Hi, all, Sher here with a Dating Game Interview for Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn, my favorite YA author. Susan packs in so much imagination to her books, they’re as pleasurable and hard to put down as fine chocolate. Each character is interesting, most inventions are cool toys that I wish were real, and the plot provides the right balance of mystery to action. The scenes in Third Daughter played in my head like a blockbuster movie, so on with the show!
Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
Skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue… and, of course, kissing.
The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she’ll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince’s proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince’s proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.
Third Daughter is the first book in the The Dharian Affairs Trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance that takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue. And, of course, kissing.
From the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, The Dharian Affairs is a new series filled with equal doses of action-adventure and romance, meant to appeal to fans of Mindjack.
NOMINATED for the Illinois Librarian’s “Soon to be Famous Author Project” wherein librarians hope to discover local authors whose “work will jump off the page for readers.”
“Third Daughter is vividly breathtaking. Quinn delivers royal intrigue, exotic locations, and sweeping romance. Not to be missed!” – Pavarti K. Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall
“Susan Kaye Quinn writes characters that leap off the page… Incredibly well written, the vivid setting was crisp in my mind… As the plot raced on, I was cursing real life for not letting me just sit glued to my kindle, punching the touch screen to get to the next page.” – Tiffany on Goodreads
Third Daughter: The Dating Game
by Susan Kaye Quinn
What’s the Third Daughter of the Queen to do when the charming courtesan she loves is off-limits and a barbarian prince has offered a peace-brokering marriage that may avert war? In my steampunk fantasy novel, Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1), Aniri takes the third way: going under cover as a spy in the prince’s mountain kingdom to find the rumored flying weapon and avoid both war and marrying a man she does not love.
In an alternate universe, this is how it might have played out: The Dating Game Version
Announcer: Today we have Aniri, Third Daughter of the Queen of Dharia, having to choose between Devesh, a charming courtesan from the allied country of Samir or Prince Malik, known to his friends as Ashoka, the young prince from the barbarian country of Jungali. The Queen has left this choice in your hands, instead of arranging your marriage, Aniri. How do you feel about that?
Aniri: My mother is always trying to put me to some test or another. This is just one more.
Announcer (laughs nervously): Alright, then! Well, our viewers already know you’re the rebellious third daughter of our beloved Queen. I doubt anyone expects this will be an easy choice for you. But please proceed! You may ask each of our suitors just two questions, and then you’ll need to make your choice. Please begin whenever you are ready.
Aniri: Dev, if I marry you, what can you promise me?
Devesh: Aniri, my love, I will cherish you all the days of my life. I’ll take you to my home country of Samir. We will find your father’s killers and travel all the places he would have taken you. You’ll be well-loved by all my family and my people. I can’t promise you a Queendom, but you already have my heart.
Aniri: Oh, Dev! (*coughs*) Er, Prince Malik, if I marry you, what can you promise me?
Malik: You will be the Queen of Jungali and rule over all our provinces. You will bring peace to both our lands through a new alliance that will bond our countries together through trade. (*lowers voice*) And you may keep your lover, Aniri. We won’t have that kind of arrangement. Ours will be strictly a political marriage, I promise you.
Announcer: Prince Malik, I think you’re violating the terms of our show…
Malik: I’m not concerned about that. I’m concerned about my people. And securing peace for them, in honor of my dead brother and mother, gods rest their souls.
Aniri: That’s very… noble, Prince Malik. But what kind of life can you promise up in the high, frozen mountains of your, well, rather backward provinces?
Malik: I can’t promise it will be easy, Aniri. I can only promise it will be worthwhile in saving lives of both our peoples.
Aniri: (*uncomfortable*) And Devesh? What kind of life can you promise among the modern steamworks and beautiful countryside of Samir?
Devesh: All I can promise is that I’ll love you all the days of your life, Aniri.
Announcer: That’s our two questions, Princess! Time to make your choice!
Aniri: I… I can’t decide.
Announcer: Um, princess? That is the point of this game, you realize. But I understand it is a difficult choice.
Aniri: I’ll let you know in the morning. (*runs off stage*)
Announcer: Um… (*turns to audience*) Well… stay tuned, folks, for Princess Aniri’s decision that will decide not only her future, but the future of at least two countries as well.
You can find Aniri’s true choice in Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1), available in both ebook and print. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Goodreads
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy
, which is young adult science fiction. Her latest release is Third Daughter
(The Dharian Affairs #1) which is her excuse to dress up in corsets and fight with swords. She also has a dark-and-gritty SF serial called The Debt Collector
and a middle grade fantasy called Faery Swap
. It’s possible she’s easily distracted. She always has more speculative fiction fun in the works. You can find out what she’s up to by subscribing to her newsletter
(hint: new subscribers get a free short story!
) or by stopping by her blog (www.susankayequinn.com).
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