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 Bride. Please 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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