Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Humpday Hottie!

Sigh! Just a little mid-week pick me up! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Contest Prizes for this Week's Give Away!


Prizes for this week's blog give away! I'm giving away two books a day from blog comments. Weekly winners will be posted on Sunday.

Monday:
For Duty's Sake
Lucy Monroe
AND
The River Devil
Diane Whiteside

Tuesday:
Ready (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Southern Exposure
Karen Kelley

Wednesday:
Desert Sheikh's Innocent Queen (includes a re-release of Hired:The Sheikh's Secretary Mistress)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Naked Truth
Allison Kent


Thursday:
Willing (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
The Southern Devil
Diane Whiteside

Friday:
Deal With This (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Who Wants to be a Sexy Goddess?
Gemma Bruce


Saturday:
And Able (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Out of Control
Shannon Mckenna

Monday, August 29, 2011

Writing Better...Lessons we can learn from books that annoy us.

Artist: Henry (O'Hare) Clive
I was going to title this blog, pet peeves, but realized that's way too negative.  Not my thing.


Instead, I got to thinking, why not do a series on writing since a lot of my blog visitors are authors as well as readers?  Where do the pet peeves come in you may ask?  Well, nowhere, 'cuz honestly I don't want to focus on what we don't like.  But some books that are otherwise wonderful can be really annoying and usually there is a "craft of writing" reason why.  I didn't use to think so, but I'm such an analyzer, I've come to see a whole lot of patterns.


So, once a month?  Articles on the craft of what I love to do.


And trust me, I'm not immune to my own analysis.  In fact, the whole reason I decided to write this series of posts/articles is that every time I recognize this pattern, I go looking for it in my own books in an attempt to improve my own writing.


From Chemistryland
This time, I'm going to focus on the "Character Revelation."  It's this amazing moment when you are writing and your character reveals something about her or himself that you didn't know before, but makes so much sense and makes elements of the story work even better.  I adore this moment and practically do the party dance around my office when it happens.  It's like a major case of "Eureka!" and other cool idioms like that to evince happy shock.


The downside?  When the author does not go back to the beginning of the book with her editing pencil to make sure that new revelation is reflected in the character's reactions, dialogue and relationships.  I'll be reading happily along and suddenly, I'm witnessing the author's moment of "Eureka!" only I shouldn't be.  I shouldn't know this is the moment she realized this particular thing about this character because the rest of the book should fit, but it doesn't.


And not to put too fine a point on it, but I want to tear my hair out and toss what otherwise could have ended up being a favorite book.


I may have jarred my readers a time or two with this one - without realizing as I'm sure most of us do.  But several years ago, Debbie Macomber gave me a piece of advice about revisions.  She said that when making revisions for an editor, it was best to do a whole book edit, rather than focus on only the area needing the change.  I've tried to apply that to my own edits as well and my "character revelations".  It makes for a more cohesive book, I think. :)


But deadlines put time constraints on us all and we can't always do the whole book revision - just, please...if your character gives you a revelation, don't let me tell from reading the book the moment it came to you. :)


Hugs and happy reading and writing!
Lucy


This week's question for discussion:  what's the newest book in your TBR pile (folder)? What's the oldest and why is it still there?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Contest Winners!


Congratulations to the following people for winning this week's contest! Please be sure to
Email me! with your name and mailing information so you can get your prizes!



Monday:  Booklover1335
Tuesday:  Lorna
Wednesday:  krisgils33
Thursday:  Leni
Friday:  Mariee
Saturday:  Anne

Please Note: Although Lucy is happy to ship internationally, there have been some customs issues in Africa and Asia, therefore she would like to offer winners in those locations a free ebook. Please provide your email and we will send you a pdf. file.

Friday, August 26, 2011

For Duty't Sake - read an excerpt!

Mass Market Paperback
Harlequin Presents #2993 - June 2011
ISBN - 10:0373129939 ISBN -13: 978-0373129935

Angele has longed for her betrothal to Crown Prince Zahir to be consummated within wedlock. She naively hoped her promised husband would wait for her, as she would him—but compromising paparazzi photos have dashed those youthful dreams....

