Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Lucy Monroe Reader Fitness Challenge Winners


I am so very pleased to announce the winners of my first ever Reader Fitness Challenge!!! laugh While the prize winners listed below represent the highest numbers in weight and inches lost (some by category), everyone who participated actively in the challenge won. happy Because we came out healthier and stronger and feeling better about life than many of us have in a very long time. :) You all worked so hard and did incredibly well, really focusing on making lifestyle changes that can stick. Thank you for going on this journey with me. heart 

With a huge congratulations and well done to the winners, here they are: 

heart Grand Prize Winner: Rustynne Daltonheart 
smile Most Inches Lost: Jenny Muraskismile 
smileAuthor Coach Winner: Bronwen Evanssmile
flowerforyou 1st Runner Up All Categories: Chrissy Bollig, Charlene Beverly & Beverly Gordon 
flowerforyou 2nd Runner Up All Categories: Melody Prater, Shell Bryce & Kathy Key 
flowerforyou 3rd Runner Up All Categories: Judy Flohr, Barb Smith, & Lucero Guerrero 

There were 72 entrants, 9 author coaches and 1 coordinator (me) in the challenge. 52 actively participated to lose a combined weight of 655 lbs! Can you believe that???? I'm so pleased!!! 

Mega hugs and happy healthy endeavors, 
Lucy 

Weekly Contest Winners!

Weekly Contest Winners!


Heart of a Desert Warrior
Congratulations dstoutholcomb  you will receive an advanced copy of Lucy's Monroe's Summer Release - Heart of a Desert Warrior.  Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy  

Congratulations caliblonde637 you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book The Spy Who Wants Me. Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Guest Blogger - Jami Davenport

Jami Davenport has been writing since she was old enough to know the alphabet. An advocate of happy endings, Jami writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her husband, a former Green Beret turned plumber, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.


She works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher. In her spare time, Jami rides and shows her dressage horse and grows roses. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, the setting for her first two books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.



Public Displays of Eroticism

Several months ago a good friend of mine, Cassandra Carr, asked me to take part in an anthology. Each short story had to center around sex in a public place. After all, isn’t it everyone’s hidden fantasy to engage in some hot lovin’ with an audience?

Cassandra had already written a draft of the first story, which took place in a public park. When she showed it to Cristal Ryder and me, we came up with the idea that each of our stories would take place in the same park. In fact, Cassandra’s first story would be the catalyst for the rest of the stories. 

I chose to write about two football teammates who come to town once a year and hook up with the same two women, only this year is different, and the two couples want more than a once-a-year, one-night stand. I’m hoping to write sequels to these stories in the near future.

We had a great time writing PDE, and with the superior editing of the Sybarite Seductions editors, we are very excited about our release day today. PDE will be available at all major distributors today, June 29. For more information, go to the Sybarite website: http://sybariteseductions.com/


The blurb for the five stories are as follows:

Back to Nature by Cassandra Carr 
A sub and her Master play hooky to indulge their exhibitionism kink and unknowingly start an entire chain of events. 

Hail Mari by Jami Davenport 
Meeting Mari Simms for one night of hot sex each year for the past four years is no longer enough for Wyatt Bedford, a ten-year veteran of professional football. This time, he plans on telling her he wants more. While waiting for her in a park, he stumbles upon a sight that changes his game plan and takes their relationship to whole new level. Can Wyatt and Mari find love in the final quarter with the clock ticking? 

Taking it Outside by Cristal Ryder
Val sets up an afternoon of play with long-time boyfriend Tyler at a secluded beach. After packing a goodie bag with playthings, she leaves a note for Tyler. While waiting for his arrival, through binoculars Val spots lovers on the distance shore, and when Tyler arrives, together they watch the couple. Voyeurism at its best. Turned on by watching the couple have sex, Val and Ty have their own public display of eroticism. 
Taking their loving outside is a surprisingly erotic treat neither expected to enjoy as much as they do.
But a bigger surprise awaits them, leaving them wondering if there is more to come.

A Whole New World by Cassandra Carr 
After witnessing some dirty deeds in the woods, Miranda finds she has some kinks she didn't know about and discovers her boyfriend, Ross, is more than happy to help her explore them. 

