We’re very excited to let you know that after a two-year gestation period, The Heir Affair – the sequel to The Royal We – is finally officially out in the U.S. today!  We are so appreciative of everyone’s support of both novels, and the virtual high-fives and hugs you’ve sent us along with your delivery notifications for this one, and we sincerely hope you enjoy it. Many things happen in it:

After a scandalous secret turns their fairy-tale wedding into a nightmare, Rebecca “Bex” Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas are in self-imposed exile. The public is angry. The Queen is even angrier. And the press is salivating. Cutting themselves off from friends and family, and escaping the world’s judgmental eyes, feels like the best way to protect their fragile, all-consuming romance.

But when a crisis forces the new Duke and Duchess back to London, the Band-Aid they’d placed over their problems starts to peel at the edges. Now, as old family secrets and new ones threaten to derail her new royal life, Bex has to face the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind: with the Queen, with the world, and with Nick’s brother Freddie, whose sins may not be so easily forgotten — nor forgiven.

I feel like that copy should always end with a dramatic soap opera music sting. We live for drama! This book trailer, including some of the lovely reviews we’ve been kind enough to get, is pleasingly dramatic (warning, there is sound):

Entertainment Weekly recently said, “The Heir Affair doubles down on the royal intrigue and romance… God save the queen? More like God save these books,” and we’re the Ashley Brooke Book Club pick this month, if you are into that. (We’ve also been in a variety of summer book round-ups, which is exciting!) You can also read an excerpt at Town & Country today.

So from today on out, you can find The Heir Affair at your local independent bookstore — or even just your favorite one, as they’re mostly all doing online ordering now! (Here’s a great list of Black-owned independent bookstores, if you need inspiration; I’ve been buying my books from Semicolon Lit and The Lit. Bar lately.)

You can also order from:

Bookshop.org (which also aids indie bookstores)

Obviously, at Amazon:

Certainly, at Barnes & Noble

For our Canadian friends, Chapters/Indigo:

Yes, also at Books-a-Million!

Do you read via iBooks?

Here’s your link for Google Play

How about Walmart?

Or Target?

You should also be able to find it at your local library – it’s on the July Library Reads list! — and if not, you can always request it from your friendly librarian.

There are several other great books out today as well, including:

Zerlina Maxwell’s The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal DivideI follow Zerlina Maxwell — who worked on both the Obama and Clinton campaigns– on Twitter and I have been really looking forward to this since she announced it.

Brandy Colbert’s The Voting Booth (which we’ll be giving away here on Thursday!), a wonderful YA novel that Kirkus called “a warmly entertaining story at the nexus of teen relationships and activism” in their starred review.

Kate Stayman-London’s One To Watchwhich is about a plus-sized fashion blogger who ends up on what is essentially The Bachelor. (We blurbed this and it’s delightful.)

Alexis Hall’s Boyfriend Materialwhich has the cutest cover and also is about Fake Boyfriends Who Fall in Love and who doesn’t love the “falling in love with the fake love interest” trope?!

Tiffany Cross’s Say It Louder:Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy. You might recognize Tiffany Cross from her stints on MSNBC, where she’s often an expert and has filled in expertly for Joy Reid; she’s great.

Lysley Tenorio’s The Son of Good Fortune, which is getting fab reviews, including a star from Publishers’ Weekly, and which also involves a pizza shop called The Pie Who Loved Me. Irresistible!

Happy Book Birthday, y’all, and happy reading!