I’m so excited to be a part of the Kingdom Cold Tour! The synopsis had me so interested and it was SO. ENTERTAINING. And guess what?! I GET TO SHARE AN EXCERPT! CHECK IT OUT BELOW!!!!
Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
Publication date: 14 February 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.
When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?
One must fall.
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It was as if my life had finally started—an immense bolt of lightning that jogged me awake. I bowed deeply with gratitude, to my father. As I headed back to my chamber, my mind played her name in a constant loop. Princess Charlotte of Besmium. A princess, a kingdom of my own, an adventure in a foreign land. I barely made it inside my room when I was hit from behind and toppled to the floor. My brother, Minseo pushed my face into the carpet.
“Brother!” He laughed, berating me with a series of playful punches. I shoved him off. “I am definitely coming along for the ride.” He beamed.
I nodded, instinctively suppressing my joy.
“Aren’t you excited? You’ll be King of Besmium!”
I stood, dusting myself off. “Yes, brother, but this is a serious matter.”
He reached out and messed up my hair. “It doesn’t have to be so serious.”
When he was gone, I allowed my mind to race with the possibilities. Minseo was right, I was happy, so I should show it, but unlike him, years of scolding and punishment had taught me to hold everything in, and it was a difficult habit to break.
As the third prince of Vires, I was always destined to wed a kingdom. My father had done right by me, bartered me one of my own—a kingship. What I hadn’t expected was to be matched with a western princess. I’d always assumed, based on the women they presented at court, that I’d marry an eastern princess. It seemed only obvious to join kingdoms that were closer. I’d never known anyone to marry outside of this region, and the thought that I’d someday rule as a western king thrilled me as much as it scared me.
I had no time to waste thinking about the princess in the weeks that followed. I studied western culture, etiquette, political tensions, and history—it was like I was starting over. I’d been trained to handle just about any political situation that could happen in Vires or its neighboring countries, but not even my father could have predicted that King Morgan of Besmium would make such an offer. My father explained that the opportunity was too good to pass up. It wasn’t until I’d reached the transport ship and settled in for the long journey that my thoughts turned to Charlotte.
I remembered the first time I met her—Charlotte, Princess of Besmium. It was my first and only trip to Besmium or any western kingdom. I was overwhelmed by the foreignness of all the people I saw there. The women in my kingdom were beautiful—white skin, red lips, and hair as long and glossy as the tail of a fully-grown stallion. But the Princess of Besmium, like many of the courtiers in her kingdom, had a brown skin tone, which I’d only seen once as a child when the King of Besmium visited my father. I had asked to touch the king’s skin, only to be scolded by my father, though I was too young to understand why. Charlotte’s skin was lighter, a mixture of her father and the fair skinned queen, but it was still unmistakably brown. I could see that clearly across the room.
I approached for my introduction. We bowed and she looked up at me. I froze. I tried not to gape at her, but I couldn’t help but notice her caramel skin, which glowed a yellowish-gold in the candlelight; her black eyes, so round they made me freeze beneath their gaze; and her hair, which was curled into spirals. Then she was gone. My body pulsed. Fascinating. I wanted to see more of her, just to observe her features more closely, but my time had come and gone.
The swaying of the ship lulled me into a state between awake and asleep.
Charlotte curtsied. I took her hand and slyly whisked her out of the ballroom, making sure we weren’t seen. Once in the hallway, I took a knee. “Charlotte, will you be my wife?”
She beckoned me to my feet and whispered, “I am yours.” I pulled her face to mine and kissed her. I wrapped my arms around her, drawing her in closer and—
My eyes snapped open and I lurched to a seated position. My brother Minseo hovered over me.
“I’ve been meaning to ask, have you given any thoughts to your duties as a husband?” He grinned.
Disoriented, I ran my hand through my hair twice before I convinced myself I was awake. “Uh, yeah. I guess,” I croaked.
“Have you thought about the, you know, the wedding night?”
Heat radiated through my cheeks. Oh, that. I turned away from Minseo so he wouldn’t see the color searing into my face.
“You don’t want to disappoint your new wife,” he jested.
As soon as I started this book, I couldn’t put it down! It was strangely addicting in the sense that I had no idea why I was enjoying it but I definitely was! Things were happening IMMEDIATELY and it was so fast paced and addicting! It felt like I was watching a really intense drama, which was just what I needed!
If you enjoy fast-paced drama, political intrigue, a diverse cast of characters that do lots of crazy things, arranged marriage (will they fall in love?!?!), and all the fun of a soap opera you will definitely enjoy this!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brittni Chenelle currently lives in Seoul, Korea, which inspires her multicultural fantasy books. Her favorite genres to read and write are young adult fantasy, young adult romance, fairytale retellings, and young adult dystopian novels. She’s very passionate about equal representation and makes a point to include characters from different backgrounds and cultures in her fantasy stories. Here are five fun facts about Brittni:
1. She lives in South Korea. It’s true. She does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference. She also infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture.
2. She’s a Type 1 Diabetic. She uses an insulin pump for survival and refers to her diabetes as “Beetie” which is what inspired her children’s book “Life with Beetie”. When she wants something from her parents she tells them, “My Beetie hurts.” It’s a trick that has never failed her.
3. She doesn’t really BELIEVE in fiction. Despite all the; Dragons, Elves, and Magic present in her novel “Involuted the Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree”, Brittni INSISTS that it’s a true story.
4. She’s OBSESSED with dark chocolate. She made me put that in and would also like me to inform you (on an unrelated note) that her birthday is in May.
5. Sorry guys, she’s married. If you ask her, she’ll tell you her husband saved her life but every time someone asks “how?” she gives a different reason. I’ve overheard her give about 4 different reasons, but I bet she has more. He must be an amazing guy.
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