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
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
Not Your Cinderella: a Royal Wedding Romance by Kate Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book. Prince Jamie is starting PhD at Cambridge. He’s awfully proper when he’s in public, but he’s a computer science geek in private. My kind of hero.
Clodagh is a mixed race barmaid, who is trying to get her A-levels and go to university to study history. She’s bright, but she’s only one or two shifts away from homelessness.
The pace gallops along and there’s so much to unpack about class and society and racism in there.
I loved the characters, loved the story, loved the humour. Brilliant stuff.
Buy link US:Not Your Cinderella: a Royal Wedding Romance (Royal Weddings Book 1)
Buy link UK: Not Your Cinderella: a Royal Wedding Romance (Royal Weddings Book 1)
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I’ve got some news that I’ve been sitting on for a number of months now. I’m getting a whole new pen name – Jeevani Charika. The main difference between Rhoda and Jeevani is that Jeevani writes about Sri Lakan protagonists.
I wrote a Royal Wedding romance for Bonnier Zaffre. It’s called A Royal Wedding and it’s coming out on the 10th of May … I should have cover(s) to show you really soon.
In the meantime, here’s my new website! I intend to keep blogging etc on this site rather than the new one.
And here’s the link to the announcement in The Bookseller. (The Bookseller! Blimey!)
Unveiled by Courtney Milan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I bought this as a box set after Red Headed Girl from Smart Bitches mentioned it (and I LOVED The Brothers Sinister series). I raced through the box set over the Easter weekend. I really liked the portrayal of a hero with dyslexia, partly because Ash worked around his dyslexia so well. His instincts and ability to work well with numbers gave him an advantage in business.
Ash Turner is ruthless, but everyone likes him. We meet him at the point where he comes in to take over as the next owner of the house Margaret Dalrymple thought was hers. The conflict is immediate and huge.
I loved Ash. He’s a good businessman who operates on his instincts. He’s dyslexic, but has worked out how to get around it (very successfully). His devotion to his brothers is heart rending, especially as his brothers are both scholars and he hasn’t told them that he can’t read! His reaction, when he found out about Margaret’s deception was wonderfully Ash and not what you’d expect at all.
Margaret is sharp and has secrets to keep.
Courtney Milan does families (and found families) really well and this is no exception. The dialogue is brilliant, as always. I was so taken by the world created that I went straight onto to reading the next book (and the next and the next).
Buy Link UK: Unveiled (Mills & Boon M&B)
Buy Link US: Unveiled (Hqn)
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Max Seventeen: Firebrand by Kate Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When I read the first Max Seventeen book, I raved about it for days. It took me a while to get around to reading this one because… well, it’s a sequel and you know what they say about sequels. On the other hand, I LOVED Max. Plus, Space pirates.
I picked up the book and within the first few pages I was completely sucked back into the world of Max, Riley and the crew of the Eurydice. This second book has the same breakneck pace and energy as the first. There’s a ton of violence, cool space tech, a fair bit of sex (off page) and giant spiders. Max is still Max and in this book you get to see a bit more of her sister Priti and a lot more of Captain Orpheus (hooray!).
It’s a glorious, fast and fun space romp. If you like things like Firefly or Killjoys, you’ll love this.
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Buy link UK:Max Seventeen: Firebrand
Buy link US:Max Seventeen: Firebrand
Hooray! Girl At Christmas is available to buy now.
If you like your Christmas novellas with a side order of beta hero and warm humour, then this is the book for you.
Here are some (very) early review quotes:
“Fresh and Fun.” Goodreads review
” … real, ordinary people, with real, ordinary lives, they are honest and believable.” Amazon review
“Simple truth about your day to day life that any woman can relate with” Amazon India review
And of course, the quote on the cover from the fabulous Jane Lovering – who knows a thing or two about writing rom coms: “Warm, witty, cute and Christmassy. I just loved it!”
So, go buy:
Everywhere else (Kobo, Ibooks etc)
I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.
It’s that time of year when everyone starts thinking about Christmas. I’ve got not one, but TWO Christmas novellas coming out in the next month. The first one is out next week.
Tammy is normally at her happiest at Christmas when she has the flat to decorate and those perfect days between Christmas and New Year to relax. But when her long term partner dumps her with no real explanation, her Christmas starts to look very bleak.
Lawrence usually spends Christmas watching DVDs and catching up on his paperwork. At thirty one, he’s already stuck in a rut.
When Lawrence has a sudden heart attack, it is Tammy who comes to his rescue. It turns out a happy Christmas can be made from the most unexpected ingredients.
You can preorder it now – or just order it in the normal way next week.