Thursday, August 30, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance - Week 35

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

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...




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.


Dragon's Moon is out in just a few short days.  It is the fourth book in the Children of the Moon Series.  Ciara was left alone after her brother's death.  Who killed her brother?




SAVE THE DATE
Dragon's Moon, the fourth book in the Children of the Moon Series is out September 4th.  
You can Pre-Order today!

Don't forget to sign up for my Online Reader Retreat (ORR) this coming October!  It is FREE but you have to be registered to win prizes.  There are over 40 authors already signed up!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dragon's Moon Excerpt

I'm so excited!  This time next week we will be just one day away from the release of the fourth book in the Children of the Moon series, Dragon's Moon.  I can feel the excitement from readers as well, and I can't wait to hear what you think of the book.  Early reviews are great.  I thought today I would tease you a little bit with an excerpt from the book:

DRAGON’S MOON
by Lucy Monroe

ISBN-10: 0425246620
ISBN-13: 978-0425246627
Children of the Moon Novel #4
Berkley Sensation - September 2012

Excerpt from Chapter 1

Her legs dangling over the stone edge, Ciara waited atop the lower bailey tower. One of two in the lower half of the wall surrounding the Sinclair fortress, it was the perfect vantage point for her first glimpse of the newcomers that would join her adopted clan. She was not supposed to be here, but it was a favored spot for her to find both privacy and peace.

Most of the clan had gathered in the lower bailey both yesterday and today for the same purpose, but Ciara did not like the crush of so many around her.

There was no crowd now. The humans and other Chrechte had gone home, disappointed once again when night fell with no sign of the newcomers. But Ciara waited as the moon rose, unable to return to the keep — her need to see these new clanspeople too strong to deny.

As a member of the Faol, she had been told those coming were Chrechte; she strongly suspected they were Éan.

Her dreams were not all nightmares and she had seen the birds in the sky shifting back to human form and donning the plaid of the Sinclair.

Were these Chrechte refugees like her, looking for a new life among the Sinclair?

Ciara hadn’t actually been looking toward anything when she came to live with Laird Talorc and his lady, Abigail. Numb with grief after her mother’s death so close on top of her dear brother Galen’s grisly demise, Ciara had simply done as she was told.

Laird Barr had informed her she needed a new life without so many memories around her and Ciara had accepted his instruction in action, if not in her heart. She’d come to live among his former clan, the Sinclairs, without a single argument.

What had there been to argue? Ciara had no family any longer, no loved ones to hold her among the Donegal.

She had spent the past seven years doing her best to serve her new clan, though her old one would not recognize her. Gone was the stubborn girl who loved her family and people with every passionate fiber of her heart.

Ciara did her best to feel as little as possible; she had no desire to love with a devotion that could so easily destroy her again.

Laird Barr’s hope that she might forget painful memories more easily away from all that was familiar had proven fruitless, but she did not blame his plan.

The memories were burned into Ciara’s mind with a dragon’s flame; it was impossible for her to ever forget or feel completely safe again. That fateful day in the forest and what followed lived inside her in a maelstrom of grief, awe, confusion, disbelief and sometimes utter terror.

Not that she ever let these feelings come fully to the surface, but Ciara often woke in the night to her brother’s final scream, only to realize it had been her own. She dreamt of blood soaked walls and a waxen faced woman searching their cottage for son and husband that would never again be there.

Ciara was grateful for the stone walls that kept her nightmares private, but she was even more thankful that far from forcing Ciara to marry when she came of age, Laird Talorc and his second, Niall, frightened off any prospective suitors. Chrechte and human alike.

Laird Talorc and Abigail treated Ciara like a cherished member of the family, to be protected and watched over. She knew they thought she was broken.

Too broken to be forced to mate.

She did and said nothing to dissuade them of that belief.

She wanted no true family to lose again; she had no desire to ever marry or have children that could be taken from her by that undefeatable enemy, death. She hoped she never met her mate, or that he was already committed to another.

Helping to care for Abigail and Talorc’s twins, now in their fourth summer, was difficult enough. The boys did their best to worm their way into Ciara’s heart. It took all her stubborn resolve not to let herself love them.

And deep inside, in a place she refused to acknowledge, she feared she already did...even more than she feared the dragon that had killed her brother.

Shaking off her thoughts, she peered through the moonlit night, seeking out her first glimpse of the Éan soon to join their clan. She wasn’t supposed to know about the Éan at all. No one, but a select few were. And Ciara, better than most, understood why.

However, it was not her fault she knew many things she should not. Even without the eavesdropping. Her dreams and visions had grown more frequent since she had seen the scarlet dragon breathing fire from the sky.

And of late, the Faolchú Chridhe called to her even more insistently than her dead brother’s screams and mother’s spilled blood. Ciara rarely slept, and when she did sleep it was to dream, each dream growing more fraught with urgency than the last. She could not eat because that urgency followed her into wakefulness, making her stomach tight and filling her with dread she did not understand.

Ciara did not know what to do.

Click here to continue reading ~ PreOrder (available September 4th)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Weekly Contest Winner


Weekly Contest Winner!

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy
Congratulations   Franki S. Hunt  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Moon Craving. Please email me your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail.


Don't forget to sign up for my Online Reader Retreat (ORR) this coming October!  It is free, but you have to be registered to win prizes.  There are over 30 authors already signed up!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance - Week 34


MOON CRAVING
by Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0425233049
ISBN-13: 978-0425233047
A Children of the Moon Novel #2
Paranormal Historical Werewolf
Berkley Sensation - February 2010





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.


Moon Craving is the second book in my Children of the Moon Series.  It a Paranormal Historical Werewolf story that tells of the love story between which two main characters?


SAVE THE DATE: Don't forget that Dragon's Moon, the fourth book in the Children of the Moon Series is out September 4th.  You can Pre-Order today!

