I’m excited to announce that this novel has been picked up for publishing by CamCat Book Publishing! https://camcatbooks.com/
I am still pinching myself, and am so honored to be working with this amazing company! So clear a spot on your bookshelf, and get ready for Contest of Queens to hit the shelves 2022!
They say a Queendom divided is destined to fail, but for almost fifty years, the citizens of the Upper and Lower Realms have prospered. Separated by the Cliff with one remaining (and thoroughly guarded) bridge to connect the two Realms, Lower-born Jacs, the inventor’s apprentice, can only dream of what the land among the clouds holds. That is until she finds a letter from an Upper-born boy, Connor (Prince Cornelius), who sends a little wooden boat into the abyss hoping to learn more of the land below. The two begin a secret correspondence that lasts years. The strength of their bond thought to transcend distance, time, and prejudice. But the illusion of peace between the Realms dissolves when the Royal family descends from their perch to visit Jacs’ town of Bridgeport, and the old feud is reignited.
Now, to save her people, Jacs must infiltrate the Upper Realm and earn her place to compete in the Contest of Queens. With the help of a Dame, a Florist, a Knight, and a Prince, Jacs must learn how to survive against the contests’ tasks and within a political web she could not have imagined. In a story about friendship, love, bravery, and defying gravity, Jacs will strive to prove that a Queendom is strongest when united.
Image courtesy of Sonya Englert, winner of my #contestofqueens Chapter Two art contest May 2020.
This is the first book in the Frean Chronicles series.
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!