THE GREAT HUNT
In this story, the world is called Eurona. There are five lands, or kingdoms, in Eurona:
Lochlanach: The Waterlands (primary setting)
Ascomanni: The Coldlands
Toresta: The Ridgelands
Zorfina: The Drylands
Kalor: The Hotlands
There are people who can perform magic with their hands, but it is outlawed. These magical people are called the Lashed, because when they do magic it causes a purple line to show under their nail, like a bruised lash mark.
I'm also working on the blurb. I will share this draft, but I'm certain the official blurb will change a bit before it's finalized. This one will give you a general idea, though. I seriously cannot wait for you to meet Aerity and Paxton.
Kill the beast. Win the girl.
A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona-kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson's hand in marriage.
Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there's no denying the unspoken lure between them...or his mysterious resentment.
Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He's determined to keep his focus on the task at hand-ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family-yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.