I’m thrilled to welcome my dear friend Michelle Miles back to Magical Musings to discuss the second book in her Knights fantasy series. Michelle puts a lot of time into her research and it shows…just check out her previous post about One Knight Only! So here she is discussing fantasy writing and the sequel to OKO…take it away, Michelle!
My soul sister and partner in crime – cough – I mean critique partner, Misty Evans, invited me here today to talk about my new release, ONLY FOR A KNIGHT. It’s available for pre-order now from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and will be released on December 13.
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Ya know, I could look at that all day. But we have important business to get to! Namely, my fantasy romance ONLY FOR A KNIGHT.
The hottie on the cover, my friends, is Lord Derron. Hero extraordinaire, Knight of the Realm, Protector of the Otherworld, Guardian of the Sword of Light. Man has more titles than anyone knows what to do with. His lady love is Elyne, crown princess and future ruler of the Otherworld. She’s been stripped of her powers and tossed into the Fae prison for meddling in human affairs (see ONE KNIGHT ONLY).
Author’s note: You don’t need to read ONE KNIGHT ONLY first to follow this story. But if you did, it would make for a richer reading experience.
Derron is sent on a dangerous quest by the queen to find his missing father and Sword of Light. He can’t leave the palace without busting his girlfriend out of jail, a plan that’s not very well thought out. He realizes after releasing her she can’t go back to her life at court since her mother will be furious with her escape, so he does the only thing he can do to keep her out of trouble—he takes her with him.
They are pulled into a battle for the Otherworld. Their right to live, if you will. The Dark Elf, Lord Kieran, has decided he wants to rule not only the Otherworld, but also the human realm. He’s capturing Guardians of the Fae’s most sacred relics—the Four Treasures—to gain the power to name himself High King. He intends to destroy the thin veil between both worlds for his mighty rule. He also intends to murder Queen Maeve and Princess Elyne.
Derron will do anything to save Elyne—even if that means dying for her. Queen Maeve will do anything to keep the realm out of Kieran’s hands—even if that means giving away all her power.
This book took me places I never knew I would go. I hadn’t planned on having dragons and Elves, but they’re there. I hadn’t planned on Maggie and Finn returning, either. But they did. All I knew was I wanted to write the story of Derron and Elyne, how they deal with their past hurts and how they finally—FINALLY!—admit they love each other. They resisted me every step of the way. Stubborn characters!
I thoroughly enjoyed writing the dragons and the Elves, though. They are probably my favorite thing in the book. I think I love this book so much because I’ve always wanted to write fantasy. I feel like I’ve achieved that. It’s a tale of good versus evil and how love can always win the day.
And the Elves are pretty hot too. You can tell me if you think Prince Ainthas or Lord Eldrin needs a book all their own because I’m giving away a copy of ONLY FOR A KNIGHT to one lucky commenter.
After saving her love, Princess Elyne returns to the Otherworld by order of her mother. But it’s not the homecoming she expects. Furious Elyne has meddled with humans, the queen imprisons her and strips away her magic. The only way Elyne can get it back is to perform one selfless act.
When Queen Maeve sends Derron to find the Guardian of the Sword of Light, he can’t leave without releasing Elyne. After all, she altered time to save his life. But freeing the princess comes with a steep price—he must take her with him on this dangerous quest. And the two must deal with feelings of past hurt and the love growing between them.
Their search becomes more than a pursuit for the missing Guardian as Lord Kieran rises to dominate the Unseelie court. He will stop at nothing to gain control of both the Otherworld and the human realm. Even with the help of Elves, dragons and their human friends, the odds are stacked against Derron and Elyne.
Michelle Miles found her love of writing buried in the fantasy books of Patricia A. McKillip and the beautiful romances of Victoria Holt. It wasn’t until her high school years she decided to take up the pen and try her hand at writing. She created faraway lands, space adventures, and even princesses who just wanted to be saved. Never learning to plot, she always believed that jumping in feet first was the way to go and has since become a self-proclaimed Pantser, writing sexy contemporaries, sizzling paranormal and sweeping fantasy.
A Native Texan, she loves hockey, baseball, drinking coffee, cross-stitching, and shopping for shoes and Coach handbags. Follow her daily writings and weekly guest features at her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell. Michelle is also a regular contributor to Pop Culture Divas and Plotting Princesses.