Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Humpday Hottie!

Ready for a little "business" meeting?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Retro Release February Contest!

February's Retro Release is out one day early!  Do you have this book yet?


MOON BURNING
by Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0425239802
ISBN-13: 978-0425239803
A Children of the Moon Novel #3
Paranormal Historical Werewolf
Berkley Sensation - February 2011
Children of the Moon Website

Bestselling author Lucy Monroe returns to her hugely popular paranormal world where a woman falls under the spell of the beast who is her one true enemy...

Barr never asked to be made laird over the struggling Donegal clan, or leader of its werewolf pack. But he'll do his duty and although he hasn’t yet found his mate, he hopes she will be among his people. He expects his new role to be difficult; he doesn't expect to discover a naked woman in the forest whose memory is as fragile as her human body—her delectable, all too appealing body. Could this woman be his true mate?

On a mission to save her people from extinction, Sabrine pretends she has no memory in order to gain access to her enemy: the Donegal clan. A raven shifter, she is determined to retrieve the sacred stone that rightfully belongs to her people. But soon she’ll be engulfed in her burning desire and growing love for Barr—and the dangerous and inescapable secrets destined to keep them apart...

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.    

Spring is just around the corner, it will be bathing suit weather before we know it!  You can get ready for spring and summer weather by participating in my first ever Reader Fitness Challenge.  Check out the details on my website.  Today's blog questions is, when does registration begin for Reader Fitness Challenge?



Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekly Contest Winner!


Weekly Contest Winners!

Moon Burning
Congratulations  Quilt Lady  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's Moon Burning plus some fun items from her Mediterranean Vacation.  Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy  

Congratulations  chey  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Star Quality. Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



Thursday, February 23, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy Monroe!


Week #8's Featured Book:
Star Quality

Mass Market Paperback
Kensington Brava - December 2008
ISBN-10: 0758210086
ISBN-13: 978-0758210081

(Included stories from Lori Foster and Dianne Castell)
Moon Magnetism by Lucy Monroe
Ivy Kendall dreads the full moon. For generations, women in her family have been extremely magnetic on that day—which was fine fifty years ago but not in the age of hard drives and cell phones. That’s why the hotel manager has resisted the technological improvements her boss wants her to implement. Now, the sexy, dynamic Blake Hawthorne is coming to insist on the upgrades in person. Shoot, he’ll probably fire her. Being around Blake makes her body go as haywire as a full moon, maybe even more. And as long as she’s going to be out of a job soon, there’s no reason not to use a little of that magnetism to her advantage, luring him into an elevator where the only electricity that will work is the kind they generate themselves… 


Click here to purchase the 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.)



Star Quality contains three stories by three amazing authors.  Lucy's story is titled Star Magnetism, what are the titles of the other two stories?



Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Humpday Hottie!


Thought we could all use a beach hunk this week to help chase away the winter blues. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Retro Release February Contest!

February's Retro Release -  Do you have this book yet?

MOON BURNING
by Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0425239802
ISBN-13: 978-0425239803
A Children of the Moon Novel #3
Paranormal Historical Werewolf
Berkley Sensation - February 2011
Children of the Moon Website


"Ms. Monroe is an incredible author. I love how she develops such memorable characters, while making me want to wrap my hands around the next installment to her series as soon as possible." - Two Lips Reviews

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.

Last Friday, Bella Andre shared with my readers her newest book, Can't Help Falling in Love.  This book is part of a series on the Sullivan boys.  Can't Help Falling in Love tells the story of which Sullivan bad boy?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekly Contest Winners!

Weekly Contest Winners!

Moon Burning
Congratulations Betty Hamilton you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's Moon Burning plus some fun items from her Mediterranean Vacation.  Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy  

Congratulations Jen D.  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Take Me. Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



Friday, February 17, 2012

Guest Interview - Bella Andre

Wow Bella!  This sounds like a great book and one that I need to get in my TBR pile!  Thank you for stopping by today.  Loved your interview.


Get ready for another Sullivan bad boy to fall in love in the third book of Bella Andre's bestselling contemporary romance series! 

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Gabe Sullivan risks his life every day as a firefighter in San Francisco. But after learning a brutal lesson about professional boundaries, he knows better than to risk his heart to his fire victims ever again. Especially the brave mother and daughter he saved from a deadly apartment fire...and can't stop thinking about.

Megan Harris knows she owes the heroic firefighter everything for running into a burning building to save her and her seven-year-old daughter. Everything except her heart. Because after losing her navy pilot husband five years ago, she has vowed to never suffer through loving - and losing - a man with a dangerous job again.

Only, when Gabe and Megan meet again and uncontrollable flames of desire ignite between them, how can he possibly ignore her courage, determination, and beauty? And how can she deny not only his strong bond with her daughter...but the way his sweetly sensual kisses are challenging her to risk everything she's been guarding for so long?

