Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Friday, November 2, 2018

I had a choice... All the King’s Horses (Katura Chronicles #1) by Kim Congram

My new motto?
It’s only treason if you lose.


Cover Design: Abigail Davies, Pink Elephant Designs
Release Date: November 15th, 2018

There are three ways you become a Monarch
1. Born to it
2. Marry into the family
3. Take it

They stole it

And I had a choice:
Fall into line, serve our new King, or fight.

My new motto?
It’s only treason if you lose.


Location: Afghanistan

The afternoon sun shimmered against the horizon, heavy and ominous. Sunglasses cut through most of the glare, as sweat slid down the bridge of my nose. The heat of the day coupled with the lack of breeze had the marketplace stinking of rotten food.
Heartbeat elevated, stomach clenched, eyes narrowed—I was watchful. I kept reminding myself the monarch would only be in Afghanistan for less than forty-eight hours.
A lot could go wrong in forty-eight hours.
A car idling near the escort caught my attention. We were waiting for the monarch to finish his meeting with the newly elected president. I didn't like the position of the car.
"ALPHA One to CHARLIE Four, can you guys shift the white Toyota?"
"Roger, ALPHA One."
One minute. Two. No movement of the vehicle. My gut clenched. Something wasn't right.
The radio crackled. "ALPHA One, looks like a flat."
"Fuck." My eyes met Jack's before he looked back over at the car. I shifted my piece, using my free hand to click the radio. "CHARLIE, is it legit? What's the cargo?"
"Seems so. Just a bunch of fruit." Grover's voice was sarcastic in reply. I gritted my teeth. I couldn't wait till that little gnat went home.
My eyes flicked around the busy city centre, assessing. "CHARLIE, I need that vehicle moved in the next five. BETA team, start prepping secondary exit." I dropped my hand, turning to Jack. "This doesn't feel right."
"No." His face was grim as he watched the heaving mass of the market. "Something smells off." His smile was immediate. "Pun unintended."
I ignored him. "I'm going to raise the threat level." I raised my hand again to my equipment.
A voice crackled through the radio, halting my move. "Rose on the move."
I hit the call button. "All teams be alert. Threat raised to Amber."
Jack fell into step beside me. "Secondary exit?"
I nodded, deciding it was a go. "I don’t like this."
I saw The Rose hit the exit, bodyguards flanking him. He had personal protection from Katura and some of our best on him, including Colonel Foster. There was no reason to feel this anxious.
I met the colonel's gaze as we started towards the entourage, my hand raising to signal our change of plans. He nodded, turning towards The Rose.
The red dot hovered for a brief moment on the king's chest.
"Get down!"

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About the author:
Kim Congram is a transplant to Australia’s capital, Canberra. Kim loves it for the food, the weather, the mountains and even the roundabouts.

She is a part-time writer, full-time worker bee and lover of all things romance. Kim lives with the hero of her own love story and their dachshund in their house full of books.

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