Monday, December 28, 2009

Final Post - Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated in 2009's Lucy's 12 Day's of Christmas!
This year was a whole lot of fun and the responses to the questions were the best!!!

The winners from last week are Amy & Flchen1 - congrats on winning. Please send me an email to lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com with the subject line "Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas - Winner" along with your address and blogger name.

I have received all the previous winner's emails and will ship prizes today. Stay tuned for excerpts from "Moon Craving"

you can pre-order here........

Posting question of the day - So what are some of your New Year resolutions for 2010?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas - TOMORROW IS CHRSTMAS EVE???

Lucy's 12 Day's of Christmas is quickly "wrapping" up! I hope all of you had fun answering some holiday questions this year. I enjoyed preparing and reading the answers too!

A quick announcement if you hadn't already heard. Lucy's new release "Moon Craving" is coming very soon, February 2010 to be exact! This is probably the biggest anticipated release I have seen since I've been working for Lucy (almost 2 years WOW!). We've been working very hard to get the word out and I have put together a special contest just for Lucy's blog! If you promise to tell two or more friends about the release and post your promise today along with the answer to the holiday question, you will be eligible to win a copy of "Moon Awakening" and a copy of Lucy's books (your choice - if I have it in stock, I usually do!). If you have any questions about the upcoming release or contest you can email me at lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com.

As for today's winner - Lady_Graeye - you have won! Please send an email to lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com with your address and please use the subject line "Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas - Winner"

Holiday question - What was the name of the Grinch's dog?

Good Luck!!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas - WOW!~

Well, Well, Well -

Lucy's readers are pretty intelligent. I was hoping someone would mention both materials. When you Google search you get the answer clay! But it is also mentioned in Exodus that the menorah was made from Gold in ancient times! So both answers are fine.......

Michele L - you have won yesterdays Christmas prize! Just send an email to me (lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com) with the subject line "Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas Winner" and don't forget to mention your blogger name, real name, and address.

Today's question -"Solstice" is derived from the Latin phrase for "???"

Monday, December 21, 2009

WINNERS!!!!!!! Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas...

LOTS OF WINNERS TODAY! If you have not posted your comments on the blog, you're missing a good chance at winning some great prizes from Lucy Monroe.

I randomly picked 5 weekend winners from the 12 Days Posts - stacy s, lidia, Booklover1335, Rachie G, and Vicky.

Congratulations to the weekend winners - please send me an email (lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com) with your address and be sure to put you blog name and "Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas Winner" in the subject line.


It seems last weeks question was a little easy for most of you! I'm going to make things a little tougher this week.......

Ancient Menorahs were made of what material?

Best of Luck on the question and I'll post the winners tomorrow!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lucy's 12 Day's of Christmas - Days 2 & 3 winners!

Great answers to the last question! Surprisingly, christmas trees are grown and sold in all 50 states. Why and how that is possible, I have no clue.

For successfully posting your answers to the blog - suehussein & bamabelle you have won days 2 and 3!!!!!!

Just send me an email with your info including your blogger names and your real names to lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com


On to the next day and question - Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University started what holiday?

I look forward to your answers! Safe shopping/driving out there - almost got hit twice passing the malls this morning!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas -DAY 1 Winner

lol, I sure got a laugh when I read some of the comments this morning.
It turns out that that answer to yesterday's holiday question was in fact true!

Panda Girl - you have won Day 1 of Lucy's 12 Days of Christmas....
Please send your info to lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com and I'll get the prizes out.

Holiday Question for Day 2 - Christmas trees are grown in how many states in the US?

Monday, December 14, 2009

LUCY'S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!!!

As Christmas approaches, things are becoming busier at the Lucy office! With a new release on the way, “Moon Craving”, the work is piling up and it’s time to relax the stress by giving away some prizes. I thought it would a perfect time to start LUCY’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!!!

Each day I will be giving out one of Lucy’s books - hand autographed, along with some of Timothy’s assorted teas, and some other special treats picked by me and Lucy herself!

All you have to do is post your comments on this post and following blog posts between now and the 25th! I’ll go through and pick from the comments and post the winner on the next day. Exciting right?

To make it interesting I’ll also ask a holiday question that you can answer on the posts as well! Good Luck and let the giving begin!!!!!!!!!!!


