- Genre: Royal Paranormal Romance
- Series: Royal States
- Original Publication Date: November 15, 2017.
- Main Characters: Mackenzie / Dylan.
- Next Book in Series: The Captive King
About the Book
In the Royal States of America, magic rules all, but life—and love—always finds a way.
Born without magic, Mackenzie Little has few prospects. In a futile attempt to break her out of the null caste, her mother ropes her into participating in a charity auction, where anything can be bought with enough money.
She never expected her ex-boss, Dylan Mason, an elite with a love of driving her crazy, would buy her company. For a day, she’s happy to live a fairy tale.
Nine months later, despite all their precautions, Mackenzie’s little miracle is born.
Armed only with Texas pride and New York viciousness, Mackenzie fights through hell or high water to protect her tiny family of two from a society obsessed with magic.
The last thing she needs is to land in the middle of a mess doomed to make her, a null, the grand prize of a battle between royals.
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A Special Note from the Author:
This series includes sensitive subjects, including the real issue of child marriage in the United States. Please keep reading to learn more.
Underaged marriage is a serious problem within the United States (and other parts of the world,) and Null and Void touches on this current practice. Yes, it’s a current practice in the United States.
When I wrote the book, my intention was to bring this practice to light, taking what is (questionably) the best-case scenario and using it to showcase the issue, which at its base level, is horrific.
In Texas, current laws allow estranged (IE, runaway) children to marry anyone they choose as long as they are 16 years of age or older. In Null and Void, I changed this law to 15 with parental consent, which is a current law in the following states: Hawaii, North Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Washington.*
Washington requires a superior court judge waiver.
Many other states allow 16 with parental consent. There are states with younger than 15. Tennessee has a history of marrying ten year old girls to adult men.
In the case of pregnancy, the following states have no limitations on the age a girl can be married: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Massachusetts.
Georgia, Maryland, and a handful of other states have rulings on pregnant girls being married at 14 or 15+ years of age (with or without parental consent.) The rules vary by state.
This arc was not a mistake. It was not a glorification of the issue, either.
It is a social commentary about how current laws can dramatically harm our society. The Royal States world is a post-dystopian society that embraced elements of extremism.
Before change can happen in the Royal States world, it must be faced.
In the Captive King, this issue is revisited, and some of the more astute readers will be able to identify the shift against child marriage in the society.
In A Guiding Light, this issue is faced in blunt clarity, beginning the end of the practice.
Including this arc was not a decision made lightly.
For more information on the problem of child marriage in the United States, American Child Bride is a book you may wish to check out of the library or order from your favorite bookstore. It touches on the history of this issue.
However, you can simply verify the truth on google or with your local government law offices. While I don’t typically recommend wikipedia, due to the easy nature of age verifications for marriage, it’s a good starting point for those interested in understanding the issues and current laws.
Thirty-six states permit minors to be married if they meet certain requirements. These requirements vary but may include pregnancy (consensual or otherwise,) parental consent, and common law circumstances.
Thank you for reading.
Disclaimer: Laws change on a yearly basis, so these rulings were valid at the time this afterword was written.