Fairytales with a twist! Interview and giveaway with Pelaam.
My guest today is New Zealand-based writer, Pelaam, who’s kindly answered a few of my little questions and given us a glimpse into the amazing fantasy worlds of her books. Pelaam is offering one lucky commenter a chance to win one of her fantastic reads, Christmas Magic.
Q. I loved the sound of your new book, Horse of Bells. Please can you tell us a little about it, and any other new releases you’d like to share?
I love going through old fairy tales and giving them a twist. This is based on an obscure Irish fairy tale. It’s about honour, love and loyalty. We have the favoured older brother, and heir to the throne, and the more neglected younger brother who are fiercely protective of one another, the evil step-mother, a mysterious stranger, a feared, dark Prince, and a quest of honour. All the elements of a good fairy tale, with an m/m twist. I enjoyed writing this one immensely.
Q. Please us a little bit about yourself – how long have you been writing?
I started writing when I was a child. I read a lot of fairy tales, and stories about ghosts, witches and mythology even then. I created my characters from the series ‘Silver’ (on Literotica) when I was 12 or 13. The relationship between the characters then was close brotherhood, but they made the transition to m/m perfectly. I started to post on Literotica about 5 years ago, and have been a published author for about 2 years.
Q. You’ve written in an amazing array of genres – parnormal/horror, historical, sci-fi, and fantasy to name a few. Which is your favorite to write? And which the hardest?
My favourite would be difficult to choose, paranormal/sci-fi and fantasy are the genres I love – maybe fantasy has the edge, LOL, so difficult. The hardest for me is contemporary. I have to remember that characters can’t use supernatural gifts/gadgets/magic when writing in this genre.
Hmm. Ange et Demon would be a good start for preternatural – that’s part of my Demonica universe. Bedazzled if you wanted to combine sci-fi and the fairy tales with a twist – part of my Once Upon a Future series.
Q. You live in New Zealand — which is awesome! Does your NZ location inspire your writing?
Yes. I’ve used my locality when writing. I have beaches and mountains – it’s very beautiful here.
Q. It’s war between the demons and firebirds from your books. Who would win?
Q. Any exciting new WIPs to tell us about?
I have another couple of releases with Silver publishing to come: fairy tales with a twist: Enchanted, and Red – my versions of Sleeping Beauty and red Riding Hood. Silver Stream is releasing my Steampunk ‘Glacialis’ in Feb. A book with Torquere entitled ‘Slayer’ will be released next month, and Evernight have accepted ‘Cursed Love’.
I’m working on a longer fanatsy that includes heroes, monsters, mages, and evil villains. I have another Demonica in progress, an Egyptian/Arabian inspired sci-fi, and a twist to Golidlocks I’ve just started. These are just a few of my WIPS LOL.
This all sounds *very* exciting!!! Scroll on for more info about Pelaam’s books, plus a chance to win Christmas Magic!
Prince Donal and his brother Caolan are sent to safety when their step-mother Queen Doireann is suspected of an attempt on Caolan’s life. Caolan doesn’t want to break his pact with the mysterious stranger from the forest who rescued him however his loyalty lies with his brother and they depart.
When recalled home Donal is manipulated by Doireann into undertaking an honour-bound quest to obtain the Horse of Bells from the Dark Prince. Failure means forfeiting his right to the throne. Further, if caught he faces death for attempting to steal the Dark Prince’s magical horse.
Caolan accompanies Donal on his quest and they are joined by the enigmatic Traveller.
But is he friend or foe?
Slayer (available soon from Torquere.)
Alexus returns home to defeat a preternatural attack on his own town. However, the hunter quickly becomes the prey.
Prince Lucien has been bethrothed to Princess Evania from her birth. When his sister Isabella is born, she is immediately betrothed to Evania’s younger brother Teige.
On the day of her christening, Isabella falls victim to a curse from the black witch Caera, but instead of death, the white mage Marged makes the curse one where isabella will sleep until wakended by true love’s kiss.
Isabella is taken away as a young child by Marged in hopes of foiling the curse altogether.
As Lucien grows, his heart belongs not to Evania, but to Teige. They keep their love secret, waiting until Isabella can come home before intending to reveal their love. The only people who know are Evania and Lucien’s cousin Dashiell.
Despite the precautions taken, Isabella falls under Caera’s curse, as does Teige and Lucien, Evania and Dashiell are the only ones who can save them.
They must defeat Caera to reach them. But whose kiss will awaken the Sleeping Beauties?
Mitchell is unhappy with his relationship with John and his life in general. Then he meets his store’s latest Christmas elf, who is not exactly what he seems. Linwood fights to protect Mitchell but their differences may make forever impossible.
If you’d like to win a copy of Christmas Magic, Pelaam is kindly donating a copy to one lucky commenter! Please remember to leave your email when promted – it will not be displayed or retained for any other purpose. Giveaway ends 5th February.
Thanks for dropping by Pelaam, and to everyone for reading Remember, there’s also still a chance to win I Am Here by Evelyn Shepherd – read and comment on her interview here