MiaThermopolis will write a Historical Romance novel to be published by Avon A and all the proceeds will be given to Greenpeace. The plot of the book is described as this:
Finnula Crais, “the fair Finn,” is an adventurous beauty with more than a few secrets of her own. Finnula needs money for her sister’s dowry, and fast. Luckily she happens upon a knight in need of rescue in a local tavern – a nobleman who evidently has returned home to England from the Crusades with saddlebags of jewels, money, and lots of it. Finnula reasons what could be simpler than to kidnap him and hold him for ransom?
“It’s wonderful that Princess Mia has so generously donated her advance and royalties in support of our campaigns,” says Greenpeace Executive Director John Passacantando. “As the father of two daughters who are activists for the environment and avid readers of the Princess Diaries series, Princess Mia’s generous gift to Greenpeace means a great deal. Whether Greenpeace is fighting for solutions to global warming, saving the great whales or preserving ancient forests, we will work to fulfill Princess Mia’s wishes to protect the planet’s most fragile ecosystems.”
THE PRINCESS AND THE (GREEN)PEACE:
Bestselling Author Meg Cabot Reveals that
Princess Mia Thermopolis Will Pen Historical Romance Debut,
RANSOM MY HEART:
(Avon A/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; ISBN 9780061700071; $13.95; On-Sale 1/6/2009)
Princess Mia Thermopolis (a.k.a. Meg Cabot) to Donate All Proceeds to Greenpeace
NEW YORK, NY; September 16, 2008 – Today, international bestselling author Meg Cabot announced that Her Royal Highness, The Princess Mia Thermopolis, heroine of Cabot’s global bestselling Princess Diaries series, will be celebrating the release of Cabot’s Princess Diaries Volume X: Forever Princess (the final volume in the Princess Diaries series) with the publication of HRH The Princess Mia’s debut historical romance title, RANSOM MY HEART, being released by Avon A (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) on 1/6/2009. This royally-connected high school student penned the romance as her senior project. Cabot notes that Princess Mia has always been an outspoken animal rights activist and committed environmentalist, and that she will donate her worldwide proceeds (advances and royalties) for RANSOM MY HEART to Greenpeace. “And though Mia will not, as she once dreamed, be spending her gap year working for Greenpeace manning a rubber dinghy, keeping whales from getting harpooned, income generated from this book will help someone else do so,” says Cabot.
In recognition and respect of Princess Mia’s dedication to green initiatives, Avon A will print RANSOM MY HEART on 55#/416ppi Enviro100 Book, which contains 100% post-consumer fibers, created by FSC certified Cascade Mill in Quebec. (http://www.environmentalbychoice.com/environmental_papers/enviro100book.php)
Meg Cabot, who assisted HRH The Princess Mia on the finer points of writing RANSOM MY HEART, is also a supporter of environmental causes. Cabot’s preferred mode of transportation around her Key West hometown is a bicycle. Pink, of course. Her back-up bicycles match the bright colored covers of her #1 bestselling Princess Diaries series. The 41-year old author once had a learner’s permit when she was 23, but let it lapse when she moved to New York City. Her no-speed beach cruisers with giant seats fit her new tropical island lifestyle. Cabot believes it’s important to try to be environmentally aware: she recently launched an activist section on her website (www.megcabot.com), where she encourages readers to become involved with community activism and provides information about her favorite causes, including Greenpeace and the Environmental Defense Fund. “I’ve always been conscious that we have a responsibility to leave Earth a cleaner place than we found it, so future generations can enjoy it as well,” says Cabot on her website.
About Royal Highness, Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo:
Mia Thermopolis is a sometime vegetarian and full-time animal-rights activist who cares deeply about the environment. She often laments her looks, and continually struggles to understand her new role in the world as princess of Genovia. She is known for biting her nails, being concerned about her life to an exaggerated degree, and writing in her diary whenever she can. Mia lives with her family and cat, Fat Louie, in New York City. Visit her online at www.miathermopolis.com.