Meet the (Other) Hero: Dmitri

Meet Dmitri

Full Name:
Dmitri Straussen

Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke

From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia

Status: Crown Prince of Tybiria

Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, blond, and bespectacled. Loves books and reading poetry and novels. Often lost in his own daydreams.

Motivations: Until his imprisonment, his biggest aspiration was to write his own novel. Now he wants to break free—and find a way to be with the mysterious and brilliant girl who is helping him.

Dmitri’s Story:

Dmitri is the Crown Prince of Tybiria. Unlike his younger brother, Dmitri isn’t very athletic and never considered himself a talented soldier. But he’s been credited for killing an enemy prince in battle—landing Dmitri in the clutches of the prince’s father, the deranged King of Llewes. Locked away in the tower’s keep at Wintersea Fortress, Dmitri has been left to die. But a mysterious young woman discovers him there and helps keep him alive. They conceive a plan to break him out. But will it work in time? And as he grows fonder of the girl who sustains him, what of the bride back at home that his parents have chosen for him?

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Meet the (Other) Hero: Raul

Meet Raul

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Full Name: Raul Petigya

Featured in: The Emperor’s Daughters: Jordinia, Book 5 by C.K. Brooke

From: Halai, Heppestoni

Status: Former foot soldier, builder.

Distinguishing characteristics: Dark skin tone, warm eyes, sharp-witted.

Motivations: Homeland, service, and helping others.

Raul’s Story:

Once a foot soldier lost in the wilderness, Raul Petigya discovered his knack for building shelters. With his hometown recently ravaged by a hurricane, Raul utilizes his skills to help rebuild homes for his neighbors. The last thing he wants is a fussy foreign duchess in his way. But as he comes to know and admire the headstrong young woman, he begins to realize he may have judged her too soon…

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Meet the (Other) Hero: Bram

Meet Bram

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Full Name: Officer Abram Visigoth

Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants: Jordinia, Book 4 by C.K. Brooke

From: Pierma, Jordinia

Status: Officer of the Royal Guard

Distinguishing characteristics: Very tall. Calm demeanor. Dark eyes and hair with a violet sheen.

Motivations: Duty, honor, and service. Compassion.

Bram’s Story:

Following in his father’s—very large—footsteps, Bram is a trained soldier and officer of the royal guard. Having grown up alongside the four grand duchesses, as well as the destitute women his mother tends at her shelter, Bram is no stranger to ladies’ affairs. So when, abroad on the emperor’s nephews’ expedition, he notices their sister’s strange behavior, it doesn’t take long for Officer Bram to figure out the compromising position the young woman is in. He’s determined to protect her—and the innocent life she carries—even if it means keeping her secret from the royal family he has vowed to serve…

Find out what happens in The Duchess’s Descendants, Jordinia: Book 4 by C.K. Brooke!


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Meet the (Other) Heroine: Mal

Meet Mal

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Full Name: Mallory Cotts

Featured in: The Golden Dove by C.K. Brooke

From: The Kingdom of Dorsett

Status: Stable girl at Dorsett Castle

Distinguishing characteristics: Long black hair, tall and gangly. Gentle and modest; good with horses.

Motivations: Just to take and live each day as it comes. Mallory is determined to make the best of any situation, no matter how hopeless it may seem.

Mal’s Story:

Mallory is a goodhearted stable girl on the grounds of Dorsett Castle, each day enduring the odious temper of her boss, the stablemaster, Bobbin. When the princess herself appears at the stables one evening, demanding a horse to ride, Mallory will not betray the queen and allow the crown princess to run away. After a quarrel that leaves the girls soaked in a creek, they suddenly find they have switched bodies. Kindly Mal now occupies the body of the detestable princess…and must reject the charming Prince of Veir’s marriage proposal on the princess’s behalf at tomorrow night’s ball!

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Meet the (Other) Heroine: Pavi

Meet Pavi

Full Name: Pavola Ward

Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke

From: Wintersea Fortress, Llewes, East Halvea, World of Jordinia.

Status: Ward of the king

Distinguishing characteristics: Tiny and slender. Cropped red hair. Extremely intelligent. Taught herself to read and loves devouring tomes about science and mathematics.

Motivations: To escape the oppressive prison of Wintersea Fortress and use her intellect in the world.

Pavi’s Story:

Born and raised in cold and blustery Wintersea, Pavola is a ward of the king. She isn’t allowed to leave the fortress, due to a long-kept secret she was never meant to discover. But not even confinement could quash her brilliant mind. Having taught herself to read and write, Pavi hopes to flee the castle and become educated at a university far away. Yet when a gentle and handsome prisoner appears in the keep at Wintersea, Pavi puts her plan on hold to kelp keep him alive, even if doing so is treason.

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Meet the Merry Maidens

My upcoming novel, Marian, Princess Thief: A Robin Hood Retelling, is full of strong, kick-butt heroines! In preparation for its release, I thought I’d let you in on a special preview of the characters, Lady Marian’s Merry Maidens:

Name: Alaina Dale
Pseudonym: “Alan-a-Dale”

Origin: Once a minstrel in a traveling pack of troubadours
Outlawed: By choice
Weapon of choice: Her voice or dagger
Hair: Golden locks
Eye color: Hazel
Traits: Animated, lighthearted, and always merry, even in the midst of danger. A talented bard, ballad composer, and actress. Can imitate voices, tell stories, and play multiple instruments.

Name: Little Jane
Pseudonym: “Little John”

Origin: Strongest girl in her village
Outlawed: For being masculine and competitive, deemed unmarriageable. 
Weapon of choice: Bow & arrows
Long and white-blonde
Eye color: Blue-green
Traits: Strong, athletic, skilled hunter and archer. Tall, muscular. While she may be a woman of few words, she is fiercely loyal with the heart of a warrior.

