Thanks for having me on your blog, Wendy!
Since my WIP is a historical and so is the new release Hidden Passion, I'm madly in the grip of a royalty crush and particularly the maharaja crush. Especially those Early Medieval Maharajas who were also the bold warriors ready to battle for their people and for what they believed in.
Why Maharajas, you might ask? Well, Maharaja stands for being powerful, majestic, a lone eagle and the ruler of all he surveys. Yet to be a king, a hero must be grounded too. He must know how to please the people. And ah yes, the heroine too! Wink, wink!
Royalty has a magnetic quality. Doesn't it seem as though they are above worldly troubles? Ordinary folks like us feel a kind of hero worship towards them for being so different. Then, at some occasion, one finds they are also going through the joys and sorrows life puts in their way just like ordinary people would...along with handling the onus of well, being out of ordinary...and you think, how can they be so multi-layered?
With so much intrigue and magnetism surrounding them, Maharajas are meant to be canvassed into romance heroes, I feel. In my newly released medieval romance the hero is a samrat (synonymous with king) and he is the strongest in the region. Samrat Deveshwaraya aka Devesh, already had me head over heels when he made his appearance. But when he began to exhibit the gentler shades to his persona, that was doubly undoing. He can set ablaze passion in his princess, yet also is determined to stay on the path of duty. Rukmani, his princess in the story nurses a hidden passion for him. With a hero like that, well who can blame her?
I'm currently in the process of getting to know another Maharaja. King Karthikeya is the hero in my next historical. He is charming, suave and a stealer of hearts, BUT has a secret he is keeping from his princess. Didn't I say it? So many kings, so many shades. That’s what makes a Maharaja.
Rukmani, the youngest of the Kamboj royal family, has always had her way and she thinks she would too when the question of her marriage arises. But when she expresses her wishes, her world comes crumbling down because it seems aristocratic affairs matter more than her heart. Who can she run to but the strongest ruler of the region, Deveshwaraya?
Devesh finds himself torn between duty and desire. He is drawn to her yet being with her jeopardizes everything he has worked for. When even protecting her invites trouble, how can he let his heart become involved?
When the walls of monarchical politics rise high between them, will her passion prevail?
Hidden Passion – the story of a princess daring to reach out for her heart’s desire.
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