Spotlight On Indie Author Annette Gisby
Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she'd devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.
When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day.
She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It's diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.
Here are my books
|Shadows of the Rose|
Shadows of the Rose is a varied collection of short stories. From the far reaches of space and the future to historical, there is a bit of everything.
The Witch Hunter - a young girl is accused of sorcery and the witch hunter sent to condemn her is not as he seems...
Baby Blues - set in a future where family planning is controlled by the state and it is illegal to make love...
Free Falling - some friendly aliens have found the cure for most of human diseases, except for one--the one you have...
The Glass Guitar - Meg thinks a haunted guitar might be just the present for her musician boyfriend's birthday...
Shadows of the Rose - a lovers' tryst in a ruined abbey, but there is something not quite right - what's that there, hidden beneath the shadows of the rose?
This anniversary collection also features the two recent short stories, The Prince's Guard and Of Pets and Pleasures, which have never been in this collection before, although they are available separately as ebooks.
|The Prince's Guard|
The Prince's Guard
Prince Dashan has been used to getting things his own way, with servants to cater to his every whim. As the crown prince, it is essential that he is protected and he is followed everywhere by his bodyguard, Ryland. Dashan can't even head to a tavern with his friends without Ryland somehow turning up and spoiling his fun.
Dashan disguises himself as a peasant one night and sneaks off to the brothel that he's heard rumours about - a brothel that caters for men who like men. The prince finds it difficult to admit to himself what his true desires are - he yearns to submit his will to someone else. And Ryland is just the man to show him what that truly means.
The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn't interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.
Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.
With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?
After years of suffering, the revelation that she is now pregnant with her abuser's child was too much for Jessica Miller. She tried to end it all with a knife in the bath.
She was saved in time, but now Jessica is learning that survival is only the first step to healing. A mother and a small town who seem to care more about the impropriety of her condition than the horrors that caused it, an inability to share her feelings with the man she loves, and struggles both internal and external over the fate of her unborn child, conspire to crush her from all sides.
As events in her life grow ever darker, can Jessica find the strength to find her way toward the light and break a cycle of abuse? If she can't, it won't just be her leading a life of suffering this time: it will be her child.
|New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer|
What should you do if your spouse becomes addicted to the Lord of the Rings movies and swoons at the very mention of Orlando Bloom's name? (Thud. Quick, fetch the smelling salts.)
How about taking the advice of a strange apparition that reveals itself in a dream? An apparition that looks remarkably like the director of the movies, Peter Jackson, but not quite remarkably enough to prompt legal action.
An apparition that recommends touring New Zealand in an effort to prove that its sheep pastures aren't really filled by frolicking Hobbits. Just sheep and the occasional zorbing local.
This is the hilarious tale of such a tour, featuring snow capped mountains and turquoise lakes, flightless birds and flying cattle, bungy jumping grannies and the carrot mafia, strange yellow eyes peering up from a road map and hotel receptionists always desperate to know "win you are living."
|Of Pets and Pleasures|
The native population of Terra Five have been enslaved by humans for centuries. Owning a pleasure slave is seen as a sign of status, but Sebastian Bennet has never felt the need to own a pleasure slave before. That all changes when he meets the handsome alien youth, Haleth, and decides he must have him for his own.
And as for Haleth, he has little choice in the matter - become a slave or eke out a miserable existence homeless on the streets of Terra Five.
Recently released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory accepts a job as a live-in secretary/PA to the reclusive painter Josh Warrington. From the first moment he sees her, Beth’s long red hair fascinates him, and Josh wants her to be his Rapunzel for a series of fairy tale paintings on which he’s working.
Beth has two major fears: that she will be sent back to the mental hospital and that the visions which landed her there in the first place will return. They do; this time giving her glimpses of murders before they happen. Beth becomes the main suspect in the murder investigation and then she has the most disturbing vision of all: she will become the next victim…
|The Witch Hunter|
With the death of her father and brothers, Lady Katherine has no protection and is suffering unwelcome attentions from Sir Robert, a neighbour knight who has always cast an envious eye over her father's lands. Now with her relatives out of the way, Sir Robert tries to woo the reluctant Katherine.
After many rejections of his advances, Sir Robert incarcerates Lady Katherine in his dungeons, accusing her of witchcraft and sorcery. Despite the privations of the dungeon, Katherine will not give in and still refuses to marry him, no matter the cost.
One day Sir Robert announces that he has sent for the notorious witch hunter, Lord William Alden and she will suffer the trial by ordeal. Katherine has little to do but wait for her fate, but the witch hunter has secrets of his own…
This short story also appears in the collection, Shadows of the Rose
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