Author Name: Charlotte Ashe
Book Name: The Heart of All Words, Book One: The Sidhe
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Since his childhood, Brieden Lethiscir has admired The Sidhe, the beautiful and magical beings native to the Faerie world outside his homeland of Villalu. Though he grew up in a culture accepting of Sidhe enslavement by Villalu’s elite, Brieden finds that he can no longer tolerate the practice when he becomes a steward to Prince Dronyen, who is viciously abusive of his sidhe slave Sehrys. Captivated by the handsome and mysterious sidhe slave, Brieden vows to free and return Sehrys to his homeland.
As they escape the capital and navigate a treacherous path to the border, Breiden and Sehrys grow close. Breiden soon learns both the true power of The Sidhe, and that the world that he thought he knew is not what it once seemed. If they survive to reach the border, he will have to make a choice: the love of his life, or the fate of his world.
Pages or Words: 442 pages
Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
The sidhe was tall, supple and lithe, as all sidhe tended to be, with milk-pale skin that glowed like moonlight over lean, taut muscles. Like all the others before him, he was naked, giving potential buyers a full picture of what they were bidding on.
And he was extraordinary, head to toe.
His chin-length hair was violet-red and it gleamed in the afternoon sun. His lips were pink and delicate with a pronounced bow, his nose had a narrow, smooth slope and his eyes…
It wasn’t that they were the most incredible color imaginable: a storm of deep, contrasting, impossible greens unlike any Brieden had ever seen. And it wasn’t that they were large and almond- shaped beneath a fan of plum-colored lashes.
It was that they were full to the brim with life.
Never before had Brieden seen a sidhe slave with such lively and expressive eyes, even as he stood for auction. Those eyes were not dull or defeated in the slightest. Wary, yes, and utterly devoid of trust, but also blazing.
Blazing like the eyes of that sidhe Brieden had seen at the riverbank when he was twelve years old— the only free sidhe Brieden had ever had the chance to behold.
The elf stood on that platform as if he owned it. As if he were judging every human man before him, and not the other way around.
He tucked a lock of hair behind a delicately pointed elfin ear, then jutted his chin to reveal a chiseled jaw that contrasted beautifully against his tender features.
And though he knew it was insane, Brieden was quite sure that he was in love.
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INTERVIEW WITH CHARLOTTE ASHE
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing fellow Mainer Charlotte Ashe, author of The Sidhe, the first book in the The Heart of All Worlds Trilogy.
Hi Charlotte, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you so much! The Sidhe is my first novel, but I have been writing for years. I actually majored in creative writing and literature back in college, but I ended up falling into social work instead. I couldn’t be more excited to finally publish my first book, especially since it’s the first in a trilogy. I am a huge fan of speculative genres like science fiction and fantasy, and I love reading a good romance as well, so I’m really enjoying the process of writing this trilogy.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
I find action scenes challenging to write, because it’s easy for them to become confusing, seem implausible, and suffer from poor pacing. Action scenes can easily grow frustrating or boring if they aren’t clear and well-organized, but you don’t want them to feel mechanical or artificial either.
What do you think makes a good story?
It’s hard to pin down one quality that makes a story good, but what I respond to is always a good balance between storytelling and craftsmanship. The most gorgeous prose can start to feel tedious if the events of the story aren’t interesting, and the most compelling story can seem trivial if the writing is poor. A good meal must be both delicious and nourishing, and I think the same is true of books.
Do you hear from readers much? What do they say?
Up until now I have mostly interacted with readers of my fanfiction rather than my original work. I very much enjoy answering questions and discussing the things I write with readers, and I am anxious to discover what readers of my first original novel have to say. So far, my established readers have been really excited for the trilogy, and new readers I’ve met have seemed really interested to read an LGBTQ romantic fantasy novel. I am very excited to hear how folks like the book!
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
This should be an easy question, since I’ve only completed one book so far, but I am writing the second book in the trilogy right now, and I’d be hard pressed to say which of the two books I like better. I love the intense worldbuilding that comes with the first novel in a series, but I’m very much enjoying the opportunity to expand the world and introduce a greater level of complexity within that world that I’m getting with the second book. So for now I’d say it’s a tie.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m a fairly social person, so I love spending time with family and friends. I also love spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking, and wiling away a rainy afternoon with a book and a cat.
About the author:
Charlotte Ashe is a social worker by day and a writer of romantic fantasy by night. A long-time fan of speculative fiction that skews feminist and features LGBTQ characters, Charlotte loves writing stories that are sexy, heartfelt, and full of magic and adventure. She has put her B.A. in literature and creative writing to use over the years as a writer of online fan-based 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.
Charlotte lives in Portland, Maine and can be found sleeping at the beach all summer and clomping along the cobblestones in her Bean boots all winter, writing fairytales in her head to distract from the cold.
Where to find the author:
Goodreads Link: goodreads.com/user/show/32040943-charlotte-ashe#_=_
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Sarah Sanderson
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Rafflecopter Prize: Grand Prize: $25 Interlude Press gift card; also, five multi-format eBoook editions of THOAW: The Sidhe