Holiday Question - Holiday fruitcake began as a prank made from carefully reshaped reindeer droppings. True or false?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I absolutely love this time of year. Yes, the holidays are crazy, but they're special too. They remind us of the relationships that are most important. Thanksgiving, especially is a day when no matter what is happening in our lives, we are encouraged to find something to be grateful for. We have a tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner and that is to go around the room and pray out loud, thanking God for something - anything. I mean seriously? The kids have given thanks for beating their video games, snow reports and the television. It's not always funny...I mean every year I thank God for one more Thanksgiving with my mom, though doctors have given her only months to live several times. She always manages to bounce back, by God's grace. :) I'm also grateful for my kids, my husband, our life together and the years to come. I thank God for my writing, my readers, the friends I've made within the author community and that of the other industry professionals. I'm particularly grateful for editors that work with me and my creative spirit, not against it. I'm still grieving the loss of one of them and wondering what the future holds with that publisher. But I trust that whatever comes can and will be for my best in the long term. That's the thing about the stuff that's hard to be thankful for, you've got to remember that tomorrow could show the blessing, or next week, or next year...but don't give up looking for it!


Blessings and hugs,
Lucy

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Working On Revisions

I got an unpleasant jolt when my editor asked for some pretty extensive revisions on my latest Harlequin Presents, a book I felt really good about. Which just goes to show that an author's perception of a book does not always match that of those who read it. This sort of struck me as I read another book by another author that I enjoyed overall, but mostly because I was willing to fill in the blanks. The author clearly knew her characters, their stories and their backstories, but she often left blanks in her development of all three, alluding to, but not fleshing out key nuances. I found that really interesting. Still, I enjoyed the book. I just thought how lucky she would be if she had my editor instead of her own. LOL Really...as much as I hate revisions, especially unexpected ones, I want every book to be the best it can be. And an editor with a good eye will notice when an author doesn't flesh out important elements to a story. (Which, yes, I've been guilty of myself. LOL)

One of my favorite authors who is so VERY good at making sure all story lines are explored and questions are answered or left for the next book in a way that leaves me panting for her next release is Christine Feehan. Who are your favorite authors for writing what we shall term "a complete book"?

Hugs,
Lucy

Monday, November 02, 2009

Guest Blogger - Erin Nicholas!

One-night stands were a lot like apple pie as far as Jaden Monroe was concerned.

That’s the first line of my first release.

My. First. Release.

Finally! J

No Matter What will release on November 3, 2009. Which, interestingly, is tomorrow! J

Firsts. There’s nothing like them right? First kisses, first dates, first birthdays, first anniversaries, first steps, first place… monumental moments. So, I thought today maybe we’d talk about ‘firsts’.

Some of my favorites:

The first line to one of my favorite songs: “And now, the end is near, and I face the final curtain.” (My Way, Frank Sinatra).


The first word my daughter said: “Pretty”.

The first Christmas present from my son: an ornament with his picture in it from daycare.

The first time my husband told me he loved me: on the couch in that horrible house he shared with his three college buddies.

The first scene in my favorite movie: snow softly falling over a quiet little town decorated for Christmas and the sound of various people praying for the same man, George Bailey. (It’s A Wonderful Life).

And since we’re really all here about the books! J Here are the first lines in some of my favorite books:

“Once there was a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid.” (The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams)

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling).

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.” (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis)

And of course, the romances! Here are some of my favorite first lines:

“The man gave a whole new meaning to the words rise and shine.” (A Date With the Other Side, Erin McCarthy)

“Well, well, if it isn’t Miss Eastman. I’d recognize those tits anywhere.” (Hide and Seek, Cherry Adair)

“It wasn’t every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, not even in Dean Robillard’s larger-than-life world.” (Natural Born Charmer, Susan Elizabeth Phillips)

and, perhaps my favorite of all, “On the sixth of April, in the year 1812—precisely two days before her sixteenth birthday—Penelope Featherington fell in love.” (Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Julia Quinn).

Ah, firsts! They can be wonderful, can’t they?

I want to hear about some of your favorite firsts! And listen to this… anyone who comments (I mean anyone) before midnight with a favorite first in their life gets a sneak peek of No Matter What (fittingly, the full first chapter)!!

