Blog Tour: Love and Memory by Kendra E. Ardnek
Love and Memory
The Rizkaland Legends #3
When a Queen forgets,
Her enemies rejoice in her weakness.
But when the Queen remembers,
They tremble in fear.
When a King loves,
His country rejoices with him.
But when that love is broken.
The land is broken, too.
Can Water and Fire join again?
Can Love and Memory be restored?
They spent years in Rizkaland. They ruled the land, forged friendships, built families, and made it their home. But then it was time to return to Earth, and their former lives just don’t fit anymore. Clara and Andrew struggle to reevaluate their priorities when hundreds of miles separate them. Reuben and Petra are lost as they seek a balance between their old friendship and their Rizkan marriage. And Ashna and Noraeto never planned to return, so what life is there for them on Earth?
When the unthinkable happens and a new enemy arises, they’re all thrown back into Rizkaland, into a young prince’s rise to power and struggle to build alliances for his kingdom. But they no longer belong in their other world, either.
Are good memories too much to bear?
Motherhood in Fiction
Why does motherhood get the short end of the stick in fiction? Especially in our modern era where we're supposedly trying to build up "strong" women and yet we push aside the one thing that is uniquely feminine.
Now, I don't mean to imply that motherhood is the only thing a woman is good for, but I do believe that to dismiss and degrade motherhood is to demean womanhood itself.
One of my goals as an author is to provide a diverse array of heroines for girls to look up to, and to just plain celebrate all sides of being a woman.
Love and Memory features a huge ensemble cast, and five of the six female POV's are mothers. It does vary from one to another how much effect this has on their arcs, and most had to leave their children behind when they left Rizkaland, but the fact remains. Motherhood is at the forefront of the climax, in multiple ways.
I like me an orphan story as much as the next sadistic writer, but maybe let's celebrate the most important women in our lives a bit more?
About the Author
Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she's frequently known to act before she thinks.