What is our fascination with royalty?
Is it the fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or the movie spin offs like Ella Enchanted that keep us rooting for the Royal and his/her commoner love interest. Maybe it’s the undying belief that opposites do attract.
Whatever the case, we are loud with our cheers for the happy takeover of the hearts. Think of it as some form of emotional coup d’etat in favor of the underdog. The odds or Fate are stacked against the person of lower birth. He or she will not and cannot be with said Royal, until that magic spark of instant attraction, desire, and lust causes more than a few fireworks in the heart and that special “sweet” spot. No matter what, love rules the day.
Certainly in real life, there is such fascination. The British royalty and their goings on easily earn its place on international news headlines. Tourists flock to England to sightsee and meander through the museums, castles and infamous last steps of nobility with macabre recreation. Granted there are a lot of general historical sites to be seen, in England, but look at how much we spend to get close to anything royal. Overseas tourists to England spent over £19 billion (2013) according to the Office for National Statistics.
While European royalty is one branch of those born to rule, there are still royal kingdoms/families around the world ruling through constitution or as absolute monarchies. And there’s no shortage in those stepping into the girlfriend/boyfriend roles and then, with a crossing of the fingers, making it to be crowned royalty. The magic is like the eternal flame. Everyone looks forward to the next royal wedding.
From a writer’s perspective, when I wrote INTO THE PRIDE, I deliberately chose a ruling dynasty that is on the brink of extinction. Taking a peek into a world where personal wishes and ambitions are weighted by duty and obligations. Then, add the element of an all-out war and hard decisions that carry the burden of upholding the family legacy become more crucial. These characters’ stamina with their leadership skills, taking on responsibilities, and passionately falling in love are tested. But then, that’s why our prince and princesses, kings and queens become mythical heroes. And their soul mates are very much their equal even without a trace of a royal blood.
The Nuuba Pride Shifters--Will lead. Will love. Will fight to protect their land.
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Michelle Monkou’s Bio
Michelle is a multi-published author with over 20 books in print and digital. She writes contemporary romances, paranormal/urban fantasy and publishes her backlist and original stories on her independent digital platform, Stella Maris Publishing. She’s a weekly contributor on USA TODAY’s Happy Ever Blog conducting author interviews, recommending and reviewing books, and providing commentary on romance fiction. She resides in Maryland writing many more stories to fill the hands and e-readers of romantic bookaholics.
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