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We're launching the Book Tour for EVERMORE by Jody Hedlund! #EverTour

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Launch for
By Jody Hedlund

Author Interview

What was your motivation behind The Lost Princesses series? Why did you want to write it?

As with the rest of my young adult novels, one of my motives is to provide clean romance alternatives to what is available in the mainstream market. Having five teens of my own, I know just how hard it is to keep up with everything they’re reading.

Obviously we can't shelter our teens from everything. But parents and teens alike need to be aware of the impact that mainstream YA literature can have. On the one hand, we should be having candid conversations about what teens are reading discussing how the authors' world views impact us.

On the other hand, why not offer alternative clean reads that don't require so much vigilance? Clean reads that encourage wholesome views on love and dating? Clean reads that prepare and instruct young people on what it means to have healthy, long-lasting relationships?

It’s my hope that all of the books in the Lost Princesses series do just that!

What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

In addition to enjoying a sweet love stories set in the midst of exciting adventures, I hope that readers will take away a few nuggets of truth that they can apply to their own lives. Evermore specifically talks about the importance of gaining wisdom, and it’s my hope that readers will be inspired to seek more of God’s wisdom in their lives.

Do you have a favorite scene that you can share with us?

(One of my many favorite scenes is when the hero and heroine meet for the first time. In Evermore, they’ve been childhood friends and are now meeting after five years apart. This scene is from Christopher’s perspective.)

I released my horse’s reins and crouched. Pushing aside a thin layer of windfall, I once more caught a glimpse of the tracks. In that instant, I realized I’d lowered my guard. My mare whinnied a soft warning. But before I could rise, a blade bit into the tender unprotected skin at my throat.

I froze. And I calculated as much information as I could. The arm encircling my chain mail hood was slender of build. The leather falcon glove was not overly large. And the boot that was just in my vision was small too.

I could easily overcome this foe. But what of the other man? Where was he?
The cracking of branches to the rear of my captor gave me my answer. The weight of his footsteps told me the man was much larger but was still several paces away. I had to act now if I had any attempt at getting away.

I clasped the hand holding the blade against my throat and jerked hard, intending to flip the man over my shoulder to land in front of me. Before I could complete the move, he swiftly pressed a second dagger into my back thigh below my chain mail hauberk. The cutting edge pierced through my hose, forcing me to stand motionless once again.

I held my breath, my mind scrambling for a new plan. My opponent might be small but was apparently well trained. With the dagger firmly in place again at my throat and at my thigh, I couldn’t move without drawing blood, and my captor knew it.

“Who are you and what is your business?” came a commanding but distinctly feminine voice.
Chagrin burned in my chest. Had a woman bested me?

“Why are you on Langley land?”

The demanding tone sounded vaguely familiar. “Adelaide?” I asked. “Is that you?”

The knife faltered, and I realized at once it was my cousin. I took advantage of the brief lag in her attentiveness, jabbed the weapon from her hand at my throat, and swung around in a swift kick, knocking her feet from the ground so that she landed on her back. I rapidly stepped on her wrist and dislodged the other dagger.

My behavior was inappropriate toward a girl—that I knew. But this was Adelaide. I’d always treated her and Mitchell the same. And since she’d been the one to initiate the attack, surely a little wrestling in return would do no harm.

Before I could say anything or shove the dagger out of her reach, she kicked her legs around and slammed them into the back of my knees directly into the reflexive weak spot so that I buckled. My hold on her wrist fell away. In that small second, she retrieved her dagger and thrust it at my throat before my knees could hit the forest floor.

This time she yanked off my chain mail hood, grabbed the short plait of my hair at the back of my neck, and used it to twist my head, giving me no choice but to look at her. I found myself peering up into a face shadowed by a deep hood. Even so, I immediately recognized her eyes, which were the color of moorland sky at eventide. The blue was prettier than I remembered.

“How are you, cousin?” I gave her what I hoped was my most charming grin.

If you could sum the series up in one sentence, what would you say?

Ancient keys to a secret treasure. And three princesses destined to work together to fight evil and restore peace to a kingdom in turmoil.

Share something about you that is unique - maybe about how/where you write... or favorite snack foods?

My favorite non-sweet snack is tortilla chips with cheese melted over the top of them. My favorite sweet snack depends on my mood. Of course I like chocolate! But I also occasionally like pie (particularly Apple, Blueberry, Cherry pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company which is just around the corner from my house!).

(The Lost Princesses #0.5)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 136 Pages
August 13th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

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(The Lost Princesses #1)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 222 Pages
August 27th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

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Tour Schedule

September 9th:
It's All About the Romance
Library Lady's Kid Lit
Andi's Young Adult Books
September 10th:
Getting Your Read On
September 11th:
Jorie Loves A Story
Reading Is My SuperPower
Bookworm Mama
Bookworm Lisa
September 12th:
All-of-a-kind Mom
J. L. Mbewe
Britt Reads Fiction
September 13th:
Shalini's Books & Reviews
Hearts & Scribbles
Heidi Reads...
Adventures Thru Wonderland
September 16th:
Backing Books
Paulette's Papers
September 17th:
Among the Reads
Kathryn Cooper Writes
What's Beyond Forks?
September 18th:
Singing Librarian Books
Simply Susan
Read Write Breathe
Hallie Reads
September 19th:
Teatime and Books
Romancing History
Splashes of Joy
September 20th:
Aunt Addie's Bookshelf
Red Headed Book Lady
DEEKAY | Daily Dose of Reading
Harlie's Books
September 21st:
Grand Finale

Other Books in the Series

Coming late September and October. Pre-order now! (Affiliate links included.)

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive the prequel and all three books in The Lost Princesses series (Always, Evermore, Foremost and Hereafter) in paperback or ebook (winner's choice, if winner is outside the US ebooks only)
Ends September 25, 2019

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