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The Royals

January 2024
On Sale: January 16, 2024
Featuring: Easton Royal
384 pages
ISBN: 059364221X
EAN: 9780593642214
Kindle: B0C9JRNP2J
Trade Paperback / e-Book
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Also by Erin Watt:
Cracked Kingdom, January 2024
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Twisted Palace, December 2023
Fallen Heir, December 2023
Broken Prince, October 2023


1--What is the title of your latest release?

Our latest release was the re-issue of FALLEN HEIR, book 4 in The Royals Series.

2--What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book?

Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals. Either you live by their rules, or you die by them.

3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?

Since it was the fourth book in a series, it had to take place in the same setting as the rest of the books—a wealthy town along the Carolina coast. We both love the ocean, so that’s why we chose that particular setting for the Royals series!

4--Would you hang out with your protagonist in real life?

Absolutely!! We love the strength and determination of our heroines. Our heroes are also ALPHA males to the core, which is equally fun because you get to see them butting heads with our sassy girls. Hanging out with Ella (the heroine of Books 1-3) and Hartley (the heroine of Books 4-5) would be a blast.

5--What are three words that describe your protagonist?

Easton:  Misunderstood, funny, protective.

Hartley: Determined, caring, confused.

6--What’s something you learned while writing this book?

Plotting a second romance in a series is really hard. We have so much respect for those who write multiple connected romances!

7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?

We do small edits as we go, especially as we read over the sections that each of us write. The big edits we save until the end.

8--What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?

Jen - Pizza!

Elle - Chocolate!

9--Describe your writing space/office!

Jen - I have an office at home where I write but I also have a laptop that I drag around the house to different rooms or to cafes. Sometimes a change of scenery is necessary to jump start my writing juices.

Elle - I usually write all over my house but tend to spend most of my time in the living room. In the summer, I like writing outside on my patio. I live in a rural-ish area, so it’s super quiet and I love being out there with my laptop.

10--Who is an author you admire?

Jen - Meljean Brooks. Her prose, characters, and imagination are everything. Please read her. She’s fantastic.

Elle - I’m in love with Kristin Hannah’s books. She packs so much emotion into her stories, and her characters always feel so relatable.

11--Is there a book that changed your life?

Jen - I don’t know of one book that changed my life but ever since I read the Power of Habit, I do make my bed every morning.

Elle - Probably one of the Sweet Valley High books I read as a pre-teen. They’re what made me want to write romance!

12--Tell us about when you got “the call.” (when you found out your book was going to be published)/Or, for indie authors, when you decided to self-publish.

We self-published this series a while back and suddenly got an email from our agent that there was interest in New York from publishers. We were so excited to finally see our books in bookstores in the United States. Jen once saw the Italian versions in Capris. That was one of the most exciting book moments in her life.

13--What’s your favorite genre to read?

We both LOVE new adult romance, which is one of the things that initially brought us together as friends.

14--What’s your favorite movie?

Jen - to be honest, I haven’t watched many movies recently. I’m more into dramas these days. I watch a lot of Korean dramas and I recommend one below.

Elle - There are way too many to name!

15--What is your favorite season?


16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

Jen - spa day. I love getting a massage. It feels so decadent.

Elle - Lazy day doing nothing. I go completely offline and recharge.

17--What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?

Jen - I’m a big fan of kdramas and Glory was one of the best ones I’ve watched in years. It’s on Netflix and it’s a revenge drama.

Elle - I recently watched all of Australian Survivor and I’m totally obsessed. Also, Love Island. I’m on a reality show binge lately.

18--What’s your favorite type of cuisine?

Jen - Korean food. I eat kimchi every day and would cry if I couldn’t have Korean barbeque, kimchi jiggae, tteokbokki on a regular basis.

Elle - Italian! Pizza and pasta any day, every day.

19--What do you do when you have free time?

Jen - Read. Loved the Murderbot series by Martha Wells.

Elle - Read, write, hang out with my dogs, see friends, travel.

20--What can readers expect from you next?

The re-issue of CRACKED KINGDOM re-leases on January 16th!


The Royals

Cracked Kingdom

The TikTok sensation Cracked Kingdom, the last in the #1 New York Times bestselling The Royals series, now in a new special edition with bonus material!

From a whirlwind romance to an unforgettable tragedy, two teenagers face their cruelest test yet.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right.

Because while Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn’t know if he’s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel.

Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget.

She might be right.

Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals. Either you live by their rules or you die by them.


Young Adult Romance [Berkley, On Sale: January 16, 2024, Trade Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780593642214 / eISBN: 9780593642221]

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About Erin Watt

Erin Watt

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun--and sometimes crazy--ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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