The Purple Prose Room

Where the art of storytelling is cultivated

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Kristal R. DeJong

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Heart of a Star

A boy, a girl, and a slingshot…

Sometimes, a destiny written in the stars does not begin as a match made in heaven.

Lord Alexander Cranston, the Marquess of Ashton, and Lady Isobelle Harrington gave new meaning to childhood sweethearts. In fact, there was little love lost between them. The constant bickering escalated, until it finally exploded into an episode involving a slingshot. Their families had no other choice, except to separate them.

Belle suffered deep wounds inflicted by a series of tragedies, which began in early childhood. She entered adulthood while burdened by a precious, yet thoroughly exhausting, family obligation. Never one to meekly accept fate’s decree, she resisted the surrender of her hard-won freedom, once she finally obtained it.

Alex fell in love with Isobelle’s free spirit shortly after they met as children, but his father discouraged active participation in her wild adventures. Since Alex knew rebellion was out of the question, he tried to clip Belle’s wings instead. His efforts yielded disastrous results.

He succeeded his father and became the Fifth Duke of Wilmington during the intervening years. After the passage of Alex’s thirtieth birthday, he found himself growing increasingly impatient to claim his soulmate. Thankfully, a great deal changed with the passage of time. A special weapon, granted only by maturity, gave him hope. Alas, there was a small problem. He could not use it; unless he successfully lured Belle into his embrace.

(100,570 Words.) Book One   Ebook ISBN 978-1-7348274-2-2   Reflowable EPUB – (not Kindle compatible, but apps, like Adobe Digital Editions, are free and available for both Apple and Android mobile devices. I use ADE for proofing my completed e-book files.)   All sales of digital content are final. Please read the Returns & Refunds, and Privacy, Terms & Conditions pages prior to making a purchase on this site. By making a purchase, you agree to be bound by these terms. 

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The Pearl Diver’s Song

What could be worse than discovering your soul-mate during an identity crisis?

Miss Persephone Dortmund’s short life veered in an unexpected direction, due to the actions of a disagreeable neighbor. She found refuge as a nurse and companion to her distant cousin, Lady Isobelle Harrington. Soon after, she discovered fate made a terrible match maker. An alliance with Lady Isobelle’s intimidating cousin seemed both imprudent and impossible.

Viscount Edward Harrington felt as if his soul had been electrified by desire, but the timing was not ideal. Clandestinely serving king and country in the midst of a war, he was not free to pursue his one true love; until another family tragedy brought him home for good. Having one’s destined mate under the same roof should provide a distinct advantage. Only Percy’s previous experience, with the Marquess of Ellsworth, complicated Edward’s courtship.

(91,590 Words) Book Two   Ebook ISBN 978-1-7348274-3-9  Reflowable & Fixed EPUBs – Choose reflowable for small screens & e-readers (not Kindle compatible)   All sales are final

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Tea with Kristal, Season One

The Season One Podcast episodes (audio blogposts) are consolidated in this e-book. This is the text version. Includes – The Art of Storytelling, It’s All Relative, Are Trends Bad?, What Does it Mean to Live?, I’m Not the Pied Piper, Why Me?, Mine, It’s Not a Sacrifice, To Be or Not To Be… Extra, and Sourdough Story Starter.

Fixed or Reflowable EPUB   35,000 Words   All Sales Final (Please See Privacy, Terms and Conditions Page.)

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Tea with Friends

Just as the heroines of Fate’s Champions believe, time spent with friends is always special, but it’s even better when food is included. This is my version of tea and gossip. The 2021 collection contains 13 recipes, complete with a story and color photos for each.

Fixed EPUB   40 pages   All Sales Final for digital content. (Please See the Refunds and Returns Page.)

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Print copies of my books are returning to my shop. The first of my hand-binding experiments is now available in my store. I chose to offer Tea with Friends first, in a 3-ring binder format. You're correct, if you've seen this project previously, and think it looks a bit different. I reworked the cover design in order to simplify its construction. This is a cookbook, so function and durability are also important considerations. It can't become an heirloom without them. 

Print books created by hand are a labor-of-love artform.  I don't make them based on speculation. They are made-to-order items here. I can't offer them as last minute gifts, unless you're a local customer and willing to pay a rush fee.  

Digital merchandise will always be available. Tea with Friends is available as a Fixed EPUB. Fixed EPUBS are the e-book versions of my print books, including the illustrations. Since they are the same page size, they perform best on larger devices like tablets and computer screens. The e-book versions of my novels are Reflowable EPUBS. They are designed for mobile devices. I don't include page counts in these item descriptions, because it will vary, depending upon the screen size of a user's device. Word count is the only true indicator of a book's length, and it will always be available here.

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Kristal R. DeJong

Welcome to the internet home of a crazy bunny lady. It's always the "Year of the Rabbit" here. My rabbits played a big role in my return to novel writing in 2019, and served as special companions, beginning with Mr. Harry Buns. I brought him home in Feb., 2013. The bunny you see pictured with me, on this site, is Lola Rapunzel. She was an English Angora, and the only doe in my small herd. My rabbits are featured on the "About Me" page, if you're interested in learning more about them.