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 Heroine: Shell

Meet Shell

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Full Name: Roshelle

Featured in: Shell: A YA Mermaid Short Story by C.K. Brooke

From: Eastern shore, Maryland

Status: Middle school student

Distinguishing characteristics: Beachy blonde hair, an alleged “skin condition,” according to her mom, that prevents her from submerging in water.

Motivations: The sea…it beckons her.

Shell’s Story
Weird things happen whenever Shell is near water. That’s all she really knows. Even though she lives by the ocean, her mother won’t allow her to swim, due to a supposed “skin condition” Shell has. But her best friend’s party is coming up, and they’re all going to the beach. This time, will she be bold enough to answer the ocean’s call?

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Meet the Heroine: Lori

Meet Lori

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Full Name: Lorileen Masters

Featured in: Fool Moon by C.K. Brooke

From: Cree

Status: Daughter of an orchardist

Distinguishing characteristics: Long dark hair that she wears in a braid. Was cursed by a wicked witch and now sees ghostly shades.

Motivations: A normal life. Freedom from her curse and the shades’ oppression.

Lori’s Story
Lori will do anything to undo the curse an evil witch has cast upon her, even if it means losing all of her memories. But when she meets and falls for a young man on her quest to confront the witch, will she still wish to vanquish her memories of him and their love along with the curse that torments her?

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Meet the (Anti-)Heroine: Tàlia

Meet Tàlia

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From: The Kingdom of Dorsett

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

Status: Crown Princess of Dorsett

Distinguishing characteristics: Slight, blonde, ill-tempered and intimidating

Motivations: Preserving her crown and her kingdom the way she likes them, and keeping subordinates in their place.

Tàlia’s Story
Princess Tàlia is perhaps the most despised person in the tiny kingdom of Dorsett—only, she doesn’t realize it. Yet. When trying to flee her engagement to a prince, the only person standing in her way is one disobedient stable girl. An unbroke horse, a bitter tussle, and one talking, magical dove later, and the princess finds herself somehow—catastrophically—stuck in the other girl’s body. Through the eyes of someone else, she begins to see what she truly is…and will learn the true meaning of friendship, love, and second chances.

Tàlia’s tale can be read—or heard—in The Golden Dove. Pick up my original fairy tale today, in paperback, eBook, or audio:


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Meet the Heroine: Guinevere

Meet Guinevere

Full Name: Guinevere Pendrakon

From: Camylot

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

Status: Queen-to-be of Camylot

Distinguishing characteristics: Long blond hair; has a special, innate connection to the sword, Exkalibur

Motivations: Fighting for the ones she cares about, becoming the queen her kingdom needs.

Guinevere’s Story
On the winter solstice, a mysterious sword appears in a stone in the churchyard. Fifteen-year-old Guinevere is the only one who can remove it. Her ability to wield Exkalibur proves the unthinkable—that Guinevere is, somehow, the blood of Pendrakon and heir to the vacant throne of Camylot. Now she must learn from Merlyn, Vivien, and Lancelot how to protect herself and her kingdom from the Saxyns, despite her doubts and her humble origins. Will she summon the power within, or is Camylot already destined to fall?

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