Secrets of Artemis
A 2017 Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Award Honoree
It’s true, I am Mistress of the Hunt, goddess of the wilderness. But there’s more to my story that remains untold.
For centuries, I’ve kept my truth hidden. But now, I break the silence. Now, I share my account as men have never told it.
I am Artemis, and these are my secrets.
In Ancient Greece, the goddess Artemis was venerated as a maiden huntress, swift with her bow and arrows, and eternally chaste. But there is more to her story. The truth is, Artemis chose a vastly different destiny than the one her father, Zeus, envisioned for her. Namely, she hadn’t merely pined after the huntsman, Orion, but had secretly partaken in a forbidden romance with him.
In this award-winning novel from prolific fantasy writer, C.K. Brooke, Artemis’s classic myths are retold as never before, in her own voice, as the young goddess sets the record straight and reveals the true account of her immortal life – and love.
A 2019 Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Award Honoree
“Legend has it wrong. Arthur never pulled that sword out of the stone. I did.”
On the winter solstice, a mysterious sword appears in a stone. Not even the mightiest of the village men can remove it, until fifteen-year-old Guinevere gives a try. The sword heeds the unsuspecting maiden, proclaiming the unthinkable: She is the blood of Pendrakon, heir to the vacant throne of Camylot.
Guinevere never dreamed she was royalty. Now, between apprenticing an eccentric old wizard, swordplay lessons with a boy called Lance, and clandestine meetings with the formidable High Priestess of Avalon, Guinevere is swept up in a whirlwind of training and preparation for her monumental new role as future queen. But invasions by barbarians and visitations from mysterious, dark forces loom overhead. Can Guinevere defend her kingdom against darkness and deception? Despite sinister forces working against her, can she harness the power to wield Exkalibur and rule the realm? Or is Camylot already destined to fall?
From the unstoppable pen of C.K. Brooke comes a fresh and unforgettable new retelling steeped in Arthurian mythology. Queen Guinevere has her own tale to share, and it’s nothing like you thought! Experience the magic and myth of Camylot and Avalon like never before as, in the vein of Brooke’s award-winning SECRETS OF ARTEMIS, this legendary maiden of lore recounts her side of the story.
Marian, Princess Thief:
A Robin Hood Retelling
WINNER OF THE 2020 BEST INDIE BOOK AWARD – YOUNG ADULT FICTION
“There is no man called Robin Hood…I am no man.”
Lady Marian, once the beloved Princess of Sherwood, was only sixteen when her father rode off to fight in the Crusades, leaving his kingdom under the despotic rule of his brother, Prince John. The night her uncle sends an assassin upon her, Marian flees to Sherwood Forest, where she meets and forges an unbreakable bond with six other outlawed young women.
Now, the nineteen-year-old princess-in-exile and her Merry Maidens gallivant through the greenwood, cloaked under the aliases of Rob-in-Hood and his Merry Men. Together, they uphold their vendetta of mischief, undermining the Prince at every turn, robbing the rich and giving to the poor—all while outrunning their sworn nemesis, the odious Sheriff of Nottingham.
After a scheme takes an unexpected turn and Marian’s only recourse is to abduct the Sheriff, the lady brigands find themselves in over their heads, stuck with an unrelenting and formidable captive. But, as Marian is about to discover, sometimes people aren’t what they seem… After all, she would know.
Revisit the legend of Robin Hood like you’ve never read it in this wildly adventurous, utterly romantic, award-winning retelling by C.K. Brooke, author of I, Guinevere and Secrets of Artemis!
You’ve heard the song about me.
I am the one called Lady Greensleeves. This is my story.
Sorcha is Princess Kiara’s lady-in-wait, closest confidant, and best friend. When Princess Kiara comes of marrying age, handsome suitors begin to arrive at the castle to court her. That is why the girls are most surprised when Sorcha—not the Princess—becomes the recipient of a series of anonymous gifts and letters.
At first, the girls make it into a game, a mystery. But when Sorcha’s gifts become more lavish and frequent, the girls begin to quarrel. Which of the Princess’s suitors is courting her lady-in-wait, and why?
The clock is ticking on Princess Kiara to select a husband, and to choose wisely. With Sorcha’s undesired attention driving a rift between the two friends, Sorcha is more determined than ever to unmask her secret admirer before their friendship is ruined forever, or the Princess marries the wrong man—or worse, both. But is Sorcha prepared for the truth?
Inspired by the lyrics to “Greensleeves,” this delightful novella by C.K. Brooke brings to life a romantic new reimagining of the classic folksong’s origins.
As Told by Isolde
“‘Tristan and Isolde’? More like stuff and nonsense.”