In the Open by Jami Davenport 
Once a year, Jaid Angelini takes a break from her demanding career as a criminal defense attorney for a night of passion with young, hot pro-football player Alex Greeley. Despite misgivings about their age difference, Jaid desires a more permanent relationship and concocts a scheme to brand her name on his heart. After witnessing an exhibitionist couple in the park, her plan takes a turn toward the great outdoors. Will Alex and Jaid finally go for the long bomb or settle for minimum yardage?




Thursday, June 28, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance by Lucy Monroe!


THE SPY WHO WANTS ME
by Lucy Monroe
3rd book in The Goddard Project series
Mass Market Paperback
Kensington Brava - October 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0758229168
Trade Paperback
Kensington Brava - January 2009
ISBN 0-7582-2915-1




The Spy Who Wants Me - excerpt
(c) Lucy Monroe
Jan 2009 - Brava
Another foreign curse came from the new Project Manager’s end of the lab.
Chantal bit her lip and looked over her shoulder to find Mat scowling at one of the technicians.
Again. The poor tech looked ready to cry.
Who could blame him? Mat was over six feet tall with the solid muscles found in many Ukrainian men. The only colors she’d ever seen him wear were black and shades of grey. Even his lab coat was a special order slate grey. When she’d told him the monochromatic dressing made him look like a hit man for the Russian mob, Mat had admitted he was color blind – after giving her a lecture on the difference between the two nationalities. He’d told her that dressing like this was his way of preventing himself from leaving the house looking like a circus clown. But added to that, his black as coal hair, trim mustache and close cropped beard gave him a decidedly intimidating look.
Especially when he was angry. Like now.
Mat never had been the warm-fuzzy type. Calling him a people person was a stretch even she hadn’t been able to make when she was head over heels for the man. He wasn’t the worst manager in the world. In fact, he was actually pretty decent at it and even better when his scientists and technicians were efficient. Only he had an abrasive way of dealing with them if they weren’t.
Abrasive as in almost scary until you got to know him better.
Deciding their department really couldn’t afford to lose another team member after their former PM’s disappearance, Chantal got up from her lab stool and headed toward the mini-contretemps.
“Wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?” she asked Mat with a smile and a nod for the technician.
Mat turned his scowl on her while the tech he’d been upbraiding stared at her as if she’d just stepped in an electromagnetic field and then tried to use her electron scan microscope.
She turned up the wattage on her smile and made sure it included both men. “Is there a problem here, gentlemen?”
“I…uh…” The technician swallowed twice and gave Mat a sidelong glance before continuing. “I was trying to explain to Dr. Chernichenko that we’d already done the tests on mercury reclamation from fluorescent bulbs and that the ROI was too low to make it a viable project.”
Chantal remembered the tests. “Unless a different reclamation process can be developed, I agree.” She looked up at Mat, trying to ignore how being this close to him made her body go haywire. “Were you thinking of trying a different process?”
“I want more information on the one already tried,” he said with a stubborn tilt to his chin.
“No problem.”
It was the technician’s turn to glare at her.
“I can get that for you and fill you in on the preliminary trials if you like,” she added.
The sense of relief from the tech was palpable as he realized she wasn’t setting him up for more of the same with his new PM.
Mat frowned however. “I don’t want to take you away from something important.”
“Bringing the Project Manager for Material Reclamation up to speed on all our current and recent projects is important.”
Mat sighed and rubbed his eyes, a gesture she remembered from their college days that meant he was more stressed than tired. The man was almost inhuman when it came to getting tired…he could go for hours. In more arenas than academia. The thought brought the heat of a blush to her cheeks while her thighs clenched together involuntarily. Thank goodness for lab coats that hid embarrassing reactions.
“Thank you. I would appreciate that,” Mat said.
The look of shock the technician gave Mat’s polite response was comical, but Chantal did not crack a smile. Mat might think she was laughing at him and even she wasn’t going to beard this bear in that way.
To stop herself from reaching out and touching that particularly tempting bear, she crossed her arms under her chest. “It’s past lunch time and I don’t know about you, but I could use something to eat.”
Mat nodded, his grey gaze skimming her body like a barely there caress. “We could meet in the cafeteria…or we could go offsite.”
“The cafeteria would probably be better.” Less chance she would make a fool of herself. “We can talk freely without worrying about being overheard.”
Mat’s scowl was back. “I suppose.”
“Would you rather eat offsite?” And if so, why hadn’t he just said so?
He shut his eyes and tensed his jaw like he was trying to bite back words.
“We could eat in your office,” she suggested, wanting to take that look of strain off his features.
“We’d have privacy without the distractions.”
Which wasn’t going to do a thing for her own strain, but she had to deal with her attraction to him or quit her job. And she had no desire to leave Environmental Technology Research and Design.
“You’d think so, wouldn‘t you?” He opened his eyes, the irises storm cloud gray now.
She remembered that shade, but not from frustration at work. Stifling a groan, she gave herself a strong mental shake. Her attempts to deal with her reaction to him were not going to succeed if she couldn’t stop memories of the past from intruding on the present.
The reminder should have been enough to bolster her flagging self-control. It didn’t. The problem being that she’d been using the same self-lecture for two weeks and it wasn’t getting any more powerful with repetition.
“What do you mean?” she asked.
“Nothing you need to worry about.”
“Okay then. We’ll meet in your office.”
“Yes.” The clipped single-word response wasn’t all that he was thinking, but typical for the stoic scientist, he wasn’t sharing whatever else was on his mind.
Chantal had enough of her own worries, she should not be concerned with his. Only it never worked that way. By nature, she was too empathetic to others and it was even worse when it came to this man. She had to watch it to stop his moods from dictating her own, even when they hadn’t said a single word to each other.
The last two weeks had proven one truth beyond the shadow of a doubt. She was not and probably never would be completely over Matej Chernichenko.

