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?

Discover Dmitri’s fate in The Wrong Prince!

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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 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 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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Meet the Hero: Archer

Meet Archer

Full Name:
Archer Cross

Featured in: Fool Moon
by C.K. Brooke

From: Cree

Status: Self-proclaimed highwayman hunter

Distinguishing characteristics: Brown hair, goatee. Carries a bow & arrow and rides a golden horse called Sunbeam.

Motivations: Ridding the roads of highwaymen, protecting the innocent, restoring justice his way and making a living in the process.

Archer’s Story:

Armed with a rare blessing, Archer Cross cannot be harmed by evil. However, that doesn’t mean his loved ones can’t be. Haunted by a traumatic event in his past, Archer has devoted his days to ridding Creee’s roads of the murderous highwaymen that plague them. The one thing he doesn’t have time for is a strange girl beseeching him to escort her to a wicked land that lies impossibly far away. Until she presents him with a magical offer he can’t refuse…

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Meet the Hero: Lancelot

Meet Lance

Full Name:
Lancelot “Lance” Dulac

Featured in: I, Guinevere by C.K. Brooke

From: Dulac’s Farm, Camylot, Isle of the Bryttons

Status: Farmer’s son, swordsman hobbyist

Distinguishing characteristics: Young and handsome. Brown hair and amber-gold eyes. Skilled and promising swordsman.

Lance has long dreamed of wielding his beloved sword, Secace, in the queen’s army as a knight.

Lance’s Story:

The son of a farmer, Lancelot Dulac wants nothing humdrum for his future. His first love was his sword, Secace, when he first saw it in the swordsmith’s window. For two years he labored to save enough coin to purchase it. He was never expecting his second love to arrive in the form of a very headstrong—and very royal—girl, whom the wizard Merlyn has appointed Lance to teach…

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Meet the Hero: Orion

Meet Orion

Full Name: Orion, Son of Poseidon

Featured in: Secrets of Artemis by C.K. Brooke

From: Ancient Greece

Status: Hunter god

Distinguishing characteristics: Orion, the god, is best described as a gentle giant. He is tall and muscular, has a dog named Scorch, and can walk on water. He’s often rumored to be hunting on the island of Crete with the goddess Artemis.

Motivations: His heart and the truth.

Orion’s Story:
Orion is hunting with his dog, Scorch, one day in the forests of Crete when he comes across an enchanting young woman. He learns Zeus has decreed his huntress daughter off-limits, but Orion cannot deny his own heart—or hers.

Explore Artemis and Orion’s forbidden romance in my award-winning mythical retelling, Secrets of Artemis, available in eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, and Audio!


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Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet Geo

Full Name:
Georome Straussen

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

From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia.

Status: The younger Prince of Tybiria

Distinguishing characteristics: Raven hair, athletic, courageous. Can be reckless but for noble causes.

Motivations: Loyalty and family. Will do anything for his brother.

Geo’s Story:
Although the two couldn’t be more different, Prince Geo’s best friend is his elder brother, the Crown Prince, Dmitri. While Geo bests all his father’s knights at swordplay and weaponry and Dmitri prefers the books in his study, the brothers share a close bond. But when the girl Geo has secretly been seeing is revealed to be engaged to marry his brother, Geo is beyond shocked—he’s devastated. On the same evening, Dmitri is abducted by an enemy king for a murder Geo is pretty sure the Crown Prince didn’t commit. There’s no question; Geo must go after his brother to rescue him. What he wasn’t expecting was for his ex-lover, his brother’s fiancée, to come along…

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