One of the beautiful things about writing fantasy romance is that I can play god. As I explained in an earlier post I was able to create a different world that had its own environment, rules, and societal structure that gave me a fertile playground to create romance stories. Siddella’s Surrender and the followup Siddella’s Submission, both take place in the land of Fearie, what some consider to be a realm of it’s own. In magickal workings, it’s often shrouded in mystery and the sidhe are characterized as cute, sexy and slightly impish. That’s a cute image, definitely but the truth is that in magic, things are not only not always as they seem, but sometimes the reality is much harsher.
The world I created in Siddella’s stories comes from my Covenant of Wolves world where Earth and Faerie are different realms connected by portals. This is nothing like the science fiction and fantasy that Star Trek writers often use, this is more akin to reality for many who actually practice magick. Star Trek came from the imagination of a very brilliant man with endless possibilities and a series that has lasted well over 40 years. The world I created in Covenant of Wolves has produced the Siddella books, an entire series that IS tied into the Covenant of Wolves universe with a similar plot and consistent feel. Theoretically I could probably write at length about a variety of different main characters who play important parts in the concept of overthrowing the dictator of the Unseelie City-State.
That’s something else by the way. The reality I’ve created in this universe is based on fact and my attempt at creating a cyberpunkesque land where dystopia reigns supreme because of a class system not unlike what we face today, only with more obvious differences. There is the ruling class, the ruling power above them and below them both, the poor, downtrodden and miserable. But even in the ranks of the military, we have a game of usurp afoot with Millie the Fae, who has taken on a sort of Michael Westen spy trait while Prince Faolan is more the Dominant Alpha wolf with ties to the Moon Mother.
Both of them come from higher class backgrounds, and in contrast, Siddella is a theif, in fact she’s more a Lupin type, able to unlock any safe, steal any jewel, but she’s become an unknowing pawn in the game of Usurp the CyberMage. The wrench in the entire story is her falling in love with Frika, Lord of the famed and Legendary Black Angus. BDSM plays a heavy part in the world of Faerie, particularly in the Unseelie where things are so cold that the only way for the inhabitants to feel is through the use of heavy, dangerous kink. In the more Victorian (so far, I haven’t written it yet!) Seelie Kingdom of Light, mental BDSM is used. Overall I still have to maintain the main romance plot in all my work, and hopefully once you’ve read Siddella’s Surrender and Siddella’s Submission, you’ve found that I’ve done just that.