#KingdomColdTour: Featured excerpt

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I'm taking part in the Kingdom Cold tour, a book that surprised me a lot during the reading, and as part of the tour, I'll post some special content, like this one. Click here to learn more about this tour. ALSO, for this week, Kingdom Cold is available on Amazon for a special price - only $0.99!

I chose an excerpt from the beginning of the story that shows how stubborn our heroine is - this passage was also my perfect cue for the other special post (click here to read). Enjoy reading and get to know Charlotte:

>>> For the next few weeks, I tried to think of a way to sabotage the wedding. I tried running away but didn't make it past the courtyard before the guard caught me. I wrote a heartfelt and smartly worded letter to my father. He responded with a letter of his own, which read something like, "Tough luck…" Finally, I got the idea of going on a hunger strike. 
Admittedly, I had expected my mother to give in much sooner, but I remained obstinate because she’d clearly expected me to do the same. The anger welled inside me, tightening my stomach, which only emphasized its emptiness. A fresh loaf of Sasha’s wheat bread fluttered into the room on a silver tray. I sat up and stared as a servant placed the tray down beside me, the corner of her mouth turned up. 
I leaned into the steaming loaf and breathed in its warmth, my will being sucked away like summer rain on dry soil.  I eyed my chamber for servants, but I was alone. No doubt they were scheming to bring in the next temptation. My stomach ached for me to surrender. If I took a small bite from the bottom of the loaf, they’d never know. I lifted the loaf carefully and bit into it. My mind surged with delight and I savored the crunchy exterior and doughy flavor before carefully placing it back on the tray, bite side down. 
I hesitated before I lay back down. Surely, my mother was evil for forcing me into such extremes. My father wasn’t though. Why hadn’t he intervened? Was the war with Drethen so dire that he was willing to sell his only daughter for a few extra soldiers? 
I remembered that five years ago when the war first started, the rhythmic clop of two hundred horses reminded me of the rain. I was eleven and my father knelt before me, for kings bow to no one but the daughters they love. He urged me to hug him goodbye, but I didn't want to—I hated goodbyes. I remembered how my mother pinched the back of my arm. 
"Hug your father," she rasped, coldly. "You'll regret your poor attitude if he's killed in battle."
I hugged him. The trumpets sounded as he mounted his horse—taking his place at the front. After that, Besmium was always at war, and my father, the king, was always one goodbye away from being gone forever. 
I reached over and ripped another piece of bread from the bottom of the loaf. I sighed as I popped it into my mouth. 
No matter how many times my mother had prepared me for the news of my engagement, I still felt blindsided. Where was love in all this? Love was just this abstract concept for novels but unspeakable inside the castle. Not even my father said it. Maybe it was their way of protecting me from something I could never have. Marriage was the duty of every princess, and love was the cost. <<<

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About the book

Title: Kingdom Cold
Author: Brittni Chenelle
Publisher: Self-published | Publication date: 14 February 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.
When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?
One must fall.

Book links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2F8SE9g
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43203291-kingdom-cold

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. Here are five fun facts about Brittni:
 1. She lives in South Korea. It’s true. She does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference. She also infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture.
 2. She’s a Type 1 Diabetic. She uses an insulin pump for survival and refers to her diabetes as “Beetie” which is what inspired her children’s book “Life with Beetie”. When she wants something from her parents she tells them, “My Beetie hurts.” It’s a trick that has never failed her.
 3. She doesn’t really BELIEVE in fiction. Despite all the Dragons, Elves, and Magic present in her novel “Involuted the Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree”, Brittni INSISTS that it’s a true story.
4. She’s OBSESSED with dark chocolate. She made me put that in and would also like me to inform you (on an unrelated note) that her birthday is in May.
5. Sorry guys, she’s married. If you ask her, she’ll tell you her husband saved her life but every time someone asks “how?” she gives a different reason. I’ve overheard her give about 4 different reasons, but I bet she has more. He must be an amazing guy.

Author links:
Website (and newsletter): https://brittnichenelle.com/
Blog: https://brittnichenelle.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8249137.Brittni_Chenelle
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brittnichenelle/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brittnichenelle
Twitter: https://twitter.com/InvolutedRRT

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