At age eighteen, Isolde of Ayrland is expected to master the healing arts and uphold her mother’s legacy as a healer, but she’s nowhere near ready for the undertaking. Though her mother’s always urging her to “trust herself,” Isolde doesn’t know the first thing about herself worth trusting.
When Isolde heals the wounds of a gallant stranger, little does she know he’s actually Trustan, nephew of the King of Lyonesse. Trustan’s uncle, King Marc, has been suffering a mysterious malady no one’s been able to cure. Isolde makes the voyage to the Isle of Lyonesse only to meet a prickly king who doubts her almost as much as she doubts herself. To make matters worse, whatever afflicts him is unlike anything she’s ever encountered—and completely impervious to her powers.
As castle intrigue and rumors abound, Marc and Trustan begin to confide in Isolde. She’s only there to do her job—not to befriend anyone, and certainly not to fall in love. But as danger looms and no one is who he appears to be, Isolde must decide whom to trust. Only, what if her own heart is the most deceptive one of all?
AS TOLD BY ISOLDE is the next YA fantasy romance novella in C.K. Brooke’s award-winning Mythic Maidens series.
2021 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Honorable Mention
Kestrel Rosemont just wants a place to belong. An artist at heart, stuck with a prim, practical family that doesn’t always understand her imagination and whimsy, she longs to create a world of her own.
When whispering lights appear by the woods one winter night, Kestrel is drawn into an enchanted land of eternal spring, where a mysterious prince welcomes her warmly, seeming convinced she’s his bride. As Christmas approaches, Kestrel straddles a secret double-life between home and the Whisper Kingdom. But beneath the surface, something dark is lurking with the power to end all she didn’t even realize she held dear. Is she certain her otherworld is a dreamland? Or could it be a nightmare in disguise? Soon, Kestrel must fight to find where she truly belongs.
Whisper is a spellbinding gaslamp novel that will enchant readers of YA fantasy, clean romance, and dark fairy tales.
Capturing the Captain
(American Pirate Romances #1)
In 1720, it’s a pirate’s life for Abigail Clear, daughter of a notorious colonial pirate captain…
But when a rival crew invades Abigail’s ship, she is taken prisoner. Now aboard the enemy vessel, she must contend with its formidable captain. But who is the real captive?
Locked away in the belly of The Indomitable is no place for a woman…
Captain James Morrow is more than displeased to discover his sole captive to be none other than an untamable young lass who will earn him no bounty. Yet if he can soften the little rogue, she just might switch her loyalties to him, and reveal the whereabouts of the infamous thief who sired her–and his stolen treasure. But two can play that game, as Abi is equally inclined to charm the dogged sailor off her father’s tail.
Might she and Captain Morrow run the risk of falling for their own charades?
They dance about their disguises as genuine developing emotions clash against deeper motives, and suspicion runs high. When the captain finally steals a first kiss, Abi decides it’s high time to make her escape–fleeing not only his vessel, but her fondness for the man who intends to see her father hang.
The high seas heat up as Captain Morrow’s quest to recapture Abi is halted by her pirate father, Captain Clear. Will James succeed in pursuit of his captive love, or will his desires conspire to make him a captive himself?
Commanding His Heart
(American Pirate Romances #2)
In Jamestown 1785, Emeline Winthrop dreams of marrying a dashing groom…
When Em’s parents bestow her hand to a coldhearted widower three times her age, she’s desperate. On the eve of her engagement, she escapes to the James River and stows away aboard an acquaintance’s rigger.
Commander Miers Redding would never have dreamed of pirating in his naval days…
However, partnering with the unsavory Captain Crawley is the only way to complete his dangerous mission. When a young lady sneaks aboard The Black Rose, his cover is nearly blown, but the quick-thinking commander saves their skins by pretending to be her husband.
A façade as newlyweds during a dangerous, whirlwind voyage to the Caribbean is bound to convince not only the pirate crew of the couple’s affections, but possibly each other. Yet the mystifying Virginia belle is hiding something from him…
And what, exactly, is Commander Redding’s mysterious mission?
These secrets could end their love, their mission – and their lives.
The Poet Bride
Baltimore, 1901: Aspiring poet Elly Owen is eighteen when her family takes on a boarder in the flat above their shop. Their new tenant, dockworker Ben Porter, is the muse of Elly’s dreams: he’s charming, masculine, and mysterious. The two embark upon a whirlwind forbidden romance as secret lovers—until Ben abruptly disappears, leaving Elly reeling and disconsolate.
