be it. I loved the fae in the Fever series and Claude in the Sookie books. I think it is their arrogance and indifference I like so much :) don't enter me, just wanted to show some love!

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    1. Hi Sharon! *waving* Thanks for coming by!

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  16. Melissa Marr's fairies are very interesting... :) Love her series..

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

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    1. I'm hearing a lot about Melissa Marr today -- I'm adding this series to my TBR list!

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  17. Melissa Marr's books are great. I like fairies. There is also Fairies in the Sookie books by charlaine Harris. Thanks for the great giveaway. crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I remember how surprised I was when fairies turned up in the Sookie books. As a writer, I couldn't imagine juggling vamps, weres AND fairies. But Charlaine Harris does it very well!

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  18. I don't know what it is about fairies, but I'm drawn to them. If I read read an excerpt of a book and it includes fairies, I always read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. We all have our favorites! Usually it's shapeshifters for me, but lately I've had an extra interest in fairies due to a story I'm working on. I'm liking them more and more all the time!

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  19. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I like reading about Faeries. I read so much though that it's hard to keep track of which book contained who, what, and where. LOL I tend to read more about vampires and shifters, plus I even like sci-fi.

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    2. I'm addicted to anything paranormal but I like sci-fi too! I grew up reading a lot of it (and I'm a true Trekkie too!)

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  20. Thanks for the great give away! I like the wicked lovely books as well. I just got through reading one called bound by the prince by Deborah court. I think you might like this one as well.
    tgonzalez1278@yahoo.com

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  21. I love faeries! I've not been able to read many this year so far, but i did read one called forgotten memories that was quite good, in which faeries are fallen angels!

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    1. That's certainly one of the explanations of their origins. I think it's an interesting premise!

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  22. Contact me on twitter @bookworm_sarah

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  23. I have a Fairy hat my Irish grandfather told me he 'snatched off the head of the wee one' - I totally believed him!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. That is so sweet! Your grandfather sounds charming -- what a lovely memory.

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  24. Some of my favorite fairies are in KMM's Highlander series and in her
    fever series, have you read any of them??
    Z
    Seawitchreviews @ yahoo.com

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    1. As I said earlier, Karen Marie Moning ROCKS. I'm shamefully behind on her most recent novels (sigh - so many great books, so little time...) but I like her work a lot!

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  25. Fairies are mischievous and they keep playing tricks on me...hiding my keys, moving my books, untying my shoelaces. The little buggar must have followed me back from Scotland 4 years ago...how do I get rid of it?

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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    1. I think you'll have to take the appeasement route or else nail up horseshoes over all the doors of your house.

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  26. My favourite fairies are in Laurell K Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. She has both dark and light fairies and assorted beings that make for interesting stories :D

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

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    1. I always liked that series too. The Meredith Gentry books get overshadowed by the Anita Blake books.

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  27. Hi Dani, there are some fae I would like to meet...Karen Marie Monings death by sex fae! Yummilicious:)
    andieleah78@gmail.com

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  28. I'm embarrassed to admit the only fairy I've heard about is Tinkerbell! Isn't that sad? I have to start reading about them!
    mom1248(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Yes, but catching up will be so much fun!

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  29. My favorite fairy is Claudine from Charlaine Harris' sookie Stackhouse series.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. I thought it was interesting that Claudine had to be Sookie's fairy godmother in order to progress to angelhood.

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  30. My favorite fairies are the ones in The Sookie Stackhouse series. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I like them in True Blood and also in the books.

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  31. I don't really know of any fairies other then Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. She was a saucy little thing wasn't she. Jealous of Wendy and wanting Peter for herself.

    mimirose41209 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I thought it was neat that her wishes were addressed in the movie "Hook" where Tinkerbell was played by Julia Roberts.

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  32. I love this post and the idea of fairies! Sometimes I read a book where they are portrayed negatively and other times positively, I wish they'd make up their minds ;) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

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    1. That's the problem with fairies. They can be both, depending how they're feeling that day!

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  33. Not entering as I already have the book and the tote bag, but this was a fun and interesting post. I enjoyed it.

