THE CHRONICLES OF ALCINIA
For the first time, DCL Publications is offering this entire trilogy in ebook form on Kindle and Nook. If you are a fan of award-winning fantasy historical romance, don’t miss this one.
Book One: The King’s Daughter
When the idyll of Tarabenthia’s childhood ends, she will defy her father for the sake of love, tip the balance in a world poised on the brink of war and ensure ruin and redemption for her land and herself.
Book Two: Heart of the Earth
Robbed of her husband by the arrows of assassins, Tia must flee to the Northern Prince who has always wanted her. But will the price of Hilgi’s protection be too high?
Book Three: Ice Maiden
When a simple farm girl attracts the notice of the King’s half-brother, it leads to a dazzling world of privilege, intrigue, passion, and war.
Miranda finds an amazing life-like doll at the second hand store for a steal that resembles someone she knows. Walking home while enjoying her new purchase, she encounters her upstairs neighbor Mark. She has been admiring him from afar, spoken to him when they see each other, but has never managed to catch his interest…or so she thought. Mark asks her about going to the Halloween ball with him since neither has a date. After growing up in a house that didn’t celebrate the holiday, Miranda is looking forward to her first Halloween party. Could this be the start of something wonderful, or does Mark have other ulterior motives?
She simply could not believe it was real. The tiny plastic body that proved anatomically correct… the hair that felt more real than even her own… the deep brown eyes that stared at her as she caressed the bare, buff plastic arm between her fingers. She’d never seen anything so lifelike. Standing just over a foot tall, the doll was remarkably realistic. Realistic and handsome.
“How much for him?” Miranda shouted, not meaning to raise her voice but eager over the excitement of her find.
“The doll?” the old man behind the counter questioned. “Three bucks.”
“Really?” she asked as her eyes grew wide with disbelief.
“Sure. I don’t even remember where it came from. Probably in a box of junk toys, for all I know. It’s three twenty-nine with tax.”
The old clerk offered to wrap and bag the doll for Miranda, but she kindly declined his offer. She wanted to carry him, in her hand, flesh against flesh… Crossing the street, Miranda did not bother to look up, but faith guided her safely across, even as her eyes never once left the doll that seemed to gaze back at her with a killer smile and twinkling eyes.
“I don’t know who you look like more,” she chatted to the doll as she rounded the corner onto Montgomery Street. “It’s either Mark in the apartment above mine or the hottie on the cover of that book I’m reading.”
Miranda was quiet for a moment, as if waiting for the doll to respond. When it said nothing, she continued just as softly as before.
“I’ll have to think of a name for you… You look a little Italian, but then again, I’ve never heard of a little Italian!”
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How do you conceive your plot ideas? Most of my ideas come from places I’ve visited. Something about exciting locales like Washington, D.C., or Gettysburg, PA, will incite me to conjure characters and situations around them.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? I wrote a novel for middle-grade boys several years ago that I sent out to several agents and after getting feedback, decided to shelve. I may go back and self-publish it.
How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying? I spent about two years learning the ropes of the romance genre in the late 1990s, but I didn’t get farther than writing 50 pages of three different books before I was offered a fabulous full-time job. I abandoned my fiction writing for eight years while I was working full time as communications director for the city of Orlando, and then when I retired, I started writing, again. This time, it just took one year to finish a polished manuscript and find a publisher.
Where can readers best contact you? My website is http://www.susanblexrud.com/, or I welcome contacts via Facebook and Pinterest.
-Who is your target readers ?
My target readers are adults that like a happily ever after. I don’t like a lot of conflict between my h/h there’s too much of that in the real world. I like them to stand side by side and beat the odds.
-What are the major themes of your work?
I don’t have a theme. My characters speak to me and I wrote it down so I write in many genres.
-Any recent works that you admire?
I’m a big fan of Sherrilynn Kenyon and Christine Feehan. But also love Julie Garwood.
-What do you think ppl search for in a book?
An Escape from the real world if only for a couple hours.
-Where can readers best keep up to date with your work?
My Facebook is the best place to keep up to date with what I’m doing. Of course Nook and Kindle have all my work at your finger tips.