Hi everyone, today Shona Husk is here to talk about her new release. (Isn’t that a sexy cover? Yum!)
As much I love dark stories and darker heroes, there has to be moments when the light shines. For me this often comes from the heroine. She is there to show the hero hope and how things could be. This doesn’t mean her life is perfect; she has her own battles to fight. But when they are together there’s a little bit of magic where they believe that even the greatest odds can be overcome.
In THE GOBLIN KING I went one step further. I created a world that was the opposite of the Shadowlands. So while goblins and nightmares lived in the Shadowlands, the Summerland was perfect. It was sunlight and summer. Blue skies and butterflies. It was a chance for Roan and Eliza to meet on neutral ground away from the dangers they both faced in their lives.
The compulsion to go to Eliza left his body in peace as he arrived in a grassy field. Trees swept around three sides, a river on the other. The landscape was so familiar, yet so alien, like the Shadowlands had been colored in using the bright palette of a child. He inhaled the summer air, sweet with fresh grass. Then he closed his eyes for a moment and tried to remember when the world had been so pure. He couldn’t.
This wasn’t the Fixed Realm. It was too perfect, as if all the best bits had
been brought together in one place.
On his back the sun was warm, and his skin didn’t burn the way it would in the Fixed Realm. But the heat didn’t reach his cold metal core. He opened his eyes and lifted his hand, examining his flesh by daylight for the first time in too long. He was human in appearance. Roan lifted his face to the sun. A simple pleasure he’d almost forgotten. Beads chimed as the breeze caressed his hair. It was too good to be real.
And it wasn’t.
This was the Summerland. Eliza had called him into her dream. She’d tried many times when she was younger and he’d been able to ignore the requests. Now he couldn’t. Now she fully believed in his existence and her visit to the Shadowlands had strengthened their connection.
This was the place he had brought her so she wouldn’t have to look on his goblin body. It was where he’d given her the bead, and where she’d looked at him with something other than fear. It was where he could pretend to be human.
The calf-high grass rippled and shied away from him as he walked toward Eliza, who was clad in a filmy nightgown. The sky was perfect summer blue and the sun shone brilliantly. Butterflies cavorted among the wildflowers of the field, only he noticed the gray clouds gathering on the horizon. He swallowed, not wanting her dream to end, but knowing he was already destroying it by being here.
“Eliza.” Her name sounded like a prayer on his lips. He wasn’t hiding in the shadows and skulking through nightmares. He was safe and he was human. And he was with Eliza. She had called him and for the moment his soul was intact. The few delicate threads that tied it to his body held.
She turned and her pink lips parted like a blossoming flower inviting a taste. “I was thinking of you.” She cocked her head and frowned, eclipsing the joy his presence had caused. “Are you real or a dream?”
Roan took her hand, drawing her to him. “Real.”
He should know better, but he couldn’t resist holding her again. “You called to me in your dream, and I couldn’t refuse.” That sounded better than saying he was too weak to resist her.
THE GOBLIN KING BY SHONA HUSK – IN STORES OCTOBER 2011
Once Upon a Time…
A man was cursed to the Shadowlands, his heart replaced with a cold lump of gold. In legends, he became known as… The Goblin King.
For a favored few he will grant a wish. Yet, desperately clinging to his waning human soul, his one own desire remains unfulfilled… A Willing Queen.
But who would consent to move from the modern-day world into the realm of nightmares? No matter how intoxicating his touch, no matter how deep his valor, loving him is dangerous. And the one woman who might dare to try could also destroy forever his chance at a … Happily Ever After.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Debut author Shona Husk is a civil designer by day and an author by night. She lives in Western Australia and through history, myth and imagination she creates heroes that are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold-sometimes literally. For more information on Shona and The Goblin King, and where to download the FREE prequel, The Summons, please visit: http://www.shonahusk.com/.