by Miriam Newman

Available for the first time as an e-book bundle, the award-winning historical fantasy series The Chronicles of Alcinia weaves a tale of war, history, passion and romance. In Book I, The King’s Daughter, Tarabenthia of Alcinia should grow to inherit her father’s throne by the rocky cliffs of the sea. When invaders seize her land, what will she sacrifice in the name of love? In Book II, Heart of the Earth, the Northern Prince who has always wanted Tia saves her life. But will the price of his protection be too high? And finally in Book III, Ice Maiden, readers who wondered about the fate of Tia’s oldest son have their answer. Sometimes heart-wrenching, always powerful, this is a tale of heroes and the women who loved them.

I was the King\’s daughter once, so many years ago that sometimes now it is hard to remember. Before the tide of time carried away so many things, so many people, it was worth something to be the daughter of a King.

Our little island nation of Alcinia was not rich, except for tin mines honeycombing the south. It wasn\’t even hospitable. Summer was a brief affair and fall was only a short time of muted colors on the northernmost coast where my father sat his throne at the ancient Keep of Landsfel. Winter was the killing time and spring was hardly better, with frosts that could last into Fifth- Month. But from the south, where men cut thatch in a pattern like the bones of fish, to the north where rock roses spilled down cliffs to the sea, it was my own.

One thinks such things will never change, yet all things do.



-What inspired you to become a writer?

I am sure much of it was due to my mother’s early influence, reading me poetry, myths and legends well beyond what a child would normally hear. It challenged me. I wanted to be like the people who wrote those poems and stories.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

See as much of the land as possible. I have seen it in imagination. To see it in reality would be awesome beyond my dreams.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

I learned a great deal of the history of Roman Britain and, with it, many of the customs of ancient Rome. One thing I learned was that Roman soldiers were not permitted to marry until their term of service was ended. That would have completely ruined my plot line!

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Lejo from The King’s Daughter. He was definitely a young rascal with the proverbial heart of gold at the beginning of the book, and still up for a good time by the end of it.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

Buy him a drink instead.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Mystery. I really don’t enjoy it, for some reason. I love political or military twists and turns, but not finding out who done it. In history, you always know who did it! I find a certain reassurance in that.

Beginning a prize-winning career in poetry, Miriam carried her love of the written word into seventeen novels to date. Her offerings range from contemporary and historical fantasy to science fiction and historical fiction, always with a romantic flavoring. Her original novel The King’s Daughter—now part of The Chronicles of Alcinia—was written in Ireland, her second home. When in the U.S., she resides on a small horse farm in Pennsylvania with a collection of rescue animals.

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