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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Harlequin introduces “Royal Wedding” novellas

Harlequin is giving readers something royal to curl up with.

The publisher known for its romance novels is hoping to cash in on the upcoming nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton by releasing a special series of eBook novellas called as “the Royal Weddings collection.”

The publisher showed some restraint, however, by not actually writing about Prince William and Middleton. Instead, each of the seven books in the series will focus on a different royal wedding, from the 12th to the 19th century. A different author writes each title. All are priced at $1.99.

“These seven short stories brilliantly capture the drama, pomp and ceremony and high passion of real-life royal weddings,” senior editor Linda Fildew said in a press release. “From Eleanor of Aquitaine to Queen Victoria, these royal romances through the ages bring history vividly to life.”

One of the seven novellas crosses the English Channel: “The Problem with Josephine” centers on Emperor Napoleon’s wedding to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria in 1810. The other six titles and their royal pairs are:

• “What the Duchess Wants” (Duchess of Aquitaine and the future Henry II, 1152)

• “Lionheart’s Bride” (King Richard and Princess Berengaria, 1191)

• “Prince Charming in Disguise” (Prince George and Caroline of Ansbach, 1704)

• “A Princely Dilemma” (George IV and Princess Caroline of Brunswick, 1795)

• “Princess Charlotte’s Choice” (Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold, 1816)

• “With Victoria’s Blessing” (Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, 1840)

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