Cover reveal – book #3 in The Five Kingdoms series now available on pre-order

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Ta da!

THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE – #3 The Five Kingdoms is ready to go!

Following on from The Prince’s Son, continue reading the gripping Five Kingdoms fantasy adventure…

In the aftermath of the devastating coup, King Marten strives to rebuild his subjects’ confidence in the throne, but not all his councillors believe the young monarch is ready to rule alone. An assassin’s stalking him, his closest advisor has been murdered, and rumours have surfaced that the malicious god’s cult is reborn.
As Marten grapples with a dark, personal secret, who can he trust?
Meanwhile, fledgling spy, Lady Betha, successfully infiltrates a conspiracy. However, getting back out alive with information vital to the king’s survival may prove beyond her capabilities.
And as Rustam and Risada search for Risada’s kidnapped son, they find the dual-natured deity meddling with their lives again. If only they could tell which aspect: god or goddess, evil or good?
The fate of the land—and possibly mankind—depends on each of them completing their tasks. Problem is, with both sides of the deity now openly interfering in human affairs, will they all survive?

Available to pre-order from Amazon

Release day is March 29th, but it is already available on pre-order at the special introductory price of $2.99 for two weeks only from AMAZON (US) or AMAZON (the rest of the world!)

(The US link is an affiliate link, meaning Amazon will pay me a few more cents for each sale – every little helps!)

Here are a couple of snippets to whet your appetites

Excerpt – Marten

He placed the glass of amber liquid into Padrus’s hand, misliking the tremors rocking the old man’s grip.
Marten frowned. “You really should see a healer.”
“I am grateful for Your Majesty’s concern, but my aches and pains are a welcome reminder of how much life Chel has blessed me with. And besides, even the best healers cannot treat old age.” Padrus held his glass aloft, swirling its contents to release a fruity aroma. He inhaled appreciatively. “This, on the other hand, has a wonderful medicinal effect.” He raised the glass in salute to the king before taking a sip. “Ahh, that’s good, but I should convey my concerns before I partake of any more.”
Marten took a fortifying swallow of his own drink, tracing the warmth and evolving aftertaste as it spread down his gullet. Some experiences should be savoured to the full, especially when they were soon to be soured by unwelcome news.

Excerpt – Rustam

Rustam sighed. “I’m guessing the hardest part will be persuading Risada to stay behind. Ouch!” He leaned against the stallion’s shoulder, pushing hard until the horse lifted the hoof he’d planted on Rustam’s foot. “What was that for?”
Rustam hopped a few steps, before rubbing his abused foot against the back of his other calf. He’d never held any illusions about the weight of the substantial animal even before being trodden on. “That’s going to be one almighty bruise, thank you very much. What did I say to offend you?”
Fleetfoot arched his neck, raising his head until he matched eyelines with Rustam. His expression revealed both dismay and disapproval. Rustam shook his head. “For someone who can’t utter words, you have an amazing ability to express your opinions. You think Risada should come with us, don’t you?” Fleetfoot bobbed his head down, once, twice.
“Do you have any idea how unwell she’s been? It probably isn’t safe for her to be riding yet, let alone going into the sort of country we need to scour.”
Fleetfoot swung his head away, effectively turning his back on Rustam.
“Fine! I’ll give her the option. I don’t fancy having to ride a strange horse, and I have a strong suspicion you’d make me do that, wouldn’t you?”
The bay stallion chewed thoughtfully, lowered his neck, and returned to his standing slumber.
I know when I’m beaten, Rustam acknowledged silently, jumping when Fleetfoot snorted. “What, even my thoughts aren’t private anymore?” He slapped the horse hard on the shoulder, smirking slightly as Fleetfoot flinched.
Rustam beat a speedy retreat to avoid any further bruising the huge horse might choose to inflict. Having an intelligent Shivan warhorse had its disadvantages.
It had advantages too.

$0.99 promotion

I shall also be running a 99c offer on THE PRINCE’S MAN #1 The Five Kingdoms concurrently.

Anyone out there who has an audience that might be interested, please share

I’ll be very happy to provide links, info, excerpts, cover pics, etc. please just ask.


  1. Oh my Goodness!
    That cover is stunning!
    The covers all compliment each other in style and colour.
    Well done and congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Icky, my friend 😀


  2. Wooohoooo! Gorgeous cover, Debby, and I love the excerpts, especially the one with our hero being trod upon. I’m heading over to pre-order in about two minutes! I can’t wait to read this one! One question? Is this a new “Rusty” or a new character? Just curious. Either way, he cuts a fine figure on that wonderful (BIG) horse! 🙂 Sharing the news!

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    1. That’s King Marten on the cover, I’d never change Rusty!


    2. I couldn’t imagine you would, but I’d forgotten it could be Marten. Memory lapse!!! Doh! NOW, I get it! 😀 And I do really love the cover. I just blanked on Marten for a minute. (I’m OOOOLLLLD, you know! Three-quarters of a century on St. Patrick’s Day, to be exact. I’m lucky I still know how to dress myself. Hahahahaha.)

      I’m sure excited to get this one, though, and I hope you’ll consider taking part in Excerpt Week on TWS, which I’m reviving very soon!

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      1. That’s great news, I’ve missed excerpt week – always great fun. I very much look forward to its resurrection!


  3. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Woohoo! Won’t be long now! Fans of Deborah Jay’s Five Kingdoms series will be happy to know Book 3, The Prince’s Protege, is now available for pre-order. Check out her cover reveal post, complete with excerpts from this long-awaited third book! And as always, don’t forget to share! 🙂

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  4. It is a stunning cover – and I love the colours! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you, I do love my cover designer, Ravven, she’s awesome!


  5. What a wonderful cover. The protege looks roguish! And probably delightful reading. I do not like pre-orders but in this case, I’m doing it. The next few months are going to be busy and I don’t want to muss this.

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    1. Thanks Jacqui, I look forward to hearing what you think of this one!


  6. Hywela Lyn · · Reply

    Gorgeous horse on the cover – preordered and looking forward to reading this.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you 😀


  7. Huge congrats Deb. So happy for you and the cover is gorgeous, especially love the font in Protege! You are rockin’ it my friend. ❤

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    1. Thanks Deb, I’m really happy with this book and cover, looking forward now to writing the final part of what started out as a trilogy, and has ended up as a quartet.

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      1. You go girl! 🙂 🙂 xx

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  8. Stunning cover Deborah and will do a new book on the shelves with the pre-order price on Friday.

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    1. Ooh, thanks Sally 😁


  9. Congratulations! Looks great. 🙂

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