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Fantasy, especially fantasy with extensive world-building, tends to take on a life of its own.
When I wrote the first incarnation of The Sidhe, the first book in The Heart of All Worlds series, I was basically writing the kind of thing I wanted to read but was having trouble finding. I wanted intense, soul-deep, blazing hot romance set in a detailed high fantasy world. I wanted the romance to be unapologetically queer, but I didn’t want the queerness of the relationship or the characters to be a central focus or conflict of the story. I wanted to explore concepts of power, prejudice, class, gender and fundamentalism, though without too heavy a hand, and without pulling the reader out of the story.
I couldn’t find what I was looking for at the time, so I just started writing. And then the story took the reins and none-to-gently directed me to the back seat so that it could drive, and the story got better.
As I wrote The Sidhe, the story grew more complex than I’d originally planned, and I found myself drawn to some of the secondary characters. I wanted to know more about Tash and Firae in particular, but I knew their stories wouldn’t fit into the narrative of The Sidhe, And with that realization, the idea for the second book in the series, The King and the Criminal, was born. I understood those characters. I knew their hopes, dreams and secrets, and past experiences. I knew how much readers would love them if given the opportunity. I also knew that the two of them together would create some seriously delicious sparks. And I am quite confident that I was right on that score. The King and the Criminal is full of action and adventure, but it’s also an insight into these two men, who they are, and the ways in which, against all odds, they fit together perfectly.
I’m very happy with the first two books in The Heart of All Worlds series, and I’m excited to continue my journey with these characters in The Sixth Anchor, which will be released in early 2018.
About The King and the Criminal:
What happens when the fairytale ends but the journey continues?
In the much-anticipated sequel to Charlotte Ashe’s critically acclaimed debut novel The Sidhe, Firae refuses to allow a broken heart to interfere with his sworn duties as king. When a member of the Royal Council of Sidhe Nations must cross The Border in pursuit of a convicted criminal, one who has violated a magical doctrine that threatens the stability of their world, he volunteers immediately to undertake the journey.
But once in Villalu, Firae’s plan goes awry, and he is faced with a choice between allegiance to the Council or allegiance to Brissa, the fierce young human queen who is determined to bring justice to Villalu. And if that weren’t enough to contend with, he also must rely on the very criminal he was after to help him make it home alive—a man he had exiled long ago, but who awakens something in his heart more potent than his sworn duties as king.
Meanwhile, Sehrys and Brieden are living peacefully in Khryslee, until Sehrys is forced to ascend the throne in Firae’s absence, a role he was once groomed for, but one that Brieden fears could destroy their life together beyond repair.
As each of them struggles to resolve their own destiny, allegiance, and legacy, a deeper and more urgent truth confronts them all: Their world is in far greater danger than they realized, and each of them plays an integral part in its fate.
Where you can buy The King and the Criminal:
Charlotte Ashe works in the nonprofit world by day and writes romantic fantasy by night. A long-time fan of speculative fiction that skews feminist and features LGBT characters, Charlotte loves writing stories that are sexy, heartfelt, and full of magic and adventure. She has put her BA in literature and creative writing to use over the years as a writer of fan fiction, and her most popular work has drawn more than one million readers worldwide, been translated into several languages, and been featured in online publications including The Backlot. Her first novel, The Sidhe, was published in 2015 by Interlude Press and named a finalist for a Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award.
Charlotte’s second novel, The Heart of All Worlds Book 2: The King and the Criminal was published by Interlude Press in December 2016 and is now available worldwide.
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