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.)


52 Week's of Romance giveaway is a celebration of many of Lucy's books (we would need more than a year to giveaway the entire collection).  In the comment section, tell me what Lucy Monroe book you first read and why you liked it. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Humpday Hottie!


A sexy, dangerous hunk....oh the trouble we could get into!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Weekly Blog Contest - June

Heart of a Desert Warrior

By Lucy Monroe

Harlequin Presents #3071 - July 2012
ISBN-10: 0373130775
ISBN-13: 978-0373130771

Buy 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.

Bronwen Evans was my guest last Friday.  She shared about her latest release, an Invitation to Scandal.  It is so much fun getting to know new people.  What did Bronwen say was her favorite subject when she was in school?


Monday, June 25, 2012

Elle Gray from The Spy Who Wants Me

You know I get asked for my favorites a lot. What's your favorite book? Who is your favorite character? What's your favorite setting? Etc. And usually, the honest answer is whatever I'm working on at the moment. But if you were to ask me for a list of my favorite heroines to date, Elle Gray from The Spy Who Wants Me would be at the top. There's just something about a woman who is trained to kill, but is emotionally vulnerable. She's not afraid of facing down a loaded gun, but gets nervous about calling her mother.

I loved living inside her head as I wrote to get her out of mine. I tell people I write the stories that are clamoring to be told and that usually means characters that are demanding attention and screen time. Elle was definitely one of those. There was no doubt that when I went to write the next Goddard Project book, it would be her story. It simply could not have been anyone else's. Imagine my surprise as the story unfolded and I realized her brother was just as attention seeking as she was. I did something I rarely do, I wrote a dual romance in the same book. Because Matej simply wouldn't wait and Elle was already kicking a$$ with bad guys in my head every day when I woke up.

I spent longer with Elle and Matej than I do with a lot of my characters because it took me longer to write their book. I had no problem understanding how they could and would fall in love with Beau and Chantal respectively, because I did too.

When I hear from readers that had the same response, I rejoice. When I read a review that didn't, I was stunned. Not that my writing could garner a negative review, but that anyone couldn't love these characters as much as I did. It's all in their portrayal...I know somewhere, some way, my writing let the reviewer down because it certainly wasn't the characters. They're amazing. They're people I'd love to meet in real life.

Especially Elle. People often wonder if I model my characters on "real" acquaintances, but the answer is yes and no. Yes, in that just as in real life, everyone we touch influences us and vice versa. So, everyone I touch influences my characters. And no, I've never consciously used someone's personality traits, physical appearance, etc. in my writing. And Elle is probably the furthest from anyone I've read or seen of any of my characters. She's unique and I'd like nothing more than to meet a person who is her real life counterpart, but I don't hang much with black ops agents (except in my books ::g::).

Watching her reaction to Beau was the most fun I've had in an age.

If romance novels show nothing else, they show us that real love is worth fighting for and worth sacrificing for.

