Saturday, January 09, 2016

Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride - Kandy Shepherd

I’m a sucker for books and movies about princes and princesses—particularly when a hero or heroine is incognito royalty. Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck is one of my very favorite movies. Though its ending is bittersweet for a romance lover, I wouldn't have it any other way.

I’d always had a yen to write such a story myself and had the chance with  Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride—my March 2016 release for Harlequin Romance.

I’m sharing the cover here for the first time—I think is beautifully romantic!

Here's the blurb:

The people's princess! 
Chef Gemma Harper is on a dating break, so the last thing she needs is gorgeous stranger Tristan tempting her into a fling…especially when he's revealed as the crown prince of Montavia! 
Gemma knows forever isn't possible with duty-bound Tristan, but swept off her feet by this charismatic prince, she's determined to make every moment count. And when Tristan throws out the royal rule book, a happy-ever-after could be within Gemma's grasp…if only she's brave enough to say "I do!"

Australia seems a long way away from royalty and castles and centuries of European tradition, doesn’t it? In fact, Sydney might be the last place you’d think of for a prince and a commoner to meet and fall in love. Truth is, Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, met lovely Aussie, Mary Donaldson, on a night out with friends in Sydney. One day Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, will be queen...

So I felt it was quite believable in Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride for gorgeous Crown Prince Tristan, to be incognito on vacation in Sydney when he meets party planner and chef Gemma Harper (whom readers first met as one of the Party Queens in the first book in the Sydney Brides mini-series, my November 2014 release Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress).

Tristan is enchanted by her, and Gemma, despite all resolve, falls for him. But everything is stacked against these two—protocol, custom and Gemma’s own fears. It seems the meeting between prince and party planner can only lead to heartbreak...

I’m very taken with the idea that it just takes love to turn an ordinary life into a fairy tale. Gemma and Tristan have to navigate some twists and turns in their journey to their fairy-tale happy-ever-after.

Do you enjoy a royal hero or heroine? I’ve mentioned Roman Holiday as a favorite movie—any movies or books you’ve enjoyed? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Make a comment if you’d like to be in the draw for a advance paperback copy of Crown Prince’s Chosen BridePlease include your email address if you want to be in the draw.

Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride will be released on March 1, 2016 and is available for pre-order now.

Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.

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Anna Campbell said...

Kandy, I can't wait for this one. It sounds so deliciously romantic. I remember the whole world sighing with delight when Frederick and Mary got together. It really was like a fairytale. Like you, a huge fan of Roman Holiday. One of the things I love about that film is the character arc they both go through - they've both learnt and grown through falling love. As you say, bittersweet ending but I think it had to be like that.

Kandy Shepherd said...

Hi Anna, so nice to see you here! Yes the meeting of Frederick and Mary really was like a real-life fairtytale wasn't it? And it's proved to be a story with an enduring happy ending.
I hope you'll enjoy CROWN PRINCE'S CHOSEN BRIDE - it is highly romantic and I love Gemma and Tristan and their seemingly impossible love!
I feel in the mood to see Roman Holiday again, we have it on DVD. I always cry buckets at the ending--but any other way wouldn't be right.

Susan F. said...

This one sounds great! I love a royal hero or heroine.

Roman Holiday is one of my all time favorite movies. I was really lucky in November, when my husband took me to see it in our local theater. Seeing it on the big screen was awesome! The ending always makes me a little sad, but I do love the new attitude of the princess :-)

penney said...

I can't wait to read this and I love the cover, I like the royal heros,

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dstoutholcomb said...

Love Roman Holiday!!!

Your story sounds wonderful!


jcp said...

Can't wait to read

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Laney4 said...

Ah, Kandy. I love'em all! Royalty, sheikhs, carpenters, CEOs, accountants, cowboys, housekeepers ... it matters not what profession! What matters to me is how the author weaves those professions into the romance storyline!

I am very much looking forward to reading CROWN PRINCE'S CHOSEN BRIDE. I have HOT CHRISTMAS NIGHTS still waiting for me to read first, though!

This year my "word of the year" is NIKE, as in "Just do it!" So far, I HAVE been just doing it - lots of things around the house and playing lots of badminton - but not so much the reading! I'm hoping to ease back into the reading in the next week or two, as your books give me the sweetest of dreams, and I could use some of those right now.

Happy New Year, Kandy, and thanks again for offering such great giveaways!

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Leslie Lim said...

I read your blog.I thought it was great.. Hope you have a great day. God bless.