Monday, March 05, 2012

March Retro Release Contest!

March Retro Release - Have you read this book yet?  If not, here's your chance to win your own copy!

The Sheikh's Bartered Bride by Lucy Monroe
By Lucy Monroe

Harlequin Showcase - March 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-68822-7
Originally Harlequin Presents - February 2005
ISBN 0-373-12447-3
© 2005 Lucy Monroe

Read this excerpt from chapter 1

"Miss Benning."

She wasn’t Miss Benning. She was Catherine Marie, captive of The Hawk, a sheikh who still lived by the code of the desert, where only the strongest survived.

He was coming now. She could hear his deep, masculine voice as he spoke in a tongue she did not understand to someone outside her tent. She struggled against the cords that bound her hands, but it was useless. The silk scarves were soft, but strong and she could not get her hands free.

If she did, what would she do? Run?


She was in the middle of the desert. The sun beat against the tent, heating up the cavernous interior. She wouldn’t last a day in the vast wasteland on her own.

Then he was there, standing in the entrance to the room in which she was held. His features were cast in shadow. All she could see was his big body encased in the white pants and tunic typical of his people. A black robe, his abayah, fell from his massive shoulders to midcalf and his head was covered with the red and white smagh that denoted his position as sheikh. The headband holding it in place was made of twisted black leather.

He was less than fifteen feet away, but still his face was hidden from her by the shadows. Only the strong line of his jaw denoting his arrogance was discernable.

"Miss Benning!"

Catherine Marie Benning’s head snapped up from where it had been resting against her fist and her eyes slowly focused on her surroundings. Tent walls hung with silks faded, to be replaced by cool gray cement, relieved only by the posters advertising the upcoming book drive and literacy event. They were the walls of the break room in the Whitehaven Public Library, much closer to a cold and wet Seattle, Washington than the blistering hot deserts of the Sahara.

Fluorescent light cast a harsh glow over the pointed features of the woman standing in front of her.

"Yes, Mrs. Camden?"

Straightening her double-knit polyester blazer, almost identical in color to the library’s walls, Catherine’s superior sniffed. "Your head was off in the clouds again, Miss Benning."

The disapproval in the older woman’s voice grated against Catherine’s usually limitless patience. Perhaps if the man in her fantasies would ever show his face, she wouldn’t be feeling so frustrated, but he did not. This time had been no different. The Hawk was as elusive to her imagination as he was in it.

"I’m still on break," she reminded the older woman.

"Yes, well, we all do what we must."

Recognizing the beginnings of a familiar lecture, Catherine stifled a sigh at the knowledge her lunch break was to be cut short. Again.

Continue reading ~ Click here to purchase this book.

Contest Question:
Please leave your answer in the comment section.  Winners will be announced on Saturday.  If you leave your email address in your comment I will contact you regarding the prize otherwise you may check back on Saturday to see if you are the winner and email me.    

Cover Model Seth Mitchel was my guest last Friday.  He gave a great interview.  This week's contest questions comes directly from his interview, if you haven't checked it out yet, now is  your chance.  Seth talked about 3 virtues every man should have.  List one of the three he spoke about.  


Lorna said...

Courage, Compassion and Humility.

Betty Hamilton said...

One of the qualities he spoke about was Courage; to accept your responsibilities and obligations and do what you can for those around you.
What a great blog it was.

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PhyllisC said...

The 3 are: Courage, Compassion and Humility.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Jennifer Mathis said...


Laney4 said...

My oh my, that was some excerpt. It's always nice when there's a face for the hero of your dreams. (Sigh)

Di said...

I love all three he mentioned - Courage, Compassion and Humility. He sounds like a really nice guy.

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Tina said...

I will give you al three: Courage, compassion, and humility.

Carol L. said...

It was a great interview. e looks incredible. One virtue he mentioned was Compassion. A must for any man to have.
Carol L
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marybelle said...

A virtue he mentioned was Humility.

CrystalGB said...

He mentioned Courage, Compassion and Humility. Great qualities for a guy to have.

bluegray said...


catslady said...

Courage, Compassion, and Humility. I really enjoyed his comments!


Debby said...

He said courage, compassion and humility.
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Estella said...

Courage, compassion and humility.

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chey said...

Courage, Compassion and Humility.

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Lostime4me said...

He talked about Courage, Compassion and Humility.
What great attributes to have. Wonderful blog! Everyone should follow those &THE WORLD WOULD BE A WONDERFUL PLACE.

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we should tatoo those on all politicians heads...along with honesty~ :)

Kathryn Merkel said...

The three are: Courage, Compassion & Humility.

I loved what he had to say about humility. He sounds as gorgeous on the inside as he is on the outside.

Humility; (this is one I would like to see a lot more of these days), because each of us is simply part of a larger framework and none of us is innately better than any other, we are just different and some of us have been more blessed.

nrobak said...

courage was one of the qualities he spoke about

Maureen Hayes said...

One of the qualities he mentioned was courage. I read a wonderful book about courage written by John McCain, who knows a little something about courage having served in war and having been held as a prisoner of war. It is a quality we could use a lot more of in our world.

Thanks for the chance to win the book!