Moonday’s Paranormal Hunk: A Charming Demon

Demons are part of the religions, folklore and literature of many cultures. Going back to worldviews, demons often a part of  a culture’s concept of evil. While in the original Greek daimon referred to a supernatural being, in most cultures they were considered malevolent. Demons were sometimes viewed as fallen angels who resided in hell with the devil, doing his bidding.

Some conjurers/magicians attempted to control or capture demons through magic and incantations (as in pentagrams) , which allowed the conjurer to control the demon’s power. Of course, the demon would constantly be striving to gain its freedom–and a freed demon is a pissed demon looking for revenge. Another story associated with demons is possession. Many cultures have stories of demons who possessed individuals and had them do their evil bidding. Stories vary but a demon could be exorcised by rituals which would cast out the demon and restore the individual or at least free him/her from those evil compulsions.

A recent obsession with the paranormal in popular culture has led to a proliferation of paranormal stories. Demons are often portrayed in the media, sometimes as sympathetic. The long-lived TV program Charmed featured Cole Turner as the demon Balthazar who fought to control his demonic nature and gain the love of his witch wife. Ultimately, of course, the battle resulted in his destruction but only after some great episodes filled with conflict and romance. Check out my favorite demon, Australian model-turned-actor Julian McMahon as Cole Turner and Balthazar.

Happy Halloween.  Next week, back to our historical hunks.  BTW, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow.  This will be my third year in NaNoWri Mo.  I’m signed in as Rita Bay and would love to have buddies to share the angst of birthing a book. “Finding Eve” is the second novella in my  feline shapeshifter series, Lyons’ Tales. Into the Lyon’s Den will be published by Champagne next summer.  Rita Bay

Wetsday – By Popular Demand

One of the really nifty features on a WordPress blog is that the administrators can spy on you, the unsuspecting reader. Oh, we can’t figure out your social security number, or steal your identity, or any fun stuff like that, but we can figure out little clues about you from our statistics page.

The stats tell us how many of you visited us in a day, week, or month, and where you came from – as in twitter, facebook, or so forth, or what you googled to find us. It’s kind of fun to try to figure out what some of you were looking for based on your search terms.

But there is one overwhelming conclusion I’ve been able to draw from our Southern Sizzle Stats: there are a whole bunch of you out there pining over Julian McMahon! Consistently, week after week, the gorgeous Aussie’s name is the most common search term that brings readers to our happy shores.

And who am I to argue with you? There is plenty there to be pined over. He’s not just uber-hawt, he is supposed to be brilliant – he went to law school before turning to acting, and unlike myself, was bright enough to NOT become a lawyer. He’s all kinds of rich and well-connected, too. Were you aware that his father, Sir Billy McMahon, was the former Prime Minister of Australia? So we’re talking a hot Aussie-British actor, from a posh family, with muscles (and an Adonis Belt!) to die for. And not only that, by all accounts he’s a really great dad! If I were not totally committed to my relationship with Colin Firth, I might have to make a play for Mr. McMahon!

Anyway, like any good Aussie, our boy loves the sand and the surf, so there are plenty of lovely wet pix of him. Here’s a sample – enjoy!!!!






Badurday- September 24, 2011- Montage of Thirteen

I’m still brain dead from the work week and the writing sprints I’ve been doing each night (added 12,000 + words to the WIP this week), so I decided to just do a montage of some of the pictures I use for inspiration for the heroes in my books who all have an element of badness that needs a heroine to tame.  Here’s lucky number 13- 13 photos, that is.

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Badurday- February 12, 2010- Julian McMahon

Today’s bad boy of the week is Julian McMahon. He first came to my notice in Charmed. He was so deliciously evil as Cole/Balthasar.  And he looked awesome while he was doing it. I mean, really, who can argue with how hot he is? And the fact that he played a demon and was hot is quite poetic justice, isn’t it?  I found a great You-tube video but it didn’t want to let me post it here. Go check it out if you want:   

The funny thing about him being named Balthasar is that was one of the three wise men that followed the star to Bethlehem. I actually wrote a story with him as the hero- it’s called “Christmas on Bethlehem Star” and was published by Whortleberry Press in an anthology.

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