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I have just released Volume 4 of The Princess Who...series, Dare Not My Liege The Princess Who Passed the Test. If you like fairy tale retellings told as an historical romance you may want to check it out. Please see book description and link below:

From L. M. Roth, author of The Princess Who Fell Asleep, The Quest For the Kingdom series, The Adventures of Abelard series, and A Bane In Salem: A Tale of the Salem Witch Trials, comes a heartwarming and hilarious historical romance. A retelling of The Princess and the Pea, Dare Not My Liege the Princess Who Passed the Test spins the tale of a couple as mismatched as any could possibly be. Prince Aengus is searching for a true Princess, but his betrothed Princess Amee from the elegant Kingdom of Gaul isn't quite what he has in mind, as he bluntly informs her on her arrival in the wild land of Caledonia. The Princess is advised to excuse his bluntness, as a witch "blessed" him with the gift of honesty at birth, and he therefore cannot help himself. A sensitive lass who demands she be treated with all the dignity of royalty, the Princess is outraged when informed that she must pass the tests the Prince will devise for her in order for their marriage to proceed. But when she passes his tests, she turns the tables on the Prince and announces that he must meet her expectations or the wedding is off. Filled with humor, sweetness, and drama, Dare Not My Liege The Princess Who Passed the Test poses the question: can a man who cannot tell a lie truly find happiness with a woman who can't handle the truth?

Dare Not My Liege The Princess Who Passed the Test is Volume 4 in The Princess Who... series, a collection of stand alone romantic fairy tales written for modern Princesses. Books in the series contain Volume 1 Arise My Love the Princess Who Fell Asleep, Volume 2 Beware My Lady the Princess Who Would Not Wed, Volume 3 Come Back My Lord the Princess Who Loved Too Much, and Volume 4 Dare Not My Liege the Princess Who Passed the Test.

Good morning,

I have just released a new book, A Bane In Salem: A Tale of the Salem Witch Trials. It is an historical romance set in the time of the Witch Trials. The heroine and her friends are fictional characters, but there are also historical figures of the accused, the accusers, the ministers, and others involved in the story. I was deeply moved as I wrote it and longed and hoped to bring to life the plight of the helpless victims who found themselves at the center of a storm with no hope in sight. May the innocent rest in peace...

Book description and link are below:

Letitia had always been branded as different in the Village of Salem. But now in a time when being different brings danger, she finds herself at the mercy of the opinion of her neighbors. Although she is being courted by two men, can she rely on either of them to defend her from the storm that swirls around her, as the Village is caught up in a maelstrom of accusations?

What happened in Salem over three hundred years ago? Was it an outbreak of mass hysteria fueled by superstition? Were there truly witches among the pious Puritans who made their home in the New World to establish a kingdom of God on earth? Or did someone execute bitter vengeance against their oppressors and bring destruction on the innocent?

L. M. Roth, author of the Quest For the Kingdom series, The Princess Who series, and Battleground: Elijah and the War With Jezebel, weaves a spellbinding tale of the mysterious incidents that occurred in Salem more than three centuries ago. With insight and historical detail the Salem Witch Trials come vividly to life, and the blood of those wronged cries out for justice even now.

Good morning!

I have just released a new book Curse of the Cache. It is a young adult time travel fantasy but appealing to all ages. If you are looking for a summer adventure with an unusual twist you may want to check it out.

Book description and link are below:

"It had happened again. He woke up in a cold sweat. The nightmare had returned. The nightmare of hands reaching out to clutch him, hands coming from a grave, hands that seemed to transcend the tombstone, the tombstone whose name could not be read. He tried to run but the hands came after him, clutching him, threatening to stop him. He woke just as he fell while hurtling over a headstone, the wind knocked out of him, turning behind him to find the hands ever nearer, coming closer, determined to catch him.

