Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway by author Krista Holle, for The Lure of Shapinsay

Joining me today is The Lure of Shapinsay author, Krista Holle.  She come by to talk about her love of Fairy Tales and the fun of writing one.  And she's also giving away some great prizes, so without further ado, here's Krista!

A Fairytale from Shapinsay

Once upon a time, on the windy island of Shapinsay, there lived a beautiful maiden who loved to swim more than anything. While the rest of the islanders hid in boats or skittered beyond the waves, Kait would embrace the sea with gulping arms and splashing feet. She did not trust the warnings of the village women, nor did she feel the nearly human eyes watching her from deep beneath the surface…

I’ve always loved fairytales. They’re full of romance and magic while still threatening the hero or heroine with the most insurmountable danger. When I was growing up, my peers were gobbling up books by Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary. Not me. I was scouring the library for that one fairy tale I might have overlooked. These were not pretty picture books, but fairy tales from all around the world with lots of black text.

I know I’m not alone here. Hollywood has been on the fairytale bandwagon for some time. There’s been Splash, The Princess Bride, Stardust, Red Riding Hood and Enchanted, just to name a few. All blockbuster hits—smart Hollywood!

When I wrote The Lure of Shapinsay, I wanted it to have an almost fairytale feel to it. I cranked back the clock a couple of hundred years and conjured up some lively peasants to be my main characters. I also located the perfect setting of Shapinsay. It’s a barren little island off the coast of Scotland, complete with a castle, loads of woolly white sheep, and fierce winds.

The only thing missing now is a villain. The waters of Shapinsay just happen to be full of them. They come in the form of selkies. Just to clarify, selkies are the original shape shifters—beautiful men and women who live as seals in the sea, but shed their skins and walk on land when it suits them. The men are notorious for luring women to their deaths deep beneath the sea. Voila! Instant lover and villain rolled into one.

When I set off writing The Lure of Shapinsay, I imagined a fairytale for young grownups and older teens, what I didn’t expect I’d end up with was a very unique paranormal romance. In it you’ll meet Eamon, a criminally good looking selkie with a penchant for killing sheep. He loathes everything on land, especially humans. It’s more than a small problem for Kait, the feisty blond, who’s magically lured by the very selkie who wants her dead. She’ll do anything to win her seal man’s heart—even follow him under the sea. The odds of this land/sea relationship working are pretty slim. But that’s what a fairytale is all about… isn’t it?
Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.
Kait is woken unexpectedly by a beautiful selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

She obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

Enter below for a chance to win a copy of the ebook, a T-shirt, a bookplate or a book mark.  Open internationally, must be 15 and up to enter.  Follow Krista on her blog for an additional entry!