I used the lore as a jumping point as the myths we have are old, hundreds of years old. So my world of Annwyn is more like a where are they now, than a retelling o the myths. Arwan the old hunter was removed long ago, Gwyn is no longer king (his son is).
The other thing I like to do with paranormal romance is to tie it to our world. So all those plagues through out human history...yeah the fairies caused them. This did lead to an awkward moment when To Love a King was released as I had written in an out break of Ebola (I had written and turned in the book 18m before release date...), of course Ebola was hitting the headlines.
The Darkling Lord is out next week, and I promise there is no more plagues :)
If you haven't checked out the Court of Annwyn Series The Darkling Lord is a good place to start as it is the first book in a new story arc, Court of the Banished. This time instead of looking at the trouble in Annwyn I'm firmly in out world and we get to see how the banished fairies, or Greys, live.
The heroine is an Annwyn spy (you might remember her from Lord of the Hunt and that nasty business about being a shadow servant for a year and a day). She really wants to get home and doesn't like the mortal world.
The hero is a darkling, he has no soul of his own so he has to take one every year on his birthday or die.
At the same time our world is trying to recover from the above mentioned plagues. What I love about this story (and all my fairy stories) is the scheming and game playing. Nothing with a fairy is ever simple.
Do you have a favourite fairy myth or tale?
~~~A darkling with a lust for power…
Henry Saint shouldn’t exist. Every year on his birthday, he kills someone and takes their soul so that he may live another year. He is a darkling, not fairy… but not human either. Yet he is bound by the laws of both worlds. With a new King on the throne of Annwyn and the mortal world trying to rebuild after plagues killed so many, Henry seizes the opportunity to carve out a place of his own. He wants Detroit.
A spy without a soul…
Darah was Felan’s spy before he became King of Annwyn. Now he has one last mission for her. He wants her to join the darkling’s Court and discover what Henry’s endgame is. No one trusts the Banished when they gather in great numbers. As Darah gets drawn into Henry’s world she realizes he can give her the one thing she could never find in Annwyn—love. But is love worth betraying her King?
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~~~SHONA HUSK is the author of the Shadowlands Series and the Court of Annwyn Series. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at www.shonahusk.com or follow her on Twitter @ShonaHusk, Facebook www.facebook.com/shonahusk or join her newsletter: http://mad.ly/signups/119074/join