Continued Blog Tour For Captive Hope by Rachael Ritchey

Continued Blog Tour For Captive Hope by Rachael Ritchey

Guest Post

For Sunday, Jan 31, 2016, I get the honor of hosting a Guest Post to carry on the Blog Tour for the talented Rachael Ritchey, in celebration of the next installment of her young adult (YA) fantasy fiction series Chronicles of The Twelve Realms. “Specifically, it is magical realism set in a medieval-type era.”
You may recall, it is she who hosts the weekly writing prompts entitled #BlogBattle. I have written a few offerings and can verify that it is a fun exercise.
Here we go!
First, some helpful information for contacting/following Rachael:
For everyone who chooses to sign up for my newsletter there will be three randomly drawn prizes:
  • 1st: ebook of Captive Hope & choice of one from a host author
  • 2nd: ebook of Captive Hope & The Beauty Thief
  • 3rd: ebook of Captive Hope
The window for signing up will start Wednesday, January 20 and be open until Wednesday, February 10th. I’ll announce the winners on my blog on February 11th and email the winners directly, too.
Captive Hope can be purchased on ebook through all major retailers including, but not limited to:
Paperback and hardbound are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so the above links will work for all formats.
Anyone can connect with me on:

Blurb for Captive Hope:

The Twelve Realms seems an idyllic nation, but behind locked doors there are sinister powers at work. Not even the royal family of High Castle is outside their reach, and Lady Idra has unwittingly placed herself in the crosshairs of a shrewd mercenary.

Idra is noble by birth and lady-in-waiting to the future High Queen of the Twelve Realms. Yet she’s unaware of her true value and strength. From her youth she has been pledged in service to the crown, and though accepting of her duty, she inwardly longs for more. But in her wildest dreams Idra never imagined the terrible future devised for her by forces unknown.

Sir Ahmad, a knight of the realms, admires Lady Idra from afar. But when he finally has the courage to tell her, it may be too late. He could lose Idra forever because of one man’s devious ploy to gain revenge and riches by her ruin. If an ocean stands between them, will all hope be lost?

The following excerpt from Captive Hope comes early in the story at a point where Idra has just learned of Sir Ahmad’s feelings and intentions towards her. She is struggling with fear and uncertainty. This is also a catalyst to the plot.

For some reason, knowing Ahmad’s feelings for her only made Idra more restless instead of giving her any sense of peace. She knew she cared for him—a great deal, in fact—but she struggled with a trust over how deep his attachment ran. What if he didn’t know his own feelings and only thought he loved her?

She guarded her heart so closely. It was frightening to let anyone in and she rarely had. Other than Caityn and her own younger sisters, Idra had few close friendships.

She’d spent hours each night tossing and turning on the too-short couch in Caityn’s salon while she wrestled with serious thoughts of the depth of her fondness for Ahmad. He’d become a regular part of her life and was found moving within her circles at High Castle.

When she closed her eyes, she could picture his brooding brown ones and imagined his warm lips pressed to her hand again. Idra’s sensibilities, her devotion to duty and family, were outside her own desires, and they warred against her heart. Her mother would know what to do, but Ketra could not give counsel at a moment’s notice since she was back home at Tanfield in Taisce.

Her author bio;
Rachael Ritchey is the author of the Chronicles of the Twelve Realms, a YA fantasy fiction series set in a medieval era. Her passion for writing stems from her appreciation of history, since our world is built on stories, true and imagined. Rachael writes with teens in mind, because she wants her own kids to be proud of her work and be able to share it with their friends. She’s a wife and a mom to four amazing kids. Rachael and her family live in Eastern Washington where there’s plenty of inspiration to dream up exotic worlds, both real and fantastical.
If all else has intrigued you, here is one final treasure to set your decision:
The YouTube Book Trailer:

Thanks for stopping by, Rachael! I do hope the rest of your tour goes well!

So, if you need your next book, or just need one more in your queue, hop on over through one of the links and give her books a try!

Until next time!


— John

5 Replies to “Continued Blog Tour For Captive Hope by Rachael Ritchey”


I am a fiction writer;

A creator of larger-than-life heroes of ages gone by;
Great wizards tainted, and those who resist them;

War between interstellar travelers, both on this planet and far away;
Alien races intent on the annihilation of any being not their own,
and weaker ones in need of a savior- as well as the One who becomes their savior.

Clashes with bad people and dangerous places, where only one can survive.

When you get to my writing, sit back, hold on, and enjoy the ride!