Thursday, December 29, 2011

Guest Blog - Dani Harper


In my new paranormal series from Kensington-Brava, I've created a world in which werewolves live as humans among us, hiding in plain sight. They have jobs, pay bills, drive cars... they could be your neighbor, your boss, your banker. The only thing that's certain is that you will never, ever know. They call themselves Changelings and they regard their innate ability to become a wolf at will as a gift. This shapeshifting power complicates their lives, however, when love is involved!

Check out the book trailer for a quick overview of the series.


Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream came out earlier this year.Changeling Dawn has just been released this week (and I’m SO excited!). Readers will want to know that each story has been designed to stand alone, so it isn’t necessary to read the 3 books in order.

Here’s the back cover blurb for Changeling Dawn:

Werewolf, monster – those are the names given her kind by the humans who hate them. Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding what she is, and she’s not about to open up to any man, even one as powerfully attractive as wildlife expert Josh Talarkoteen. But legend says
that a Changeling cannot escape the call of her true mate, even in the wilderness of backcountry Alaska.

An isolated archeological site, a terrified Changeling cub, a secretive research center – as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure and hint at dark secrets of his own.

To find out more, visit my website at http://www.daniharper.com

Thanks so much, Lucy, for allowing me to share my new series! I hope you and your readers enjoy a lovely holiday season. And because December is a month of gifts and giving, I have a giveaway! Just leave a comment answering this question: Who’s your favorite paranormal character from books, TV or movies? plus an email address so you can be reached if you win. Residents of US and Canada are eligible to enter. I’ll draw the winner on Jan. 10th and the prize is a signed copy of one of my 3 Changeling books (reader’s choice) and a tote bag to put it in!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Humpday Hottie!

A New Year's celebration for two...just what I was thinking!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Last Call on Twelve Days of Christmas Winners!


Looking for information on two winners.....

Please email me with your name and address by the end of the week or I will need to choose two new winners...thanks!


Day 4 Leni

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We (I) wish you a Merry Christmas,
We (I) wish you a Merry Christmas,
We (I) wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
(Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, I wish you a Holiday Season filled with Peace and Joy.)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Winners


Thank you for participating in the Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaways! Below is a list of all our winners. If you haven't already email me with your name an address please do so today and I'll get your prize in the mail. Thank you for your patience, prizes will be sent out by the first of the year!

I hope you had fun playing the game. I enjoyed reading your comments and I'm excited that so many of you learned something new about Christmas. I'm sending you all warm hugs as you celebrate the season.

Day 2 Tessa
Day 4 Leni

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 12

Congratulations  bluegray you have won the prize for Day 11 for correctly answering June 26, 1870. Please email me with your name an address and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming...here's today's trivia question:

After twelve days of Christmas giveaways we've come to the end. If you were given every gift in the song Twelve Days of Christmas, how many presents would you receive?

(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 11

Congratulations Estella you have won the prize for Day 10 for correctly answering 1882. Please email me with your name an address and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven Piper's piping...here's today's trivia question:

Did you know that Christmas was not always a National Holiday? Alabama was the first state to recognize it as a such, but on what date did the United States first recognize Christmas as a National Holiday?


(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Humpday Hottie!

An early Christmas gift ladies - two hunks for the price of one!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 10

Congratulations Cathy M you have won the prize for Day 9 for correctly answering I'll be back again some day! Please email me with your name an address and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten Lords a leaping....here's today's trivia question:

Putting up the Christmas tree used to be something I loved doing, but has now fallen to my youngest daughter to put up every year. She enjoys it so much and I enjoy watching her. In honor of the Christmas tree, what year were electric lights first put on Christmas trees?


(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 9

Congratulations hcnathan you have won the prize for Day 8 for correctly answering Happy Birthday. Please email me with your name an address and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing....here's today's trivia question:

I love Frosty so much I decided to have another question about him. As the weather heats up and Frosty has to leave, what are his final words?


(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 8

Congratulations Kathryn Merkel you have won the prize for Day 7 for correctly answering 36. Please email me with your name an address and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids a milking....here's today's trivia question:

Who doesn't love Frosty the Snowman! Such a fun movie that I love watching with my grandchildren. When Frosty came to life, what were his first words?