Mike Matthews sat up in bed. He woke with a gasp, sweat pouring from his forehead, and his heart pounding in his chest. His breath came in short sharp stabs. Why, why did he always have this dream? Why did it come upon him, haunting him, making him afraid at times to fall asleep?

And lately it had been worse, it had come more often. It used to only come upon him once or twice a year, since he was fifteen years old. But it was coming more frequently, and always it seemed after he had fallen, after he had given in to the temptation of the uncontrollable urge.

Mike was a thief. No one was aware of it, because he was very good at covering his tracks. No one knew when there was a theft of jewelry, that it was he who took it. And always it was a green stone. He could resist any other kind of gem; pearls, diamonds, costume jewelry, silver, or gold. But something about the color green, particularly emeralds, always caught his eye, and he found himself reaching out with shaking hands to take it."

Mike Matthews is haunted by a dream and a curse that threaten to ruin his existence. Until one wild night when he and his brother and their friend discover a mysterious cavern where they find themselves hurtled back in time and encounter a smuggler, pirates, and other nefarious characters who uncover a past that creates as many questions as answers...

From L. M. Roth, author of The Quest For the Kingdom series, Adventures of Abelard series, and The Princess Who...series, comes a thrilling tale of time travel that evokes a haunting atmosphere and unfolds mysterious revelations in a spine-tingling adventure on a quest for truth.

Good morning!

I have just released a new book, A Hope In the Dead of Night The Story of Ruth. It is the story of a brave and loyal woman struggling to cope under the blows that life deals to her. What do you do when you must choose between survival and devotion? What would you do?

Book description and link are below:

"Wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God."

Widowed and left destitute, Ruth must choose whether to remain with her people in Moab where she will enjoy security and may find a husband, or to accompany her beloved widowed mother-in-law to Israel, where her future is uncertain. What fate awaits her in Israel? Will she find safety and happiness? Will she ever find love again? Or will her neighbors shun the alien in their midst?

From L. M. Roth, the author of A Dance In the Desert The Story of Leah, Jacob, and Rachel, A Star In the Darkness Esther and the King of Persia, and Battleground: Elijah and the War With Jezebel, comes a moving tale of a woman who forsakes everything she knows and turns her back on security out of selfless devotion. Ruth finds adventure in her new land, and suffers hardship. But will she ever know love again?

I always loved the way Louisa Mae Alcott wove the journey of The Pilgrim's Progress throughout Little Women, with the sisters experiencing The Valley of Humiliation, visiting The Palace Beautiful, and being tempted at Vanity Fair.

Summer will soon be upon us, and that means traveling. If you could journey through any book where the characters experienced a life change what would it be? I choose The Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia, for the sea journey, the islands and their cultures, and that last silent sea filled with lilies that borders Aslan's Country. I would have adventures galore with slavers, magicians, living stars, and one very unhappy dragon named Eustace Clarence Scrubb; who almost deserved it!  ;)

The Book Corner / It's Spring! So let our fancies turn to love...
« on: March 29, 2017, 10:14:39 AM »
Ah, Spring, that magical time of year when it seems that everyone thinks of love.

Who is your favorite pair of literary lovers, and why? I have several, listed below.

Marcellus and Diana from The Robe. Their tenacity and devotion to each other despite all the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart.

Lizzy Bennett and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Her integrity in seeking to first be true to herself even if remaining single, and his falling for the girl he thought beneath him are irresistible.

Newland Archer and Countess Olenska from The Age of Innocence. Pure heartbreak. But have to love the way she refuses to snatch her own happiness which can only be achieved by hurting those she loves.

Who are your favorites, and why?

It's summer, and that means vacation and travel!

What epic journey would you want to follow for your summer vacation travels? I have several so I will list a few in order of preference:

1) Aragorn's trek through Middle Earth to win the War of the Ring and become the King of Gondor. I would love to see Minis Tirith, Rohan, and Fangorn among other places on his journey. (Would NOT want Frodo's and Sam's journey over the rocks!)

