9 February 2016

Kingdom by the Sea Book Tour @AnnadelC @LovingtheBook

Kingdom by the Sea

by Anna del C. Dye

A secret passage holds more than spider webs
When a ship’s captain is forced to enslave island natives to please his fiancée, Princess Serena, he takes refuge in the company of a beautiful slave girl. The princess is devastated by his betrayal, and the lives of all the slaves in her realm are now at risk. The heart-broken princess has acquired great power at her father’s death, could she use it to force the captain’s fulfillment of his promise to her? Or will the affectionate stable-hand, despite his own secrets, have his chance at her heart after all? 
In the romantic style of master writers like Anita Stanfield, Anna del C. Dye has skillfully entwined these relationships into a captivating, edge-of-your-seat medieval romance that will have readers guessing until the final page. Young adults everywhere-A Kingdom by the Sea is the book you MUST read!

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Anna was born in the extreme South along some famous beaches. She grew up with four other siblings, being placed in the middle.

Anna moved to the USA to marry her husband, Rodney, and has resided in Utah since then. Her husband, a native of Idaho, met her in her hometown. They fell in love and she came to Utah on Christmas Eve to be married two weeks later. They are the parents of three princes and a princess.
Early on in her life she showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, and for Utah’s own Fantasy Con, which she enjoyed immensely. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Anna lives in Taylorsville Utah.
Some of Anna’s writing recognitions:
She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry and had her article entitled A New American Mother published by Desert Saints Magazine. Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award in the Oquirrh chapter contest and was published by Kalkion Magazine. (Now it is published as an e-book.) Other articles about family and relationship have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West. She has published 7 books on her Elf series. One won a bronze seal, another first page second place and yet another Honorable mention. Her love story was published by Deseret book in the anthology entitled Angels Round About compiled by July C. Olsen. Another of her articles was included in the book Mother’s Message in a Bottle, edited by Tyler Hayden and published by Ninbus Publishing. Her new series A Royal Romance was published in Feb 2015 with the first book being “Once Upon Two Kingdoms, which won a first page award. “A Kingdom by the Sea.” Second book in A Royal Romance, was published Feb. 2016.


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Character Casting 

Captain Axel: promised to Serena. He is lonesome, bearing too much on his young shoulders. Like a good man, he never asks, but tries to figure things out in his head and usually he is wrong. He will be sorry before the end of the book.

The King: never wanted to share his life with a wife let alone a child. He blames Serena for her mother’s death and the reason he doesn’t have her mother’s kingdom in his pocket. He is selfish, greedy and Rasptane’s puppet.

Chancellor Raptane: Axel’s strange father. He is too busy for his son, but never too busy to gain more power or money. He is selfish and evil.

Elazar: the stable man who is in love with the princess. Torn between his feelings for her and his self-appointed task, he can’t either leave nor stay in her kingdom. He knows he will loose her if she finds out his secrets and if she does…her father will sent him to death.


snippet #1

“Captain. Please read this before you make up your mind.”

“As My Lady wishes.” He bowed his head.

She handed him a parchment that she had hidden between her back and that of the chair on which she sat. In silence, he read the rest of the details that Serena had written for him to understand the mission. She watched his eyes grow big and then return to normal, only to repeat the movement many more times before finishing the parchment. Then, he rolled the instructions and handed them back to her.

He stared mutely at her while she placed the parchment in the candle’s flame and then walked toward the hearth to watch it burn. When it was entirely consumed, she returned to his side.

“Any questions?” she murmured.

“No, My Princess, I’ll be there. It’ll be an honor to help Your Highness with this task.”

“It’s my honor to have you at my side, Captain.

Snippet #2

“Good evening, Elazar,” she saluted him.

“My princess.” A breathless sigh escaped his lips when he saw her there. ‘If angels existed they would look just like her.’ Her dark hair, twisted up on top her head, made her taller or perhaps she was a little taller. Her riding outfit seemed to reflect the orange tones in the horizon behind her and it brightened his heart.

“I wonder if My Lady would enjoy a ride tonight,” he said.

“Just for a short while,” she answered. “I need to retire early.”

He helped the princess onto her mare and gave her the reins. Soon, he too was on his horse and they headed in the direction of the lake.

“Does My Lady feel better now?” he asked. He noticed that her soft smile didn’t reach her beautiful eyes. When he had arrived six month earlier, she didn’t have a care, now in a scarce few months, she looks preoccupied, silent and sad.

“I’m scared,” she answered. His horse stopped of its own accord, but hers kept going.  He clicked his tongue and reached her side.

“May I know of what, My Lady?”

They passed through the familiar forest that was still warm from the heat of the day.

“Everything: me, my father, Chancellor Rasptane, Axel, the slaves. Things have changed so much in a few weeks and I’ve learned much, but it all leaves me insecure and alone.”


Snippet #3

“Sirian,” he called to the officer, “take the ladies down, please.”

“Aye, Aye, sir,” he saluted and called, “Kit, bring the key.”

“Aye, Aye, sir,” the sailor echoed.

The women made a line behind Sirian, who followed Kit. Ezack posted himself in the rear.

Linah took a step toward the line when she felt the captain’s hand reach for her arm and stop her. “Please, stay a moment,” he begged.

‘He begged, why? She had become his possession when he captured her. Why would he beg her for her company?’

They watched together as the prisoners disappeared down the stairs.

“It’s not right that I stay,” she told him. She had broken the silence that had thickened on the ship’s deck.

“Why not, my lady?”

“They’re willing to sacrifice their lives for me and I shouldn’t betray…”

“You’ll be chastised if you are seen with me, is that it?”

“I’ll lose their respect if I fraternize with the enemy,” she confessed.

“So that is what I am to you.”

“To us, yes, you are our enemy.”

“I wish I could change that, believe me. My hands are tied. I am nothing but the princess’ errand boy.”

“She’s a monster and you are with her.”


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Posted February 9, 2016 by Room With Books in category "Book Tour


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    Thank you so much for your post, Patricia. I appreciate your help. 🙂

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