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  34. This was a very fun post. And I read through all the comments and have to wonder... how were the Iron Fey books by Julie Kagawa missed? I LOVE them! Plus, I love the Merry Gentry books by Laurell K Hamilton. But I did see some here I will have to read. :)

    erindanzer(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The Iron Fey books are definitely in my TBR list. Did you see that Summer's Crossing is free on Kindle right now? http://www.amazon.com/Summers-Crossing-The-Iron-ebook/dp/B004XDYXN0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1335294042&sr=1-1

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  35. I love books with fairies I am a paranormal addict and fairies are in the genre. Actually my blog header has a fairie on it Read Between The Lines http://amdase.blogspot.com stop by and tell me what you think of my header
    berrylicious_cutie(at)hotmail(.)com

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    1. What a beautiful blogsite! I love it! Followed you on Twitter and a few other places too.

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  36. I do love fairies. Sure, I started out liking the small, pretty, sweet fairies, but even when I found out they weren't sweet, I still like them. They are always otherworldly and fascinating:)

    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

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  37. That was a fun informative post about the fae. I do like to read about them. I like how Patricia Briggs included them in her Mercy Thompson series. They are serious and not to be thought of like Tinkerbell.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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    1. Patricia Briggs does a fabulous job with them. They're downright scary and not to be trusted!

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  38. I LOVE fairies! I remember reading a YA story from Gena Showalter called Intertwine that had a character that was a fairy. They weren't the good kind, but I still really like the idea of them. Would love to see what your books are about. :)

    Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Tami

    tamibrothers at yahoo dot com

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    1. Wow - this one went on my TBR list as soon as I looked it up! What a unique premise! Thanks for making me aware of it.

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  39. I love YA, PNR, and many more, and love the fairy story. Thats an awesome giveaway.. thanks for make it INT.



    laniwaticecilia952atgmaildotcom

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    1. I try to make as many of my giveaways international as I can. I appreciate my readers WHEREVER they are!

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  40. My all time favorite series that feature fairies is by Amy Lane's Little Goddess series.
    If you haven't had the opportunity I highly recommend it.
    Great giveaway!
    Cindy

    ctrim at wi dot rr dot com

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  41. I LOVE the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa! Thanks for the giveaway!

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      laceyblossom@yahoo.com

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    2. I've heard nothing but great things about this series. :)

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  42. I love fairy and elves and all kinds of other world creatures...I can't think of a series off hand that feature fairies. Thanks for the giveaway

    authorleighsavage@gmail.com

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  43. Wow, how cool is this site? Never say a fairy mound before..really enjoy the October Day series.

    rabbitgirl259@gmail.com

    PS- I'm bookmarking this blog

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    1. I'm really happy that you're enjoying the blog. I love to talk about myths and legends and superstitions and all things paranormal. And, naturally, I talk about my books now and then too, but hopefully not TOO much! Thanks for the bookmark!

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  44. I was actually caught up in the information about faires. I actually don't know that much about them except for a few lores here in louisiana. And those were no tinkerbells. I love tote bags, so here's to hoping my name is lucky this time!! thaigherlillie@yahoo.com

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  45. I love everything Fairy. I got a book on Fairy Lore a couple years back and have been obssessed every since.

    autumnflower6ATaolDOTcom

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    1. I'm starting to get a collection of fairy myths too. Just picked up a book called 'The Great Encyclopedia Of Faeries' by Pierre Dubois.

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  46. I just watched A Midsummer Night's Dream play production in the park on Sunday and it was fairy-tastic :)

    juliecookies(at)gmail.com

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    1. What a great place to perform that particular play! I like Shakespeare's take on fairies.

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  47. I love fairies. I have many fairy figurines in my room. I collect them with other mythical creature figurines.
    Thanks for giveaway!

    mararob80 at gmail dot com

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    1. There's so many gorgeous figurines now. I fell in love with a tiny fairy riding a raven (but not with the price tag...darn!)