2) Justin and Lucy Pevensey's quest to find the 7 lost Lords of Narnia.

3) Bilbo Baggin's quest to find the Lonely Mountain and slay the dragon Smaug.

4) Jason's Quest for the Golden Fleece.

I could go on and on but here are just a few. What about you? What epic journey awakens the sense of adventure in your heart?


I have just released a Kindle Short Read, a collection of fantasy short stories about a forest that is said to be haunted by some, enchanted by others. The prologue and description with book link are below.


The Perilous Forest

"It looked innocent in the distance, a place of beauty, inviting one to explore its green lushness. To enter it was to experience the sensation of having crossed over into another dimension. Some said there was a feeling of timelessness, of having left the present and been thrust into a vanished world.

Here and there throughout the forest were enormous mounds of earth built by a long vanished race of men, upon whose summits were said to have been committed unspeakable acts. There was an eerie stillness here, and many claimed that birds flying overhead would suddenly cease their singing, and squirrels their chattering, while rabbits would tense and prick up their ears as if sensing an unseen presence.

Several travelers testified to a feeling of sudden terror, a sense of being watched by malevolent eyes, the possessor of which might appear in their path unexpectedly and hinder their progress. All stated that they looked constantly over their shoulder while walking, their hearts pounding violently and an icy sweat pouring from their skin.

“I felt the urge to run in escape from my stalker but realized that this would only invite an attack. To walk slowly through that forest was the longest journey of my life, although in reality it took no more than a day,” said one who swore he would never willingly enter the forest again.

Another insisted that near the end of his trek he became aware of the sound of grass rustling even though there was no breeze, and looking to his right saw that an unseen walker was trodding down the grass next to him.

“I’ve never been one to believe in the gods, but I found myself calling on a higher power to protect me from whatever the evil at my side was. I felt I was being escorted out of there, with the unspoken command that I never come back. Believe me, I don’t intend to!”

Many are the tales and legends that emanate from the Perilous Forest, a place said to be haunted by some, enchanted by others. But which tales are true and which are only legends? Here in half a dozen stories the reader can enter the Perilous Forest and find out for themselves...

Dragon Slayers - A young boy must enter manhood by slaying a fierce dragon and so carry on his family legacy.
The Dream Giver - The Maiden of Morpheus comes in sleep, revealing the end of the recipient to the dreamer.
The Maiden In the Tower - A damsel is imprisoned by a horrifying beast and awaits rescue.
The Treasure Takers - Desperation drives a brother and sister to the Golden Wood in the heart of the Perilous Forest.
Dragon Sacrifice - A kingdom commits an evil conspiracy to kill with a loathsome monster.
Light Bearers - A village is cursed by a sorceress and must find a way to break the spell before time runs out.

From L. M. Roth, author of the Quest For the Kingdom series, Adventures of Abelard series, and Disenchanted in the Land of Dreams Come True comes a collection of short tales and legends that weave a spell of enchantment and horror as the reader is drawn into the world of the Perilous Forest, a place so mysterious that no one enters it willingly, and those who do come out changed or never return at all...

I am sure I am not alone in having that experience when reading a book with locations that are so beautiful or magical and are described in such vivid detail that I wish I could walk right into the book and live there.

I have several favorites but my top pick would be Lothlorien; to live in a tree house in a perfect environment with the beauty of the forest all around!

Where would you choose to live, and why?

The Book Corner / Who is your favorite mystery writer?
« on: February 04, 2016, 03:20:17 PM »
I love to read a good who-dunit; partly for the fun of solving the mystery and partly for the colorful characters. I mean, have you ever seen a normal person commit a murder?!

My fave mystery writers are as follows:

1) Agatha Christie - I have never succeeded in solving any of her murders and I'm usually pretty good at it!
2) M.M. Kaye - the author of the celebrated Far Pavilions wrote some exotic and atmospheric mystery novels in her youth, each of them staged in one of the countries where her military husband was stationed. Very subtle writer that will keep you on your toes. In one of her books a murder is committed and the reader doesn't even realize it.
3) Mary Higgins Clark - if you like to get really scared try reading this author's books. Many of the victims and heroines are ordinary people, and as you read them you find yourself thinking, "That might happen to me!" There is also a lot of tension relieving humor as well to add to the fun.

