Vivi discovers, with the help of her good friend Queen Zora, that she is not an orphan at all,but rather the only surviving member of the royal family of Magog. Vivi leaves her friends and the comfort of Tarshish to travel to the distant kingdom of Magog to claim her throne.
Once in the new kingdom, she discovers Magog is a very wealthy land, but also one cloaked in fears of witchcraft. As a healer herself, Vivi struggles to find a way to prove that using herbs for healing is a far cry from the evils of witchcraft. Eventually, Vivi takes a stand when she realizes that along with power and wealth comes the responsibility of doing the right thing.
Norris Bloom is a retired school teacher and basketball coach. She taught 5th and 6th grade in the United States before relocating to Upper Basildon, England for 6 years where she developed a love of the English countryside and its people. Additionally, she traveled extensively throughout Europe, feeling a kindred spirit to the long ago kings and queens that once roamed the castles dotted throughout Europe. Crowns and Kingdoms is her first series showcasing her love of middle school aged children and medieval folklore. Norris currently lives in San Francisco, Ca with her husband Ken and her dog Mojo. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, music, sports and spending time at her cottage on Lake Tulloch, Ca.
One of my favorite aspects of writing a series of books is creating the different kingdoms. I draw inspiration for the various kingdoms from current or ancient areas around the world, and I often tie in myths and/or legends from history. I believe it is all the small details that makes a kingdom feel real to the reader. This short excerpt is an example of how imagery can help set the scene and differentiate one kingdom from another.
Crowns and Kingdoms - Magog
Standing in front of my tower window, the dark night beckoned me, and I pulled the velvet curtains back so I could look outside. The palace grounds and the distant wooded forest were drenched in a heavy snow as endless amounts of snowflakes swirled down from the heavens above. The peaceful setting almost felt like a dream, and I was amazed at the calming effect of watching the delicate flakes fall from the night sky. I stayed at the window for a long time gazing at the beautiful scene below, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that someone was watching me.