Sunday, February 28, 2010

Want to Go to Africa?

Well, I would love to! After just setting a book in Zimbabwe (Close Quarters), my travel bug is on, but Africa is not in my near future, I'm sorry to say. However, we can all experience it through the eyes of an amazing photographer, who has just left for her journey to Kenya.


She has volunteered to work with a local non-profit group offering micro-enterprises to women in both Kenya and the Middle East. Another female author is in the process of writing a book giving these women a voice, and Marti will be making environmental portraits for this project. She left on Friday for a two week journey through Kenya and invited me to follow her blog, In Search Of.

Check it out and experience her adventure with her!

And while you're hopping around on the web, check my interview at Over the Edge Book Reviews. :)

And my new article in the Seattle Examiner, Writing Rocky Road in a Vanilla World.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Book by Delilah Devlin


Fun with Dick and Jane
by Delilah Devlin
Ellora’s Cave
eISBN: 978-1419927317
Format: eBook

He didn’t know the nightly peepshow was just a naughty invitation…

Garrett knows what he’s doing can get him into trouble, but he can’t help himself. Every night, as he arrives home, the blonde across the alley gets busy with her boyfriend with the blinds open. He’s spent the past two weeks getting an eyeful and falling deep into lust.

But when Garrett sees a man in a black ski mask sneak into his sexy neighbor’s bedroom, he doesn’t know he’ll be the one captured.

Jayne has a nice life with a nice lover who sees to her every need, but she’s still drawn to the lonely man across the alley. She’s been sharing her deepest fantasies with him from afar, but is ready to up the stakes. When she talks Richard into enacting a dangerous scenario, everything works out as planned. Only Garrett’s not happy about being played. And he’s got reservations because she already has a lover and he’s not into threesomes. Guess she’ll just have to convince him otherwise.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Way Advance Excerpt for Close Quarters

More stuff to entertain you while I'm away this weekend...

Close Quarters
Book 5 in The Goddard Project series
Trade Paperback
Kensington Brava - September 2010
ISBN-10: 0758242018
ISBN-13: 978-0758242013

