Greetings, Friends! I’m excited to welcome author Michael A. Rothman to my blog once again. Last time we were together, we celebrated the release of Lords of Prophecy. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Even more exciting to me was the response of one of my students. I thought this series would be something he’d enjoy, and I was right. He devoured the book and begged me for more.
Now I can give him more! Michael now has available, Princess Interrupted. This book is actually a prequel to Michael’s two other books in The Prophecies Series.
In the prequel, we are again plunged into Rothman’s carefully developed world. We get the lay of the land with a helpful map at the beginning, which I found very helpful as a reference throughout the story. We join Arabelle in her struggle to come to grips not only with the devastating poison but with her gift of prophecy. The names Rothman gives his characters and locations show a lot of creativity, helping to build his interesting kingdom. And of course, what’s a kingdom without a haunted forest! I have to admit that I have a weakness for tough female leads, and Princess Interrupted doesn’t disappoint. If you like fantasy with a good dose of action, magic, and love, this is the book for you. I don’t want to include any spoilers, but the last line of this prequel compels the reader to continue on!
By the way, Michael gives the best prizes! One randomly drawn commenter will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Just leave a comment below!
PRINCESS INTERRUPTED is a tale about a fourteen-year-old daughter of a merchant king in the land of Trimoria named Arabelle. Her life of leisure is shattered when she suffers an attack from a poisonous creature that hasn’t walked the land in over five centuries.
Arabelle must learn to overcome the debilitating effects of the poison that courses through her body. All the while, she must resist monstrous foes that threaten her people and the ones she loves.
She must do this while keeping a dark secret that only she can bear.
As I tiptoed through the woods looking for the familiar paths that the elves had left, a high-pitched gurgling roar shattered the silence.
My heart beat quicker as I heard the crack of a twig. A lizard-like creature with green scales, the size of a large dog, was giving me a sinister stare that sent shivers up and down my back. This ominous creature was unlike anything I’d ever seen or heard of in Trimoria. Its yellow and black eyes glared at me as it slowly opened its mouth and growled menacingly. The creature scratched the ground with its claws and unfurled a set of wings. I saw it gather itself for a leap.
I slowly backed away. Then a series of gray blurs flew past me and the creature made a coughing sound and sprouted a pair of arrows.
An elf appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, and chopped the monster’s head off. As the elf backed away, the twitching body rhythmically spewed streams of blood from its neck as the decapitated head spasmodically opened its jaws for the last time and its snake-like eyes closed.
The elf turned to me with an appraising look. “Are you hurt?”
I felt a burning sensation near my ribs. The creature must have spit something at me just before the elf killed it. I looked down and saw two steaming holes in my traveling clothes and I suddenly felt nauseated. The world blurred and spun as the ground came rushing up to meet me…
For those of you who might not remember, here’s some info about Michael:
I’ve been writing throughout my career as an engineer, however my writing had been relegated to technical books and technical magazine articles. Heck, you might even find a couple of those musty tomes still for sale if you look hard enough.
With my foray into epic fantasy, I’ve shed the shackles of technical writing and created novels that I hope will be attractive to a much wider audience.
I’ve always admired truly epic tales. You know the ones I mean. The book you crack open, wander through and utterly get immersed in. The story takes you on twists and turns you never expected, run into dead-ends that make you wheel your arms backward to prevent you from falling into an endless abyss. By the time you reach what you think is the end, you’ve read hundreds of pages and realize the end is really only the beginning of the story.
You close the book and wonder out loud. “Do I have the next book? Is it out yet?”
My goal when I started writing the first book (HEIRS OF PROPHECY) that involved the Riverton family was to make a story that would allow a younger audience access to such a tale. Since then, a second book (TOOLS OF PROPHECY) was released, and also the third book in the series with LORDS OF PROPHECY.
As to my other writing activities, I’ve completed another as of yet unreleased novel in the Prophecies series, and they are scheduled to be released as soon as – well, as soon as the paperwork on them is complete, and the lawyers nod their heads up and down.
I hope you enjoy the novel.
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