Susan Frances on The King Maker
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A Game of Chess
The game of chess was a tool used in the Middle Ages to teach men the strategies of war. The essentials of the game developed in 1475 during King Edward IV’s reign in England are primarily adapted for today’s matches. It was referred to as the “King’s Game” and was popular among those who served in European courts. Comprised of one King, one Queen, two bishops, two knights, two rooks or castles, and eight pawns, the goal of the game is to capture the opposing team’s King and claim victory.
One the cover my book The King Maker, the Queen’s chess piece is illuminated on the board. The image depicts that the person with the most influence who can put someone in the position of power as the King is the Queen. It’s up to the reader to determine who is the King Maker given this single clue.
Like the game of chess, there are two opposing factions in the novel. Cullen Danes, an investigator for the British Aviation Ministry embarks on a mission to find the killer of his friend Steve McKenna, an American pilot. His quest takes him from New York City to Enfield, Connecticut where he discovers the man behind his friend’s murder is Thor Kossich, a former UN Peace Trooper who has a significant role in the life of a US Congressman‘s daughter. To the public, Kossich is the Cultural Liaison to Bosnia and Herzegovina at Parliament, but he is secretly the leader of a secret society whose operatives engage in credit card fraud. Both Danes and Kossich have the support of a woman, the Queens in their hearts who care about them and look after them.
The King Maker takes audiences through an investigation that uncovers corrupt leaders, illicit activities, and a romance which readers can believe in. The game of chess does not only teach war strategies, it teaches the tactics needed to survive through life. For Cullen Danes and Thor Kossich, divine intervention has a way of shifting the game plan.
About Susan Frances: Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in eastern Long Island, I always enjoyed writing and made several contributions to my high school literary magazine, The Lion's Pen. Influenced by writers of epic novels including Colleen McCullough and James Clavell, I gravitated to creative writing. After graduating from New York University with a BA in Liberal Arts, I tried my hand at conventional jobs but always returned to creative writing.
Since 1998, I have been a freelance writer and have contributed thousands of articles to various e-zines including: Yahoo Voices, Goodreads.com, Authors and Books (books.wiseto.com), TheReadingRoom.com, Epinions.com, Fictiondb.com, LibraryThing.com, Newsvine.com, Suite101.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Allromanceebooks.com, Hybrid Magazine, and BookDepository.com. My latest romance novel The King Maker has been published by Champagne Books and can be found on the publisher’s mainstream bookstore at www.champagnebooks.com