Excerpt
(c) 2010 Lucy Monroe

“So, did Ibeamaka leave the compound?”
“Yes. I do not believe he likes the Americans. He thinks he has shown them some sort of petty slight by not offering to stay and take the evening meal with them.”
Tanya laughed. “I’m sure they’ll be horribly disappointed.”
“Without doubt.” Fleur’s voice dripped with a sarcasm that more than matched Tanya’s.
Both women smiled in understanding.
“Disappointment is not the word I would use,” a deep male voice said from the doorway.
Tanya jerked her head around to look. “I didn’t hear you come in.” The wood floor in the medical hut did not make for silent entry into the building.
“I walk quietly.”
“Don’t tell me, you’re not just a soldier, you’re some kind of dark ops trained assassin,” she joked.
For a fraction of a second, a strange expression showed on Roman’s face before his features slipped back into impassivity. “Soldiers are all trained for a certain level of stealth.”
Maybe he’d been offended by her little tease. His words were right, but she felt like something was missing from his explanation. No surprise there, not with Mr. Congenial Communication not.
“Even lab rats?”
“I think it’s obvious I don’t spend all my time in a lab.” He stepped back into the hall. “The tour?”
Arrogant, much?
“Sure.” She turned to Fleur. “I’ll finish this up later.”
“I will have our newest med tech finish them for you, but you’ll have to check them over for accuracy.”
Sympa-Med sent them new interns every six months to be trained before being assigned elsewhere. Fleur wasn't just the compound directro and lead doctor, she ran the training program for workers stationed all over Africa and the Middle East.
“No problem.”
“Don’t look so pleased with yourself. We all know how much you hate paperwork. Maybe Mr. Taylor will turn out to enjoy the chore.”
The trainees never got on first name basis with Fleur. Tanya hadn't either, until a good three months after she'd been assigned permanently to the Zimbabwe team.
"Sounds like a plan." Six months with truncated amounts of paperwork sounded more like Heaven than a plan, but Fleur would understand that without Tanya having to say it.
“Go on, show the soldier around.” Fleur waved her hand in dismissal.
Tanya smirked at Fleur's less than awed description of Roman as she led Roman out of the Medical Hut. “I’m sure you’ve figured it out, but this is the main building in the compound. It houses our exam rooms, the clean room for procedures, Fleur and my office and inventory storage for medical supplies.”
“I did not notice a guard on premise.”
“He must be on his meal break. We do keep a guard on premises at all times, and Mabu sleeps in a room beside the storage area.”
“He does not have anyone cover the guard’s meal breaks?”
“No.”
“That is sloppy security.”
“We’re safer here than we are on most of our routes.”
“That isn’t saying much.”
She agreed, but it was a condition you either learned to live with, or you gave up and went home. She wasn’t leaving the people who needed her, so that left learning to live with the constant danger from thieves, human traffickers and the violence always on the verge of erupting in some of the places their traveling clinic took them.
“I find it hard to believe you spend any time at all in a lab.” It didn’t make sense for a scientist to be called in on a protection detail. Nor did his attitude about and knowledge of security protocols coincide with a man who worked as a scientist even part-time.
Roman shrugged. “It pleases my family to believe that is where I spend my time.”
So, at least her new sister-in-law hadn’t lied to Tanya. Unfortunately, for their family anyway, Roman was clearly lying to the other Chernichenkos.
“Do any of your siblings know what you really do?”
“Myk.”
“He’s the only one?” she asked as they walked by the hut that housed the rest of Mabu’s staff and his office.
“Yes, and I would prefer it stay that way.”
She pointed out the security hut before asking, “Is that why you didn’t tell Elle you were going to be seeing me?”
“What is that building?” he asked, pointing to one of the larger structures in the compound. Once again asking a question rather than answering hers.
That could get really annoying after a while. “Do you always ignore questions you don’t want to answer?”
“Yes.”
“That’s rude.”
“Yes.”
And clearly he didn’t care.
“All right then. This building was the original clinic. We now use it as sort of a long stay building for people who cannot make it to the hospital in Harrere, but who absolutely require supervised care.”
“Is there anyone in there now?”
“The better question would be if it is ever empty. Most of the beds are full, which is pretty common despite Sympa-Med’s policy on the matter.” Which wasn’t all that tolerant of long-term treatment of the locals. “It’s less crowded than last week when we had a local village chieftain staying with his entourage.”
“He couldn’t go to Harare?”
“More like he refused.”
“What was wrong with him?”
“Migraines. He feared he had a brain tumor, but it turned out he was allergic to expensive French cologne a trader had given as a thank you gift for being allowed to peddle his wares in the village.”
“I bet he doesn’t get that opportunity again.”
“If he shows up in the village again, he’ll be lucky to leave with his life.”
“Harsh justice.” Roman gave her a cynical smile. “The government doesn’t mention that in their tourism brochures.”
“They do their best to keep information about the rampant human trafficking going on in Zimbabwe out of the media as well, but it’s big and growing problem in this part of Africa despite what PR people for tourism want you to believe.”
“I’m surprised you’d be willing to work in such a risky location.”
SympaMed took measures to protect their employees, but it wasn’t something she was supposed to talk about. “Medical workers aren’t as at risk as the tens of thousands of displaced and poverty stricken Zimbabweans.”
“Being less at risk is not the same as not being at risk at all.”
“Some things are worth it.”
“Things like?”
“Helping people who need it.”
“There are plenty of people who need help in the U.S..”
“Yes, there are, but there are also a lot more people trained to do the helping back home.”
“So, you’re here because you think the Zimbabweans need you more than anyone back in the States?”
“There’s that, and then there’s having have half a world between me and my parents.”
“Ouch.”
It was her turn to shrug. “They’re not bad people, they just define success and happiness really differently than either Beau or I do.”
“I bet they just love your current occupation.”
“Is that sarcasm, Roman?”
“Could be. Is that the mess hall?”
“Yes. Meals are served twice a day, but there is always something in the pot for people who can’t make it to official meal times and who get hungry in between them.” Positions within the compound were highly coveted because living conditions were so much better than most. “Come on, I’ll introduce you to the cook and her helper.”
They spent a short time in the dining hall and introducing Roman to the kitchen staff, who did most of their cooking in an open air lean-to situated behind the one room hut where everyone in the compound took their meals. The rest of the cooking happened in and on the fire pits situated far enough from the buildings to minimize the risk of an errant spark sending the compound up in flames.
"The fence does not look too hard to breach," Roman said as they walked past the staff living quarters and Tanya made no effort to point out where she slept.
No matter how tempting the thought of him joining her there.
"It's meant to discourage small animals and petty thieves. Serious threats wouldn't be deterred by anything less than an electric fence with barbed wire. We can't afford the power to run one, much less get Sympa-Med to fund the cost.
"Where do you and Dr. Andikan sleep?"
"We share that hut with her daughter, Johari."
"She has a daughter?" he asked, sounding both annoyed and suprised.
"Yes."
"There is no record of that."
"You read our personnel records?" Tanya asked, taking her own turn at shocked disclosure.
"Bennet Vincent's safety is in our hands. His job is not popular with the Zimbabwean government, no matter how much lip serviec they give to being glad he is here. Assessing any potential threats in his domicile is standard procedure."
"Oh. Well, Johari isn't Fleur's natural child. She adopted the girl when she was orphaned in the Congolese Wars."
"That is commendable."
"Yes, it is. An Johari is a wonderful child."
"You sound whistful."
"Part of me longs to do the same thing."
"But you haven't."
"I'm on the road a lot more than Fleur. Since my arrival, she's pretty much limited herself to running the stationary clinic."
"I imagine it's a big enough job."
"Yes, and I don't mind taking team lead with the travelling clinic, but being gone for weeks at a time doesn't led itself to good parenting."
"No, it doesn't."
She stopped outside the medical hut as they finished their tour. "You sound like it's something you've thought about too."
"Not being a parent, but relationships require time that constant and prolonged travel does not give."
"Is that why you're single? You travel to much for your job, the one that isn't in a lab?" As the words left her mouth, she felt heat climb her skin, unable to believe she'd asked something so personal from the standoffish man.
"Yes."
"Wow, you actually answered."
He gave her a look that probably should have chastised her, but insteand just made her toes curl.
"You're certainly not single because you're ugly."
"You sound like Myk's new wife."
"She thinks you're hot too?" She couldn't see that going over well with a Chernichenko male.
"No. She doesn' thave any filters between her brain an dher mouth either."
"Oh, I have filters, I just don't choose to exercise them all the time. I don't see a reason to pretend an indifference I'll never be able to sustain for the length of your stay."
"We're only supposed to be here a couple of weeks."
"Exactly."
"I was wrong. You'r enot like Lana, you're a lot like your brother Beau. Very forthright."
"Yep." She blew out a noisy breath. "Most of the time, I don't see a reason for being any other way."
"But you do make exceptions."
"Of course. I'm not about to tell Mr. Ibeamak I think he's a slimy toad and that he has more chance with Paris Hilton than he does with Fleur."
"He did seem taken with her."
"Much to her disgust."
"What about you?"
"Me and Ibeamaka?"
"You and anyone."
"There's no one." And hadn't been since before she started working with Sympa-Med.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Some More Fun Entertainment

