Welcome to Strange Candy Reviews Shona.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure to read The Goblin King, can you tell us about it?
When Eliza summons the Goblin King for help, she gets more than what she bargained for; she gets a warrior who is losing his grip on his soul. Roan was cursed two thousand years ago and damned to the Shadowlands as a goblin. But breaking the curse will take more than a kiss.
Can you describe Roan and Eliza?
Roan is a tortured hero. Wrongly cursed and trying to hold on to what’s left of his soul he is almost at the end and preparing to give up. In our world he looks like a hideous goblin a face he’d never want Eliza to see.
Eliza is the woman who reminds him what it means to be human…but she has her own battle to fight before she can be free.
There are three books planned for this series, can you give us a sneak peak?
The Goblin King is book 1 of the Shadowlands series (there is also a free prequel The Summons). Roan is the Goblin king, his brother Dai who was also cursed is the hero of book 2, Kiss of the Goblin Prince. There is a sneak peak at that book at the end of The Goblin King. Book 3, For the Love of a Goblin Warrior, is about Meryn’s struggle to regain his humanity after giving into the curse nearly two thousand years ago. Books 2 and 3 will be released in 2012.
Was there anything that really inspired you to write The Goblin King?
I love fairy tales, and The Goblin King has a few ‘Beauty and the Beast’ elements. The other major influence was my love of Roman Britain—from the Celtic point of view. Roan has little love for the Romans after growing up fighting them and then suffering under their rule.
Do you have any other planned releases this year(2011)?
I have one more release this year. Dark Vow is a western fantasy romance. It has a revenge quest, magic guns, vampiric horses and a very reluctant hero. It’s available now.
Do you have a favourite fictional hero?
So many! Between TV, film and books there are so many heroes out there. I like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Harry Dresden from the Dresden files, Dean from Supernatural, the 10th Doctor (I’ve always loved Dr Who but David Tenant has been my favourite so far) and Rhodry from the Deverry series.
Was there any visual inspiration for Roan?
As a goblin, yes. When I was looking up goblins to find out any lore I was reading the descriptions and making notes. As a man, not really. I’m not even sure where the dreadlocks came from. He just strolled into my mind with hair filled with gold and amber beads. It wasn’t until the second draft of the book that I understood the significance of the beads.
THE GOBLIN KING
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.
KISS OF THE GOBLIN PRINCE
The Man of Her Dreams
He is like a prince in a fairy tale: tall, outrageously handsome, and way too dark for her own good. Amanda has been hurt before, though. And with her daughter's illness, the last thing she needs right now is a man. But the power of Dai King is hard to resist. And when he threads his hands through her hair and pulls her in for a kiss, there is no denying it feels achingly right.
In a Land of Nightmares
After being trapped in the Shadowlands for centuries with the goblin horde a constant threat, Dai revels in his new-found freedom back in the human realm. But even with the centuries of magic he's accumulated, he still doesn't know how to heal Amanda's daughter--and it breaks his heart. Yet for the woman he loves, he'd risk anything...including a return to the Shadowlands.
FOR THE LOVE OF A GOBLIN WARRIOR (released Jan 1st 2013)
Centuries ago, Meryn was thought to be utterly lost--all traces of his soul given up to the ravening goblin horde. But with the curse that enslaved him now broken, he must once again learn to walk in the realm of men.
Nurse Nadine Gilbert likes working the night shift to avoid her disturbing dreams, but her mysterious new patient looks hauntingly familiar. Meryn knows he doesn't deserve a second chance, but Nadine brings out his long-buried human side. Telling her the truth about his violent past could destroy their fragile trust. Could she ever believe in the love of a Goblin Warrior?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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/.