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Giveaway Information: Contest ends April 15, 2016
- Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Nobody’s Lady by Amy McNulty (INT)
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.
Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
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In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn’t in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
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Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
What has been the most influential book you have read and Why.
Most of the books I’ve loved have proven influential to me—and I don’t even mean that they’re the most influential books that anyone can read, as that conjures up images of books chosen for English class curriculums, and many of my favorite books wouldn’t make the cut. When I think of which books in particular were most influential to my writing career, I’d have to pick The Hunger Games trilogy. Its influence shouldn’t be very obvious on The Never Veil Series, but I believe that if I hadn’t read The Hunger Games, I wouldn’t have been able to write Nobody’s Goddess—and I might to this day still not have finished writing a manuscript at all.
When I read The Hunger Games books, I’d been working very casually on a too long manuscript for nine years. I didn’t have a good idea of where I was going with it, and I wasn’t even halfway finished. After reading those books very quickly, I felt changed for a few days—they really stuck with me. I wished I could write something amazing like that, and although I still don’t know if I can write something as amazing, it inspired me to try. It was my first dystopian book, too, and I think that dystopian vibe made me come up with the ideas behind Nobody’s Goddess that really made the book work. I had a veiled lord and a young woman forced to be his prisoner of sorts in a castle in the manuscript before that, but adding a bit of dystopian flavor to my fantasy setting made me come up with the rules of the village that made this all possible. Each man in Noll’s village has to wear a mask until he earns the love of the one woman he’ll ever fall for, his “goddess.” This explained the reasoning behind my veiled man as well as his intense love for my protagonist and gave it all so much more meaning. While the book doesn’t have as many life-or-death action scenes as The Hunger Games and Noll is a very different character from Katniss, the books inspired me creatively, and that’s why I consider them influential.