Dear Readers, I’m always on the lookout for books by Rachel Hauck. I especially love her royal stories, but every other book is just as good.
How did you become interested in writing? I was always interested in writing. I had a diary in first grade and wrote in it. I loved to read as well. I was born for this.
I agree. It’s wonderful when we discover what God created us to do. What compelled you to write a book on this subject? I’d written The Royal Wedding Series and readers asked if I was going to write more so I decided to try a second royal family. To Love A Prince was the first of the True Blue Royals. To Save A King is book two. Ever since Prince William married Katherine, I knew American would be interested in royals again. I was right.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book? The main thing I want is for the readers to be entertained and escape their world for a few hours. Also, to feel hope.
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today? It’s different by the story and the characters. But it’s the same as it’s a “Rachel Hauck book.” I hope To Save A King delivers what readers expect from one of my stories.
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? I do! I love Song of Solomon 4:9. “You’ve made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride, with a single glance of your eyes.” I love this pure passion of the Lord speaking to us.
It takes many people a long time to understand that His love is meant to teach us how to love our spouses. When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies? I might like to watch a lot of HGTV. But I won’t say for sure. (snort) I love to keep active with running or lifting weights.
No wonder you are in such good shape. More power to you. Tell us about the book. This is the story of Prince John who thought he’d married the love of his life. And he had. But her untimely death destroyed his future. Gemma Stone, the story’s heroine, wanted to be a star but her efforts ended in disaster, and she is too ashamed to even talk about it. But when the prince and Gemma meet, everything will change.
Let’s Begin Here…
Port Fressa, Lauchtenland, 2000
Once Upon A Time…
… Prince John believed in fairy tales.
“Tell the fairy tale, Mum,” he’d say on the nights his mum, the queen of Lauchtenland, tucked him and little brother Gus into bed, imagining the story’s thick white feather, almost wishing it would appear before his eyes.
The Swan’s Feather was as old as the House of Blue itself.
When it began no one really knew, but for centuries the tale echoed in the
On this particular night, Mum hurried ten-year-old John and eight-year-old Gus toward the gold and blue couch, the big skirt of her sparkling dress swishing. She’d told them frightfully grand men and women from around the world awaited her in the Great Hall.
“Quickly boys, I don’t have long.” Mum sat with a sighing smile.
“Tell The Swan’s Feather, Mum.” Though John was the oldest, if he didn’t speak up, he’d not get his way.
“I hate that one.” Gus leaned around Mum, making a face. “Tell the one about the knight who kills the dragon.”
“We heard that one last time.” Tonight, John was determined to win. After all, he was the crown prince and future king. If he couldn’t rule his little brother, then who could he rule?
So the brotherly debate began over which fairy tale was the best and Mum, being a queen, settled it with swift diplomacy.
“We heard your story last time, Gus.” She kissed her youngest prince on the head. “Tonight it’s John’s turn to choose.”
John sneered at his brother then sat back. Mum was busy tonight and if they argued, there would be no story.
Being a queen was serious business and to be good at “queening”—as Dad liked to say—required a good deal of work.
“We’re lucky men,” he’d say. “Mum loves us and her country with such devotion.”
However, Gus, being Gus, made a final appeal. “The Swan’s Feather is about a girl. Blech.” His protest came with a spew of biscuit crumbs.
“What’s wrong with girls?” Mum said. “I’m a girl.”
“No you’re not. You’re Mum and mums don’t count.”
“Be quiet,” John said. “Mum can’t be late to her dinner.”
As for The Swan’s Feather being about a girl? Well, that’s exactly why John loved it.
“Here we go.” Mum hugged both boys close. “The story of The Swan’s Feather. Once upon a time, there was a young prince.”
I love this prologue. Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Go to my web site: www.rachelhauck.com and sign up for my Stay Inspired letter. Thanks!
Thank you for allowing me to be part of the launch of To Save a King, which released this week. I’m eager to read it.
Readers, here are links to the book.
https://amzn.to/3vLG4En - Paperback
https://amzn.to/3b8dmWg - Kindle edition
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