Maryland Author Thomas Calhoun Debuts New Book, A Gift for the Princess, a Romantic Fable with a Message of Inclusiveness

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A widowed king of a country surrounded by enemies faces a major problem: his only child, a daughter whose upcoming birthday makes her of marriageable age, will be tasked with safeguarding the kingdom once he is gone. The king seeks a husband for her but as there are no suitable candidates at hand, he finds an unlikely solution to his dilemma in a most unexpected place.

The best gifts are always the unexpected ones.

About the Book:
A Gift for the Princess, published by Green Ivy Publishing, is a fable with a twist.

A young princess, strong and spirited, wants nothing to do with the men seeking her hand, who are either noble layabouts, crude brawlers, or foreign princes only seeking her hand as a casualty-free way of seizing her rich kingdom. She rides superbly, is handy with a bow, and is confident that she can keep the kingdom intact on her own. Her father, however, is not convinced.

As the birthday celebration approaches, he rides to the retreat of an old companion from the mountain people, a wise but crusty old man who has been an indispensable warrior and counselor since the king's grandfather founded the kingdom. The king visits a special pool, a place of calm and comfort that has always fostered wisdom and clarity in times of stress. While there, the solution to the king's problem arrives most unexpectedly. It is a gift for the princess, but is it also much more than that?

About the Author:
Thomas Calhoun retired from a career in the federal government including ten years as a foreign service officer with the United States Information Agency, serving in Australia, rural Thailand, and Greece, and twenty-four years in Washington, D.C. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke and a Masters in History from Stanford.

Mr. Calhoun and his wife have three children and six grandchildren, and live in Bethesda, MD. Always active, he enjoys biking, and skied and played soccer into his seventies. This is his first book.

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