When a hidden betrayal surfaces, Elly resolves to go west to find Ben. Chaperoned by Jonathan, a young seminarian with hopes to marry Elly, she ventures to Maumee, Ohio in search of the truth. What she discovers is a life far removed from her romantic expectations, and a rocky relationship that just might rewrite everything she assumed about love.
The Poet Bride is a character-driven period piece set in turn-of-the-last century America. The narrator’s candid examination of marriage, perseverance, and commitment to her heart at all costs will charm readers of historical romance and women’s fiction alike. Read it exclusively on the Readict mobile app.
The Red Pearl
Treasure lost, passion found?
Antonia Korelli is on the run from her coven. She never desired the life of a priestess, confined to the temple, relegated to chastity and service to a goddess made of stone. Instead, she longs for true love and adventure in the faraway Kingdom of Elat.
Enter Robin Watkins, a fiery dreamer on a mission of his own: to uncover the legendary lost Red Pearl. Only, he must first regain his treasure map, which was stolen by his former best mate and conniving ex-girlfriend. When Antonia becomes unwittingly entangled with Rob, she’s more than dismayed to find herself stuck on his harebrained hunt.
But somewhere amidst their bickering and banter, their plight for survival through desert and tropics, and the joint pursuit of impossible dreams, Antonia begins to realize that perhaps she might have found the unforgettable adventure—and romance—she was seeking.
The Wrong Prince
2017 Global Ebook Awards Honorable Mention, Fantasy
Two princes. One bride. A dire misunderstanding…
Meet Geo and Dmitri, the Princes of Tybiria. Though Geo is the obvious athlete, it’s his bookish brother, Dmitri, who receives the credit – and consequences – for slaying an enemy prince in battle. But whose arrow really struck the lad?
Luccia of Backshore is Prince Geo’s secret mistress…until she learns of her disastrous betrothal to none other than his brother, Prince Dmitri! When Dmitri is kidnapped at his and Lucie’s engagement party, his brother and fiancée must set aside their feelings for each other to embark upon a dangerous rescue mission. At the formidable Wintersea fortress as prisoner, Prince Dmitri strikes his own friendship and escape plan with Pavi, his captor’s brilliant but mysterious ward.
A messy love-quadrangle, a plot to murder the king, and a hitwoman harlot complete this action-packed romantic fantasy in another wickedly fast-paced, rollicking adventure from C.K. Brooke.
The Last Empress: A Jordinia Prequel
(The Jordinia Saga Book #0.5)
Prequel to The Jordinia Saga
She was selected to be Empress.
But if she falls for a rebel, the whole empire falls with her.
Néandra has been chosen wed Jordinia’s future Emperor. In her diary, she chronicles her days as a new bride arriving at the palace to navigating a complex marriage of political convenience. Eventually, she must suppress her dangerous affections for a wayward young radical, all while an ill-starred succession of famine, economic decline, and plague threaten to rouse Jordinia’s disgruntled subjects to rebellion and revolution.
Will Néandra resist temptation and save her empire? Or is the empire, like her heart, already torn?
This fast-paced royal diary will leave you aching to devour the whole series.
The Duchess Quest
(The Jordinia Saga Book #1)
Book 1 of The Jordinia Saga
Dainy doesn’t know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia. Not only is she secret royalty, but her exiled uncle has organized a contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward.
Though at odds, three clashing rivals—a noble giant, a young forester, and a charming thief—must voyage together by woodland, plains, and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic quadrangle as her suitors compete to capture her heart.
Humorous, romantic, character-driven and action-packed, fans of Anastasia and The Princess Bride will adore this timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.
The Duchess Inheritance
(The Jordinia Saga Book #2)
Book 2 of The Jordinia Saga
Dainy has only one clue to her royal inheritance. That is, if it still exists. Accompanied by her loyal companions – Mac, Jon and Bos – the exiled duchess embarks upon another riveting quest, this time braving pirates, desert thieves, and mountain gales through exotic new lands on a whole new continent to seek her fortune.
But when an unusual treasure is discovered, the former duchess gains the sudden potential to become a future empress…whether she wants it or not.
Continue the journey in this exciting sequel to The Duchess Quest and the second installment of C.K. Brooke’s epic Jordinia Saga.
The Duchess Revival
(The Jordinia Saga Book #3)
Book 3 of The Jordinia Saga
Dainy never asked for an empire. But the battle to reclaim Jordinia from the oppressive New Republic is already underway. Is she destined to rule, or will she rule her destiny?
With a strategy in place to utilize her inheritance, her new husband enlists the support of a foreign king and a little help from their friends. Royalists rally, Jordinians unite, and resistance awakens, even as danger, secrets, and betrayal threaten to destroy their cause at every dark street corner.