A friend of mine has her gay romance fanvid in a contest for a chance to meet the stars. Drop by and vote! If you're interested, my friend's entry is #4 - World Exploding Touch. :)

Mine & Hubcap's Favorite Commedian

Guess what??? I finished the book! Finally. It wasn't the book, it was everything else going on that made it so hard to actually write anything, but the book took longer than anything has to write in a long time. I'm really pleased with it. My editor is really pleased with it. And that's a lovely, lovely thing!

So, I'm taking a few days off. While I'm away at the swank hotel and doing a spa treatment (okay so it's the romantic weekend away I gave Hubcap for V-day, but I'm still going to treat it like a treat for a job well done LOL), I'm leaving you some entertainment.

A little comic relief...we adore this guy. We've only seen him in person once, but practically have his CD memorized.








Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Humpday Hottie

This week's hottie is courtesy of JudyF. :)




I don't often write cowboy heroes, but this guy would make great inspiration. :) What do you think?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Last Week's Blog Winner

Time to announce last week's blog winner. I did the drawing this week from 66 entries. :) Every comment counts! No, if I win, I do not keep the prize for myself, I throw my name back in and draw again. LOL I just like all those chits to shuffle through. :)

The winner is Lisa F.!!! Lisa, please send your details to Andre and tell him if you would prefer a signed book (reader pick) or a surprize title by another author from the prize closet.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Transitions...or lack thereof...

I've been thinking again...uh oh! :) I've just read so much lately that certain things are hitting me over and over until I actually wake up thinking about them. Like the lack of transitions, especially in so many of the small press books I read.

You all know I read a ton of eBooks, both from the big NY publishers and the small presses. And something has really started frustrating me - it's the lack of transitions from one scene to the next. I can't decide if the issue is an editing one, a technical one, or simply author laziness.

I'm leaning toward technical, but then somebody needs to fix it. I think you all know what I'm talking about. It's when the characters jump from one scene to the next without any visual clue (scene break) for the reader or any transition being made by the writer (more about that later). If the space breaks don't translate into Sony or Kindle formats, then they need to put a # or *** or something to indicate a scene break rather than spaces.

It's really jarring (like tripping over a rock and falling on your face jarring) to be reading along, really into the book, and suddenly you're trying to figure out where and when you are, not to mention who you are with. This particular phenomenon has pulled me out of the story over and over again in my reading in the past months. I mean, one minute the characters are in the middle of some major emotional moment and the next we're visiting their dog in the park with no idea how we got there. Okay, maybe not quite that - but darn close!

Which leads to another observation, too many authors nowadays are not giving any kind of setting clues when scenes switch. When I was learning to write, I was told (by authors who knew what they were talking about) to anchor my scenes within the first paragraph or two (preferably the first) of a scene. That means giving readers clues on who, where and when - without coming off reading like a travel brochure. I don't always get it right, and I don't expect other authors I read to either, but it just seems like no effort is made at all. I mean whole weeks could have gone by, but there are no clues given by the author to anchor the reader's expectation of where and when.

