Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Prince Hafiz's Only Vice by Susanna Carr ♥ Fun Facts & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Contemporary Romance)


What a royal wants…

Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a "suitable" bride.

In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz's ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.

Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he's determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!
How often does one get to name a country? Quite a few times, if you're a writer.
When I created a fictional desert kingdom for my Harlequin Presents, PRINCE HAFIZ'S ONLY VICE, I knew I didn't want to make up a name. I'm not familiar with the rules and patterns of the Arabic language in order to generate a word that would look authentic. I also know anything I produced would look… well, made up.
So I went with my tried-and-true method of devising a name for a location: I use a female name. Totally cheating, I know, but I figure that this is what many of our pioneers did. In this story, I even mentioned that the country was named after the first Sultana or queen.
After looking through Arabic female names, I came across the name "Jinan". It means "paradise" and I thought it would be perfect. Apparently there are a few places already named Jinan and I didn't think I could use it for my fictitious kingdom.
It was back to the drawing board! I decided to find an ancient female name and searched through a few Arabic baby name books. Unfortunately, every name I chose was already being used!
I finally came across the female name "Rudaynah". As far as I could tell, it's not the name of a country or a location. I couldn't find the meaning or pronunciation of the name, but I immediately decided that the desert kingdom was the Sultanate of Rudaynah.
It can be a fun experience naming a kingdom or it can be a frustrating challenge. Not only am I questioning the extent of my geographical knowledge, but I also might invest in a few more baby name books for the next time I create a country.
Lacey stared at the engagement announcement. Her mind refused to comprehend the words. "Marry?" she whispered. Her wild gaze flew to Hafiz's harsh face. "You're getting married?"

She waited in agony as he rose to his full height. He looked very tall and intimidating. Almost like a stranger.

Lacey didn't realize she was holding her breath until he answered. "Yes."

The single word sent her universe into a spiral. "I don't…I don't…." She stared at the headline again, but the pain was too raw, too intense.

Her hands shook as the rage and something close to fear swirled inside her. Fear of losing everything. Pure anger at the thought of Hafiz with another woman. The fury threatened to overpower her. She wanted to scream at the injustice and claw at something. Stake her claim. Hafiz belonged to her.

"You have been with another woman." She couldn't believe it. "All this time, you were with someone else."

Hafiz's eyes narrowed at the accusation. "No. You have been the only woman in my life since I met you in St. Louis a year ago."

She was the only woman, and yet he was going to marry another? "Then how are you…I don't understand."

He braced his feet a shoulders' width apart and clasped his hands behind his back, preparing for battle. "I met the bride today and she agreed."

Lacey's mouth gaped open. "You just met her?" She snatched the flicker of hope and held on tight. "So, it's an arranged marriage."

Hafiz let out a bark of humorless laughter. "Of course."

"Then, what's the problem?" She moved slowly as she stood. Her arms and legs felt limp and shaky. "Say that you won't get married."

He looked away. "I can't." Regret tinged his voice.
Susanna Carr
Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna's stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as "fun", "sexy" and "a must read." When she isn't writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.
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13 comments :

  1. Enjoyed the excerpt even if it is a little sad.

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    1. It is a little sad and it was very difficult for me to write! While I was writing PRINCE HAFIZ'S ONLY VICE, I had to stop in the middle of the book and write the epilogue so I could see the happy ending. Then I went back and finished the book.

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  2. Thanks for hosting and sharing my guest post on this blog!

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  3. I enjoyed reading the fun facts.

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  4. The fun facts were amusing!

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  5. Fun Fun Facts. Naming a country would be very cool.

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  6. The fun facts were great and so was the excerpt.

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