About the Book:
Title: PRINCESS OF THE ROSE
Author: K.L. Bone
Pub. Date: April 26, 2018
Publisher: K.L. Bone
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Of all the codes they teach us… those of duty, honor, trust, loyalty… none ever speak of love.
The story is well-known. A Lorcan princess, who died at the hands of a wicked prince. And the captain, whose quest for vengeance knew no bounds.
But what if her death had been an elaborate plot?
Instead of murder, Princess Liza is taken captive by the cruel-hearted Prince Nicholi, with the reluctant assistance of Captain Erik, of the Muir Court Guard. Focused entirely on his own aspirations, the prince demands Liza consent to become his rose bride, which would place both her eternal soul, and her kingdom, in his pitiless gasp.
As the prince awaits his answer with withering patience, Liza’s only comfort comes in a guarded friendship with the Muir captain; a man torn between obeying the sacred vows of knighthood and his desire to protect the princess he has come to love.
Enraged beyond reason when discovering Erik’s devotion to the woman he considers his property, Nicholi forces Liza to make an impossible choice.
Princess of the Rose:
Black Rose VI
“Silver roses,” a child’s voice sang again, carried by salty winds. “Silver roses of the sea.” The song fell to gleeful giggles as the child skipped along the garden’s center, fingertips running across petals of prominent roses, avoiding protruding thorns with ease. When the girl reached the wall’s end, she laughed, waving an arm in a wide, sweeping gesture. “Touch the petals! precor!”
Unable to refuse the insistent plea, the woman to whom she called extended a hand toward the green thicket of unnatural vines clinging to ivory walls, thriving above white sand where no vegetation should exist. At her touch, the petals darkened, as if ink now drizzled over the flowers, cascading toward the center of partially opened blossoms, turning the silver roses to violet.
The child squealed in delight, observing the deep purple leap from flower to flower, transforming the blooms across the garden wall.
When the violet cascade reached her, the girl held out a hand and raced back down the wall, reversing the transformation, changing the roses back to an iridescent silvery-white.
Walking the garden’s path, the woman’s careful steps contrasted with the carefree movements of her young companion. Her feet sank into the uneven terrain while she struggled over coarse sand.
Once, the ocean had been a thing of beauty. Now, it held only pain.
Nevertheless, she walked steadily toward the crashing waves, moving beyond the garden across the expansive beach.
When she reached the water’s edge, she paused, standing close enough for the tide’s froth to lick the fringes of her azure gown that billowed in the cold wind.
She drew a breath of salty air, but it came to her lungs unsteady, broken.
Her mind wandered to the night it had all begun. The agony endured not only by herself, but by those she loved.
As the waves rolled in and out, silver crests upon the blue water, she welcomed the sting of swirling sand as it whistled around her.
“My lady,” a deep, gentle voice disrupted her solitude.
She closed her eyes at the sound. “You came.”
“Yes, my lady.” His voice conveyed a deep-seated pain.
His hand touched her shoulder. “mi amor.”
“You shouldn’t have come.”
The knight moved closer, allowing her to settle against his chest, in spite of the act’s forbidden nature.
She took a breath and reached for his hand, keeping her eyes on the cerulean waves.
“precor. Please, my lady, hold on for me.”
K.L. Bone is a bestselling author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. Her works include the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The bestselling Flames of Kalleen paranormal romance series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination.
Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Dublin. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites and Game of Thrones filming locations.
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