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Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Bonds of Loyalty by Jennifer K. Clark & Stephonie K. Williams


Book Description:

It shall be the son, the firstborn in the new monarchy, who shall quiet the fears and unite the nation again.

The infamous prophecy declaring that the firstborn would be a boy is the last thing Sarah wants to deal with. As if being newly engaged isn’t difficult enough, she’s still coming to terms with the fact that the first eighteen years of her life were a farce. The prophecy—the reason she had been secreted away from her family and her royal heritage to begin with—wasn’t supposed to disrupt her life any more than it previously had. But when unexpected events force her to leave her fiancĂ©, Prince Alexander, Sarah must return to her home country of Kyrnidan to face her destiny.

Reunited with her royal family, Sarah is thrust into the political turmoil that surrounds her ancestral home. To make things worse, her arrival has upturned the long-held prophecy.

As the voices of distension mount against her, Sarah turns to her bodyguard, Luther, for protection. But Luther’s protection comes with a price. Propelled into a plot that threatens her life and the welfare of the entire kingdom, Sarah must determine where her love and loyalty truly lie. Torn between two men, she will now have to face her fears and undertake a journey of self-discovery that will change the fate of a nation….

Review:

This was a very enjoyable sequel to Mark of Royalty. The first book had a bit of a fairy tale "happily ever after" feel, but Bonds of Loyalty lets the reader see that there's much more to Sarah's story, and it's not all roses.

The authors do a very nice job with the characters in this book. Sarah in particular is such a strong character. She has plenty of struggles, and I liked her interaction with the other characters, and her ability to face things head on and not run from her responsibilities.

There was a bit of mystery, and although I had my suspicions, I appreciated that the bad guy wasn't extremely obvious.

Although Bonds of Loyalty can be read on its own, I recommend reading Mark of Royalty first. The story and characters meant more to me having journeyed with them already. Plus, there are some twists and turns from the direction the first book left off that really kept things interesting.

About the Authors:

Jennifer K. Clark and Stephonie K. Williams are sisters by chance but became friends by choice when a year of rooming together at college taught them how to get along. Now “play”-at-home moms, separated and living in different parts of the country, they stay in touch and support each other in their individual projects.

Jennifer K. Clark lives in the small rural town of Wellington Utah, as much as her husband wishes it was Wellington New Zealand. After years of entertaining her three children with infamous made-up stories, she decided to put her imagination to good use and became an author. She likes to add a touch of romance to her novels along with a healthy dose of adventure. Fueled by Lindt Chocolate Truffles and Sour Patch Kids, she now spends a copious amount of time with the characters in her head. In her spare time she likes to create science experiments with the ingredients in her potions cupboard, debate which Doctor is her favorite (currently the 10th…or maybe the 11th), and—when she has time—watches the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice.


Stephonie K. Williams makes her home in a quaint farming town in eastern Iowa with her husband, three cats, and a budding ninja. Two of her favorite things in Iowa are the fireflies (aka lightning bugs) and cows, especially the calves. Despite having lived there for 15 years she still misses the majesty and tranquility of the mountains of Utah where she grew up. She has a vast collection of fortune cookie fortunes because she has yet to determine if it is unlucky to throw them away. She also loves to quill, the art of rolled paper, not to be confused with quilting.

Stephonie is passionate about education and enjoys visiting schools to teach classes on creative writing. She has written poetry, short stories, and dissertations, although Mark of Royalty was the first of her work that she was brave enough to submit for publication.


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Title: Bonds of Loyalty
Author: Jennifer K. Clark & Stephonie K. Williams
Publisher: Covenants Communications Inc.
Published: August 2014
ISBN: 1621084191
Source: I received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for a review.

Purchase: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble


Blog Tour Schedule:

*August 18th: http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com
*August 19th: http://bookgeekreviews.com/, http://www.fireandicereads.com/
*August 20th: http://www.charissastastny.com, http://www.minireadsandreviews.blogspot.com/
*August 21st: http://www.iamareader.com/, http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com
*August 22nd: http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/, http://wishfulendings.com
*August 23rd: http://www.mybookday.blogspot.com