C. L. Schneider
Indie Book Spotlight: A Sea of Pearls & Leaves, by Rosalyn Briar
Updated: Apr 1, 2021
Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married. So, her priestess girlfriend, Lilura, devises a wicked plot to deter suitors with a nearly impossible marriage contract: should Ingrid die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her. The plan backfires when all seven suitors agree, and the king announces a competition for Ingrid’s hand. Ingrid must keep her head above water as she deals with the suitors, a jealous girlfriend, and the news of two murdered priestesses. As the suitors are eliminated, one man stands out: the quirky and anxious Prince Soren who charms both Ingrid and Lilura. When Lilura goes missing, Ingrid and Soren must piece together who has murdered the priestesses and why before it’s too late. CW: This novel contains violence, sexual situations, and adult language.
I unroll the parchment. “In order to marry me, Princess Ingrid of House Verskelli, a man must meet the following requirements: he must speak three languages to match my skills, he must be a competent sailor in order to live on this island kingdom, he must be physically fit to keep up with my stamina, he must be a skilled fisherman to always feed our family, he must be a skilled swordsman to always protect me, and,” I pause to catch my breath, “should I die first, my husband must agree to be buried at sea beside me, so as not to live a single day without his love.”
Rosalyn Briar is a former teacher who is married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they have built a beautiful life and have two fearless daughters. Rosalyn is obsessed with gothic fairy tales, scary movies, sun dresses, traveling, and reading books. She is the published author of The Crown of Bones and A Sea of Pearls & Leaves, both of which are fairy tale retellings. Rosalyn is also the host of #NovelBuilding, a daily Twitter question with monthly themes for fellow writers to connect. When Rosalyn isn’t writing or reading, you can find her playing dress up with her two princesses or exploring the woods for wildflowers.