Publication Date: November 15, 2013
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale.
His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?
An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.
- Hi Jennifer Anne Davis! Welcome to Bookwyrming Thoughts. Describe The Key in a tweet.
#TheKey Forbidden love, loyalty, betrayal.
- Ooo, I kind of like the sound of that (though betrayal doesn't sound great). ;) Are you planning to write a sequel for The Key?
You bet! The Key is the first book in The True Reign Series. Right now, I’ve planned for there to be three books total in the series. I expect book 2 will be released late winter or early spring of 2014. You should know going in that these three books encompass one story/journey. In other words, don’t expect closure at the end of The Key.
- Yay! (Even though I haven't read it. Yet.) If you could see your novel(s) in another format aside from a book, what would it be?
A movie!!!! I would absolutely love to see one of my books be brought to life as a movie. Totally dream come true!
- It definitely would be! I'll be sure to keep a look out in the near/far future for the possibility of one of your books appearing in theaters. ;) How did you get into writing?
I taught high school English before staying home to have my children. I felt that I needed to start writing to keep my sanity and so I didn’t officially talk “baby talk” 24-7. I decided to write YA not only because it’s a personal love of mine, but because I want to engage teens and encourage them to read. Reading is and should be fun! It’s not supposed to be a chore and painful. I want to write books that people love and can find a few hours of enjoyment in.
- Unfortunately, required reading can be a chore and painful sometimes, but I'll live. Describe your writing process.
I usually spend the first month thinking about the story. That includes finding pictures in magazines of my characters, plotting events, and free writing to discover the flow/feel/voice of the story. Then I do the first rough draft aka the word vomit draft. I don’t care how bad it is, my goal is to have a working draft done in 2-3 months. Then the real work begins. Revise, revise, revise. Then the book goes to beta readers, I revise, book goes to critique partners, I revise. Then, after all that, the book is done!!
- What books inspire your writing?
I adore The Gire of Fire and Thorns Series by Rae Carson. Other books that have influenced me include Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, Graceling by Kristin Chasore, and Crown Duel by Serwood Smith.
- Rae Carson's books and Poison Study are currently on my TBR list (have been for a few months). :3 Do you have a particular genre you like to read/write?
As long as it’s YA, I love to read it! I have a soft spot for light fantasy and romance stories (think Graceling, Poison Study). When I sit down to devour a book, I want to get lost in it. I also love dystopian and paranormal.
Writing this fantasy series was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I assumed because it was all made-up that it would be easy to write. So not the case! I had to do even more research so it sounded like I knew what I was talking about! Contemporary is by far the easiest for me to write.
- Hmm... we have common reading tastes (I'm currently having a Dystopian fever and I've always enjoyed Paranormal and Fantasy reads). ^_^ Can you tell us what other projects you are currently working on?
I am wrapping up book 2 in The True Reign Series. Then it’s on to book 3! After that, who knows!!
- Maybe mythology or a dystopian set in Australia (random thought/maybe an idea). ;) What tips/advice would you give for aspiring writers?
Read. You can’t expect to write if you don’t read A LOT. You have to know your genre, audience, and what people are doing that works. Reading will make you a better writer.
Thanks for stopping by! (and for being the "guinea author" I'm first interviewing) :)
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