The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative
peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of
Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only
son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir.
His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative
peace. Unfortunately Severin isn't interested in princesses. Now, if he
had his pick of princes that would be another matter.
Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is
discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and
apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep
his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.
With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air,
and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find
happiness together, or is duty more important than love?
"The way Severin and Havyn fight their attraction even as each of them continue to crave each other was heartbreaking. This was a really good novel, one that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and remember for quite some time." -- Coffee Time Romance
"Gisby's description of her fantasy world of Arcathia and Oscia is strong; she quickly sets the limitations of the magic users and defines the characteristics of the Arcathian and Oscian populations with clarity. She is also very good at introducing various subplots; within the first few chapters she introduces the antagonism between her two main cultures, the appearance of an ancient race, in addition to the main romance and the obstacles the couples face." -- Rainbow Reviews
"Annette Gisby is one of my new favorite authors to watch out for. The Chosen was simply a fantastic mixture of passion, longing, magic and kingdom intrigue...Annette Gisby has written a fantastic book with clandestine visits, secret dreams, and a fantastic ending." -- Bitten by Books
Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she'd devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.
When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She's a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.
She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It's diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.
Also by Annette Gisby:
New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer
The Prince's Guard
Of Pets and Pleasures
An Interview with Annette Gisby
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Annette, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Chosen. What can you tell us about this beautifully-written romance?
AG: I started writing it during NANO a few years ago. In my mind, I wanted to
write a fairy tale for adults and Prince Severin came to me almost fully
formed. Since I was aiming for a fairy story, I thought he needed a
princess to rescue but I just couldn't get a handle on this character at
all. There were lost of rough drafts that were deleted early on and then I
started getting glimpses of another character in my head. Havyn, a
handsome slave, a handsome male slave. Severin nodded frantically - that's
who he wanted to rescue, not a princess. In all my deliberations, I'd
failed to notice that Severin was gay. =)
Once I'd figured that out, the story flowed much better. There are still
princesses, wizards and magic in the story along with some political
intrigue and of course a quest.
HH: What do you like best about Severin and why will readers identify with
AG: I think Severin is a very noble character, except for one particular
instance in the book. I debated whether or not to leave that scene in, but
I think it reveals more about him so I left it in, even though it is not
something Severin would normally do.
HH: What do you like best about Havyn and why will readers love him?
AG: Havyn is just so adorable, he's like a lost puppy and Severin is
determined to save him. I think everyone will love him.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story and how does it differ
from your other works?
AG: It was my first gay romance that wasn't a fanfic and I loved writing all
of it, especially the emotional scenes between Havyn and Severin.
HH: What do you think will most appeal to readers about this story this
AG: It's a romance with a traditional happy ending, although the journey to
get there might not be so traditional.
HH: How do you feel your own personal experiences influence your writing?
AG: It depends on the book and characters, I suppose. I think both Havyn and
Severin have parts of me in them, but they are unique individuals as well.
I use my imagination a lot rather than things that happened to me.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
AG: I've just recently released a paranormal romance novella called Drakon
about an ancient race of beings who were originally what people thought
were demons or fairies.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
AG: I'm on the second book of a fantasy trilogy by Glenda Larke called The
Stormlord Rising. Really imaginative.
HH: What do you like best about this time of year?
AG: I love all the lights, everything looks so bright and sparkly. It's
wonderful when it snows, but I don't like being out in it, I don't deal
well with being cold.