The Royal We is officially out one week from today — although Canadian Fug Nationals have reported seeing it on shelves at Chapters already, so keep an eye open, Canada, and you may score one early — and we’re hoping to celebrate the birth of our baby with as many of y’all as possible. We have a handful of readings/Q&As/signings and book festivals on the schedule, and we sincerely hope you’ll come say hello. We love meeting you all.
You can come out and meet us:
Tuesday, APRIL 7: NEW YORK, NY
Book Culture on Columbus, 7 p.m.
450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd)
New York, NY, 10024
Thursday, APRIL 9: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Kramerbooks, 6:30 p.m. (They have a bar on the premises!!)
1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Sunday, APRIL 19: LOS ANGELES, CA
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 1:30 p.m.
Our panel is called “Fiction: Famous By Association,” and there is a signing to follow. The festival takes place on the USC campus, and our particular discussion will be in the Salvatori Computer Science Center 101. It’s moderated by author and prolific writer Heather Havrilesky, and the other panelists are Christopher Noxon (Plus One, which is a dishy tome essentially about being married to Orange Is The New Black’s Jenji Kohan) and Shanna Mahin (Oh! You Pretty Things, out a week after our book). Tickets are required for this event, and are available beginning April 12; we’ll post a link when that’s live. They’re also only $1 (they’re free if you get them the day of the event, but they’re also really limited on the day of, so just FYI). As of right now, this is our only LA-based event, so come on out, fellow Los Angelenos.
Saturday/Sunday, JUNE 6 or 7: CHICAGO, IL
We have been invited to appear on a panel at the Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row Lit Fest, which is completely exciting, because we haven’t been able to go to the Midwest yet as a Fug Duo. We don’t have details about the day or time yet, but we’ll obviously let you know when we do.
That’s all for now, but you never know. (We’d like to come see everyone, everywhere, but it’s basically dependent on where our publisher would like to send us.) We’ll update our Events and Signings page (and this space) if anything gets added, and feel free to contact us on Twitter, over at Facebook, or right here at GFY. We hope we’ll get to meet as many of you as possible — or, meet you again, as the case may be.
All pertinent info about the book (including pre-order intel and a link to read the first seven chapters for free) lives after the jump:
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy-tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love — her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself – will have been for nothing.
“Readers should prepare to lose their hearts to The Royal We, a loving satire that is scandalously funny and wonderfully romantic.” – BookPage
“Pages of biting humor and breathtaking glamour rewrite a fairy tale into something more satisfying than a stack of tabloids.” – Kirkus
“The authors hit all the right notes in this funny, smart, emotional tale.” — Library Journal, starred review
“Cocks and Morgan tackled their first dip into mainstream fiction for adults and nailed it. The Royal We is a wonderful tale of young love, peppered with animated characters, difficult hardships and self-discovery.” — RT Book Reviews
“This delightful spin on the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton is the perfect beachy, weekend read for anyone who loves love stories with a healthy dose of humor…. Part fairy tale, part cautionary tale, the novel is pure fun from start to finish.” — Library Reads (Top 10 Pick for April, 2015)
“The Royal We is full of love and humor, and delicious in too many ways to mention in one little blurb. I read this novel as quickly as I could, relishing any few minutes I had to turn back to its pages. An absolute delight.”
“A joy from start to finish. The Royal We is that rare novel that makes you think, makes you cry, and is such fun to read that you’ll want to clear your schedule until you’ve turned the final page. But be warned–Cocks and Morgan have created a world so rich, a romance so compelling, and characters so funny and alive, that you’ll be terribly sad to see them go.”
“The Royal We is as engrossing and deeply satisfying as any royal wedding documentary, and it’s a thousand times more fun, from the fairy tale to the inevitable foibles. You will want Bex Porter to be your best friend. You will feel the same way about Cocks and Morgan, who are warm, witty, hilarious, and moving in their depiction of a very complicated relationship indeed.”
“A heartfelt exploration of a life lived in the spotlight, The Royal We balances dishy decadence with an honest look at the sacrifices required to stay princess to Prince Charming.“
The Royal We is released into the world on April 7th, 2015, but you can pre-order it now:
Can’t decide? You can also read the first seven chapters for free!