Monday, April 12, 2021

TO LOVE A PRINCE - Rachel Hauck - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Rachel Hauck is a good friend, and I love her writing, especially her royal stories. I know you’ll love them as much as I do. 

Welcome back, Rachel. By the way, you're really looking good. I miss seeing you in person. Let’s do some fun questions first. What song most closely resembles your life?

RH: What a great question. “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes.

Rachel, you know that I’ve known Kari and Cody for a long time, she longer than he. The first time I heard “The Blessing,” I was in tears, my heart filled with thankfulness to God for HIs promises. Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

RH: I love Song of Songs 4:9 and Psalm 45:11.

The first one goes like this, “You have made my heart beat faster my sister my bride with a single glance of your eyes.” This speaks of Jesus’s deep and pure love for us, His Bride.

The second one is “The king desires your beauty.” This again speaks of Jesus’s love for us, His majesty and speaks of how He sees us. Beautiful!

There are so many young women who compare themselves with the world’s view of beauty, which isn’t beauty at all and miss how God sees them. My heart breaks for them. What is the one thing you wish you could go back and change in your life?

RH: Nothing. Because it all leads me to where I am now. Even the hard times pressed me to go for God like never before. I wouldn’t trade them.

I feel like that, too, even after three of the hardest months James and I have ever experienced. But God was with us. What is the most important characteristic for a good friend to have?

RH: This is two-fold for me: honesty and loyalty. Sometimes we think loyalty precludes honestly. But a loyal friend should be honest. If not a friend, then who?

So true. What extracurricular activities did you participate in when you were in school?

RH: I actually worked when I was in school. I started at Publix when I was fourteen. I wanted to earn money. I did try out for cheerleading. So glad we didn’t have cell phones then! In college I was in sorority so they were my friends and family. But I also worked.

What is your favorite movie of all times?

RH: This is a tough one. Wow. How about if I do three? My favorite Christmas movie is It’s A Wonderful Life. My favorite every-other-day-of-the-year-movie is Remember the Titans. My favorite TV movie is Once Upon A Prince.

I’ve watched It’s a Wonderful Life almost every year of my adulthood. And I love Once Upon A Prince, which is based on your book. Tell us about why you wrote To Love A Prince.

RH: I’d written the Royal Wedding Series some years back and readers asked for more. So I started a new royal series True Blue Royals. To Love A Prince is the first.

Please give us the first page of the book.

RH: I’m actually giving you the first page of the first chapter. The opening is a bit of a prologue set in 1938. But the book is contemporary.

Chapter One


February, Present Day

Floridana Beach, FL

This was the life. A girl on holiday with her mates. Surely something memorable was bound to happen.

Standing on the water’s edge, Daffy washed her weary soul with the low rumble of the waves, raised her face to the sun, and pretended she was more than an ordinary girl.

Time away was so needed. After graduating with her master’s degree, she jumped straight into work, striving to prove herself with barely a moment to breathe.

Two years in she needed a break. Then while online Christmas shopping she stumbled across the sweet blue cottage on the American coast and booked a week in February without even checking her diary. Then she coaxed her little sister along with her best friend, Leslie Ann, to join in the fun.

The three had arrived on the central Florida private beach around midnight and slept until the sun filled their rented beachfront cottage with glorious light. The sights, sounds, and sun filled her with expectation. This week was going to be amazing. She just knew it.

“I think I’ll emigrate to America,” she said.

“Surely not.” Little sister Ella splashed through the winter-chilled waves. While the sun was warm, the breeze still nipped with a southern chill. “Why would you?”

“Why not? I always said I wanted to live abroad.”

“You never.” Ella paused beside Daffy as she tied her rich dark hair into a floppy topknot.

“You wanted to marry the prince and rule Lauchtenland. Besides, you joined the Royal Trust to work for Mum. She’d be put out if you left.”

“Dream killer.” Nevertheless, Ella was right. Well, partially right. Daffy couldn’t leave the Royal Trust after Mum went out on a limb to secure her position. Not very far out on the limb, but far enough. “But I do love my job.”

With her master’s degree in restorative arts, she wanted nothing more than to knock around historic artifacts, furniture, clothing, paintings, photographs and literature. The House of Blue had acquired such things for the last, oh, five hundred years. Longer, if the Hadsby Castle fire in 1595 hadn’t destroyed nearly everything the royal family owned.

But the chair had been saved. The King Titus. Constructed by Lauchtenland’s first king after the Norman conquest. It had been the royal throne for almost a century before King Louis II replaced it in 1881.

“What are we talking about?” Leslie Ann Parker, stunning, talented—and the latest sensation of Lauchtenland’s national Morning Show, reporting on all things royal—arrived at the waves.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Clubhouse: Rachel Hauck

Thank you, Rachel, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive. It will go straight to the top of my to-be-read pile.

Readers, here are links to the book.

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Caryl Kane said...

Rachel Hauck is one of my MUST read authors!

Caryl K in TX

A Cooking Bookworm said...

Ooh, I loved the Royal Wedding series and am so excited for another set of royalty books!!

Binghamton, NY

mybabyblessings [at] gmail [dot] com

traveler said...

This novel sounds captivating and wonderful. Anne in NM.

petite said...

Thanks for this lovely feature which interests me greatly. What a treasure to enjoy. Pearl - NM.

Pam said...

Yayyy!!!! A new Rachel Hauck royal series! I loved the first one and would love to read her new one, too!

Pam in OH

CRYSTAL said...

Love book cover. Love the colors on the book cover. Boy would I love to read and review this book and the author's other's books in print format. Like books like this. Finally a woman on the cover that not only intrigues me but is romantic too and makes me want to read the book.
Hope I Win.
Crystal from Bruin, PAv in US

Lucy Reynolds said...

Love Rachel’s books ...must read this one. Blessings from WV.

Trixi said...

I have not read any books by Rachel yet (shameful, I know), and I know I am missing out on some good writing!

This cover is just gorgeous :-) Thank you for the giveaway chance!

Trixi from OR

Abigail Mitchell said...

Can't wait to read this!
Abigail in VA

Deb Forbes said...

I have been wanting to read this book. Love Rachel's books. Deb from Kansas

beeghly said...

i'm from wickliffe, ohio this sounds wonderful!

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing your talents!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Thanks for a great post. I always enjoy Rachel's books!
Connie from Kentucky

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

rubynreba said...

The cover is so beautiful. This sounds like a book I would enjoy.
Beth from Iowa