This jumping around without thought to taking the reader with you is particularly annoying in a story with a complicated plotline. But even a straight romance (and I don't necessarily mean het, just one with no huge external plot) can be really confusing when the author jumps from scene to scene without attempting the most basic clue to help the reader transition.

Once in a great while, this type of non-transition is a usefull literary tool in and of itself. Just like the sentence fragment. ;-) It can make an important impact for a particularly intriguing scene change, but overused, it just comes off as sloppy writing. Lazy writing. Annoying writing.

To give you an idea of what I mean, here is an anchored transition from my upcoming book, Close Quarters:

But Roman wasn’t listening as he headed for the door. The brass never thought they were responsible, but nine times out of ten? They were. Roman knew it, being team lead himself. It didn’t matter how many bars or stars you wore on your uniform, the fact was, when men or situations under your authority got compromised, you held ultimate responsibility.

And he had no respect for a man who didn’t see that.

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The buzz of excited chatter outside the medic hut pulled Tanya Ruston’s attention from the inventory report she’d been working on in the small office off the main exam room.

You see how I've anchored the scene? You don't yet know you are in Africa, but you will within a couple of lines. The important thing is, I've shown you POV, a good indication of where and who with some clues to the Africa vibe (huts aren't typical terms for medical clinics in the US, are they?). It didn't take a lot of words, but it did take a lot of time to work this particular sentence out and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Scene transitions are some of the biggest time suckers for me in the editing process.

As writers, this is something we need to understand on a fundamental level. As readers, I think we recognize it instinctively. Either way, sloppy transitions, whether due to technical malfunction or author choice, can make what would have been a great book, unfortunately mediocre, or even bad.

I know I've used the non-transition on purpose myself and probably unknowingly as well, but when I went looking, couldn't find an example. If you remember one from one of my books, share it in the comments. I'd love to show a live example, but will not use another author's writing to bolster my rant. That would be cranky and I'm Pooh-Bear in thinking mode, not Oscar the Grouch. :)

Your turn: what are your thoughts on lack of transitions between scenes, or when an author doesn't choose (or simply forgets) to anchor a scene so you know when and where you are in the book?
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New question added in the comments from Lucy: What do you think is the hardest transition to make without visual or word clues from the author, a POV shift with a new scene, a time shift or a setting shift?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Another Article in the Examner :)

Click here to read my article on travel in the Seattle Examiner.

Kate Duffy Memorial Fund

As some of you may know, many of us lost a dear friend and truly special editor a few months back. Kate Duffy was an author advocate and helped more of your favorite authors than you can imagine get their start in romance. In her honor, the authors of Brava and RWA have created the Kate Duffy Memorial Fund.

I will always miss her and feel her loss deeply in my heart, but if we can do something good in her name, something she would have approved of, that helps.


Here are the deets:

The Kate Duffy Memorial Fund honors the memory of Ms. Duffy, a longtime editor for Kensington Publishing, who passed away in September 2009. The Fund will award one or more scholarships for the payment of conference fees for RWA National. Applicants must be RWA members who are PAN eligible. Members apply by submitting a personal letter plus at least two supporting letters from RWA members stating the applicant’s financial need, their serious pursuit of a romance writing career, and why they believe attendance at RWA National in the year of their application will benefit their romance writing career.The Fund is overseen by Romance Writers of America.



Applications should be directed to RWA, Attention: Kate Duffy Memorial Fund, 14615 Benfer Rd., Houston, Texas 77069, with Kate Duffy Memorial Fund application in the subject line. Applications must be received by March 31. Applications will be assessed by a committee of authors and kept in complete confidence. Scholarship funds will be disbursed to the extent that member donations made to the Duffy Memorial Fund cover the disbursement.



To donate to the fund, mail a check to RWA, Attention: Kate Duffy Memorial Fund, at the address above. Please write “Kate Duffy Memorial Fund” in the check memo line. Or, you may donate online at http://www.rwanational.org/. To donate online, log in to the RWA site, click on the Store link, and add the Kate Duffy Memorial Fund to your cart. Then, change the quantity of the $1 cost to whatever amount you wish to donate. For example, to donate $10, simply put 10 in the quantity box.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

New Book by Wanda DeGolier

ANIMAL ATTRACTION

Wanda DeGolier
Mainstream Romance: Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
ISBN: 978-1-60435-656-4



With a string of vandalism plaguing the zoo, Marine Mammal Manager, Stephanie Cavanah, has her hands full. Up for a promotion, Stephanie is disappointed when the job goes to David Westcott, a sexy, smart Conservation Biologist who has mysterious black outs. But there is little time to brood because the vandalism is growing worse, and Stephanie must work with David if she is going to stop the perpetrators.



Having been coerced into taking a job he doesn't want and isn't comfortable with, David tangles with his own demons. At puberty he'd gained the power to command the behavior of people and animals with his thoughts. The problem is, he can't turn it off! As a result, David is never sure if people’s thoughts and actions are truly their own.


