Saturday, January 1, 2022

"Kingdom of Lies" by Cat Humes

Kindle Vella cover for "Kingdom of Lies" by Cat Humes

Current Tags

epic fantasy, romantic fantasy, fantasy romance, slow burn, friends to lovers, fantasy, romance


Fantasy / Romance

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Author's Description

Cursed. Witch. Saint. The firstborn child of the King of Naporia, Ara Palacios, has been hidden away for all her life because of her uncanny resemblance to her mother--the late Queen that saved one King by killing another. But the two are nothing alike. Her mother was a legend; Ara is just a normal girl. When her lies get the only boy who treats her like a normal person tangled up in her life forever, she'll have to embrace the thing she fears the most: that they might have actually been right.

Why I Chose it

The first two episodes introduce the very likable leads and sets up a conflict that is just around the corner. I know I was rooting for these two by the end of the third episode!

[60 episodes so far, 11 in the last 30 days.]

Who Might Like This

If new adult epic fantasy is your thing, check this out!

Unrelated Griping

The "Recently added stories" section was a complete disaster today, but I don't think it was a coincidence that I went through 15 terrible stories in a row. There were similarities in the keywords and the way the stories didn't make sense, so I think either a few people uploaded a lot of trunked stories under multiple names, or maybe a teacher made uploading a story to Vella a requirement for some class. In any case, yikes.

That does bring up another point, though. Because the discovery on Vella is so bad, authors really have to seek out readers from another source. In this case, I found today's recommended story from a post in a Facebook group.

While I was setting up a newsletter promo for one of my books on, I noticed Kindle Vella is one of the choices, so it looks like those businesses are getting in the game. I'm not sure it would be worth the $20 — maybe you could make it back in the monthly bonus, but since there's no real info on how that is calculated, who knows? I may try it some month with the knowledge that I may just be throwing money away.

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