She cannot become Zahir’s wife out of duty and endure a loveless union; she must let him go free...but on one condition. Without taking Angele’s hand in marriage, will the proud sheikh agree to give her the wedding night she has long dreamed of?



Read an excerpt below:

Angele slid around the partially opened door to Zahir’s office. He had disappeared from the wedding feast and she’d known she would find him here.

“Shirking your duty, Prince Zahir?” Her arms crossed over the sweetheart neckline of her short-short Juicy Couture original. “Tsk, tsk, tsk. What would your father say?”

The room was very much like Zahir, masculine, rich and imposing. And yet there was something in the artwork and the old world furnishings that reflected more, something special — an appreciation for beauty that she knew few were aware of.

But while Zahir didn’t pay her any particular attention, she had watched him closely and probably knew more about the real man than most. She still wondered at her ignorance of the secret revealed short months ago.

She’d decided it was willful blindness on her part, but that had not made her feel any better. Only mind-numbingly stupid.

She was a twenty-three year old virgin with no prospects and she knew she was to blame for that fact and no one else. She had clung to hopes and fairytales that never came true in the real world. Her parents’ marriage should have made her realize that.

Zahir looked up from some papers on his desk, his grey eyes widening a fraction at the sight of her. He quickly stood to his full, imposing six-feet, four-inches. He wore the traditional robes and head covering of a crown sheikh over a tailored Armani suit that did nothing but make him look mouth-wateringly attractive to her.

Not that he was even remotely aware of the effect he had on her. She would have to be on his radar as an actual woman for that to happen.

Click here to read more of Chapter 1

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Review & a Recommended Read

Did you know that For Duty's Sake got 4 stars from RT Book Club?  I didn't.  The review was released right around everything with Mom and it completely passed me by, so it was kind of nice to find it online later. :)


I know that reader reaction was similar to that for The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress...either readers "got it" and loved the story or they so didn't.  I'm kinda glad I didn't know that when all the discussion was happening, but getting a strong response is a good thing because it means readers are reacting to the passion with which I write more stories.


This love story is sure to please, and the “wedding night” is super hot! ~ 4 Stars, RT Book Reviews


And my recommended read?  A new Brava author from Down Under, Bronwen Evans saw her first historical release, Invitation to Ruin, in February.  



Invitation to Ruin 

by Bronwen Evans
Kensington Brava

One Good Lady is About to Go Bad...

The only thing Miss Melissa Goodly has ever wanted out of a marriage is love. But any hope of that dissolves one wild night, when she loses herself in the arms of the most irresistible-and unobtainable-man in all of England. For when they are discovered in a position as compromising as it is pleasurable, she has no choice but to accept his proposal.

Avowed bachelor Anthony Craven, Earl of Wickham, never meant to seduce an innocent like Melissa. Yet now that the damage is done, it does seem like she'd make a very convenient wife. After all, she is so naive he won't have to worry about ever being tempted. Or so he thinks, until the vows are spoken and they are left alone-and his new bride reveals a streak just as brazen and unrestrained as his own... 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Humpday Hottie!

Sexy and Intelligent? What more can a girl ask for?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Contest Prizes for this Week's Give Away!

Prizes for this week's blog give away! I'm giving away two books a day from blog comments. Weekly winners will be posted on Sunday.

Monday:
Willing (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Immortal Bad Boys
Rosemary Laurey, Karen Kelley, Dianne Castell


Tuesday:
The Greeks' Bought Brides (includes re-release of Bought: The Greek's Bride)
Lucy Monroe

AND
Kisses Like A Devil
Diane Whiteside


Wednesday:
And Able (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Not Just For Tonight
Susan Johnson, Katherine O'neal, Diane
Whiteside


Thursday:
Deal With This
Lucy Monroe
AND
Return to Me
Shannon Mckenna


Friday:
Moon Burning
Lucy Monroe
AND
The Perfect Stranger
Allison Kent


Saturday:
Ready (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Sun, Sand, Sex
Linda Lael Miller, Jennifer Apodaca, Shelly Laurenston

Monday, August 22, 2011

Stuff We Do to Make a Difference



I've always believed in the "power of one".  My mom taught us that we could make a difference if we chose to - being one more body at a rally for something we believed in, voting with one voice that could tip the scales, reaching out to someone in need, giving even $1 to a cause we can get behind, sponsoring one child through World Vision, or the like...we can make a difference.  Mom's gone now, but her legacy of giving is still alive and strong.


