Shona Husk

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...

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About Shona Husk

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 Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Sourcebooks. You can find out more at



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An Interview with Shona Husk
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Shona, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Dark Secrets which offers a very unique and magical story. Where did you get the idea for this very original romance?

SH: The idea for the world came from a class I was doing on making pewter jewelry and the teacher was explaining how people used to personalize their guns. I knew then I wanted to write a fantasy that involved magic guns :) This specific story idea formed while I was writing Dark Vow (book 1 in the series but they stand alone). I mentioned the Lust Houses in passing but I wanted to explore them more and the idea of having a hero who was a whore was too tempting to ignore.

HH: What do you like best about Anisa and why will readers empathize with her?

SH: I like that she doesn’t doubt her love for Haidyn -- even after what he has become, and that she gives him the chance to make things right. I think her open heart makes her likeable, that her waiting for him put her in the bad place she is now is also touching. She acted out of love, it bit her, but she hasn’t let that destroy her.

HH: What do you like best about Haidyn and why will readers love him?

SH: Haidyn is a damaged hero who has screwed up his life really well. On the flip side he’s done the best he can out of that mistake and become very successful even though he is scorned for it. That he sees Anisa after several years, knows he still loves her and is willing to risk everything to save her is very heroic (even though he would never see himself as a hero).

HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and what do you think readers will take away from it?

SH: I really enjoyed writing from Haidyn’s POV. He’s such a different type of hero for me. I also love this weird west world, unionizing magic creates so many problems for the people who live there. I think readers will enjoy the romance, as well as a glimpse at world tearing itself apart and how this affects the characters.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

SH: It’s a busy year for me this year. I have a couple of releases in May, Ruby’s Ghost (paranormal romance) and Lunar Exposure (erotic sci-fi romance), then in July I start a new series with The Outcast Prince. The Outcast Prince is the first of my Annwyn series which has hot fairy heroes :)

HH: How does 2013 promise to be different from 2012 for you?

SH: I won’t be travelling to the US this year :( but I will be going to several Aussie conferences instead. It’s also a bit different kicking off a series instead of being in the middle or wrapping one up (last year I was in the middle of the Shadowlands and wrapping up Sex with Strings which is about vampire rock stars).

HH: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?

SH: Everywhere? Lots of things spark ideas, but not all make it into stories. Some snowball and pick up other ideas until something workable forms. I read widely and do courses on all kinds of things to keep topping up my research bank. I think the more concepts that you expose yourself to the more you have to draw on when writing.

HH: What's your writing schedule like?

SH: I usually do social media in the morning and answer any emails. Then I either go to the day job or I write. On the weekend on only do a couple of hours, but I like to do something every day as it keeps things moving.

HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?

SH: I’m on twitter and facebook and ‘talk’ to reader on both. I also love getting emails from readers (and I always reply) -- but what author doesn’t :)

HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2013?

SH: New releases are always fun and I have such a wide variety this year from erotic to NA to sci-fi and straight up paranormal romance. I like to be able to try out new things... so maybe more of the same. More writing, more stretching my wings.

HH: Thank you!


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