Friday, October 28, 2005

Shameless book pimping...

I got a chance to chat with Yolanda on a board I'm on and she has such a refreshing view of what constitutes strength in a heroine...why women do what they do that I really think you're going to want to read her latest book.
Sweetest Taboo by Yolonda Greggs
Arabesque/BET Books
ISBN 1-58314-582-6

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS…Ever since her baby girl, Ashanti, was stolen from the hospital shortly after her birth, Cai McIntyre has been on a mission to find her—and to rescue other missing children. Now a new lead has opened up, but before Cai can reclaim her child, a suspicious accident leaves her with amnesia and at the mercy of a handsome military man.

…AND FINDING A FUTURE Matthew St. Clair and his nine-year-old daughter Melana are preparing for a category 4 hurricane when a beautiful stranger literally crashes into their lives. Matthew takes on the responsibility of nursing Cai to health as best he can and in the process discovers that she is in grave danger. But who is after her? And what will happen if Cai and Matthew give in to the smoldering attraction between them?

Donna at Cataromance gave it five stars and called it "a beautifully moving story that you will long remember and want to tell all your friends and family about."

It's a November book, but is available in a lot of bookstores and for online ordering now.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Winner of my blog comment contest...

There were 95 total entries between private emails and comments posted here.  I had my daughter choose the winner and it is Lis from Edmonton, Canada.  Lis, please email me at lucymonroe @ comast.net (no spaces) with your address so I can send you your signed copy of TOUCH ME.
 
Thank you again to EVERYONE for generously answering my questions and giving me your time!
 
I hope to see you all here from time to time. :)
 
Hugs,
Lucy

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A book I just bought...

UNDEAD AND UNRETURNABLE by MaryJanice Davidson
(Berkley, October 25, 2005)
 
Even the undead celebrate Christmas, and Betsy is in heaven shopping for gifts.
 
But all is not merry in the mansion. It’s become infested with ghosts—really needy ones who have no qualms asking Betsy to run errands for them to rectify their pasts. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose, and, being tall and blonde, Betsy perfectly fits his type.
 
They say Christmas is a time for friends and family. But with a half-sister who’s the devil’s daughter, an evil stepmother, a fiend living in her basement, and assorted spirits and killers running amok, Betsy is not sure she’ll survive the holidays. Oh, right. She’s already dead…
 
I've also just finished Hot Spell, with a story by Shiloh Walker in it.  I've got to tell you, I've found a new autobuy author!  The story is really well written and sexy in an emotionally intense way that always does it for me.  The rest of the stories in the anthology are all great and I couldn't put it down last night.
 
Happy reading!
Lucy

Friday, October 21, 2005

A debut book by a dear friend...

The Oldest Kind of Magic by Ann Macela
Medallion Press
ISBN#1-932815-43-0
 
 
Daria Morgan is a magic practitioner who uses magic and spells to do her everyday job as a management consultant.
 
John “Bent” Benthausen is a CEO who, despite improvements in production, can’t make a profit. He needs her help.
 
With her special gifts, Daria gets right to the heart of Bent’s problem—crooked employees. Crooked, vicious, employees who are now out to get Daria. Those are just Problems One and Two.
 
Problem Three: An ancient force, an irresistible compulsion, called the soulmate imperative brings together magic-users and their mates in a lifelong bond. And it won't be happy until they surrender to the inevitable . . . the Oldest Kind of Magic . . .

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A question I would really appreciate some input on...

Hi, all :)  It's that time of year again...for me anyway.  Which means that I need to solidify my marketing plan for next year.  I'd just like to do an informal survey on what types of promotion are most influential to *you* in deciding:
 
1.  What books you buy.
2. When you buy those books.
 
I do lots of different kind of promotion for my books, ads in Romantic Times, banners on romance friendly websites, my own website, movie trailers (played on my website only) for my books, participating on reader boards and in reader chat groups (as an author and reader), etc.  I just thought it would be really great to hear what actually has impact for you and if it isn't any form of overt promotion, say that too.
 
I would really appreciate your input!  As incentive for anyone willing to share their thoughts, I have a supply of very cool, brand-spanking new bookmarks for 2006 and Lucy Monroe pens that I will send you if you send me an SASE (2 oz's of postage) once you have posted your comment.  To be eligible your comments must be posted here on my blog or sent to me as a private email.
 
In addition, if there are at least ten replies, I will do a drawing of participants in one week and send a signed copy of TOUCH ME to the winner.
 
 
(Which means you'll have to check back to see if you won and email me with your snailmail address at that time.)
 
Hugs,
Lucy

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Avoiding writing...

I'm not sure why I'm into avoidance at the moment...I definitely don't have the time to be, but as long as I am, I thought I'd post a chatty blog instead of a book recommendation.  What do you all think?
 
I'm just not sure where *I* ever got the idea that I could write a medieval werewolf story anyone else would want to read.  There are so many layers, I'm drowning in them and yet I'm scared to death it's going to come off too simple.  This is more than beginning of the book jitters...these are earthquakes in my soul.  Which makes me think this book is going to be really important to me, you know?
 
An entire world is evolving around my "Children of the Moon" and it's not one that every paranormal reader is going to recognize.  I don't get into curses or dark sorcery...because that's just not me.   My fem and werewolves are earthy and magical and I adore them, but I'm so worried I won't be able to make them come across the way I want them to for readers.
 
Well, it's back to the manuscript...
 
Happy reading and writing everyone!
 
Lucy
 

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Indulge in an anthology for a very good cause....

BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEVAMPYRED by PC Cast, Susan Grant, MaryJanice Davidson, Gena Showalter, Mary Jo Putney, et. al. (Triskelion Press)


Welcome to Brokenoggin Falls, where the housewives are not only desperate, they're Witches! (And one of them might be a Harpy) The spells cast by moonlight frequently go awry. And there are times when toads and Chihuahuas seem abundant as black flies in the summer, the dragons are a little touchy, the Forest Trolls are in danger of extinction from teeny-boppers, the Gryphons need help conceiving and...the scientist are crunchy and good with ketchup...

All proceeds from the sales of this book will go to the International Red Cross.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

A read worth getting behind for...

This book is a compilation of two stories Angela had previously e-pubbed and a brand new story about a female mercenary.  Even if you've read the Mercenaries stories in e-pub, it's worth buying this book and getting the deeper characterization and story development Angela has given each story.  It's really fabulous!  It's also highly erotic and pushes the envelope of sexuality for its characters to the outer limits.  It is the edgiest of Angela's work in print and an incredible read.
 
MERCENARIES by Angela Knight
(Penguin, September 2005)
 
 
In an embattled, sexually-charged new world of the future, the adventure begins...
 
Beautiful Trinity Yeager's mission: join Nathan August's star-hopping team of mercenary soldiers. With one condition: Trinity must prove her resilience as a lover for him and his first officer, Sebastian Cole.
 
Trinity not only sees Nathan's bet. She raises it...
 
Now, from galactic dens of depravity to far-reaching planets of dominant females and strapping male slaves, Trinity, Sebastian, and Nathan join forces, risk flesh and blood, and push the boundaries of erotic adventure in order to protect, honor, and service.
 
Read an excerpt.
 
A Little about ANGELA KNIGHT

Angela Knight's first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. But her mother was enthralled, and Angela was hooked.
In the years that followed, Angela managed to figure out a way to make a living -- more or less -- at what she loved best: writing.  After a short career as a comic book writer, she became a newspaper reporter, covering everything from school board meetings to murders.  Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.  For more of Angela’s interesting bio, click here.