UPDATE: THE COMMENTS WERE SO WONDERFUL I COULDN’T PICK ONLY FIVE WINNERS. EVERYBODY WHO TOOK THE TIME TO SAY SOMETHING HAS BEEN SENT A CONGRATULATORY EMAIL. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO STOPPED BY TO READ MY EXCERPT! ~ S.G. ROGERS
The Magical Misperception of Meridian needs your review! This weekend, I’m giving away review copies (Kindle, .pdf, or Nook format) of this romantic story to FIVE readers who agree to post reviews on Amazon, BN.com and/or Goodreads! Just leave a comment, below, and I’ll choose the winners just before midnight EST on Sunday, March 25th. Good luck! ~ S.G. Rogers
Railing against convention in the kingdom of Meridian, Jona thinks a girl should be
able to wear trousers, fight like a boy when necessary, and marry whomever she
pleases. She happens upon the queen’s nephew, Lee, who stammers and cannot speak
to girls at all…that is, until he meets Jona.
When the queen hires Jona to help her nephew acquire proper social graces, Jona experiences a blissful summer of pure enchantment. Jona and Lee learn to dance, perfect the art of polite conversation, and discover which fork to use at the dinner table. Although they become best friends, Queen Gaia considers Jona a mere servant. At summer’s end, Jona’s job in Meridian is done.
Lee and Jona keep in contact through a set of magical mailboxes given to Lee by the Wizard Farland. When the friends are finally reunited after nine years, their budding romance is torn asunder by an edict from the queen. Against impossible odds, Jona and Lee fight together for an uncertain future. But unspoken secrets and mysteries long in the making have yet to be revealed.
Will true love be denied…or can the differences between commoners and royalty be
shown to be just a matter of magical misperception?
Jona had a plan.
She crept downstairs, making sure to avoid the squeakiest treads. Her hand was on the
doorknob when her mother pounced from out of nowhere and caught her by the suspenders.
“Jona Barbara Haever, you will not leave the house in those clothes! Queen Gaia will take
you for a boy!”
“But I’m not actually meeting the queen,” Jona protested. “And I want to have fun.”
“You’ll be sitting in the front row with your father and me, watching the presentation. Get
that cap off your head and put on a dress, for heaven’s sake. We’re leaving soon,” Mrs. Haever said.
“Yes, ma’am.” Jona loped upstairs.
She had absolutely no intention of obeying her mother, of course. Her back-up plan involved a very serviceable drainpipe outside the window in her sister’s room. When that room was hers, she’d used it quite a few times to escape. Unfortunately, the neighbors had seen her shimmy down one night and told her parents. The aftermath had been unpleasant and she’d had to change rooms with her sister. The challenge would be to reach the drainpipe before her sister sounded the alarm. If she were caught, the consequences would be swift and dire. Nevertheless, the benefits outweighed the risks on a day like today.
With an air of studied innocence, Jona sauntered into Holly’s room…
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