Contest of Queens is now available in hardcover, large print paperback, paperback, ebook, and audiobook and can be found at these locations:
Audible (for audiobook)
And if you live in the Bow Valley, please pick up a signed copy at Cafe Books
If you do not live in the Bow Valley but would like a signed bookplate to stick into your book, please fill out this form. I would love to send you a personalized autograph (and maybe a couple of other goodies).
What’s it about?
In a Queendom divided, can one girl unite the realms?
Jacs, an inventor’s apprentice from the Lower Realm, has only ever dreamed of what the land among the clouds holds. That is until she finds a letter from Connor, an Upperite boy hoping to learn more about the land below. Little does Jacs know, Connor is actually Prince Cornelius of the Queendom of Frea. With wooden boats and hot air balloons, the two begin a secret correspondence. But their friendship is divided by a heavily-guarded bridge and an inescapable prejudice.
The strength of their bond was thought to transcend distance and time, but when the royal family visits the Lower Realm, the Queendom’s feud is reignited.
To save her people, Jacs must infiltrate the Upper Realm and earn her place to compete in the Contest of Queens. In a story about friendship, love, bravery, and defying gravity, Jacs will strive to prove that a Queendom is strongest when united.
This is the first book in the Frean Chronicles Trilogy.
I was fortunate enough to have an evening with Erin Evans, one of the most inspiring women you will ever meet, where we talked about writing Contest of Queens and the incredible journey this novel has taken me on. Check it out below, and listen to her other episodes- I promise she’ll shift your life view for the better.
Leave a Review, Get some Goodies
Reviews are so helpful in getting word of my book out there. If you have time, and if you’ve read the book, I would be eternally grateful if you could leave a star rating and/or a written review on Goodreads or Amazon.
Better yet, if you leave a star rating and review, let me know here, and be sure to include your mailing address in the message because I’d love to send you some goodies to show my appreciation! (limited supply)
Contest of Queens Coloring Page
I still pinch myself with how incredible the Contest of Queens cover is. Maryann Appel at CamCat Books is an absolute genius.
Do you like coloring?
I’d love to see the color combinations you come up with for this cover!
Use the #ContestofQueens hashtag and tag me @jordanhbartlett on Instagram.
Click on the link below to download your copy.
Contest of Queens Playlist
I’ve created a playlist with some songs that relate to the characters, events, the themes, and the general feel of the novel (hopefully you agree!). There’s a method to my madness, so it sound best in order, but I’m not the boss of you so shuffle away if that’s your style. Sit back and enjoy some Contest of Queens related melodies:
Gorgeous map courtesy of Vancouver Artist Andrew Martin.
Check him out at: https://www.artstation.com/dentrala
Image courtesy of Sonya Englert, winner of my #contestofqueens Chapter Two art contest May 2020.
Signed Book Plate
If you follow me on Instagram (@jordanhbartlett), you will have seen that I am offering to send a personalized book plate and some limited stock swag to anyone who has bought themselves a copy of Contest of Queens.
If you’re interested, please fill out this form, then pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Top Art Submissions for April/May 2020 Contests
These artists are amazing! I was absolutely blown away, we have: Cecelia Leddy (@teenybotanist) with the beautiful women on top of the waterfall, the woman who is a waterfall, and the woman in the field with her cat, Jenna Cegnar with the beautiful paintings of Connor’s boots AND of Brindle the cow, Ashley Banbury (@ashtreehouse) with the flawless picture of Connor the Conqueror, Kathrine Metner with her amazing picture of the little boat heading into the unknown while a Griffin watches from above, and Sonya Engert with her incredible depiction of our protagonist: Jacs. Thank you all so much for your submissions!
Congratulations also to Ashley Banbury for winning the April challenge, and to Sonya Englert for winning the May challenge!