An easy guide to the book, all character posts, shorts, and guest posts dealing with the Kingdom City Chronicles!
Book One of The Kingdom City Chronicles
Cross-Genre: Fantasy, Fairy/Folktale, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror
Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.
Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.
Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians
What happens when a character in Kingdom City appoints himself as the author’s muse. A whole lotta weird, that’s what.
The Beginning – In which Clyde decides to visit and inspire.
Popularity Problems – In which Clyde demands more progress in amassing a fan following and we learn that he has a grudge against certain members of the Norse pantheon…
Friday the 13th – In which the date, the full moon, and magic collide in some unexpected ways
Fourth Wall Friday – A continuation of the Friday the 13th post. This time, Selah Janel ends up accidentally visiting Kingdom City
Or what happens when I outsource my blogging duties to my characters.
The Tribulations of a Modern Heroine by Nobody – yeah I’m not even going to defend her outlook on life.
Letting it All Go or Why Not Caring is the Solution by Uljah – I have got to stop letting my characters take over my brain
A Quest in Which Clyde Strives to Write a Guest Post for Alexx Momcat – or no, I really cannot write a normal piece of short fiction to save my life.
An Interview with Nobody – somehow I thought interviewing a character would be easier…
Troll Stereotypes in Modern Kingdom City – or Paddlelump struggles to write a guest post. Ippick helps.
Online Security An’ Etiquette in a Modern Fantasy World – Ippick discusses on online safety.
A Lass’s Guide to Dating in the Modern Realm – or Ippick’s thoughts on dating. I’m sorry.
Welcome to Kingdom City – a good intro on the series and the working of Kingdom City in general
The Power of Princesses – My take on the archetype and why I think it’s time to lighten up and embrace the tiara.
Kickin’ it Olde School – another post discussing the things that inspired me to create Kingdom City
The Enduring Appeal of Fairy Tales – a guest post about why I love fairy tales and why I feel they continue to intrigue us
Seers, Seraphs, Immortals, and more! – an in-depth interview about my background, my journey as a writer, and my approach to art and life in general. This also includes the Paddlelump evolution story that I still feel wildly embarrassed about. I am also apparently incandescent and stunning. That is definitely going on a business card at some point.
SpecMusicMuse – a really excellent review of the book as well as an in depth interview about Olde School.
Watch Play Read – a fantastic, in-depth review of the book
Bees Knees Reviews – I love it when readers fall in love with a book I’m in mad love with already!
A bit of Chapter 1 where we are introduced to Trip Trap’s diner and the gang.
A bit of Chapter 4 where Paddlelump has to have words with his employee, Nobody.