Name: Willa Scarlett
Pseudonym: “Will Scarlet”

Origin: Fitznotsley
Outlawed: Promiscuity
Weapon of choice: If not her womanly wiles, a sword
Hair color:
Long, chestnut
Eye color: Brown
Traits: Attractive, seductive, opinionated, brave, sense of humor. Unafraid to challenge authority and speak her mind. Can be hotheaded.

Name: Midge the Miller’s Daughter
Pseudonym: “Much the Miller’s Son”

Origin: Daughter of a miller
Outlawed: Killing a man in self-defense
Weapon of choice: Axe
Auburn, cropped short
Eye color: Hazel
Traits: Small in stature but bighearted. Though frequently anxious or apprehensive, she overcomes it through her bravery. Midge is often the cautious one and a voice of reason.

Name: Satara
Pseudonym: The Saracen

Origin: Unknown
Outlawed: Likely escaping persecution
Weapon of choice: Scimitar
Hair: Long, dark
Eye color: Brown
Traits: Satara doesn’t speak the maidens’ tongue and is mostly silent, but they suspect she’s on the run from persecution as a Saracen woman. She is a master seamstress and cook, and manages the maidens’ costumes and disguises. She’s also deadly with a scimitar. 

Name: Sister Mary Tuck
Pseudonym: “Friar Tuck”

Origin: Nun from a convent
Outlawed: Fleeing the convent to escape priestly abuse
Weapon of choice: Prayer
Hair: Mousy brown, shoulder length
Eye color: Blue
Traits: Sweet and unassuming. A woman of great faith, she would’ve been happy in the convent – if not for all the lust and corruption. Tuck is often the moral guidepost of the group.

Name: Lady Marian
Pseudonym: “Rob-in-Hood”
Origin: Princess of Sherwood
Outlawed: Rebelling against her uncle, Prince John’s despotic reign over Sherwood in her father’s absence 
Weapon of choice: Bow & arrows
Long, red, often worn in a braid
Eye color: Green
Traits: Strong-willed, courageous, and a bold leader, Marian is on a vendetta to commit every act of rebellion in her power to undermine her uncle’s reign, including stealing from his rich supporters & benefactors to give to the suffering poor.

…and Meet the Villain

Name: Rainault Wendenal
Title: Sheriff of Nottingham

Hair: Black hair & beard
Eye color: Midnight

Rob-in-Hood’s sworn enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, will stop at nothing to catch the lawless thief and his so-called Merry Men. He isn’t expecting to be the one who’s caught…


Meet the (Other) Heroine: Benedicta

Meet Benedicta

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Full Name: Grand Duchess Benedicta “Nedi” Ducelle

Featured in: The Emperor’s Daughters by C.K. Brooke

From: The Royal Palace, Pierma, Jordinia

Status: Fourth and youngest Grand Duchess of Jordinia

Distinguishing characteristics: Pale blonde hair, a generous heart, determination.

Motivations: Benedicta would like a husband and family someday, but not without a story and her own adventure behind it.

Benedicta’s Story:

Though the youngest of the four Grand Duchesses of Jordinia, Benedicta Ducelle is not overshadowed by her sisters. With so many suitors after her, Benedicta has her pick of eligible husbands. Before accepting her latest marriage proposal, however, Benedicta decides to volunteer and help rebuild a flooded city in another country. The head builder and recruiter doesn’t seem too pleased with the distraction a princess will cause…especially when they both become the biggest distraction to each other…

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Meet the (Other) Heroine: Johanna

Meet Johanna

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Full Name: Johanna Cosmith

Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendants by C.K. Brooke

From: Rhys, Jordinia

Status: Daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Jordinia

Distinguishing characteristics: Wild curly hair; flirtatious. Perhaps a bit too experienced with gentlemen…

Motivations: Johanna is carrying an unexpected surprise and she is determined to do anything to hide it from her family and find a solution, far away…

Johanna’s Story:
One too many trysts with the Earl of Tremblay—whom Johanna was never too serious about, and who certainly isn’t that serious about her— have led to an unexpected predicament for the young woman. By inviting herself on her brothers’ risky expedition abroad, Johanna hopes to hide her secret from her aunt and uncle, the Emperor and Empress, and handle the situation someplace remote and far away. But one of the royal guardsmen accompanying her begins to suspect too much. To complicate matters, he’s irresistibly handsome and kind…

Join Johanna in The Duchess’s Descendants, Jordinia: Book 4 by C.K. Brooke!


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Meet the Hero: Prime Minister Rhoades

 Meet Prime Minister Rhoades

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Full Name: Prime Minister Nathaniel Rhoades

Featured in: The Golden Dove by C.K. Brooke

From: The Kingdom of Dorsett

Status: Prime Minister of Dorsett

Distinguishing characteristics: Tall, slender, thin mustache. Prefers books to crowds.

His love of history and facts propels the young prime minister to uphold his role in the constitutional monarchy with fairness and compassion.

Prime Minister Rhoades’ Story:

Young, reclusive, and bookish Prime Minister Rhoades was elected after his uncle’s term expired. He wants to bring positive change while upholding the law in the tiny Kingdom of Dorsett. But the queen’s harridan of a daughter, Princess Tàlia, makes that more difficult than he had imagined. Then on the evening of the princess’s ball, which he is forced to attend, he’s paired with the most intriguing woman. She makes him feel something he’s never felt before. But he can’t shake the feeling he’s already met her, that she’s someone he knows, in disguise…

Who is the mysterious young woman he meets?
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