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SLCL Foundation Presents Popular Teen Author Melissa de la Cruz

Press Release

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series is pleased to present popular young adult author Melissa de la Cruz for a discussion and signing of her new historical page-turner, “The Ring and the Crown” on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.  Books for signing will be available at the event from the Left Bank Books.   
Bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz's new book “The Ring and the Crown” is the first in a new alternate history fantasy series, packed with royal politics, shocking betrayals, forbidden affairs and uneasy alliances.

Princess Marie-Elizabeth, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. 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 the Head Merlin, 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 Eleanor's extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir.
When Marie is promised to the heir to the Prussian throne, she turns to Aelwyn, desperate for help. The best friends form a perilous plan: Aelwyn, a powerful magician herself, will take on Marie’s face, allowing the princess to escape with the boy she loves 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 hunger for power in Lenoran England runs deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor's court: trust no one.  
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of many best-selling novels, including the popular Blue Blood series and “Witches of East End,” which premiered this Fall as a television series on Lifetime and has just been renewed for a second season. 
St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series hosts free family events with authors and musicians. Sponsors include Commerce Bank, Companion, and the Sara Guth Costigan Memorial Fund.
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit