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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn and television pioneer Shonda Rhimes comes a powerful and romantic novel of Bridgerton’s Queen Charlotte and King George III’s great love story and how it sparked a societal shift, inspired by the original series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, created by Shondaland and streaming May 4 only on Netflix.
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Big Freedia, Queen Charlotte, and the next JQ Excerpt!

April 11, 2023

BOW DOWN! Big Freedia and Netflix have released a Bridgerton-Themed “Hey Queen” New Orleans Bounce Remix, and JQ absolutely LOVES it!

The proclaimed “Queen of Bounce” gives her fabulous take on Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte in Variety Online.

MORE QUEEN: The first excerpt from Queen Charlotte, the novel written by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes, appeared exclusively in Entertainment Weekly last week. A SECOND excerpt will be shared in late April, but only in the JQ NEWSLETTER. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it! (Also, please make sure the JQ Newsletter isn’t going to your spam folder.)

MEET JQ! Tulsa, St. Louis, Harrisburg, PA — JQ is coming your way and those dates and details are posted on JQ’s events page. More dates will added as soon as details are finalized. Readers in Chicago, Severna Park, MD, and the San Francisco Bay Area, check back soon — the JQ’s events page will be updated in the coming days.

And even if JQ isn’t coming to your area, you can still get Queen Charlotte — and any of Julia Quinn’s books — autographed from University Book Store in Seattle. They ship worldwide!

*Please note that Queen Charlotte will be autographed by JQ only; Shonda Rhimes is not able to sign the books.

And while we are all waiting for Queen Charlotte on screen and on the page, let’s bounce!

First Excerpt from the Queen Charlotte Novel

April 7, 2023

BIG NEWS: Curious about Queen Charlotte, the novel written by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes? You can read the opening pages exclusively in Entertainment Weekly.

MORE BIG NEWS: A second excerpt will be shared in late April, but only in the JQ NEWSLETTER. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it! Also, please make sure the JQ Newsletter isn’t going to your spam folder.

BOOK TOUR: JQ is getting ready for a nationwide book tour in May. The details are still being finalized; check JQ’s events page later this month for exact dates. But heads up: she’ll be in Tulsa; St. Louis; Chicago; Harrisburg, PA; Severna Park, MD, and San Francisco.

SIGNED BY JQ: Don’t forget that you can get Queen Charlotte —and any of Julia Quinn’s books— autographed from University Book Store in Seattle. They ship worldwide!

*Please note that Queen Charlotte will be autographed by JQ only; Shonda Rhimes is not able to sign the books.

JQ on the Today Show!

March 1, 2023

Update, March 2: JQ unveiled the DOUBLE-SIDED Queen Charlotte dust jacket on the Today Show then shared a few fantastic book recommendations in a fun video clip. Follow this link!

Stay tuned to for more about JQ’s next book, Queen Charlotte, and its first-of-its-kind cover art. This is the first look! Preorder yours!

JQ be on the Today Show on Thursday, March 2 at approximately 9:50am EST, recommending her favorite new books for spring!

MAY 9: Queen Charlotte, THE BOOK ~ The Love Story That Changed the Ton

February 16, 2023

Queen Charlotte — the romantic, sexy, and daring new co-writing collaboration between Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes — will be available on MAY 9 in hardcover, ebook, and audio. Preordering has officially begun!

Queen Charlotte is the long-awaited companion novel to the upcoming original series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, created by Shondaland for Netflix, which will begin streaming on May 4, just days before the book becomes available.

THE COVER: We’re thrilled to share the never-before-seen gorgeous cover for Queen Charlotte, featuring India Amarteifio and Corey Mylchreest, the incredibly talented actors playing young Queen Charlotte and young King George III. Check out this wonderful teaser scene – JQ loves it! She calls it “the meet-cute to end all meet-cutes.”

THE BOOK: Queen Charlotte, the novel, contains all the wit and relatable authenticity of the world of JQ’s beloved Bridgerton Series, combined with the sparkling genius that Shonda Rhimes delivers every time. MAY 9 can’t come fast enough! PREORDER YOUR COPY! Can you get it AUTOGRAPHED? Of course!

