We are welcoming first-time guest, Nadine Millard, to tell us the inspiration behind her royal romances and also share about her latest release, Protecting the Princess.
Welcome to the Royals of Aldonia
When I was a little girl, I dreamt of being a princess. Who didn’t, right?
I mean, a princess who liked action movies, fast cars, and dinosaurs but still a princess!
My love of royal families is real and everlasting. I just can’t get enough of the pomp and circumstance. The tradition and the ceremony involved in everything.
That’s where my love for Historical Romance came from, too.
My love of historical romance stems from the history and elegance of monarchies. Well, there and sneaking my mum’s romance novels when I was a teenager. 😉
Something about the gowns, the balls, the manners. The rules and romance of just a brush of lips against a gloved hand. Swoon!
So, it made sense that at some stage in my career, I’d marry these two great loves of mine. And…The Royals of Aldonia were born.
The Hidden Prince, book one in the series, came about because I was talking to my daughter about mistletoe, which she mistook for holly. And like all my books, one scene popped into my head and that was that! The whole story stemmed from there. (If you’ve read it, you’ll get the holly thing.)
So, I had the story, and I had the love of princes to ensure Alexander was a prince. But of where? I don’t ever want to stray too far from historical accuracy when writing my stories and while my dialogue can be a bit more risqué than what would have been allowed back in the 1800s, I do like to remain as factual as possible in all things.
And dragging a real country or a real monarchy into my imagination just didn’t seem like it would work, so I had to invent a country. The good thing about that is it’s entirely up to me – the traditions, the customs, even the weather! The bad thing was it took me an inordinately long time to think of a country name!
In The Hidden Prince, Prince Alexander has a sister Princess Harriet. And I knew almost from the second I wrote her first scene that she needed her own story. And so, while The Hidden Prince takes place in England, Harriet came home for Protecting The Princess.
Since most of her story takes place in a secret cottage with her ever-so-arrogant but undeniably handsome guard, the royal court wasn’t that vital to things. We did, however, get to meet the older brother. The alpha. Prince Christopher.
Writing Redeeming A Royal was really interesting because Christopher is going to be king and so he has a whole world of rules and pressures that the other two just didn’t have. Alex got to be the playboy prince, and Harriet couldn’t be heir, so her role was always a bit more ornamental (much to her chagrin)!
But Christopher. What can I say? Heavy is the heart that wears the crown.
Christopher’s story takes place right there at the palace in the capital of Aldonia. And that brought its own challenges. Again, I was happy that it was a country entirely of my imagination, so I know I haven’t accidentally re-written a real monarchy’s heritage! But I did have to be careful not to stray too outside the realms of believability.
As it turns out, it’s a lot easier for an earl or a duke to have sneaky interludes. Not so much for a crown prince on whose shoulders the fate of an entire nation is resting.
But along with the extra restrictions was the absolute joy of over the top opulence! An imaginary prince, an imaginary palace – it gave me Disney-esque freedom and I could make my characters and the setting as fairy-tale fabulous as I wanted, and boy did I have fun with that!
Call me old fashioned, or just plain overly romantic. But if I’m reading about a prince, I want him to be out of this world wonderful. And if I’m writing him, even more so!
Each one of these royal siblings has such a special place in my heart. I found myself growing attached to Aldonia and its monarchs.
And I admit, I can’t quite bring myself to close that chapter and sail away from Aldonia forever…
So, there is a pretty big chance that the royal babies that appear during the course of my Aldonian storytelling will make an appearance some time in the future. When they’re all grown up and ready to get into the same scrapes as their parents before them!
Protecting the Princess by Nadine Millard
Princess Harriet Wasselbach dreams of a life where she can stand on her own two feet, while Jacob Lauer would rather do anything than play nanny to a spoiled princess. But when circumstances conspire to throw the two together, there is no denying the attraction, and annoyance growing between them. As Jacob protects Harriet during her quest for independence, and Harriet tries to protect her secrets from him, one question remains: who will protect their hearts? Bestselling Historical Romance author Nadine Millard returns with her newest installment to The Royals of Aldonia series!
Series: The Royals of Aldonia #2
Release Date: April 21, 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Nadine Millard
Princess Harriet Wesselbach is growing tired of her pampered, privileged lifestyle. The only thing worse than the gilded cage of a royal life is the overprotective nature of her brother, the crown prince.
When the palace is suddenly thrown into turmoil, Harriet takes the opportunity to run away and branch out on her own. After all, how hard could it be to live not as a royal, but as an ordinary young lady?
Harriet wants to stand on her own two feet, and she is determined that nothing will get in her way. Especially not a chance encounter with a handsome stranger.
The last thing Jacob Lauer needs or wants to do is play nanny to a spoilt princess.
But that’s exactly what he finds himself having to do.
From the moment he meets her, she is nothing but trouble, and what should have been an easy assignment is turning out to be more difficult than he had bargained for.
Not least because the longer he spends in Harriet’s company, the more difficult it is to hide his growing attraction to the young royal.
When Harriet’s safety is threatened, Jacob must put aside all his conflicting feelings and concentrate on the job at hand.
Will he be able to ignore his heart, when he’s protecting the princess?
Other Books in the The Royals of Alodnia series:
Title: The Hidden Prince
Author: Nadine Millard
Series: The Royals of Aldonia #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Nadine Millard
Digital ISBN: B07ZXLT6WW
Lydia Charring is spending a quiet Christmas at Chillington Abbey, helping her mother to take care of an ailing relative.
It will be quiet, peaceful, and uneventful as always. Or at least, it should have been. The arrival of the mysterious Alexander Farago brings some unexpected excitement to Lydia’s Christmas season. Could it also bring love?
Alex is taken aback by the sudden and intense attraction he feels to the beautiful, out-spoken Lydia. As Christmas approaches, they grow closer and closer, and something strong is growing between them. But Alex is keeping a secret from the down-to-earth Lydia. Something he’s not sure she’ll appreciate.
Can Alex convince Lydia to love him for him, and not for his status? And when his secret is revealed, will Lydia trust the man who has won her heart?
Praise for The Hidden Prince:
“I was sucked in from the first page and couldn’t put it down.” – Kathy (Bookworm Nation, Amazon
“The Hidden Prince is a hidden gem and one that you need to grab and devour. It was so good!” – Michelle N, Goodreads Reviewer
“Nadine Millard’s writing is always spot on, and she has once again delivered another brilliant piece of writing that will delight readers with playful chemistry, flirty banter, and fabulous romance.” – Pages Abound, Amazon
“I always know that when I pick up a book from Nadine Millard I’m going to be swept away in a romance wrapped in a ribbon of whimsy. The Hidden Prince is a delightful tale of love that’s encumbered by what was intended as a benign deception.” – Julie, Goodreads Reviewer
About Nadine Millard:
Nadine Millard is a bestselling writer hailing from Dublin, Ireland.
When she’s not writing historical romance, she’s managing her chaotic household of three children, a husband and a very spoiled dog!
She’s a big fan of coffee and wine with a good book and will often be found at her laptop at 2am when a book idea strikes.