What are your favorites and why?

The Book Bazaar / New release: Adventures of Abelard Trilogy
« on: November 27, 2015, 07:26:50 AM »

I have just released the Adventures of Abelard series in one convenient Kindle volume, titled Adventures of Abelard Trilogy. For those familiar with the series it recounts the heroic quests of Abelard, a simple farm boy who dreamed of knighthood and found himself swept away on epic adventures. Available at Amazon; book description and link are below.

From L. M. Roth, the author of the Quest For the Kingdom series, The Princess Who series, and Cinderella’s Shoe A Fairy Tale Murder Mystery, comes an exciting fantasy adventure sparkling with whimsy and magic.

Now available in one complete Kindle volume, the Adventures of Abelard Trilogy is a three part fantasy series revolving around Abelard, a simple farm boy who dreams of greatness and finds himself becoming the hero on several perilous quests. Each book is a standalone adventure that follows Abelard and his friends on their journeys as they face danger, villains, dark magic, and enchantments that transport them from this world into another.

Book 1 Abelard and the Dragon’s Vapor:
The Kingdoms of Merdyce and Ryle have been placed under an evil enchantment by the wicked dragon, Dace, oldest and mightiest of his race, whose slimy green vapor leaves his victims changed forever. There is no one who can attempt to break the spell and free the people of the dragon’s curse except Abelard, who alone escaped the enchantment.

He discovers that the only way to break the spell is to slay the dragon who cast it, But only the bravest and boldest of knights with a pure heart and a strong spirit can slay the dragon Dace, and Abelard is merely a simple farm boy and the only steed he possesses is his old nag Larkspur.

Abelard sets out on a dangerous quest to the dragon’s lair, and engages in battles of wit and power with such fearsome creatures as giants, wizards, witches, marauding knights, and one very irate Fairy Queen. He is warned that as part of his testing for knighthood he will encounter ten perils, and be given ten weapons of warfare to help him overcome the perils if he uses them correctly. Only then can he become a knight and hope to slay the dragon and release the kingdoms from the evil spell.

Book 2 Abelard and the Witch’s Vengeance:
The merry Kingdom of Merdyce is enchanted under the curse of an evil witch. Only Abelard, the simple farm boy who became a knight in Abelard and the Dragon's Vapor, dares to pursue the witch and force her to break the spell. But the road is filled with surprises, danger, and marvels as he ventures into the Perilous Realm where few dare to go, and those who do are never the same.

Abelard and the Witch’s Vengeance is an exciting fantasy adventure filled with whimsy and magic, and unforgettable characters both human and...otherwise...

Book 3 Abelard and the Knights’ Vow:
A pack of wolves under a dark curse, an evil wizard, and a missing wife lead Abelard on another exciting quest into adventure and enchantment. His wife Lady Wenda has been abducted along with their friend Princess Rosalind. It is up to Abelard and his teenage children, Sir Hubert and Princess Selena along with Abelard's quarreling knights to find and rescue them. But will their own frail humanity sabotage their mission before they can save the damsels in distress?

Abelard and the Knights’ Vow is an enchanting and whimsical tale filled with humor and twists and turns along the way. This thrilling conclusion to the Adventures of Abelard series takes the reader on another excursion into the world of faerie, where nothing is as it appears and every step lures the traveler into the Perilous Realm.

I have been inspired many times in my life to keep going after reading a story where a character faces adversity, heartbreak, or grieving and realized they must go on and somehow found the strength to do so.

I have suffered through life's upheavals with Scarlett as she returns home to find her mother dead, her father out of his mind, and her family on the brink of starvation in Gone With the Wind. At first she wanted to give up, but somehow found the courage to go on and pull her family through it.

