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Happy Memorial Day everyone! Hope you’re having fun this weekend. I’m writing a bunch, hoping to finish a first draft of my newest book, Shield of Kings. It’s the first in a new series, a spinoff of the Desolate Empire, so you’ll see a lot of familiar characters. Since I don’t want to be too spoilery, I’ll start with snippets from new characters, though you might spot a familiar one here.
Luzyana Inferrara (a cousin of Teodora’s, but quite a bit nicer) is the Queen of Norovaea, but as a foreigner, she has never been popular. The king has done his best to defend her, but the people of Norovaea want her out. This is still in fairly rough form, and edited to fit. Here are the book’s first lines:
“You must go,” King Arryk said, rushing into the room where Luzyana sat playing with the baby, “they’re going to kill you.”
Luzyana handed the baby to the nurse, then stood to face her husband. “Calm down, darling,” she said, taking his hands in hers, “now tell me what’s going on.”
“There’s no time,” Arryk said as a deep crease formed between his blue eyes. That was nothing new; the political situation had been deteriorating for months now and he took every setback personally. “There’s a mob coming this way.”
“A mob coming for me?” Luzyana attempted a smile even as her heart banged against her ribs.
“Yes,” Arryk’s hands tightened around hers, “The ruling council said the queen was responsible for my heresy and they’d give in to none of my demands until you were gone. They demanded I send you back to your mother, and when I refused … well, things got worse.”
Torches and pitchforks, coming right up!