Royal Tea with Melissa de la Cruz + The Ring and the Crown giveaway

February 26, 2014 2014, event, fantasy, giveaway, Melissa de la Cruz, Wendy 139

flower deer

It’s not everyday that you get an invitation to a Royal Tea! Disney Hyperion celebrated the publication of Melissa de la Cruz’s new book The Ring and the Crown today at the beautiful Peninsula Hotel, and I was lucky enough to receive an invitation. Look, I even had my deer dress up in anticipation of the occasion. She got fancy and is wearing a flower crown like the girl on the gorgeous cover.

You’ll notice that Melissa de la Cruz and Margaret Stohl are also wearing flower crowns in the photo below, and the centerpieces also match the cover! Disney thought of every detail. Doesn’t Melissa look pretty? Her dress was the most perfect shade of pink.

Melissa & Margie


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The book is set in an alternate history world where the fate of the Franco-British Empire rests on two girls, Princess Marie-Victoria and her friend Aelwyn Myrddn, so it was very appropriate to be in such a luxurious setting. Plus they actually do have tea and delicious things to eat in the book!

Everyone was greeted at the door with a glass of champagne, and it was great fun to watch local authors arrive to support Melissa. Among the attendees were Tahereh Mafi, Ransom Riggs, Alyson Noel, Margaret Stohl, and Leigh Bardugo. Emily from Disney welcomed everyone to the event and spoke about what a pleasure it was to have worked with Melissa for the last 15 years as her editor. Melissa talked about how happy she was to celebrate not only the book, but also the wonderful relationships and friendships she’s made in the Los Angeles YA author community.





As we were served our lovely tea sandwiches and sweets, I got to chat with a number of people from Disney, including some of the wonderful publicists who work with bloggers, as well as the sweet person behind the Hyperion Twitter account who told me about some of the fabulous books they have coming up soon.

Melissa had also come around before the event and switched around some place cards so I was seated next to Leigh, and it was great fun to chat with her about books we’ve loved lately and YA film adaptations we’re looking forward to. I did my best to be polite and not pester her about Ruin and Rising, guys, but it was hard. So hard.



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Each of our plates had a hardback of The Ring and the Crown as a party gift, and Melissa was gracious enough to sign them. I read the book a couple of weeks ago, and it’s very enjoyable as a romance novel. With magic! And arranged marriages! And murder! Oops, have I said too much?

I can totally see this as an extremely addictive, soapy television mini-series, and would recommend it to readers who enjoyed Jennifer Donnelly’s adult historical novel The Tea Rose. Because there are some adult situations in it, the book is best suited for mature teens and adults. The upper YA designation allows the book to explore some interesting dynamics that you wouldn’t often see in YA, though. I especially liked the non-typical way the book ended, both in terms of the overall story arc and the romances, and it should be interesting to see where the story goes in the sequels. Anyway, I know a lot of our readers will enjoy this scandal-filled page-turner, and I’m glad we have a copy to give away. Go forth and enter below!

I had such a lovely time at the event, and thank Disney Hyperion and Melissa for having me. I told her editor that the only thing that could have made it more perfect was if Melissa had worn a ball gown like the spectacular one featured in the book, and she said smilingly, “Well, there’s always book two…”


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Win a copy of The Ring and the Crown!

Thanks to our friends at Disney Hyperion, we have a pretty ARC of this book to give away to one of our lucky readers! We’re making this one international too, so it’s open to all readers aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission.*

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you NEED this book in your life!

*Sorry, my fancy deer is not included. Nice try.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.

Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie’s face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she’s always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she’s always dreamed of–the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor’s court: trust no one.

The Ring and the Crown will be published on April 1, 2014.


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P.S. One of the ladies I met at the event also did an event write up as well, check it out at Beverly Hills Mom! Such a fun time was had by all.





