Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Journey: Read-A-Romance Month with Helen C. Johannes

What book changed your life? Meet fellow WisRWA author Helen C. Johannes. She talks about books and more as she celebrates romance this month. Her post is here. Her second post on why she reads romance--the answers will surprise you--is here.

Helen writes breath-taking fantasy romance that I love to read.

2011 Launching a Star Winner in Fantasy Romance, The Wild Rose Press

What if looking at the face of the man you loved meant death?

Years ago, warrior Durren Drakkonwehr was cursed by a mage. Now feared and reviled as the Shadow Man, he keeps to himself, only going to town to trade rare bloodstones—petrified dragon's blood—for supplies. Though he hides his face, he can't hide his heart from the woman who haunts his dreams...
Needing bloodstones for a jewelry commission, Mirianna and her father journey across the dreaded Wehrland where the beast-men roam. When their party is attacked, only the Shadow Man can save them. Strangely drawn to him, Mirianna offers herself in return for her father's rescue.
Living in the ruined fortress with the Shadow Man, Mirianna slowly realizes that a flesh-and-blood man, not a fiend hides there in hoods and darkness. But are love and courage enough to lift the curse and restore the man?

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00G8GTHRC

Helen C. Johannes lives in the Midwest with her husband and grown children. Growing up, she read fairy tales, Tolkien, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, and Ayn Rand, an unusual mix that undoubtedly explains why the themes, characters, and locales in her writing play out in tales of love and adventure.

Like castles, horses, and swordplay? Check out Helen's books at http://helencjohannes.blogspot.com/

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  1. Thanks for the great spotlight, Mary!

    1. It's my pleasure! Love your take on why you read romance.

      What's next for you?

  2. I'm working on a sequel to my first book, THE PRINCE OF VAL-FEYRIDGE. This is Naed's story, and I'm discovering I left him with a load of baggage he has to deal with now. Not to mention some enemies--known and unknown--and a headstrong fiancee who's quite adept with a sword.

    1. Oooh!! I've been wanting a sequel to Val-Feyridge. Can't wait :)