Hello everyone and welcome to my stop for the Kingdom Cold blog tour. I haven’t been part of a blog tour in a while and what better way to start than with a book like Kingdom Cold. A fantasy novel with lots of political intrigue, plot twists and diverse characters.
Guess what? For this week only, you can get Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle for $0.99 on Amazon. If you do get it, let me know so we can chat about it. For now, enjoy this little excerpt from the book.
This blog tour is hosted by Shealea @Shut up Shealea.
Title: Kingdom Cold
Author: Brittni Chenelle
Publication date: 14th February 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.
When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?
One must fall.
Dying wasn’t my intention. Yet there I lay, ravenous—twelve hours into my hunger strike, certain I was already slipping away. The moans of my stomach howled for me to submit to the trays of food of every variety within an arm’s reach. I swallowed a gulp of nectarous air, heavy with the aroma of my favorite dishes, as the servants marched them in one by one. My mother was not relenting, but neither was I.
As I lay dying, I didn’t observe my life flash before my eyes, but rather the few hours that led me to this desperate act— and ultimately to my untimely demise.
“Married? To who?” I seethed. It didn’t even matter. “Married!”
My mom, Queen of Besmium, let out a breathy sigh. “Honestly, Charlotte, can we skip the theatrics?”
I rushed closer to her. “I’m only sixteen. You said I’d have more time, until eighteen at least.” She crossed her arms. “And you would feel differently about marriage in two years?”
I opened my mouth to speak, but nothing came out. Tears stung my eyes. I clenched my jaw, rage pulsing through me. Was this a punishment? Everyone knew I would make a terrible queen. I wasn’t cut out for rules or duty. My parents were never able to conceive another child, so they gave in to the fact it would have to be me. Married off for an alliance.
“No. I won’t do it,” I said. “I wasn’t asking your permission.” Her gaze cut into my resolve but I refused to surrender the modicum of freedom I had.
“I won’t say ‘I do’,” I said, locking my knees to keep them from shaking. Marriage? Even the word repulsed me. It sat at the back of my throat and I choked on it.
She stepped forward and leaned her face close to mine, her voice almost a whisper. “Could you be any more selfish?” I swallowed back a wave of tears. “Drethen marches closer every day,” she said. “Without this alliance—” I succumbed to sobs, melting like a wax candle at the end of a banquet.
This seemed to please my mother to no end. She watched my anguish, her eyebrow slightly raised. She did this after all her victories. Certainly, this was revenge for my disobedience. After what felt like one hundred years of silence she continued, answering the question I couldn’t bring myself to ask.
“The Prince of Vires. Prince Young.”
I choked. “The Eastern Statue? Did you know that’s what they call him? They say he never smiles.”
“Be grateful he’s only a year older than you.” Her words hung in the silence like a thick fog, but instead of obscuring my vision, my mother had exposed herself. Her marriage had been arranged as well, and it was no secret that father was twenty years her senior. She pursed her lips as if she could somehow suck the words back. I studied her face but she spun away, taking her leave with poised, deliberate steps before I could respond, and left me there with the news.
I walked like the undead to my bedroom and collapsed on the floor. Milly, my lady-in-waiting, appeared. “Is everything—”
“Corset off. “ Milly rushed over, her small hands unlacing my corset with quick, decisive movements. From behind me, all I could see of her was an occasional wisp of her summery hair. When she finished, she dropped down in front of me, as if my morbid energy was draining her. “What happened?”
“Prince of Vires,” I said as I buried my face in my hands. She leaned forward, awaiting more information, as I remained motionless. Her eyes widened. “Marriage? But you’re only sixteen.”
I sat up and gave a hard nod, shaking a few of my dark curls from their pins. We sat there in silence. Each drape, chandelier, and ornately decorated vase screamed the same thing: my life wasn’t mine.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brittni Chenelle currently lives in Seoul, Korea which inspires her multicultural fantasy books. Her favorite genres to read and write are young adult fantasy, young adult romance, fairytale retellings, and young adult dystopian novels. She’s very passionate about equal representation and makes a point to include characters from different backgrounds and cultures in her fantasy stories. Here are five fun facts about Brittni:
1. She lives in South Korea. It’s true. She does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference. She also infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture.
2. She’s a Type 1 Diabetic. She uses an insulin pump for survival and refers to her diabetes as “Beetie” which is what inspired her children’s book “Life with Beetie”. When she wants something from her parents she tells them, “My Beetie hurts.” It’s a trick that has never failed her.
3. She doesn’t really BELIEVE in fiction. Despite all the; Dragons, Elves, and Magic present in her novel “Involuted the Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree”, Brittni INSISTS that it’s a true story.
4. She’s OBSESSED with dark chocolate. She made me put that in and would also like me to inform you (on an unrelated note) that her birthday is in May.
5. Sorry guys, she’s married. If you ask her, she’ll tell you her husband saved her life but every time someone asks “how?” she gives a different reason. I’ve overheard her give about 4 different reasons, but I bet she has more. He must be an amazing guy.
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