The wait over! "Heart of a Lion" is now up and ready on Amazon, and I am so excited to share this with all of you. Thank you so much to all who helped in the development of this story. I couldn't have done it without all of you! I had such an adventure writing this book and I will never stop loving it. I hope you all enjoy it too!
I have always been into fantasy and medieval times. I'm intrigued by the fairy-tale aspects and adventure themes that the medieval time period includes. Stories like those of Robin Hood and King Arthur based in this time have always drawn my interest. Thus, the inspiration for my kingdom of Etheland, though women's rights are much better in my story.
I'm not exactly sure where my beloved characters were coaxed from. They simply came and were there. Perhaps it had to do with the movies I watched or the books I read, but somehow or another, my characters were traveling from the recesses of my imagination to the pages of my story. Hence, I created my lionhearted Samantha and courageous William who are brave and strong but perhaps not quite as brave and strong as they might've thought.
It seems as though Sam is split between three different people. She's torn between Sam the Lion Heart—one of King Richard’s Great Knights, Samantha Lionton—a girl of the past who cannot be ignored, and Princess Samantha—the adopted daughter of the King and Queen themselves.
William of the Silver Blade, a Great Knight by inheritance, has his own hardships in life. Despite the abruptness of his sudden reign as lord, Will has yet to discover what real misfortune is, and how easily it can flourish.
When a tournament brings them together—two knights who might actually match each other in skill and heart—and an old threat rises in the kingdom, Sam and Will are both forced to face their pasts in order to save the kingdom from the return of Akelin.
Heart of a Lion is largely about the concepts of bravery and what it can truly mean in regards to different situations and people. Though perhaps when I began to write this book, this was not exactly what I had in mind as the underlining message of the story, but it has revealed itself to me all throughout this process. Stories have a tendency to reveal itself to the author, or so they say. I think I understand that now.
Well, now my precious project is exposed to the world. I really do hope you all enjoy it. It's been a long time in the making. And as I said before, I'll never stop loving it.
Leave any comments or questions below and I shall get back to you as soon as I can.
Thanks for reading!
Emory R. Frie
P.S. If you wish to buy my book, Heart of a Lion, just follow the link here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C20S3UE?*Version*=1&*entries*=0 It is only available in kindle ebook format right now, but I will be working on getting it available for print.
"Stories help us remember what we never want to forget" - Neverland (The Realms Series, Book Two)
Emory R. Frie is the award-winning author of debut novel, Heart of a Lion, and the Realms Series. Emory is attending Berry College to further pursue her writing craft. Raised in Oregon, she now lives in Georgia with her family and rambunctious Scottie pup.