Today I am honored to have the talented Kendra E. Ardnek visiting my website to talk about her new release, Worth of A King. She will be telling us a little bit about herself, her writing process, and her characters.
Hello, Kendra! What inspired you to write this fantastical story?
The desire to write a book with my friend, Jack Lewis Baillot. We both loved twins and king stories, so this seemed to be the natural choice. Unfortunately, she had to drop out of the project, but … writing with her was fun while it lasted.
Are any of the characters in your story inspired by real people?
Not that I can remember, no. Well, except Laura was based off a character who was originally a self-insert of myself.
Tell us about your writing space: what does it look like?
Currently, it’s a state of flux, as I’m moving from my bedroom out into my living room.
Do your characters talk back to you?
All the time. These characters in this book weren’t so bad (apart from Nadilynn, who kept showing up to ask if she could pretty please be the main character), but I’ve had characters go as far to throw shoes at me in the past.
What is one thing you LOVE about Worth of a King?
Can you share a brief quote from your book with us today?
“Like cake will make up for finding out that his entire life has been a lie.”
And, finally, a dragon invites you over for dinner: what do you do?
Make sure that I’m wearing my official Dragon Trainer badge and bring Sunset, my dragon, with me.
Thanks for joining us, Kendra! Now let’s hear a little bit about Kendra’s book and where you can connect with her.
Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.
Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.
Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.
The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.
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Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word.
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Giveaway! Kendra will be giving away a paperback copy of the book and a 15ml bottle of Peppermint oil (US only). She also has a special prize for whoever leaves the most comments across the blog tour – and that one is international. So comment away, dear friends! You can find out about the rest of the blog tour HERE! This is today’s schedule as well:
Saturday, September 1st
Knitted By God’s Plan: The Fall of a Star
Books, Baking, and Cowboy Boots
Dragonpen Press – Kendra E. Ardnek
Regarding Reading, Writing, and Sometimes Life – Kendra E. Ardnek
Cobonha – Adelaide
Adrian heard the door, then a long silence before Father announced, in a regretful voice, “She chose Ossian’s boy.”
Mother gave a small gasp.
Frankly, Adrian didn’t see what was so surprising about the news. Obsidia was far from the first Dialcian princess to marry the son of the king who had killed her father.
“This means that we have to tell him,” Father continued.
Tell him? Him who? Tell him what?
“I can’t believe that this day has already come,” said Mother. “It seems only yesterday that Adelaide…”
“Do we really have to tell him?” This was Jerolin. “Right now?”
“There’s no time like the present,” said Father. “In my opinion, we should have told him years ago. Celeste, can you get the letter?”
“Yes, yes, of course,” said Mother, distractedly.
“But right now?” Jerolin repeated, voice rising. “He’s still asleep!”
“It’s nearly noon,” Father replied. “It’s high time the boy woke up. We can give him cake to soften the blow.”
Jerolin snorted. “Like cake will make up for finding out that his entire life has been a lie.”
Adrian went to his bedroom door. It was now clear that he was the “him” in question, but how was his life a lie? What did it have to do who Princess Obsidia chose to marry?
He pushed the door open and stared at his father, seated at the kitchen table, and Jerolin, pacing frantically. “What blow?”
Adrian had never experienced a more awkward moment of silence than the one that followed.