I’m delighted to welcome Suzy to my blog. I’m better acquainted with her slightly naughtier alter ego, but today we’ll let her fantasy romance author side come out to play. She’s got a brand new release with Taliesin Publishing, and I’m excited to learn more.
Let’s get the details on Rules of Ascension.
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1. Hi Suzy, and welcome. It’s great to officially meet. I’m a huge fan of both fantasy and romance, so I think we’re going to get along. Can you tell me a bit about the world you’ve created in the Estoria Chronicles? Is it inspired by any particular time period or place?
Hi Tara! Thanks so much for hosting me today, I really appreciate it ;)
This world has a hint of medieval England to it, but that’s mostly seen in the style of clothes that the characters wear. I wanted a world full of honour and damsels, a world where women would be treated very differently than they are today.
2. There’s a ton of information about Lady Elsabeth in your blurb, but I’m more curious about Prince Frederick. What’s he like? Is he as tall, dark, and handsome as your cover suggests?
Very much so! He has a well cultivated reputation as a rake, he goes out drinking with his best friend Sir Martin and always has the prettiest girls fighting to be on his arm. He likes the freedom that his reputation affords him, but he is not impressed by women who think they can change or “save” him, he is quite cynical about women in fact.
3. What circumstances brings Lady Elsabeth and Prince Frederick together? A birdy told me a big event is coming up.
Lady Elsabeth’s sister is engaged to Prince Frederick’s brother, she comes to the castle a year before the wedding date to help plan and prepare. She drags Lady Elsabeth along in hopes of catching a respectable husband for her, one that will be able to reign in the oddities of Elsabeth’s wild child nature. Those of you who have read Love and War will know a little about Prince Frederick already as that story follows his daughters.
4. I’m really curious about the chemistry between your Lady and her Prince. Would you mind giving us a sneak peek from when sparks first fly? (feel free to change this question around to fit a short snippet).
When they first meet Elsabeth knocks Prince Frederick off his feet— quite literally. Later her innocence and her sweet ignorance of his flirting make her quite a mystery to the prince.
Frederick held out a hand as the young woman’s gaze met his. He felt his breath catch as he looked into the biggest blue eyes he’d ever seen. They were so innocent and full of wonder. He wondered how long before the lies and rumours she was sure to find here at court stripped her of that innocence. She gripped his hand tightly, leaning on him as she eased herself out of the carriage. Unable to see her feet past the too-long skirt, she missed the step and fell from the carriage. Frederick caught her, but her flailing arm caught him in the jaw.
The next thing Frederick knew, he was lying on his back in the dust at Alicia’s feet, thoroughly winded with the young woman sprawled across him. He could hear Sir Martin’s muffled laughter even as the shocked gasps of Lady Alicia caused the young woman to scramble upright. She managed to punch him in the stomach and step on his leg, but eventually she was able to stand. She muttered an apology and began to brush the dirt from her dress. Wincing, Frederick pushed himself upright and brushed the dust from his own attire. Martin was at his side instantly, clapping on his back with more force than was necessary to dislodge the dust.
5. Before I let you go—what projects are you working on right now? Is there another Estoria Chronicles book in the pipeline?
At the moment I’m working on a few projects. My alter ego Suzanna has a book that’s going through editing at the moment, and I have another couple in the wings patiently waiting their turn. I do hope to write another in this series but the inspiration is being rather fickle on that front so I’m focusing on other projects for the moment.
Since book release month is crazy busy for any writer, I’ll let Suzy run off. For more information about the book and author, just scroll down. As always, comments are much appreciated.
Rules Of Ascension
by Suzy Knight
As a child, Lady Elsabeth Durnfir dreamed of marrying a prince, but after seeing her elder sister’s personality make a complete 180 degree turn after her engagement to Crown Prince Henry of Estoria is announced, Elsabeth has traded in her childish hopes of a fairytale wedding for the equally unlikely hope of inheriting Durnfir Manor and the surrounding land.
Life at court is not something she is interested in, or good at, but in order to help prepare for her sister Alicia’s wedding, Elsabeth must live at court for an entire year. As well as trying to fit in at court while living up to her sister’s reputation, Elsabeth has a secret to keep. But, court is full of secrets that are all about to come to light.
How will Elsabeth survive court without destroying her family’s reputation—and how can she get Prince Frederick, the renowned rake, to stop teasing her?
About Suzy Knight
Suzy Knight is an average English girl, who after completing a degree in boring business management decided to travel halfway around the world to the land of kpop and kimchi to be a teacher.
Whilst in Korea, Suzy rediscovered her passion for writing and managed to write the novel Love and War in between working at her academy and volunteering with animal rescue. Two years later and she’s back in England with her rescued Korean puppy, Panda.
Now she is working on her next novels, while training Panda to be less nervous.