Yes, I do appear to be stretching it a bit, trying to make a connection between my upcoming story, Once in a Blue Moon, and the theme of this blog. Shall we go with it and have some fun?
How trolls are like cowboys…
1) Both have tensile strength—deep muscle cloaking a strong frame. Where they differ is that cowboys tend to be lean. Trolls, even in human form, are burly and muscular. When their troll comes out to play, they bulk up even more–not quite as big and brutish as The Hulk, but you get my drift. My troll in Once in a Blue Moon, Ethan Thorne, would need to ride a Clydesdale rather than a quarter horse.
2) Both are extremely protective of what is theirs. Cowboys cosset their women and tend to their cattle. Trolls protect bridges, but once they crawl out from beneath them, they are extremely protective of their women. My witch, Bryn Cavanaugh, finds herself the sole focus of Ethan’s hyped-up troll desires. What a troll covets, he must have.
3) Both cowboys and trolls have magic hands. A cowboy’s rough callused palms can calm a horse or excite a woman. A troll’s touch is infused with electricity–staticky sparks and thrilling arcs of electric heat. And not just his hands can deliver that bolt of unleashed desire. Ahem.
4) Neither play well with others. Cowboys are loners. They spend long hours in the saddle with their own thoughts. They learn to be quiet and introspective. When they do let a friend or a lover in, they have to learn to open up a bit. Trolls are the lowest echelon of demon hierarchy, accustomed to being looked down upon. They lead solitary existences, and for eons protected lonely structures, like bridges, waiting pounce upon unwary prey. Ethan has friends, but he’s had to rewrite his destiny. Instead of living beneath a bridge, he builds them. His friends understand his sometimes surly disposition. When he meets Bryn, he strives to be gentle, but luckily, Bryn doesn’t want a gentle man, she wants the troll.
So how did I do? Is there a quality I left out that I could add to the comparisons? 🙂
When testing an enemy for weaknesses, prepare for things to get hard.
Beaux Rêve Coven, Book 1
Bryn Cavanaugh and her coven like that the community they live in is isolated thanks to a storm that destroyed the bridge between them and the outside world. Now the state wants the bridge rebuilt. When the construction crew checks into the inn, Bryn begins to suspect something about the crew’s boss isn’t quite…human.
Bridges are Ethan Thorne’s thing—after all, he’s a troll—so building a simple span over a remote canal in backwater Louisiana shouldn’t be this much of a problem. When he follows the pretty little innkeeper to a midnight rendezvous, he discovers why his crew keeps running into trouble. Bryn and her coven are casting spells in the moonlight.
As a troll, Ethan feels the sting of his low place in demon hierarchy. But finding an unprotected coven of witches in the middle of the bayou could lead to all sorts of adventure. And it’s better to keep your enemies close…
Warning: Contains a handsome troll (Hey, it can happen!) who’s skilled at building sexual tension with his hands—and several other body parts, as well—and a witch who’s determined to protect her home, but forgets to shield her heart.
Read the first chapter!
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