This winter, if one - or both - of them aren't careful, they just might end up falling in love.

Book 1: THE LOOK OF LOVE
Book 2: FROM THIS MOMENT ON

Interview with Bella Andre
1.  What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?
 Reading! I've always been a romance reader at heart. I also love to hike, swim, and am trying to take up cooking. Since I live in the San Francisco Bay Area it's so easy to find fresh, delicious food a short drive away. I'm making an effort (let's not call it a resolution!) to spend more time in the kitchen this year. If anyone has easy recipes to share, please do! I keep waiting for the one that will convert me into Rachel Ray.
 
2.  Action adventure or romantic comedy?  What is your favorite movie lately?
 Besides the latest Disney movie I watched with my kids, you mean?  A recent romantic comedy that really stood out to me was Crazy Stupid Love. It took the formula of multiple, intersecting romantic storylines (like the recent New Year's Eve and its predecessor Valentine's Day) and made the format fresh, original and unexpected.
 
And, oh, Ryan Gosling's abs were so beautiful! Yum. He really did look photo-shopped. I was also amazed at how he took what should have been a fundamentally unlikable character - a womanizer - and made him interesting, charming and eventually sympathetic.
 
3.  How did you come up with names or character occupations for your books, like your recent release Can't Help Falling In Love?
 I look everywhere for character names. On the top 100 name lists, in the newspaper, even on flyers in coffee shops! I keep searching until I know I've got the "right" name for the character.
 
As for character occupations, in the third book of my Sullivans Series, Can't Help Falling in Love, my hero, Gabe, is a firefighter because I love writing alpha heroes. Alpha heroes need alpha jobs! That doesn't always mean running into a burning building like Gabe. His brothers from books 1 and 2 are, respectively, a photographer (The Look of Love) and a winery owner (From This Moment On). Not exactly high octane employment, but both are men in positions where they call the shots, which is always incredibly sexy.

For a complete listing of books, as well as excerpts and contests, and to connect with Bella:
Visit Bella's website at www.BellaAndre.com
Follow Bella on twitter at www.twitter.com/bellaandre
Join Bella on facebook at www.facebook.com/bellaandrefans

Thursday, February 16, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy Monroe!


Week #7's Featured Book:
Take Me
by Lucy Monroe
Berkley Sensation 
October 2006
ISBN: 0425212211

"Ever since Lucy Monroe started this series I have been waiting for Jared's story, and TAKE ME more then makes up for the wait. Ms Monroe is one of the few authors who I will read no matter what she writes and TAKE ME is a good reason why. You do not have to read the first two books in this series in order to read TAKE ME, but after you finish you will be running to the store to get the other two." —Barb Hicks, The Best Reviews  (Click for the complete review.)


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.)



Take me is the third book in Lucy's Historical Trilogy.  The book transforms you to another time and place.  In what year is Take Me set? (hint: read the excerpt)



Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Humpday Hottie!

A little inspiration from my Children of the Moon Series...a handsome, hunk of man!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Retro Release February Contest!

February's Retro Release -  Do you have this book yet?


MOON BURNING
by Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0425239802
ISBN-13: 978-0425239803
A Children of the Moon Novel #3
Paranormal Historical Werewolf
Berkley Sensation - February 2011
Children of the Moon Website


Excerpt

Come, the croaking raven doth bellow
for revenge. ~ William Shakespeare

CHAPTER ONE

Donegal Lands, Scottish Highlands
12th Century AD

The raven flew high above the earth, her keen vision spying five Donegal hunters in the forest below.

The red and black of their plaids peeked through the trees, leaving no doubt to the true number, but she could only hear three of them. Two were silent as they stalked their prey. Even her raven hearing honed sharper than her talons could not detect the sound of their movements.

They had masked their scents as well, showing they had better control of their Chrechte nature than the others. These two Faol of the Chrechte were dangerous.

No wolf could be trusted, but one who mastered his beast was one who must be watched most carefully. He would not be easily taken in by the tricks of the √Čan. It was good her raven family had set her to this task. Another, less seasoned fighter, could fail too easily with wolves such as these.

Sabrine had been protecting her people since her fifteenth summer, a long seven years past.

She circled lower, preparing for her landing. This had to look natural, but she did not relish taking human form merely to fall through a few tree branches. She was still a good distance from the men, though closer to the earth when an agonizing pain pierced her left wing.

Her first instinct was to pull her wing to her body, but she forced herself to keep it expanded so she could coast lower rather than spinning out of control. She would not die before saving her people from the wolves’ treachery.