Having discovered a way to control his influence, David works to control his power. Unfortunately every time Stephanie is near, his mind sputters to a halt.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Having It All

...and eating your cake too!

Lots of people ask me how I do it all, and I tell them, "I don't." I'd rather eat the cake than make it. Really. :)

One of the things I've had to learn to do to keep up with my active and large family as well as my active and prolific writing career is to delegate. One of my favorite things to delegate (besides housework) is copyediting and proof-reading. About 4 years ago, I started paying my rather brilliant and gorgeous, soon to be married, chemical engineering student niece to proofread galleys and copyedit my own work when I was on too tight a deadline to do it justice myself.

Her name is Abigail and she does an amazing job for very reasonable prices. She's decided to branch out and earn some extra dough for the wedding, etc., and open her editorial services to other students and authors.

If you're interested, you can find all the deets here. If you know of someone who might be able to use her editing services, please pass the info along.
Your turn: what is your favorite thing to delegate, or if you could, what one thing would you delegate?
*Picture originally sent to me by JudyF, then showed up when I was searching for an image of a woman at a computer. Figured it was meant to be, so here it is. :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lucy has an Article in the Seattle Examiner

Check this out! My blog post on world building got picked up by the Seattle Examiner. :)

Guest Blogging on Loves Romance & More

Hey, all...hope you'll stop by here. Danny asked some neat interview questions for this one!

Moon Craving on the Lists

Moon Craving hasn't done too badly on the lists and I'm uber pleased about that!

Nielson Bookscan National Bestsellers List for Romance
Doubleday Book Club Paranormal Bestsellers List
#3 on Rhapsody Book Club Paranormal Bestsellers List
#23 on their main Bestsellers List
#1 on Barnes&Noble.com's Paranormal Historical Bestsellers List (and Moon Awakening hit #2 with a resurgence in sales)
#39 on Barnes&Noble.com's eBook Romance Bestsellers List
#7 on Borders.com Paranormal Romance Bestsellers List
#17 on Amazon's Paranormal Romance Bestsellers List


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Humpday Hottie

Thought you could use a midweek pick-up, so I'm going to try to post a yummy hunk for your weekly pleasure on Humpday...that would be Wednesday. :) Often, I'll get my hottie from JudyF, who generously sends daily hotties to several lists and authors.

This week's visual treat came from a Google search (popped up on the images related to my search words - hmmm...lucky?) and I couldn't resist sharing him. Isn't he yummy?


What do you think? Make you wish you were buying Korean Calvin Klein's?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spoilers in Reviews

I'm wondering...what is your opinion about spoilers in reviews, especially those reviews that don't indicate a spoiler alert?

I'm asking because I've read a few reader reviews (and a couple of professional reviews) lately for my books and books & DVDs I'm interested in that have spoilers. I don't mind at all as long as there is a spoiler alert. Honestly? When it comes to a movie that is supposed to be a romance, I want to know if there is an HEA, or at least a HFN (not my favorite ending, but I'll talk about that another day). Too many movies and books anymore are being marketed as romances when they are in fact love stories. The difference of course being whether or not the main romantic leads end up together in a satisfying (for the reader/viewer) relationship at the end.

I don't mind other types of spoilers either (as long as there is a spoiler warning). One of my hot buttons in romance is infidelity. I'm glad to avoid a book that incorporates that element into the plot and will do so when I see a reader review mentioning it. Or when the reviewer warns the ending is bittersweet. Bittersweet does not work for me in romance. ;-)

But it bothers the bejeebes out of me when a reader/viewer (and especially a professional reviewer) includes spoiler material in their review and doesn't bother to put a warning to that effect in the title or beginning of the review. It bugs me even more when the spoiler is information given out of context and interpreted one way by the reviewer and differently by me, either as the author or reader/viewer of the book or movie. It seems to happen a lot on Amazon.com and they don't have a process for alerting TPTB to the spoiler. A spoiler is not inappropriate content...it just needs to be labeled as a spoiler. You see what I mean?

I don't think I'm the only reader and/or author annoyed by this practice, am I?

The vast majority of professional reviews I've read are great about not putting in spoilers, or including content out of context with implications that don't match the actual content of the story. In truth, most reader reviews are too. For which I'm more than grateful, both as a book/movie buyer and author. But the ones that do it (at least it seems to me), are also usually the reviewers who have an attitude that their opinion is more valid than anyone else's. So, maybe the arrogance I find so charming in my alpha heroes isn't as fun to run into in other settings? LOL

Just my thoughts for today. :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Want to See Me In Person?