139 Responses to “Royal Tea with Melissa de la Cruz + The Ring and the Crown giveaway”

  1. Stacy Renee

    I love historical fiction and from the way it sounds, it has a bit of magic in it which is a big plus for me because my first love is fantasy. I’m just really excited to read this! I don’t see many young adult historical fiction novels often so this was a pleasant surprise. :)

  2. Deyse

    The first thing that got my attention on this book was the cover, is so pretty! I saw it on Netgalley and knew I needed it. And them the reviews started to pop out and everyone is loving this, and I’m a sucker for fantasy (high or light) so I’m sure this book is gonna make me have a good time. :)
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  3. Julianne

    Stumbled across this post via goodreads, and I’m in awe. The event looks so lovely, and I’ll definitely be looking forward to reading the book.

  4. Alice K.

    This book sounds really decent!
    I wanted to read Mellisa De La Cruz’s “Blue Blood” series for quite a while. I think it would be a nice start with her novels! :D
    P.S. those cakes look delicious <3

  5. Emily

    I’d love to win this book, because I am a massive reader and am always on the lookout for something new to read. Also, IT SOUNDS AMAZING, LIKE WOW.

  6. Valeria Prosperi

    You guys are a splendid team. It is my dream to one day join a community like yours, I’ll work really hard to do it!

    I’m gonna be really honest with you guys because I believe in honesty as a principle: I think there a girls out there who want this book more than I do. I didn’t really knew the author until now, when one of your beautiful and educated girls answered to a comment to let me know this giveaway was being done, because I was very rude asking for a Fangirl international giveaway (sorry!) I didn’t really understand what it implies. The fact that I live in Italy is kind of a burden to me (I know, how can I complain?) but I love to read books in english, their original language, and the closest thing I have if UK, which is pricey and not always available.

    Nonetheless! I would love it if it were the case to win this book, because I just simply love books. They are my life. They have saved me from the darkness and the nothingness. They are my anchor, and they give me life when I have none. There is nothing I love more than losing myself between the pages of a book. I’m that person who wishes she was BF with every author she loves.

    Hope you guys have a nice day!

  7. Glvip

    I want to read this book so baddd ROYAL is my weakness, the story seems interesting and the cover is absolutely beautiful! :)

  8. Amy

    I love the cover ! I want to read this book because any book magic & royalty related is sure to be a hit with me.

  9. Natasha

    I am excited to read this one because I love Melissa De La Cruz’s books!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Alice

    I’d seen a few pics of authors at the tea, but it’s so great to see more of the event. It looks like it was lots of fun (and beautiful)! I love the mix of magic and politics in the book description, and the cover is gorgeous. I love bright colored covers!

    Thanks for sharing your experience (and pictures)! And for hosting this giveaway!
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  11. Thomas

    Wendy, the gorgeous photos in this post portray the glamor of the event well – glad you got to take part in such a fancy yet comfortable meal! Everyone looks fabulous and bookish. While I did not have much interest in this new release before reading your post, now I cannot help but place it on my to-read list.
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  12. Jennifer

    I have read Blue Bloods and I really enjoyed how the author made Mimi change and evolve (even if I have a more mixe opinion about the whole serie). So a book from the same author in a magic world ? I am really curious to read it.

  13. A Canadian Girl

    *eyes pictures of food hungrily*

    Oh man, you managed to sit beside Leigh and control yourself?! I admire your restraint because that would so not be me :D

    I liked the first book in the Blue Bloods trilogy but gave up on it by book 3 and haven’t read any of Cruz’s other books. I wasn’t planning on reading this either but since you enjoyed it and mentioned that it has magic and murder, I may change my mind, Wendy. I hope you’re going to an in-depth review to totally convince me … :)
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  14. diana bantayan

    cover must be very interesting to attract readers! yours did a very good job! this will definitely fit in to few of my book collection as I only rely reading through ebooks…

  15. Aranza

    Thanks for sharing the photos! Everything looks amazing, and I loved the flowers in the headpiece. I’m really looking forward to read this book. The cover for some reason makes me thing of a magazing cover.