And don’t miss out on all the fun going on right now for this release! There is a contest running on my website until tomorrow! Over the past few months I’ve posted here and had some little contests. All of the people who have participated have been automatically entered into this release day contest equal to the number of times they’ve participated! So, those who have joined in every month since July have been entered four times already and can add their name one more time by commenting here today before midnight! The grand prize is a copy of the book, a bunch of Erin Nicholas goodies (pens, bookmarks and such) and a gift basket in honor of the late night snacks Adam and Jaden share in No Matter What: Amaretto Cocoa mix, Chai tea mix and biscotti!

Also, my author group, Nine Naughty Novelists, is up and going with our blog! We are planning lots of fun including regular posts from the nine of us, guest bloggers, excerpts on Thursdays, and a NNN party every month on the 9th! http://ninenaughtynovelists.blogspot.com/

We’re kicking things off big in the Samhain CafĂ© on November 9th with a scavenger hunt and more fun, so come check it out! (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/samhaincafe/)

Thanks for sharing this fun with me! I look forward to hearing about your special firsts and hope you’ll check No Matter What out tomorrow! http://samhainpublishing.com/new

Erin

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Latin Lover - Excerpt and Special Prize Announcement!!!

Good afternoon everyone!

I have chosen a brand new excerpt from Lucy's latest release "The Latin Lover." I hope you enjoy it.

But first, I have randomly picked 5 winners to receive limited ARC copies of "The Spy Who Wants Me"

Congrats to... Michele L, Kim H, Stacy S, Flchen1, and Mitzi !!!
Please send me an email at lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com with your blogger screen name, real name, and an address to send the prize...


{Excerpt}

Phoebe couldn't believe he was going to make love to her, but she could see from the serious expression in his golden brown eyes, that was exactly what he had planned. Coming tonight had not been a mistake.

Spiros understood even if he did not agree. And he'd told her he wanted to marry her irrespective of the money deal between their families. Even if it was only because he'd realized how important their friendship was to him, that was still good to know.

His eyes burned over her with the same flame of desire she'd seen that night in her apartment. They were going to make love. She was so keyed-up by the prospect, she could barely breathe.

Her body drawn by a relentless invisible cord, she moved toward him.

He reached out when she was close enough and pulled her the rest of the way, his mouth coming down toward hers even as their bodies came together.

"Never doubt that I want you." He spoke against her lips in a low but firm voice.

"Show me," she challenged.

"Oh, I will."

Then he kissed her. The caress against her lips did not last long, but it touched her to the very marrow of her being.

"Your mouth is perfect, so kissable," he murmured against the very lips he was praising.

"I couldn’t imagine doing this with Dimitri."

"You are not to try to imagine doing anything with him ever again."

She almost laughed at the possessive growl, but had a feeling he would not share her amusement. "You were the one who told me I had to marry him. That you wanted me to."

"I believed it was the only way."

"And now you think the only way for your family's pride to be salvaged is to marry me yourself." There was no bitterness in her voice, only awe at his unswerving sense of right.

She had known her whole life she could count on Spiros and he only bolstered that fact with his action. What she had not realized before was that her ability to trust his integrity implicitly superseded her ability to trust him emotionally. Perhaps, one day that would change.

After all, she had not believed he could ever want her, but that had changed.

"It is not something I regret."

"Are you sure?"

He didn't bother to answer, simply renewed the kiss, his lips staking a claim that she knew he would be intent on keeping this time. His honor demanded it.

His hands traveled down her body, as if memorizing the dips and valleys that made up her figure. Then he was swinging her high against his chest and carrying her down the hall toward his bedroom.

Only he did not stop at his bedroom door, but carried on to the oversized balcony at the back of his apartment. He had removed all of the wall except the support beams that separated the back bedroom from the balcony and created an extra-large outdoor living space right in downtown Athens. He'd even installed a small spa in one corner.

He didn't take her to the spa though, he took her to the double lounger that she'd shared with him many times, only in a very different capacity. It was designed to lift at opposite sides so they could face each other in a lounging position, which they'd done many times in the past while sharing a rousing game of cards.

