Creature Feature with Rosanna Leo

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Welcome to our brand spanking new
 "Creature Feature"
 each week we will have an author on here talking to us about their spin on a paranormal "creature" from their books.

Today's Guest of Honor is 
Rosanna Leo
Hope you Enjoy!

  • What is your Creature?
 A selkie, a seal shape shifter from Scottish/Irish mythology. In that part of the world, people call generic seals “selkies” or “silkies.” However, the term is also used to refer to this mythological being who is sometimes a seal, and sometimes a human. When a selkie sheds his seal pelt, he can walk on land as a human.
     Selkies are sexual genies. They say that if a mortal woman is unsatisfied with her love life, she need only cry 7 tears into the sea to call an immortal selkie man. He will love her as no mortal man can. If one discovers a discarded selkie pelt, the selkie is obliged by magic to pleasure the finder of the pelt. However a selkie will always want to return to his beloved sea. If he finds his pelt, he will leave his human lover for the dark waves. There are countless tales of selkies who have left behind whole families after finding the pelts their human lovers thought they hid so well.

  • Name? 
Calan of Kirkwall, otherwise known to humans as Calan Kirk.

  • Is your creature from a specific part of the world? 
Yes, selkie lore is well-known in the Scottish Orkney islands and Ireland as well. Selkies tend to live near the cold seas of this regions.

  • Physical Description? 
Well, really a selkie has two descriptions. He or she can appear as a regular seal, or as a man or woman. In human form, selkies are generally considered quite beautiful, often with long dark hair and dark eyes. There is often a faint shimmer about their skin, as if they were bathed in moonlight. They are tempting creatures, stunning enough that mortal men or women are completely in their thrall. I have made my male selkie Calan quite buff, with long dark hair and brown eyes. He has a cheeky grin, to go along with his sense of humor, and is very well-endowed so that he can fulfill his function.

  • What book or series does this creature appear in?  
The Selkie

  • What is the history of this creature? how where they created, where do they come from?
 In my book, selkies have parents and very long lives. They are virtually immortal. Calan is 575 years old and has seen a lot of history, and has been compelled to pleasure many a woman. However, he has a love/hate feeling about his role. He hates feeling trapped, but enjoys women immensely.

  • What are their strengths? 
Selkies are stronger than humans. They are fantastic swimmers, of course. They are known to have power over the weather, and an ability to cause storms. In my book, Calan's ability to control the weather is connected to his emotions. If he is angry, the skies grow dark and lightning flashes. Calan, because he is part animal, also has great instincts. To a human, it appears he can read minds. He can communicate with his family in dreams, and has seen his heroine Maggie in dreams long before meeting her in the flesh.

  • What are their weaknesses?
 Well, it's not quite a weakness, but selkies have insatiable appetites. They just don't need to worry about growing heavy! Calan cannot handle seeing a woman cry; it breaks his heart. He hates when he has to leave a woman, but knows he's not meant to stay with one for long. And if he loses his pelt and is badly injured, he can die. If his pelt is restored to him, he will live. The pelt has healing powers for a selkie.

  • How long can they live?
 Very long! Selkies are basically immortal. As long as they don't lose those pelts and get into too much trouble, they'll be fine.

  • What do they need to survive?
 They eat and drink as humans do. For the most part, the only thing a selkie truly needs is the sea. If they spend too much time on land, they grow very lonely for the sea. It has a magnetic pull on them, and they can't be away for long. There are legends of selkies who remained with mortal lovers for years, and they were, no doubt, pining for their beloved sea.

  • If they shift shape tell us how and why?
 They need only put on their seal pelt or take it off to create the change. As for why, it depends on their moods. If a selkie wishes to remain on land for a time, he can do so. It's totally up to him.

  • Are they made or born? 
They are born. In my novel The Selkie, Calan has parents, Alun and Fae. His parents are both selkies as well. A selkie can mate with a human and have children that appear human. In my book, I've taken a little liberty with the old legend. I've made it so that a selkie can mate with a mortal in the sea, thereby turning that mortal into a selkie as well. They can then have selkie children, or pups. The babies will appear as seals for a time and will need to remain in the sea with the parents.


This was supposed to be her year. However, after losing her job and discovering her fiancé cheating, Maggie Collins has her doubts. When her grandmother dies, she hits rock bottom. Maggie travels to her grandmother's home in Orkney, Scotland to sort through her gran's things, only to discover the old woman has left her a seal pelt as her inheritance. She also learns that others are after the pelt.
To add to her frustration, Maggie's dreams are filled with luscious images of a long-haired man, images that draw her to the magical beaches in Orkney. Although she's lost her trust in men, this dream man inspires her with a lust she's never known before.
Calan Kirk has also been dreaming. Dreaming of Maggie, the mortal woman who arouses him as no other woman ever has. Meeting her in the flesh when she arrives in Orkney is nothing short of spontaneous sexual combustion. But she is a human, and not to be trusted. He needs the seal pelt, not a red-haired temptress.
As a thief ransacks Maggie's grandmother's house, Maggie and Calan are thrust together. They must search for the animal skin, a mythical relic which once found, will either bring them together or rip them apart forever.

She was attempting to stand on her wobbly legs, only to fall back down on her bottom, when she heard the sound of splashing water. Thinking it was her seal, Maggie turned to look.
Her breath caught in her throat. It wasn't the animal at all.
It was a man. He was rising out of the waves, walking toward her. She froze. He was nude, utterly nude, and was staring at her with overflowing intimacy. As if they'd had, God help her, relations.
And she realized, with sudden panic, they'd had! In her dreams. He was the seal-man from all her sex dreams.
No. Impossible.
Her first instinct was to call for help, but there was no one near. And then she realized with frightening awareness that she didn't want any help anyway. Glued to her spot, she couldn't help but drink him in.
He was beautiful, if unnervingly wet and naked. He had long, shiny, brown hair that hung down past his shoulders. His face could have belonged on an ad for expensive cologne, and he had a body to match. Sculpted shoulders gave way to arms corded in muscle. His defined chest was blanketed by a smattering of sparse, brown hair that led tantalizingly to his rock-hard abs.
Maggie held her breath as her gaze traveled lower on his body, taking in trim calves and thighs a quarterback would envy. And, she noted with simultaneous hunger and horror, his penis was the biggest she'd ever had the pleasure of seeing. It was thick and long and glistening with the droplets of water that yet cascaded over his body. And it seemed to be reaching for her. She gulped, and forced herself to look back up at his face.
There was a faint glow about his skin, a shimmery aura. Dismissing it as a trick of the moonlight, she shook her head.
He was almost upon her, and his full lips were taut in a teasing grin. Maybe he was a surfer who'd lost not only his board, but his shorts in the waves. She knew she should be frantic, but wasn't. There was something in his brown eyes that was so familiar, so soothing, even as they swept over her own body with lustful appreciation.
He stopped in front of her, and stood boldly, unashamed of his glorious nakedness. She managed to spit out one hushed word. “You.”
“You,” was his equally awed reply.

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Thanks so much Rosanna for joining us today 
and telling us more about your characters!


  1. Loved this book and Calan Kirk is seriously Hot! I loved him and Maggie!

    1. Thanks so much Suzi!! I really appreciate that. Hugs!

  2. Thanks very much to the Ambers of Awesomesauce for hosting me and my selkie today! Merry Xmas!

  3. really enjoyed the interview, loved the excerpt. sounds like a real good read, definitely 1 for my TBR list. all the best

    1. Thanks so much, Julie! I'm thrilled to be on your TBR list!

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    1. Hi Melissa. I am so happy you stopped by. Thank you!


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