(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Guest Blog - Margaret Rowe

Welcome Maggie. I'm excited to have you join us today to share about your new book and give us an interview. Agony like a yummy book and I can't wait to read it.

1. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?

Hanging out with my family on the lake! We live on a pond in Maine and summers are pretty spectacular. I do some gardening and sit in the sun to read.

2. What books are sitting in your TBR pile right now? What book are you currently reading?

I won’t tell you how many hundreds of books I have downloaded to my Kindle and my Nook, mostly historicals and mysteries. My book-buying is really out of control. Right now I’m reading P.D. James’s Death Comes to Pemberley. I’ve been glomming Josh Lanyon and am
looking forward to Cecilia Grant’s A Lady Awakened.

3. Please, share something you found most interesting or fun that you did to research for a book.

Women used to shave off their eyebrows and glue on mouseskin. Really.

4. How did you come up with the plot for Wicked Wedding Night?

My story in Agony/Ecstasy is “Wicked Wedding Night.” I am a sucker for alliteration, and Lucien and Maida’s wedding night starts wickedly to say the least. It’s a Regency featuring a truly tortured hero and his scheming bride, who both get much more than they bargained for.

5. Action adventure or romantic comedy? What is your favorite movie lately?

Romantic comedy, of course! I saw Tower Heist recently. I guess that’s more action adventure, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Anything that makes me laugh is good!


Thanks Lucy for the interview. I wanted to give your readers a little more information about the Agony:

All new stories of punishing extremes and unbearable pleasure…
With historical, contemporary, and futuristic backdrops, this outrageously diverse collection of original stories explores every conceivable variation of BDSM erotica—from knitting circles to the Titanic to a retelling of The Little Mermaid.
Featuring all-new stories by Meljean Brook, Jean Johnson, Bettie Sharpe, Jill Myles, Margaret Rowe, Sara Thorne, and more, this book has everything a reader could hope for in an erotic romance.

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 7

I see there was some confusion with the question as I didn't clarify which country. You guys are always thinking and that's why I love my readers. The question I asked was referring to the United States, but I see that some of you researched and found earlier Christmas Stamps. I entered everyone who responded into the contest. Thanks for your comments!

Congratulations Jennywen20 you have won the prize for Day 6 for correctly answering 1962. Please email me with your name an adddress and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans a swimming....here's today's trivia question:

Here is a math question for all you analytical people out there! Including Rudolph, how many reindeer hooves are there?


(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 6



Congratulations girlygirlhoosier52 you have won the prize for Day 5 for correctly answering White Christmas. Please email me with your name an adddress and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the Sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese a laying....here's today's trivia question:


Have you sent your holiday cards yet? Sending cards in the mail has been a long standing tradition until recently (yet another area of our life where technology is taking over...lol). In what year did the post office issue its first Christmas themed stamp?



(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 5


Congratulations Leni you have won the prize for Day 4 for correctly answering Montgomery Wards. Please email me with your name and address and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five golden rings....here's today's trivia question:

Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, I'll be Home
for Christmas..oh there are so many Christmas songs - and
I love all of them (ok, most of them lol!). Today's question asks, of all the Christmas Songs out there, what is the biggest selling Christmas single of all time?
(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Humpday Hottie!

Ready for a little traveling...where would you like to go?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 4


Congratulations James Whitwam, you have won the prize for Day 3 for correctly answering Parson Brown. Please email me with your name and address and I'll get your prize in the mail. I was surprised to learn there are other answers. Thank you for taking the time to research and share.


On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling birds....here's today's trivia question:


Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer is not mentioned in any of the
classic Christmas songs. He was actually created as part of a
promotional campaign. What Department Store introduced
this lovable little reindeer to our Holiday tradition?

(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 3


Thank you to everyone that emailed to let me know the comments weren't posting on Day 2. Those that emailed were entered in the contest! The correct answer to Day 2's question is An Angel Gets it Wings...such a cute movie don't you think?

Congratulations Tessa you are Day 2's prize winner. Please email me with your name and address and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three French Hens....here's today's trivia question:

Christmas songs are a big part of the holiday experience. I have so many Christmas CD's that I start listening to Christmas Music in
October! In the song "Winter Wonderland", who do
we pretend the snowman is?

(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Contest Winner!

