Post Title: Blaine D. Arden on Siblings and “The Fifth Son”
Post Date: March 19th, 2012
Siblings: can’t live with them, can’t live without them.
I have one brother. He calls me little sister, because he’s taller, and I call him little brother, because he’s younger. Tit for tat, and all that. We had a real love-and-hate relationship when growing up. One moment we’d be playing together, with or without friends, the other we’d be beating the crap out of each other. Our clashes weren’t all that surprising. Where I was a shy, quiet dreamer, he was cheeky, outgoing and often surrounded by friends. Of course, now that we’re both ‘grown-ups’, we get along great and know we can count on each other.
Llyskel from my most recent release The Fifth Son, has four brothers, all older; Jeon, son number four, is about six years older than Llyskel. Llyskel didn’t really get to experience the love/hate thing between siblings. The age difference played a big part in it, but also the fact that Llyskel wasn’t allowed to play with his brothers, for fear they’d hurt him with their magic. So, he never really bonded with his brothers and spent a lot of time watching them, painting them, all the while paying close attention to what they were taught. And yet, though Llyskel has turned out to be a bit of a loner, his brothers, as adults, treat and tease him like he’s one of them.
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 is a purple haired, forty-something, writer of gay romance with a love of men, music, mystery, magic, fairies (the pointy eared ones), platform shoes and the colours black, purple and red, who sings her way through life.
You can find Blaine on her website: http://blainedarden.com
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