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.


Motivations:
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…


Learn a whole new side of the classic legend in C.K. Brooke’s retelling, I, Guinevere:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JFPQRP4/

Add to TBR on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42358264-i-guinevere


Meet the Hero: Casmir

Meet Casmir


Full Name:
Casmir Abdul

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

From: Al-Habar

Status: Sultan of Al-Habar

Distinguishing characteristics: Tan, shaved head, aquiline nose. Liquid brown eyes, broad-shouldered, extremely handsome. Deep voice. Patient, slow to anger; but once angry, his justice can be formidable.

Motivations: Making his nation a better place and improving the lives of his citizens. Weeding out corruption while keeping his promises to the people.

Casmir’s Story:
A beloved war general who was instrumental in overthrowing Al-Habar’s last dictator, Casmir was instated as sultan by popular demand. His stepson, the son of his late wife, is set to succeed him, but Casmir has some suspicions about the young prince. When his stepson invites a duchess from a faraway kingdom to the palace in order to court her, Casmir finds himself irrevocably drawn to her. His desire to get to know the girl clashes against his commitment to keep her safe as conspiracy, danger, and intrigue run rampant behind palace walls…


Find out what happens in The Emperor’s Daughters: Jordinia, Book 5 by C.K. Brooke!

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Add to TBR on Goodreads:
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Meet the Heroine: Raphaela

Meet Raphaela

Photography by Averie Woodard. Courtesy of Unsplash.

Full Name: Grand Duchess Raphaela Ducelle

From: Jordinia

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

Status: Grand Duchess of Jordinia

Distinguishing characteristics: Long black hair, green eyes, freckles, a slightly hoarse voice.

Motivations: Independence, novelty, freedom. Raphaela wants to travel the world and make her mark—without a man’s interference, thank you very much.

Raphaela’s Story
Grand Duchess Raphaela is tired of the same old palace walls. She longs to see the world beyond the Jordinia she knows. When she receives a mysterious invitation to a faraway desert land with a history of danger and tumult, Raphaela is all in. Persuading her father, the emperor, to let her go is another matter.

When she finally gets to leave, her plans to stay forever unwed are kicked up in the dust when she discovers she’s been mistakenly summoned to marry the conceited young Prince of Al-Habar. Even worse, could Raphaela be falling in love with the prince’s handsome stepfather, the Sultan?


Take the voyage with Raph in The Emperor’s Daughters!

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38109509-the-emperor-s-daughters


Meet the Heroine: Em

Meet Em

Photography by Kenny Luo. Courtesy of Unsplash.

Full Name: Emeline Winthrop

Featured in: Commanding His Heart: American Pirate Romances #2 by C.K. Brooke

Era: 1785, Post-Revolutionary U.S.

From: Jamestown, Virginia

Status: Farmer’s daughter. Industrious maker of cheese & soap.

Distinguishing characteristics: Long, raven hair; hopeless romantic

Motivations: A happy future. She refuses to be condemned to a lifetime of mistreatment by a cruel, older man.

Em’s Story
Em just wants a say in her own future, and she’s willing to do almost anything to get it – including flee her parents’ farm in the night and stow away aboard a ship she knows nothing about…which turns out to be a pirate ship! Fortunately, a trusted naval commander is also on board, and comes to her rescue by pretending to be her husband. It’s not long before Em comes to wish they weren’t just pretending. But why is the commander mixed up with pirates? Could it be because there’s already another woman in his life?


See What Happens in This Sweet Historical Romance Adventure, Available in Paperback & eBook!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Commanding-Heart-American-Pirate-Romances-ebook/dp/B075LZGC5H
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36269413-commanding-his-heart
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Book Review: Alterations by Stephanie Scott

“The internship was all kids my age who were here to sharpen their talents. They wanted to create the next wave of fashion. And I’d lied to them. I was lying to all of them.” – 23%

Alterations (2016) is a YA novel by debut author Stephanie Scott, and I’m going to jump right in and gush that I LOVED EVERY PAGE OF THIS BOOK! Dare I say it was even better than Anna and the French Kiss? The NYC parts of it reminded me of New York Dolls too, but for a younger audience.

The story is about a sixteen-year-old Miami girl named Amelia Blanco (my grandmother’s maiden name! I know, not relevant; I just thought it was cool). Mila is bright, spunky, witty, and an insanely talented seamstress and fashionista. She has tons of followers on her fashion Instagram account, and one of her dearest hobbies is creating secret Pinterest boards pertaining to fashion fantasies revolving around her crush.

Mila’s crush? None other than the charming and super-popular Ethan Laurenti, of the wealthy Laurenti family, for whom Mila and her mother and Abuelita work – and also on whose estate they live. Mila, her mother, and her grandmother are essentially “the help.” When Mila realizes she got accepted to the most prestigious fashion internship in the country, she doesn’t want to leave her dreams about getting together with Ethan behind…but this is New York City, baby! In New York, Mila makes fantastic new friends, realizes the cost of her fantasies over a boy she hardly knows, and ultimately finds herself and her dreams for the future. The story could’ve easily ended there, but when she returns to Miami a woman anew, it was nowhere over – it ONLY GOT BETTER!

Cue a special new relationship with Ethan Laurenti’s a-dork-able, geeky twin brother, Liam; a reality TV show being filmed at the Laurentis’ estate; and a new project designing a fashion app with the computer-genius but fashion-challenged Liam, and the story evolves into one of the sweetest and most heartfelt, clean teen romances I’ve read in a while! Parts of this book had me laughing out loud, actually tearing up, and especially shouting, “AWWWW!” to my Kindle at the preciousness. I loved Mila’s enthusiasm, inspiration and ambition for fashion, loved her Latina heritage, and I especially loved her ability to ‘get real’ with herself and her friends. She is a protagonist worth rooting for every step of the way, as is this sparkling novel! This is a book I’ll be recommending for a long time to YA enthusiasts and readers of chick lit everywhere!

Memorable Quotes

“’If you set a goal for yourself, then you’ll push harder. It’s not about winning against somebody else. It’s about pushing yourself to do what you thought you couldn’t.’” – 19%

Beyond the deck, gridded streets with hundreds and thousands of buildings towering at different heights, each filled with people with their own dreams.” – 39%

“…maybe I’d fallen for someone who didn’t exist.” – 39%

The lies ripped like fabric, only the fabric was me. I no longer wanted to be this scared little girl, afraid to step out, afraid someone might not like me. Afraid I might fail. Hiding behind daydreams and fantasy Pinboards. The fantasy was just that and nothing else. Des was right. I needed to get real.” – 40%

‘I’m not sure I can trust someone who doesn’t know which Hogwarts House they’re sorted into.’” – 59%

“’Don’t forget yourself in helping all these other people. You have dreams, too.‘” – 86%