Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lady in Waiting by Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Mabriona is cousin to the beautiful and spoiled Princess Alana.  When Alana is forced to marry a man she despises, Mabriona is torn between her loyalty to her cousin and her attraction to the handsome Prince Blayne.

Tragedy befalls the cousins on the way to Prince Blayne’s castle.  Servants, believing Mabriona to be Alana, refuse to listen when she tries to explain.

While she waits for Blayne to recover, Mabriona meets his equally handsome younger brother, Madoc, a bard.

When Blayne awakes, will Mabriona choose life with a future king, will she be sent home in disgrace because of her inadvertent lies, or will Madoc win her love with his poetry?

I dread reviewing historical romances.  So many authors don’t do their homework and fill their books with anachronisms and modern language that doesn’t belong there.  Not so Ms. Ehrenkranz.  There is not a blip in the entire thirty-seven pages.

Even though they’re first cousins, Princess Alana treats Mabriona as a servant; not a friend or relative.  But then, there’s really no love lost between the two girls.  The Princess is selfish and self-centered and Mabriona wishes Alana would get over herself.  It doesn’t help when she falls for Alana’s betrothed, and the feeling appears to be mutual, and it gets even more complicated when Alana is killed during an accident en-route to the Prince’s kingdom and his family mistakes Mabriona for her.

And it gets even worse when his brother falls for her.  He’s just as handsome.  Used to living in her cousin’s shadow, Mabriona is enjoying the attention.  But the other shoe has to drop eventually.  Will she fess up before she gets caught?  And what will be the consequences when it does?  I guess you’ll just have to read the story to find out.  I definitely recommend it.

Length:  37 Pages

Price:  $2.50

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if this book costs $2.50 at Secret Cravings and you buy from there, the author will receive about $1.00.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.30.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.


  1. Rochelle, thank you so much for this wonderful review! I appreciate your support.

  2. Looks like a great story. Love the cover on this one.

  3. That's a lovely review, Rochelle, and it's the kind of story I like to read - I also enjoy Penny's work.

  4. Cheryl and Rosemary, thanks for stopping by to read the review. Rochelle, thank you again for this spotlight.

  5. Wow! I'm so happy to see people stopping by. When you buy this book, if you haven't already, be sure to buy from the Muse so Penny can receive full royalties for it. But really, it's no sweat to promote great writing.