This week’s book feature is To Court a Queen by H.L. Burke. She is an amazing indie author, a mommy to a very hilarious cat by the name of Bruce, a fellow dragon lover, and a good friend! Her newest fantasy novella, To Court a Queen, hits Amazon February eighteenth, and you can preorder the Kindle and paperback links now! (links at the end of the post)
Please excuse me for a sec while I squee excitedly at that gorgeous cover…
Okay, now that that’s out of the way… I hear some of you in the comments saying “Who in the heck is H.L. Burke??” Well, let me tell you…
H.L. Burke is the author of multiple fantasy novels including the Dragon and the Scholar saga, the Spellsmith and Carver series, and The Nyssa Glass YA Steampunk series and Coiled. She is an admirer of the whimsical, a follower of the Light, and a believer in happily ever after.
Today we have a very special guest.
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your name and age, and
what do you do for a living?
Sir Devin Carlton. I’m twenty-four, and planning to stay this age. It suits me. I’m a knight by title. I have some family money, so I don’t really do it for a living, but I prefer it to sitting on my family estate, reviewing farming reports.
Where do you live? Recommend us something to do if we were to visit there.
I move around a lot. I guess technically my family estate is home base, but I haven’t been there in a few years, so it’s wherever the roads take me … I’d recommend some good inns, but I owe the best ones too much money, and if the innkeepers knew I sent you, they probably wouldn’t let you in.
Tell us about a specialty food of your hometown.
The cook at my family estate makes the best meat pies … local ale’s not bad either.
What is your opinion of the queen?
She reminds me of the pretty, vain, wealthy/titled women who flit about human courts, except with the ability to turn men into frogs and order people to face certain death … power goes to the heads of certain types.
Do you speak any languages aside from English? If so, what is a word in that language that can’t be translated into English without losing meaning?
Not really. I bluffed my way through Latin class by repeating whatever the student reciting before me said … I wasn’t my teacher’s favorite.
Tell us about a typical day in your life.
I despise nothing more than “typical.” If something is typical, it’s boring. Every day in a different place. Every night in a different bed, that’s my ideal.
Are you currently in love with anyone? Tell us about that special person. 😉
I don’t really do the mushy stuff. I like a good round of flirting and cuddling as much as the next man, but once they get all doe-eyed and start spouting poetry, I like to make myself scarce.
What is your ultimate goal/what do you want most out of life? Do you think you’ll get it?
I’m here to have fun, see the world, try not to get bored … hopefully not get killed. Getting killed would be a lousy way to end any adventure.
Is there anything I should have asked that I haven’t already?
If I could use a drink? I don’t get asked that nearly enough. Seems an oversight.
You’re right, my interviews are lacking in hospitality. 😅
Thank you very much to Sir Carlton for joining us today.
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And don’t forget to come back next week for another special guest interview. Who is it? Well…