I’d like to introduce an amazing author, Theresa Meyers, who’s conducting an interview with a fae Prince!
Today I thought it might be entertaining for us to sit down for a moment with Rook Blackwood, the fae Prince of Shadows in my new book SHADOWLANDER out from Entangled Publishing.
TM: Rook, you’re part of the royal House of Shadows, in Shadowland. Are you the only prince or princess?
RB: Only the eldest is crowned, rather like how you Uplanders label the eldest daughter of your British Queen a Princess Royal. There are half-sisters and brothers within the court, but I am the only one from both the crowned King and Queen of Shadows.
TM: Does that mean the Shadow Court freely accepts whatever children there are from the King and Queen?
RB: Solitary mates, called soleen, are an anomaly in our society, rather than the rule. In the rare case that a soleen is chosen, it’s considered a very magickal bond, not taken lightly as their powers intermingle.
TM: Does that include Uplanders too?
RB: *narrows gaze* Why do you ask?
TM: I’m just wondering in the case of Catherine O’Connell, the Seer you just accepted in the Shadow Court, how that might work out for her.
RB: Seers are of the highest caste in our society, the Makcay.
TM: Wait, back that semi up. Are you telling me you have castes in your society, like actual separation between groups?
RB: *shrugs* It’s easy enough to see why. All one must do is look at the various fae and you can see how they fall into different castes. The Makcay and the Ragnor castes are the only ones where the fae look remotely like Uplanders, and therefore more easily mingle among you undetected if they don a glamour. I have no doubt that should an Vaquin cross your path in Upland, you’d consider him or her an alien of some kind with their large heads and eyes and long slim limbs, whereas you’d likely ignore the Illith caste face completely, mistaking them for some woodland creature or cursing them as some demon.
TM: I understand all the fae aren’t alike, but can’t you all just get along and be equal?
RB: *shakes his head* We do get along, but getting along and being equal aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. The castes function quite well in keeping peace, rule and order in our society. In fact, we don’t have nearly the civil unrest as you do among your own kind. Everyone knows his or her place.
TM: But haven’t you ever longed to be something different?
RB: *frowns* Wanting something doesn’t make it so.
TM: How long have you wanted Catherine O’Connell?
RB: Fourteen years.
TM: So what are you going to do about it?
RB: Do? There is nothing to do. It is her choice. She can accept me or not, but no one forces the decision of a Makcay caste fae, which is where Seers are placed.
TM: Not even a prince?
RB: Not even a prince.
TM: So she’s got a lot more power than she even realizes, doesn’t she?
RB: *looks away* Yes.
TM: What’s the hardest part of traveling between our worlds?
RB: The portals can get busy at certain times of the year, then you have to wait in line.
TM: *smiles* Hey, we have more in common than I realized!
RB: I suppose.
TM: I can tell you’re worried about her. Why?
RB: She has no idea what’s coming, or how bad things will get before it’s all over, but I’m hoping she’ll stay around long enough to find out.
TM: If I know Cate, she will, you just watch and see.
Ms. Meyers has graciously agreed to give an ecopy of SHADOWLANDER to one lucky reader. (Contest runs now thru 11/4; winner to be announced as an update to this post on 11/5.) Simply leave a comment to enter!
Four sisters, three rules to live by, one big problem.
O’Connell Family Rule #1: Don’t let the Fae know you see them.
O’Connell Family Rule #2: Don’t talk to the Fae.
O’Connell Family Rule #3: Never, ever follow them.
Most people only believe what they can see. Gifted with the ability to see the deep, dark fae of Shadowland, Catherine Rowan Mary O’Connell would prefer not to. When the fae abduct her friend Maya, Cate breaks the sacred O’Connell Family Rules and sets a trap for the handsome fae who haunts her every step.
Rook, High Court Advisor to the Shadow King, has been following Cate since she was sixteen. When Cate reveals herself as one of the fabled “Seers”, Rook is stunned—she is one of the few that can permanently open the gates between their worlds. If he turns her over to the Shadow King, his court will rule the human realm.
Cate knows she has precious little time to find Maya. By midnight, the glamour of Mid-Summer’s Eve will fade, leaving her trapped forever in the Shadowland, but Maya’s abductor won’t give up the woman he’s mesmerized easily.
The midnight hour is almost at hand. Cate must choose: her freedom or her destiny.
About the Author:
Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer’s Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993. In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books.
She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car. They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, three cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini‐Aussie shepherd puppy, several rabbits, a dozen chickens
and an out‐of‐control herb garden.
You can find her online on Twitter, Facebook, at her website or blogging with the other Lolitas of STEAMED!