Some of these events require pre-registration, so I thought I'd post them here now to let you all know when you can see me in person. It would be wonderful to actually meet some of my cyber-friends when I venture out from my writing cave. LOL

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Rose City Romance Writers
Speaking: Recovering From Burnout
PCC Sylvania Campus - Portland, OR
10:00 a.m. - April 10

Rose City Romance Writers Readers Luncheon
Luncheon Speaker - Jane Porter
*Multi-Author Book Signing
Portland, OR
9:00 a.m. - April 17

Romantic Times Convention
*Multi-Author Book Signing
*I will be presenting on 2 author panels
& 1 industry professionals panel.
Columbus, OH
April 28-May 2

Lora Leigh's RAW 2010
*Free Public Multi-Author Book Signing
Pullman Hotel - Huntington, WV
Sept 9-12

Rose City Romance Event
Powell's Bookstore
*Multi-Author Book Signing
Beaverton, OR
7:00 p.m. - Sept 18

Emerald City Writers Conference
*Multi-Author Book Signing
Bellevue, WA
Oct 1-3

Tacoma Round Table Readers Group
Round Table Pizza - Tacoma, WA
1:00 p.m. - Oct 6

Olympia RWA
Apollo's Restaurant
Speaking: What's Hot, What's Not &
Writing the Book of Your Heart

Olympia, WA
7:00 p.m. - Oct 7

Last Week's Blog Winner

Last week was a fun week on the blog as we did extra entries for anyone who followed me over to B&N.com's board and made a comment. The winner of the drawing (for a signed copy of Watch Over Me) is:

Melissa (Mimmi862)

Hon, please email Andre with your particulars so he can send you your prize!

Congratulations and hugs!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Valentine's Day Hottie

Courtesy of JudyF...she sent it to me, I had to share with you all. :)


Time for me to get back to edits. :)

Happy Valentines Day

I wanted to wish you all a particularly wonderful Valentines Day!!! Whether you are spending it with loved ones or a great romance novel, I hope your day is filled with joy and you are surrounded by love!



Hubcap and I will be taking all the kids out to dinner and then a movie - our traditional family date for Valentine's Day. We've been doing it since the kids were little, but old enough to realize what Valentine's Day was. We wanted them to know that we thought celebratin our love for them was as important as celebrating our love for each other. So, we did it all together. We offered to let the married ones off the hook for it this year, but they like the tradition too much and want to keep it up. :) I'm a happy woman. :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Book by JJ Massa

Another of my auto-buy authors has a release and it's a werewolf story. Yum!!!

by
J.J. Massa

Tavist Darke lost his mate and pup years ago and never expected to have a family. He no longer looked for happiness in life. He didn’t expect to find another mate. The love of his adopted pack was more than he ever expected. When he met beautiful Tracey West and her enchanting children he knew his secret prayers had been answered.


Tracey West had a family and she would keep them safe at all costs. She didn’t want another mate. She’d been married for almost a decade and had three beautiful and special children as a result. Living in and getting out of that marriage had been a nightmare. All she wanted now was peace and safety for herself and her kids. Why couldn’t her sexy neighbor understand that?

Friday, February 12, 2010

New Book by Jaci Burton

Rough hands rounding the curves of a soft warm body—caressing, stroking, edging her toward exquisite pleasure…

Seduction is a cinch in these four all-new sizzling stories from the hot authors of Unlaced…

Jaci Burton breaks the rule of mixing business with pleasure when two professional rivals cross paths at a tropical resort. She figures she can handle a fling with no strings attached. He’s out to show her that she figured wrong.

Jasmine Haynes explores the lust of a former supermodel who needs to finally fulfill a no-holds-barred sexual fantasy. Finding two men to do it with is easy. But are they up to giving her all the pleasure she’s been denied?

Joey W. Hill reveals the erotic bond between a master and the beautiful submissive who stole his heart. Recapturing their night of unparalleled passion won’t be easy—until a specific piece of lingerie comes into play.

Denise Rossetti goes beyond the limits of desire when she pairs a battle-scarred veteran of love and war with a woman who’s just as fearless and twice as dangerous. What happens between them is positively combustible. But what a way to go.

Every touch is Laced with Desire

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fabulous News for Presents Authors

I'm so happy about this, I could cry...and I almost never cry!




Harlequin/Silhouette Books are now included in the USA Today's Bestsellers List. I never thought I'd hit the list first with a Presents, but if it doesn't happen with Moon Craving, I actually have a chance with my upcoming The Shy Bride! I'm feeling really emotional right now. What do you all think of this news?



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blogg Winner for Last Week

The blog winner for last week's drawing is JudyF!!! Since Judy has all of my backlist, she'll receive a couple of books from my prize closet by other authors and some candy, 'cuz sugar is a necessary food group. LOL

JudyF...love if you could email Andre with your address and particulars, he'll get your prize out to you ASAP.

