Princess Bellardia Andryala Pimpernel is far more skilled at crafting highly combustible potions than she is at basic human interaction. This is unsurprising as her father's obsession with finding one of the Four True Heirs of Matheque led him to banishing all the nobility and gentry from the castle (save for on special occasions every now and then, of course). Thus, our princess grew up in a nearly empty castle (aside from all the maidservants, menservants, cooks, gardeners, guards, tutors, the councilors, her Lady-in-Waiting, and the court soothsayer/alchemist/doctor, Merdwick. So, practically deserted).
She was quite used to being ignored until on her eighth birthday she is given the gift of her very own jester. This boy, Jack, proves to be her very dearest friend despite a past he won't discuss and his predisposition to causing chaos. Aside from crafting the occasional small explosive to clear her head, Jack is her only anchor to sanity when seven years later she comes of age. Now that she’s a woman grown (at a very mature fifteen years of age), she’s thrust into a world of arranged marriage, cloying nobility with suspect machinations, whispers of regicide, and darker parts of her family history that she would really prefer not to think about.
But of course, she’s not in love with Jack. Oh, no. That would be ridiculous. He's a jester. His tousled black hair, emerald green eyes, and taut, agile build never enter into her thoughts in the slightest.
"A DIAMOND FOR A KING"
WORKS IN PROGRESS
A Diamond For a King
A continuation of The Matheque Chronicles, Tales From the Third Kingdom: in which Bel (an extremely distressed damsel) is compelled to flee her castle to rescue two infant dragons from a powerful knight (who happens to wear shining armor).
Coming May 2018
A fictional retelling of the exploits and adventures of legendary pirate queens Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the only women to be convicted of piracy during the 1800s -- the height of the Golden Age of Piracy.
Tales from the First Kingdom: Book One
Another installment of The Matheque Chronicles written by C.B. Carter. Princess Kaylana of the First Kingdom is engaged to a monster. Not figuratively. To complicate matters, a dying dragon entrusts the princess with a precious egg during a time when each of the Four Kingdoms are at war against all things magical.
Coming Christmas 2018
A Girl From Hamelin
A retelling of the Pied Piper folk story through the perspective of a young woman who lived through it. The rats that plagued her little village were horrible indeed but was getting rid of them worth what came next?
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