This is Blaine's first time here at the Place, so please help me give a warm welcome. :) Afterwards, be sure to leave your comments as Blaine has also brought... a giveaway. W00T! Oh yeah, Blaine's latest book The Fifth Son is up for grabs.
Now... I give the Place over to Blaine. Welcome m'dear!
Diversity As Is by Blaine D. Arden
One of the things I like about writing fantasy is that I don't have to adhere to this silly notion that sexual preference matters. Most my stories—there are always exceptions—portray diversity as is, because that's how I wish our world to be. It's the reason I started writing gay romance when I was a sweet, naive idealist at 16/17 years old. Then, I wanted to show the world how beautiful love between men could be, now I just want to write a world where sexuality can be as fluid as it really is.
Let's take the world of 'The Forester' for instance: No one cares that Ianys and Kelnaht were once lovers, and if Taruif wasn't shunned, no one would care about their triad either. Yes, Ianys' wife, Naia, didn't like Ianys' relationship with Kelnaht one bit, but that had nothing to do with the fact Kelnaht was a man—she would have hated Kelnaht just as much had he been a woman. Naia hated Kelnaht, pure and simple, for reasons I can't go into right now. Would she have accepted Taruif as Ianys' lover or anyone else? Probably not. Naia wasn't very good at sharing, she wanted Ianys all for herself.
Moving on to 'The Fifth Son', we find five royal brothers, all with very diverse interests and relationships. Danen, the eldest of the bunch is in a monogamous, heterosexual relationship with Inau. Lerran is involved with Riki a female fellow soldier and both wouldn't mind adding a third to their relationship, of either gender. Endyrr is gay, like Llyskel, and happily attached to Kalnor. Jeon's open to anyone and anything. He is promiscuous, flirts with all and sundry and yet, none of his lovers have ever felt jilted. Of course, Llyskel is certain he'll find one he wants to keep... some day. Finally, Llyskel himself has no intention of ever sharing Ariv with anyone. Luckily for him, Ariv feels the same.
It always amazes me how quick our world changes technology wise, yet how slow we are in accepting diversity. So, my contribution to strive for an accepting world, is letting readers experience, even if just for a moment, a world where a man loving another man isn't frowned upon, where diversity is a fact of life.
The Fifth Son is about Llyskel, the fifth son of a King, who, unlike his brothers, doesn't have a career in politics or the military to look forward to. In a world where everyone possesses magic to some degree or other, Llyskel is powerless, unable to perform even the smallest magic-based tasks. All his life, he's been under constant guard for his own protection from the magical world around him, much to his annoyance. The only time Llyskel feels free is when he paints, where the only spells he needs are the ones he weaves with brush and paint, capturing moments of beauty and giving them immortality on canvas.
Llyskel harbors a secret wish, though, a dark desire that haunts his nights. Only Ariv, a captain in the King's army, seems to sense the truth of Llyskel's needs. The pull he feels to Llyskel is unavoidable, and the passion between them undeniable. But Ariv isn't the only one interested in Llyskel. The Queen of a neighboring country expresses her interest in the boy's talents, but her true intent goes far beyond a love of art. And what she asks may be too high a price for any of them.
Blaine D. Arden is a purple haired, forty-something writer of gay romance with a love of men, music, mystery, magic, elves, platform shoes, and the colors black, purple, and red, who sings her way through life. Blaine can be found at http://blainedarden.com, http://facebook.com/BlaineDArden and on Twitter as @BlaineDArden
The fine details...
- Giveaway is for an eBook copy of The Fifth Son.
- Contest closes 9:00PM PST, April 25th, 2012
- To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to be entered in the giveaway.
- Please include a valid email address or I won’t know where to contact you.
- Winners will be selected at random using Random.org
- If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
- Contest is open worldwide.