When vampire and werewolf romances grew popular enough to merit their own category, I don’t think anyone was that surprised. It doesn’t take a PhD in psychology to understand Freud’s take on a vampire’s biting or a werewolf’s animal magnetism. So why then have other mythical creatures been slow to catch on?
Dragons are heating up the genre, gods have that omnipotent seduction, but you don’t see a lot of Jinns, only a few fairies, and almost never a leprechaun! I figured, with those legendary pots of gold, everyone would know about them. But my friends all said, “too short!” and my students were concerned about homicidal maniacs. No one was quite certain what they’d read or where.
According to Irish etymology, leprechaun means ‘sons of Lugh’ or the Celtic god associated with commerce and war, a great warrior who defeated a Cyclops with magic and a mighty spear. Since armies and traders both travel by foot, it’s easy to see how the idea of leprechauns grew from soldier to shoemaker.
But, if leprechauns are actually closer to Marines, then why the stories of little green men? Seems a pretty radical departure, so you have to wonder what are they trying to hide? They’re known for their tricks. Like Coyote of the Plains Indians or Kokopelli of the Pueblo Indians, they play games to fool you with your own greed.
Trying to protect that gold is one good explanation. So how much gold are we talking here? Megan O’Malley wasn’t expecting a financial windfall when she gave in to drunken temptation and pinched a cute guy’s ass at her cousin’s wedding. Who’d have thought a perfectly normal guy—okay, a bit short—was a leprechaun or that he’d have such a bad attitude about giving away his money? Now that she’s captured him, Megan may be five million dollars richer, but she’s also got an angry leprechaun camped out on her sofa, doing his best to prevent her from becoming the business mogul of her dreams!
Fergus O’Reilly has money issues of his own. He was working hard to rebuild his family’s honor when he took one small break to help friends play a wedding. Then some drunken lady pinched his ass, the Fairy Queen declared him caught, and now he’s broke, homeless, and hustling to stop the lovely lady with the wandering fingers from spending his money! This would be so much easier if she wasn’t cute and caring and determined to help with his so-called money addiction!
Now, am I nervous about outing a race of warriors on a mission to protect a fabulous treasure? Yes, but I have a plan. Turns out the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean has the largest St. Patrick’s Day festival in the world. I’m going to hide out in plain sight for the week until the fuss blows over. If you see me calypso by on the TV, don’t say anything. Just tell your friends, “Oh it’s this story. A funny little modern day leprechaun love story.” Then let them draw their own conclusions!
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Kathy Bryson Bio:
Kathy Bryson knew she wanted to be a writer by age 12, when she finished reading through her school and local children’s libraries. She earned a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Mass Communications and spend 20 years honing her writing skills on marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts. After getting another Master’s, this time in Humanities, she went into teaching and took advantage of a more flexible schedule to finish a book with all the stuff she enjoys most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare! Kathy lives in Florida where she caters to the whims of two spoiled cats and wonders what possessed her to put in 75 feet of flower beds.