BREAKING NEWS! The prequel show that is coming soon to Netflix about young Queen Charlotte… The show Shonda Rhimes wrote… JQ is writing the novel!
What we know about the show: Centered on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.
From the WilliamMorrow/Avon press release:
JQ: “Taking Bridgerton from book to screen was fascinating for me to watch, and it’s such an exciting challenge for me to take it in the other direction, this time crafting Shonda’s brilliant vision into a novel,” said Quinn. “I’m especially thrilled to have the opportunity to write about Queen Charlotte, who was not in the original novels. Her character —and Golda Rosheuvel’s brilliant portrayal of her— was a tour de force, and I think readers will love getting a chance to know her more deeply.”
Shonda: “Queen Charlotte has been such a moving character to write and now having the opportunity to work with Julia to adapt this story into a book is such an exciting opportunity,” said Rhimes. “I can’t wait for fans of this universe to read the story of a character that has resonated so deeply with our audience.”
WHEN WILL THE BOOK RELEASE? No date has been set yet, though WilliamMorrow/Avon stated in the press release: “the book will be timed to the release of the series on Netflix.” Nor has a title been announced. JQ promises: as soon as she knows, you’ll know.
How to feed your JQ cravings until we know more? We have NEW CONTENT on JuliaQuinn.com for you to indulge in:
→ Bridgerton Character Profiles with notes, photos, and lists (everyone loves lists!) cross-referencing characters to books — who shows up in whose story. May we suggest starting with Anthony? Or perhaps Penelope? Total rabbit hole!
→ New FAQ including: Are you going to write stories for Harriet, Elizabeth, and Frances Pleinsworth? And a question about tea.
Also: New & beautiful Rokesby covers!
Watch this space for more news about what’s coming soon, including: title and release date for JQ’s new book!
Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron, JQ’s madcap, over-the-top graphic novel, beautifully illustrated by her sister Violet Charles, is NOW AVAILABLE in ebook and print. Check out the gorgeous, visual excerpts, then order your copy for a romp of an adventure.
UPDATE May 20: JQ has posted her Inside the Story Author’s Notes — don’t miss it!
Want JQ to sign it? Of course you do! All autographed copies will receive a full 6-piece set of limited-edition Butterworth pigeon magnets, currently available nowhere else!
New-to-JQ-readers can look forward to a sweet story with zany, over-the-top (did we mention over-the-top?) calamities and near misses that are both sweet and funny, with pages full of cute critters from bees to foxes to baby owls (and yes, pigeons). Long-time-JQ-readers will enjoy all of the above, plus inside jokes like the aforementioned pigeons, and hanging on for dear life from a variety of dangers such as tall trees and cliffs:
Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron was first mentioned in Hyacinth’s story, It’s In His Kiss, then returned again in a big way in the Bevelstoke series, and was was mentioned yet again in the wonderfully off-key Smythe-Smith Quartet.
How about an introduction from Lady Danbury herself?
Did you catch this recently-posted video of the incomparable Adjoa Andoh reading from Chapter 1 of It’s In His Kiss, precisely at the point where Hyacinth and Lady Danbury first mention Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron.
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