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Title: King’s Lament
Author: Lilia Blanc
Publisher: *Not Listed
Genre: Action/Adventure, Erotica, Fantasy, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Menage/Poly
Release Date: 12/10/2016
Betrayed by his advisors, only the love of two mysterious men can rescue Inea and save his kingdom.
After the death of his father, Inea finds himself the unprepared king of a country at war. When his council forsakes him, and he’s thrown into the dungeons of his own castle, the young man manages to escape only with the help of the intriguing stranger Ansyn.
After one year in hiding, Inea, driven by desire, seeks out Ansyn and discovers that there is more to his savior than he could have ever hoped for. Joined by their new ally Kaedon, passion builds, and they find themselves in a romance that helps fuel their plan to reclaim the throne.
Recent Release Spotlight with Lilia Blanc
We are here today to talk about King’s Lament. What can you tell us about it?
First off, it was written by two authors- Usagi Kita and Siryn Seung. We have a pattern built now where we write novels in alternating perspectives, though we both have our hands in every chapter, and King’s Lament was no different. It started out as an old idea Usagi had saved on google docs months ago, and Siryn was taken with it when she saw it. We were a little surprised by the epic tale it became, full of action and romance which is definitely some of the best we’ve written together. We both love old school fantasy, so this was our throwback to that, the deposed prince and his travelling party on their quest to take back the throne.
Please tell us more about your main characters.
This book features a ménage relationship between three men.
Inea is the young king, still called a prince by most as he was hardly on the throne before his advisors sold him off to the queen of a neighboring land which they’d been at war with for decades. He’s been sheltered and is very naïve, with no idea how the world works or even what real dangers is, when the story begins.
Ansyn is the musician who frees him from the castle’s dungeons; he alludes to a relationship with Inea’s father without telling the young man the truth. He has a sharp tongue and sharper blades- his skill with daggers is unparalleled, and between that and his sowing the seeds of rebellion for Inea, the queen wants him more than the inept young king.
Kaedon, the final piece to the puzzle, doesn’t arrive until later in the book; one of the queen’s highly skilled assassins, he catches Ansyn trying to make off with his war horse. Claiming to have abandoned the queen, his injury obtained in Ansyn’s defense convinces the musician to take him with (and nobody can say no to Ansyn).
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series (if applicable)?
Our books aren’t exactly for the faint of heart; we don’t hold back with blood or sex in the pages. King’s Lament is no different. Lots of adult themes. We’ve also been told it has an ‘anime/manga’ feel to it, so those who aren’t fans of them might get lost. Otherwise, if you’re looking for an epic fantasy adventure with more than just a little spice, this is probably it for you. Although if you’re looking for pure romance, though the book does have the element, it’s not center stage.
What about King’s Lament makes you the proudest?
We’re astonishingly proud that we actually got published by Inkitt. We were both proud of how cinematic the book felt when it came to our battle scenes, and the way the characters developed, but we published through the support of our fans and we’re happy to be so loved.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
The tale of these three lovers is, unfortunately, finished with no plans of adding more. However, Inkitt has accepted the prequel novel. The many readers wondering about Jalin, the desert prince, and his warrior husband Kiir, will be able to read their tale in Desert Dancer when it is released.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
It’s going to be the same thing as everybody else says, but that’s because it’s good advice: don’t stop writing. There will be a lot of people who try to tell you it’s not a real profession, or who will criticize your work harshly, but you have to grow a thick skin and let it all slide off. You know what you’re meant to be writing, and it’s the tale you know needs to be told which will enrapture your readers- because you’ll be the only one who can tell it. In the end, it comes down to the age old saying: practice makes perfect. Writers are constantly learning and perfecting the craft. So, don’t give up, keeping going.
What do you think is the most rewarding thing about writing M/M versus other genres?
Usagi: Probably the best part is the fact that we can reach out and help change the view of the genre. A lot of what we’ve seen is not horribly realistic, and treated more as fetish literature than anything. We enjoy having the ability to stretch outside those bounds, spreading the subgenre out through those wider genres of fantasy, sci fi, and action so that it becomes more accepted and questioning kids aren’t lost and confused because they can’t find themselves in the things they read.
Siryn: I agree. The best thing about writing M/M in the way that we do, I hope, help those who struggle with their identity. One of the biggest things I want to accomplish in my writing career is to see M/M; and even F/F, trans, bi, queer, the whole list- as main stream as anything else. I want to see the book stores with shelves filled with this literature. Stories that hold all kinds of adventures for everyone out there.
