Consider this a late Valentine’s Day gift: As of today, you can get a free sneak peek at the first seven chapters of our forthcoming adult novel The Royal We.
The full book, which you can find out more about here and here, isn’t released officially until April 7. So, our publisher decided to whet your appetites with this extended entree into the world of Nick and Bex and Freddie, and all the other characters we can’t wait for you to meet. (Unfortunately, at the moment, the download is only available to readers in the United States and Canada, because we haven’t sold the book into foreign markets yet. We’ll keep you informed!)
Kirkus Reviews just said of The Royal We that “biting humor and breathtaking glamour rewrite a fairy tale into something more satisfying than a stack of tabloids.” The review also noted that “royal watchers will appreciate the craftsmanship that went into fitting the fictional Lyons dynasty into the timeline of the existing monarchy,” which, dude, we know that’s a sort of workman-like compliment, but we really appreciated it. The first draft of our timeline of succession, beginning with Queen Victoria, was something like seven pages. (What made it in is just one limb of the family tree, condensed but hopefully efficient. We’ll put the rest of it online someday. We had a lot of discussions about how fictional people died.)
So, with no further ado:
- You can download the free preview from Amazon here
- To get it from Barnes & Noble for your Nook, click here.
- Need it for Kobo? Voila.
- And here’s the link for iBooks.
After the jump, if you need more convincing, is the book’s synopsis and four beautiful blurbs. But we think that the best way to sate your curiosity is just to dive into those first seven chapters. They are, after all, free. If you do choose to read it, THANK YOU, and we hope you fall in love with it and agree that we all need a Fug Nation tour of Oxford. (Heather already lost her sweatshirt and needs it replaced, so clearly, like Jack and Kate to the island, we all have to go back.) (PS: although the bit you get to read is set at Oxford, Nick and Bex do leave Oxford eventually. NO SPOILERS.)