“‘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 my award-winning Mythic Maidens series. Includes a short bonus prequel!
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 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?
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.
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!
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!
Find out what happens in The Golden Dove, available in paperback, eBook, or audio:
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.
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.
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.
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…
Featured in: The Duchess’s Descendantsby 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!
Full Name: Archer Cross Featured in: Fool Moonby C.K. Brooke
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.
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…
Join Archer and Lori’s journey in my original fairy tale, Fool Moon, available in paperback, eBook, and audio:
Distinguishing characteristics: Young and handsome. Brown hair and amber-gold eyes. Skilled and promising swordsman.
Motivations: Lance has long dreamed of wielding his beloved sword, Secace, in the queen’s army as a knight.
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…
Learn a whole new side of the classic legend in C.K. Brooke’s retelling, I, Guinevere: