Guest Author & Giveaway: Shona Husk featuring Kiss of the Goblin Prince

Thursday, April 26

You all know I don't read much paranormal romance.  I'm burned out, and I never even really got into it like a lot of romance readers are.  I guess it's just not my thing....that is unless you are talking about Shona Husk's Shadowland series.   It's an exceptional exception.

I read the first book in the series, The Goblin King, last year and absolutely loved it!  I loved it so much that I included it into my list of Favorite Reads of 2011.  Needless to say, I've been impatiently waiting for the second book, Kiss of the Goblin Prince, ever since :)

My wait is almost over, and to make it even better Shona Husk is my guest today to share her tortured Prince of a hero with us, with an added bonus of an exclusive excerpt.  Enjoy!


Letting go of the past

Everyone makes mistakes that come back and haunt them latter. But what if that mistake happened thousands of years ago? The idea that past lives could leave an imprint on the present life is a concept that I was introduced to as a child by Katherine Kerr in her Deverry series (I love those books). Many religions also have a similar belief and it’s something that I find very interesting. When writing the Shadowlands series it seemed natural to include this belief and to see what effect the curse would have on those who survived and those that didn’t.

The heroes of the Shadowlands series are cursed Celts, and their lives can be broken into three distinct phases: before the curse, the nearly two thousand years spent cursed and after the curse. Not all of the cursed men survived, those that died have lived other lives since the curse unaware of their past but still feeling the effects. For those that did survive they have to live with the knowledge of everything they’ve done to survive.

When I introduced Dai as a character in The Goblin King I knew he had a dark secret and I knew in his book it would come back, not to bite him, but for him to fix. He gets the chance that many would love to have, to make amends and put things right.

But coming to grips and confronting the things that happened centuries ago is never easy. He carries the weight of Roman slavery and then the goblin curse, both of which have left their mark physically and mentally. He has grown used to holding onto the hate of his Roman master.

As a hero Dai is damaged and yet he has qualities that resonate as heroic: he’s knowledgeable, honorable and will do anything to protect his family—even if that means returning to the Shadowlands and risking death.

It’s through his relationship with Amanda that he finds the courage to start shedding the past. And while he can save himself and Amanda from a bitter and lonely future, he can’t save everyone and that’s a lesson he has to learn. People have to fix their own mistakes, in this life or the next.

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 newfound 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.

Enjoy the special excerpt just for Musings readers!

(or read in a Google document here

Thank you so much to Shona for being my guest today!  I'm so excited to read Dai's story!!!  And it's only a few short days to release day, woo hoo :)  I was even more excited during a recent Amazon perusal that the next book in the series is already up for pre-order.  The third book in this series is For the Love of a Goblin Warrior.  The bad news is, that it doesn't come out until January 2013 :(

If you'd like to learn more about Shona Husk and the her heroes who have a heart of gold--sometimes literally, you can find her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.  As well as Winkgirls Blog, and Darkside Downunder blog Make sure you chec out the FREE prequel to The Goblin King, The Summons.  It does a fantastic job of leading into the first book and in my opinion really is a must companion read.

To celebrate the release of the second book in the Shadowlands series, Kiss of the Goblin Prince, Shona's publishers Sourcebooks Casablanca would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  How hard is it for you to let go of past mistakes, and have you tried to help someone, only to learn that it was all for naught?  (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.  
  • You can also earn extra entries by sharing the flipbook excerpt on Facebook, Twitter, your website or blog or other social media sites. You can earn 5 entries for each place that you share it and leave a link in the comments.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
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danni April 26, 2012 at 2:32 AM  

I'm a GFC follower. I do have a hard time letting go of past mistakes. I have a tendency to dwell on them too much. I always try to help someone and for some reason my good intentions end up failing.
Loved the first book and can't wait to read the second.

Maureen April 26, 2012 at 5:44 AM  

It looks like a fascinating story and I really like the idea of the past affecting the present. I always try to learn from past mistakes but it is not always easy and I definitely know that trying to help someone can only be successful when they want things to change. I follow on GFC
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Anne April 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM  

I know what you mean about being burned out, except I'm burned out a historicals of any type, romance, mysteries...

I have a hard time letting go. I'm 49 and still cringe occasionally at night when I remember something stupid I did when I was 4 or 5. Nobody else remembers or cared,'s hard to let go. Not that I obsess over it, but it pops up in my thoughts a couple times a year.

GFC Anne38

Andrea April 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM  

I love paranormal romance and have never read this series. I ordered The Goblin King this morning after seeing this blog post :)

I can't wait to get it!

erin April 26, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

OOOHHH... thanks for a great post! I've had this series recommended to me and I just got the Goblin King so I'm super excited to start reading :)

Now that I'm older, it's easier to let go of past mistakes. I was, and still a wee bit am, a dweller and would torture myself with the past mistakes over and over. But I've come to the realization that there's no reason for self flagellation and as long as I can honestly say that I've learned and will likely not repeat, it's ok to let go.

