The Hero I Wasn’t Expecting


This was going to be the Spanish book, the third book in my Tudor fallen angel Magick Trilogy. I knew from the start I was going to need a Spanish hero. But I happened to be watching the entire seven seasons of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer back to back while I wrote Mistress by Magick madly against a hard deadline. Before I knew it, the daredevil Spanish pirate inhabiting my imagination, smoking cigars and wreaking havoc on the Tudor Queen’s shipping, looked like Spike. As in, Buffy’s platinum-haired, leather jacket wearing, punk rock vampire hero.

He was a completely unsuitable inspiration for Don Carlos Alejandro Angelo de Zamorra—better known as Lord Calyx, the Scourge of the Spanish Main—the swashbuckling captain of the galleon Arcángel.

CARINA_0114_9781426897795_MistressMagickBut what could I do? I have to feel a sizzle when I think about my hero, or else I can’t write the sex scenes. All I could think about was Spike. With that platinum hair.

But my hero Calyx is only half-Spanish. He’s also half-human, the illicit offspring of an Archangel’s affair with a mortal woman.

The secret son of Michael, the Angel of War, proud prince of a warlike race of divine beings known as Nephilim, was always going to look a little strange for the period.

That’s how I ended up with a swashbuckling Spanish pirate who looks like Spike from Buffy. In similar fashion, I wound up with Daniel Craig as the searingly hot inspiration for Lord Beltran Nemesto, the Inquisitor hero from Magick by Moonrise who kicked off this trilogy. Whichever TV or cinematic

I must say, invoking Spike has its advantages. The Carina artistic team nailed him perfectly for the cover of Mistress by Magick. And he’s the perfect foil for sophisticated and notorious Lady Jayne Boleyn, a disgraced countess and cousin of the Tudor Queen who spies for England. On the high seas, she’ll risk everything. Even her heart. And who could blame her? Because, you know, what woman in her right mind wouldn’t fall for Spike? hottie happens to star in my torrid fantasies ends up the secret hero of a Laura Navarre romance.


Check out this gorgeous cover for Mistress by Magick and tell me what you think! I’ll give one reader who responds to this post all three books in the Magick Trilogy in your choice of e-format.

Laura Navarre


In her other life, Laura Navarre is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues. In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.

Inspired by the sinister realities of her real life, Laura writes dark Tudor romance with fallen angel heroes. A 2009 Golden Heart finalist, she has an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. Now living in the Pacific Northwest, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for U.S. government clients.

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4 thoughts on “The Hero I Wasn’t Expecting”

  1. Justine says:

    Hmm, the cover model doesn’t exactly strike me as Spike. Too much scruff maybe?

  2. Well, the cover model is also, to be fair, cut off at the head before we can actually see his platinum hair. ;)

    That said: YUM SPIKE.

  3. Well said, Angela! YUM SPIKE. Even if the model isn’t James Marsters, we can use our imaginations. :)

  4. Congrats to Angela Highland! You’ve won all three books in the Magick Trilogy. :) Please email me at LauraNavarreAuthor (at) yahoo (dot) com and let me know your choice of ebook format. Can’t wait to send these to you!

    Happy Reading,
    Laura Navarre

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