Wow, this month has flown by! Today’s the last day of the Sentinels blog tour, and your last two chances to enter for the tour prizes. I’m over at BK Walker’s Immortality and Beyond, doing an interview and telling yet another secret on myself (not a good one, an itchy one). You can also enter at Let’s Get Booked, where there’s a review of ELYSIAN FIELDS up today.
Please join me in welcoming author Shona Husk to Preternatura today. Shona is stopping by to share the excitement of the upcoming release of her latest book, The Changeling Soldier. The Changeling Soldier will be published on June 3 and is installment #2.5 in Shona’s Court of Annwyn series.
Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance. You can learn more about Shona by visiting her website, on Facebook and by following her to Twitter.
ABOUT THE CHANGELING SOLDIER: Her time in the mortal world is running out…After fleeing Annwyn three centuries ago, Ella built a life in the mortal world making gowns for European royalty and playing in mortal intrigues. Now those Courts are long gone, and she dresses Hollywood starlets. Mortals come and go, and she is always alone. She longs for the home she left behind. He has been dreaming of the coming battle all his life…Isaac Norton is a returned soldier. Now home, he is restless, and his reoccurring dream is becoming more frequent: he is fighting in a snow covered field stained with blue blood. When he sees Ella, he knows she isn’t human. And she knows what he is: a changeling. Ella can give Isaac the answers he needs, but there will be a price to pay. His soul.
And now, let’s hear from Shona…
Thanks for hosting me today, Suzanne!
What makes a fairy?
By Shona Husk
Like most mythological creatures there’s plenty of lore to pick from. There is fairy lore from all around the world and all kinds of weird thing to discover, however not all would make good romance heroes or heroines so I focused on those pieces of lore that I thought I could use.
Annwyn as part of the afterlife.
A fairy court.
Trickery and a love of gambling and deals.
The taking of mortal lovers.
Using those ideas I created my Annywn. I knew I wanted my fairies to be the dangerous kind that is mentioned in the older tales. Not sinister or evil, but other. They live in a different world and have different rules and ethics so it is inevitable that their morals would clash with ours. They need human lovers because that is the only way they can have children, of course that child has to be born in Annwyn to be fairy.
For me Annwyn is a dangerous place full of schemes and trickery and fairies vying for power, but it is also a place of beauty and magic. The fairies are gorgeous and they will hold you to your word as oath breaking is very serious. They see love as a weakness and sex as just another thing to be traded. They are a lot of fun to write because of their differences from us.
In romance those differences have to be overcome. In The Changeling Soldier the hero is a changeling (which in my world is a fairy born in our world instead of Annwyn) and the heroine is a fairy who has been living in the mortal world for a couple of centuries. Like the hero of The Outcast Prince (who was also a changeling) Isaac has to work out where he belongs and what it means to be human vs fairy. Is one better than the other, or is it simply different?
Paranormal romance is a way to explore what it means to be human and mortal because the fragility of human life can be compared to the non-humans. Are vampires or shape shifters or fairies less deserving of love because they aren’t human? I don’t think so and I think every paranormal romance is a quest for acceptance and being loved for who you are not what you are which is a great life lesson.
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Thanks, Shona. I couldn’t agree more. Acceptance and being loved for who you are is what paranormal romance is all about. So what do you think? If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a copy of The Changeling Soldier (your choice, print or ebook), then leave a comment.