Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Prologue for The Shy Bride

I felt this prologue was needed to set up the Traditional Greek Husband's mini-series and Neo's point of view. What do you think? BTW - Zephyr's prologue in The Greek's Pregnant Lover is quite different.

The Shy Bride
Harlequin Presents
July 2010 ~ (c) Lucy Monroe


The Port of Seattle didn’t look so different from some of the hundreds of other ports Neo Stamos had been in since joining the crew of the cargo ship Hera at the age of fourteen. And yet it was unique from all the others because this is where his life changed. This is where he would walk off the Hera and never walk back onto it.
He and his friend Zephyr Nikos had had to lie about their ages to join the Hera’s crew six years ago, but that had been a small price to pay in order to leave behind the life they’d known in Greece. Neo and Zephyr had been Athens street thugs that found a common desire – that of making something more of their lives than rising to top ranks in their gang.
And they were going to do it, twenty-year-old Neo vowed as the sun broke the eastern horizon.
“You ready for the next step?” Zephyr asked in English.
Neo nodded, his gaze set on the port growing closer by the minute. “No more living in the streets.”
“We haven’t lived in the streets for six years.”
“True. Though some would not consider our bunks here on the Hera much of an improvement.”
“They are.”
Neo agreed, though he didn’t say so. Zephyr knew and shared his feelings. Anything was better than scavenging to eke out an existence that still required living by someone else’s rules. “But what is to come will be even better.”
“Yes. It may have taken six years, but we have the money to take the next step in our new lives.”
Six years of a hell of a lot of hard work and sacrifice. They had saved every drachma possible of their earnings. For two men who had grown up in an orphanage and then the streets when they ran away, that had been a lot. They knew how to come by clothes, books and other necessities through interesting if not necessarily illegal methods. Not unless one considered underage gambling a stumbling block to legality.
When they were not working, or gambling to augment their meager salaries, they had been reading everything they could get their hands on about business and real estate development. Each had become an expert in a different aspect of the field, combining their superior brain power rather than duplicating effort.
They now had a detailed plan to increase their assets through initially flipping houses and eventually full scale, high end real estate developments.
“Next it will be business tycoons Zephyr Nikos and Neo Stamos,” Zephyr said with conviction.
A slow, extremely rare smile curved Neo’s lips. “Before we are thirty.”
“Before we are thirty.” Zephyr’s voice was filled with the same determination Neo felt deep in his gut.
They would succeed.
Failure was not an option.


Judy said...

I am sooooo glad I'll be able to buy this book next week!

Valerie said...

I second what Judy said. I can't wait to read this. I agree, the prologue says a lot about Zephyr and Neo. Certainly clues the reader into the level of determination both have to succeed (before they are thirty). I can't wait to read it. Had to be said twice! LOL

red said...

I read the Shy Bride- I got the Mills and Boon version- and I just loved the book!
Lucy, I just love how you write about real life issues-a lot of your books and especially the Presents books deal with real life problems that a lot of people can relate to.
I just pre ordered The Greek's Pregnant Lover and I can't wait to read it in July.


Lucy Monroe said...

Thanks, Judy & Valerie...I'm *really* eager to hear what you both think!

Moran...for the first time, I dealt with an issue I've had to face and overcome. It was very hard writing, but so worth it!

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

The Shy Bride was an amazing love story. The Prologue is a must read!

Cindy M. said...

Loved it. I've already pre-ordered both books and can't wait for them to arrive.

luvzenkm2 (Leea) said...

As you know I sent you an email already I loved loved this book and got Zee's last week and loved it just as much! I love the Prologues in books as it gives some history ;)

Amy said...

Great Prologue. I love prologue's. when I am looing to buy a book by a author I am not familiar with I have found that by reading the prologue, I get a feel for the authors writing style. I find it better that just reading the back cover to see if I am interested in the book and storyline

heidi330 said...

I can't wait to read this. the prologue was also great. Made really want to find out what's next.


lidia said...

Lucy, Can't wait to read the book.

The prologue was necessary -- it says a lot about Neo and Zephyr. I am sure that both of their stories are great.


Anonymous said...

Definitely feel that the prologue is needed to set the mini-series you are writing. Also, it reflects some background for the two men, which will help with the rest of the stories for both and their other halves.

I can't wait! :)

Lucy Monroe said...

It is so cool to chat with like-minded readers. :) Thank you so much, too! You're all so wonderful and it's a blessing to me that you share with me on the blog. :)

Valerie said...

Red gave me the idea to download it from Mills & Boon yesterday. ;) It was wonderful, I really enjoyed it. You really delved into the issues that Cass faced with understanding, heart and grace. :) I don't think people, unshy people, realize how hard it can be to try to overcome shyness and agoraphobia. Sometimes just going to the local Walmart is more than a person can handle. Those greeters forcing Hi's on people!

The matching of Neo, who is pretty outgoing with shy Cass was beautiful. Such a beautiful, wonderful story to read. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. :)

Thirty said...

Loved, loved, loved The Shy Bride. My only frustration--it was too short. I loved the characters and want to know more about them. Please consider a continuation of their story. Wow--one of the best books I've read in years. Cant'w wait for Zephr's story.