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Lords and ladies, welcome to the secondary page for the novel: Queen's Court. Here you will find inspiring quotes and entertaining artwork. You will be introduced to fan favorite scene in this narrative. Although this allows readers to learn of Alice and Hoven meeting, the tale of Oliver and Mina continues here with Easter Eggs and hidden gems found within the pages of the book explained. A behind the scenes insight is provided to help create a fully immersive experience. May their story inspire and provide faith in true love.
“Just because you don’t see someone’s scars does not mean that they don’t exist.” – Alice
A scene selected from the book.
Oliver's mother is mentioned in the first book, Heart of Ice. She destroyed his life, forcing him into near poverty. With the narrative being about Alice learning to be her own person, she confronts her mother. What better way to do that than bring along Mitch, who can match this all-powerful Queen?
The friction between Mitch and Alice's mother is venomous, biting remarks, insults that play heavily into word choice rather than profanity. However, it's when Alice interjects, tells Mitch to leave and then speaks up for herself that makes this such a great scene. It is a powerful, wonderful moment for her to confront her abuser in such a firm, commanding way.
“I must speak for myself. To allow another to be my voice steals my ability to be heard.” - Alice
“Courage is not an absence of fear, it is revealed in overcoming such obstacles buried deep within us.” - Oliver
Heart of Ice was not meant to have a sequel and in the original draft, Alice didn't exist. She was added to a scene to replace Victoria whose part was greatly diminished. The author wanted a female in his life that was not a potential love interest and so, why not a sibling?
The title was created a full year before work began on the book.
Hoven was greatly influenced by the author's passion for music. His severe social anxiety was inspired by a close friend of the writer who copes with this. Much of her experiences, his knowledge of how she reacted to the world, was reflected in Hoven's behavior. The author worked with a man who was around 5'4". This man inspired the difference in height compared to the taller men in the narrative. He was a change from the traditional taller lead males in romances.
There were plans before the author began writing the novel to introduce Alice's mother. There was hope for a scene between Mitch and the matriarch which would allow for two strong personalities to clash for dominance. He was also inspired by a song he heard, featured on the first book page, that led to Alice being in tears on stage. These elements were at the core of the book as it was first brought to life.
By the end, the author knew that this novel was setting up the events for a third book creating a trilogy. That is why there are hints of Oliver asking Mina to marry him that is planted to set up the next book.
A True Hero...
The connection between the Noble Souls Trilogy and Eye of the Beholder is made at the end of the book, confirming the family link between Mitch and Penelope. It explains a series of quotes I created for this novel which is now being presented as a collection.
"A true hero cares more about saving the innocent than punishing the guilty."
"A true hero inspires others to become something far greater than they believe they are capable of."
"A true hero must first save themselves from that which will hold them back from becoming a savior for others."
"A true hero will spend an eternity waiting for the truth, then to create a falsehood that is made in haste."
"A true hero is willing to sacrifice everything to protect those they love."
"A true hero finds resolution to their problems through love and compassion, for the only way this world will become an ideal place to live in, is when it is guided by charity, kindness, and generosity."
"A true hero proves her courage by standing up for what she believes in."
"A true hero is willing to risk losing everything in the hopes of saving a single life from suffering."
“To ask for aid is not a show of weakness, it takes great bravery to be humble in the face of adversity.” – Alice
Easter Eggs and Inspiration
The novel was inspired by a song the author heard called "Silent Scream" by Anna Blue, a German singer. The lyrics so perfectly described what Alice endured from her mother. All she wants is the love of a parent for her child despite her mother wanting to be something other than who she is or wants to be. She sings it at the end.
"You are worthy of love." - Alice