I’m hosting an excerpt from “The Escape of Princess Madeline” today, a YA Fantasy story. I previously hosted an interview with the author and am delighted to share this excerpt with you now!
Read an Excerpt
Closing her eyes for a moment, she heard hoofs stomp across the fairgrounds. Each stomp seemed to match the beating of her heart. Thump, thump, thump. Faster and faster it beat. Heat radiated from her. She ran her hands over each other, back and forth, then tried to dry their clamminess on her dress. The smell of the horses, fresh dirt, and dust filled her senses and made her part her lips in a smile. The cheers grew louder and louder, forcing Madeline to open her eyes.
When she reopened them, she saw Daniel kick his horse to speed up his approach. His opponent lowered his lance and also began to move. The event seemed to happen in slow motion, hoofs stomping, men and women cheering, flags waving back and forth. Madeline looked away suddenly, afraid that something might happen to him. The men collided forcefully. The sound was chilling, and both men hunched over from the power of their collision. Madeline stood, her hands on both cheeks, checking to make sure they were all right. She couldn’t see anything. The cheers were louder than ever, but she didn’t know what that meant.
The opponent, a knight she did not know, leaned backward and slid off the back of his horse with a jolt, while Daniel leaned forward, covering his chest. The crowd stood and roared, cheers exploding through the stands. Daniel looked up through the crowd, searching. Lifting his hand to raise his visor, he turned toward Madeline and smiled.
The Escape of Princess Madeline
The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom… a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.
Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.