MORE BOOK NEWS? When will we post an excerpt? Subscribe to news to find out, or follow JQ’s socials. Is it true JQ might talk about Queen Charlotte on the Today Show? YES! Mark your calendars for March 2 — details here.

Bridgerton Special Editions

January 24, 2023

updated January 26: REVEALED!! (flowers not included)

JQ & Juniper Books: We’re spilling the tea on the long awaited Juniper Books Bridgerton book set! (For the first look at young Lady Danbury, scroll down.)

JQ has partnered with Juniper books to make a gorgeous hardcover set with custom jackets available to Bridgerton fans just in time for Valentine’s Day!

The full design will be revealed on January 26.

Extra Special: The first 100 fans to buy the Juniper Bridgerton set when it becomes available will receive the special LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION bronze foil embellished design.

Click the NOTIFY ME WHEN AVAILABLE button on the Juniper website to be automatically notified when this collectible set becomes available for sale. The Limited Edition won’t last long!

Other Special Editions: The Bridgerton series is also available from Once Upon a Book Club:

These beautiful custom paper over board hardcovers are already favorites around the world. Each book comes with exclusive artwork, thoughtfully designed with the details from the novel.

EVENTS! Julia Quinn will be in Australia (and Columbus, OH) next month! Keep up with JQ’s appearances by checking the JQ events page regularly — a bunch of dates in Australia in February, then Ohio in early March. After that, you never know where she might pop up! (Heads up if you’re in central Florida. She’ll definitely be in there in September; details to come, but for an overview, check out this video JQ posted on Instagram about coming to Florida — especially if you are a librarian!)

First Look at Young Lady Danbury: Finally, we have had our first look at Young Lady Danbury, played by Arsema Thomas in the upcoming Netflix limited series, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story:

Under the thumb of a much older husband, Agatha uses Charlotte’s arrival to find her own way into society,” Netflix shared. “With keen knowledge of the once divided social scene and the intricacies of marriage, Agatha becomes a guiding light for the new Queen, all while finding her own voice and power we’ll soon recognize as Bridgerton’s iconic Lady Danbury.

JQ is particularly excited about this series, because she and Shonda have co-written a novel based on the show! It’s not yet available for pre-order, but we promise we’ll let you know when it is!

Veterans Day Giveaway…

November 12, 2022

…has ended. THANK YOU to all the veterans, service members, military spouses, and Gold Star family members who entered. All prizes for Julia Quinn’s 12th annual Veterans Day Giveaway will be mailed or emailed by December 31, 2022. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your service.

JQ’s next book will be titled “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” ~ the same title as the show!

September 28, 2022

THE BOOK’S TITLE: You heard it here first: JQ’s upcoming book, co-written with Shonda Rhimes, officially has a title. Get excited for Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story! Alas, JQ does not yet know 1) when the book will be released, 2) when you’ll be able to pre-order it or 3) when you’ll get to see the official cover, but trust that as soon as she knows, you’ll know. Keep an eye on this space, or subscribe to News.

OUR FIRST SNEAK PEEK: Over this past weekend Netflix and Shondaland released the first video clip of the eagerly awaited show (of the same title as the book), QUEEN CHARLOTTE: A BRIDGERTON STORY, slated for release on the streaming network in 2023. Just how eagerly awaited is this show? At the time of this news post’s publication, YouTube alone is almost at 2M views, and this does not count any of the social views! See it here ↓

CHARACTERS AND MORE! While we’re all waiting for more information, check out these two brand new character pages for Queen Charlotte and King George III. Didn’t know had character profiles? We do! Want more Bridgerton deep dives? How about Bridgerton-related book extras, or Bridgerton- and JQ-related merch? Fun stuff. Enjoy!

Next for the BRIDGERTON world: JQ and Shonda Rhimes team up!

July 7, 2022

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!

photo: Netflix

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.

about the Bridgerton books · where the books & the show come together

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.

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How to feed your JQ cravings until we know more? We have NEW CONTENT on 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!

→ Merch! Bridgerton-themed games, Bridgerton-themed teas, and more, including some swag that comes with Autographed-by-JQ books.

→ 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 Makes Her Debut!

May 10, 2022

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.

Check out those gorgeous first pages posted here on, get yours, and steer clear of those pigeons!

The books and the shows come together here.