This book is dedicated to my mother, Catherine Ward & to all my family & friends who have given me their wholehearted support & who have always believed in me. A special thank you to my late, Great-Aunt Maggie Anne, for introducing me to the original book all those years ago.
A delightful 21st century fairytale complete with a charming prince and a villainous father. That doesn’t mean the narrative is light and fluffy, far from it.
Norway Ellesea Blog, UK blog tour.
This is a perfect YA book that I really got stuck into and could not put down.
Coffee and Kindle Book Reviews, UK blog tour.
If you are familiar with the classic story of the Prince and the Pauper – this is a modern take on the story. It makes for a lovely read and teaches that there is always a consequence to an action and to make the best from every situation. It also highlights the value of friendship. I would thoroughly recommend if you like a book to take you on a journey and that reads well and easily.
Paula Seal, UK Amazon Customer Review.
CHARITY WORK BOOKS 2 AFRICA
One of the central themes of ‘The Pretender’ is that Sophia is born into a life of poverty while Princess Isabella is born a Princess. When I came to write this story, I was aware that many children in this country and abroad live in poverty and also experience abuse. This was a fictional story in my book but unfortunately for many it's a reality.
HELLO READERS I'M
I am a Devon based author with a lifelong love of literature. I have a particular love of classic fiction novels such as Wuthering Heights, Woman in White and Vanity Fair. These all have dark undertones that enhance the plot with a sense of tension and foreboding. In my own writing, I aim to encapsulate this classic style but within a modern and contemporary storyline.
MY FIRST NOVEL
My first novel ‘The Pretender’ is a modern-day adaptation of the Mark Twain classic ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. This is another of my childhood favourites but due to its age and style of writing it is a difficult read for most modern readers. For my novel, I took all the main elements of the original story in order to stay faithful to it but then weaved them into a brand new contemporary novel targeted at a YA audience.
I'M KATIE WARD
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The Pretender Awarded Prestigious BRAG Medallion
In April 2019, my debut novel was awarded the coveted BRAG Medallion award by Indie BRAG which aims to highlight the very best in self-published fiction. As well as being a way to recognise fiction of exceptional quality, the BRAG Medallion also created a database of award-winning books all who proudly display the golden medallion label which signals to the reader that this book is not only worth their time but also their money. It provides quality assurance for readers wanting to find the best self-published titles. The volume of entries to the BRAG Medallion programme is so high that they have been forced to have dedicated windows for submissions to enable them to deal with all the books they receive. Of all the books they review, only 20-25% will be awarded the BRAG Medallion. BRAG stands for the Book Readers Appreciation Group and is if you like a global book club where avid readers sign up to read and review books against the strict criteria. Only those books who receive an extremely high score from 10 worldwide readers are eligible to receive a reward. The marking criteria is rigorous with no part of the book being overlooked, the quality of each of the following is considered: ContentTitlePlotCharactersDialogueWriting styleCopy-EditingFormattingCover The Pretender scored extremely highly in all of the above categories with the judges commenting that “this was a delightful, light read.” By achieving this award and having read the amazing reviews left by my readers, it is clear that this is a book that has managed to really capture the hearts of my audience which I love!