Ten years old. It’s the birthday of my first published book, Princelings of the East came out on kindle ten years ago. Soon after that I discovered I could publish to all the other e-readers via Smashwords.
The Princelings of the East
by Jemima Pett
It’s so old I don’t even have a copy of the original cover on my blog. The chapter illustrations are pretty ropey, and I’ve updated most of them over the course of two revised editions.
Like most first books, it needed improvement. These days I lack confidence in promoting it as the introduction to the series…the rest are so much better. I’m not convinced it grabs readers enough to get them to want more. And yet… I reread it and there’s nothing I want to change. A phrase here and there, but nothing that would essentially change it. I should just be more enthusiastic, I suppose.
When the King’s Birthday feast is ruined by an unnatural power drain, our Princeling heroes leave their scientific experiments to set out in search of answers. They encounter the enigmatic businessman Hugo, the impressive Prince of Buckmore, the wise Lady Nimrod, the irrepressible barkeep Victor, but find themselves threatened by those with vested interests. The scene shifts from a rural, feudal setting to the towers and heights of the curious Isle of Hattan, but where, or when, are they? Time is of the essence in solving this puzzle, and our heroes must keep their wits sharp and their heads clear if they are to survive.Princelings of the East
Suitable for good readers aged 10 and over, The Princelings of the East is a fantasy adventure with the charm of the Wind in the Willows in a world reminiscent of Anne MacCaffrey’s Pern.
Happy birthday, Fred and George, together with Hugo and Victor.