Title: The Tyrant King (The Peasant Queen 2)
Author: Cherie Chesley
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Krystal's peaceful life as queen of Fayterra is shattered when a stranger arrives with a connection to Jareth that threatens to change everything. Soon her loved ones are threatened, her people are under attack, and Krystal must face a devastating loss. As the future becomes bleaker and the mystery continues to unravel, Krystal's enemies will learn just how far she will go to defend the people she loves.
The Wild Queen:
“Look at that.” Aiden motioned needlessly. She’d already caught Lucien’s eye.
They’d broken through the trees near King Robert’s castle. Below them a single rider raced across the green field. They watched as she pulled the drawstring of her bow and fired into the thick grass, catching a rabbit in the chest. She slowed her horse and slid off its back in one fluid motion, and bent to pick up her prize. A second rider came up behind her and she tossed it to him.
She shouldered her bow and regained the saddle, but before she could turn the horse away, she stopped and looked in their direction. Lucien couldn’t see how she sensed their presence. They sat on the rise overlooking the valley, and were still shaded by the forest behind them.
He felt her gaze pierce him to the core, but she didn’t linger. She shared something with her companion, who also glanced their way, and then they both shot off in the direction of the castle.
Lucien suddenly became aware of the men behind him, waiting patiently for their king to give the order to proceed. He looked at Aiden. “Let’s go. I’m suddenly weary to reach our destination.”
“Yes, Sire.” Aiden smiled at him.
They met a large group of Norvallen soldiers outside the village. The leader stopped in front of Lucien. “I am Corvall, Norvallen Master of Arms.”
“I am Lucien Gildresleve, King of Demarde,” he said. “King Robert is expecting me.”
Corvall frowned. “Not for another five days.”
Lucien smiled thinly. “We made good time.”
This explanation evidently didn’t appease the soldier. He grunted and said, “Very well. We will escort you to the castle.”
Aiden moved alongside Lucien as they followed Corvall. “He seems friendly.”
“Don’t antagonize him,” Lucien said. “We’re on a diplomatic mission, remember?”
“I remember we were invited,” said Aiden. “We don’t treat guests like this.”
“We’re not constantly attacked.”
Aiden slid his hand to his sword. “Perhaps he needs a lesson in manners.”
Lucien spoke softly. “I forbid you to brain the Master of Arms.”
“Then perhaps I’ll just take him behind the stables and nicely request he treat my king with more deference,” Aiden said just as softly.
Currently blissful working mother of 5. Married to a fantastic, amazing, supportive man. I love to read, I love to write and I love taking pictures (though my skill is debatable lol).
Author Interview:How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I've finished 3 novels, but it's hard to pick a favorite. Rather like choosing a "favorite" child. I love The Peasant Queen because it's the story that started it all. I love The Wild Queen because the characters and story are dear to my heart. I love The Tyrant King because it represents the best of my writing so far, and was quite a journey both as an author and a human being. :)
Are you currently working on another book? If so, is it part of a series or something different?
I'm currently working on 3 separate books, actually. All of them are playing catch with my mind at the moment.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I've learned in recent years that I'm a creative person. My "off-writing" pursuits are also creative in nature. Cooking, baking, sewing, raising children--it's all in there.
What does your family think of your writing?
I've been so blessed to have a family that's incredibly supportive. When I first started writing I kept it secret from my family because I didn't want to be laughed at or made fun of--but I was 14 at the time. When my first book came out my oldest brother showed up at a signing and bought 10 copies. My grandmother also bought 10 copies. Another brother bought 3 copies from my stash at home and I don't even think he's ever read the book. :)
What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books?
Wow, you do ask the tough questions. One thing I learned recently is I'm a terrible ghost writer. That was the most challenging thing I've experienced to date, and I'm not looking forward to a repeat. But, in my own writing, I think one of the most surprising things is how closely a fictional character can touch my heart.
Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I have the textbook responses to this--read, read, read, and write, write, write. Also be open to constructive criticism. That's not to say that you only share your book with people who like you so your feedback will all be positive. Challenge yourself. Be better than you were yesterday. Find a good critique group of other writers who can catch the things you missed when writing and rewriting. Because if you don't catch it before the book is published, rest assured your readers will.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say
When my first book came out, I received some wonderful feedback and praise from preteen and teen girls. They loved the book, the characters, and wanted to know what happened next. I have a young reader fan/friend I still correspond with to this day. She wants to be a writer too, and I may be naming a character after her in a future project.
What do you think makes a good story?
Conflict. Lots of it, and on varying levels--physical, emotional, mental, etc. This is something I struggle with because at my core I want my characters to be happy. But in reality a story with no conflict is not a compelling read. Even I would be bored with it. I'm a character-driven writer--I want to tell their story.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
This question makes me laugh because I always wanted to write, but as a kid knew I needed to do something to make money. So I decided I would be a teacher until I found out how many research papers a teacher had to write in college. But, at my core, I wanted to be a mom to my kids and write on the side.
Are you self published or do you have a publisher? If self published, what made you decide to go that route?
I've done both. My first book came out through a small publisher and did fairly well but not as well as I would have liked. They turned down the sequel for that reason so I self published that one, and also The Wild Queen. For some of my future projects I will probably seek traditional publication, but I have to say the overall experience self publishing is much more satisfying to me.
Do you have a website, fan page, blog or twitter we can pass on to your fans?
Absolutely. I'm @Cheriwrites on Twitter, and my website/blog is combined at www.cheri-chesley.com. My site is full of fun goodies like the first chapters of some of my books, an alternate ending for The Peasant Queen, and some sneak peeks at other projects.
Where can your books be found? Please list Your author page from amazon and links to your books anywhere else they can be purchased. thank you
Barnes and Noble has The Peasant Queen for Nook and in print form. Amazon.com has all of my books in Kindle and print form. And I've also added my self published works to Smashwords.
The best way to connect on Amazon is through my Author page because it has links to all of my books in both formats--http://www.amazon.com/Cheri-Chesley/e/B004J1QOSS/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1370918742&sr=8-1
The Tyrant King on Smashwords--https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/207131
The Wild Queen on Smashwords--https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/59031
All my books on Barnes and Noble's website--http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s?store=book&keyword=cheri+chesley
Thanks for the interview! It was awesome :)