My new book "Ring of Desire" is launched and to celebrate I'm holding a Valentine's Give Away contest. Contest open up to and including February 14, 2010. Stop by my website at www.ryshiakennie.com and enter for a chance to win a prize package that includes a DVD of that timeless love story, "Gone with the Wind" as well as a book or two that I consider keepers.
Speaking of timeless, that’s how my latest release, “Ring of Desire” went from medieval historical to medieval paranormal. I wanted a love for all time. I mean really, how romantic is that? The only way it could be more is to add a castle or two. I’ve always loved castles and although I’ve seen plenty in my time, I wanted something more. Something old and shrouded in history, maybe a forgotten keep, moss-encrusted, dank, dark and mysterious. But I wanted the love for all time too.
Not going to happen with a mortal bunch. So I thought the only way you’re going to get that is go paranormal. And so began the Ancients, beings that lived forever except for one glitch - they were also beings that when things didn’t go their way believed in a good old-fashioned curse. So much for immortality at least for the resident humans – but I digress.
To begin with “Ring of Desire” was solidly medieval despite my desire for a love for all time.
Here’s how it all began. 1072 England - I researched politics, dress, speech and customs and loved every minute of it. So, with a medieval background firmly in my mind, a hero begging to leap into action and an opening scene ready to go, I began to write. And that is when everything changed. The Ancients appeared. “The One. The One,” they whispered every time my beleaguered hero made an appearance.
I was hearing voices! I admit the far reaches of my imagination can be a busy place, but the voices were totally unexpected and now they were populating my story.
What the heck was that about? Even in the opening scene as my hero, Giles, rescued Vala from a watery death, there was the whispering and hints of something else. I was as baffled as Giles and writing stopped for a bit as the plot had to be reworked to accommodate what was obviously a hint of magic.
But it was more than a hint of magic. Ring of Desire took me totally by surprise from its final name to the outcome of the story. It was one of my favorite stories to write.
The Ancients and their magical dynasty took the story to a place I originally didn’t consider. But in the end, “Ring of Desire” is still a story of overcoming the odds and trusting enough to love. It is literally a love affair that runs through time.
Do you believe in love for all time?
I’m looking forward to your comments.
Ring of Desire
Whispers of an ancient magic drew them together
In the medieval land of Hafne, a curse has swept through the land leaving it barren and without hope. As one of the chosen, Vala watches for signs of the prophecy and with it, the owner of a ring who is destined to fight by her side and drive away the darkness. The newly arrived Norman enemy is an unnecessary complication in Hafne—and in beautiful Vala’s heart.
An unspeakable evil fights to keep them apart.
Giles arrives with his Norman men in time to rescue a mysterious woman from a watery death. Holding Vala in his arms, the stirrings of destiny and desire begin, binding him to a prophecy of which he surely wants no part—binding him to a search for his true origins and a fight to save his soul and hers.