What if…


These have to be the most magical words in the English language. What if holds more power than hocus pocus or abracadabra because they are the key to millions of stories.

Every time a writer asks what if… a hero is born and a new world is created. When writing fantasy that little spark of magic can go a very long way.

Here’s what happened during the making of DARK VOW :

What if… a country was ruled by ten Trade Unions?
What if… the one that ruled magic had grown too powerful?
What if… the hero was wanted?
What if… the heroine made a magic gun that everyone wants to get their hands on?

Wait a second. A gun? What is a gun doing in a fantasy novel? Hmm, guess it’s like a Western with magic. Cool. Except I know nothing about horses…

What if… I kill off the horses so the few that are left have a taste for blood? How would people adapt? (Seriously, that’s exactly what occurred.)

No matter how strange the idea I’ve learned not to question the magic of what if…

Dark Vow

Jaines Cord plans to kill the man who murdered her husband, even though killing a Bounty Hunter is said to be impossible. One bullet took away her livelihood, her home and her love. One bullet made by her. Fired from the gun she completed for the Arcane Bounty Hunter.

Obsidian wears the scars of disobeying the powerful Arcane Union. He barely escaped with his life and now lives quietly, in a town the lawmen forgot. When Jaines arrives asking too many questions, he’s faced with a decision. Help her or run…again. Obsidian knows that if he flees he’ll always be looking over his shoulder. His name is one of the first on the Bounty Hunter’s death list.

Yet when Obsidian is offered an opportunity to stop the stone taking over his body in exchange for retrieving the gun, he asks Jaines for her help. Now Jaines must choose: a dead man’s vengeance or a living man’s hope?

About the Author:
A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks. You can find out more at

8 thoughts on “What if…”

  1. azteclady says:

    The premise sounds amazing. Me wants!

  2. Love it, Shona. What if can be so powerful.

  3. Rachael_Johns says:

    Your imagination astounds me!!! :)

  4. Shona Husk says:

    @azteclady. I hope you enjoy!

  5. Shona Husk says:

    @ Eleni, and so much fun!

  6. Shona Husk says:

    Rachael, I was the child with the over active imagination—and I never grew out of it.

  7. Coleen Kwan says:

    Bloodthirsty horses? Sounds fantastic. Congratulations on your new release, Shona.

  8. infinitieh says:

    “Steampunk” with carnivorous horses (I swear some of those ponies had it in for us kids when I was young and used to ride)? I’m there!

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