QUEEN BEE April 4th 2023
A teen girl seeking retribution against her backstabbing former best friend finds her plans slightly derailed once she catches the eye of a familiar, handsome marquess. Bestselling author Amalie Howard delivers a delightful, anti-historical Regency-era romp that’s Bridgerton meets The Count of Monte Cristo!
“A divine dip into Regency waters for the YA set! What happens when you have to choose between revenge and love? Set within a multicultural, LGBTQ-positive society, QUEEN BEE takes flight.“ – Jodi Picoult, #1 NYT bestselling author of WISH YOU WERE HERE
Lady Ela Dalvi knows the exact moment her life was forever changed—when her best friend, Poppy, betrayed her without qualm over a boy, the son of a duke. She was sent away in disgrace, her reputation ruined.
Nearly three years later, eighteen-year-old Ela is consumed with bitterness and a desire for . . . revenge. Her enemy is quickly joining the crème de la crème of high society while she withers away in the English countryside.
With an audacious plan to get even, Ela disguises herself as a mysterious heiress and infiltrates London’s elite. But when Ela reunites with the only boy she’s ever loved, she begins to question whether vengeance is still her greatest desire.
In this complicated game of real-life chess, Ela must choose her next move: Finally bring down the queen or capture the king’s heart?
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR QUEEN BEE
“Howard crafts an entertaining exploration of themes of forgiveness and choice as well as power and agency in a society with restrictive rules for women. A satisfyingly delightful tale of deception, retribution, and romance.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“Howard’s historical teen romance has the perfect balance of subterfuge and sweetness. Both this Regency-era romance’s protagonist and love interest are culturally diverse, allowing for fresh takes on some tried-and-true tropes. Fast-paced, engaging, and a lot of fun, Howard’s novel is a true diamond of the first water.” ~ Booklist
“Immersive and inclusive. Amalie Howard brings a new twist to Regency romance in this intriguing story about deceit, bitterness, vengeance… and finding true love. Readers are in for a treat!” ~ Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of DEFY THE NIGHT
“Amalie Howard brings a much needed breath of fresh air to Regency romance in this buzzy revenge romp, rich with feisty characters, and unexpected friendship.” ~ Stacey Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club pick THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL
“Amalie Howard delights and captivates with Queen Bee – a refreshingly updated historical that has quickly become one of my favorites!” ~ # 1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Checkmate! QUEEN BEE by Amalie Howard is a funny, smart, and enchanting anti-regency filled with diverse characters, flirty banter and a plot for revenge. Howard’s resilient heroine, Lady Ela, is the quick-witted best friend everyone wants by their side. She is as calculating as she is compassionate and as she gets closer to her goal, thoughtfully handled moments of grief, friendship, and a swoon worthy romance make this novel a difficult one to put down.” ~ Krystal Marquis, author of THE DAVENPORTS