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  48. I've recently been very off faeries but just a week ago found a golden book that sparked my interest again. :) Sp bring on the faeries! ;D

    elvenspirit at gmail dot com

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    1. Golden Book as in the ones by Random House? I grew up with those and so did my kids --- they make me nostalgic. :)

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  49. I LOVE all things fairies! I recently made a miniature fairy garden pic can be seen here https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3794878278862&set=a.1217909096243.33899.1484350578&type=1&theater

    I also have a large fairy tattoo, and my library has fairy figurines. LoL
    bluesun1218@yahoo.com

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    1. Your fairy garden is LOVELY - very pretty figurine too! Thanks for sharing the link with me. :)

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    2. CONGRATULATIONS! Your name was pulled out of the big pink mixing bowl as the winner of my giveaway!

      I'll be emailing you in a few minutes.

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  50. I love fairies, my favorite series would have to be the Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa and my favorite chracter would have to be Ash. Thanks for the giveaway!
    agarcia6510@columbus.rr.com

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    1. I've read about Ash - he sounds like an amazing character. This book blog did a special feature on him: http://amberinblunderland.blogspot.com/2011/07/ya-bachelor-ash-from-iron-fey-series-by.html

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  51. My niece named her daughter Nancy Tinkerbell , she's nearly 3 now and full of fun.
    I like to read of the Fae , the Merry Gentry series is good.
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    1. What a fun name! I hope she still likes it when she's 20, but chances are good she will --- most of us have a soft spot for that spunky fairy!

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  52. abrennan09@hotmail.com
    I don't know about fairies much - i wasn't aloud to watch/read/have any sort of fairies - came from a very strict christian home and any sort of magic, witches etc. My daughter does like them though - pretty, dainty, sparkly.

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    1. I discovered a lot through sharing my kids' interests in them and in reading the books they read. It's so much fun to share books with children!

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  53. Wolves are my favorite buy I like fairies as well. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway and for participating in the hop! Happy Spring! slinkydennis@yahoo.com

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    1. Wolves are still my favorite too -- but fairies have become a close second as I work on my current novel. Happy Spring to you too!

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  54. Very fun post. I like fairies and books about fairies. I like Tinkerbell.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  55. We are a BIG fairy household here...well at least my daughter and I are....we have a new house that is surrounded by trees and I never fail to limit my daughter's idea of fairies everywhere within the trees. We have a circle in our front yard where the old owners had a gazebo, they have tons of flowers planted around it but the centered is dead, so Indi is going to created a Fairy village. Fairy houses and such....all within the fairy circle...and Don't even try to go in without asking her if the fairies have said yes or no....
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    beejee77 at gmail dot com

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  56. I have to agree with some of the others - I like LKH's Merry Gentry series, and the fairies that show up in Patricia Brigg's books.

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

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  57. Following via GFC: Myra Rzepa
    Email subs0nicd3pths1@hotmail.ca
    i love fairies!! i love books with them! we have this store by where i live called the fairy garden and omg its the best store ever!!! :D

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  58. thanks for this giveaway
    lasherjodi@yahoo.com

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  59. thanks for participating in the giveaway. :)
    chellesy.clay(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. Thank you for linking me - I had no idea I could fear fairies but now I do! LOL I am going to invest in primrose and Marigold flowers around my home! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

    journey through books@gmail.com

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    1. On my little farm in northern Canada, I had a damp area in front of an old beaver dam that was FILLED with marsh marigolds. I had no idea at the time that they repelled fairies.

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  61. To tell you the truth, I am still searching for a book with fairies that amazes me. I have read a couple but am yet to feel/find the magic, so to speak. I am hoping to find something soon!

    Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity!

    Have anamazing day!

    Natalia
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  62. I've read tons of erotic fairy books:) They can be very very naughty. Its amazing on how dark they can make them. but I always love characters that push the envelope!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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    1. Fairies offer a writer a lot of potential. They're handsome enough to be appealing to humans and alien enough to be indifferent to human definitions of right and wrong.

