Blurb: Queen Mother is the life adventure of Nala, an orphaned African whose search for romance and relevance takes her from slavery and the Middle Passage to motherhood and fantasy.
Nala, a young African woman orphaned half her life, has been treated more like servant than a beloved member of her uncle’s family. Nala dreams of true love and a life free from her cousin Shazila’s constant demands and bullying. After a magical night of romance with Prince Adomi, the future King of Shaziland, Nala becomes pregnant. When she hears of a prophesy foretelling that either she or Shazila will be Queen Mother, Nala knows that she is the Chosen One. The problem? Adomi intends to marry Shazila. Determined to tell Adomi that she is carrying his child and that he has chosen the wrong bride, Nala sneaks away from her village.
Nala falls into the clutches of Red Beard, a brutal slave catcher who subjects her to nights of degradation and days of non-stop walking. After a harrowing, months-long journey, Red Beard eventually sells Nala onto a slave ship headed to America via the Middle Passage. Knowing that she will never reach Adomi, Nala jumps ship.
Nala arrives at The Kingdom, a paradise beneath the ocean populated by others who chose to die rather than live through the horrors of slavery. Nala’s child, Matai, is born and lauded as King. Wise friends arrive to teach Matai The Seven Lessons. These lessons will prepare Matai to someday leave The Kingdom and begin his own epic journey.
Will Nala allow Matai to leave The Kingdom so that he can save his ancestral home and assume his rightful place as King of Shantiland?
This adventure written by African American author Angela Norton Tyler blends historical fiction with a touch of fantasy.
Adults and teens will fall in love with Nala, Matai and will benefit from the life lessons taught by the wise teachers of The Kingdom.
About the Author:
Angela Norton Tyler is a former a literacy coordinator, teacher and educational consultant. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wellesley College (MA) and a Master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Hollins University (VA). As a child, Angela was fascinated by isolated groups such as the Amish, leper colonies and cults and was drawn to magical worlds such as Oz. As an adult, Angela has chosen to create dystopian worlds through writing and story-telling. A mother of two, Angela lives in northern California where she is usually trying to find time to write- or read- a book.
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