By the way, this week, I had Hubcap do the drawing. He makes a very attractive, if masculine, Vanna White. :)

REMEMBER: To be entered in the prize drawing, all you have to do is comment on each week's blog posts. Every comment is counted as an entry into the contest. Super easy...lots of fun...what could be better? :)

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Reading is All Sorts of Good For You

We, who are dedicated romance fans, are firmly aware of the benefits to reading. We've heard the study results that show reading and doing things like crossword puzzles helps to maintain healthy brain activity as we grow older. We've each experienced in our own ways the life changing power of the written word.

Now one of my favorite fashion magazines even recognizes the benefits of reading:

Your turn: post your favorite link to an article about reading or romance, or share your favorite story about how reading has impacted your life in some specific instance or way. :)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Feature Author on B&N.com

Melanie at B&N.com managed to arrange something special for my final stop on my Blog Tour for Moon Craving. I'll be the Feature Author on Romantic Reads all week long! :)

It's time to break out the snazzy pink jacket and pill box hat as I trip off my final train...



Stop by and chat about how I got the idea for my Children of the Moon series, what's going on with the books and anything else we feel like talking about this week! I really hope to see you there! :)


P.S. If you post over there and let me know about it, I'll give you an extra entry in the blog drawing for this week. Watch Wednesday for the posting of last week's blog winner!

Love those Shifters

Yes, I do...but so do lots of other readers and they've got a nifty little blog where they like to talk about it. I'll be guesting there with a post on how I came up with the Children of the Moon world all this week. Please stop by and share your thoughts on werewolves, fantasy worlds and maybe even my Chrechte!




P.S. Yes, there is a giveaway! Hope you like it. :)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

New Book by Heidi Betts

KNOCK ME FOR A LOOP
(Book #3 of “Chicks with Sticks” trilogy)
St. Martin’s Press
ISBNs: 0-312-94673-2 and 978-0-312-94673-9
February 2010

SHE’S CUTTING HIM LOOSEWhen it comes to relationships, talk show host Grace Fisher won’t stand for cheating—especially not from her fiancĂ©, star hockey goalie Zack Hoolihan. Her weekly knitting group backs her up when she calls it off, but it doesn’t entirely ease the sting of betrayal. She won’t listen to Zack’s indignant explanations of innocence—she just wants to tie up loose ends and move on. Until he winds up injured, that is, and she finds herself playing nursemaid…

NOW HE’S THROWN FOR A LOOP

Zack doesn’t know how that woman got into his hotel room, but he does know losing Grace has put him so far off his game, he ended up with a busted knee and a broken heart. If things aren’t mended fast, he’ll miss the playoffs, miss his girl, and lose everything. But if Grace is willing to push him into physical therapy, maybe he can pull her back into his arms—before their truce unravels. This time, he’ll do everything it takes to knit their relationship back together…

Saturday, February 06, 2010

New Book by Ashleigh Raine

Forsaken Talisman
by Ashleigh Raine

Is she a victim of a madman’s agenda, or a willing player in his demonic games?

Book two in the Talisman Bay series.

Kidnapped and mind-wiped by the Shadow Walkers’ greatest nemesis, Skylar has no memories of her own, except for her name. All she knows is what memories she does possess belong to someone else—as does her face—and that she can’t trust anyone, including herself.

Shadow Walker Dusty Clements goes against direct orders to rescue Skylar and take her into hiding. It’s the only way to get to the truth, and keep her out of the hands of an enemy who could use her to wipe out the entire organization. The last complication Dusty needs is to fall for her.

As Dusty and Skylar work to uncover the secrets of her past, they discover a mystery more than twenty years in the making, and a love they can’t deny.

The enemy has one more trick up his sleeve though—a magical kiss capable of probing the deepest secrets of the mind. All he needs to bring the Shadow Walkers down is to get his lips on Skylar one more time…

This book was previously published but has been completely revised, rewritten, re-edited, with an addition of more than 20,000 words.

Warning, this title contains the following: Sex in an interdimensional cave. Hot men ripping demons apart bare-handed. Liberal use of the f-word as verb, adjective, threat and sexual promise. Oh, and wet and soapy sex in the shower followed by warm bodies sliding between cool sheets—yes, sex in a bed. It’s almost normal!

Forsaken Talisman is a romantic, action-packed adventure you won’t want to miss, filled with characters the reader will care about from the first paragraph. Ashleigh Raine delivers a thrilling story that will have you turning pages well into the morning hours. –Anya Bast, nationally bestselling author of Wicked Enchantment

Friday, February 05, 2010

More Great Reviews for Moon Craving

I'm so chuffed by these reviews!!!

Ms. Monroe captivates the readers with her spine tingling explosive action and highly intense sensual love story. ~ 5 Stars, Recommended Read, FAR

The characters came to life from page one and I found it impossible to put down; I actually read it in one sitting. ~ 5 Stars, Recommended Read, Rites of Romance Reviews

...an excellent novel makes me all the more excited to joyfully recommend such a passionate and wonderful book. Fans of Lucy Monroe will sigh with romantic delight as the pages come alive. Don't miss it! ~ Joyfully Reviewed (Read the entire review on Moon Craving's Amazon page.)