I did have a friend that I was constantly helping out of bad situations over and over. It got to the point that I really started to resent her for not changing and always expecting someone else to bail her out of trouble. After a lot of soul searching, I realized that I wasn't helping her, just enabling her and I let her go. It was a big weight lifted and I felt a lot better, and I also let the guilt go of giving up the friendship.

Thanks again for a fabulous giveaway! :)

gfc: erin

Soft Fuzzy Sweater April 26, 2012 at 10:31 AM  

I have someone very close who is a drug addict and my attempts to help have been met with constant disappointment--but I can't give up. Thats why I read romance, it is an escape from the demons I can't vanquish.

I am a GFCer


The_Book_Queen April 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM  

Great post--very true! :) Cannot wait to read this series, I've heard a lot of great reviews about it. :)

Oh, I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've tried to help someone *cough, stupid aunt, cough* and it's been for naught. Without spending hours talking about her idiotic mistakes (which I could, believe me, they are maaaany), I will say that she thinks only of herself, no one else, so needless to say lying, stealing, rule breaking, smoking in the house and other things happen CONSTANTLY. And we put up with it (well, I don't, but I'm not the "boss" of her), though she never changes. Almost lost our house, and us, in a fire she started three weeks ago by smoking upstairs (in a house with oxygen in it!), and within two days she was back to smoking again. *Curses* F'ing idiot.

But that's for too much info for your simple question. LOL. I'll leave it at that.

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Barbara E. April 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM  

I usually beat myself up for mistakes, but there comes a time when I just have to let it go and move on, unless there's something I can do to correct it, then I feel better and go on with life. I've definitely tried to help someone before and came to the realization that either they weren't going to appreciate the help, or it wasn't going to do any good. It's hard to let go, but sometimes you have to just walk away.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC: Barbara E.

Tore April 26, 2012 at 8:34 PM  

It is so hard for me to let go of past misstakes. It is hard to forgive what I have done. I am very hard on myself. Yes I tried to help someone and I am still trying but it seems so useless but I still try. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

Sheree April 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM  

Too bad the whole series can't have Paul Marron on the cover, like the prequel and book 1.

As I get older, I forgive others as I forgive myself. Nobody's perfect and since I do forgive others rather readily, it seems only proper that I should do so for my own mistakes. Besides, most of the time, my mistake is a bigger issue for me than it is for the other people.

I also learned years ago that even if people ask me for advice, I shouldn't take it personally if they don't follow it. There's only so much help I can give if the people involved are not willing to help themselves, even if they're family.

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Carol L. April 27, 2012 at 4:19 AM  

I loved the Goblin King. And I certainly can't wait to read Dai's story now.What an incredible world Shona has created.
I know I can't change mistakes in my life but I can learn from them. I do try to help whoever needs it without overstepping. If I'm asked I will try to help i anyway I can though.
Thanks for this post.
Carol L.
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Shona Husk April 28, 2012 at 9:15 AM  

I used to dwell a lot more, I think having kids and getting older has helped me. When I wrote this post I didn’t expect it to touch so many people. I think at some point in our lives we have to learn to be kind to ourselves.
I hope you enjoy Dai’s story :)

elaing8 April 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM  

Great post.I have the first book and looking forward to 2nd.
I have a hard time letting past mistakes go.I tend to dwell on things and replay them.And wonder what if.But as I get older I am trying to let things go.You only live once right,live in the now and forgive the past.
And I do try to help others sometimes they appreciate it and others it backfires but at least I tried and that's what counts.

GFC follower-elaing8

Anonymous,  April 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM  

Don't know how I missed this post. The reviews on this book have been good and the blurb has piqued my interest. I have not read this type of paranormal and it sounds interestingly different.

Past mistakes are hard to keep from rethinking and regretting. One regret I have, is that help given didn't really help an acquaintance. She was young and enamored of a man old enough to be her father. He had a son her age. I talked with her frequently trying to convince her to wait and get to know him better, but she got married after knowing him just a few months. She met him on the internet initially. She visited the library a few times afterwards and mentioned how controlling he was among other things. She wasn't comfortable around his son or friends. I know there was some "minor" physical abuse and eventually he wouldn't allow her to call her family and friends or leave the house. I know she finally got in touch with her mom somehow to come and get her, but she didn't didn't stay long. I know her stepfather was pushing for her to leave. She had no support from that quarter and was a "slow" student and had little for job skills. I think she eventually went back to him I think, despite the talks she had with myself and other library staff. There is a domestic abuse shelter in town, but I don't think she took advantage of it or their counseling. It is so frustrating. My son has a friend that is being physically abused. She calls him to come pick her up, but always goes back the next day. Her dad is a constable and know what is going on, but won't do anything about it. I am trying to convince my son to either call the domestic abuse hot line and have them handle it or give her the information to do it on her own. They don't realize the dangerous position she is putting him in.

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JenM May 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM  

Like many people, I tend to dwell on past mistakes. Why is it so easy to remember the things we've done wrong and ignore the things we've done right? Maybe that should be next year's New Years resolution LOL

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