Desire to Fall was one of those ideas I had that I thought would be fun and that I originally wrote for myself (I’m selfish like that. I write what I think will be fun…which may not be the best strategy for building a long term career as an author as what I think is fun other people might not agree with).
The story is set on an alien world where the women have wingS and the men don’t. The women are also a little vampiric as they need male blood to kick start ovulation (I told you this was a fun idea ☺ )
Because half the population is grounded and the other half flies I got to reimagine society. How would it be different? How would it be the same? What are their taboos? Their crimes? Their religion? What were they like as Stone Age peoples? (Maybe I take world building a little too far…)
Desire to Fall was also a chance for me to dip into romantic suspense and put the characters in danger. Now that I knew what their crimes were I had to use them.
So on the surface it’s a sexy story about the formation of a mmff ménage relationship (no man wants to be alone with a woman in case they accidentally rip his throat out while in bed). On the other hand Desire to Fall is about marriage equality (with only certain unions being accepted and while other types are allowed they are frowned upon) and the trafficking of people. It gets dark in places. Most of my stories get dark in places.
While I was writing the story though I wasn’t thinking about the moral or the bigger themes. I was just throwing my characters into the fire to see if they’d survive (fortunately they do…just because there are two hot heroes and two smart heroines doesn’t mean that any of them are expendable).
I liked this world so much that I wrote a second book.
That’s the trouble with world building. Once I’ve created a place I don’t want to rush off and leave it. I want to stay and explore some more, hoping of course that readers feel the same way.
Back cover copy:
Kya Hawl is an architect on the Precinct One redevelopment, a prestigious and contentious project in the city-state of Velli. While she is happy with her part-time female lover, Judge Elmi Chadee, she wants more. She wants a family and children, for that she needs two men willing to put their life on the line to breed.
Tref Xant and his partner Dru Macon seem like the right guys; however, Tref has secrets and Dru is about to deploy to Precinct One, one of the roughest precincts in Velli. The redevelopment can’t come soon enough. Tref would like to see the place burned to the ground. But even that wouldn’t be able to erase his memories of growing up there.
With Dru away Tref finds himself falling for Kya. Jealousy sparks between the men. A triad can never form as Dru wants Elmi and she has sworn off unions after her sister ran away to join the Terrin Sect.
As riots erupt and the redevelopment is threatened Dru realizes he has to fight for what he wants–something Tref learned long time ago. A four-way union–while unusual–would work. But will the women agree when they learn of Tref’s past?
About Shona: 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.
With over forty published stories, ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.
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