I’ve fallen in love with a new story. At first it was supposed to be a short story idea to give me a break from my novel, Voice, but as I’ve been working on it, I’m realizing it’s deepening into a novel (possibly even a series; who knows?) I’m sure you’re curious to hear more about it, so…
The Princess Game is the working title, and as you can see, I had a little too much fun making a potential cover (hehe). Basic synopsis:
“When Arabella comes to the palace as one of four beautiful young ladies chosen as potential brides for the prince, she has no intention of being his first choice. But then an assassination attempt on the prince’s life goes awry, throwing them together when she is injured as a result of saving his life. As she and Prince Bayard fall in love while trying to protect each other and find out who the would-be assassins are, Arabella wonders if she actually wants to return home now, despite the great danger she’s in.”
Here’s an excerpt:
“You mean a lot to me,” he said.
I felt like he had shot an arrow right through my heart. “No,” I said, trying to hang on to the anger I had a moment ago. “That can’t be true.”
He didn’t say anything at first. He was waiting for me turn around. I could have walked away right then, but something kept me there, rooted to the floor.
“You’ve been totally disinterested in the whole thing from the beginning,” I said.
“Not quite true either, although I admit I acted that way at first.”
I turned around to find him closer, his eyes directly gazing into mine with an intensity that made my legs suddenly weak. “Why?” was the only word I could say.
“Because I wasn’t sure what I wanted, and I didn’t like the way my father was pushing me to marry some girl I didn’t even know.” He put up a hand before I could respond to that. “But then, when I walked into the dining hall that first night, and you–” He paused, and I knew he was going to same something important, something that would change everything.
That was when I heard the whirring, coming closer and fast. I saw the arrow hurtling toward Bayard, and on impulse, barreled myself right into the prince’s chest…
I’m so excited about this new story! I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen and where my imagination will take it. Arabella and Prince Bayard are my new favorite characters. Now I know what I’m writing for Camp NaNoWriMo in April or July… 🙂