In a world where computers rule over everyday life, two lonely children find an old diary. It’s an ancient relic left behind in the ruins of the Western Empire, a civilization long extinct. Together they explore the life and love of a young princess who is destined to leave her mark upon the world.
Young Susan finds herself moved far away from her childhood home and betrothed to the prince of a neighboring kingdom. She vows to hate her new husband, but when a destructive force destroys their homes and families when they are young adults, he is the only one she can turn to.
Joseph fell in love with her the moment their eyes first met. But her prickly attitude told him that he would have to work hard to win her over. When circumstances threw them together, what would he give up in order to keep her safe?
Together, can they save the Western Empire from an unlikely foe, or will they simply vanish in the hourglass of time, two small grains of sand lost forever in history?
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book was inspired by a game my best friend and I played as kids, and my pets were the inspiration for some of the characters. I actually wrote it while in high school, and have been editing and re-working it ever since.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main characters, of course, were my friend and I. Some of the others were inspired by our pets, neighbors, and other people we knew at the time.
King William stepped forward to take up his part in the monologue. “I offer my son, Prince Joseph, in marriage to princess Susan. This bonding will be a prenuptial agreement between our lands. Our children will promise to rule our lands wisely. As for ourselves, we will promise to raise our children properly, so that they will know the ways of ruling a province. Let either of us be smite down if we are forsworn in this promise.”
“Hear, hear!” Everyone cried. I noticed that mother seemed very tired, as if it were all she could do to sit on her beautiful throne.
“Bring them forward,” father commanded.
Joseph and I stepped up to the thrones. My hands shook with nervousness and my heart hammered in my chest. I had no idea what to expect. I cauggh Joseph looking sideways at me, and I sensed that he didn’t know what was going on, either.
“Join hands!” Joseph’s father boomed.
I looked over at Joseph and slowly extended my hand. This was it!
About the Author:
Marguerite Madden, called Markie by family and friends, was born in Midland, Texas. She currently libes in a small farm town in southeast Missouri, where she is currently working on two more books. She is an animal lover and sometimes her pets are inspirations for her stories. She is also a cancer survivor, battling keukemia in 2013.
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