Christmas At The Palace in on tour of some awesome book blogs this week.
It’s already been to:
A Cat, A Book and a cup of tea who gave it 4 cats!
and Jera’s Jamboree
You can click on the links to read the reviews. (I’ve read them both – over and over… )
Tune in for the rest of the tour.
Did I mention that Christmas At The Palace is available in ebook, paperback AND Audio now? Did I? Oh, okay. As you were.
Christmas At The Palace is out in paperback! If you see it a shop (Hopefully, you’ll spot it in Asda…) please take a photo! I’d love to see the book out in the wild.
In case you were wondering what it’s about (it’s not like I’ve been going on about it for months, right?) -A British- SriLankan doctor falls in love with a Prince, which is brilliant, until she realises that she has to give up the job that she loves. Oh, and everyone isn’t keen on someone non-white joining the royal family. The book follows their romance (which first came out as A Royal Wedding), up to their first Christmas as Sandringham.
It’s the first book that has come out under my real name – and it’s SO STRANGE seeing my actual name on a book cover.
I shall head out in a minute to go buy the traditional book release day treat of a pot of ice cream and some Lego.
I’m so excited!
[If you bought A Royal Wedding in ebook and are having trouble updating it to get Christmas At The Palace – I know there are some issues. The publisher (Bonnier) are working on it!]
A ROYAL WEDDING by m’alter ego Jeevani Charika is zipping up the charts at the moment. It’s #1079 in the overall Kindle chart in the US (which, given how many bazillions of books are on Amazon US, is pretty cool).
AND it’s still a #1 bestseller in Weddings in Amazon UK!
I’m a very happy author!
If you read the book (thank you, thank you, thank you), please leave a review. It makes a huge difference to know what you thought (even if it’s a one-liner).
If you haven’t read it here are the links to find it. It’s 99p/99c on most sites this week.
USA Amazon site link.
And for everywhere else: books2read.com/u/38g8aa
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
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