  16. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    Love this post. Looks like the event was so enjoyable and what an amazing group of people to celebrate with. I’ve just recently started hearing about this book and it looks intriguing. I love the photography in this post :-) Beautifully done. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, pictures and chance to win.
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  17. Kim

    The event looks amazing! I love the tea cake display, they look delicious. The book cover looks gorgeous, so I’m definitely going to check this out!
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  18. BeverlyHillsMom

    I am so glad you wrote about this event, as it was SUCH a lovely afternoon meeting you and the other ROCK STARs of this YA world that I am now ever so intrigued to know. Thank you for being so sweet and helping me know what was happening – talking with you and Leigh was so much fun – I can’t wait to see what develops…xoxo
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  19. Lucy

    What a fun event! The tea sounds like the perfect pairing for the book. I like Melissa de la Cruz’s older YA and adult books and will have to give this one a try. And you’ve gotten me interested in reading The Tea Rose too :)

  20. Kat Cabral

    I am so excited! I just can’t wait to read Melissa’s new book! I have read almost everything she has written and am looking forward to a fresh new story!!

  21. Courtney Bolton

    I love Melissa de la Cruz! I’ve read all of her blue bloods series and I also read frozen. I love her writing style and her strinstrongg heroines.

  22. Marjolein

    It would have been so cool to attend the royal tea. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Now it feels like we were there as well.

    Love Melissa’s books so I would be a very happy person if I won.

  23. Latitia

    I have either read or have all of Melissa De La Cruz I’m fan from the gecko that won’t change I love this book and I’m still procrasting on Frozen that I borrowed from the library but I’ll finish sometimes this week. I look forward too this book coming out just like I have all the others and I feel the same with this book. Like I said before my love for this author won’t die it hasn’t yet I love her work .

  24. Becky

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous! I love alternate history books and this one seems very unique.

  25. Jessica Cooley

    Ok, everyone connected to this is so lucky! It makes me all warm and giddy and happy to see such beautiful moments. LOVE IT! Oh, and I’m totally jealous. Just sayin’. I’ve not read her books yet but they’ve been on my radar for a while. The Witches of East End TV made me shy away from them for a bit because I watched the show (a girl from my hometown is one of the stars) and didn’t want to compare the two non-stop. I think I’m going to have to grab this one though, it’s so fresh and new and shiny!
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  26. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I need this book because: there is magic, there is history and words like ‘Princess’ always makes a book an instant-buy for me. The different genre mash-up sounds great to me and I got to say, the cover has my attention too. You took some great photographs by the way, so thanks for sharing :)!
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  27. Heather @ Buried in Books

    Those pictures are absolutely beautiful!! I do love your deer with the beautiful flowers in it. It does look good next to the book.

    What a great event to attend! A tea sounds so wonderful and the authors look so incredible with those floral headpieces. Is that Tahereh Mafi wearing one too? Hmm, I’m not sure which author I would want to sit next to, but any of them it would have been hard to keep from asking questions.
    I would have had to keep my mouth full :)

    I will be interested to know what you thought of the book. Thanks for sharing the event with us! It is such a unique event, I love knowing about the creative ways publishers are sharing new books with their readers. So I have to know, did you wear a hat, flowers? Did you have to buy a new dress or did you have something special set aside that said, “Wear me to a tea with authors and Disney Hyperion”? LOL I would have had to do some major shopping!

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  28. Giselle

    Oh man these posts make me so jealous! I want to live where things happen!! haha. We doN’t even get signings here let alone awesome balls events like this! But it sounds like you had a great time! I cannot even imagine sitting down for tea (though I don’t drink tea but I would suffer through it! And you do mention sandwiches and sweets so eff yeah!) with all these authors – and you sat next to Leigh Bardygo! EEK! That last picture with the food makes me hungry! YOU KNOW ME AND JUNK FOOD OF ALL KIND!!! The alternate history world sounds neat and I have had my eye on this book since I saw the cover. I’m kind of fascinated by how unique it sounds!
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  29. Rachel

    Oooh this place looks lovely for tea! I’ll have to try it sometime. Gorgeous pictures, Wendy! It looks like you had fun at this amazing event. I’ve met all these authors at different signings, except Ransom Riggs (although, he’s been present at a few, in the audience) and they were all entertaining in their own way.