But right now it was completely flat, making it the size of an oval shaped double bed. He laid her onto the cushions. They were covered in a polished cotton upholstery in such a fine weave that it felt like silk against her heated skin.

“You look so perfect there.” He stepped back and began to undress. “I cannot believe you doubt the chemistry between us. I have wanted you for a long time, pethi mou.”

“Chrysanthos said I made you hard.”

“Your brother is precocious.”

“He’s a sixteen year old male. Apparently, they notice these things.”

“And their older sisters do not.”

“You hid it from me.”

“Too well, apparently.”

“So, fix my misconceptions now.”



Monday, October 05, 2009

Guest Blog - Erin Nicholas

I’m now one month away from the release of my first novel! Wow. I can’t wait to see what readers say! The whole thing swings from fun and exciting to nerve-wracking and overwhelming, then back again! But I’m bummed right now because I don’t have a cover to show you yet—glitches, don’t you love ‘em?

You can check out the other November 3rd releases from Samhain here.
Aren’t they great? Samhain actually, in my opinion, does a fantastic job with covers!

For me as a reader, covers are big. A great cover will make me pick up a book by someone I’ve never heard of. A great cover has led to me reading an excerpt that then leads me to buy even when my book budget is down to nothing!

Some of my favorite book covers are
Tease Me, Please Me by Kate Davies http://www.kate-davies.com/fun_stuff.htm (I like Striptease too!)

What I Did For Love, Susan Elizabeth Phillips http://www.susanephillips.com/books.html (but it’s hard to keep up because they keep re-releasing her books with new covers!)

Any of the Lucky Series by Carly Phillips http://www.carlyphillips.com/site/misc/bookshelf.html (but wow, she’s got a lot of great covers!)

What about you? What are some of your favorites? Do covers play a part in what you buy? In looking at all of those fantastic covers at Samhain, what catches your eye? Some people like faces on the covers but others say readers get their own mental pictures of what the characters look like and are thrown off when the cover doesn’t match what they pictured. Has that happened to you? Are there things that always catch your attention, or something that would turn you off of a cover for sure?

Hopefully, the cover for No Matter What will be up on my site soon! Please check back!

In the meantime, here’s another excerpt and another chance to win some great stuff!

This month the prize is a coffee mug, a Starbucks gift card, chocolate and your choice of one of my favorite Lucy books or two books from some of my other great friends and fellow authors!

We’ve started a blog called Nine Naughty Novelists that will be up and going soon! We plan to have a lot of fun, a lot of great excerpts, a lot of contests and parties, etc.! So, also keep checking our websites for the blog launch!

The other eight of the Nine Naughty Novelists (whose books you get to choose from) are:
Skylar Kade www.skylarkade.com
Sydney Somers http://www.sydneysomers.com
Meg Benjamin http://www.MegBenjamin.com
Kelly Jamieson http://www.kellyjamieson.com
PG Forte http://www.pgforte.com
Kate Davies www.kate-davies.com
Kinsey Holly www.kinseyholley.com
Diane McEntire www.dmcentire.com

All you have to do is post an answer to one or more of the questions above and I’ll choose a winner on Friday, October 9th!