As the landscape shifts and tension between the rebels and the revivalists builds, one thing is for certain: Everything is about to change. War is waged, love is lost and found, and the future will forever be altered in this epic third volume of C.K. Brooke’s Jordinia Saga.
The Duchess’s Descendants
(The Jordinia Saga Book #4)
Book 4 of The Jordinia Saga
The next generation. A new adventure…
Over three decades have passed since the Ducelles reclaimed the Jordinian empire. When the Emperor acquires an uncharted archipelago in the North Sea, he enlists his two underachieving nephews to spearhead the expedition to explore them.
Reclusive Ludwig has his violin and no desire to travel. His charismatic brother, Drew, is seduced by the grandeur of making history – and money. Desperate to hide a secret scandal of her own, their sister, Johanna, insists upon accompanying them. With their royal entourage – including Captain of the Guard’s son, Bram Visigoth – the siblings set off to conquer the wilderness. What they don’t know is that it’s already inhabited.
From a shipwreck to dangerous encounters with the Northern clans, nothing goes as planned in this fast-paced comedy of errors teeming with humor, fantasy and plenty of romance. Prepare to fall in love with Jordinia all over again!
The Emperor’s Daughters
(The Jordinia Saga Book #5)
Book 5 of The Jordinia Saga
The heart knows no borders…
The next generation of Jordinia returns for an unforgettable finale. Grand Duchess Raphaela has sworn off of men and matrimony, itching for independence beyond familiar Jordinian soil. A mysterious invitation to the faraway Radshaji Palace in Al-Habar seems the perfect opportunity for adventure…if her father will let her go.
In contrast, her sister Benedicta embraces the prospect of marriage. Although, she plans to make a positive difference in the world, even if small, before selecting a husband. The Ducelle sisters part ways for their separate journeys, Raphaela to the desert and Benedicta to the seashore. Abroad, each young woman discovers something more, if not entirely different, than what she was expecting. But can the new worlds that surround them merge with their royal lives back in Jordinia? Will either sister attain what her heart is truly after?
Embark upon a romantic journey in the fifth and final volume of C.K. Brooke’s beloved Jordinia Saga.
What would you choose: Abandon true love or stay cursed forever?
Lorileen Masters is cursed. To rid herself of the terrifying shades that stalk her, she sets off for the witch’s lair to bargain for a reversal of the curse. When Lori crosses paths with Archer, a highwayman hunter on a golden horse, she discovers he possesses the mysterious ability to shield her from the shades—even though he can’t see them himself. Tempting him with the only item she has to barter, a magical amaranth, Lori persuades Archer to chaperone her for the voyage.
Neither expected the love of a lifetime, yet that is exactly what Lori and Archer find in each other. But if Lori succeeds in reversing her curse, she’ll retain no memory since its casting, including every moment with Archer. Will she abandon her quest and stay cursed forever? Can true love endure beyond memory?
Author C.K. Brooke delivers an exciting tale of valor and romance, fraught with humor and magic, in this spellbinding novella for young adults.
The Golden Dove
The Prince and the Pauper meets Freaky Friday—fairytale style!
At age sixteen, Tàlia is certain of two things: she is the Crown Princess of Dorsett, and she refuses to marry the Prince of Veir. What she doesn’t know is that her entire kingdom—including the handsome knight whose attention she covets—despises her for her prickly demeanor.
Mallory Cotts is the gentle stable girl employed on the grounds of Dorsett Castle. The horses she tends are her only friends. A chance confrontation with the Crown Princess lands the two vastly different girls into a bitter tussle when a mysterious golden dove flutters into their midst, volunteering an effective resolution between them. When Tàlia and Mallory come to, the princess is in the stable girl’s body, and the stable girl is in the princess’s.
The Prince and the Pauper meets Freaky Friday in this humorous, upbeat fairy tale about transformation, friendship, and true love.
Shell: A Mermaid Tale
Weird things happen whenever I’m near water. That’s all I really know. Even though I live right by the water on the eastern shore of Maryland, I’m not allowed to swim, due to a “skin condition” Mom claims I have. But my best friend’s party is coming up, and she’s taking us all to the beach. Will I be brave enough to answer the ocean’s call?
This is a 5,000 word short story. Originally featured in Elphame Realms E-Zine: Issue #1.
Anyone Can Write!
Have you always dreamed of writing a book but aren’t sure where to start? Do you know there’s a story or message inside you, if you only had the tools to uncover it? Do you want to be an author but doubt whether you’re talented, educated, or qualified enough?
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