    Melissa’s new book has such a beautiful cover and the story sounds interesting as well. Wonderful post, Wendy! :)
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  30. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’ve seen pictures of this event all over Twitter and Instagram, so it is SO COOL that you were invited as well, Wendy! I don’t know how you resisted asked Leah about Ruin & Rising – I salivate just thinking about it. *sigh* I haven’t had much luck with Melissa’s work in the past, so though I received an ARC of this one, I won’t be reading it, I think. I have a feeling it just isn’t a “me” kind of read. Wonderful post, Wendy! :)
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  31. may

    What a gorgeous cover and what a great plot! Can’t wait to read such a fun book!

  32. Carina Olsen

    I need this book in my life because that cover is STUNNING. I haven’t read much about the book yet, as I don’t want to upset myself knowing it isn’t out yet, hih :D But the cover is gorgeous. And ohh! I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing :) It looks and sounds like you had an amazing time. <3 So jealous. Also, thank you so so much for this amazing giveaway.
    Love, Carina
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  33. Jen @ YA Romantics

    Wow — that is just about the coolest book event I’ve ever seen. Peonies, tea, books, amazing authors — what else could you want?
    I’m in love with the cover of Ring and Crown and can’t wait to try it. I was lucky enough to attend an event that Melissa spoke at in NY, and she’s so funny in person. She was telling us about the process of making Witches of East End into a TV show.
    And okay, maybe that event wasn’t the place to interrogate Leigh Bardugo but glad you are planning to ambush her with probing questions at a later date!
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  34. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    Aren’t you a lucky lady, Wendy! This looks like it was an absolutely decadent event. Clearly they are very excited about this book over at Disney. OR maybe it’s a good excuse for a party :). I’ve read several descriptions of this story that were so confusing I couldn’t make any sense of them. Are there 4 girls in this story? Including an Amreican on a ship? I got that sense from one of them. Anyway, that description you posted is far more coherent. I guess I need to read the book to figure out what’s what. I’m guessing it has multi povs at least. I’m a little nervous about all the messy, intersecting romances. But I love historical romance and good fun so I’m going into this with a hopeful attitude. Any sense whether this is going to be one of those never ending series? I think her previous one had lots of books.
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  35. Laura

    Oh my, that’s amazing! I recently saw a post of a “tea party” some bloggers tend to arrange to discuss books at and each time, they have a menue especially prepared to fit the book in some way, and decoration. Love that Disney Hyperion did something like that, the photos are incredible. I wish I’d been there!

    The Ring and the Crown is on my wishlist ever since I discovered the Cover on an english blog – and fell immediately in love with it. Not only because of its outstanding beauty but also because it’s so different for a fantasy book, at least from what I know from the german book market. I desperately need a new fantasy series that blows my mind, hence fingers crossed.
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  36. Ric

    Woah! This event must have been really awesome! I’d love to get invited to something like that, and all those flowers <3
    I'm really curious about this book, I have never read anything by Melissa de la Cruz before but "The Ring and the Crown" is just really appealing. Thanks to this cover of course, but the things I've heard about it so far just make me want to have it!
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  37. Layla A

    You had me at “alternate history” + “rests on two girls.”

    Also, I’m usually pretty down with books that are described as soap operas. Aww yiss. Anyway, this looks exciting, and I’ll probably end up picking it up on my own eventually!

    & that royal tea looks DELIGHTFUL.
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  38. Rashika

    Darn you Wendy *shakes fist*
    I WANTED THE DEER. It’s all I ever wanted.
    The event sounds like it was a lot of fun and I am glad you had a great time! :D
    The pictures are FABULOUS. Seriously.
    Although all those goodies are making me hungry….
    On a side note, did you get to wear a flowery crown as well?? :)

  39. Ashley Cavell

    I love royal intrigue books! Add in the magical elements and I’m even more excited for this book! Thanks also for sharing the details about the tea. Looks like a great event to celebrate a great author and her new book!

  40. Natalie Crown

    Oh WOW.

    That looks AMAZING. What a gorgeous event. And while I don’t often pick up outright romances, the fact that it is targeted at the upper end of the YA spectrum has me tempted, mainly because I love historical settings.

