Monday, November 26, 2012

This Week's Word - KITSUNE - Stop By!

In Japanese folklore the Kitsune is an intelligent and magical being. It is a Japanese fox. It is noted for having as many as nine tails.The exact number of tails it has reflects its age, power and wisdom. When it gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes white or gold.

There are two common classifications of Kitsune: The Zenko (literally good foxes) are benevolent, celestial foxes associated with the Shinto Kami or spirit god Inari; they are sometimes simply called Inari foxes. On the other hand, the Yako (literally field foxes, also called nogitsune) tend to be mischievous or even malicious.

A Kitsune may take human form when it reaches a certain age, usually 100 years. It prefers to assume the shape of a beautiful woman, young girl, or elderly man. It has the ability to clone the appearance of an individual. It can willingly manifest itself in people’s dreams and create illusions so elaborate that they are perceived as reality. The Kitsune can fly, become invisible, and often times generate fire or lightning. In some regions of the world the creature can bend time, space, and drive people mad. 

If you write or read fantasy or paranormal, you might come across the mischief nature of a KITSUNE -- or any number of paranormal creatures. I love writing about supernatural characters. One of my novels, in particular, comes to mind when I think of mystic creatures haunting the pages.

DUST AND MOONLIGHT: Wild boars, shapeshifters, wizards, magicians, spotted leopards and witches (the good kind). 

About Dust and Moonlight: (A time-travel set in mystic Scotland)

Balion, Prince of Locke Cress, waited a long time for the forest nymph with lavender eyes to come to him. The dreams told him it was just a matter of time, but he didn’t know he’d lose his heart to the strange creature from another world.

After the serial killer attacks Kira, she awakens in a strange land. Now, she's running for her life from wild boars, wizards, and sorcerers, not to mention a Prince that makes her body melt in all the wrong places. Facing extraordinary circumstances as the evil plots unfold, Kira fights for her life, and for a love that neither time nor distance can ever dispel from her soul.

(Full-length novel)

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