Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17)
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: January 2022
Content Rating: PG-13 +M: There is a scene where our main character is held at knife point and her attacker grabs her breasts without consent. The word 'nipple' is used in this situation. This is the reason for the added "M" in the rating.
The remnants of the United Kingdom of Garth, once ruled by the legendary Dynasty of Evamores are in the throes of conflict. Ten years ago, King Wren of the West discovered Raelle washed up on the shores of the Balour Sea, with no memory of the first nine years of her life. She was brought back to the castle and dutifully cared for and cherished by the king and his three older sons. On her nineteenth birthday, the Western Kingdom's adoptive princess is secretly sent away by her stepmother to marry King Veras as a token of peace between the kingdoms. But, the Northern King has other plans.
As Raelle's amnesia melts away with the help of a northern storyteller, she discovers more about the Kingdom of Garth, magic, the lovetie connection of the Evamores, and her role in the grand scheme of things. She is confused, angry, and curiously comfortable in the North.
A dark shadow overcasts all of the kingdoms, and the threatening influence of the fallen god Kellar seems to spread among the people, inciting disorder and violence. While the fate of the kingdoms may rest on Raelle's shoulders, she can't help but feel kingdomless. Betrayal is everywhere, from her own adoptive family to her newfound friends. Fearless, observant, witty, and determined, she is town between her attraction to King Veras' good nature and the unexplained pull to the Tracker Calak. The challenge that she faces is not simple. As the old gods, laws and magic awaken, so does her own sense of self. There is a choice to be made, step into the role expected of her, or dive into the unknown and make her own destiny.
This YA fantasy novel asks the readers important coming of age questions, captures the attention with witty dialogue, relatable characters, and a world that is reawakening its forgotten magic. The readers will be entranced and hungry for more (and perhaps a piece of chocolate cake).
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To the women who fueled my writing…
When I sat down to write Kingdomless I didn’t really know what I was doing at first. I just wanted to exert some of the creative energy I had inside of me and storytelling had always been a passion of mine. The problem was that I could literally write anything… there was no template to follow… no rubric from a teacher to follow. It could be whatever I wanted. That idea both excited me and terrified me.
Once I found my premise, characters, political landscape and general plot, I started writing. The problem was that I needed people to check in and see if the content was digestible or even entertaining in the least. When I was about halfway through the novel, someone introduced me to the concept of Beta Readers and I went online to Fiverr.com and found 5 women to read through the words I’d written. Their feedback and excitement for this world I was building was the confirmation I needed that I should keep going.
The same 5 women have beta read Kingdomless, Forging Hope (which is the second book in the Evamore Series, coming out June 21st) and the first half of my 3rd book.
At first I tried to get friends and family to read my work in progress, but that’s a lot of pressure to put on them. With the exception of my sister in law, I abandoned the notion of hounded people I knew to read my book and invested a bit of money into hiri professionals. And I’m so glad I did. I genuinely could not have done this without their support and feedback!
MICHELLE GARYFALAKIS was born and raised throughout Ontario, Canada. She currently lives just outside of Hamilton, Ontario with her husband, four kids and Snowy (their friendly Samoyed-Border Collie). When she isn't obsessively typing out new stories on her computer, you can find her drinking coffee with a friend, snacking on some guacamole or binge watching Outlander (again). Michelle loves finding creative ways to communicate with people, and her passion for storytelling is the newest addition to that list.
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