    I am amazed at your ability to hold back about Ruin and Rising though. AMAZED.
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    • Wendy Darling

      It was just beautiful. One of those things where you just marvel over all the attention to detail, and I’m sure will be a memory to cherish for the author. What an amazing way to celebrate her book!

      Yeah, upper YA and historical fantasy are two really good things. I really like both those things.

      And as far as RUIN AND RISING goes, well. It could be that I was able to restrain myself because I already have PLANS for that. :D :D :D You’ll just have to wait and see.

    • Wendy Darling

      I think Tahereh actually has several flower crowns on in that photo, hah. She walked in looking fabulous already, but the rose crown definitely made her look extra special.

      Yesss, didn’t they do a great job of tying the event to the book?! I was so impressed. It’s funny, because we were originally in this very pretty room before they moved us, and I was like…hmm, this is odd, but then we got to the REAL room and it all made sense because even the centerpieces matched! So well done, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  41. Jasprit

    Wendy you get to attend the best events ever! I was having so much fun scrolling through my instagram photos of the event last night, and I didn’t even realise that you were there until I saw your picture. That is really such an amazing event to be part of! I for one wouldn’t be able to talk through nervousness, but go you for trying to get as much detail from Leigh about Ruin and Rising. I have to admit that I had never heard of this book before your wonderful post, but you certainly have me intrigued! Thank you once again for sharing such a gorgeous post with us! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yes, weren’t all the author and Disney photos great? Everyone was having such a good time with their champagne and rose crowns!

      Actually, I didn’t ask Leigh anything about R&R at the event at all, hah. We are saving that for a future INTERROGATION. I’ve already warned her I won’t go easy on her.

      I’m glad you liked the post and are intrigued by the book, though. It wasn’t really on my radar until recently either, but I quite enjoyed it.

  42. Faye @ The Social Potato

    Sigh, it’s one of my dreams and fervent wishes to meet the cool people behind Disney Hyperion. They’re one of the best people around (imo) when it comes to publishing for YA literature. Even Riggs was there!!! I missed his coming here in the Philippines and it would have awesome to meet him in person. As for the book, I really really like the cover and plus I’m interested how the story will play out. I haven’t read a lot of books that are targeted more towards the higher tier of the YA demographic, but whenever I do, they’re absolutely brilliant so I’m pretty certain Melissa’s book will be a must-have :D

    Thank you so much for the giveaway *bounces*
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    • Wendy Darling

      Disney really IS great, I agree with you regarding the quality of their YA releases. I mean, everyone has hits and misses, but I have a very good track record with their titles for the most part.

      I hope you get a chance to meet Ransom Riggs sometime–he seems like such a lovely and interesting person from what I’ve seen. And yes, the upper YA part is interesting, isn’t it? I would love to see more titles for that target audience, although admittedly I’m biased as an adult. But I can say to you, because you are, too. :P

    • Wendy Darling

      It was a rather spectacularly bookish afternoon! I enjoyed myself immensely, and all the pretty things like the crowns and the tiny pastries were just the icing on the cake.

      So you think historicals are the next big thing in YA, huh? I’m thinking maybe historical fantasies, to be more specific. I was just telling someone a few comments above yours that I don’t always love historicals and I don’t always love fantasies, but lately I’ve had a lot of luck with historical fantasies, so I’m on the lookout for more. MOAAAAR.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  43. Suzana

    Hi Wendy!

    The event looked lovely :) Honestly, the last book I read by Melissa was The Au Pairs which I loved when I was 15. I would love to give The Ring and The Crown a try though. Romance, magic and murder, all put together, should be fun! :) Thanks for the giveaway!


    • Wendy Darling

      Well hi, Suzana! It really was the most fun afternoon, I could happily do it at least once a month.

      Would you believe I’ve never read a MDLC book until now? How funny, you’ve only read her first book and I’ve only read her last one. It really is an interesting mash-up of genres, I hope you enjoy it!

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, thank you, Mel! I look at these and I wish they weren’t so dark/slightly blurry because of the lighting, but I guess the baker/cook/whatever always sees mistakes that other people don’t notice. ;)

  44. Kate Bond

    Awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome. Awesome.

