A Paranormal Happily Ever After by Shona Husk + Giveaway

January 18, 2013


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.


For the Love of a Goblin Warrior

(Shadowlands, #3) 
by Shona Husk

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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  Ends Jan 25th – US and Canada Only

One lucky commenter will receive a paper copy of For the Love of a Goblin Warrior! No need to leave your email =)







  • Mel Bourn January 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I am one who has to have a Happy Ending of some sorts. I will even take a HFN ending. The struggles to get there make the ending even sweeter.
    Thanks for the post.

  • Elizabeth H. January 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I gotta have an HEA when reading romance because that’s the reason I read them! I’ve never had mine yet so I love to hear about others’….even though it is fictional.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Aly P January 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I like the way you presented things. that’s exactly what I need from all my romances 😀
    Not entering the giveaway.

  • Joanne B January 18, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Romance books are all about the HEA. We read them becaue they are fantasy. We get to live another life through the characters. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Melissa C January 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    When I read a romance I expect a HEA but with my paranormal romances I know that my character may take a couple of books to get to that point. It is a hard road to travel, waking up in a world where everything is not what it seems. I think that is why I like them so much.

    Thank you for the interview and the giveaway.


    abinormyl AT gmail DOT com

  • Viki S. January 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I love the HEA but am okay as long as I know there is a sequel or things ended for a good reason. Thank you.


  • catslady January 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    If it’s a series I think there’s more give to the ending and like you said, I don’t have to see it in print to imagine what is possible. Sounds like an intriguing story.

  • Maria D January 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Good post – I personally like to read epilogs in books that tell me the happy ending really happened….though in a series I can imagine it taking place. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  • Holly Underhill January 18, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    I love reading about happy endings the most. But if it’s a sequel, I don’t mind it not ending on a good note, because there will be more books! :) Would love to read this book; sounds like a great story!

  • Maureen January 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I like to feel that the relationship will last no matter what happens.

  • erinf1 January 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Thanks for the great post and congrats on the newest release! That’s exactly how I feel! I really dislike “instaluv” paranormal stories for those same reasons! Yeah, things work out NOW, but once they get to know each other or enough time has passed, do they have enough to have a significant relationship? I mean, if one ages and the other other does, or one needs a bigger pool of nutrients like blood, how do they get around that? I like to feel that the relationship is sound enough for them to discuss and be comfortable with compromise.

  • Martha Lawson January 18, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I would love to be entered to win this one. This sounds like a great series.

  • bn100 January 19, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    I agree it should include those three things.

  • Monica V. January 19, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    I read romance for the happy ever after too.

    I need to start this series!

  • Natasha January 19, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!

  • Lisa Vazquezanzua January 19, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    I love to read books with a HEA ending who doesn’t? lol What I really love reading is a trilogy with the HEA in the last book. I like to see the love grow between the characters. I like the up and downs and twists and turns because after all that when the MC’s get together its so much better!! I just have to say OMG! I’ve been wanting to read this series soooo bad!!!!! I’ve seen these books all around the blogs and I want to read them so bad!! So thank you for a chance to win the book!!

    livvie_v@yahoo.com (just in case, because I would hate to lose out if I won)

  • BookAttict January 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I read a lot of genres, so I don’t necessarily require a HEA — but when I read PNR or romance,the HEA needs to be believable to me.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  • Carol L January 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I enjoyed your post. I love HEA’s. But in a series I know it’ll come .
    I really love this series and would love to win a copy of For The Love Of A Goblin Warrior.
    Thanks for this chance.
    Carol L.

  • Texas Book Lover January 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I read lots of different genres and don’t require a HEA…but prefer it unless the story is continuing in more books. Contemporary is about the only genre that has to be really believable since it is so close to reality. All others are so far from reality that anything goes.

  • Renee G January 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I’ve got to say that a happily ever after is a prerequisite for books that I enjoy.

  • z January 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I have read some books where there wasn’t a traditional HEA and because the author had done a great job I didn’t mind.
    Seawitch reviews at yahoo dot com

  • Amber January 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    I’ve had this one on my wishlist! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Janie McGaugh January 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Interesting post; thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sarah p January 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Such a great sounding book! I will definitely have to make some time to read this one :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Nanee January 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Love this sexy cover …I feel lucky !!! Naneemcgee@gmail.com

  • Meghan Stith January 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love the look of that book!!

  • Diane Sallans January 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I’m very curious to check out these Goblins!

  • Daniel M January 25, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    great cover, while romances deserve a happy ending sometimes other genres like paranormal i’d rather more realistic not always and they lived happily every after

  • Emily W. January 31, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I don’t read romance books usually unless they have a HEA or at least an HFN. Thanks for the giveaway!

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