Other times my favourite scene is something really small that I really enjoyed writing.
Verden the hero of Lord of the Hunt is very much a Court fairy. While Taryn is out of her depth for most of the book as she navigates the Court to save her father the few times Verden is forced to interact with mortals (us) in our world show a very different side of him.
Here is a little bit of their trip to Ireland and their quest to buy alcohol in place where fairy lore is still very alive.
“What do you want to drink?” Taryn pulled him toward a counter made of polished wood. Behind on shelves were bottles of liquid.
“I don’t know.” Verden hadn’t realized there’d be so many different things to choose from. “Is there wine?”
“We’re in Ireland. Irish whiskey it is—or Guinness.”
“What can I get you, miss?” The man behind the bar looked at Taryn and then him, then took a second glance, his eyes narrowing. “You got money to pay?”
“Certainly.” Verden took some leaves out of his pocket and put them on the counter.
The man didn’t touch them. He lifted a necklace free of his shirt. A grey stone with a hole through the center. Verden tensed as the man lifted the stone to his eye and looked at the leaves through the hole. The man let the stone fall against his chest and stepped back. “I don’t want no trouble from your kind.”
“We aren’t what you think; we’re just here for a good time.” That was a half-truth at best.
The man reached under the counter and plonked an iron horseshoe on the counter. “Prove it. Prove you aren’t fairy.”
Damn it all to the river. “Okay we are fairy. But we aren’t here to make trouble.”
“Please, sir, we just want a couple of whiskeys.” Taryn smiled and it was all charm—he would have fallen under its spell if he hadn’t already fallen for her.
“You won’t be changing my mind with pretty smiles, lass.”
Verden touched her arm. “Maybe we should just go. People are looking.” He didn’t want to be attracting too much attention. If they knew about fairies and knew how to use fairy stones to see through glamours, they might also be reporting back to Annwyn.
Taryn bit her lip then she looked at the man. “We can’t be seen together at Court; we came here to get away. I’m sure I’ve got something to pay for the drinks with.”
“You won’t curse my pub?”
Verden shook his head.
“Or my family?”
“No curses. We swear.” Verden put his hand over his heart.
A greedy glint appeared in the man’s eye. “How about a wish if I guess your name?”
Verden leaned on the bar. “Don’t be pushing your luck.”
LORD OF THE HUNT BY SHONA HUSK – IN STORES JANUARY 2014
The realm of the fairies might be unbelievably beautiful, but its people are notoriously treacherous. Raised among mortals, Taryn hoped to avoid her fairy heritage her whole life. But now she must cross over to Annwyn and appeal to the King to pardon her exiled parents, or they're sure to die. And to get to the King, she'll first have to face the Lord of the Hunt...
He Can't Imagine Life Without Her...
Verden, Lord of the Hunt, is sworn to serve to King. But the moment he sees Taryn, the attraction is instant and devastating. How can he not help the beautiful, brave young woman who refuses to bend to the will of the court? Yet the power in Annwyn is shifting, its magic failing. No matter how much he may love Taryn, the Hunter knows that abandoning his duty could bring down the mortal world forever...
Praise for the works of Shona Husk:
“Romantic and intriguing.” —Publishers Weekly
“A great fairy-tale feel...dark, fresh, and tantalizing.” —Anna's Book Blog
ABOUT THE AUTHORShona 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. She is the author of the Shadowlands Series and the Annwyn Series. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at http://www.shonahusk.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @ShonaHusk.
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