September is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and with close family members and friends that are breast cancer survivors, I want to do my part to raise awareness and fight breast cancer.  


A Passion for the Cure
Sponsored by Lucy Monroe LLC


This September 18, 2011, we will join more than 40,000 runners, walkers and volunteers for the 20th Annual Komen Portland Race for the Cure. As one person in a crowd of thousands, I am accepting a challenge to make a difference.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. When I stop to think of the friends, aunts, neighbors, mothers and grandmothers in my life, I can easily think of eight women. And I do not want to see a single one suffer from this terrible disease.

I want to make a difference for our children, so they may have the promise of a full life.
It’s clear that Komen has made a difference in the last 20 years. 20 years ago, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer diagnosed at its earliest stage was 74%. Now we celebrate that it is 98%. But, until no one fears a diagnosis of breast cancer, we still have a lot of work to do.

For the first 100 people that join my team (hey...if you don't live locally, or can't make the race, you can SLEEP IN for thecure...really) and/or donate (suggested gift - $20 or more), I will personally donate $10 to the Race for the Cure and *send you a signed copy of one of my books (title TBD by my admin).

*To receive a signed copy of one of my books, email your name and address to my admin after joining the team and/or making your donation at the above link(s).


It's your turn: let's share some positive stuff and do our best to live by Mom's motto of making a difference once person at a time.  What is your favorite charity or cause to support?  If you've got a link, share it so others can join you. :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Beach Party at Writerspace!


Please join me and dozens of your favorite authors at the 2011 Beach Party at Writerspace on Sunday, August 21st from 8pm ET to 11pm ET. Authors will be dropping in to chat all during the evening and we will be giving away 100s of new books and other fantastic prizes -- 2 Kindles, tons of autographed books, advance copies plus special treats like gift cards and more. We hope to see you Sunday night! You don't have to be present to win, but you must be registered. To register, and for details on all participating authors and the prizes they're giving away, visit http://www.writerspace.com/beach


Contest Winners!


Congratulations to the following people for winning this week's contest! Please be sure to
Email us with your name and mailing information so you can get your prizes!


Monday:Anne
Wednesday: Sonali
Thursday: Rachel
Friday: Jenn
Saturday: CrystalGB



Please Note: Although Lucy is happy to ship internationally, there have been some customs issues in Africa and Asia, therefore she would like to offer winners in those locations a free ebook. Please provide your email and we will send you a pdf. file.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Guest Interview - Jane Porter

Thanks Jane for stopping by today to answer a few questions so we can all get to know you better! Check out Jane's newest Harlequin Presents, A Dark Sicilian Secret.



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



Besides hanging out with my family? Read! I love, love, love to read.

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

I'm reading Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (recommended to me by Caitlin Crews) and then will jump on Arabella by Georgette Heyer. Arabella is one of the few books by Heyer I haven't yet read.

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

Romantic comedy all the way. I don't have the nerves for action adventure. And I'm a sucker for romance, anyway. I just saw Crazy Stupid Love a few weeks ago and loved it.

A Dark Sicilian Secret
by Jane Porter
Harlequin Presents

She can run…

Lethally attractive Vittorio d'Severano was everything Jillian Smith wanted—until she discovered his secret life, and her dreams of a happy–ever–after crumbled into dust… Brokenhearted and terrified, Jill disappeared.

But she can't hide!

Now Vitt has returned—to claim the tiny son Jill has sworn to keep from him! But to stay with her child, she must put Vitt's ring on her finger. Yet what kind of relationship can they have when it's based on secrets and a heat impossible to resist?

Amazon.com ~ Barnes+Noble ~ Borders ~ Amazon.co.uk

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Excerpt from Dragon's Moon (WIP)

Thought you might enjoy a little taste of what I've been working so diligently on for the past weeks.


This is the 4th book in the Children of the Moon series and the follow on to Moon Burning, but you'll get to revisit characters from all three previous books as well.


Let me know what you think!


