December 21, 2016
Hello readers! Welcome to our Tour Stop for
The Duchess Quest (Jordinia #1)
by C.K. Brooke!
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Dainy doesn't know that she is the lost Duchess of Jordinia, believed to have been assassinated fifteen years ago. Nor does she know that her uncle has implemented an illegal contest to seek her, offering her marriage hand as the reward! Though at odds, three clashing rivals - including a noble giant, a forest dweller and a thieving rake - voyage together by woodland, prairie and sea to recover the lost royal, notwithstanding the assassins and spies at their tail. Soon, young Dainy is swept into a comically complex romantic quadrangle as each suitor competes to capture her heart. Charmingly romantic and bursting with political intrigue, startling twists and vivid characters, readers of romance and fantasy alike will adore this original yet timeless tale of swashbuckling adventure and unlikely love.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thank you for having me! I can’t wait.
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Three outlaws seek a spunky lost duchess in a swashbuckling tale of romance & adventure.
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
I had always been intrigued the last grand duchess of Russia, Anastasia Romanov. In the Russian Revolution, her family was executed, but there were rumors she’d survived. I wanted to write a book with a similar premise, and throw some ‘Princess Bride’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’-like swashbuckling and adventure/romance into the mix.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Dainy is the lost duchess of Jordinia, although she doesn’t know it, since she was only 3 when her family was executed and she was rescued. She’s spunky and mischievous, but also young and sensitive. The three rivals searching for her are Mac, a young man from the forest; Jon, a charming but deplorable thief and womanizer; and Bos, a noble giant.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I love the whole sequence on Dainy’s uncle’s boat when Jon is trying to rescue her by basically kidnapping her, and leaving the others to fight an assassin. What makes Jon so fun to write and read about is that you can love and hate him at the same time.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
I can’t think of any parts of the book that were difficult to write. The most difficult part of this book was having to rewrite it so many times in order to find publication for it! The first draft was too long (165,000 words). I had to chisel it down to about 90K.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now? Any new books coming out?
My publisher, 48fourteen, and I are currently in early editing with the third book of the Jordinia series, The Duchess’s Descendants. There’s also a short e-prequel to the series coming out soon, entitled The Last Empress. My new YA novella, The Golden Dove, was just released on Nov. 30, 2016. And the second book in my American Pirate Romance line was signed by Limitless Publishing last week and will be available in October 2017. To keep up with all my new releases, please go to www.CKBrooke.com and subscribe to my monthly newsletter – you’ll get a free eBook!
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thank you! This was so fun!