Friday, June 17, 2016

We’re All a Little Princess-y

With: Kerri Carpenter

Congratulations to "Amanda F.", the winner in Kerri's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

In my latest novel, Tempting Mr. Wrong, Lance heads to North Carolina to check in on his four-year-old goddaughter, Mya, who happens to live with her Aunt Carly. And Aunt Carly happens to be Lance’s best friend’s sister. Did I mention that Lance jilted Carly years ago? (Psst – but he always regretted it!) At least Lance and Carly have Mya in common, and Mya has a total obsession with everything pink, girly, and princess-y. That got me thinking. Who are my favorite princesses? Without further ado, here’s a list.

Kerri’s Top 5 Favorite Princesses
(Some real, some animated, some from fiction)

   1.     Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
This version of Belle rocks my socks. Why? Because she loves books and totally loses herself in the stories. Plus, she clearly doesn’t care about looks – um, hello, Beast! Also, she’s not afraid to rock a yellow dress. And out of all the Disney princesses, I look the most like her.

   2.      Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
Grace Kelly is fabulous and I probably could just stop there. But I won’t. I also love her because she was friends with Alfred Hitchcock and in a couple of his movies and I adore Hitchcock films. Also, Grace is from Pennsylvania, just like me.

   3.     Cinderella from most versions of the story
I think we can all agree, she has fabulous shoes. She’s nice and hard-working too. Plus, she’s kind to animals and has a fairy godmother. Also important to note is one of the best cinematic references to her name courtesy of Pretty Woman, “Cinde-f*cking-rella.”

   4.     Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled
You gotta give it up for Rapunzel. She has amazing hair. It’s like one big Pantene commercial. We should all covet it. Also, she’s a loner like me. Of course, her loner-status is forced on her. But I think she makes the best of it. Also, she is voiced by Mandy Moore, who I love.

   5.      Princess Mia from The Princess Diaries movies
I love me some Princess Mia because she’s an ugly duckling and I think we’ve all felt that way at some point. Plus, she’s loyal. And the real kicker – The Princess Diaries movies are based on the YA book series and YA falls under the romance novel umbrella. Who doesn’t look a good romance novel?

Oh, you love romance novels? Then make sure you pick up my new contemporary romance novel, Tempting Mr. Wrong, available now from Entangled Publishing.

Hope you enjoyed my list of favorite princesses. To be honest, I think we’re all awesome princesses. That’s why I’m doing a giveaway. Tell me your favorite princess in the comments and you will be entered to win a copy of Kissing Mr. Wrong, book 1 in the Wrong Man Series. (This giveaway is for an e-copy of the book. Either Kindle or Nook, winner’s choice.)

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Award-winning romance author Kerri Carpenter writes contemporary romances that are sweet, sexy, and sparkly. When she’s not writing, Kerri enjoys reading, cooking, watching movies, taking Zumba classes, rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams, and anything sparkly. Kerri lives in Northern Virginia with her adorable (and mischievous) rescued poodle mix, Harry. Visit Kerri at her website, on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to her newsletter.

They walked back into the kitchen. Carly faced him. “What time is Mya coming home? Do I need to pick her up?”
            “Caitlin’s mom said she would drop her off.” He looked down at his watch. “In about two hours from now.”
            Carly put her hands in the pockets of her jeans and rolled back on her heels. “Wow, two whole hours, Mya-free. Just me and you.”
            She said it lightly, but as soon as the words were out of her mouth, the implication that they were alone filled the room. No Mya, no interruptions.
            They stood on opposite sides of the table. He could see her chest rising and falling as the silence between them dragged on. His palms were damp and he wiped them on his jeans.
            God, she was so damn beautiful. Taking in her gorgeous body, the usual reminder that he shouldn’t look at his best friend’s sister like this didn’t surface. In fact, he’d stopped thinking about her as Chris’s sister days ago.
            Those green eyes that sparkled as if they were laughing at all times. Her luxurious red hair. All of those womanly curves packed into her petite body. What man would be able to resist her?
            Not me. Not anymore.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 17th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I like all of the princesses you mentioned, but if I had to choose I'd go with Lucia from "She's No Princess"
    by Laura Lee Guhrke. Lucia is the illegitimate daughter of a prince and her father decides it's time for her to marry. Wonderful historical romance between a feisty Italian and a stuffy Englishman.

    natalija dot shkomare at gmail dot com

  2. If I can cheat a little and name a not quite princess, Mulan is my favourite. I love her spirit!

    Goldgirl149 at hotmail dot com

  3. I love Ariel... such an adventurous princess!

  4. no fav
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  5. Love Belle!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  6. Disney - I go Belle. Real life - love me some
    Princess Kate!

  7. Ariel in The Little Mermaid


  8. Thank you all for stopping by today! Such great answers too! Can't wait to hear some more.

  9. My favorite Disney Princess have changed over the years but now it is stuck on Belle. acatlover2003 at gmail dot com

  10. My favorite Disney Princess have changed over the years but now it is stuck on Belle. acatlover2003 at gmail dot com

  11. I am totally going to pretend not to be offended that I didn't make your Top 5. :-P
    My favorite princess was the Goose Girl. Second favorite, probably Anastasia Romanov!

  12. ***WINNER WINNER***

    Thank you all so much for playing along. For those who pick up a copy of my new book, Tempting Mr. Wrong, I hope you love it! Now, for the winner of our Princess Contest who will receive a copy of Kissing Mr. Wrong, congratulations to.... Natalija!!!

    Natalija - I will email you shortly. Congrats! And a big thank you to Just Contemporary Romance for having me here!


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