The new book in the "Children if the Moon" - series by Lucy Monroe is a great read and one of my favourite romances of the last months. ~ About Happy Books

It's a Party!!!

Author Island is hosting a Cyber Launch Party for Moon Craving!

Stop by and have some fun at:


There will be cyber cake, punch...maybe a glass of wine or two, or for those like me, who do not need to get sleepy, a sugar-free latte! And of course, cyber chocolate...yum. :) Oh, and not one, but 3 giveaways!

Hugs and hope to see you there!
Lucy

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Guest Blogging & Interview

8th and 9th stop on the Blog Tour for Moon Craving are a guest blog on Manic Readers and an interview on 3 Wicked Writers. I broke a heel changing the last train, so I'm doing these blogs barefoot, but who has time to buy new shoes with two stops in the same day?



And don't forget that tomorrow is National Go Red Day, when people, companies and even whole cities go red to show support for the campaign against heart disease in women, the number one killer of women in the United States. For more info on Go Red Day, click here.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

DQ's Wedding

Was absolutely gorgeous, drowningly sentimental and went off without a hitch!



If you want to see more pictures, visit my Photo section on my MySpace or Facebook. :)

Guest Blogging at Novel Thoughts

7th stop on my Blog Tour...this traveling is getting exhausting, but it's worth it. ;-) With one of my favorite (and first) readers and romance aficionados, Fatin.

http://novelthoughts.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Moon Craving in Bookstores NOW!!

Moon Craving
Feb 2010 - Berkley Sensation
ISBN-13: 978-0425233047
Children of the Moon Book 2
If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack— would never marry. But when the king orders that Talorc wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find his mate in the strong-willed Abigail. And after an intensely climactic wedding night, the two fiercely independent souls sense an unbreakable bond…

Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible. And for his part, he has no intention of telling her about being a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she’s begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior’s strength—and his wolf’s cunning—to win his wife back. And Talorc will have to face his biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of a man in love…

Watch the Book Trailer





As a special thank you to readers, I'm giving away a prize pack of pamper yourself products and paranormal romance. All you have to do to enter is send an email with Moon Craving Contest in the subject line to moon_craving at yahoo dot com before February 28th, 2010. The drawing will be held March 1st and the winner will be announced here.

Guest Blogging at Nine Naughty Novelists

6th stop and it's a charm...well, the hostesses are charming anyway. Visit this blog for some of the hottest, yummiest romance out there!

Took the bullet train between stops on this part of the tour. Can you say FASSSTTTT? My head's still spinning, but I'll do my best to keep up with my romance friends...

http://ninenaughtynovelists.blogspot.com/


And a bonus guest blog...this one required a flight...all the way to the UK, but since we're traveling in the cyber world, I was able to finagle first class! The uber kind and talented Liz Fielding is hosting me at her blog today...hope you'll stop by and visit!

http://lizfielding.blogspot.com/

Blog Winner for Last Week

And the winner is:
Pandagirl
Please email me with your full name and mailing address to receive your prize: one of the Moon Craving book cover necklaces, a signed copy of Unleashed and some candy.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Very Cool Article by Eloisa James

Eloisa James writes a monthly romance article for B&N.com and this month, her topic is the forced marriage aspect of the Marriage of Convenience. She mentions Moon Craving as one of the stories and some others that sound like really awesome books. Stop by and read the article. :)

Lori Foster's Latest

As you all probably know, Lori Foster is one of my autobuy authors and her newest is on bookstore shelves tomorrow. Back in Black is the 5th book in her latest series on MMA fighters as protective, Alpha, sexy heroes (yum, you know how much I love those!). This book is for Drew Black, the president of the fight organization.

Back in Black
by Lori Foster

In a hook up this hot, someone’s bound to get burned...SBC president Drew Black is as controversial as they come. But the hot-headed entrepreneur is a perfect match for his popular sports club venture: uncompromising and extreme. Maybe too extreme. With a reputation for saying what he thinks, Drew’s been causing a lot of friction. That’s why someone’s been called in to clean up his image--before he does any permanent damage.


The lucky lady is Gillian Noode, a PR expert who’s smoothed out the rough edges on many a man. But Drew is rougher than anyone she’s ever met, and he refuses to change for any woman, for any reason. To make matters more complicated, Gillian’s starting to like him raw. Now, opposites aren’t only attracting, they’re igniting. But in the rising heat, which one of them will end up on top?


Guest Blogging at Writerspace

5th stop on the Blog Tour for Moon Craving...Writerspace, the biggest, best, boldest romance community out there.

Lost my luggage on the last train, but DQ came through and got me the perfect outfit to wear while visiting one of my cyber homes. :)

http://www.writerspace.com/wsblogs/