Priya Ardis loves books of all kinds--but especially the ones that get a little epic. Her young adult novels come from a childhood of playing too much She-Ra and watching too much Spock. Her favorite Arthurian piece is a poem, the Lady of Shalott by Lord Tennyson.A hopeless romantic, she's a longtime member of the Romance Writers of America.
(The Complete Works of Mark Twain by Mark Twain, 9788180320101)
Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training, who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.
Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that's been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn't helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground rebel army—to help liberate the city's slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.
Stories included in Volume One are: How the Terrapin Beat the Rabbit, How the Deer got his Horns, Why the Turkey Gobbles, How the Redbird got his Color, The Bear Man, The Man in the Stump, Determination of Night and Day, The Lost Cherokee, The Legend of the Cedar Tree, The First Moccasins, The Legend of the Apache Tear, The Gift of the Peace Pipe, Brother of the Moon, Teepee Etiquette and many, many more.
With this book I hope you understand the Native American people a little better and understand where they have come from and what they can offer the world. By exploring these stories I offer you a glimpse into an often forgotten past. The past of my people. I was born Cherokee and as a child heard many of these stories. These stories were passed to me in the old traditional way by my grandfather. And now I give these stories to you, to carry forward for younger generations to explore and learn.