Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Sam Cunningham and his new book, “The Legend of Queen Agatha”! For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.
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The Legend of Queen Agatha
by Sam Cunningham
GENRE: Erotic Fantasy/Political Allegory
In the mythical, medieval land of Xana, Queen Julia ruled as a typical aristocratic monarch in a country whose great wealth was concentrated among the privileged few. Her daughter, Princess Agatha, was the champion of the commoners. The evil sorcerer Magi comes to Xana to kill Queen Julia and ravage aristocrats and commoners alike. Princess Agatha alone is spared, for she is protected by her fairy godmother. Now the beautiful heiress has two challenges, first to rid Xana of Magi and then to lift all the commoners from poverty into prosperity. To achieve her first goal she must identify her handsome prince incognito in the crowd on her first try. She won't have a second chance. To achieve her second she must invent and use radical political schemes even if not all her people approve.
With Magi at last gone, a small group of Queen Julia's inner circle, haggard, emaciated, and the only ones still alive, found the heiress. Hoping still to stave off her radical ideals, the eldest pleaded, "You know the story of Cinderella. Now your prince has found you. Let him be king and rule with moderation, for he will treat you with all the kindness that befits his queen. We can advise him in the ways of Xana."
Agatha palpitated. So immense was her rage that it is to her credit she did not explode. She took twenty slow, deep breaths and then replied with resolve, "Cinderella and Snow White became pampered palace ornaments in lands already prosperous and wisely governed. They also had wonderfully happy marriages and beautiful children." With a dignified air of absolute authority, and with all hesitation gone, Queen Agatha declared, "I have a destiny to fulfill. I must inspire my people to rebuild our ruined land into a prosperity such as the world has never seen. I must make sure that prosperity is shared with all my people. Not one shall be left out. Be off with you, naysayers, and never return to my palace. Among the humble and honest people I will find women and men with great talent to lead in this noble endeavor, people who never say, 'It can't be done,' but who will do it."
Fabulous and Brunette invites the author of "The Legend of Queen Agatha" to write about his story.
Sam replies. My rich imagination created a scene. In medieval times a beautiful and compassionate Princess Agatha is traumatized as she sees the evil sorcerer Magi ravaging her land and her people. Her fairy godmother comes to her and says that if she identifies her handsome prince incognito in the crowd and makes love to him, Magi will be destroyed. She must be correct on her first try. She will not have a second chance. Agatha can then become an enlightened queen who can pursue her glorious vision of making all her people prosperous, not just the fabulously wealthy aristocrats. Love is made, but you will have to read my novel to find out how she identified him.
Sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, month after month, I kept enlarging my story and adding new scenes, characters, and subplots. Queen Agatha must devise radical politics to deliver wealth to even the poorest of her people, schemes that not everyone in her country approves. On the way she nutures several children of humble origin to adult greatness. She must display great strength of character when she deals with corruption on her own council of advisers, a vicious usurer, the school bully, and invasion from a foreign land. By the time I had enlarged the story to 130 pages, I realized that I had created a novel unlike any other I had ever read. I decided to self-publish to share my uniquely different story with the readers of the world.
I believe that people who admire strong women, like radical politics, and whose sympathy is with the commoners above the fabulously wealthy, will find a lot to like in this story. Queen Agatha will be a positive role model for strong women with positions of authority and responsibility. I have the gall to claim that the methods used by Queen Agatha in medieval times to achieve prosperity for all should also work in our 21st century world in which so many poor people now find their road to advancement blocked. I leave to you, Dear Reader, to decide whether to accept or reject my outrageous claim.
Sam Cunningham is a small college physics teacher. He knows from personal experience with his pupils that through nurturing nearly all young people can become productive citizens. It is an overwhelming tragedy that so many poor children are not given this nurturing. Their personal loss, and the loss to their country of their productive ability, is a catastrophe. As a scientist he understands that critical thinking and the ability to follow where the evidence leads are the only reliable ways to understand the real world. Away from work he leaves the real world of hard evidence to read science fiction and fantasy. His favorite childhood movie was the Walt Disney 1950 cartoon of Cinderella, and he greatly admires strong women. Sam brings together all of these ingredients in this story of a princess who becomes a wise and inspired queen with a personal mission to achieve productivity, prosperity, and happiness for all of her people.
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