The Queen's Pawn by R.J. Hore - Virtual Book Tour (Review and Guest Post)

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Today Coffee Break is the stop on the blog virtual book tour for The Queen's Pawn writen by R.J. HORE. The tour is hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours.


An impoverished scholar and farm youth Harrow, becomes involved with a magician and is forced to assist in the escape of Queen Reginee and Princess Desire-Rose from the burning capital city. Pretending to be a famous duke, Harrow reluctantly agrees to escort the sensuous queen and her very annoying daughter to the castle of the queen’s brother. They have to leave in a hurry and are pursued by a large band of the rebels who captured the city. All the fleeing refugees have are the clothes on their backs and a small squad of untrained guards for protection.

Black wizardry is afoot, sundry dangerous creatures hide in the underbrush, and villains, monstrous and common, seductive and evil, lurk all along the way. If that were not enough for the young man to worry about, the queen’s amorous chambermaid and bodyguard, Mathilde, a smallish giantess, just wants to get Harrow alone. Oh yes, and he can’t stand Desiree-Rose.

They do eventually reach the castle of the queen’s younger brother, but unfortunately they do not find the sort of welcome they were hoping for. Harrow would really like to leave all this strife behind and escape back to his former life on the family farm, but that does not appear to be his destiny.

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My review:

*This book was sent to me for an honest opinion as part of this tour*

This is a fun book about medieval times. I absolutely love the descriptions, I think it's one of the best things of this book. What you read it's so vivid I could picture it perfectly in my mind, and I could almost hear the sounds, feels the smells... well, everything.
When I was reading felt like I was almost watching a movie, with every scene taking place in front of my eyes.

The writing is really good and kept me interested in the book. It's another really good thing about this book. The words were chosen wisely and every paragraph is just perfect.

The plot is original and fun, and the characters are well developed.  If you want to read a good book with an interesting plot that takes place in a Medieval Era, this is a really good option. We can read about kings and queens, princes and princesses, peasants, barbarians, and some more. It starts with Harrow, a young scholar, who receives a message to tell the Queen. From that point the adventure begins. Strange and intriguing things happen and I really couldn't put the book down. 

This is book full of the magic of the medieval times that will make you want more.

If you like this type of books, you must read it!

My rating:

Guest post

My Writing Process by R.J. Hore

I have what I suspect is an unusual writing process. A lot of writers go into great detail before they start a project. They will plan out every detail of the plot in advance. They set out all they can think of regarding the characters, including a lengthy backstory with information they may never use. By the time they are ready to start writing, they have everything laid out and will seldom vary from that detailed outline.

Looking at what I have published so far, I have a couple of methods I use for my medieval-style fantasies. For “The Queen’s Pawn,” and my earlier “The Dark Lady,” I began with a setting and plot idea, developing the story as I went along. I usually know the ending, but the middle may be a great wasteland. For “The Queen’s Pawn” I imagined the setting of a fallen city in flames, an older student caught up in events over which he has no control or knowledge. He gets reluctantly swept away on an adventure, and the personalities of the characters he becomes involved with, to a large extent drive the story. “The Dark Lady” was a similar situation, with the setting of an ancient castle and an orphaned princess surrounded by enemies. Once I have the setting and main characters, the rest follows. At the most, once I’m involved, I might set down a line or two to remind me of an idea I can use in an up-coming chapter.

I have also written a fantasy detective series of novellas. “Housetrap” is the first in “The Housetrap Chronicles.” In this example I create the title of the tale, usually by messing up a famous mystery or thriller title, and once I have settled on that, develop the plot to fit the revised title. I know it sounds backwards, but it works quite well for me. Examples scheduled for publication this year include: “Dial M for Mudder,” “House on Hollow Hill,” and “Hounds of Basalt Ville.” With titles like these the ideas flow freely and I can rush madly off in all directions.

There is one area where I’m a stickler though. I may not start out with a detailed outline or draft, but I keep serious notes as I create. I write down descriptions of the characters as they develop: things like the correct spelling of names, physical attributes and favorite foods, drinks and sayings. There is nothing worse than starting off with a heroine who is a blue-eyed blonde, only to discover at the end of the manuscript you have changed her eyes to brown and misspelled her last name several times. The same rule applies to locations. It is much simpler to record details as you go than have to check back later through the manuscript. This is especially important if you find yourself working on a sequel or two!

The most important thing about the writing process is…find a method what works best for you and develop it!