I have faced the death of loved ones long before I wanted to let go of them just as Jo did in Little Women, and like Jo realized that grieving is part of loving and only time will lessen the ache of bereavement.

What about you? Was there a time in your life when a literary character inspired you to go on when you thought you couldn't?

Share your inspirations with the rest of us!

The Book Bazaar / FREE on Thursday - ABELARD AND THE KNIGHTS' VOW
« on: June 16, 2015, 04:47:27 PM »

I have just released Volume 3 in the Adventures of Abelard series, Abelard and the Knights' Vow. This is the conclusion to the story of the simple farm boy who dreamed of being a knight. All 3 books are stand alone tales that feature the main character in a new quest that takes him into the Perilous Realm. The first volume, Abelard and the Dragon's Vapor takes our hero on a mission to slay a dragon to release 2 kingdoms from an enchantment. The second volume, Abelard and the Witch's Vengeance, finds him facing off with an old enemy and taking along his page boy, a young man who hates the wilderness and is afraid of his own shadow. In volume 3 Abelard is now a father with teenage children who join him on a mission to find their mother, who has been abducted by the evil wizard Lamar.

The link and book description are below. Hope you join Abelard for another magical adventure!

"I am Sir Verion," the knight moaned. "And I and my fellow knights have been laid under a dark enchantment. For all of these wolves that you see around you were once knights. We were valiant, we were true, and we were brave.
 "But we broke our vow to our overlord. We pledged to serve Lord Kinellan; we vowed to be faithful and come to his aid whenever he called. But we broke that vow. We took what was not ours to take. He commanded us to set out on a quest; our task was to bring back a treasure. But we lusted after the treasure and we stole much of it instead and did not return to him with it.
 "We were not aware that there was a spell on the treasure; a dark enchantment that brought evil on all who stole it. Whosoever would take it unlawfully would be changed into their true form, and so we became wolves, greedy and lustful.
 "And so here we are. And we will remain in this state until that dark enchantment is broken and we are set free."
A pack of wolves under a dark curse, an evil wizard, and a missing wife lead Abelard on another exciting quest into adventure and enchantment. His wife Lady Wenda has been abducted along with their friend Princess Rosalind. It is up to Abelard and his teenage children, Sir Hubert and Princess Selena along with Abelard's quarreling knights to find and rescue them. But will their own frail humanity sabotage their mission before they can save the damsels in distress?
Another enchanting and whimsical tale from L. M. Roth, author of the Quest For the Kingdom series, The Princess Who series, and Disenchanted In the Land of Dreams Come True, this thrilling conclusion to the Adventures of Abelard series takes the reader on another excursion into the world of faerie, where nothing is as it appears and every step lures the traveler into the Perilous Realm.

The Book Corner / Great books inspired by other great books?
« on: June 09, 2015, 09:34:04 AM »
Every once in a while I read a book and wonder whether the author was inspired by a classic novel or a more recent great piece of literature.

Examples I can cite are Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Jane Eyre; the same somewhat arrogant rich man with a mystery regarding his wife, a young and innocent girl that he thinks he can deceive, and a crazy servant/housekeeper, all on a great estate that appears to be haunted.

Another one is Gone With the Wind. For years I thought this was all Margaret Mitchell's magnificent creation sprung entirely out of her own vivid imagination. But then I read Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton and had to wonder if Mitchell read it as a young girl. If ever there was a "belle" that could give Scarlett O'Hara a challenge to her throne it would be Undine Spragg. She is spoiled, beautiful, has an unbending will, steps on others to get what she wants, and has 3 husbands to match Scarlett's. One is a romantic dreamer, one a member of the aristocracy, and one is a ruthless businessman with a mysterious past who will stop at nothing to make a dollar. See any similarities to the men that Scarlett married? It's not plagiarism, but I have to wonder if this book influenced Mitchell.

