Today, I'm pleased to present Princess Morgane from The Enchanted. She is being interviewed by Madame de Barra.
Greetings, kind readers. I am Madame de Barra, and I have been granted the honor of an interview with the Princess Morgane, wife of Prince Alan who is heir to his father King Bowdyn. I am rather nervous even though I am an experienced interviewer. I have read Madame Cantrell’s tale The Enchanted and must confess that I am all atwitter at the thought of meeting the princess. Oh! She comes now.
Madame de Barra scrambles to her feet and bows deeply. “My princess.”
Princess Morgane inclines her head to Madame de Barra. “Please, take a seat, Madame. It is my honor to meet you.”
They both sit in comfortable twin chairs covered in red velvet with an eagle embroidered on the back.
Madame de Barra: Thank you for granting me an interview, Princess Morgane.
Princess Morgane: I am grateful for your interest in my story.
Madame de Barra: Could you tell us about your family? The kingdom yearns to know more about you.
Princess Morgane: I am the daughter of King Maccus who lives on King Bowdyn’s northern border. My mother died when I was a child. Last year my father arranged my marriage to Prince Alan in order to ally the two kingdoms.
Madame de Barra: I am sure you were apprehensive about marrying a man whom you had never met.
Princess Morgane: (laughs) Indeed! Yet all has turned out well. I found my missing half when I found Prince Alan.
Madame de Barra: Your adventures in Pygeria and those with the false princess are now legendary. What was the scariest moment for you?
Princess Morgane: Oh, that is easy. I was most afraid when the three enchanted ones cornered Prince Alan in an alley.
A noise causes the princess to pause. A tall man dressed as a warrior enters the room. Madame de Barra springs to her feet and bows to Prince Alan.
Prince Alan: Welcome Madame. It is most kind of you to take an interest in the princess. He sits on a stool at Princess Morgane’s feet. Perhaps my princess was most afraid when I was cornered by the enchanted ones, but she did not hesitate. If not for her quick action, I would have died that day. I owe her my life.
Madame de Barra: (beams at Princess Morgane) Indeed. The entire kingdom celebrates her bravery. If I may ask, Princess, what now makes you happy?
Princess Morgane: Prince Alan, of course. (She smiles at the prince.) I am also fond of riding my mare Etheswitha. I enjoy growing roses and reading as well.
Madame de Barra: I enjoy a good book myself. What are you reading now?
Princess Morgane: I am reading A New Dream. It is also by Madame Cantrell who chronicled my adventures in her book The Enchanted. The king is most pleased with The Enchanted and has greatly honored Madame Cantrell.
Madame de Barra: Indeed. As a representative of the press, I covered the release party that the king gave for Madame Cantrell. If my readers are interested, they can find my coverage of the party at http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com/2013/05/release-day-enchanted.html. Are there any causes that you are passionate about?
Princess Morgane: I have long been concerned over the lack of opportunities for women. I am doing research to see what can be done about it.
Madame de Barra: That is a wonderful cause! (She pauses to look at her notes.) If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
Prince Alan: (scowls at Madame) The princess has no need to apologize to anyone.
Madame de Barra: Of course. Please excuse me. If I may, one last question. If I came to see you early in the morning, would I find a chirping bird or a grumpy bear?
Princess Morgane: (giggles. She and Prince Alan speak at the same time.) A grumpy bear.
Madame de Barra: Thank you for your interview, Princess Morgane. The entire kingdom waits to read it.
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Forced by his father into a marriage he didn’t want, Prince Alan soon finds that his bride isn’t the sweet, submissive creature he expected. Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn’t thrilled about the marriage either. When black treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.
The sound of a trumpet interrupted Alan. Meryn entered the room behind the trumpeters and called in a ringing voice, "His majesty, King Maccus, and his daughter, the Princess Morgane, wife of Prince Alan, heir to the throne of his father, King Bowdyn."
Everyone at the table rose to their feet and bowed as Maccus and Morgane paused at the door. Alan could not stop staring at the princess. He had not expected her to be so beautiful. Her red‑gold hair cascaded across her shoulders in swirling waves he ached to touch. Even from this distance he could see that her eyes were the color of the sea on a cloudy, stormy day. Her white, beribboned gown made their unique color stand out. She had a willowy, lithe figure.
Every inch the king, Bowdyn crossed the room and took Princess Morgane's hand. "Come. I will introduce you to your husband, Prince Alan."
She did not limp, but she stepped very quickly as if she did not want her feet to touch the floor any longer than necessary. Still, she held her head up high as she made her way across the hall, her heavy, stiff skirts rustling on the stone floor.
ʺMy son, this is your wife, Princess Morgane. Morgane, this is your husband, Prince Alan."
Bowdyn placed Morgane's hand into Alan's. Her fingers were icy cold. He bowed to her and kissed her hand. "It is my honor to meet you. Will you be seated beside me?"
Morgane seated herself beside him as he held out her chair. Her skin looked as smooth as satin and as creamy as the finest milk, but no one could miss the horrible red scar that marred her face. She turned her head and caught him staring. Her face flushed red, causing the scar to look that much worse. Turning away from him, she fastened her eyes on the wall in front of her.
Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.
Her latest book is the fantasy romance, The Enchanted.
Visit her website at www.elainecantrell.com.
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