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We're launching the Book Tour for THE CROWNLESS KING by Kara Linaburg! #CKPrism

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Author Interview

What inspired you to write The Broken Prince series?

I was in high school playing basketball in the backyard with my younger sister. I remember saying that all I wanted to be able to do was write books that showed light in darkness, ones that reflected real world problems within a fantasy storyworld. I’d always liked stories about the brooding, handsome princes who rescue the maidens, but I didn’t want my story to be a cliche. So I just went from there, attempting to create a book that wasn’t your typical YA fantasy with either a helpless maiden and dashing prince, or a helpless prince and don’t-need-a-man girl. 

For those new to the series, what should they know?

It’s not hardcore fantasy, but an easy read hopefully readers not familiar with the genre can also enjoy. It’s not just for fantasy fans: it’s for anyone who needs to be reminded that love conquerors even the darkest hearts. 

If you could sum up book two, THE CROWNLESS KING, in one sentence, what would you say? 

Dragons, stories that come alive, brooding princes, warrior maidens, and unexpected endings that make you gasp, these are a few of my favorite things... 

(Kudos to those who understand my Sound of Music reference....Sorry, I’m a dork ;) ) 

What challenged you about writing this story?

Me. There’s a lot of anxiety about writing book two, because I know for me as a reader I don’t always enjoy a sequel. So going into that knowing that people had high expectations was very daunting. However, I also had the issue that I created these characters back in high school, and now attempting to rewrite them for my adult brain was a challenge and very cringe-worthy. 

Which character do you most relate to and why?

All my characters have bits and pieces of me, and reflect me at different stages in my life. Right now I relate to my MC Sabriel in “The Crownless King.” She’s always trying to prove herself, when deep down the only person she’s really trying to prove herself to is....herself. I relate to that on so many levels. And when you live like that, constantly trying to be better and better and reach perfection, you’re only going to fall short. 

What is something about you that is unique or we may not know?

I have five younger siblings and we were all homeschooled and my dad is a pastor. The perfect recipe for questions from strangers wanting to know if we were sheltered in the house as kids and forced to memorize scripture. No to that, but yes we did own a fifteen passenger van. ;) 

The Crownless King
(The Broken Prince #2)
By Kara Linaburg
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 275 Pages
September 1, 2020

She won't meet her worst enemy on the battlefield...

War is brewing and the kingdom of Sindaleer is torn as the Knights of Norcir draw the folk to their side. When Sabriel, a specially Gifted, pledges her blood to their cause, she is ready to give all to bring the peace her leader promises. She understands Tirich's deep hatred toward the king, and has prepared for this moment all her life.But when her identity as a knight is discovered by the childhood friend who betrayed her years ago, Sabriel's plans for justice come toppling down. Now distracted by what once was, Sabriel fights to hold onto what she's believed to be true for so long.

Nick never forgot the red-headed lass of years past, but she's not the friend he remembers. As enemies connected by their past take opposing sides on their country's freedom, Nick refuses to believe what she's become.

Voices warning Sabriel she'll never succeed, and loyalties torn, she begins to realize that all is not as it seems. Tirich's power is growing stronger, and she fears she was wrong about the good she once saw in him.

The concluding book following The Broken Prince, reminds us of the inner war we all face, and what it means to rise from the ashes when all hope feels lost.

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Other Books in the Series

The Broken Prince
(The Broken Prince #1)
By Kara Linaburg
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 217 Pages
June 3, 2019

In all the fairy tales the maiden falls in love with the prince...but she has to remember that this isn’t a fairy tale...

Born into a kingdom where those of magical Gifts are rejected, feared, and even killed, Serena has spent her life striving to hide her ability and keep her younger brother safe.

The bastard son of the hated king and father he hardly knows, Prince Milosh is considered an outcast. He never expects to feel anything but contempt for the peasant girl who unexpectedly shows up in his life, forcing him to answer questions he never wished to ask.

When two very different worlds are thrown together under less than desirable circumstances, both hold deep judgement towards the other. But will they learn to see beyond their stations and birth so that they may defeat the coming darkness, or will labels given to them at birth continue to define them?

A heart-stopping tale about the power of human love, and how each of us are never truly alone.

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About the Author

Kara Linaburg is most content sipping an iced chai while watching the sun set over the mountains of her home in West Virginia. When she's not dreaming about her next adventure or being a mad scientist in the kitchen, you can find on where she strives for authenticity and beauty in a broken world. The Crownless King is her second novel.

Tour Giveaway

One winner will receive a signed print copy of The Broken Prince and a dagger replica
US only
Ends September 9, 2020

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