    Everything should be a tea thing. All the foods should be miniature. All the heads should wear flowers.

    • Wendy Darling

      I agree with ALL the things you’ve said. Please, could we add all the ladies should wear swishy ballgowns if they wish? I wish it were appropriate to flounce around in extravagant clothing more often.

    • Wendy Darling

      I adore the cover. I was telling Melissa’s husband that it’s so eye-catching and feminine, but it stands out because it’s not just another girl in a pretty ball gown, you know? Also, it doesn’t necessarily turn off people who may not immediately be drawn to historicals or fantasy.

      I wish you had been there, too! It was a lovely event.

  45. fishgirl182

    I don’t think my original comment made it through so here I go again. This sounds like such an awesome event. That’s so cool that Disney invited you. I totally want to read this book and I admit it’s because of the cover. I mean, it’s so pretty! I love florals and bright pink so this speaks to me. Not to mention that Mel is a very cool person and the premise for this books sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway and the great recap.
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    • Wendy Darling

      It was such a fun afternoon! It was my first time meeting MDLC (ooo, fancy initials!) and my first book by her, and both were really pleasant to experience. The cover is SO pretty. Did you notice they matched the swirly background of the cover artwork to the placecards, too? You can see it if you enlarge the photo with the sandwich/cake tier.

      If/when you read the book, please do a Mani Mondays post for it! The florals and pink and purple would be so pretty as nail art.

  46. Larissa

    Wendy, you’re so lucky! Drinking copious amounts of delicious tea and sweets with super cool authors? Awesome. The pictures make it look even more appealing. This book seems quite interesting, I’ve seen it around but haven’t really given it an in depth look. Thanks for the giveaway (: I’m quite saddened though that the fancy deer isn’t included [;
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    • Wendy Darling

      I do feel very lucky indeed! It was so nice of Disney to invite me. I thought the book was very fun, so I hope you like it as well. I don’t know your taste in historical romances, though.

      And shipping the deer would be problematic anyway. She likes her breathing room.

  47. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    Pity the fancy deer was not included… XD Oh, wow, this whole post is just AMAZING. I’m didn’t even know authors did that sort of thing….*fangirls quietly* All those bookish celebrities…eeep!! Plus the cakes looked delicious too. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with cake and books and awesome authors??!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh no, the deer must stay with me! *brandishes stick*

      But yay, I’m happy you enjoyed the post. It was a really small, intimate affair and it was kind of nice to see authors just relaxed and enjoying themselves, rather than being “on” and having to worry about huge lines of fans and autographs, if that makes sense. It does make you wonder how many of these things happen without our knowing it though, hah. I hear some of the LA authors do movie nights together, which sounds like fun.

      Cake + books + awesome authors = fun. Always.

  48. Darith L.

    That looks like so much fun! The book looks so scrumptious! I mean that flower wreath! Beautiful! I spy Tahereh & Ransom! Eeeep! :D Glad to know that you had fun! I lived vicariously through you, haha.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee, do you see Ransom peeking out from behind Tahereh’s rose crown? I should have taken more photos, but I also didn’t want to be too snap-happy and interrupt what was going on, if you know what I mean.

      It was a fun event, though, and I’m glad to be able to share it with you. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      We just had a Midnight Garden tea in December to celebrate the holidays, so this has been a very fancy winter for me! It was really the perfect event for this book, though. Unless they decided to host a BALL.

  49. kimbacaffeinate

    Thank you so much for sharing the event with us. The royal tea sounds lovely and the guest attending would have sent my heart fluttering ..Mafi, Riggs..gads! Glad you had a good time Wendy! I love the cover of the Ring and the Crown. I am anxious to see your review, I love the setting and period.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’ve seen a ton of photos of Tahereh and Ransom around the blogosphere, but this was the first time I’d ever seen them in person! She looked amazing, of course, although I’m kicking myself that I forgot to take a look at her shoes. She always seems to have ridiculously awesome footwear on.

