posted on November 13, 2015 by Lucy Monroe

Inspiration in the Sicilian Sun

by Lucy Monroe

VOT1I’m often asked what my favorite part of the writing process is. And you know I have to say right now, doing my writing in the Sicilian sun, that research has to be right there at the top. I absolutely love travel and the fact that I get to travel for my job? That is a huge perk. I’ve written many Sicilian heroes and a couple of books set here, but plan to write more…so a trip abroad seemed like a good idea. The fact my niece’s husband got stationed at the Naval base near Catania cinched it.

VOT2We’ve been doing tons of research (i.e. sight seeing) since we arrived. One of the most amazing places Danielle and Justin took us (that we did not get to see on previous trips abroad) was the Valley of the Temples. Ruins there are over two thousand years old and some of the temples are so well preserved, there is no problem imagining what they would have looked like when they were first built.

My love for history isn’t the only thing being fed either. Literally. The kids took us to this amazing olive grove/traditional Sicilian eatery where we picked olives to be pressed into oil and then were served (and I’m not exaggerating on this) a 19 course traditional Sicilian meal that took FIVE hours to eat. Oh, my gosh, food coma is a real thing. Even eating only a bite or two of each course, I was dying by the end. But the setting? Perfect for a Harlequin Presents!

I’ve got two more story ideas with several Sicilian heroes floating in my head since arrival. My Harlequin Presents editors are almost as happy about that as I am. And we’ve got three days in Barcelona to look forward to, followed by a weeklong Mediterranean cruise. I’m going to come home swimming in ideas!

Taming the BillionaireUntil then, don’t forget my wonderful Mediterranean heroes out in my Taming the Billionaire Box Set out from Harlequin Presents this month along with a couple of sexy princes.

Prepare to be swept away by your very own billionaire in this sensational box set that includes two reader-favorite duets by USA TODAY bestselling Harlequin Presents® author Lucy Monroe.
One Night Heir (By His Royal Decree) Crown Prince Maksim’s country needs an heir, so when he discovers his lover Gillian Harris can’t have children he severs ties… Until one last night in her bed leaves her pregnant!

Prince of Secrets (By His Royal Decree) Prince Demyan does whatever it takes to protect his country, even if that means seducing Chanel Tanner into marriage. But when he discovers she is a virgin, he uncovers something in himself—a conscience…
The Shy Bride (Traditional Greek Husbands) Greek tycoon Neo Stamos wants starlet Cass with a burning desire, though he knows that she, a shy, sweet woman, will need a gentle awakening… Good thing Neo’s the master of seduction!

The Greek’s Pregnant Lover (Traditional Greek Husbands) Dark-hearted billionaire Zephyr Nikos has come a long way from the streets of Athens. He can’t offer Piper Madison his love, but there’s a complication when Piper/s pregnancy test comes back positive!

Don’t forget that most of my Harlequin Presents backlist ebooks are on sale for $1.99 as part of Harlequin’s 10 Year Anniversary celebration of their digital store through November 17th as well.

Lucy MonroeWith more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all. A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers. Email Lucy:

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Award winning and prolific USA Today Best Selling author Lucy Monroe's books have hit national bestsellers lists in both the US and England. Her highly charged, sensual stories touch on the realities of life while giving the reader a fantasy story not easily forgotten. Whether it's a passionate Harlequin Presents, a sexy single title for Grand Central or a steamy historical or paranormal, Lucy's books transport her readers to a special place where the heart rules and love conquers all. Visit her website at and read about all her upcoming books. Or email her at "Lucy Monroe captures the very heart of the genre." --- New York Times Best Selling Author Debbie Macomber "Lucy Monroe writes smart, sensual, emotional books for intelligent women." --- New York Times Best Selling Author JoAnn Ross "Thank you for writing those alpha heroes I love." --- New York Times Best Selling Author Lori Foster "A Lucy Monroe book is a treat not to be missed." --- New York Times Best Selling Author Lora Leigh "Lucy Monroe is one of my favorite indulgences." --- New York Times Best Selling Author Christine Feehan

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