Royalty. Romance. War. Hope.
The Movement of Crowns Series
The Movement of Crowns
At the point when kingdoms’ ideas of humanity differ…
The nation of Diachona is on the threshold of war, and Constance, coming into power under her father the king, deems this an inopportune time to be falling in love with one Commander Alexander.
The Movement of Rings
A time to remember what lies deeper than one’s fears…
With the rise of unrest in the Mundayne empire, will the heart of a beautiful imperial servant, Naona, survive intact enough for an unforeseen chance at love with a foreign man?
The Movement of Kings
The order of things, the nature of succession, and a nation that must march on…
Can the young ruler of the Eubeltic Realm handle the rise of domestic and colonial crises, the bereavement of his family, and his curious attraction to a councilman’s unassuming daughter, or is everything in this king’s untried hands on the verge of falling apart?
Constance hadn’t been as ready as she would’ve liked to be for such an exchange, and in retrospect, she couldn’t help wondering to what level her response to his affection had pleased him. Yet, his heart had been in his voice, particularly right after he’d cupped her face with one hand, and, with more ardor than the prince of Rêeh had been capable of mustering in a day, Staid had impeccably pressed his warm lips to either of Constance’s cheeks for as long as he dared to stop time, resisting the allure of her trembling mouth as he’d eased her away from him at last. “Leave me, please, my lady. Now.”
Constance hadn’t taken a second to think but had left Staid at once, her whole being ablaze with a mixture of desire, rapture, and dejection. Why on earth did she have to care so for this military man, of all the men in the country, at such an inopportune, trying national time?
Still, looking out at the assembly before her, Constance knew this was not the time to bemoan inopportunity. Critical judgments about life and death were waiting to be made. A force stood menacingly without their land, taunting their nation, and this woman, this royal junior, had something to say about it.
Constance rose from her seat in the audience stall, waiting to be recognized.
A full minute or two passed before her father glanced over at her, but she knew that he’d noticed the moment she’d risen. The king then held up a hand to pause the standing Greenly, along with the other chieftains, elders, and the handful of soldiers whose voices were colliding in the middle of the Mundayne deliberations. Matthias sat there with his hand up as the assembly hall grew silent, and while he looked steadily at Constance in a way she could not interpret, she imagined that he was going to shake his head at her, and order her to sit back down.
He did not order her to do that, however, instead acknowledging her as she’d never thought she would be acknowledged by him in her life.
Nadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”
Spreading hope to her readers and listening audiences, author, editor, and speaker Nadine C. Keels of Seattle, Washington is well-known for The Song of Nadine, the powerful lyrical poetry seen in four of her several books and found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. Drawing from her lifelong passion for highly enjoyable and transformational fiction, Nadine has written a number of novels and novellas, including Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series. In response to inquiries from other aspiring authors, Nadine put together a simple reference entitled Write Your Genius, Genius! A Rather Quick Guide to Book Writing. Being the founder of Prismatic Prospects, a communication company based in Seattle, Nadine has served as editor and co-editor for a number of titles, and it is her aim to be a proven wellspring of inspiration for creativity and innovation in the marketplace.
1. How did your life as a writer begin?
I’ve been a bookworm all my life, and my love of writing stemmed from the many books I read as a child, from authors like Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume. Hence, I’ve been writing stories since I was seven or eight years old. Then, during the few days of a horrific experience I had when I was thirteen, a novel saved my life: John Nielson Had a Daughter by Ruth Livingston Hill. That whole experience is a long story, but my purpose for writing books (beyond writing for my own pleasure) was first awakened there. I now write to help people: to bring hope, to change minds, to expand imagination, to provide entertainment, and to save lives, all of which other authors’ books have done for me.
2. How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
I hadn’t planned on making The Movement of Crowns Series a series, at first. I’ve wanted to write a story with an epic sense of setting, plot, and characters for a number of years, and I began drafting scenes for my novella, The Movement of Crowns, while I was a high school senior, inspired by the thought that although my generation was young, we weren’t precluded from aiming toward greatness. It’s taken some years of growth, as a human being and as a writer, for me to be able to convey the story as I see it. I published Crowns in 2012 in Love & Eminence: A Suite of Stories, and one day in the spring of 2013, the thought of the “other side” of the Crowns story came to me one afternoon, pretty much all at once, and I knew I had to write a sequel. Out came The Movement of Rings. After that, I realized that one more novella would nicely complete the Crowns message, so I wrote The Movement of Kings, including the first leading man I’ve ever put right at the helm of any of my books.
3. What is your most interesting writing quirk?
My writing quirk that I find the most interesting is my tendency to physically play out some of the scenes in my fiction, either to get a feel for the way I’d like to write them, or to make sure I’ve written them the way I see them playing out in my head. I’ll take on the role of a character or two: standing in their positions, quoting their lines in my best renditions of their voices, doing my best to make their facial expressions and to use their body language, whispering, yelling, crying (sort-of)–whatever gives me the best sense of the scenes. Songs I know or musical scores I’ve made up accompany most of my fiction, and if it’s the scene for it, I’ll hum the music in the background if none of the characters are talking. (I actually recorded myself humming the main part of The Movement of Crowns score. The full orchestra sounds much better in my imagination, though.)
4. What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?
I’m not sure I’d call it a goal, exactly, but my highest dream as an author is that something I’ve written will save someone’s life in some way.
5. What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to get into writing?
My main piece of advice to any active or aspiring writer is to know precisely why you, the individual, write, or wish to write. Remind yourself of your specific reason(s) often, so that no matter what happens, you will maintain a sense of purpose to keep on doing what you’re doing, and to do it well.
6. What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start?
Lately I’ve been set on reading as much as I can by L.M. Montgomery, rereading what I read by her years ago and getting my hands on books by her that I’ve not read before. She’s been one of my favorite authors since my preteen years, and there’s much about her writing that still takes me back to that particular “comfort” place I’ve found in reading ever since I was a child. Different kinds of books give me different experiences that I enjoy, but “comfort reading” is what reconnects me with my first love for literature the most.
7. Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I’d like to have a hand in making a film or experience the filmmaking process in some way, whether that’s writing a screenplay for one of my books, playing a role in a film, or just being on set/location during a shooting. I’m becoming as much of a film lover as I am a bookworm. All of it stems right from my love of fiction, of storytelling.
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