No Matter What--excerpt
Coming November 3rd
Samhain Publishing
By Erin Nicholas

“Does that mean we’re friends now?” He barely resisted touching her cheek.
She raised an eyebrow. “You’re assuming a lot from one peanut butter sandwich, aren’t you?”
He noticed the slight tug at the corner of her mouth. “Yes. For instance…” He leaned in until he could smell her shampoo, and under that, the scent of her skin. “I assume that you want to know more about me, and that you think I’ve done a good job with Emily.” His eyes traced her face from her forehead to her chin. She was breathing a little faster and her cheeks were pink. “Even more, I assume that you are very attracted to me, that you think about me during the day at the strangest times, and that you think about me at night—which isn’t strange at all.”
Part of her wanted to pull back and deny the truth, he could see it in her eyes. But part of her, a bigger part, a stronger part, wanted to press closer and finally discover all of the things they’d both been imagining.
She finally spoke. “You should really be more careful with your assumptions.”
“I probably should. For instance, I shouldn’t assume that you like me just because you want to make love to me, right?”
Something flickered in her eyes. Maybe it was just surprise that he’d said out loud what they both knew was true. But he thought it was something more.
“And I probably shouldn’t assume that you enjoyed the kissing the other night as much as I did.”
She stared at him for several heartbeats. “I…well, it’s not…I…” She stopped and sighed, turning her eyes to the ceiling. “Actually, I do like you, Adam. You’re very frustrating, but I can’t help but like a father who cares so much about his daughter.” She failed to comment on the kissing.
Liking him because of his daughter wasn’t completely satisfying but it was a start. He reached up and cupped the back of her neck with one hand, gently tugging her closer. Her eyes widened, but she stepped toward him. A very good sign. That he fully intended to take advantage of.
“So, you like me,” he said, stroking his thumb along the side of her neck. He was gratified to see her shiver under his touch. “And you like my peanut butter and honey sandwiches.”
Her lips parted and her breathing sped up as she looked up at him, unblinking.
“I’m very interested in what else you like.” He lowered his head and brushed his lips over the spot on her neck where his thumb had been resting. “For instance, do you like this?” he said near her ear.
She didn’t reply, but her eyes closed and she tipped her head to give him better access. He smiled. He put his other hand on her hip and pulled her close, until they were belly to
belly. She certainly didn’t protest.
“Do you like soft kisses?” He pressed his lips to hers gently.
Her hands went to his shoulders and she kissed him back, making his heart thump in his chest.
He lifted his head, breathing hard already. “Or do you like hot, wet kisses?” He tilted her head and demonstrated that as well, stroking his tongue over her bottom lip and then taking advantage of the sigh that parted her lips and granted him access to the sweet, hot mouth he’d been dreaming about.
She tangled her fingers in his hair and rose on tiptoe, striving to be closer. A deep half sigh, half groan purred from the back of her throat. Her tongue met his with abandon and Adam felt the heat stroking his entire body.
He pulled back several delicious moments later, not even close to being done with her.
“And do you like this?” He cupped her butt in his hands and pulled her up firmly against his erection. He rubbed his hard length against her.
Her moan and her eyes sliding closed gave him some indication of her answer. But he wanted to hear her beg him to please, please keep doing it. Or to do more. In specific detail.
“And this?” His hand cupped her breast, his thumb rubbing over her nipple, firm even through the thickness of the sweatshirt she wore.
Jaden arched into to his touch, her hands running down his back to his waist, where she hooked her thumbs through the belt loops on his pants and pulled him closer yet.
“Do you like satin or cotton sheets?” He lifted her hair and put his lips to the soft skin behind her ear, flicking his tongue over the spot.
“Yes,” she whispered.


If you want more of this scene, it will continue at my website… www.ErinNicholas.com!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Guest Blogging at Writerspace

I've got a guest blogging gig at Writerspace on "Reader Driven Stories". Check it out here:
www.writerspace.com/wsblogs

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Latin Lover - BRAND NEW EXCERPT!!!

I'll make this quick since I'm sure all of you are looking forward to the new excerpt. Lucy and Trish Morey will be hosting a chat on Writerspace on Wednesday, October 14th at 9 PM Eastern. I'll post a link in the next few days when it becomes available. The Latin Lover is in bookstores now and online so be sure to get yourself a copy.


Enjoy the excerpt!

She forgot that he hardly ever watched television and never the American programs. "A nerdy character on an old sitcom."

"And she wears her sweats above her belly button?"

"It's a him and yes, way above...but don't think for a minute I'm going to. This is the style."

"If you bend over, I will see the swell of your bottom."

"You think?" He was being circumspect, but he meant her butt crack and she could not let that statement go unchallenged. She spun and bent over. "Well? See anything?" She knew darn well he didn't. She wasn't a tramp and didn't dress like one.

But Spiros did not answer.

She looked back over her shoulder and her breath locked in her chest. He was staring at her in a way she had only ever dreamed of. With a dark hunger that called to something deep in her womb.

She straightened. "Spiros?"

He stared at her. "You should not have done that."

"Why?" she asked, her brain refusing the evidence of her own eyes as impossible.

He couldn't want her. She'd loved him for too long, getting nothing but friendship back in return, for things to have changed like this. It was wishful thinking on her part. It had to be.

Only he was still looking at her as if she was a feast and he the starving man.

