(Royal Conquest Saga #1)
Publication date: November 11th 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult, Retelling
She sacrificed herself to save her family from poverty…
The ball was only the beginning.
It wasn’t enough to kill my mate, heir to the throne. My obsessive Fae brother-in-law wants the crown. And he wants me ruling by his side.
I thought I was done with romance until a certain pompous elf reappeared in my life at the illustrious Monster Ball. A little teasing led to bruised lips and captured hearts. No one wants Jhaeros and me to be together, not even my favorite sister, Melarue. But she’s a teenager just coming into her elemental powers and discovering boys—the wrong kind—the type I want to shoot arrows through.
My royal in-laws are playing a treacherous game, and my brother-in-law is determined to get what he wants. But this elf princess no longer has a master. I don’t want a crown. I want freedom, family, and the love of a lifetime. But love might be the one thing that destroys us all.
**This book will now include the prequel novella Enemies and Lovers.
Nikki Jefford is an award-winning, bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and quirky combinations in-between.
She is a third-generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her Westie, Cosmo, and her French husband, who she wouldn’t trade in for anyone–not even Spike or Mr. Darcy!
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking, or out riding her motorcycle, a Honda CB500F, (so long as it’s sunny and warm)!
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For Stolen Princess, I borrowed an idea I had for a historical romance over a decade ago. I had in mind an Ugly Duckling type scenario with an older sister shouldering the weight of the world. Meanwhile, an affluent friend of the family tried desperately to woo her ungrateful, spoiled younger sister who continually spurned him while he, in turn, behaves as though the older sister is below his notice. The bedraggled older sister has to marry a man of wealth to save her family from poverty. It’s not a good match but she blossoms while she’s away (once she’s able to rest and get enough to eat). She ends up a young widow, returns home as this beautiful, proud, cultured woman.
Without going into the whole story, our heroine comes up with a plan to get back at the man who turned his nose up at her. But it doesn’t go according to plan. Masked at a ball she puts him in his place … only to have him take interest in her.
This was all planned for a novella in last year’s Monster Ball year one anthology. It’s such a fun and unique project with one shared location and staff for all the participating authors to interact with (including interactions with our main characters).
After finishing the original “novella” I realized it was only the beginning. I thought it would be one follow-up novel, but it turned into a complete saga. The original anthology it appeared in retired this month (but there’s a year 2 Monster Ball anthology which just released). With the first anthology unpublished, Stolen Princess now includes that prequel novella (as the first seven chapters) in this month’s new 2nd edition of the book.
I fell in love with the characters so much that after completing the saga, I wrote a Christmas novella, Holiday Crown, which releases this December. Now I’m working on The Royal Conquest Heirs.
You never know what’s going to happen when you start a project. That’s the magic of storytelling. It takes readers and writers on all kinds of unforeseeable adventures.
Another big inspiration for Stolen Princess was Cinderella. Aerith is the oldest of three sisters and her family’s misfortunes fall on her shoulders. I love twists on fairy tales. In this one, she doesn’t want to win the Fae prince but unwittingly does … with her bow and arrow rather than a glass slipper.