A Paranormal Happily Ever After
by Shona Husk
A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth, and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold–sometimes literally. Look for the other books in the Shadowlands Series, The Goblin King and Kiss of the Goblin Prince, available now. In July 2013, Shona will begin another dark paranormal series with The Outcast Prince! For more information, please visit www.shonahusk.com.
Not all happy endings are the same, they can’t be. A one size fits all doesn’t work for the characters or the story. By the end of the book they will be in different places in their relationship, so while some may be ready to marry, or be pregnant, others will be happily committed but in no rush to formalise it or have children.
And that’s before the paranormal element is added into the story.
To have a paranormal happily ever after three things need to be resolved:
The plot (the characters need to be safe)
The romance (they need to be in love and committed)
The paranormal element…this is the big one.
If only the hero is something other than human how is this going to affect their relationship in the long run? How will the paranormal partner adapt to living fully in the human world, or how will the human adapt to living in the hidden paranormal world? Or even just being aware of it? A secret life that can never be discussed is a big weight to carry around. Once the lust has worn off and the honeymoon is over will the couple make it or will the differences become too much?
When I read paranormal romance I want to believe they can make it, and for that to work the difference have to be resolved during the course of the book. Even if the differences aren’t the main source of conflict I need to know that it’s been discussed and resolved for me to believe in the HEA (I’m practical like that).
For my goblins the big question was can the heroine get past the awful things the hero did as a goblin and trust the man they are now? For Eliza (The Goblin King) it was easier than for Nadine (For the Love of a Goblin Warrior). Amanda in Kiss of the Goblin Prince had to work out if Dai was crazy or telling the truth about magic and goblins before coming to grips with the things he’d done.
When I finish writing I like to be able to picture them ten years on and know where they’ll be…I don’t write it, but if I can see it and I feel like I’ve resolved the paranormal issues then I hope that the reader will feel it and believe that this love can go the distance.
So while I don’t put a wedding at the end of every book, or even a baby, in my imagination I know that they will get there.
January 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
In a Faraway Land…
There lived a man who was trapped—his only companions a horde of goblins consumed by their lust for gold. He thought he was lost forever, thought that no one would ever remember he’d been noble.
A Fearless Warrior…
Now he has been thrust into the human world once again, but so much has changed. How can he ever be rid of the darkness after so long in the Shadowlands?
It Starts with Dreams of a Castle…
And a woman who takes his breath away and makes him forget the pain of his past. He knows he must protecet her at all costs. And perhaps in saving her, he can finally learn to love again.
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