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I've joined the A-Z blog challenge that runs the entire month of April (except for Sundays). Each day I must post "something" on my chosen theme: Creatures of Paranormal Fiction*. I hope you'll enjoy following along and that you'll enter your suggestions for other creatures in the comments! 
There will be a few regular posts this month, but you'll always be able to find the Creatures blogs
by looking for the blue challenge badges or clicking on Blog hops in the sidebar.

*Every website has its own theme, so click on the blue letter badge to go to the main blog site for a list of participants.

Creatures of Paranormal Fiction

A is for Angels.
Angels are spiritual beings created in heaven as agents or messengers of God. In contemporary fiction, there is an entire sub-genre of  paranormal romance devoted to these winged creatures. Of course the most fascinating are the fallen angels with human-like flaws. Even the greatest hero or heroine has to have a touch of bad boy or bad girl to keep us reading. :)
If you haven't tried this genre, you'll find titles by dozens of authors, including
Meljean Brooks and Nalini Singh. Check out this list:
A is also for Alpha, a very important character trait in most paranormal fiction. The genre abounds with alpha males and females. Whether its angels or vampires or shifters or ghosts, we love and immediately recognize alpha characters. But just what does alpha mean? 
Technically, it's the first letter in the Greek alphabet and has a numerical value of 1. Maybe its prominent position is why it has come to symbolize the best, the strongest and most dominant, the natural leader, the preferred mate. But strength and courage alone are not enough without a softer side that demands and gives total loyalty.
One website has attempted to list the 25 traits of an alpha male. I'm not sure I agree with all of them, but see what you think.

BTW,  A is also for Arianna and Andreas, the main characters in my Guardian Witch urban fantasy series. They are both alphas but definitely not angels. :)



04/01/2015 4:30am

Interesting! While I knew alpha began the Greek alphabet, I didn't know the numerical value of 1.
Thank you for the suggestions on books about angels.
I might also suggest Meredith Pierce's Dark Angel series.

It's more than a Very good thing that A is for Arianna and Andreas!!

04/01/2015 7:50am

Hi there!

I’m stopping by during the A to Z Challenge. I enjoyed this post and hope you get the chance to check out my blog sometime during this month. I’m a children’s book author and I’m reviewing different books. Good luck with the challenge!

Take care,

Donna L Martin

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