Today I’d like to introduce you to an amazing lady and the president of my chapter of RWAC, Michelle Helliwell! Michelle published her first novel several months ago, and is soon to release her second. Without further ado, I’ll let Michelle introduce herself and her work.
Hi everyone! I wanted to thank Jennie for hosting me on her blog today. I’m thrilled to give you a look at the cover to my upcoming fairy-tale inspired historical romance, No Prince Charming which is rooted in the story of Snow White. This story was partially inspired by a local connection—the fantastic Uniacke Estate in Nova Scotia. I am a regular visitor to the park, and each season this beautiful setting offers delights. Breathtaking in the fall, a wonderland in the winter with a terrific sliding hill and cross-country trails, and in the spring and summer, a wonderful place to spend an afternoon hiking, having a picnic, or taking a dip in the lake. And if you are a fan of Wedgewood china, a visit inside the house is a must!
To one side of the great house is a smaller, caretaker’s house. It was there that I first thought about Edmund, who first made his appearance in Not Your Average Beauty, and what might have happened to him after he walked off the pages of that story. What if he, tired of the games his power hungry father had played, decided to live in the shadows of the life he might have had? It was there that the very first inklings of No Prince Charming arrived.
Thanks Jennie for allowing me to share the cover of No Prince Charming, and a little about Uniacke House, which is truly a local gem here in Nova Scotia.
If you’re new to my work, I invite you to check out Not Your Average Beauty, the first of my Not Your Average Fairy Tale series. There you’ll meet Edmund, and his dour but very handsome older cousin Stephen Pembroke, the hero of Not Your Average Beauty.
Dashing off in a daring elopement with a prince, handpicked by her mother, Lady Gwyneth Snowdon anticipates an extravagant, secure future. But when a mysterious stranger kidnaps her, Gwyneth fears her happy ending is doomed.
Used by his maniacal father, Edmund Pembroke turned his back on society. Seizing the opportunity to say good-bye to his past forever, he makes a deal to separate the pampered countess from a gold-digging imposter. But when Edmund discovers her life is in danger, he is forced to protect the beautiful, well-born Gwyneth Snowdon and to confront his ghosts.
Separated from her plush surroundings, Gwyneth learns she’s capable of so much—including love for a man with neither title nor fortune. But she begins to suspects there is more to her rugged, handsome guardian than he’s chosen to reveal. After finding herself at the center of a sinister deception, can she dare to trust her heart to man who’s spent years deceiving himself?
Love is the fairest of them all.
Michelle Helliwell was born and raised in Nova Scotia, where she still lives with her husband and two sons. She has a soft spot for Jane Austen’s heroes, guys in puffy shirts, picnics, and lego video games.