I hope everyone had a great week! The winner of this week's blog contest is...


Thanks for visiting my blog this week! Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail.




Don't forget the Twelve Days of Christmas Daily giveaway. Check back each day from 12/9 through 12/23 (excluding Sundays), answer a trivia question and be entered in the contest!


Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 2

Congratulations Michstjame you have won the prize for Day 1 for correctly answering England as the country that first created eggnog. Please email me with your name and address and I'll get your prize in the mail.


On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves....here's today's trivia question:

In the Christmas Classic, It's a Wonderful Life, what happens every time a bell rings?


(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Friday, December 09, 2011

Guest Interview - Sofia Hunt

Welcome Sofia. My readers and I are so excited that you stopped by today to share a little about yourself and your latest release, The Bride Bargain.

1. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?

I like to go out with friends and socialize. I love to dance. I also love to cook for groups of people. I’m a football and hockey fan also.

2. What books are sitting in your TBR pile right now? What book are you currently reading?

I’m reading Mercy Celeste’s Wicked Game. I’m a sucker for hot football players, always have been. I just finished a JA Jance novel titled Betrayal of Trust. I also have in my pile Ride the Fire by Jo Davis and Negligee Behavior by Shelly Stevens.

3. Please, share something you found most interesting or fun that you did to research for a book.

While researching for the Bachelor Bay series, Eve Adams and I took a trip to Port Gamble, an old company logging town in Washington State on north Puget Sound. We spent the day taking pictures, touring the old buildings, visiting the museum, and talking with the lady who works in the museum. Port Gamble has a very unique history. It was founded in the 1860s and is still owned by the company which founded it. I have pictures posted on my Facebook of that trip.

4. How did you come up with names plot for The Bride Bargain.

Last summer I started toying with an idea for a ménage series based on a bit of Seattle history. The basic plot revolved around a group of two dozen women who answered an ad in a Boston newspaper for brides wanted in 1860s Washington Territory. The women who answered my hero’s ad were willing to leave civilization behind and journey to an unknown land in the hope of finding a new life and a new love. The Gallagher brothers, who owned a logging company and sawmill, placed the ad in order to pacify their lumberjacks who were threatening to leave because of the lack of women in the area.

Figuring there was safety in numbers, I talked to my good friends, Bella Grace and Eve Adams, to see if they’d be interested in joining me. The more we talked about the idea, the more excited we became. The three of us collaborated on characters, plots, conflicts, and threads that’d run through all the stories. I poured over old UW archives on historical logging and pioneer life in the Pacific Northwest.

And The Brides of Bachelor Bay was born.

5. Reality shows or dramas? What is your favorite TV show lately?
I love Criminal Minds. I’ve always been fascinated by what makes people tick, why they do what they do. I’m also addicted to true crime shows. Someday, I’m sure you’ll see my interest in crime stories reflected in my writing, but not so much now.

Thanks Lucy for hosting me today. I hope your readers enjoy the interview and leave a comment. I'll be posting throughout the day in response. Thanks again!

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Giveaway! Day 1

My annual 12 Days of Christmas celebration will run from 12/9 through 12/23 excluding Sundays. Visit my blog each day to answer a trivia question about Christmas. I will chose a winner from the correct responses for a fabulous prize! Winners will be posted daily - Good Luck!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, A partridge in a pear tree....here's today's trivia question:

One of my favorite Holiday drinks is eggnog. Not the kind you buy
in the carton at the store, but my homemade eggnog with the
nutmeg and frothy foam on top...hmmm, can't wait.
What country first created this yummy drink?


(Disclaimer: Trivia questions were taken from multiple Christmas Trivia websites and answers have not been verified for accuracy. Questions are for entertainment purposes.)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Guest Interview - Lavanda Dee

Welcome Lavanda. I'm so glad you were able to stop by today for an interview. You new book sounds great, I'm sure my readers will want to get it on their Christmas wish list!

1. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?

Other than reading, I love traveling. We’ve had the good fortune to be able to travel out of the country as well as in the U.S. We’ve been to China, New Zealand, Australia and Africa to name a few. Also on some great cruises one of my favorites was a Baltic one where the ports of call included St. Petersburg, Germany, and Finland. Recently we’ve take a couple of river cruises, the ships are smaller and they are more informal.

