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About the author:
BRITTNI CHENELLE currently lives in Seoul, Korea which inspires her multicultural fantasy books. Her favorite genres to read and write are Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance, Fairytale Retellings, and Young Adult Dystopian novels. She's very passionate about equal representation and makes a point to include characters from different backgrounds and cultures in her Fantasy stories.
What inspired you to write your book?
As a foreigner living in Korea, I'm fascinated by the cultural differences and miscommunications. These are some of my favorite things to write about.
Here is a short sample from the book:
The sway of the ship lulled me into a state between awake and asleep.
Charlotte curtseyed. I took her hand and slyly whisked her out of the ballroom, making sure we weren't seen. Once in the hallway, I took a knee. "Charlotte, will you be my wife?"
She beckoned me to my feet and whispered, "I am yours." I pulled her face to mine and kissed her. I wrapped my arms around her, drawing her in closer and—
My eyes snapped open and I lurched to a seated position. My brother Minseo hovered over me.
"Brother, have you given any thoughts about your duties as a husband?" He grinned.
Disoriented, I ran my hand through my hair twice before convinced I was awake. "Uh, yeah. I guess." I croaked.
"What about the consummation ceremony?"
Heat radiated through my cheeks. Oh, that. I turned away from Minseo so he wouldn't see the color searing into my face.
"You don't want to disappoint your new wife." He jested.
The truth was I hadn't allowed myself to think about it. It wasn't really the type of thing you could prepare for. Although I knew the logistics of it, I'd never actually been with a woman. It was something that male royals in my kingdom did on their nineteenth birthday, as a sort of right of passage. Since I was eighteen, it hadn't happened yet. Minseo turned nineteen six months ago and often requested the company of various women ever since.
"I know you're excited." He said, trying to read my expression.
Our brotherly dynamic changed when he turned nineteen. Suddenly he knew things, experienced a world that I hadn't and he relished every moment he could remind me.
"It's no big deal," I said, my voice more convincing than expected.
"Good man. I'd hate it if my first time had to be in front of people. What an unusual tradition. To think, I'll be there cheering you on the whole time."
My stomach tightened. "It's just a moment of discomfort."
He tilted his head back in a loud open mouth laugh. "Let's hope more than a moment."