Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Royal Wedding Stories

In conjunction with Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding, publishers Harlequin and Avon through their imprints Historical Undone and Impulse, respectively, have commisioned novellas from established authors on Royal Weddings. Each book costs $1.99.

Halequin's six novellas revolve around Prince William's forebears from the 12th to 19th centuries.

"Once we heard about Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement, it got the editorial and historical authors' creative juices flowing," says Mills & Boon Editorial Director Linda Fildew. "These seven short stories brilliantly capture the drama, pomp and ceremony and high passion of real-life royal weddings. From Eleanor of Aquitaine to Queen Victoria, these royal romances through the ages bring history vividly to life."

What the Duchess Wants by Terri Brisbin (Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine and Henry of Anjou, the future Henry II, 1152).

With Victoria's Blessing by Mary Nichols (Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1840).

Lionheart's Bride by Michelle Willingham (King Richard and Prince Berengaria, 1191)

Prince Charming in Disguise by Bronwyn Scott (Prince George and Caroline of Ansbach, 1704)

A Princely Dilemma by Elizabeth Rolls (George, Prince of Wales—future George IV—and Princess Caroline of Brunswick, 1795)

Prince Charlotte's Choice by Ann Lethbridge (Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold, 1816)

The Problem with Josephine by Lucy Ashford (Emperor Napoleon and Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, 1810)

Avon's entrée is the Royal Weddings anthology with stories by Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley, and Loretta Chase all set against real-life British royal weddings.

The Wedding Planner by Stephanie Laurens (Lady Margaret and Gaston Devilliers, backdrop of a royal wedding)

Ever After by Gaelen Foley (Eleanor Monford and Earl of Archer, Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold, 1816)

The Jilting of Lord Rothwick by Loretta Chase (Marquess of Rothwick and Barbara Findley, Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert, 1840)

Since both Ann Lethbridge and Gaelen Foley unwittingly chose to tell stories about the same couple, I'd be interested in reading how each story unfolds.