What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
Usagi: It’s always the characters for me, which is why they’re always so in depth. They grow in my head until they scream for their own story; the plot always has to fit them, not the other way around. It makes for a restless mind, what with all the characters scrambling to be heard, but I think it helps make my stories richer.
Siryn: Usually a scene for me. The characters come second always. Plot comes with the writing. I never know where the stories are going until they’re already there. Every now and then it’ll be the character that inspires first, but that’s rare for me. I build my characters off what the scene holds. They mold to that particular theme for me and from there it’s a roller coaster ride. You never know what turn is coming next.
Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
Oh yes. We always have several works in progress, and tend to write them all at the same time. This leads to a couple of them being dropped and stored away in hold or trash folders. We both also have files of ideas stashed away for ourselves, and will share them when we’re looking for a new idea to work with
How important are secondary characters to your story telling? Do you actively try to have women characters in your M/M to balance the male focus of the MCs?
We try to put just as much love and effort into our secondary characters as we do with our main characters. Caday and Amalee, especially, got a lot of attention in King’s Lament– their little adorable romance on the side made us giggle plenty. But we don’t actively go out of our way to include women in our books. When they fit, we make sure they’re accurate portrayals of women rather than the wilting wallflowers or drama factories they often seem to be in the genre, but we don’t force them in where they don’t belong.
If the world were going to end tomorrow, how would you spend your last night on earth?
Siryn: Eating chocolate and enjoying my husband.
Favorite lollipop flavor and which character in a fave book would you like to see suck on that sucker?
Siryn: Rasberry. Hmm… Mason Thomas’ Lord Mouse; the character Mouse himself. That would be extremely amusing.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
Usagi: I’m rereading Every Day by David Levithan for the five hundredth time; I have a signed copy from the author, and I love the book too much (though honestly I still haven’t gotten around to the sequel). Cruel Beauty is next on my list, because it also has a sequel I haven’t read yet.
Rapid Fire Time
Hot air balloon or blimp?
Siryn: Neither, heights don’t agree with me.
Top or Bottom?
Ice Skating or Ice Hockey?
Usagi: Skating, largely thanks to the beautiful work of art that was Yuri!!! on Ice Siryn: Ice skating for the same reason.
Mr. Bean or Leslie Nielsen?
Paddle or flogger?
Peanuts or Cashews?
Usagi: Cashews- can’t stand the taste of peanuts Siryn: Cashews.
Usagi: Blue, of the deep and generally TARDIS variety Siryn: Blue. Green is a close second.
Kanye or Beck?
Australia or England?
Usagi: England; I’ve never been to Australia but I loved England (and the accents are just worth swooning over) Siryn: England.
Tardis or DeLorean?
Usagi: TARDIS (I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, you should see my display case)
Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver?
Usagi: Sonic screwdriver (see answer above) Siryn: Light saber.
Cat in the Hat or Horton Hears a Who?
Shifters or Vampires?
Usagi: Always been a vampire fan- there’s so much kinky fun to be had there Siryn: Ooh, hard one. Both. Too much fun with them both.
Coffee, black or doctored?
Usagi: It depends on how long I’ve been writing for; if I pulled an all-nighter, I take it black, but I’m just as happy with my caramel macchiato from Dunkin Siryn: Doctored. Usually mocha.
Cook or eat out?
Usagi: Cooking, definitely; I love to cook and bake, and will invite people over just so I have an excuse to make a better dinner
Baseball or Cricket?
Usagi: Baseball- I’m a diehard Red Sox fan, Yankees fans beware Siryn: I play softball, so… Baseball? lol
Twinks or bears?
Red Heads or Blondes?
Usagi: Red heads; I have a love for that darker auburn color, it’s gorgeous Siryn: Red heads for the same reasons ^.^
About the Author
Friends and partners in writing, Siryn Sueng and Usagi Kita, the minds behind Lilia Blanc, have been writing epic tales of LGBT romance together for over three years now. They met through Wattpad, sharing a passion for realistic healthy relationships, and cinematic action scenes with beautiful descriptions.
Usagi Kita is a pet stylist by day, and a college student by night. Squeezing writing in when he can, and when he’s lucky enough to not have been distracted by his fluffy, loving pets.
Siryn Sueng is a part time employee and full time college student looking to become an English teacher. She enjoys writing, cats, lots of anime, and lots of games. (Not always in that order.)
It was only on a whim that they moved their work over to Inkitt.com and entered into a competition, thinking that it would be fun, and to build up a little more confidence in their writing, never expecting it would win. But their skills and support of each other paid off and they couldn’t be more excited to have their work go out into the world.
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