There’s no doubt that the world fell in love with the royal bridesmaid that day, said author Stephanie Laurens.
New York (PRWEB) July 18, 2012
Ever since Pippa Middleton swayed so beguilingly down the aisle at her sister Kate’s wedding to Prince William, the world has been in rapture over the royal bridesmaid who stole the show. In fact, many news sources reported that Pippa outshone the bride in her snug-fitting, perfectly white Alexander McQueen confection. “There’s no doubt that the world fell in love with the royal bridesmaid that day,” says #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens, who has just released an anthology aptly entitled ROYAL BRIDESMAIDS (Avon Impulse, on-sale 7/17/12; e-ISBN 9780062209795; $1.99), also featuring sparkling romantic vignettes by fellow bestselling romance authors Loretta Chase and Gaelen Foley.
Laurens, Chase and Foley, who co-authored last year’s bestselling anthology, “Royal Weddings” used Pippa’s surge in popularity – and the world’s fleeting love affair with the thought that she might snag a young prince herself – as inspiration for their new collection, which features three dazzling romantic short stories about royal attendants who achieve their very own vaunted happily-ever-after.
In “A Return Engagement” by Stephanie Laurens, we meet Lady Cornelia Daughtry, who is called into service to soothe her sister’s premarital jitters in the days before the young lady’s marriage to Hereditary Prince Frederick of Lautenberg. The Daughtry females are cursed…lovely girls, sociable, beautiful and steadfast – but family tradition has plagued them with an unfortunate condition wherein they tend to go ‘runaway bride’ just before the vows are said. Robert Knightly, Earl of Rockingham and political advisor to Prince Frederick, is tasked with saving his friend’s wedding; and in doing so, he is forced to wonder exactly what derailed his own wedding to the love of his life, Cornelia, so many years ago…
“The Imposter Bride” by Gaelen Foley is an exotic tale of love set in two warring kingdoms: Prince Tor of Rydalburg will finally achieve peace with the country of Saardova, so help him. Even if it means he has to marry the spoiled, tempestuous princess of the realm. If a marriage alliance is what it takes to unite the two countries, Tor is willing to let honor stand before love. But what he doesn’t realize, as he says his vows to a veiled beauty, is that the princess has run off…and he is marrying her best friend, Minerva de Messina – the daughter of a man that Tor grievously harmed on the battlefield. Secrecy, honor, revenge, love and lies…herein lies the recipe for a thrilling tale of romance and reconciliation!
From the jaunty quill of Loretta Chase comes “Lord Lovedon’s Duel,” a sprightly story set in Regency England, the author’s preferred milieu. Although a commoner, there is nothing common about the anger Chloe Sharp feels towards James Bransby, Earl of Lovedon on her sister’s wedding day to Prince Louis of Massbeck-Holveg. Bransby is a leader of fashion, one of the Prince’s dearest English friends, a favorite of the king and queen…and evidently cannot be let to drink champagne with his cronies at a royal wedding, for he starts spouting insults about the bride. Chloe makes the altogether uncommon move of calling out this member of the Ton – challenging him to a duel at dawn. Bransby has other plans for the beauty at dawn that have nothing to do with pistols. But in stratagems of love and honor, two birds of a feather find themselves quite well matched.
About the Authors:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels set in Regency England have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world’s most beloved and popular authors. For information on all Stephanie’s books, including updates on novels yet to come, visit her web site at http://www.stephanielaurens.com.
Gaelen Foley is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen rich, bold historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England and the Napoleonic Wars. Her books are available in twelve languages around the world, and have won numerous awards. She lives in Pennsylvania with her hero-husband and a mischievous bichon frise. To learn more about Gaelen, her novels, and the romantic Regency period in which her books are set, please visit http://www.gaelenfoley.com.
Loretta Chase hasn’t always been an award winning writer. After jobs in academe, retail, the visual arts and jobs as a meter-maid and a script writer, Loretta finally found her passion: writing romance novels set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early 19th century. For more information on Loretta, visit her website at http://www.LorettaChase.com. Also, check out Loretta’s blog where she discusses all things historical at http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com/.
ROYAL BRIDESMAIDS (e-ISBN 9780062209795; $1.99), is on-sale now from Avon Impulse wherever e-books are sold. A print edition will be available August 14, 2012 (ISBN 9780062227348; $5.99)