In A Royal Wedding, each chapter starts with a newspaper clipping. Here’s the start of chapter 3. I did a ton of research for this book, so this is actually genuine advice, y’know, in case you should meet a senior royal.
Rules to observe when you meet a member of the Royal family
Don’t be like Kumari Senavaka. Know your royal etiquette
Rule 1. Don’t touch them. Don’t initiate a handshake. If they indicate they want to shake your hand, do so, but then let go!
Rule 2: No selfies. The royals are not allowed to take selfies. You may ask someone else to take a photo, but no standing up close.
Rule 3: Show respect. Gentlemen bow and ladies curtsey to the Queen. Although the younger royals don’t insist on bows and curtseys, you may still want to, especially if you’re meeting Princess Helena because she is the future Queen.
Rule 4: Use proper forms of address. No first names please. The Queen should always be addressed as ‘Your Majesty’ at first and then ma’am. The Princes and princesses should be addressed as ‘Your Highness’ in the first instance and then ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am’ as appropriate.
Rule 5: When the Queen arrives, stand up.
Buy A Royal Wedding now.
The heading says it all, really. A Royal Wedding is currently 99p in the UK.
Since this would looks like a really short post now, here are some extracts from reviews.
“I was blown away. Such strong characters, and such a marvellously weaved story. It’s unpredictable, real, deep, and relatable.” 5 stars – Amazon review
“It’s a beautifully written fairytale romance where a Prince meets an ordinary doctor from Leeds, a daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants, and falls in love, but it’s so much more than that.” 5 stars – Review on Goodreads
“The perfect book to curl up on the sofa with!” 5 stars – Amazon review
Hope the sun is shining where you are!
Here’s the buy link again. books2read.com/u/38g8aa
It’s release day for A Royal Wedding, written by my alter ego Jeevani Charika. It’s available on all ebook platforms now.
Here are five things I’ve tried to explore in the book:
Feminist princesses – is this possible? Given that we’ve had some many powerful Queens, we know that the royal family tends towards powerful women, so why not have powerful women who want to work make life better for other women? My heroine, Kumari is campaigning for a project that educates women in basic health and hygiene. The hero, Prince Benedict was raised by three strong women (his mother and two sisters). They are both feminists in their own ways.
The press fascination with race and with royalty. The tabloid press coverage of Meghan Markle was borderline racist (sometimes not even borderline – just outright racist). Each chapter in the book starts with a newspaper clipping. There’s a lot about race in there…
Family – Kumari’s greatest conflict and her strongest support comes from her family. Benedict’s family has always got his back. The people we love bind us and support us in equal measure.
The North/South divide and the class divide – this is a very British thing. Kumari is a middle class woman from Leeds. Benedict is an aristocrat from the South. At one point someone suggests that Kumari takes elocution lessons to soften her Yorkshire accent. You can imagine what she says to that!
The importance of inspiring role models – one of my favourite scenes is the one where Kumari realises that she’s become a figure that inspires little girls across the country. It was one of the first scenes I knew was going to be in the book. You’ll know it when you see it. A blue sari makes an appearance.
If you fancy all of that, wrapped in a happy ever after, go check out A Royal Wedding. It’s the first time I’ve written about race/ ethnicity in a romance (and, not-coincidentally, written under my real name). If you like the book, let me know!
Just a week to go before A Royal Wedding is released… and here are the covers:
Aren’t they beautiful!
Someone on my newsletter list asked why I have two covers. (Why yes, the newsletter subscribers get to hear stuff first; you should sign up!) The reason is that different markets tend to have different styles that do well. In the UK, where ‘chick lit’ is a popular subgenre of contemporary romance, cartoon/ graphics covers do well. So the cover on the left is the UK cover. In the US, where this book would be contemporary romance, rather than chick lit, photographic covers do well. I think both covers are gorgeous and completely in keeping with other covers in the lists.
As an interesting aside, the US definition of romance is much tighter than the UK one. Here in the UK my books fall squarely into the contemporary romance bracket, with some of them falling into ‘romantic comedy’ as well, because of the jokes.
In the US I’m told, my books are not really contemporary romance – because the story isn’t focussed completely on the romance, there’s other stuff going on as well (in A Royal Wedding, there’s a lot of discussion about race and identity of people whose parents were immigrants, but they themselves are not actually migrants). Technically, in the US, my books would be ‘Novels with Strong Romantic Elements’… which is a RITA category, but not a category on Amazon.
If you’re interested, you can pre-order A Royal Wedding now!
For Kobo try this link: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-royal-wedding-4