What about you? Can you think of any books that you wonder might have been inspired by another?

Wouldn't it be nice to create a world or your own to live in? If you could do so, which world from a fantasy novel would it resemble? Or would you create something totally unique?

I love the woods so I would probably choose the land of Lothlorien from the Lord of the Rings. No evil is permitted to enter there, and all is in harmony with nature. If I lived in my own creation it would be a civilization based in a great city on the shores of the sea. It would not be a modern city, but one that has elegant buildings with rounded edges and streets where the citizens congregate to tell stories, sing music, and exchange food with one another to sample each other's cooking. There would be no poverty, but all would have enough to eat and a roof over their heads. It would be a city where culture is prized and musicians, artists, and poets held in high esteem, but there would be a rite of passage that involves sending a young person of eighteen or so out on the sea for a great adventure. They must conquer the sea and its dangers in order to be recognized as an adult in the eyes of their fellow citizens.

What would your world look like?

I admit it; I am NOT a romance reader for the most part. But there are some classic love stories that melt my heart every time I read them. And as Valentine's Day draws near you will invariably find me picking one up to immerse myself in.

My favorite? The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Although the film version was very good, it still didn't quite capture the longing and sense of futility that the author portrayed, as the main character found his soulmate, only to face the heart-wrenching reality that they could never be together for fear of destroying the essence of their love, which was rooted in idealistic principles of nobility of character. As his love said to him, how could they be truly happy if it came at the expense of betraying those that trusted them? A three hanky novel if ever there was one!

What are your favorite love stories? Which characters do you root for in their quest for happiness?

There are some great holiday legends and classic books out there. And they endure from generation to generation because of the story propelled by the characters. Which character from a holiday legend or story are you? Are you Squanto, who taught the pilgrims how to survive in a harsh wilderness? Are you a pilgrim, willing to blaze the trail for others yet in doubt for your own survival at times? Are you the miserly Scrooge or the selfless lovers in O. Henry's Gift of the Magi?

Tell us who you are! (I have to admit to being a bit of a pilgrim myself!)  :)

Good morning!

I have just released a new book, Cinderella's Shoe A Fairy Tale Murder Mystery. It's a fairy tale mystery for age 12 and up. See if you can solve the crime and find Red Riding Hood.

Someone is killing the beauties of Once Upon A Time Land; Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella have all become victims of a mastermind of evil. And in Fairy Tale Land, Red Riding Hood has disappeared without a trace. Fear stalks the land as it is left to Hansel and Gretel to discover Red's fate, and to solve the mystery and thwart the wicked plans of a malevolent presence that roams the forest.

From L. M. Roth, author of The Princess Who series, the Adventures of Abelard series, the Quest For the Kingdom series, and Disenchanted In the Land of Dreams Come True comes a fairy tale mystery teeming with eerie atmosphere, tender romance, and offbeat humor. Join the search for Red Riding Hood and piece the clues together to solve the mystery; and confront the evil presence if you dare...

The Book Corner / Who is your favorite literary villain?
« on: October 10, 2014, 02:04:33 AM »
Who is your favorite literary villain? Which character do you love to hate, or makes you cower in fear every time they enter the scene?

Mine is Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. I both hate and love this character, whom I found myself desperately caring about and wanting to see come back to the light, while at the same time shuddering at the monstrosity of his crimes. In his story we see how even the smallest action from someone else can influence the direction we take in life, and how a wrong word can ultimately change the course of a person's destiny. In this case that word was "sneaking."

Who do you love to hate? Who makes you cower when their name is uttered?

The Book Corner / What is your favorite single line from a book?
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:57:42 PM »
What is your favorite single line from a book? What one sentence either stuck with you in such a way that you have never forgotten it, or springs to mind in the middle of a situation?

Mine is from Gone With the Wind: "Tomorrow is another day."

