Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Princess Interrupted


by Michael A. Rothman
375-page MG/YA - EPIC Fantasy 
Available October 1 
M & S Publishing, LLC.

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PRINCESS INTERRUPTED is a tale about a fourteen-year-old daughter of a merchant king in the land of Trimoria named Arabelle. Her life of leisure is shattered when she suffers an attack from a poisonous creature that hasn't walked the land in over five centuries.

Arabelle must learn to overcome the debilitating effects of the poison that courses through her body. All the while, she must resist monstrous foes that threaten her people and the ones she loves.

She must do this while keeping a dark secret that only she can bear.


It was a few weeks ago that I had presented Father with hot tea that I had brewed myself. The compliments he’d given me motivated me to try something harder.

I was in Madam Mizmer’s stall, and she had set aside a charcoal grill for my use to test out my own recipes for a stew. As I stirred the bubbling pot, I wondered if my ingredients were going to turn into something edible. When Alexandra looked into my pot and smelled the steam rising from it, the look she tried to hide was one of mixed revulsion and panic.

“What did you put in it, Princess?” She politely asked.

I looked worriedly at the creation and said, “Well, I like pickled onions and raspberries, so I started with those and just added some other things.”

Alexandra backed away and smiled. “Well, Princess, you never know. You have certainly created something unique.”

I grumbled. “Unique is polite speech for horrible.”

She shook her head. “No, sometimes you can’t predict such things. When will it be done?”
I cringed as I got a strong whiff of the brewing concoction. “I think it needs more time. Let me continue stirring.”

Suddenly Zoe came running into the stall panting heavily as she yelled, “Slavers! Slaves! Uhh…Escaped!”

“Calm down and take a breath. What are you trying to say?”

After deeply breathing in and out several times, Zoe said with wide-eyed excitement, “A bunch of slaves escaped from slavers and one of our scouting parties found them and brought them in. One of them is even a baby dwarf with a teeny tiny beard!”

I looked down at my stew and muttered, “Bah!” I lifted it off the grill and said, “I think it might get better when it’s cooled off.” I turned back to Zoe. “Can you lead me there?"


Michael A. Rothman's novel Princess Interrupted is a perfect book for any middle school student. This book has a shape shifter, an elf or two, and a princess that can see the future.
One of my favorite parts was as follows. "I promise to arm you with the knowledge you need to survive. I cannot promise you it will be easy, but it will be a life- make of it what you can".

I almost always read young adult books so when I found out this book was for a younger group, I was so shocked when I saw what I was missing. pick up this book and read it.

Meet the Author

I've been writing throughout my career as an engineer, however my writing had been relegated to technical books and technical magazine articles. Heck, you might even find a couple of those musty tomes still for sale if you look hard enough.

With my foray into epic fantasy, I've shed the shackles of technical writing and created novels that I hope will be attractive to a much wider audience.

I've always admired truly epic tales. You know the ones I mean. The book you crack open, wander through and utterly get immersed in. The story takes you on twists and turns you never expected, run into dead-ends that make you wheel your arms backward to prevent you from falling into an endless abyss. By the time you reach what you think is the end, you've read hundreds of pages and realize the end is really only the beginning of the story.

You close the book and wonder out loud. "Do I have the next book? Is it out yet?"

My goal when I started writing the first book (HEIRS OF PROPHECY) that involved the Riverton family was to make a story that would allow a younger audience access to such a tale. Since then, a second book (TOOLS OF PROPHECY) was released, and now I introduce the third book in the series with LORDS OF PROPHECY. 

As to my other writing activities, I've completed another as of yet unreleased novel in the Prophecies series, and they are scheduled to be released as soon as - well, as soon as the paperwork on them is complete, and the lawyers nod their heads up and down.

I hope you enjoy the novel.

In the meantime, if you want to see my ramblings, I lurk at the following social media portals:

Twitter - @MichaelARothman


  1. Hi Again Michael! Good to see you :)

    SO do you ever base the characters off of yourself? It must be hard to separate your head from theirs sometimes!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. In the Prophecies series, I admittedly modeled the father's personality and background against my own.

      In my upcoming contemporary fantasy series, I bring forward a lot of military technology, jargon, and cultural/historical data that all are for one reason or another near and dear to me.

      So yes, I do base some characters on myself and certainly lots of background I have seeps into the stories I write.

    2. Oh and it's not necessary for a typical author to separate one's self from the characters. We usually have lots of voices in our heads that are vying for attention. Only the most persistent ones land on the pages.

      I think it's amusing that some people call it crazy to have the voices in their head. I figure the world would be a much lonelier place if I didn't have all of them arguing with each other.


    3. Exactly why I titled this blog Rambling Voices in My Head. LOL I completely agree Michael. Even if the world wouldn't be lonelier, I think a lot of writers would be. :)

  2. Great excerpt, thank you.


  3. Thanks for your kind words. I'll reference this review from my blog and would really appreciate it if you can post this review on Amazon as well. It's one of the few ways the public can get an unvarnished unhyped view of the story.

    1. Will do! I should get the chance to get that done by this weekend. :D

    2. It may help you to know that Elyah is a teenager also. She picks the books from my list to read. (books I sign up to host/review) I always like to know that my YA books are enjoyed by young people. So, I thought I'd share that with you too. All of her reviews are in her own words. I just double check the grammar and punctuation. :D

  4. Nice to meet you. Thanks for sharing your book, it sounds like a great fantasy. Thanks for sharing the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. Pickled onions and raspberry stew? What a concoction!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  6. Love the quote in the review.


  7. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com