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… When penning my debut novel, The Blood She Betrayed, my heroine’s name spoke to me as soon as I visualised her long dark hair and wise eyes. I remember her breath catching in her throat as she stared at the dead fingers curled around the rim of an ancient crypt.
… I originally spelt and pronounced her name Shakhara, probably because I’d envisioned a kingdom of Aztec-style origins. Later, as I created my Taloner demons and traced their history back to the evil, one-eyed Balor, my heroine’s homelands became a haven for Earth’s ancient Celts and her native tongue softened until the word Shakhara became Shahkara… not that she was ever known by this name on Gorias. On her world, she was Crown Princess Ceinwen, groomed to take over the throne from a vapid mother and hostile advisor, but she was also a young girl hiding a deadly secret: within her coiled the vicious powers of her subjects’ sworn enemy, the Taloners… READ MORE AT LITERARY ESCAPISM
The Blood She Betrayed eBook launches this week (followed by the paperback in October) so I’ll let you know as soon as it goes live. Until then, I’m wishing you a week of magic and mayhem, and creative joy to heighten your days!