Ta-daaa! Here’s the second piece of the cover puzzle! The full cover is soon to be revealed. Last week, several of you took your good, sporting guesses on what the missing 6-letter word from the excerpt might be (friend was not bad, and I thought butler was a pretty funny guess) but the missing word is in fact:
K N I G H T
So, yes, indeed, as my clever readers may now deduce, knights usually go with a medieval setting…
But, wait! There’s more. J
The setting of my Summer Surprise Book is not your normal medieval world – but a fairytale kingdom in which magical beasties like dragons and fairies exist, and where certain people with the right abilities can even work a few carefully chosen magical spells.
In other words, we are dealing with a fun, fairly breezy treatment of a medieval FANTASY world – one that’s got much more flexible rules than real medieval times, and is chock-full of adventure. If you look closely at last week’s Puzzle Piece, you can make out some of the series name at the top. Here's the full line that you can't see. The series name is: Age of Heroes.
I am envisioning this as a four-book series over the next couple years, but you will get to meet all four uniquely dreamy heroes in Book 1. They include: a Paladin (which is an uber-knight, known for having towering standards of chivalry as well as superior fighting ability), a totally charming, sword-wielding rascal of a Bard, a dark-and-dangerous, utterly ruthless Warlord, and the kingdom’s sexiest Sorcerer who, yes, wears black leather, guy-liner and tattoos like a rockstar. But it works for him. *grin*
We’re going to have a lot of fun with these guys, ladies. LOL. (But don’t worry – if you need your Regency duke, he’s coming in most likely October.)
Magical beasties aside, a fantasy kingdom for me means a return to my roots! For those of you who’ve read the Ascension Trilogy, you will recall that I began my career with a made-up kingdom. J
In tone, I would describe the Age of Heroes series as not as light/comedic as The Princess Bride, but not as dark/hugely epic as Lord of the Rings (and nowhere near as bloody as Game of Thrones, which I can’t even watch), but somewhere in between, probably a little more toward Princess Bride (just to use well-known movies as examples). But it’s extremely romantic and sexy.
Another thing that I think you’ll like about my medieval fantasy world is that since it is my own creation (though inspired by 14th century Europe), I decided to change the rules to suit myself – especially where women are concerned.
In my world, women can do a Whole Lot More than they could in real medieval times (yay!). After 20 Regency ladies with chaperones and strict reputation rules breathing down their necks, I figured to hell with all the governesses and corsets for once. Let’s loosen things up and see what happens!
So, if a girl in my world wanted to become even, say, a knight, she’d be allowed to try, though most people would probably find her a little odd. (That’s not what happens in this story, it’s just an example of the intentionally modern modifications I made to the medieval canvas). Patriarchal traditions are generally still in place, but women can be on equal footing with men—if they choose to step up and act that way.
One can assume that a bunch of brawny knights would run roughshod over “ladies” who didn’t have the guts to stand up for themselves, but if they have some spirit, females do NOT have to be seen and not heard in my series. Because that’s just boring, and boring does not make for good stories. J
So there’s a foretaste of what’s coming! I’ve told you about the series concept and showed you Puzzle Piece 2.
Next week, your official Sneak Peek is coming – the full cover reveal and the back cover blurb, and Chapter One!
It won’t be long now. Thanks for your support, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter if you want to receive an email alert to remind you when it’s officially on sale – Tuesday, July 14.