"Because," he said in a tone she had never heard from him before.

"Because why?" She was nothing if not tenacious.

Anyone who knew her at all, knew that. And he knew her better than most.

He didn't smile at her childish prompting like he had always done in the past. His jaw was too rigid for even a facsimile of one. But he stepped forward.

She had the craziest urge to step back. Crazy because close to him was where she wanted to be. It always had been – even before she knew she was in love with him. Only right this second – he was almost a stranger. A dangerous stranger.

But he would never hurt her. She knew that. No matter how intense he was acting right now. And if by some miracle his attitude meant what it seemed to mean, she wanted it. She knew she did.

So why did those internal reminders fail to dispel the weird sense of fear trying to take hold? She was strong enough to stand against it though.

And she would.

He took another step forward, and another...and then he was so close she could feel his body heat in the scant bit of air between them. His scent was different up close, not merely the expensive aftershave he wore because she'd been buying it for him since she was ten, but another spicy fragrance that could only be him. It was warm like his body...how could a smell be warm?

But it was. And it was good, oh so good. She wanted to lean forward and nuzzle her nose in his neck and just revel in it.

She'd smelled him before, but there was a quality to his personal scent that was different now...a musk that sent a sharp ache deep into her womb. Her legs felt weak and she swayed a little, her face doing that nuzzle thing of its own accord.

He took in a sharp breath even as she inhaled his scent.

She throbbed in that hidden place between her legs. She'd never felt like this, even when she'd lain in her bed at night and thought about him. It was so different. Scary, but totally delicious too.

Which was exactly how the odd fear felt – kind of yummy. And that was really odd. Fear wasn't yummy or fun. At least it never had been before. But this sensation wasn't one she wanted to end immediately. How weird was that?

Her disjointed ruminations ceased as she became acutely aware of how he filled her senses. His body heat surrounded her. Everything beyond him fuzzed in her vision as if her eyes wanted to focus wholly on him. And his scent reached out to her, drawing her closer with an undeniable pull.

He didn't say anything as she rubbed her nose very lightly in the hollow of his neck. This close she could smell the difference from where she nuzzled and his face where his aftershave left a stronger impression. She'd always loved that cologne, that's why she bought it for him. But right now she wanted his essence – she needed to imprint him on her sensory memories.

He didn't move. Not to get away, not to get closer. He remained utterly still.

She met his silence with one of her own, not wanting this magical moment to end. If she never had anything else from him, no one could ever take away this moment. The first – and maybe the only – sensual encounter between two friends closer than most family.

Taking a deep breath, she inhaled more of him and shuddered as her breasts came into contact with his chest. He made a sound like a growl, but still no words.

Her nipples ached behind the thin layers of her bra and top. She pressed more firmly into him, trying to relieve that ache. It didn't work. She only wanted more. She needed something...from him...but she didn't know what. She'd read about this kind of thing, talked it over with her friends. She'd even tried experimenting, but she didn't like kissing other men when all she could think about was the one she loved. Even if she couldn’t have him, her body had never allowed her to have anyone else either. No matter how hard she tried.

The fact that she was de facto engaged to his brother had prevented her from dating more than a few times anyway. She always felt so guilty, though she shouldn't have.

It wasn't as if Dimitri wanted her and she was positive he wasn't celibate. She'd seen pictures in the paper of him with a French model, though she'd never mentioned them to anyone else. He was good at keeping his name out of the media, so she saw no reason to stir trouble about the couple of times he hadn't been able to.

She doubted his family even knew.

But what was she doing thinking about Dmitri, when his brother – the man she loved – was standing right here? She would have groaned at herself if she could get enough air into her lungs. You'd think with the way she kept taking in his scent she'd have plenty of air, but she felt light headed anyway.

And that was her only excuse for what she did next. Lack of oxygen to the brain.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

RAW - Day 2 & 3

Yesterday was the booksigning for RAW attendees. Lots of chatting, laughter and lots and lots and lots of books signed. I love signing books for readers, but I'm always trying to come up with new stuff to say that doesn't take very long to write. It's kind of hard...'cuz there's always a line, so I don't want to get too eloquent, but when I personalize the autograph, I don't want it to be too cheezy either. It's a quandary.