In The Spy Who Wants Me, Elle learns that fighting for love isn't at all like putting an opponent out for the count. And maybe she teaches Beau a thing or two about emotion - but to find out what, I guess you'll have to read the book.

You all know I would love to meet Elle in real life, but how about you? What character (and from what book) would you most like to meet in person? And if you got to meet them, what would you do? Would you ask them questions, or would you want to do something with them? I'd like Elle to teach me how to disarm an opponent.

Hugs to all,
Lucy

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Reader Fitness Challenge - June Winners!




Thank you to everyone that participated in the first annual Reader Fitness Challenge!  It is so exciting to see how many of you reached goals and are living healthier lifestyles.  Congratulations to all the June winners!  Winners were drawn randomly each Thursday. 
(Overall prizes and the Grand prize will be announced next week.)

Week #9
Heather Beaufait - Lucy Monroe (Fitness DVD)
Kathy KayBronwen Evans  (Invitation to Ruin)
Shell BryceDebra Parmley  (A Desperate Journey)
Sue Kuzelka - Jami Davenport (Fourth and Goal ebook)
Danielle McDonaldJenna Bayley-Buke  (Her Cinderella Complex ebook)
Debra Delome - Lucy Monroe (The Greek's Pregnant Lover)

Week #10
Charlene Beverly - Lucy Monroe (Fitness DVD)
Traci McCarthey -  Erin Nicholas   (Anything You Want)
Becky Douglas - Debra Parmley (A Desperate Journey)
Kelly Gates -  Donna Grant (Untamed Highlander)
Rebecca Jones - Jenna Bayley-Buke (Par For the Course)
Erika Jadwinski - Lucy Monroe (The Greek's Pregnant Lover)

Week #11
Irene Lu - Lucy Monroe (Fitness DVD)
Beverly Gordon - Erin Nicholas (choice of backlist ebook)
Regina Schneider - Debra Parmley (A Desperate Journey)
Patty Jones - Sofia Hunt (The Bride Bargain ebook)
Tricia Verschage - Jenna Bayley Burke (Compromising Positions ebook)
Nora Gibbons - Lucy Monroe (The Greek's Pregnant Lover)

Week #12
Maria Stefanopoulos - Lucy Monroe (Fitness DVD)
Melinda Barrera - Erin Nicholas (choice of backlist ebook)
Linda McKenzie - Debra Parmley (A Desperate Journey)
Stephanie Pearlman - Kate Davies (Take a Chance on Me)
Lynda Harlan - Bronwen Evans (Invitation to Scandal)

Terms:

Prizes cannot be substituted or exchanged. If the prize is lost in the mail or customs, the giver cannot be held responsible and will not be shipping out replacement prizes.





Please do not contact me or the giver about not receiving the prize until a full thirty days have passed from today.  I can't tell you the number of people who have contacted me over the years about a "lost" prize only to have it arrive the day after I asked my PA to take some of her very limited time in my office (I'm not Nora Roberts - my staff is small and all work very part-time) to look into it. Which is why I've had to follow in many other author's footsteps and institute the 30 day rule. 





Weekly Contest Winners!

Weekly Contest Winners!


Heart of a Desert Warrior
Congratulations Eli Yanti you will receive an advanced copy of Lucy's Monroe's Summer Release - Heart of a Desert Warrior.  Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 



52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy  

Congratulations  Carol L.  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Deal With This. Please email me with your name and address so I can get your prize in the mail. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Guest Blogger - Bronwen Evans

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Being able to write her characters stories is never work, it’s a dream come true. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer. 
She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes.

Readers can contact Bronwen via email at romance@bronwenevans.com. For more information on all of Bronwen’s books, including updates on novels yet to come, visit Bronwen’s website at www.bronwenevans.com

Regency – the romance of history
By Bronwen Evans

History was one of my favorite subjects at school. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because when we look back we can find answers. We can see what happened. I like certainty. I’m a planner and a plotter. To me the future is so unknown and I find it both exhilarating and scary. But I take comfort from the past.

My favorite romance genre is historical romances. I think I’ve always loved reading historical romances because it gives me a glimpse of a world that’s familiar. It’s not a coincidence that I write Regency romances. As a writer I can see what happened in the past, and use it to form tension filled story ideas.

Many things trigger my imagination about the past, such as a painting, a place name, a person or as in the idea for my latest Regency romance, INVITATION  TO SCANDAL (Kensington Brava, May 2012), a poem.

