Broken Prince, Mismatched eyes, began as a writing prompt 2013. The prompt was something along the lines of: your character has just been informed that they have been betrothed to be married since they were born and in less than an hour, their intended will be arriving to marry them. Never in a million years could I have imagined that prompt to spawn a whole novel, but it did. Thanks in huge part to Mann Ramblings, author of The Luxorian Fugitive, who encouraged me to keep on writing and flesh the story out after my initial prompt response.
At that point, I was very iffy about my ability to write what, in my mind, I could only see as being a romance. Boy was I wrong as I started writing and a ton of political intrigue just started pouring onto the page, giving the book the elements of conflict and danger that I love to have in my stories.
Book Blurb: All of his life, Caden DeMott’s mismatched eyes have made him the target of superstition and scorn. Though he is the son of a nobleman, he’s been allowed to run free over the hills and moors, mostly ignored by his family. No one ever thought to inform him that he had been betrothed since infancy, until the day his fiancé, Prince Rhys Gwyther arrived to marry him.
Rhys is the prince of the small island country of Mauritania, a land rich in gems, rose oil and pearls, but poor in skilled artisans and seeds to grow crops. In order to further cement the trade route to the mainland, he’s been sent to marry a man he’s never met, and bring him back to Mauritania. Unfortunately, an accident years before has left Rhys with a lot of emotional baggage and very little trust in strangers.
But trust is exactly what Caden and Rhys are going to need if they are to make a life together, and help unravel the mystery of who’s been smuggling valuable gems and pearls off the island. Add in the realization that Caden’s stepmother, Mildred and her island representative, Maxwell, have been importing inferior goods for years, forcing Mauritania to become more dependent on them, and trust becomes even more difficult.
Caden possesses the knowledge to finally allow Rhys’ father to unravel the plot to ruin Mauritania, but only if the king and his son are willing to put their faith in Caden’s loyalty to his new home. Something that is difficult to do after Caden is accused of cheating on his marriage vows to Rhys with his guard, Luc. Will Rhys believe him innocent? Or will their marriage be over before it truly has a chance to begin?
This week I was also able to flesh out my pinterest site even more and really start working on ways to use it to storyboard. It's been slow going, but I love the idea and I've already been able to see the many ways that it can really work for me and save me some time. A bunch of new pins have been added and in the upcoming week there are still more to come along with a few more Works in Progress I plan to create boards for over there.
Layla's Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/layladorine/
I've also created a tumbler page. I wanted to have a place, separate from this blog, to kind of focus on inspiration and collect/share things that inspire me. Tumbler looked like it would be a bunch of fun to get into, at lease from what my roomie has said of it, so I decided to give it a shot. I've got a ton left to learn about how to use it but at least I'm set up there now.
Layla's Tumbler: http://layladorine.tumblr.com/
As mentioned earlier in the week, I designed a brand new Author website for myself, and what fun it was to do. It lets me keep track of my upcoming releases and works in progress all in the same place and share updates on all of them.
Layla's Website: http://layladorine13.wix.com/layladorineauthor
In fact, it even has a newsletter. This issue features an interview with Conner, from Guitars and Cages, which proved really fun and insightful to do.
Also this week, I was able to finishorganizing and making notes on my upcoming National Novel Writing Month story Burning Luck. I will be updating my progress on the story nightly using the word tracker to the left. Hopefully, I'll make that 50,000 words again this year.