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  63. This is a fantastic post! I used to read fairy stories when I was a kid and i admit I haven;t made it to any of the "adult" ones yet, but there are a lot that look good!

    joleene (at) Joleenenaylor (dot) com

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  64. Well, as i am a mature man right now. i am still like all about fairy talr. and so about the characters. Well, some fairy that not necessary with my own opinion was fairy in "Fairy bad day" by Amanda Ashby. The fairies here were very annoying, wow its so cross with tinkerbell wich cute. i can tell that this kind of bad fairy. you had to read this book, sista.... ^_^
    hope i could won the giveaway, here is mymail : gea.harovansi@gmail.com

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  65. Hello, I truly enjoyed learning about all the different legends about fairies. I didn't know that there were so many types. I always thought that they were all cute and nice like tinkerbell. How fascinating. :)
    Patricia-pt.macias. pt.macias.blogspot.com, ptmacias.wordpress.com.

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  66. I love stories about fairies. The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison is great.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  67. There are fairies in Kiersten White's book Paranormalcy. I enjoyed the book very much and have the 2nd one in the series, Supernaturally, but haven't had the time to crack it open. I also like the Fey in the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I just started Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr too, and it's pretty good too.

    Saph
    saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

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  68. I like fairies, I don't know a lot about them and I haven't read a lot of books where they were mentioned either but I think they're very interesting creatures.

    The most memorable books that I've loved that feature fairies or fae are Master of the Moon by Angela Knight and The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning, both of these awesome books featured wonderful specimens of the male fairies.

    I'll be honest though, I'm really tempted to leave some milk and bread out by my back porch tonight.

    kakuchouakisame_19@yahoo.com

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    1. Master of the Moon is new to me. I liked The Immortal Highlander. Let me know if you catch any handsome fairies with the milk and bread! ;)

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  69. Thank you for having this great giveaway! Gale
    pgan427@yahoo.com

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  70. thanks for the info. Will add it to my list to "Things to do in case of...." LOL

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    1. Love it! My problem is that I would never remember what the list said if something actually happened!

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  71. I love the Chronicles of Elantra series by Michelle Sagara --her take on the Fae, the Barrani, make for an awesome series!!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  72. My favorite fairies are Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty. I loved reading all about the fairies in your post. thanks so much for your giveaway!
    Lmackesy @ gmail.com

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    1. I remember seeing that movie when I was a kid -- and how much fun I had taking my own children to see it at the theater!

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  73. Fairies are my favorite creatures. I love everything about them. Sometimes I really want to believe that they are real. I also love the art of fairies.
    Wings series by Aprilynne Pike, she describes the fairies so well.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, the artwork! *sighs* There are SO many gorgeous works of art with fairies as the subject.

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  74. I always love stories and movies about fairies.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  75. I love your writing, and I love how often all the authors in your )company( spoil us readers!
    I have lived with Faeries all of my life. As a child (until around 12, in fact!), I believed that I had fairies all around me as protection and company. Unfortunately, as things got going on in my "Adult" life, I started to forget about the whimsy and wonder that the Fae brought me; but when I became disabled, I spent a lot of time alone in the dark rooms *(Migraines compounded by other issues)* and they began to show themselves to me...(and our cats....chase!) I love my Fae friends and am indebted to them for showing me strength so that I could face my own issues... Blessings to all! Email is Dandelionia69@yahoo.com. Thanks Dani!! :)~

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    1. I very much believed in fairies as a child. Our town library was stuffed to the gills with British children's books, which I read and re-read. They were filled with fairy lore, and I also had a teacher who told us stories about fairies and pixies and imps and sprites. Recently I've been reading about fairies and earth magic, and fairies as expressions of earth energies.

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  76. im a huge fan of faerie books, aprilynne pike, holly black, melissa marr, jenna black are some of my favorite authors but i think i love julie kagaws charater ash the best <3

    ciji jacober
    nerdygirl013@yahoo.com

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    1. Great list. And Ash is really popular!