A poem by Daniel Defoe about the dreaded town of Deal. Deal is in Kent, England, and was a notorious smuggling strong hold in the 17th and 18th centuries, mainly because of its close proximity to France. 

“If I had any satire left to write,
Could I with suited spleen indite,
My verse should blast that fatal town,
And drown’d sailors’ widows pull it down;
No footsteps of it should appear,
And ships no more cast anchor there.
The barbarous hated name of Deal shou’d die,
Or be a term of infamy;
And till that’s done, the town will stand
A just reproach to all the land”

Daniel Defoe 17th Century

Daniel Defoe’s poem is about how the town of Deal, Kent, is a haven of illegal activity—smuggling. How fascinating that a town should be so infamous, a poem was written about it. I immediately knew I wanted to write a story about smuggling set in Deal.

But, to make it more interesting, the smuggler would be female. There were so few ways a LADY could make a living in the early 1800′s and it seemed logical, given Rheda Kerrick lived near Deal, that she’d devise a means to save her brother’s inheritance—smuggling.

Of course she’d not counted on the devilishly handsome, Viscount Strathmore, Rufus Knight, deciding that the smuggler called Dark Shadow, was the key to clearing his father of treason. Nor did she expect his wicked attempts at seduction to have her craving his touch…

Here’s an excerpt – Rufus has just helped free Rheda who had been trapped by a very large barrel of French brandy. He thinks she’s a local country lass who can help him capture Dark Shadow…
His eyes darkened, reminding her of the hot chocolate she’d drunk this morning. They locked with hers, causing heat to sear along her nerve endings, where previously she’d had no feeling at all.

“Your legs may experience some tingling once the circulation starts working properly.”

Oh, she tingled all right.

“That is enough, thank you.” He did not loosen his grip on her ankles. “My legs are perfectly fine.”

“Now that I have freed you,” he said in a voice as smooth as the fine French brandy she held in her barrel, “you will return the favor by helping me.”

The hairs on her arms prickled. This could not be good. If he discovered her true identity, it would get back to Daniel. If that happened, Daniel would definitely put an end to her activities. She needed more time . . . Not only that, they could be in serious trouble, accused of participating in free trade.

His next words threw her off balance.  “You’re very tempting, you know.” His voice and the fire in his teasing eyes were having a similar seductive effect as the alcohol would have.

Who was she fooling? She’d been off balance the minute he’d gazed upon her.

“Your beauty cannot be disguised by these rags. I see someone has given you fine silk stockings, your lover perhaps. He must be a wealthy man.”

“I have no lover.”  Rheda could tell by the quirk of his brow that he did not believe her. A woman dressed as she was, with hidden silk stockings. No wonder he had jumped to the wrong conclusion. She shook her head. “Besides, I had nothing to do with the face God bestowed on me. It is not meant to entice you. I cannot help how I look.”

He nodded. “No more than I can help wanting to glory in it.”

With those husky words, he rose over her, slowly pressing her back into the fresh green grass. She felt every inch of his lean, hard body, and his masculine scent filled her nostrils. Rheda’s body betrayed her, welcoming the feel of him; the aroma of sandalwood and virile man became a heady rush that enhanced all her senses.

His lips hovered by her ear as he ran his hand slowly up the inside of her leg. His fingers found the top of her thigh, and with a small cry, she pushed her hands against his shoulders and squirmed beneath him. She tried to twist away from his touch, but he captured her wrists in his other hand and thrust them on the ground above her head.

“Come now, do not play coy with me. You are old enough to know the games men and women play. I would give you great pleasure. I would satisfy you more than any of your other lovers.”

 She’d had no other lovers. How could she make him believe that?

Before she could respond, his lips found hers in a drugging kiss. The slight stubble around his chin was abrasive on her skin—Rheda decided she liked the feeling. She’d never experienced a kiss like it. 

Finally he drew back. “What is your name?” he murmured as he lightly tickled the back of her knee.

Rheda’s brain spun. She could not give him her name; things had gone too far. She could barely think with his hand stroking her leg. 

“Do not . . . Get your hands off me.”

Ignoring her words, Lord Strathmore’s lips pressed lightly to her neck and he whispered, “Where did you get the barrel?”

One commenter, who tells me what their favorite period in history is and why, will win a copy of INVITATION TO SCANDAL. Open internationally. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance by Lucy Monroe!