2. What books are sitting in your TBR pile right now?
What isn’t might be an easier question to answer. I read a myriad of different genre. Having so many is one of the reason’s I joined Goodreads. I was finding I was purchasing more than one copy. Just finished Margaret Mallory’s The Sinner, great story. It’s the second book in her The Highlanders series. So lets see, a couple of what’s in my massive TBR pile is Dangerous Desires by Dee Davis, and The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy. Both of these authors are new to me. My favorite authors don’t seem to stay in the TBR pile very long.

3. How did you come up with the name and settings for Holiday Magic The Gift of Love?

This is a two story anthology I did with a dear friend and fellow author. Laurie
and I share an almost surreal connection. We didn’t know each other when we were younger and yet we named our children with the same or similar names. The other day we were at an event and even though our ticket numbers were miles apart. Mine was drawn and hers was drawn next. This was in a pot of around a hundred tickets. No wonder when we handed each other our stories for critique we found that they had the same flavor. Both are about family. Both have a heroine who is going it alone until . . . The one thing we did purposely decide was that it would be a Christmas book. We didn’t come up with the Priceless Love “For Richer, For Poorer” and Healing Love “In Sickness and in Health” until after the stories were well underway. Mainly because the one thing we do differ in is that Laurie is a plotter while I’m a seat of the pants author.

4. What is your favorite TV shows?

I seem to keep loyal to the ones that have been around for a while. Criminal Minds, and CSI. I like the new shows Body of Proof and Charlie’s Angels. I’m into a few of the reality shows. The Amazing Race for one. We find we’ve been to some of the places and it fun to see things a tourist wouldn’t see. Another is Survivor; I could never rough it to this degree. And I love watching The Biggest Loser. While I’m stuffing my face with popcorn J.

5. What is in works for the future?

I want to finish some of the stories I have started. And, I have the first book in a series called The Blackhawk Brothers coming out in February 2012. It’s a contemporary set in western Montana. This story is Coopers. I hope to have Grants contracted and out in 2012 as well.

Thanks Lucy for allowing me to stop by today! I hope your readers will leave a comment or two, I'll be checking in all day.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Humpday Hottie


Happy Pearl Harbor Day! Thank you to all the men and women who have
made sacrifices for our freedoms.



Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Prize Giveaway! - Teaser

Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Prize Giveaway is coming this week! I will be starting my annual 12 Days of Christmas celebration this Friday (Contest will run from 12/9 through 12/23 excluding Sundays). Visit my blog each day to answer a trivia question about Christmas. I will chose a winner from the correct responses for a fabulous prize! Here's a little teaser....

The Pre-Twelve Days of Christmas Daily Prize Giveaway trivia question of the day is:

Who is the author of A Christmas Carol?


(please note that comments on this post will be entered into my weekly drawing for The Latin Lover)

Weekly Prize Giveaway!

It has been so fun reminiscing about books from my backlist, that I thought it would be fun to continue with it this month. Just leave a comment on any post that is open to comments and you are entered in the drawing. This weeks title is (includes two stories in one book)....

Originally Published in October 2009
Harlequin Presents #2861
ISBN-10: 0-373-12861-4
ISBN-13: 978-0373128617

Rich, hot-blooded, passionate...These Mediterranean men are irresistible!

The Greek Tycoon's Inherited Bride by Lucy Monroe
Phoebe's betrothal to his brother meant she was forbidden to him, and honour was the code Greek billionaire Spiros Petronides lived by. But with one kiss Spiros knew he had to claim her as his!

Back in the Spaniard's Bed by Trish Morey
Leah Mitchell had left Alejandro Rodriguez because she'd over-stepped the boundaries of a mistress and fallen in love! The Spaniard's arrogance angers her, but his touch ignites her, so when Alejandro storms back into her life, how can Leah deny him?

This book is still available for purchase.


Saturday, December 03, 2011

Contest Winners!

I hope everyone had a great week! The winner of this weeks blog contest is.....


Thanks for visiting my blog this week! Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail.


Twelve Days of Christmas is coming soon! Check back this week to learn the details - daily prizes will be given out.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Guest Author Interview - Liz Fielding

Thanks Liz Fielding for stopping by today for an interview. Your new books looks great and I can't wait to add it to my TBR pile!

1. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?

Favourite pastimes include cooking, knitting for my granddaughter and tiffling in the garden, although I confess to being a fair-weather rather than an all weathers, up to my knees in mud gardener. I also love to curl up and watch old movies on the television. Something with Cary Grant or Doris Day (definitely need to watch To Catch a Thief and the Pajama Game again very soon).

2. What books are sitting in your TBR pile right now? What book are you currently reading?

I’ve just read Busted in Bollywood by Nicola Marsh – exotic India, Sex in City New York and some seriously great men!

I’m now reading Giles and Florence by John Harding, which is rather strange but deeply engrossing.

On the pile I have The Dress by Sophie Nicholl, White Lies and Custard Creams by Susan Alison, the latest Kate Hardy and a Donna Leon that I picked up at the library. I also have the new Barbara O’Neal pre-ordered.

3. Please, share something you found most interesting or fun that you did to research for a book.

Research is one of my favourite things. I learned a lot about plant breeding for The Five Year Baby Secret from the Fuchsia Society. I’m still up to eyes in ice cream and vintage ice cream vans for the second of my books about the Amery sisters — the wip. I especially love researching department stores where I’ve set several books; shopping as research — could anything be more fun! And then there was Italy. Rome. The Appenines. All of it absolutely vital in writing Flirting With Italian, you understand. We’re already planning another trip to Italy so that I can set another book there.

4. How did you come up with names and setting for Flirting with With Italian?

For Flirting With Italian I needed an Italian hero with an appropriate name, so I searched the web for names and places in Lazio where the book is set. (I’d already used the name of a friend who lives there in another story!) I based the hero’s Roman palazzo on the hotel where we stayed at in Rome – an old palazzo with Roman mosaics in situ. For the village of Serrone, I used the area where we’ve stayed with friends who live south of Rome in the foothills of the Appenines. There is nothing like feeling the heat coming out of the stones, the smell of a place to make it real.

5. Action adventure or romantic comedy? What is your favorite movie lately?

Neither. The best movie I’ve seen in a long time was The King’s Speech. Quiet, tender, moving. Loved it. And I’m getting really excited about watching My Week With Marilyn right now.

Be sure to leave a comment or question, I will be giving away a copy of Flirting with Italian to one lucky winner.

Thanks Lucy for the invitation, it was a great interview!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Guest Blogger Heidi Rice - Excerpt

Wow! I'm so excited to be invited on Lucy's blog today. It was great to chat with all of you a few weeks ago and as promised, here's an excerpt from the opening scene of my latest book On the First Night of Christmas... which is set in my home town of London (my favourite place to be come Christmas time, so the setting was a no-brainer).

I'd love to know what people think and will give a copy of the book away to one lucky commentator.

In this opening scene London book illustrator Cassidy Ryan has just been gazing at the Christmas window display outside Selfridges on London's Oxford Street and dreaming about finding her own personal 'candy man' when she gets soaked by a sleek black Mercedes.. Little does she know that the man inside is going to be Jace Ryan (aka Jace the Ace) the devastatingly attractive bad boy she once had a major crush on in secondary school!

Excerpt....

Cassie gasped. The warm, fuzzy glow replaced by ice-cold shock. ‘What the…!’

The driver hadn’t even stopped. What a prize jerk.

Flinging her bag over her shoulder, she glared as the vehicle braked at the crossing ten feet away. Dodging through the crowd, she drew level and rapped on the passenger window. ‘Hey, Ebenezer.’

The tinted glass slid down with an electric hum. She blinked, the zing tingling back to life as a man peered out from the shadows on the driver’s side. Dark hair swept back from a broodingly handsome face accented by a strong jaw and hollow, raw-boned cheeks. She felt the odd jolt of recognition as the scent of new leather wafted out of the car. Did she know him?

‘What’s the problem?’ he demanded.

Clammy water dripped down inside Cassie’s boots and kick-started her tongue.

‘You’re the problem. Look what you did to me.’ She held up her arms to show him the extent of the damage, ruthlessly silencing the zing. He might have a striking face, but his manners sucked.

He swore softly. ‘Are you sure that was me?’

The blare of a car horn had Cassie glancing at the lights. Green. ‘Of course I’m sure.’

The horn blared again. Longer and angrier this time.