What's your favorite thing that you've had written in a book you've gotten autographed by an author?

Last night was the Saints & Sinners party. We were supposed to go dressed as our favorite saint or sinner. I went as my mom. My favorite saint...or sinner...depending on who you ask. :) What do you think of the mumu and beehive?

Today was the public book signing and tons of chat time with readers over breakfast and during the downtime in the afternoon and evening. I loved connecting with everyone and am so glad I came.

Favorite quotes: {Setup} Hubcap and I both wear breathing machines at night for sleep apnea. So we put them on and DQ bursts out laughing at us as we do look a bit odd. Hubcap's has a distinctly Darth Vaderish look to it. Without missing a beat, he sits up looks at DQ and says, "DQ, I *am* your father." Thanks, Lord Vader. LOL

Terri, a reader and reviewer who spent some time visiting with me in my room this afternoon. "I don't mind sitting there, I've already been on the bed once with your husband." This evening when she and Sonya stopped by to say goodbye and I offered her the chair rather than the bed to sit on. Hmm...an angel? Really? LOL


You all know I wish you could have been at RAW as much as you might have wanted to be there. I think the most fun RAW would be one where my blogging chat buddies showed up. ;-) So, just to let you know I was thinking of you all while I was here, PromoGuy is going to be giving away some extra ARCs of "The Spy Who Wants Me" with two goody bags (signed) from RAW '08 and three goody bags from RAW '09 (not signed) and posting excerpts, back cover copy, etc. for "The Latin Lover" this week - so watch this space! Yes, that *is* 5 prize packages getting sent out this week. Remember, to be elligible, all you have to do is comment on a blog post from this week. (That would be starting with this one.)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

RAW - Official DAY 1

Yesterday was the official first day of RAW and it was amazing! I connected up with several readers that have become special people in my life. And met a few more that became new friends. :) It's always such a huge blessing to hear from readers who connect with my characters like I do. And I was on the verge of tears in gratitude more than once yesterday. Not least of which when presented with this beautiful throw/cloth by Dawn. She did all the needlework herself in my favorite colors. It's something I'll treasure for many years to come!

The ladies of Sugarbook Club also made goodie bags for all the authors in an unexpected and very welcome turn around, since it's usually us doing goodie bags for readers! LOL And the fabulously talented Kay Strum also made these really neat charms with our book covers on them. I'm planning to order several to give away with the release of MOON CRAVING...sound fun?

I talked so much, my throat hurt yesterday and today is bound to be more of the same. What me, a chatterbox????

Quotes of the day:

"Lucy, I get cleavage on your husband!" ... with the right corset. From dear friend and talented author, Mary Wine, a costume maker extraordinaire.

Spoken with a knowing grin and sparkling eyes by reader U, "I'm bisexual...buy me something nice and I get sexual." I about spit my coffee out laughing so hard. This was said over breakfast. DQ thinks I have very interesting discussions with readers. LOL

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hi Ho Hi Ho...It's Off to RAW We Go

Our day started *early* as we left the house at 5:15 a.m. to get to the airport for the trip to RAW. We still managed to almost miss our plane and they had to open the doors to let us on. Sigh...that's traveling with us. Always something good going on. LOL

We stopped in Salt Lake City for a 3 hour layover and got a chance to have lunch with my good freind and a very talented author, Mac, and his husband Jae. There's always a risk meeting someone you've known only online that they won't turn out to be the same person. But Mac and Jae were! Dh and DQ both enjoyed the lunch at a fantastic Mexican food restaurant as much as I did.

Two more planes and many, many, MANY hours later and we arrived in Huntington. On the last plane, however...reader and friend, Terri got me sent to the back of the plane. Well, okay, maybe we were already in back, but the Flight Attendant had to "talk to us" because apparently our conversation was making it hard for others around us to hear the safety announcement. But really do you think quiet little ol me was doing the talking? I'm sure it was all Terri...right? Well, maybe not. LOL
The Pullman is every bit as wonderful as I remembered and I'm loving having both DQ & Dh with me.

Quote for the day: DQ on the plane, "This is really uncomfortable. I'm used to spreading my legs." Followed immediately by bright pink cheeks and a stuttered, "Strectch, I mean stretch!"