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Title: The Heart of All Words, Book One: The Sidhe
Author: Charlotte Ashe
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Sarah Sanderson
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
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.
Places I want to Visit
I have a very overactive imagination, and when I write stories and world-build in my mind, I’m frequently inspired by the natural world, be it things I’ve seen first-hand or things I’ve seen in photographs and yearned to see up close with my own two eyes. I love how broad this question is, and I’m well aware that I could easily delve into all the fictional places I would love to visit—Hogwarts and Hain, Atlantis and the Emerald City—but I’m going to stick to the real world here, because I truly hope to visit each and every one of these places before I die.
Ireland: So much of what I write and the stories and mythologies that inspire it come from Ireland. Ireland represents magic to me, even though I’m well aware that it’s also a perfectly mundane place in which people move through their lives.
Crete: I’ve been fascinated with Crete since I was in the sixth grade. The early advanced culture of the Minoans was a revelation to me, and the first time I started to realize just how fragile human civilizations can be. It was also the first time I became aware of goddess-centric religious traditions, which changed the course of my own spiritualty forever. Plus, Crete is simply gorgeous, the climate seems incredible, and the olives sound divine.
Iceland: I’ve always been so intrigued by Iceland. The incredible natural beauty (blue ice caves and hot springs and all the volcanic, mountainous, alien-looking places), the progressive culture, the singular quirkiness that sets it apart from even other quirky Nordic countries.
Peru: I am fascinated by ancient Incan culture, and would love to visit Machu Piccu and see the Nazca Lines first-hand. It also seems like an absolutely stunning place, with so much natural beauty.
Egypt: I am slightly obsessed with ancient Egypt, and I have always wanted to see the pyramids. I’m also really interested in modern Egypt and its diverse culture, amazing food, and fantastic cinema. I’d love to go to the Cairo film festival someday.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands: This is the one place on this list that I have actually been to, but I’m including it because I was quite young when I went. I remember it as being one of the most relaxing places I’d ever been; 75% of the land was wildlife preserve, so the island was minimally developed, with no airport (my family and I took a ferry from St. Thomas). There was a constant cool sea breeze off the cliffs, the beaches were incredible, and snorkeling felt like exploring an alien world, the underwater life was so incredibly vibrant there. It was also one of the only vacations my family ever took when I was a kid, so I have fond associations with it based upon that fact alone. I’ve always known that St. John is a place I’d need to return to one day.
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.
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.
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