‘I can’t stop here.’ He straightened back into the shadows and Cassie saw his hand grasp the gear shift.

No way, Pal. You are not driving off and leaving me in a puddle on the pavement.

Yanking the heavy door open, she launched herself into the passenger seat.

‘Hey!’ he said, as she slammed the door behind her. ‘What the hell do you…’

‘Just drive, Sir Galahad.’ She pinned him with an indignant glare. ‘We can discuss your crummy behaviour when you find somewhere to stop.’

His dark brows drew down, the piercing emerald of his irises glittering with annoyance.

‘Fine.’ He slapped up the indicator, shifted into first. ‘But don’t drip on the upholstery.’

The car purred to life, and a blast of heat wrapped around Cassie engulfing her in the subtle aroma of man and leather. Her heart careered into her throat as the flicker of Selfridges’s fairy lights disappeared from her peripheral vision.

‘Actually, forget it.’ She grasped the door handle. Leaping into a stranger’s car probably rated a perfect ten on the ‘too stupid to live’ scale, even if he did look vaguely familiar.

The driver pulled to a stop at a loading bay. ‘So it wasn’t me after all.’

Cassie’s fingers stilled on the handle at the accusatory tone and her common sense dissolved in a haze of outrage. ‘It was definitely you.’ She glared at him over the gear shift. ‘Don’t you know it’s Christmas?’ She announced. ‘Show a bit of respect for the season and stop being such a jerk.’

Typical. When Cassie Fitzgerald is on the hunt for a candy man, what does she get? A candy man with a crappy attitude.
Jacob Ryan cranked up the handbrake, slung his arm over the steering wheel and stared at the furious pixie in his passenger seat whose wide violet eyes were shooting daggers at him.

How the hell did I end up with Santa’s insane little helper in my car?

As if it wasn’t bad enough that Helen had manoeuvred him into accepting an invitation for her ‘little soiree’ tonight, now he had a mad woman in his rented Mercedes. A mad woman who was dripping all over the custom finished leather upholstery.

He’d never been a fan of the season to be jolly, but this was getting ridiculous.

The sight of the drenched splatter on her coat, though, had the tiniest prickle of guilt surfacing. The car had hit a rut in the road.

Hoisting his butt off the seat, he pulled his wallet out of his back pocket. Okay, maybe he had been the culprit. He’d been so irritated by the situation with Helen, he hadn’t been paying attention.

‘How much?’ he asked. A hundred ought to cover it.

Her full Cupid’s bow mouth flattened into a grim line and the daggers sharpened. ‘I don’t want your money,’ she announced. ‘That’s not what this is about.’

Yeah, right.

He counted five crisp twenty-pound notes out of his wallet and presented them to her. ‘Here you go. Merry Christmas.’

She gave the money a cursory glance, and the line of her lips twisted into a sneer. ‘I told you. I don’t want your money, Ebenezer.’

The sarcastic name grated, but then she tightened her arms under her breasts, and his gaze dipped —distracted by the creamy flesh exposed by the V in the lapels of her coat.

Jesus, is she naked under that thing?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Humpday Hottie!

Ya, he's hanging out...doesn't care who's looking and ooooh are we looking!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weekly Prize Giveaway!

Be sure to enter November's contest each week for your chance to win a title from Lucy's backlist. Just leave a comment on any post that is open to comments and you are entered in the drawing. We are bringing back some oldies but goodies. This weeks title is....

Originally published December 2007
ISBN: 0-373-82057-7

Just friends…just married!

What Zoe thinks…Loving your best friend is never easy – and when he’s sexy and turned you down flat once before…it’s even harder! Loving Grant is what Zoe has always done best…but now it’s time to move on. She already feels like she’s the oldest virgin in America – so she vows to find herself a man!

What Grant thinks…Grant can’t keep his eyes or his hands off Zoe – but she’s his best friend – a no-go zone! The fact that Zoe looks at him like she wants to rip his clothes off isn’t helping the situation… So he implements some important rules for them to obey. First is the No Kissing rule – well, that’s broken before it’s had a chance to be written… Then the Strictly No Sex rule…and that’s out of the window (well, on the kitchen table, actually!).

Then the best rule of all: some rules are only made to be broken!