I thought it would be fun to giveaway the entire Goddard Series in the week's leading up to     Close Quarter's Rerelease in July!


Week 25's Featured Book
Deal With This
by Lucy Monroe

2nd book in The Goddard Project series
Trade Paperback
Kensington Brava - November 27, 2007
ISBN 0-7582-1180-5




A Video Review of Deal with This by Bookend Book Reviews!






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.)



Deal with This is a love story between Allan and Jillian.  Jillian is not new to my books, what previous novel did Jillian appear?


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Humpday Hottie!


A nice romantic walk on the beach to set the tone for summer loving!
Happy first day of summer. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Weekly Blog Contest - June



Heart of a Desert Warrior

By Lucy Monroe
Harlequin Presents #3071 - July 2012
ISBN-10: 0373130775
ISBN-13: 978-0373130771

Buy the book:

An Excerpt from Chapter One

No matter what, she would be fine. She would. She was no longer a naïve university sophomore, but a professional geologist with an eminent private survey firm.

“So, why the long face?” Russell asked, taking another step down as if coaxing her to do the same. “I know you tried to get out of doing this assignment.”

She had, but then she’d realized how foolish she was being. She couldn’t go through her career refusing the more than lucrative assignments in the Middle East just because she’d once loved a man who came from this part of the world. Besides, her boss had made it clear that this time, she didn’t have a choice.

“I’m fine. Just a little jet lagged.” Forcing her feet to move, she started down the stairs.

Russell falling into step beside her when she reached him, he put his arm out for her and she took it.

She wasn’t dwelling on the possibility that Sheikh Asad was her Asad. Not at all.

After all, what were the chances it was the same man who had done such a good job decimating her heart six years ago that she hadn’t gone on another date until after she graduated? That it was the one man that she had hoped to live the whole rest of her life without ever seeing again?

Small. Almost nonexistent.

Right? Right.

So, her Asad had been part of a Bedouin tribe and, she’d found out at the end, slated to be sheikh one day.

It didn’t have to be the same man. She was praying it wasn’t the same man.

If it was her Asad, or rather the Asad — he’d never really been hers and she had to stop thinking of him that way — she didn’t know what she would do. Working toward the coveted position of senior geologist with Coal, Carrington & Boughton Surveyors, Inc., she couldn’t refuse this assignment based on personal reasons. Not when she was back in the office and definitely not now that she was already in country.

She wasn’t about to commit career suicide. Asad had taken enough from her, her faith in love. Her belief in the rosy, bright future she’d ached for and dreamed of. He didn’t get her career too.

“What did the diamond say to the copper vein?” Russell’s youthful voice pulled her out of her less than happy thoughts as they made their slow way down the stairs.

She rolled her eyes. “That joke is as old as the bedrock in Hudson Bay. The answer is: nothing, minerals don’t talc.”


It was a hoary old joke, but when he laughed, she found herself joining him.

“I’m glad to see you still have a sense of humor.” The deep voice coming from the hall below didn’t sound happy at all.

In fact, it sounded almost annoyed. But Iris didn’t have the wherewithal to worry about that little inconsistency. Not when the rich tones that still had the power to send her heart on a drum roll and little pops of awareness to spark along her every nerve ending belonged to a man she had truly believed she would never see again.

She stopped her descent and stared. Asad looked back at her, his dark chocolate gaze so intense, she felt the breath leave her lungs in a gasp.

He’d changed. Oh, he was still gorgeous. His hair still a dark brown, almost black and with no hint of grey, but instead of cropped close to his head like it had been back in school he wore it shoulder length. The different style should have made him seem more casual, more approachable. It didn’t

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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 Anthea Sharp was our guest blogger.  She talked about the type of heroes she enjoys writing about.  What type of hero can you find in her books?



Monday, June 18, 2012

James Bond Meets the Geek Squad



Cue the James Bond music and call the Geek Squad! If you like your espionage with thrills, romance and a touch of humor look no further.  You'll find sensuality and sass in my high-tech action romance, Deal With This

It’s lights, camera, action as this novel brings you inside the Vancouver film industry. It’s a fun look at the industry itself while taking you through a rollercoaster ride of spy action and hot romance. And maybe just a little humor.

