First comes scandal, then comes marriage. Then comes…
MORE ABOUT SCANDAL! The cover copy for JQ’s First Comes Scandal, book 4 in the Rokesby series, just came out! Due in readers hands on March 24, 2020, you can read the description now, and get a taste of what JQ has in store for Georgiana and Nicholas. All known North American pre-order options are posted (UK to follow shortly). Reserve your copy today. Stay tuned for the cover reveal, book extras, and excerpt sneak peek — subscribe to JQ News & Content Updates to be notified.
GOING TO CALIFORNIA… JQ will participate in a panel discussion (followed by a booksigning, of course!) at the North Bay Women’s Expo on October 26 in Rohnert Park. A little over a month later she’s back in the Golden Gate State for a Jane Austen’s birthday celebration on December 8 at the Sacramento Public Library. Plus, exclusive swag like Bridgerton bookmarks is to be had when JQ hands you your book herself.
Shondaland posted a behind-the-scenes peek for ‘Bridgerton’ fans. Team JQ is dying over the lush fabrics… we cannot wait to see the costumes!
The rest of the principal cast has been announced for Season One of Bridgerton (Yes, that’s the official show title!), as well as BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated director Julie Anne Robinson for the pilot and at least one other episode.
Filming began this week in London, and the show is currently set for a 2020 premiere. So exciting!
Joining Dame Julie Andrews, who will voice-over Lady Whistledown, as well as Regé-Jean Page (Simon Basset), Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton), Polly Walker (Portia Featherington), Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury) and others announced a couple of weeks ago:
Benedict Bridgerton: Luke Thompson
Francesca Bridgerton: Ruby Stokes
Gregory Bridgerton: Will Tilston
Hyacinth Bridgerton: Florence Hunt (pictured here)
Philippa Featherington: Harriet Cains
Prudence Featherington: Bessie Carter
Lord Featherington: Ben Miller
Martins Imhangbe: Will Mondrich
Mrs. Varley: Lorraine Ashbourne
Bridgerton is executive produced by Chris Van Dusen, Shonda Rhimes, and Betsy Beers.
JQ is over the moon about the whole cast, writers, producers, directors — everybody!
Updated July 11: JQ’s take on Bridgerton casting.
Season One series regulars have been announced for the Netflix adaptation of the Bridgerton series! Joining Dame Julie Andrews, who has already been announced to voice-over Lady Whistledown:
Simon Basset: Regé-Jean Page (pictured here in his Roots 2016 role.)
Daphne Bridgerton: Phoebe Dynevor
Anthony Bridgerton: Jonathan Bailey
Siena Rosso: Sabrina Bartlett
Violet Bridgerton: Ruth Gemmell
Colin Bridgerton: Luke Newton
Eloise Bridgerton: Claudia Jessie
Queen Charlotte: Golda Rosheuvel
Portia Featherington: Polly Walker
Penelope Featherington: Nicola Coughlan
Marina Thompson: Ruby Barker
Lady Danbury: Adjoa Andoh
Recurring characters will be announced soon.
The working title was Am I Right, Ladies? but strangely enough, this was deemed inappropriate for a regency novel.
We have our first piece of casting news for the upcoming Bridgerton Netflix series, and it’s SPECTACULAR. Lady Whistledown will be voiced by none other than Julie Andrews.
We will continue to post Netflix news as it happens!
If you’re a lover of all things Bridgerton, you’re going to want this gorgeous new trade paperback edition of the book that started it all: The Duke and I. This new cover is for the trade paperback edition only and is available to order from all vendors.
What’s new about the trade paperback and what’s not new is all spelled out in a new FAQ. Plus, a new FAQ about the mysterious Thomas Harcourt from The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband. (Spoiler warning: don’t read the Thomas Harcourt FAQ if you haven’t read the book!)
JQ was featured on the Seattle Channel’s Art Zone with Nancy Guppy in a nine-minute video interview in which she dishes on the Netflix news, reader expectation, and the lure of a nice guy hero. Check it out!
Want more JQ video entertainment? See interviews, the video Prologue to Because of Miss Bridgerton (starring the cat on the roof), and a real music video of a real song “starring” JQ herself running in slow-motion across a lawn with a sprinkler in hand to douse a bride on fire. Really.
It’s official! Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron is going to be a GRAPHIC NOVEL!
JQ is extra excited about this — especially as it’s a collaboration with her sister Violet Charles of comics renown.
It will be well over a year before publication. As of now there is no firm release date, but as soon as any pre-order links become available we will of course post them here.
How can you see sneak peeks? JQ may post the occasional illustration on both Facebook and Instagram, but Violet will be posting tidbits about the project considerably more often, and JQ highly recommends fans of Miss Butterworth follow Violet on social media, specifically: @violetcharlescomics, fb/violetcharlescomics, or to see sneak peeks first as well as exclusive outtakes, follow Violet on Patreon.
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If you’ve been meaning to start the Smythe-Smith or the Ladies Most series, now is your audio opportunity! Audible is including both Just Like Heaven and The Lady Most Likely… as part of its “First in Series” promotion. If you are an Audible member, these titles are priced at just $7.95 through Sunday, February 24.* Thanks, Audible!
And a bit of nice news: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, was chosen as a Valentine’s-Must-Read by NPR Books. Thanks NPR!
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