When Shiån Serei, author of The Bee Keeper’s Daughter, wanted to promote his first novel, he turned to an unlikely source for inspiration. The concept? T-shirts, specifically tourism-themed shirts based on places and characters in his romance novel. “I wanted something subtle and fun, rather than becoming yet another author beating his chest and saying, ‘Please read my book’,” said Serei.
Enjoy souvenirs from your fictional journey in the Kingdom of Meridian. We’ve brought some of the highlights in the story to life as gift items and souvenirs that you can share as gifts or keep for yourself. Additional items are under development so please check back or join the mailing list to be alerted when they are available.
In chapter 22 of The Bee Keeper’s Daughter, we meet Natasha, referred to as a witch but in modern times she would have been a pharmacist. While her character is fictional, there are actual petroglyphs on Lake Onega, Russia, in the city called Besov Nas. The tea package in the photo is adorned with the images from real Russian glyphs in Besov and across the Siberian landscape further East.
Natasha is an intriguing character because she deals with the conflict of the time, where medicine and witchcraft were often confused and condemned. Her naturalist methods cure Vladimir, the ship’s quartermaster, and introduce Maria to the idea of healing through nature. Natasha, formerly Natalya, makes an impact on Maria that is felt later in the story. Readers may notice…Continue reading
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