Michelle Buonfiglio of Lifetime TV's Romance: B(u)y the Book says, "Lucy Monroe excels at creating alpha bad boys and authentic erotic romance."  And Romantic Times gave Deal With This four stars calling my characters "sexually empowering."  Truth is, the love scenes sizzle and I worked to make the characters the highlight of every scene.  My “alpha bad boy” Alan goes undercover to find out who is trying to auction off international secrets and finds himself on the set of a scifi TV show with the star of the show, Jillian, set to help him whether he likes it or not!

I am especially pleased with this novel because of the character development of both the hero and heroine. Alan isn’t a typical “alpha male”, but has layers of complexity to him that allow him to appreciate Jillian’s independence and accept himself without having to be in charge all the time - though he certainly takes his turn. (I'll leave it to your imagination or reading the book to figure out what that means. ::g::)  Jillian is strong, sassy, fun and loveable.  She won't faint at the sight of a gun and she doesn’t mind talking about sex, needs and what she really wants. 

Throw in a scifi TV show, producers, spies, anti-gravity planes and really hot love scenes and you’ve got Deal With This!  Deal With This will be this week's giveaway in my 52 Week's of Romance!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weekly Contest Winners!

Weekly Contest Winners!


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



52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy  

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

Friday, June 15, 2012

Guest Blogger - Anthea Sharp

An author friend of mine was scheduled to blog with us today but unfortunately had to cancel.  She introduced me to her friend Athena whom I've invited to blog with me today.  I'm excited to get to know her a little better.  Welcome Athena.

Making her home in the rainy Pacific Northwest, Anthea is a RITA-nominated author of Victorian-set historical romance, writing as Anthea Lawson (www.anthealawson.com). She’s also returning to her geek-girl roots and writing young adult urban fantasy, as Anthea Sharp (www.antheasharp.com). Her books are available in print and digital formats from all online retailers.

The Underdog Hero

Who doesn’t love rooting for the underdog? The guy who’s up against impossible odds, the one from the wrong side of the tracks, the one who doesn’t trust in love, but ultimately realizes in the end that it makes him stronger.

I’ve recently branched out from writing Historical Romance and started a Young Adult fantasy series—but one thing has stayed the same. My heroes. I love writing about guys who have it rough, and the strong and sympathetic women who believe in them. Whether the setting is a Victorian botanical expedition, or a futuristic fantasy game world, I’m drawn to heroes who have to overcome long odds.

In my most recent release, Feyland: The Bright Court, my teenage male protagonist, Tam, is a reluctant hero. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks, and has had a rough upbringing. But behind his shell, he’s a remarkably chivalrous guy. Tam does the right thing, every time, no matter how hard. Even though he may not gain from it—in fact, even if he thinks he’s pushing the girl he loves into some other guy’s path—he’ll man up and do what’s necessary for the greater good.

The best thing about putting my heroes through the wringer is, finally, giving them the happy ending they’ve fought so hard for.  It’s always been my favorite kind of story.

Who is your favorite underdog hero, and why? 

Feyland: The Bright Court   
~ Book 2 in the Feyland trilogy ~


What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the dangerous Realm of Faerie?

INSIDE THE GAME...

Jennet Carter escaped the dark faeries of Feyland once. Now, fey magic is seeping out of the prototype game, beguiling the unwary and threatening everyone she cares about.

MAGIC...

Tam Linn may be a hero in-game, but his real life is severely complicated. Still, he'll do whatever it takes to stop the creatures of Feyland, even if it means pushing Jennet toward the new guy in school—the one with an inside connection to sim-gaming... and the uncanny ability to charm everyone he meets.

ALWAYS WINS...

Despite the danger, Jennet and Tam must return to Feyland to face the magic of the Bright Court—and a powerful new enemy who won't stop until the human world is at the mercy of the Realm of Faerie.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

52 Week's of Romance by Lucy Monroe!

Week 24's Featured Book
Satisfaction Guaranteed
by Lucy Monroe

1st book in The Goddard Project series
Kensington Brava - May 2007
ISBN 0-7582-1178-3
Mass Market Paperback re-release
Kensington Brava - May 2009
ISBN-10: 0-7582-1179-1
ISBN-13: 978-0758211798


I thought it would be fun to giveaway the entire Goddard Series in the week's leading up to     Close Quarter's Rerelease in July!






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.)



Beth, who believes her pursuit of Ben is just a fantasy, has a huge strike against her.  What does Beth's father do that would intimidate Ben from going after her?