Excerpt from Dragon's Moon (WIP - Working Title)
(c) Lucy Monroe
Berkley Release TBD 2012
*All Rights Reserved*

Do not use in whole or in part *anywhere* without author's written consent.


Taran’s people had all dismounted and gathered their belongings by the time the Sinclair made it down the hill from the keep.  His hair stuck up as if he’d been drawn from his bed and he wore only a sword and his kilt.
Nevertheless, he was smiling.  "I’m glad you and your people have finally made it."  Like the friend that he was, the Sinclair reached out and pulled Taran in a warrior’s embrace.
Taran returned it before stepping back.  "I did not mean to pull you from your bed."
"It happens."  The Sinclair gave the shrug Taran knew could irritate the man’s wife, Abigail no end.
"We were going to camp outside the wall."  Taran let some censure bleed into his voice.  "I saw the drawbridge was down, so changed my plan."
The smile the Sinclair gave was smug.  "I had a feeling you would be here tonight."
"The security of your people is more important than a little inconvenience."
Instead of taking umbrage at Taran’s clear censure, Talorc merely let his grin grow wider.  "You are all my people now too.  Abigail insisted you would feel more welcome if the drawbridge was down."
"You allow your lady to dictate in matters of clan security?" Taran asked with no little shock.
"You know Abigail."  But there was something in the Sinclair’s voice and then he looked over Taran’s shoulder.
Taran turned his head to see a group of warriors entering the lower bailey as the sound of the drawbridge being lifted could be heard.
"You had a guard on watch outside the walls."
"Of course."
Taran almost smiled.  "It seems your life is filled with headstrong women, but you know how to handle them for the most part."
"Women?" Talorc asked with a puzzled frown that went dark as he seemed to comprehend all that Taran had said. "For the most part?"
Taran indicated the woman Lais had been referring to as Ciara.  The prince had heard her tell Lais she lived in the keep.  He had not missed his second’s amusement at that fact either.
The Sinclair bellowed, "What in the hell is Ciara doing down here in the middle of the night?"
The woman in question jumped and then bit her lip before giving a small wave to her laird.  The Sinclair did not look amused, nor did he look particularly surprised.
Taran doubted the other man would take the rest of his ward’s exploits with the same equanimity. "A better question might be: what was she doing on top of the west tower?"
Clearly able to hear them, though she stood several feet away, Ciara glared at Taran as if he had betrayed her most bosom held secret.  He let his own disapproval show in the look he returned her.
If she had expected him to keep her dangerous actions from her laird, she was not only deluded about her brother – the woman was a fool.
The Sinclair’s eyes began to glow with the wolf’s light and the scent of his fury was so strong, Taran wasn’t sure the pack alpha would not shift right there.  His own dragon roared for a chance to come out. 
"Ciara was on top?" Talorc asked with deadly quiet.
"Until she fell."
Talorc did not ask Taran to repeat himself.  He did not question how Ciara came to be in the lower bailey now, in one piece.  He simply turned toward the tower and bellowed a man’s name.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Humpday Hottie!

Getting ready for a business meeting? I bet he's thinking about something a little more exciting! Maybe his plans for after the meeting....? I'll make the reservations!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Contest Prizes for this Week's Give Away!


Prizes for this week's Book A Day give away! I'm giving away two books a day from blog comments. Weekly winners will be posted on Saturday!


Monday:
Desert Sheikh's Innocent Queen (includes a re-release of Hired:The Sheikh's Secretary Mistress)
Lucy Monroe
AND
The Mane Attraction
Shelly Laurenston

Tuesday:
Ready (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Texas Bad Boys
Rosemary Laurey, Karen Kelley, Dianne Castell


Wednesday:
Deal With This (Mass Market)
Lucy Monroe
AND
The Shaughnessey Accord
Allison Kent


Thursday:
Royal Affairs (includes a re-release of Forbidden: The Billionaire's Virgin Princess)
Lucy Monroe
AND
Kisses Like a Devil
Diane Whiteside


Friday:
Close Quarters
Lucy Monroe
AND
Again
Sharon Cullars


Saturday:
Blackmailed into Marriage
Lucy Monroe
AND
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?
Gemma Bruce