The Shadow Prince - Guest Post & Giveaway
Creating a Hero by Stacey O'Neale
We all love our heroes and heroines. The selfless characters that tug at our hearts, make us smile, and even make us cry. They are the ones faced with impossible choices, and somehow manage to persevere under the most dire of circumstances. As writers, we're hoping for the emotional reactions from readers. We want them to care about our characters. We want them invested in their journey.
What I love most about Rowan (the hero of my series) is that he doesn't make rash decisions. In THE SHADOW PRINCE, he has to make some incredibly tough choices. The "right" answer isn't clear, and there are consequences regardless of which way he goes. I had moments during the writing process where I was cheering him on, laughing out loud, then others where I was brought to tears. As a character, he grows in a very short period of time. I absolutely love who he becomes, and the role he plays in the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series.
I hope you do too. ☺
About the Novel
Every sacrifice has consequences.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:
Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.
Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
About the Author
Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.
Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.