This title is still available for purchase.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Contest Winners!

I hope everyone had a great week and wonderful Thanksgiving. This week's blog winner is ....


Thanks for visiting my blog this week! Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. Happy Reading.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Guest Blog - Christina Hollis


Thank you for inviting me to blog today, Lucy!

With my latest Modern Romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon and Harlequin Presents/Extra, Weight of the Crown, I’ve invented an exotic desert kingdom especially for

my hero Lysander. He’s determined to do what is right, despite the cost to his private life. But when Alyssa Dene goes to work for him, his veneer of cold, calculating isolation is ripped clean away.


To whet your appetite, here’s what it says on the back cover:

Now duty is his only mistress
For notorious playboy Prince Lysander Kahani, playtime is over...Left with a country to run, he draws the line at playing nanny to his orphaned nephew!

Instead he sends for a professional. But one glance at buttoned-up Alyssa Dene and Lysander’s
wicked side re-emerges! Wary of Lysander’s scandalous reputation, Alyssa tries to keep her distance - but Lysander draws her like a moth to a flame.
Lysander is fighting a battle between public duty and private desire, but he is determined to make Alyssa a royal offer she won’t refuse...(Copyright Harlequin Mills and Boon Limited, 2011)

Alyssa's first loyalty is to the child in her care, who is Lysander’s little nephew. She is the best woman in the world for that job, but brilliance doesn’t stop her making a serious mistake, and believing mischievous palace gossip...

‘...Like a fool I let you seduce me despite the fact I’ve always known what you were like.’
Lysander said nothing to begin with, but she could tell he was angry. He betrayed it in the rigid set of his jaw and the iron intensity of his stare. It was a long time before he could trust himself to answer. He stood, trying to collect himself while her nerves stretched to breaking point
‘That’s why you’re different, Alyssa,’ he said in a ragged voice. ‘You’ve always seen the man in me, not the image.'
‘Really? And which bit of you do all those women in all those glossy magazines get to enjoy?’
‘What can I say?’ He hitched a weary shoulder. ‘I’ve told you - I like women. They like me’
Alyssa’s voice was carbon steel. ‘I’ve noticed. I wonder how Princess Peronelle will feel about that?’
He looked at her askance. ‘Why should she care? ‘
‘When she’s your wife, she’ll do more than care. Be careful she doesn’t stab you through that wicked black heart of yours, Lysander Kahani.’ (Copyright Harlequin Mills and Boon Limited, 2011)

I loved the freedom that writing about the invented country of Rosara gave me. It meant I could combine bits from all my favourite countries in one place, giving it perfect weather, stunning countryside and delicious cuisine.

Writing must be the best job in the world. I’m not sure I’d swap it for anything else - unless a gorgeous prince came to call, of course! Even then he’d have to be out of this world to compete with my lovely, patient, handsome husband. There aren’t many men who are as understanding as my OH is - beekeeping and gardening take up most of my time when I’m not writing, so he gets to do a lot of heavy work despite the fact they’re my hobbies. To add insult to injury, each winter I store all my kit in his beloved shed, so for part of each year he isn’t even monarch in there!

What are some of your favorite hobbies? Leave me a comment and enter to win a signed copy from my backlist!

Christina Hollis writes Modern Romance for Harlequin Mills and Boon, and her titles appear as Harlequin Presents/Extra in the US.
You can catch up with Christina here:
Website: http://www.christinahollis.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Weekly Prize Giveaway!

Be sure to enter November's contest each week for your chance to win a title from Lucy's backlist. Just leave a comment on any post that is open to comments and you are entered in the drawing. We are bringing back some oldies but goodies. This weeks title is....

with Moon Magnetism
by Lucy Monroe
Originally published December 2008
Mass Market Paperback
Kensington Brava
ISBN-10: 0758210086
ISBN-13: 978-0758210081

Moonstruck by Dianne Castell

For years, Julia Simon has had the worst luck, married to a man who cheated on her left, right, and center. Now, the pretty divorcee is ready for her luck to change, and it is…big time. Ever since she unknowingly performed a Blue Moon ritual, Julia’s wishes seem to be coming true. So why not wish for wild, unbridled passionate sex with hunky P.I. Marc Adams? Well, because when it happens, it’s so amazingly good, that’s why. Now, with the blue moon due to end in three days’ time, Julia can only wonder if it’s just a spell or the start of a whole new life…

