~Published: November 15th, 2103
~Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale.
His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?
An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her high school sweetheart, worked as a legal assistant, and taught high school English. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids' creativity.
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Can you share your idea of the perfect soundtrack to ‘The Key’ with us? Can you share the playlist you listened to while writing ‘The Key’ with us?
Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
Burn It Down (Linkin Park)
Set Fire To The Rain (Adele)
Papercut (Linkin Park)
Someone Like You (Adele)
In The End (Linkin Park)
Rumor Has It (Adele)
Numb (Linkin Park)
Turning Tables (Adele)
Leave Out All The Rest (Linkin Park)
Since the story is from two different POVs, I always listened to Adele when writing Rema, the female character. I’d listen to Linkin Park when writing Darmik, the lead male character.
First up, Rema!! Spunky, sassy, and a bit of a wild one, Rema is seventeen with blonde hair, blue eyes, and is fair skinned. She looks “different” from everyone else on the island. She grew up with her aunt and uncle who are horse breeders. She has always dreamed of traveling and seeing the world instead of being stuck in her small village living a sheltered life. Everything changes the day she crosses paths with Prince Darmik. A perfect actress is Amanda Seyfried.
Darmik, like everyone else on Greenwood Island, has dark hair, brown eyes, and tanned skin. Even though he’s only nineteen, he’s been appointed Commander of the King’s Army. His older brother hates him and his father could care less about him. He roams the island doing his father’s bidding, trying to maintain peace. Only he discovers there are rebel forces amassing and they plan to overthrow the king. He is singularly focused on his task until he crosses paths with Rema. Then everything changes!! He’s the commander of the King’s Army so I picture him having a hard edge to him. A perfect match is Chase Crawford.
Then we have Prince Lennek, Darmik’s brother. Lennek looks similar to Darmik, only a bit softer. He prefers lounging around the castle and entertaining women, as opposed to anything that requires physical exertion. Douglas Booth would make the perfect Lennek.
King Barjon. What’s there to say? He’s evil, malicious, and Darmik’s father. Gabriel Byrne has the exact look I’m going for.
Rema’s chambermaid is Cassie. Cassie, like everyone else, has dark hair, brown eyes, and tanned skin. Mila Kunis has Cassie’s look.