As she neared the earth, she let her raven fall away, taking on her fully human form, just as she had planned to before the foul arrow had pierced her wing. Tree branches scratched at her body as she tumbled toward the ground.

She ignored the minor pain for the larger purpose. She would use the wolves’ thirst for blood against them. Their own actions would make way for her to find welcome in their clan.

As a helpless human female.

Dark amusement rolled through her with the pain of her landing. She grabbed the arrow, broke off the tip, gripped the other side, and yanked it from her arm.

As her world turned black around the edges, she threw the offending weapon as far from her as possible.

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.

Children of the Moon is a medieval Scottish Werewolf series including best selling books such as Moon Awakening, Moon Craving, and Moon Burning.  Lucy has just finished the final edits on her latest Children of the Moon series which will be out in 2012.  What month will Dragon's Moon be released?


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Weekly Contest Winners!

Weekly Contest Winners!

Moon Burning
Congratulations  Diane D - Florida  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's Moon Burning plus some fun items from her Mediterranean Vacation.  Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy  

Congratulations Rhonda D you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Tempt Me. Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine Event Weekend!

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, there are several Valentine events taking place this weekend on the web.  Below are two of the events that I will be participating in.  Hope to see you at one or both of them.  


The Romance Studio Valentine Gala 
Join the party at http://trsparties.com for your chance to win great prizes. 


Valentine Soiree at Writerspace
Please join me & your favorite authors at the Valentine Soiree at Writerspace on Sunday, February 12th from 8pm ET to 11pm ET. Authors will be chatting and giving away 100s of fantastic prizes -- Kindles, autographed books, plus gift cards and more. You don't have to be present to win, but you must be registered. To register, and for details on all participating authors and prizes, visithttp://www.writerspace.com/valentine

Thursday, February 09, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy Monroe!


Week #6's Featured Book:


by Lucy Monroe
Berkley Sensation - April 2006
ISBN 0-4252-0922-9

An Excerpt from Chapter 1

Irisa faced Lucas across the small library.  The fog-dampened night could not intrude on the warm coziness of the room.


Lucas’s mouth curved in a loving smile.  "You came."


She nodded, her throat too clogged with emotion to speak.


He extended his hand. "Come here, my love."


She moved forward as if in a daze, drawn by the warmth in her lover’s eyes as much as the implied command in his stance.  She wanted him.


Desperately.


And he wanted her.


As soon as she was close enough to touch, he reached out and pulled her to him.  The feel of his warm skin on her bare arms sent shivers down her spine.  He did not stop pulling her until her body was an inch from his own.


She knew he would kiss her now.  Finally.  She had waited so long, but instinctively knew the wait would be worth it.  Lucas’s mouth settled on hers, his lips warm and vibrant against her own.  She shuddered and he pulled his mouth a breath from hers.


"Are you all right, my love?"


"Yes.  Please.  Kiss me again."


He did so with alacrity while one arm moved around her waist.  His other hand settled on her shoulder, his fingers sliding under the fabric of her gown.  She blushed at the intimate touch, but did not pull away.  He groaned low in his throat and tugged the tiny cap sleeves of her gown down until the swell of her breasts were exposed.  Then he…  Then he… click to keep reading. 



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.)



As many of you know, Lucy is a best selling author and her books have hit many top selling reading lists. Tempt Me was no exception!  List one of the Top Selling lists that Tempt Me was on. 



Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Humpday Hottie!

Ready for a Valentine's Date?


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Retro Release February Contest!

February's Retro Release -  Do you have this book yet?


MOON BURNING
by Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0425239802
ISBN-13: 978-0425239803
A Children of the Moon Novel #3
Paranormal Historical Werewolf
Berkley Sensation - February 2011
Children of the Moon Website

Check out this review by Miranda
Reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed


Action, passion and a clever plot make Moon Burning a sizzling story! Barr and Sabrine are like star-crossed lovers fated to be together and yet they are born enemies. The scenes between them are overflowing with skyrocketing fireworks. Whether they are arguing or making up these two know how to turn the heat up a notch. Sabrine and Barr are both fierce characters and they bring their strong wills to the relationship making for some interesting situations. The story underlying the relationship is fast-paced and intriguing. It is easy to be drawn to the characters and the situations they are facing. Lucy Monroe's storytelling is suave and exciting. This is my first Children of the Moon novel and I can't wait to read the next. It's not necessary to have read the first two novels to enjoy Moon Burning.


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.    




"Don't pray for patience or you're going to get opportunities to be patient," seeking to be less in control leads to the same thing.

In Lucy's blog post last Monday, she talked about being a control freak and how she has worked to overcome it in her writing and in her family.  What is one thing you like to control?


