In the summer of 2016, my husband and I took a fifteen-day cruise around the British Isles. Our first stop was in St. Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey Island, the largest of the Channels islands, located west of Normandy, France.
In the south, Guernsey rises in a plateau with ragged coastal cliffs. It descends in steps and is drained mainly by streams flowing northward in deeply incised valleys. Northern Guernsey is low-lying, with the soil on lower ground made of blown sand, raised beach deposits, and the fills of old lagoons.
The guide explained that the residents of Guernsey speak English and French, don’t pay taxes (or pay very low taxes) and enjoy free medical care for children under seven and seniors over seventy. The island originally belonged to the Duke of Normandy and then alternatively to England and France. Now it is part of the British Commonwealth. The ruler is a governor and the constitution states that in case of problems the island would revert to England.
I loved the setting.
My muse immediately replaced the governor with a prince, just like the rulers of Monaco or Luxemburg, both in Europe, and my imagination changed their constitution–the heir to the throne must be married.
Gernsey Island became the Rensy Island of my new story.
The ruling prince is old and dying, and he worries about the future of his country. His fondest wish is to see his grandson married. But…
The young prince, a handsome businessman and playboy, enjoys his freedom too much to be trapped into an arranged marriage.
All of this played in my head while I was in the bus touring the island and visiting the landmarks.
Imagine if Kate Middleton (Dr. Amy in my story) were an American doctor, dedicated to her career and her patients.
What if Prince William (Prince Paul in my story) wanted to make sure his future wife will love him for himself and not for his crown?
What if he decided to act as her driver and guide in Paris to get to know her better?
What if their attraction turns into passionate love?
What about her medical career and her patients?
And now what if Meghan Markle decides to work after marrying her prince?
What if the paparazzi haunt them at every turn? What if the tabloid magazines spoil everything? What if…what if…what if…
I wrote the first draft of A BRIDE FOR PRINCE PAUL during my cruise.
A Bride for Prince Paul (Modern Princes Series Book 1)
She can’t abandon her patients for his crown! To please his dying grandfather and protect his country’s autonomy, Prince Paul of Rensy Island must marry an American doctor, descendant of a Rensian princess. Paul, a confirmed bachelor, agrees to meet Amy incognito during her vacation in Paris. Although her career and ex-boyfriend are major interferences, attraction sizzles between Amy and her ‘driver’, but the rumor of her engagement to ‘Prince’ Paul outrages her. Can he convince her that he loves her, in spite of his lies by omission?
Have you been inspired to write a book during a particular vacation?
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Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home.
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