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THE KING'S DAUGHTER Miriam Newman with giveaway

Born to a dying queen and an ambitious king, Tia should inherit the throne of her island nation.  Instead, her country is invaded, her parents are murdered and she is sent in chains to the land of an enemy.

Consecrated to her Goddess, sworn to the service of her country, still Tia finds love in the arms of the enemy.

In a time of war, what will she surrender in the name of love?


EXCERPT:
There was only one direction I could look and that was down the road where we had just come.  Now someone else was coming straight up the middle so that people scattered like chickens.  A young, unhelmeted Omani trooper was riding down that road on a fine long-legged gray horse, bawling in a voice which did not doubt its own
authority.  Though I couldn’t hear the words, I knew what he was saying—troops were coming and he wanted the way cleared NOW.

I couldn’t clear the road.  I was chained in it and knew my peril.  There was a curve in that road and by the time they saw me, it would be too late.  My only hope was that Frado would unfasten the manacles and push me off the road and for a fraction of a second I actually thought he might do it, if only to avoid trouble with the Army.  He got free of a woman who had been throwing melons at his head when she ran for her life and came back beside me, but he was still in a fury and it was only to punch me in the face.

I heard the gray horse score the cobblestones, launching into a full charge.  Sparks flew where his metal shoes beat on the stones as he came like evil incarnate, ears pinned and teeth bared, head snaking as he went straight for Frado.  Fat as he was, Frado could by no means get over the wall on my side of the street and started to trundle to the other side and, with that, the horse was on him.  He was obviously a well-trained cavalry mount and I thought the rider meant to let him savage his target.  But at the last moment the trooper swung his horse just enough to clear Frado, jerked his foot from the stirrup and kicked the slaver squarely in the back at a speed just under that of a battle charge.  The force was so great that it picked up that mountain of a man like a doll and deposited him face down near the opposite side of the street.  

My vision had taken on the preternatural sharpness that precedes seeing nothing and I saw in heart-stopping detail the first of what seemed like a hundred horses coming around the curve at a fast canter.  If I had been in better condition, I would have wondered why a number like that was coming at such speed through a country at peace, but just then I was in no condition to care.  I lay there like something thrown on the midden heap.

That point man didn’t have the job, though, because he was slow or stupid.  I heard the noise of his horse coming back and saw a boy no older than myself with a shining mane of chestnut hair already dropping from his trotting mount and running towards me with the horse close behind.  With no time to spare, he clucked his horse over me in the position a war horse takes to shield a fallen rider, dropped the reins and threw himself on top of me.  He was protecting me with his body, arms curled over my head, pulling my face into his chest, so I saw little of what followed, but I heard it:  the tremendous din of all those horseshoes, riders cursing, horses snorting in surprise, and the squealing and kicking of the horse over top of us.  That boy was holding me like a lover and I could feel from his involuntary shudders that he was inches from death, but he never moved and neither did his horse.  The troopers didn’t want to kill their own man and horses listen to each other better than they do to us, so between the efforts of riders and the violence of the gray horse trying to save his rider the line shifted and passed and I was still alive.

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Part II – HEART OF THE EARTH – now available in pdf/Kindle at Miriam Newman (click on Books tab).

Miriam is generously offering a copy of THE KING’S DAUGHTER to one lucky commenter.  Contest will end at midnight 3-13-2012 .  Meaningful comments only.  Ebook or print.

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Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been Miriam’s passion for as long as she can remember.  She was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug.  She brings that background to her writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where she nurtures her muse.  Her published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance.  Currently she lives in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals.  You can view her books at Miriam Newman.   

 

 

 

 

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32 comments to THE KING’S DAUGHTER Miriam Newman with giveaway

  • Thank you so much for this lovely post of The King’s Daughter! I’m happy to say it’s going like hotcakes in print, but the Kindle copy is also great and I’ll be glad to send either one to the winner of the contest. I have the Kindle app for PC myself and it gives a great read, so even if you don’t own a Kindle you can read this as an ebook. The sequel is also available on Kindle. This book has been very good to me, winning multiple awards and 5 star reviews in its digital presentation, and I’m thrilled to now also have it available in print through Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.

  • Elizabeth Kelley

    Miriam,
    The book cover is fabulous, and I can’t wait to read the story, since I know you are a great writer. Wishing you all the success!

  • Thank you, Ann. I was very pleased to have a lot of input on this cover by Laura Shinn. I loved it from the minute I saw it.

