Today I’m offering a snippet from “The Chosen” on my blog. “The Chosen” is a M/M fantasy romance.
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“Havyn, help me with the luggage,” instructed Ildar, even though Havyn knew the wizard was capable of carrying the pack by himself. After their talks, it was obvious that Ildar was trying to save Havyn from himself. But what if Havyn didn’t want to be saved? What if he wanted what he knew the glint in Kanmor’s eyes offered? Out of the corner of his eye, Havyn saw Severin glaring at both of them. Havyn’s heart jumped at the waves of jealousy he sensed coming from the young king.
“Let me show you to your quarters,” said Kanmor, hooking his arm through Kelandra’s and ushering her up the gangplank. Kelandra blushed and tittered, reminding Havyn so much of Lady Kessarie in that moment he had to stifle a chuckle.
“You’d better watch out, Severin, or you’ll lose one of the Daughters to home and hearth,” guffawed Chayal.
“I don’t think the captain is particularly interested in that,” said Ildar. “So much as he is interested in bedding everything that moves.”
“Ildar!” chided Severin. “There’s no need to be coarse. Kelandra would never fall for that.”
“So says the naïve virgin.” Chayal laughed again. Severin blushed and Havyn’s cheeks heated.
Havyn picked up Ildar’s pack, hefted it over his shoulder, and walked onto the ship. Sailors prepared the vessel, hoisting up sails, pulling on ropes, and consulting charts. The whole deck buzzed with activity.
“Saleth,” Captain Kanmor called to one of the nearby sailors. “Show our guests to their quarters, will you? After that, make sure that all the supplies are on board so we can set sail.”
“Aye, aye, sir,” said Saleth, a young man around Havyn’s age with short brown hair peeking out from a woollen cap. His eyes were as blue as the sea around them. He winked at Havyn as the captain sauntered off to do whatever it was captains did. “This way, gents,” said Saleth, leading them down the steps that led into the bowels of the ship.
“We don’t have much space so it’s two to a cabin, except for Lady Kelandra,” said the youth with a sigh. “She’s very pretty, isn’t she?”
“Don’t get your hopes up, lad,” said Chayal. “That one’s married to her sword.”
“Typical,” said Saleth, but he didn’t sound too disappointed.
Author: Annette Gisby
Genre: M/M fantasy romance
The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn’t interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.
Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.
With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?
Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she’d devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.
When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She’s a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.
She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It’s diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.