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Monday, October 24, 2011



Halloween is almost here – the time when thoughts turn to the supernatural. The way paranormal is exploding in popular culture - books, TV, movies – it seems the supernatural is in our thoughts year round, and the trend for all things paranormal shows no signs of abating. I’ve heard it said that when times are hard, people gravitate to the supernatural as a means of escape. Or maybe the paranormal is so popular because anything otherworldly is just plain fun.

I love reading time travel romances, love books about beings who have magical powers, love shifter stories. I don’t much like anything to do with vampires, but that’s just me. Vampires have scared me since Bela Lugosi lured unsuspecting and “too stupid to live” people into that old castle. Vampire romances are still hugely popular. Editors now say they’re looking for magic themed stories rather than vamps and shifters and demons. But I think vamps will be with us for a long time to come.

My question today is: If you could have any magical power or be any supernatural being, what would you choose?

I’ve always wanted the powers of Samantha in the old TV show, “Bewitched.” I want to twitch my nose and have my whole house cleaned. Wow! Can you imagine that! I’d take it further. Whenever I wanted to change my wardrobe, I’d look at pictures of couture clothes, shoes and handbags, twitch the nose, and voila! A new wardrobe. Cool, huh?

Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to think something and make it happen? But there’d be a rule that you can’t hurt anyone. Imagine driving and some jerk cuts you off or runs a red light and almost plows into your car. Wouldn’t you love seeing the jerk’s wheels fall off his car when he pulls one of these stupid moves? And as a person with magic abilities, you could curse him that the minute he does something stupid any time while driving, the wheels would fall off his car. You could be a one-person avenger giving the jerks of the world what they deserve. But, remember, don’t hurt anyone.

I wouldn’t mind being a sexy witch, one who can mix love potions. Now that would be fun. I’d be beautiful with long black hair. Instead of a black cat, I’d have a white one, just to be different. In real life I do have a black cat named Killer. Umm? Wonder what that means? I posted her picture here showing her all pumped up for Halloween.

While I don’t read vampire stories, I do enjoy shifter stories and witch stories. One of my favorite series is the Mayfair witches from Anne Rice. Those are some darn scary witches. I plan to write my own witch romance someday, with a witch heroine who will have great powers, but she won’t be evil. However, she’ll be surrounded by evil beings.

I have a shifter story out now, “Cursed Mates.” My hero Nick was cursed to life as a werewolf in 1530. At each full moon he shifts into a great white wolf. I love real wolves and contribute to organizations committed to helping them survive. So it was only natural that I should write a shifter story about a werewolf. Have you ever wanted to transform into an animal? The only animal I’d transform into is a spoiled house cat, like my Killer.

Would you want to be a vampire? Think of all that power and immortality. Imagine drinking blood. Shivers. Or would you rather be a sexy witch who has the power to make men fall at your feet? Or a one-person avenger out to rid the world of jerks?

What supernatural being would you choose?


Tina Donahue said...

I think having Samantha's powers would be way cool. Long as the men in black from the government didn't get suspicious and start stalking me. Of course, that's another plot entirely. :)

Adele Dubois said...

I've always loved stories involving magic. I wouldn't want to be anything other than human, but would like to have powers like the fae in the Seelie court.

Good post, as usual!


Unknown said...

I'm fully in favor being anything that never ages, heals quickly and is sexy. No matter how much chocolate I eat! Guess that makes me: Vampire.
great post!

Renee Vincent said...

Me, I'd want to be a vampire. Not that I get into drinking blood. I can do without that. But I want to feel what's like to be immortal, to have an incredible sense of smell, and to hunt Mick St. John for my own pleasure. (For those of you who don't know, that would be Alex O'Loughlin in MOONLIGHT. He is one sexy vampire! Rob Pattinson, eat your heart out. haha)

Cara Marsi said...

Thank you, Tina, Adele, Liz and Renee. Interesting that some of you would like to be vampires. I understand your reasons. I'm afraid of vampires so I couldn't choose that one.

I agree Alex O'Loughlin is hot. He's one of the reasons I watch Hawaii Five-O.

Molly Daniels said...

I'll take a sexy witch with the power to snap my fingers and make things happen, or even teleport me to a warmer climate:)

Does creating extra spending money come with this power? Not an exorbinent amount; just enough to stay under the IRS's 'radar', ha ha:)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

Hi, Cara. I wish I possessed...any powers!!

Maybe make things happen when I want.

Used to want to make my kids behave.

Wish sometimes for I could make rain, lose weight, have no wrinkles. LOL

Guess I'll just stick with the superhero I married. lolol

Liana Laverentz said...

I'd choose the gift of teleportation. No long drive or flight to get to your destination, or even better, to get back home. When the trip is over, I just want to beam home. I'd be just as happy to beam between stops when I run errands. I lose so much time to simply driving around town.

jean hart stewart said...

Since most of my books involve a magic talent or two, I love other books with the same slant. I think all of us need to get out of our own realms now and then.

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Molly, Vicki, Liana, Jean.

Molly, I like the idea of power to get extra spending money. And we'd be such good witches we wouldn't be greedy.

Vicki, I'd like to twitch my nose and make wrinkles disappear. Living on the East Coast we get enough rain without magic, but I understand how you feel about rain, living in Texas.

Liana, teleportation! Yes! That's a great idea. I'd love that power.

Jean, I agree that we all need to get out of our own realms once in a while.

Sandy said...

What an interesting post. Having powers can be dangerous because we would first have to have the power to control our thoughts. If someone makes me angry and a really bad thought popped into my mind and it happened I might regret it.

Cara Marsi said...

Sandy, thanks for posting. I know that if a person has powers, it would be so easy to abuse those powers.

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