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|Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:50 pm Post subject: Knight's Fork giveaway on LibraryThing.com
|Three review copies of Knight's Fork by Rowena Cherry are available as part of the new member giveaway program on LibraryThing.com
All my titles (Forced Mate, Mating Net, Insufficient Mating Material, Knight's Fork) are taken from chess moves or chess positions. In chess, if your opponent's Knight forks you, you have a tough decision to make, because he is simultaneously threatening two of your best heavy pieces, and you can only save one of them.
Knight's Fork is about a Queen whose life depends upon giving her King an heir. (If you followed "The Tudors" you might think that Electra's dilemma is very like that of Ann Boleyn.)
The problem is that Queen Electra is married to an King to cement a political alliance, and they are genetically incompatible. She cannot fake a pregnancy and adopt, because the King's hairless subjects don't wear clothes. (They change their skin color at will, a bit like body painting.)
The Queen needs a sperm donor! One who doesn't advertise. One who is the soul of discretion. Only one green-eyed god-Prince has the right stuff, but --being virtuous, sworn to chastity, and politically savvy-- he refuses to give it to her.
From 'Rhett's point of view, the last thing he wants is to become entangled in any sense of the word with an enemy King's consort. 'Rhett has no desire to play a latter day Prince Paris to Queen Electra's Helen of Troy.
So, the chaste Knight sets off on an interstellar quest, unaware that he has a sexy royal stowaway and, a saboteur along for the ride.
'Rhett knows why he is going to Earth. He has a lost Princess to find, a secret that might petrify his enemies to unearth, and a scandalous Queen (whose motto is "Carpe Scrotum") to avoid. What is unclear is why his half brother in law, Prince Tarrant-Arragon is so eager to lend him an Imperial space destroyer, a young Prince in need of a mentor, and the dour fellowship of the man, Grievous.
Humor. Space Snark.
Space Snark: funny futuristic romance not set in the future