The Movement Of Rings
The Movement Of Crowns book 2
by Nadine C. Keels
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Print Length: 132 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491040912
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A time to remember what lies
deeper than one's fears...
The Mundayne empire has seen years of prosperity under the rule of King Aud, a man of war known the world over for his ruthlessness. Naona, a high-spirited imperial servant who holds Aud's favor, occupies herself with pulling pranks on her peers around the king's estate, but the time for laughter spoils when the citizens of Munda begin to oppose increasing taxation. After meeting the princess of Diachona, Naona finds herself having to choose between maintaining loyalty to her king and becoming a personal ally of another nation. With the rise of unrest in Munda, can Naona's heart survive intact: intact enough, even, for an unforeseen chance at love with a foreign man?
Interview with Nadine C. Keels about her book
The Movement Of Rings
I didn't originally plan on making The Movement of Crowns a series, and the first book can indeed stand alone. Still, one afternoon in the spring of 2013, while I was arranging books on my shelf at home--(yes, I still read paper and hardbacks!)--the thought of the "other side" of the Crowns story and a new protagonist came to me, pretty much all at once. That had never happened to me before with any of my books, and I knew I had to write a sequel, the first sequel I would ever write. Out came The Movement of Rings.
About three months. I found the process intense and thrilling! It was a challenge, again, being my first sequel. I had to make sure all of the Rings times and events were mapped out correctly in my head, to correlate with Crowns.
It's never easy to pick a favorite! I will say that all of the Mundayne characters were a pleasure to write and translate for. Outside of the story Eminence that I included in Love & Eminence: A Suite of Stories, the Crowns story as a whole has been my first time venturing into "foreign" lands in my fiction, imagining times and customs quite removed from American culture.
As with all of my books, I want my readers to take away a sense of hope from Rings, but also a simple self-evaluation: "How do I regard and treat human beings who are different from me?" (Whatever "different" may be.)
Along with my all-at-once inspiration about the "other side" of the Crowns story came a sense of risk for me. Not a bad risk, or even a frightening risk, but still a step outside of my comfort zone. Sometimes we have unconscious veils in our minds, veils separating us from what we think we won't, can't, shouldn't, or don't deserve to know, discover, or understand. This may sound strange, but I had a feeling like that about Munda. Princess Constance had been to that country, and I hadn't. I knew Constance had more knowledge about Munda than I did, and I was initially content to let it remain so. However, when the "other side" of the story came to me, it was like a veil was lifting, like, "Wait a minute. I can know and understand the Mundayne people more, can't I? What will happen if I risk stepping over onto their soil?" After all, the "other side" of a story, of history, is never the "other" side to the people who are there, living life on that side. The human story entwines everyone in God's ultimate plot.
Naming my protagonist for Rings was interesting, since in the first scenes I drafted for The Movement of Crowns over a decade ago, Constance's name was "Naona," a variation of the name of a woman I know well. "Constance" turned out to fit my princess character better, but when I decided to write a sequel, the name "Naona" came back to me, and I used it this time. Originally, very few of the other characters in Rings had actual names, which gave the story more of a "folklore" feel, but as names began to play a bigger role in the development of the story, I had to come up with names that would fit in Munda and wouldn't sound like English. While it's more than likely that Diachonians also pronounce and spell their names a little differently than we English speakers/readers do, I wanted to make sure there was still a distinction between Diachonian and Mundayne names, to maintain the sense of two different cultures and languages.
Including a crown on The Movement of Crowns cover wasn't hard, but truth be told, trying to fit a "ring" of some sort on The Movement of Rings cover wasn't working out. I went ahead and used the national seal I designed (which is actually Diachona's seal--including a shell to represent their important sea, but none of this being vital knowledge to understand the story), and to compensate for there being no ring on the Rings cover, I added "circles" of light to speak to the "rings" theme. I do wonder sometimes how many readers, upon first observation, will notice that Rings doesn't have that article of jewelry pictured, but personally, it's my favorite book cover out of those I've designed thus far.
happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel"
Philippians 1:12 KJV
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Nadine. A French name, meaning, "hope."
Spreading hope to her readers and 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, heard in her dynamic spoken word presentations on local and national platforms, and found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. Drawing from her lifelong passion for highly enjoyable and transformational fiction, Nadine has written Love & Eminence: A Suite of Stories as well as two novels and a novella, Love Unfeigned. 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.