15 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 10 Joanne Brothwell

OMG Day 10 of the 15 Days of Christmas Giveaways is here! That means there’s 6 Days left till Christmas and 5 Days left in my Giveaway fun L

But enough whining about how I am sooo not ready for Christmas, have a mountain of things to wrap and tons of shopping left to do…. Yeah, Christmas? It’s not ready to happen at my house!

Alright, today I am welcoming to the blog fellow Crescent Moon Press Author, Joanne Brothwell. Now, she’s no stranger to the blog, she’s stopped by before, but I’ve managed to get a guest post out of her this time!

On top of a guest post from Joanne we’ll have to talk about her fabulous book(s) and the prize she’s going to giveaway.

 The super awesome prize of the Day:
1 E-copy of Stealing Breath
 The task you have to complete to enter?
Become a fan of Joanne of Facebook


Let me introduce to you Stealing Breath!


Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparentcreature known to the Navajo as a Skinwalker. Using mysterious abilities,Sarah escapes, only to run directly into Evan Valente, a handsome,charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But why is Evan out inthe forest so early in the morning?

 Sarah learns her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child, an evolved humanwith the ability to feel the emotions of others; unfortunately, her indigo aura is highly desirable to not only Skinwalkers, but others who wish to steal her powerful essence.

 Soon, Sarah falls deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart, but she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, forcing her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

 Now, on with the guest post!!

 Top Ten Mythical Creatures and Why

Ooh, I just love this topic! Mythical creatures have scared and fascinated me my whole life and judging by the books I read (Anne Rice, Cassandra Clare) and the television shows I watch (The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural), I just can’t get enough of them!

I’ve chosen a few creatures from my own mythology, because the fascination was so strong for me I ended up being so preoccupied that eventually stories began to unfold inside my head. So, without further ado, here is my list of my favourite creepy-crawlies:

In the Navajo culture, the Skinwalker is an evil shaman with supernatural powers, practitioners of ‘Bad Medicine’ or dark magic; men or women who have earned the highest level of priesthood. Once a person has locked eyes with the glowing yellow eyes of the Skinwalker, the creature can absorb into them and take full possession of their body. The victim loses all control over their own behaviour, yet remains completely aware and conscious of the possession and all of the terrible actions of the Skinwalker within them.


Skinwalkers. Even the name sounds freaky? My preoccupation with this creature began with a true story I was told by a friend, a very spooky story of her personal experience with a Skinwalker. Curious about the story? You can check it out, here.
If you want to read more about Skinwalkers, check out my novel, Stealing Breath.


The Malandanti (Bad Walkers) were a cult between the 16th and 17th centuries in the Northern Italian area of Friuli. They were the opposite of the Benandanti (Good Walkers), who claimed their witchcraft was used only to ensure good crops. The Malandanti made no such claim.
True Malandanti are born, not made. In Malandanti newborns, the caul (sometimes referred to as “the veil”), or amniotic sac, remains through the birthing process. The amniotic sac is considered sacred, and the infant is known to possess supernatural abilities. Like the Skinwalker, Malandanti are able to take over the body of their chosen victim.

During the Inquisition, these spirit travels were compared to the witches' Sabbath, leading to the eventual extinction of the Benandanti cult. Between 1575 and 1675 the Benandanti were tried as heretics under the Roman Inquisition. There is no historical reference to be found as to whether the Malandanti were extinguished alongside the Benandanti.


The Malandanti fascinates me to no end. Did they die off like the Benandanti? If they didn’t, do they still exist, performing evil deeds, unbeknownst to the world? Of course the Malandanti made it into my novel as well!

Indigo Child

The “Indigo Children” is a New Age concept, but in my book, Stealing Breath, they have their very own mythology, some based on the New Age concepts, some not.

Indigo is the colour of the aura, an obvious manifestation of their healing status. This is their uncanny sensitivity, the basis for their healing trait. They are exceptionally attractive, with startling indigo coloured eyes.

The hallmark skill of the Indigo Child is empathy, and most Indigo’s are able to intuitively know what others think and feel. As a result, they are also highly attuned to any attempts at deception.
The ability to feel the emotions of others in a very real, visceral way.
Indigo Children are the manifestation of a higher level of human evolution. The indigo hue to the aura is representative of the Indigo chakra, the “Ajna” or “third eye” at the center of the forehead. The third eye is associated with creativity, insight, intuition and paranormal abilities, including being able to see spirits, ghosts and even angels.

Because. I want to be an Indigo Child!

Sapphire Child

Little is known of the Sapphire Child at this point other than its association with the
“Vishuddha” chakra. This “throat chakra” is known as the purification centre. Sapphire Children are the manifestation of a higher level of human evolution, associated with enhanced discrimination, communication and self-expression. When a Sapphire Child is connected to their Indigo Child soul mate, it is said they are able to channel telekinesis.

I love the idea of evolved humans, those who walk among us but are spiritually advanced.


Former humans, these undead monsters have been infected with a disease that requires they drink blood to stay animated. They have supernatural abilities, and, depending on the lore, may sparkle in the sunlight!

Vamps have long been an obsession of mine. I recall watching a television shows about vampires when I was six years old! The idea of being infected with a disease that turns a human into a preternatural monster inspires my creativity. I love the idea of an undead man, living a wretched existence for hundreds of years who stumbles upon his true love, only to realize he can’t stop thinking about her blood and how good it would feel to drink it. Now, he must face the ultimate choice: muster up the inner resolve to fight off his animalistic instincts, or give in and lose his only reason for existing. What can be more sexy than that?

Freaky. I’ve always been terrified of ghosts and I still am. That is all.

Half demon, half human, these supernatural offspring are angelically beautiful, are seductive and very persuasive. They possess formidable powers such as vanquishing heavenly creatures, modifying reality, moving objects with their minds, and teleportation.

Gorgeous half demons with formidable powers? Ooh, my mind is already spinning the tales…


Half angel, half human, Nephilium are giants who, depending on the lore cited, have various supernatural powers. My own personal favourite, is the lore created by Cassandra Clare, where the Nephilium are a race made by angels, known as “Shadowhunters” to fight demons and protect the human race.

Half angel, half human with superhuman strength. The perfect mythical creature!


Seraphim are mysterious angelic guardians, the word translating as “burning ones”. They are often associated with serpents, and the belief is that the “burning” refers to the venom. The Seraphim are of the highest rank of Christian angelic hierarchy.

A heavenly creature associated with burning and a venomous snake! Just wait, these freaky angels are sure to be in a future novel of mine!


In Greek mythology, Furies were known as the "the angry ones", and in Roman mythology, they were female deities of revenge. They represent the power of creation and regeneration which both creates and consumes. Their purpose: to punish.

Who doesn’t like a badass female diety whose sole purpose is to exact vengeance upon wrongdoers?

Thank you so much for having me here today, to share my geeky fascination with mythical creatures!

Can’t get enough of Joanne Brothwell? Well, I’m pleased to say that you can find her and her books by clicking any of the below linkys!
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5 Response to "15 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 10 Joanne Brothwell"

  1. JeffO Says:

    "Skinwalker" - even the name sounds creepy. Very interesting post, Joanne, thanks for sharing!

  2. Mary Preston Says:

    Mythical creatures are fascinating . Thank you.

  3. Joanne Brothwell Says:

    I agree, Jeff!

  4. Joanne Brothwell Says:

    Hi Mary, I find them fascinating as well.

  5. Joanne Brothwell Says:

    Thank you for having me here today, Avery!