Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Introducing Royal Scandals

Big day of firsts here.

The first "first" happened across the pond.  Prince George was christened at St. James's Palace.  Snaps here.  Gorgeous gown on George, and mom and dad weren't looking bad, either!

The second "first" happens tonight in Boston.  Game one of the World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals is set for an 8:07 pm first pitch at Fenway Park.  It's supposed to be chilly, so I'll be watching on television and cheering on the team with the crazy beards.  (Hey, if it works, it works.  It's not for us to question why.)

"First" number three is the one nearest and dearest to my heart.  It's the first day for my all-new Nicole Burnham website.  For the last few years, I've written books for teens under the name Niki Burnham while "Nicole" has been on hiatus from writing romance novels.  No more!  Next month, look for the first books in an all-new series of royal romances. 

If you enjoyed the San Rimini series I wrote for Silhouette, you're going to love Royal Scandals.  The series follows the wealthy Barrali family, who rule the idyllic Mediterranean island nation of Sarcaccia.  In November, look for a novella titled Christmas With a Prince, and book one in the series, Scandal With a Prince.  Then in December, book two, Honeymoon With a Prince, hits the stands. 

As you might guess, I've been waiting a long time to share this news.  I hope you're as excited to see these books as I am!

Want a sneak peek?  I just posted an excerpt from Scandal With a Prince to my new website.  Give it a read and let me know what you think.  Then look for Royal Scandals, beginning in November!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Royal Christening

Though it's not drawing the kind of press coverage seen when Kate Middleton was due to deliver the royal heir, tomorrow is another big event for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:  the christening of Prince George.  If this were a romance novel, it would be one of those events where guests would coo over the baby and smile for the cameras, but all kinds of shenanigans would happen behind the scenes.  (And aren't those scenes the best?)

According to The Telegraph, Prince George's christening ceremony will be an intimate one, with room for only fifty family members and guests at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace.  By contrast, hundreds attended Prince William's christening in the early 1980s.  In another break with tradition, rather than wearing the christening gown originally designed for Queen Victoria, Prince George will wear a replica designed by Angela Kelly, who is Queen Elizabeth II's personal assistant and stylist.  (The gown worn by Victoria is now considered to fragile to be worn, even by a royal.)

How do you think George's christening will compare with that of other recent royals?  For a look back, check out these great photos, courtesy of The Huffington Post. As cute as the infants are, the parents' fashions are great eye candy, too.