      The tea was such a treat. Since you enjoy historical romances, I hope you’ll enjoy this book!

  50. Alise

    Wow, Wendy! What a fun event! It must have been cool with just Melissa De La Cruz but then with all those other awesome authors too… I would have been like a deer in the headlights and/or been shaking so bad with nervousness. Glad you had fun :) Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Wendy Darling

      It was quite the gathering of authorly forces! At one point, a woman who wasn’t familiar with YA was asking me who everyone was, and I was going around the room pointing at people saying, “And she’s a NYT bestselling author, and he’s a NYT bestselling author, and her movie was just out last year…” and I realized how funny it was.

      I don’t really get nervous over stuff like this, weirdly enough. If I’d been asked to speak publicly, though, I would have frozen up and run away.

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m not sure, but Melissa may have a more official/bigger release event closer to the book’s release! (This was a pretty small group.) I think she’s going on tour for it as well, so you might want to look to see if she’s coming to your area.

  51. Diana G.

    OMG! I loved Melissa de la Cruz’s BLUE BLOOD series, and I did not know she had another book (besides the one w her husband) out! Like you mentioned in the giveaway, I NEED THIS BOOK :D hahahaha!


    • Wendy Darling

      I had never read a Melissa de la Cruz book before this, Diana, so I’m very curious about Blue Bloods! I hope you like this one as well. Melissa’s husband was there at the event, too, and he was super nice.

    • Wendy Darling

      Wasn’t it bee-yoo-ti-full? I’ve been to and hosted a lot of beautiful places and events, but this one is right up there among the nicest.

      I’m so curious what you’d think of this, Danielle! I know you enjoy romances too, though, so I think if you approach it that way you’ll enjoy it. I feel like people who go in expecting an ultra serious high fantasy thing might be disappointed, but it’s really more of a fast-paced, entertaining read.

    • Wendy Darling

      It was a pretty small gathering, Marianne–there were only about two dozen people there, most of whom were authors or with the publisher. It was such a lovely way to celebrate a book’s release, though, and such a perfect way for this particular story.

      I’ll tell you a secret: I don’t really get star-struck all that often, hah. I can think of only a handful of people that might cause me to lose my wits, so that probably serves me well at these things. Always fun to meet authors, though! Especially in a more relaxed setting.

    • Wendy Darling

      So VERY posh, my dear. (I am looking meaningfullly down my nose at you as I say this.)

      I hope you enjoy this when you get to it, Joy! It’s a fun read for a rainy afternoon.

  52. Alyn

    I’m giddy just looking at the pictures! Almost as if I was the one invited! Of course, if it were me, you wouldn’t see any pictures of food, maybe just the crumbs. Thank you for taking pictures and sharing them with us!

    I would love to get an ARC of this book because of the identity switch. Those always sound like a great plan but turns into an equally great mess.

    • Wendy Darling

      Heh. ALYN. I normally inhale huge amounts of tea and cake at these things, but honestly I was so busy talking to people that I only ate/drank half of what I had. Blasphemous, I know, but I figured it’s okay since I’ll have those things way more than I have the chance to chat with these interesting people.

      I always am intrigued by identity switch stories too, although like you said, there are always complications. Maybe it’s a love for Parent Trap thing. ;)

  53. Sarah C.

    This book sounds so much fun! Your description and the synopsis sound a bit like a medieval, magical version of Downton Abbey, which I love. And some lighter, fluffier fare sounds perfect right now! The Royal Tea sounds like it was a lot of fun too and those are lovely photos.

    • Wendy Darling

      I had a lot of fun with the book, Sarah. :) You understood what I was trying to say about it exactly, it’s one of those very entertaining, light-hearted reads. Dramatic stuff definitely happens in it, though.

      And yes, the tea was so fun! Fancy teas are always lovely to indulge in.

      It IS rather like Downton in a number of ways, too. Especially in regards to a certain goings-on involving Turkish gentlemen…

  54. Savannah

    Woah, this kind of alternate-universe-y royalty thing has given me the grabby-hands something hardcore. I think Disney Hyperion usually has a great eye for books, and this author is definitely a tried and tested one… sounds like we’ve got a really winner on our hands. And honestly, who can say no to Princesses??
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    • Wendy Darling

      The mash-up of genres is kind of bizarre, but it really worked for me, Savannah–it was just crazy enough to be entertaining. :D I like a lot of DH books, too, they’ve got some great titles coming up later this year.

