September 09, 2019

#ChapterSample: Tiger Queen by @annsulliva @BlinkYABooks

This week we have an upcoming title Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan!!  From Annie Sullivan, author of A Touch of Gold, comes Tiger Queen, a sweeping YA fantasy adventure that tells the story of a fierce desert princess battling to save her kingdom. Fans of Rebel of the Sands and Meagan Spooner will devour this retelling of Frank Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”


In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.

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About the Author:  Annie Sullivan is an experienced author who loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling. She received her master's degree in creative writing from Butler University and went on to explore every single continent. For more information, visit

Lora Brown is an in-demand narrator with a background in film and stage acting.

Sullivan (A Touch of Gold, 2018) retells Frank R. Stockton's short story 'The Lady, or the Tiger?,' expanding it into an exciting adventure that transports readers to a mythical kingdom filled with creatures and customs that will capture the interest of fantasy enthusiasts. Action, adventure, and a bit of romance blend well into a distinctive and exciting read. (Booklist)

TIGER QUEEN is an engrossing retelling of the short story, THE LADY, OR THE TIGER? that really takes it above and beyond... TIGER QUEEN is a gorgeous, lush YA fiction that will hold a lot of appeal for fans of THE REMNANT CHRONICLES, THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, and THE WINNER'S CURSE. Highly recommend for anyone look for a beautifully crafted stand-alone book. (YA and Kids Book Central)

Chapter 1
I watched as two guards pulled a think boy into the arena. His feet left trails in the sand as though two yellow-spotted sand snakes followed his path.  The guards chained him to the short center post so he couldn't move more than five arm lengths in any direction. Then they retreated, leaving the boy and his puddled shadow alone to face the crowd. The boy stood like a lopsided cactus in the sun, with his elbows away from his body to keep the thick metal chains from burning any more skin than necessary.

He couldn't have been more than eight or nine. Now he'd come to my arena-my home-where I fought each month. And we all were waiting to see if he would leave it alive.  

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