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Annette Gisby

My husband calls me the Hobbitbotherer. It was coined by my husband John when I was going through a very Lord of the Rings phase. Reading the books, watching the films (over and over again!) and finding out what other films the actors were in! We had always thought of one day going to New Zealand and having seen some of the wonderful scenery in the films, it made us want to visit even more and we decided to go for it after all. Our trip is what inspired the book, New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer, a funny romp through the wonderful land of Aotera (Land of the Long White Cloud) while poor John had to put up with me wanting to trek to all the film locations!

I read lots of different genres, so I guess that sometimes translates into my writing. I never sit down and write a book by deciding on the genre first. Normally it's the characters who appear in my mind first, although not usually named until much later! I love the history of names and usually try and find names that suit them, rather than just pick a name out of the air. Ideas come from everywhere and I have so many ideas going around in my head that if I didn't write them down I'd go mad.

I love books and I love reading, our house is overflowing with books so I've been trying to read more ebooks than paper ones recently. I don't care what method it is, I love a good story whether it's on a computer screen or on a dead tree.

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I started writing The Chosen for National Novel Writing Month a few years ago. In my mind I wanted to write a fairy tale for adults set in a fantasy setting. Severin, the prince, came to me rather easily. I could picture what he looked like, what sort of person he was and how he would react to things around him. I had the prince, now all I needed was a princess for him to rescue.

But there was a problem, I couldn't picture this princess no matter how hard I tried. What was wrong? Why couldn't I picture this character? As usual, it was my characters who saved me. Severin was insistent that he wasn't interested in princesses, to rescue or otherwise. Now, if it was princes, that was another matter! In all my character developement, I'd failed to realise the fact that my prince was gay!

Well, that certainly put another spin on things and over the next few days, another character came to me: Havyn, who'd been a slave all his life and was certainly in need of rescue. Severin nodded wholeheartedly, for Havyn was a very handsome slave.

Of course, there wouldn't have been much conflict if all they did was meet and fall in love. But of course, even in a fantasy world being a gay prince wasn't easy. The kingdom needed heirs, that was Severin's duty, not to love where he wished. And as for Havyn, he was apprenticed to an old-fashioned wizard after his rescue. A wizard who was of the opinion that remaining chaste was the only way for a wizard to keep his powers. Not to mention the fact that Severin's father bethrothed him to a princess without his knowledge and his future bride has disappeared...

I loved writing this story, I felt so strongly about all of my characters, even the not so nice ones. When I finished it was as if the friends who had been visiting me had gone home. But they weren't gone, for I could read about them anytime I wanted. Yes, I do read and re-read my own work, for I write the stories I want to read too.

I hope my readers will find some friends between the pages as well.

Take care,
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With the kingdom almost brought to its knees by magic during the Mage Wars, all those with power have had it stripped from them. Once a proud mage, Lord Keston makes his living tutoring the king's son. Disgraced after being caught with another...
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Dreams & Desires: Three Sexy Shorts
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 ...
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The Chosen
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...
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The Witch Hunter
Recently released from a mental institution, Beth Gregory accepts a job as a live-in secretary/PA to the reclusive painter Josh Warrington. Beth's long red hair fascinates him from the first moment he sees her and Josh wants her to be his Rapu...
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Drowning Rapunzel
Shadows of the Rose is a varied collection of short stories.   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 fami...
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Shadows of the Rose: Anniversary Edition
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 tav...
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The Prince's Guard
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 ha...
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Of Pets and Pleasures
   HeHeAfter 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...
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Silent Screams Ebook
What would you do if your spouse becomes addicted to Lord of the Rings and swoons every time Orlando Bloom's name is mentioned? (Thud, quick, fetch the smelling salts!) How about taking the advice of a strange apparition that reveals itself in a ...
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New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer
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Anthology of true stories, edited by Dorothy Thompson. Includes my own story, A Knight Without Armour. Do soul mates exist? You can find the answer to this perplexing and old-age question in the anthology, Romancing the Soul--True Stories and Vers...
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Romancing the Soul

A Peek Into the Life of Annette Gisby

Our visit to Venice

Our visit to Venice
Me outside the world's biggest bookstore, in Toronto, don't know if that is true or not!

Me outside the world's biggest bookstore, in Toronto, don't know if that is true or not!

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