  • Tessy Grillo, this one is for you: trgrillo@comcast.net Tess would like to be entered into the drawing but wasn’t able to leave a comment

  • Holy crap, Miriam. That was one heck of an exciting scene. I felt like I was right there chained in the road too. Good Job!

    Jane

  • Wow, I could see the whole thing unfold in real time. Nicely done!
    ~Rose

  • Patty Copeland

    Miriam,

    Even with no background to go by, a reader is immediately pulled into the story by all the nuanced details that make you feel you are there and that it’s happening to you. Will look forward to reading more by a brilliant writer.

    Patty

  • Oh Miriam, I can’t wait to read the rest. I’m so hooked!

    Robin 🙂
    Who will read it right after she meets her deadline…

  • Jeannine Standen

    Miriam,

    What an exciting excerpt. I was already interested in reading The King’s Daughter, now I can’t wait! I could picture ol’ fat Frado getting his butt kicked out of the way and the handsome and brave young man sheilding her with his body. Best of luck with this one, and I’m looking forward to a great read!

    Jeannine

  • Thanks, Jeannine! I got goosebumps myself, writing that one. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Jane, Rose, Patty and Robin…wow…thanks to all you ladies for coming over. I had the time of my life writing this book. I just had to yank myself out of another one that’s coming on like gangbusters to stop over here and visit with you, but it was so worth it. Thank you! Big thanks to Ivy, too, for presenting this so beautifully. It’s a pleasure being on this blog.

  • Ya know, Miriam, I have wanted The King’s Daughter since the day you announced its release. I think it’s going to be a beautiful story. Now I see you have a sequel to it and I am already behind.
    I wish you the very best.
    starcriter at yahoo dot com

  • Thank you, Sarah. This is actually a re-release because this is its first time in print. And I still love it just as much, so I hope the readers will. Thanks for coming by.

  • Miriam- I am so excited about this book, great intro that reels us in for more; definitely on my to read list…thank you for the contest!

  • Great post, love the cover and the excerpt. Looks and sounds like a winner all the way around!

    Best of luck with the sales!

  • Thank you, Barb. It’s on till midnight tonight!

  • Thank you, B.J. I loved Laura’s cover, have it plastered everywhere. LOL!

  • Hi Miriam,

    Loved the exciting excerpt. Would like to add this book to my Kindle Fire. 🙂

    Best wishes!

    kelleyheckart@citlink.net

  • JC Page

    Never surrender Tia! Looking forward to reading more and am so excited for you! I love the cover and found the story line compelling and a real tear jerker….loss often leads to revenge 🙂 Sweet one at that…

    All the best,
    Jennifer
    JC Page

  • aunt thelma

    After reading your exerpt, I now will have to read this book, whether I win one or not. In just a chapter you pulled me in, and I was rooting for the boy to keep her safe.

  • Aw, thank you, Aunt Thelma, that is very sweet of you to say. He did a good job, didn’t he? And it’s not over.

  • Thank you, J.C. This book does come with a Kleenex alert courtesy of Rochelle Weber, who did the first review of the print format and recommended having a box handy. If that one doesn’t get you, don’t forget there’s a sequel available. 🙂

  • Sally Riley

    This sounds really good and I can’t wait to read it. I love historical fiction and your teaser got me hooked. Thanks for posting. I’m always looking for authors new to me. Glad to hear there’s a sequel, too!

  • Thank you, Sally. I’ve got a good few historicals out now plus some flights of fancy, even one science fiction. LOL. I would have to say, though, historical novels are my true love, either to read or write. Feel free to go over to my website http://www.miriamnewman.com if you like. The Comet, a story about the Battle of Hastings, is another one that has done well. You will find the sequel to The King’s Daughter (Heart of the Earth) already written and available. Just click the Books tab.

  • Hi, Kelley! Ooh, you have a Fire?! Lucky girl. Well, here’s hoping for you–

  • I think it would look great on Kelley’s Kindle Fire, but I think it would look just fine on my Kindle wi-fi, too. LOL Love the cover and excerpt, Miriam.

  • Thanks, Jacquie! Glad you stopped by. I like to think it would look good anywhere, of course. 🙂

  • Marlene Howard

    This sounds like just the book I need to read to get out of my reading funk. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I hope it is, Marlene. There’s never a dull moment, I’ll say that much for it. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Ladies, in a random drawing I drew Patty’s name for her choice of digital or print version of The King’s Daughter. Patti I will be emailing you!

  • Awesome Message, really enjoyed reading it

  • After trying over your web site I book marked and might be coming back to learn your new posts!