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The Mark of the Tala The Twelve Kingdoms Trilogy Book One Author: Jeffe Kennedy Release Date May 27 Available on Amazon Book Description: Queen Of The Unknown The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one. Andi doesn't mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she'd thought was no more than legend--until he claims her as its queen. In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Andi doesn't know if her own instincts can be trusted, as visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel. For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come. . . Upcoming books in the trilogy are The Tears of the Rose and The Talon of the Hawk.
The Invisible Princess
Back in senior year of high school, lo these many moons ago, I read The Invisible Man for AP English class. Written by Ralph Ellison, the book is the first person story of a man who identifies as invisible. In fact, it opens with:
I am an invisible man. No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe: Nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms.I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, simply because people refuse to see me.
As you read, you discover that the narrator is invisible because he’s a black man. People look right through him. It’s a profound and moving story about race – one that stuck with me.
I’d also always been interested in the three princesses mentioned in so many fairy tales. You know the meme. The king had three daughters, each more beautiful than the last. Inevitably the story centered around the youngest and most beautiful. Often the eldest played a strong role, but the middle daughter usually was mostly ignored.
Often the fate of middle children.
So, when I wrote The Mark of the Tala, I originally called it The Middle Princess. I wanted to write about a person who had been overlooked all her life, who people looked through and ignored. Maybe it seems like a stretch from the kind of pervasive and destructive racism Ralph Ellison so heartbreakingly detailed, but I think this sort of thing happens to all of us at some time or another. In fact, Neil deGrasse Tyson replied to a question about why there aren’t more women in science by saying “I’m not a woman, but I’ve been a black man all my life.” (http://www.policymic.com/articles/88057/neil-degrasse-tyson-sum-up-exactly-why-there-are-so-few-black-scientists) He drew the parallel between the two, also.
It’s up to all of us to find our power despite the traits that encourage others to ignore us, to gloss over our roles in the world. For my heroine it’s not an easy journey, but totally worth it in the end.
About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in the Facets of Passion series, has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.
She is currently working on Master of the Opera and The Twelve Kingdoms, a fantasy trilogy.
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.