Harlequin Celebrates the Royal Wedding of the Century with New eBook Collection

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Will and Kate Engagement Photo Copyright 2010 Mario Testino / ReutersWe’re all very excited at Harlequin HQ about the wedding of Prince William of Wales to Catherine Middleton. I wasn’t around to see the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (having been born in 1985), so this truly is a new spectacle for me, and millions of other young women like me who love a good party.

Our Royal Weddings ebook collection is just the ticket for those of us in the mood to immerse ourselves in royal romance before the big day arrives (April 29th! But who’s counting?).

There’s something to be said about a prince marrying a commoner (but certainly not a common gal.) Think of it: you’re living your run-of-the-mill life and all of a sudden you meet a prince. Now working at Harlequin I have to say that I’ve got a bit of experience in that. For instance, you might know he’s a prince so you’re already on edge when you’re hired to work for him. But when he meets you for the first time you both feel like you’ve been hit by a Mac truck. Sparks fly, love is in the air, and before you know it, there’s a massive ring on your finger.

Or perhaps you have no idea that he’s a blue blood, so you, being a practical sort of girl, treat him no differently than anyone else, and he’s utterly charmed by your lack of deference, your easy wit and that sparkle in your eye whenever he comes just a little bit too close.

One day you realize you’ve been hit by love. You get married to Prince Dreamboat and all of a sudden your whole life is made topsy-turvy.

Not a bad story, right? That’s probably why it’s a big theme for a lot of romance authors, like the ladies of the Royal Wedding ebook collection: Terri Brisbin, Michelle Willingham, Bronwyn Scott, Elizabeth Rolls, Lucy Ashford, Mary Nichols and Ann Lethbridge. Each of these fabulous Historical authors have crafted a story based on the future king’s ancestors and the people who helped bring their special days together.Princes William (left) and Harry Copyright Fergus Greer

As for me, I recently Googled Prince Harry. He’s a year older than me and quite focused on his military career right now. With a possible tour in Afghanistan on the horizon, you can bet that he’s not looking to settle down any time soon. But! He’s single and attractive. How does one go about meeting a prince casually? I’ll take any suggestions. I’m not averse to moving to London, either, folks. That said, I’m in no rush myself, so if we ever do meet (you never know!) perhaps it might be one of those serendipitous moments…

Alright, I’m really dreaming now, but you can’t fault a girl for trying. He’s cute!

Ahem. Here now take a look at what you’ll find in the Royal Wedding ebook collection from Harlequin! You can purchase each book from the Harlequin ebook store starting April 1.

What the Duchess Wants by Terri Brisbin

Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine and Henry of Anjou (future Henry II), 1152

Lionheart’s Bride by Michelle Willingham

King Richard and Princess 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 Prince Regent/George IV) and Princess Caroline of Brunswick, 1795

The Problem with Josephine by Lucy Ashford

Napoleon and Marie-Louise, 1810

Princess Charlotte’s Choice by Ann Lethbridge

Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold, 1816

With Victoria’s Blessing by Mary Nichols

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1840

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12 Responses to Harlequin Celebrates the Royal Wedding of the Century with New eBook Collection

  1. I enjoyed researching the history for this short story almost as much as writing it, and I am really looking forward to reading all of the others.
    Ann

  2. Good morning! When I was younger, Olga, I dreamed of marrying Prince William. Doesn’t every little girl? Can’t wait to see Kate’s gown and watch the wedding. :)

    As for the royal wedding I wrote about, it’s the true-life story of Richard the Lionheart and his bride Berengaria. Believe it or not, before they were married, Berengaria was shipwrecked off the coast of Cyprus. Richard had to “storm the island” to save her, and they were married on the island. This was definitely a case where the story was so romantic, the plotting was quite easy. :)
    I also enjoyed putting in a secondary character from my MacEgan Brothers series. Lots of fun with this one!

  3. I almost mowed Prince Willaim over with the stroller in St Andrews once. I know many many people who go to St Andrews and find the love of their lives (me for instance :)) so I think the place is magical. I guess that’s why I set my books there :). Unfortunately my hubby is not a Prince but he is a prince among men :)

  4. @Michelle: I know! I can’t wait to see it too. Judging from what I’ve heard, it’s going to be fabulous. I really hope she does pick a McQueen gown. What a stunner it’ll be!

    @Toni: Oh my! I think I would have fainted if I’d nearly run Wills over. Was he more apologetic for “getting in the way”? Or is that just my Canadian assumption getting in the way? (That’s usually what happens to me when I bump into someone’s stroller. :))

  5. Carol Donnermeyer

    I have never written about a royal wedding but I have read about many of them and hands down many of them didnt end well. I hope that this couple beats the odds.

  6. Lucy Ashford

    I’ll be with friends in Edinburgh (booked it before we knew the date of the wedding) on April 29th, and I’m sure the celebrations will be fabulous up there – the fairytale castle, pipers etc.

    My ‘Royal Wedding’ story took place in April too – in the spring sunshine of Paris, two hundred years ago, when Napoleon married his Marie-Louise amongst marvellous festivities. Here’s wishing Kate and Prince William every happiness!

  7. Carol–unfortunately, a lot of royal marriages didn’t end well. In many ways, I think Charles should have married Camilla to begin with. But the 1980′s wedding with Diana was such a fairytale. And the boys sure were handsome. :)

  8. For Prince Charming in Disguise I stuck to the actual royal couple themselves–George and Caroline. They had a very practial outlook on their marriage. Yes, he did go to her in disguise and there was a whirlwind attraction, but they had a healthy outlook on the realities of their marriage from the start. She knew he’d have mistreses. She knew the best way to succeed with her position as queen and as a wife was to back her husband 100% 100% of the time.
    She was fond of saying that when George got made, the mistresses had to deal with him, not her.

  9. By the way, I am not suggesting today’s modern marriages support a mistress system…just so Wills and Kate are clear on that. But for the times, Caroline had no illusions about what to expect, both the good and the bad. And George had real affection for her. When she got the small pox very early in their marriage, he stayed beside her through the crisis. His father called him a fool for doing it and George did contract a life threatening case of small pox himself afterwards–but still, he was there for her.

    • Thanks for the input, Bronwyn. :) Royal marriages are probably unique mixtures of love and politics even today. I’ve always been interested in the “contracts” that happened through European history that led to many royal families being so well-connected.

      And small pox is no laughing matter. George really DID care for Caroline if he stuck by her bedside through it.

  10. I am so glad to have found this series a serious royal watcher here and collector i bought all of these books and loaded them on my Kindle. Thank you for doing this series!

  11. Michelle Willingham
    March 14, 2011 “Carol–unfortunately, a lot of royal marriages didn’t end well. In many ways, I think Charles should have married Camilla to begin with. But the 1980′s wedding with Diana was such a fairytale. And the boys sure were handsome.”

    That is my feeling too.

    Apparently from what I read, Prince Charles did not do that as he was serving in the military and I think he was so selfish as he is of course. He could have stopped all the mess he created.

    Notice that William is currently in the military yet he taking the steps to have a good marriage. What a difference between father and son.

    I think Diana was unhung out to dry as to the Royal family did nothing to protect her as they are doing with Kate. They blamed Diana for the mistakes she made without looking at the true culprit.

    I think of the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who had a good one and deeply loved each other.

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