Guest Post: Shona Husk (Maid of Ice) ~ Excerpt

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The vampires of the Blood and Silver series

Vampires have been the heroes of romance fiction for quite a while. With the Blood and Silver series I wanted to make them bad again…but not totally bad because in the world of the Blood and Silver series the vampires, or albanex as I called them, originally had a very important purpose. The albanex were elders who gave up life to become undead so they could pass on knowledge to younger generation. They were called the Keepers of the Law. 

Having a vampire that could live for centuries meant that magical knowledge wasn’t lost between generations and it would’ve given the society stability. Of course when the disaster hit and the people fled, bringing their Keepers with them, things went awry. 

The albanex need human blood to survive. It is blood magic that keeps them alive and humans soon grew to fear them and other blond magic users. The myth of vampires was formed—I like to ground my magical world with reality in places. In this series it was the formation of the vampire myth and the lure of lost civilization. 

With the loss of the civilization the rules got lost and perhaps some people became albanex for the wrong reasons. Power will always attract both those who know how to use it for the betterment of society and those who wield it for their own purposes. 

Thousands of years later there is the tale that Keepers of Law survive in tombs around the world sleeping for when they are needed. Not even my Albah know if it is true but they aren’t willing to abandon their elders. 

In Maid of Ice a tomb will be opened and the truth revealed. 



Maid of Ice by Shona Husk
Pub Date: November 21, 2017
Genre: paranormal romance

Book Blurb:
Stalkers and death threats . . .
For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

. . . and that’s just the first date
Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer . . .

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The steering was heavy, which wasn’t a good thing at racetrack speeds. Finley Ryder didn’t know enough about cars to determine what was wrong and keep the race car on the track while it hurtled around the corner at over one hundred miles an hour. He eased off the accelerator and tried to remember all the lessons he’d had before being allowed to drive the car himself.

  Nothing came to mind that would save his life. The steering was getting harder. He wasn’t going to make the next corner and it was coming up way too fast.

  “Car’s not responding.” Finley said into the microphone in his helmet. The microphone wasn’t there for his team to call out tips. It was there for the film crew to give him instructions and for him to spout any lines they needed said.

  “What do you mean?”

  What he meant was he was jelly in under ten seconds. “No steering.”

  He pressed the brake, to slow the car so he didn’t hit the wall as fast. He swore. It wasn’t going to stop in time, that much was clear. “Make sure you get the accident. You might need it for a later episode.”

  When they’d have to kill off his character.

  Finley didn’t like his chances of walking out of this. Panicked voices filled his headset. They were never going to let him do his own stunts again after this, no matter how qualified he was. 

His heart beat fast, pumping fear into his body. This was not how he’d planned on dying—he hadn’t made those plans yet. He didn’t give a shit how expensive the gearbox was. He tore his way down through the gears trying to slow the race car. There were sirens, emergency vehicles were already on the track. He didn’t take his eyes off the concrete wall to find out where they were. He knew what they were doing.

  They were coming for him.

  The car slowed, but not enough.

  He drew in a breath to calm the rising panic. This counted as dire situation, and he didn’t care who saw or what questions they asked. He drew the air around him into a shield. He’d tested his magical abilities before, but not like this. He wasn’t sure any Albah had.

  He was making history.

  With an exhale, he pushed every bit of will he had into cushioning himself, and the car, from the impact. If he’d been able to access some skin under all the safety gear, he’d have added blood into the mix.

  His eyes closed as everything collapsed around him. 


Shona Husk is the author of over forty books that range from sensual to scorching, and cover the contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance genres. Her most recent series are Face the Music, Blood and Silver and Annwyn. As well as writing romance she also writes sci-fi for the Takamo Universe game and urban fantasy under anther pen name.

She lives in Western Australia and when she isn’t writing or reading she loves to cook, cross stitch and research places she’d one day like to travel.

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

8 comments on “Guest Post: Shona Husk (Maid of Ice) ~ Excerpt

  1. This sounds exciting. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.
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  2. This sounds good. Thanks for sharing
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  4. Oh Angela I love this cover. Thanks for the chance
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