Friday, February 15, 2013

Shona Husk's Dark Secrets Blog Tour

by Shona Husk

Carina Press
18 February 2013

Six years ago, Haidyn Mast left his home and his betrothed Anisa to follow his magical calling. Too weak to join the Arcane Guild and too ashamed to return home, he has made a life as a prostitute--to all outward appearances. In truth, he sells his mind but not his body, using magic to let his clients experience their most secret fantasies while his hands stay clean. Even the Lawman, the arbiter of justice in Reseda, is one of his clients, but Haidyn would rather not know the extent of that man's depravity.

Though successful, Haidyn is shunned as a whore and his lack of formal training is causing his power to grow out of control. He's ready to retire and leave the city, but when he sees his Anisa standing at Lawman's side, he knows he must rescue her from the abusive enforcer. Risking his life and his sanity, he devises a plan, knowing that failure will mean death for him, and a lifetime of torment for her...

 An unusual couple by Shona Husk

Dark Secrets is one of those stories that sat around either in my mind or in various stages of writing for a long time. Some of it was because the story wasn’t quite right at the time, the rest was my own uncertainty about the hero and heroine.

I knew what Haidyn did for a living the moment he appeared in my mind his fancy red coat. He never apologized for being a prostitute and he wasn’t ashamed about it. He was using his magic to make a good life for him and his staff. But he also wanted a change. He knew he couldn’t keep going like this as the magic was slowly driving him insane.

As a hero I loved him, except for what he did. Heroes aren’t usually whores. But he was such an interesting character that I started writing his story anyway.

Then came the heroine. She’s a married woman.

Heroines aren’t married to other people in the story. They need to be available to marry the hero…and the hero was running a brothel and seeing male and female clients and tricking them into thinking they were having the best sex of their lives.

Cue me shelving the story again while I pondered what I was doing. And how I was going to get the reader cheering for an unlikely couple who really did deserve a happily ever after.
The trouble with this story was it never stayed in the back of the wardrobe where unfished stories languish. I’d hear a song and think of Haidyn longing for his lost love Anisa. I’d think of her married to a man she hated, who’d probably killed his first wife, and how she still had feelings for Haidyn even though they’d lost contact.

I needed them to find a way back to each other –despite the pile of obstacles between them.

Dark Secrets is one of those stories that I’m so happy I finished, and even happier to share. I’m so glad that Haidyn and Anisa found their HEA.

 Shona Husk Bio

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. Drawing on history and myth, she weaves new worlds and writes heroes who aren't afraid to get hurt while falling in love.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks.

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DARK SECRETS Blog Tour Schedule

02/03 - GraveTells
02/04 - I Smell Sheep

Shona is giving away an eBook of DARK VOW to one winner at Book Monster and another winner over at LITERAL ADDICTION.

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kazza16 said...

Love the sound of the new book Shona! I have your Goblin King series...*pout* but haven't read it yet!! I'll get there. Good luck with Dark Secrets, I'll be sure to order my copy!

Linda said...

Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read! =)
Happy Friday!