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  77. Unicorns are my favorite mythology creatures, but I do like fairies. My daughter loves them and collects any she can find that draw her attention. The only fairy story I've read so far was Fairytale by Maggie Shayne.
    purpleunicorn19(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I was just looking at some unicorn art today, thinking I might have to do a post about them. Like the fairies, they're not always pretty and tame!

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  78. I have to say I love that picture, it currently hangs in my family room. As a little girl my cousins and I would put sugar on our palms and go to mushrooms and hope fairies would come to us. I always wanted to marry a fairy prince back then. I like to believe they are around. I love Merry and all her men the best from author Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry Series. I have read so many but see I have many more to read...Lol!

    Wendy
    wendyharsh@yahoo.com

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    1. My TBR list has gotten a lot longer after this post too! Wonderful recommendations from so many commenters!

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  79. Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    I read some book about fae. Kiss Me, I'm Irish by Bella Street is one of them.

    dl(dot)love(dot)freedom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. Love fairies although they do have a nasty streak.
    Thanks for the generous giveaway.

    Lauren
    ljberma01@gmail.com

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  81. love Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

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    1. The Iron Fey are moving higher and higher on my TBR list as I read the comments -- they're very popular!

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  82. GREAT prize pkg...I LOVE your Changelings series! As for fairies...Christine Warren has a few good books giving them staring roles. If you haven't read them...you should check them out. They are part of her Other series. VERY good. Thx for this AWESOME giveaway op...my fingers are crossed...I could use that bag to carry a few books (and a couple of snacks) in! :)

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! Ooooo, Christine Warren -- she's on my TBR list.

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  83. I love Jenks from the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison. He's a pixie but that's a kind of fairy, right?

    spav05(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Absolutely! Pixies, sprites, goblins and many, many more are all types of fairies. I like Jenks too!

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  84. Great prize and thanks for the hop! I love the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton; she is a kickass fairy as well as all her companions. Another one is Niniane or Tricks in Thea Harrison's Elder Races novels.

    read4love(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm hearing great things about the Elder Races stories!

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  85. i love the swag and then ilove them and use them a lot
    i love books and will read any thing and every thing

    desi the blonde a t msn dot com

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    1. I used to just "collect" swag, and not use it, but I find now that I enjoy it more if I use it.

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  86. I love fairies. There so cute! Ive read some fairy books but i cant think of any right of the top of my head. Thank you for the great giveaway and the fun hop!! Have a great weekend! ;)
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That's okay -- it wasn't a test or anything! I'm having one of those days where I can't think of my own name.

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  87. Although I love paranormal books, I haven't read many regarding fairies, so I don't know much. I do know that I liked what was written in the Sookie Stackhouse books, but again, they aren't the main characters. I'd love to read more on this. Thanks!
    michedt at yahoo dot com

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    1. It would be interesting to take a poll and see which readers liked best --- the fairies in the Sookie books or the way they're portrayed in the TV series, True Blood,

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  88. I like fairies!!I love Julie Kagawa's "The Iron Fey series" and "Ash"(hero in Iron Fey series) is my favorite fairy character :)

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    sweety225(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  89. ThanQ 4 the amazing Hop Blog!! I dont know very much about fairies only a little from Walt Disney's movies,Thimberlina & True Blood but I'm curious though..:)
    redz041@yahoo.com

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  90. You're welcome! Thanks go to author Selena Blake, and review sites Bitten By Paranormal Romance + Reading Between The Lines for organizing this fun event!

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  91. I love reading anything paranormal related. I love all the different spins on all the old tales that have been used over the years in different series. I am currently reading the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and love it.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I have your Changeling Series next on my reading list. I just bought Changeling Moon so now I have to get the other two.

    rachaelmccully@yahoo.com

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  92. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!
    One of my favorites is Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series!
    I have not read many with fairies more with werewolves and vampires which are my favorites Love to read Paranormal!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

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    1. Werewolves have always been my favorite, but fairies are really fascinating. I'm working on a story about them right now.

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  93. I love me some demons and vamps but also enjoy some fae :) I love Fae because when they show up in books I never know where they will take me. Will they be good, bad, pretty or ugly and what type of fae. So many possibilities. Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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