Be careful of wishful thinking. It just might get you everything…

This title is still available for purchase.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Insomnia, the new Nook, DWTS & Thanksgiving

So, I've had trouble sleeping at night for the past few weeks and it's driving me nuts.  I've tried (repeatedly -  nothing like a can-do attitude ::g::) re-reading books I love - but know well - in the hopes that the reading will help my brain get tired without me getting so involved in the story that I have to stay up to finish it.  Again.  It doesn't work!  There's a reason the books are on my re-read shelves (either in my library downstairs or the digital one on my computer).  They're good. :)  I mean, I'm not going to re-read a book that's boring, right?

Okay, so that doesn't work.  Neither does reading new books (though I've gone through dozens of them in the last weeks).  In the unlikely event I actually get tired, the story calls to me and I finish it before falling into slumber.  And while my brain may work well enough to read, it's not up to writing anything coherent at 3 AM.  The problem with insomnia is that I can be so physically tired my body aches and my mind is barely functioning, but I *cannot* go to sleep.

I've started light therapy and taking 5HTP again - hopefully I'll be sleeping at night again VERY soon. :)

But lets say I don't...staying up reading in an empty house is lonely.  Only I prefer the eBook readers with liquid ink.  Less strain on my eyes.  Can't read them in bed with Hubcap though.  I've tried reading lights and they fall off, get in the way and never give off enough light.  If they're bright enough, they keep him awake.  Sigh..

So, I'm thinking about getting the new Nook Tablet.  It's soooo cool!  Then I could read in bed without keeping Hubcap awake.  Right?  *That's* why I want it. LOL  Also, I can keep *all* my eBooks on it (except those on my Kindle, but it's not like I'm going to toss it our right?).  The only other place I can do that is my computer.  The Nook Tablet comes with more onboard memory than other eReaders and tablets,. it's sleek in design and weighs almost nothing.  Okay, okay, okay...I'll admit it, my inner geek is so wanting this piece of technology. :)  It's definitely on my hope-with-my-fingers-and-toes-crossed-I-get-it-for-Christmas list! What do you think of it?  Does anyone have it yet?  I'm not sure waiting for Christmas is going to work...

I mean if I got it, I could even keep up with news on my favorite shows, like Dancing With the Stars.  Who do you think is going to take home the Mirror Ball trophy?  I honestly don't know and all three of the finalists are favorites for different reasons.  Ricki Lake is an inspiration to me personally on so many levels and JR Martinez is both a heroic inspiration and a really nice guy.  Then there's Rob Kardashian who has worked his tushy off (not literally of course - he's got a very nice perdonkadonk - just don't tell Hubcap I said so) to improve and is now dancing at par with the other two.  I'm just amazed by all three of them and won't be disappointed no matter who walks home with the trophy.  Or dances rather. ;-)  We'll know tomorrow night, will you be watching with me?

Regardless of who wins, I'll have plenty to say, "Thank you" to God for on Thanksgiving.  My life is filled with the blessing of love.  It's not perfect, it's not always easy - but I have love and that's the most important thing to me.  My family fills my life with joy, despite my stupid agoraphobia and borderline social phobia.  So, even if it's hard to leave the house to go shopping and maybe I struggle with being online every once in a while - I'm so grateful to be me, because being me means I have 4 amazing children (by birth, adoption & marriage) and 2 young men I share with their families in Korea as sons, 2 healthy, loving, adorable and intelligent granddaughters and the best husband any woman could ever ask for.  Mom may be waiting in Heaven for me, but the rest of my family is here and will be showing up at my house on Sunday for our Thanksgiving-slash-winter birthdays celebration.

My Family at DQ's Wedding

Little Fashionista & Miss Sparklepants w/ Grandma :)
I am also extremely grateful for my friends, my readers and a publishing industry that lets me make a living doing what I adore!

The holidays are overwhelming to me, but they are worth every moment of stress as I share my delight in life, my gratitude to God and for my family with the ones whom I love and who love me most. :)

It's your turn:  what is on your Christmas wish list this year?  If I could have absolutely anything?  It would be a few hours to chat with my mom again from before her stroke - when she remembered everything. :)