Monday, February 06, 2012

Mom's Birthday Weekends

The year my mom turned 50, my sisters and I decided that in addition to the big party, we wanted to do something special.  So we took her away for the weekend, just her and us.  That first year, we went to Newport and stayed in my big sister's very swank vacation time share.  To be honest, that was a pretty special deal for all of us.  My little sister and I had never stayed in a condo before, much less one with a Jacuzzi in the bathroom!  Mom loved it - the beach was her favorite place and she always said her kids were her favorite people. :)

She was so happy and made a simple request at the end of the weekend.  If we never got her anything else for her birthday again, if we would just do this retreat every year, she would be happy.  Well, we didn't stop buying pressies (it's in our genetics), but we made her birthday retreat an annual event.  Over the years we returned to the beach several times, made a trip to Victoria B.C. so we could have tea at the Empress and go to the Butchart gardens, went to Prineville and took her on a horse drawn carriage ride (oh the memories of what we talked about on that ride - let's just say that *nothing* is sacred between sisters even pet names for certain things LOL) and some years we even stayed in town.  Though not at any of our homes.  We went to hotels and visited mom's favorite places, like the Portland Art Museum and even OMSI.  One year we did this because my baby sister was too pregnant with her second child to go more than twenty miles from her hospital.  Some years we did it because Mom couldn't travel.

Mom's Birthday Dinner 2009
The last year we left town for Mom's birthday, we went to the beach.  Seaside this time.  We rented a house and took her to the ocean on her scooter - it was her last time on her beloved sandy beach of Oregon.  The next year, she spent her birthday in a convalescent home - refusing to have a party there because she wanted to celebrate at home.  She went home, but the party wasn't destined to happen.  As you all know, Mom died in April and none of us girls will ever stop missing her.

Mom's birthday month has always been special for all of us girls, but this year, we're doing our last "Mom's Birthday Weekend" at her request.  You see, Mom got into the habit of giving us girls gifts on *her* birthday weekend (told you it was genetic) and this is her final one.

Mom with Us Girls at Pig 'N Pancake in Seaside
Mom with Us Girls on the Sand - We did it!

I'll be honest and tell you that as much as I'm looking forward to spending time with my sisters, I know that this trip isn't going to be an easy one emotionally for me.  But one thing that will make it glow like all the ones before it will be our memories of times spent with Mom celebrating her birthdays in such a special way.

It's your turn:  I'd love to hear some of your favorite memories with your own moms, or "mom" figures.  I know not everyone was raised by women like my mom, who saw parenthood as a true privilege, but most of us have someone in our lives that fill at least a part of that "mom" role.  Share your memories with me as I've shared mine with you. :)

Hugs and blessings,
Lucy

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Weekly Contest Winners!


Congratulations Lostime4me  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's Moon Burning plus some fun items from her Mediterranean Vacation.

Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 


For additional information on Moon Burning, please visit my website.





52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy  

Congratulations   tammy ramey you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Touch Me. Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



Last Call for January's Prize Winners!

I'm so excited to see so many people enter my January contests.  I'd love to get your prizes in the mail so please contact me by Saturday February 11, 2012 or you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

I'm looking for the names and addresses of the following blog prize winners:

Sunnymay


Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



Thursday, February 02, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy Monroe!


Week #5's Featured Book:

by Lucy Monroe
1st in Historical Trilogy Touch Me, Tempt Me & Take Me
Berkley Sensation - September 2005
ISBN 0-4252-0531-2

In her newest love story, bestselling author Lucy Monroe invites you into a world of dazzling beauty, daring adventure, and sensual delight...

Outspoken, opinionated Thea Selwyn is no ordinary lady. Raised in the exotic West Indies, she has none of the starchy propriety Pierson Drake is accustomed to—rather, there is a lush sensuality about this impulsive beauty that tempts him unmercifully. Her delectable curves and wide, innocent eyes are enticing enough, but her breathless response to his touch is a lure he can’t resist.

On a voyage that takes them from tropical paradise to the glittering ballrooms of London, Thea and Drake are pulled into a firestorm of illicit passion. Thea knows that once they reach England, the secrets she’s been keeping will kill whatever Drake feels for her. But Drake’s own history has taught him the value of acceptance and the desolation of loss. Thea is the one women Drake has ever trusted with his heart, and he has no intention of losing her— not to the ghosts of the past or the threats of the present. But can he convince Thea to forget the hard lesson she’s learned and take a chance on love?




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.)



Thea and Drake are compelling characters. The resolution of the embezzling plot had a great twist that I enjoyed, as did Thea's confrontation with her father. There are two more Regency-set novels to follow about Thea's brother and sister. I'm looking forward to them. - Rakehell Reviews
Touch Me is the first book in the Trilogy of what family? 



Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Humpday Hottie!

How would you caption this picture?