I love the way they spin a web of enchantment and awaken the sleeping little child within me to a sense of wonder at magical beings and places, and sometimes scare the daylights out of me at horrors usually only imagined in nightmares. Whether it's Gail Carson Levine re-inventing Grimm's Fairy Tales or Neil Gaiman creating his own, a good tale from the land of Faerie will always capture my attention. Why do I like them? They take me out of a world of limitations into one where anything is possible; where weaklings can become strong men, the plain girl gets the Prince, and losers find success and happiness.

Tell us your favorites and why you think fairy tales endure from generation to generation.

The Book Corner / Books for Back To School (Sigh)
« on: August 02, 2014, 09:12:59 AM »
Yes, it really is that time again...back to school. In just 2 weeks my local school kids will enter their prison (I mean school) once more and be forced to abide by rules, regulations, and even (gulp!) a schedule until their release next spring.

Which brings to mind some favorite books about school and the way it molds and shapes the students, and even sometimes the teachers.

My personal favorite is To Sir With Love, a true heartwarmer. For those who have never seen the movie, it's the tale of a young engineer who cannot find work in his chosen profession and takes a teaching job to pay the rent. The impact he makes on a group of rebel rousers in a London slum transforms their outlook on life and his on teaching, as he discovers this is his true vocation.

Share your favorite books about school. And just to broaden the list of titles, the entire novel does NOT have to take place in a school, but should at least have some portion of the book where a school is the setting and the experiences there with teachers, students, or the curriculum have a deep impact on the character formation of the main character, or is instrumental in revealing facets of the main character. One example would be Jane Eyre, where young Jane is impacted by the poor care that results in the death of a close friend; another could be Little Men and the school for boys that Jo and her husband administer, and how it satisfys her longing to make a change for the better in the lives of young people.

Tell us what your favorites are and why!  :)

Good morning!

I have just released a new book, a fairy tale romance called Beware My Lady The Princess Who Would Not Wed. It is Volume 2 in The Princess Who... series. Although this book is primarily a romance, I would recommend it to young men as well as women, as this book is about the OTHER kind of "Princess"; the kind that takes advantage of men and uses them. Athough written as a satire, it is still relateable for those who have been used and abused by their love.

Book description and link are below. I hope you try it and have as much fun reading it as I did writing it!  :)

In the Kingdom of Silvervale, the King and Queen attempt to marry off their daughter the Princess Lille. But none of the gifts offered by the eligible Princes are good enough for her, and she spurns one and all, vowing that she will never wed.

Until one day a mysterious gardener appears who offers her magical gifts in exchange for her favors, and a handsome Prince challenges her in a duel of wits, and Lille must choose her destiny.

From L. M. Roth, author of the Quest For the Kingdom series, the Adventures of Abelard series, and Arise My Love The Princess Who Fell Asleep, comes a fairy tale romance abounding in mystery, intrigue, and humor as love blossoms, conspiracies are plotted, and rivals clash. A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Swineherd, it's a sparkling satire on manners and morals, love and ambition, and the question is posed, "What is the measure of a man?"

It's summer and I think of the sea and all the adventure to be had, you know, Jaws, Shark Week, Moby Dick, etc.

My favorite sea adventure is rather unusual; it is Voyage of the Dawn Treader from The Chronicles of Narnia. Everything I love in sea and fantasy adventures is to be found in that book; the magic, the mystery, and the sense of entering a strange new world. But Jaws isn't far behind it. I can almost smell the sea air whenever I dive into it!

What is your favorite sea adventure and why?

Share with us!  :)

What do you like to read for summer? A different taste than in the winter? While I love classics like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo, or a long fantasy series in the winter, I prefer much lighter books in the summer and have a tendency to dip into young adult classic reads like Tom Sawyer or Little Women, or contemporary authors in the YA genre like Gail Carson Levine. I like books that are fun and bring back the innocence of childhood and being out of school for the summer. I guess I would describe these books as ice cream: sweet and refreshing.

What about you? What food would describe your favorite summer read?

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