  55. Sashana

    My favorite children’s book is The Golden Compass (the entire series, really). I think it’s one of the most well written and emotional children’s books out there. The world is amazing and I think it’s a book you can reread it many times and find something at all.

    • Wendy Darling

      I love love love TGC, too. <3 And so sorry, Sashana, that Rafflecopter qualification must have been confusing--I'd accidentally copied the comment thing for our other middle grade post, hah. Don't worry, though, I've made a note of my glaring error.

  56. Kim

    Wow. This event looks like it was *so*lovely. My jealousy factor is off the charts! AND you got to sit next to Leigh Bardugo? My, my, my, you lucky duck! I have such an author crush on her. And by “author crush” I mean when I like an author so much I desperately want to be their friend. Most importantly, though, how was the clotted cream?

    • Wendy Darling

      I think my love of Leigh is pretty well known (this was before your time, Kim, but Tonya and I had a fun outing with her last year for S&S), so I think Melissa was trying to be nice. Which was insanely nice of her, since I hadn’t met her before.

      The clotted cream was excellent! As were the lemon curd and scones. I liked the Peninsula better than the place we went to for our Midnight Garden tea for sure. I have more to tell you, but I’ll email that to you separately. I have a zillion things to tell you, so prepare yourself for a biggie. :D

      • Kim

        :D :D

        This comment is too exciting for nearly 3AM. I’m yawning but I’m smiling so wide. Tell me allllll the things.

        Damn. That outing with Leigh. All my jeals forever. (I would also talk GoT with her. We have all the same fav characters. We’d be friends, I am telling you! I maintain my author crush.)

        • Wendy Darling

          I think you’d fall deeper in love with her if you met her, Kim, for realz. If she’s signing for RY&R in Philly later this year, I’ll tell her to be on the lookout for you!


    • Wendy Darling

      It was definitely a memorable experience, Ellen–the authors were having a lot of fun with their crowns, it was pretty cute. I hope you enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it!

  57. Susan T.

    I would have loved to have been there with all my favorite authors! I love historical fiction, mystery, romance and fantasy so I think this book would be one I would really enjoy.

    • Wendy Darling

      The book is a really nice blend of all those things, Susan! The way magic plays into the story is pretty clever, too. I liked that part a lot, as well as how the relationships don’t always go the way you’d expect.

  58. Tammy

    The story of Peter Pan appeals to me because of the Lost Boys. Everyone deserves their own kind of family whether it’s the one you’re born into or your own kind of group that develops. It’s nice to know someone is looking out for you.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, Tammy–never mind! I originally wrote that I thought you might’ve meant to leave this on another post, but I see I made a mistake and forgot to change the Rafflecopter instructions for this contest. D’oh! Sorry about that, and don’t worry about your entry. :)

  59. Sarah J

    I love the pictures, Wendy! Have you ever thought about being a photographer because you have a great eye for capturing photos. :D It sounds like it was a lovely event. I love the crowns they are so stylish. Murder is always fun in books, but romance doesn’t hurt either. ;) I can’t believe Melissa has been with Hyperion for so long. I adore her Blue Bloods series and this book sounds like it’ll be right up my alley. Lovely post!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, Sarah! I think I do pretty well composition wise for an amateur, but I’m nowhere near good enough to be a professional. Sometimes I look at photos on my Instagram or the blogs I read and I get all depressed about not being better, tbh.

      The crowns were amazing! Everyone kept whipping them on and off, except Tahereh who at one point put several of them on her head. It was so cute, and I think you can actually see that in one of the photos above. Her flowers are so big you can’t even see Ransom beside her.

      I was surprised by how long she’d been with Hyperion, too! It’s so nice to hear that they’re both so happy with the relationship. The longevity and exclusivity is definitely pretty unusual, especially in YA.

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