Don't forget to sign up for my Online Reader Retreat (ORR) this coming October!  It is FREE but you have to be registered to win prizes.  There are over 30 authors already signed up!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

What makes a family?

One of my favorite themes in romance is the concept of family and what that word really means to us. I ascribe to the idea that family is both born and made. You see that theme in romance quite a bit, especially in the gay subgenre. I am lucky to have some wonderful siblings and a terrific mom, but my dad was a drug addict who died young. I never really found a replacement, but that doesn't mean I don't get the idea of "making" a family. And I don't mean just popping kids out. :)

We adopted our oldest daughter when she was a teenager, and it was because of her that we brought two Korean exchange students into our home. They lived with us for three years and are both very much our sons, though they have wonderful family back in South Korea. We've had other teens and not-so-teens live with us as part of our family for short and long stretches of time. My sibs and I have adopted other adults into our family as well. My husband and I are considering foster parenting or adopting older children once the final teen finishes college and moves out. Not sure if it'll work with all the grandkids on the way, but my mom always taught us that love given away grows. We agree!


In my book, Moon Craving, the concept of family is an important theme. Just like my own daughters, the heroine Abigail is closer to her sister Emily than anyone else, despite the fact they share no parental genes. She finds a place where she belongs amdist Talorc's clan, when the best she thinks she can hope for is to somehow be reunited with her stepsister.
What are your thoughts: what is your favorite family concept from a book? Is your personal family born, or made, or both?

Hugs and happy reading,
Lucy Monroe

Moon Craving will be this Thursday's giveaway in my 52 Week's of Romance contest.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Weekly Contest Winner

Weekly Contest Winner!

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy
Congratulations   Carin you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Moon Awakening. Please email me your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance by Lucy!


Moon Awakening 
By Lucy Monroe
ISBN 0-4252-17426-5
Book 1 in Children of the Moon Series
Paranormal Historical Werewolf
Berkley Sensation - February 2007


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.


Watch the video and let me know what you think?  Have you read Moon Awakening yet?


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Children of the Moon Series

Visit my Children of the Moon Website

With the Next Children of the Moon book, Dragon's Moon being released in September, I thought it would be fun to visit the first three books!  

Moon Awakening
Berkley Sensation (mass market paperback)
ISBN: 0425214265
February 2007

When Emily Hamilton's family is ordered to send a woman to the Scottish highlands for marriage to the laird of the Sinclair, Emily volunteers in order to save her younger sister from such a fate. But at her new home, the only friend she finds is the laird's sister-especially after Emily's stubborn streak causes the laird to cancel the marriage. And though her plans have gone awry, she refuses to return home...

Lachlan Balmoral is laird of his clan-and leader of his pack. One of the most feared werewolves prowling the Highlands, he is on the march against the hated Sinclair, who have abducted a Balmoral woman. He kidnaps the sister of the Sinclair laird, planning to marry her off in revenge-but the woman he takes along with her proves to be the greater prize...

For Emily feeds a desire he has never known existed. And though Lachlan would not think of touching his enemy's betrothed, he must know how a mere woman could tame his heart so easily...


Look for Dragon's Moon (Book 4) in bookstores and online this September!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Weekly Contest Winner

Birthday Celebration Continues!
Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Weekly Contest Winner!

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy
Congratulations  Lory Lee  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book The Greek's Pregnant Lover. Please email me your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Guest Blog - Donna Grant

Welcome Donna!  Thanks for being my guest today. 


Highlanders

Hmm…Highlanders.  Just saying the word makes me envision muscular, alpha men who are bold and daring.  Seductive and tempting.  Rugged and roguish.   Dangerous and desirable.

What makes Highlanders so very. . . enticing?  For me, it’s part of the people they were/are.  They are one with their land, as few are.  Their love of Scotland runs deep in their blood as is seen by their bloody – and very violent – history defending it.

Yet it’s also because there is something amazingly appealing about a man in a kilt.  Maybe it’s a getting to see those muscular legs or knowing what they are – or aren’t, as the case goes – wearing beneath those tartans. 

But I think its because there’s a look a Highlander has that says he’s reckless enough and strong enough for whatever comes his way.  Whether it’s defending their land or the ones they love, Highlanders are the essence of everything a champion embodies.  And everything I love to read about in a book.

There’s nothing I love more than a brawny man in a kilt with a sword ready to defend what is his.

What is it that appeals to you about Highlanders?
I’ll be giving away a copy of the sixth book in my Dark Sword series, DARKEST HIGHLANDER to a commenter.  So talk to me. 

Look for my recent release (July 31st), the first book in the Dark Kings series (a spin off of the Dark Warriors series), DARK CRAVING. 

Fueled by ancient magic – and enflamed by human desire – the Dragon King known as Hal can transform himself at will into one of the legendary winged creatures he is sworn to protect.  But one thing he can never do is fall in love…with a mortal woman.

Searching for her brother in Scotland – and succumbing to the freezing cold – Cassie Hunter awakens to find herself in the arms of a magnificent Highland warrior.  Across his chest is a tattoo of a fiery dragon.  And in his heart is a burning passion that, once unleashed, will consume them both…body and soul.

This is a story of destiny and desire, magic and mystery, warriors and lovers.
These are the forbidden cravings of the Dark Kings.


To find out more about me, read excerpts, see wallpapers of the Warriors, search characters, or watch book trailers please visit my website at www.DonnaGrant.com

Hugs,
D

Thursday, August 09, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance by Lucy!

Week 32 - The Greek’s Pregnant Lover
by Lucy Monroe
Traditional Greek Husbands mini-series
Harlequin Presents #2935
ISBN-10: 0373129351
ISBN-13: 978-0373129355
August 2010 North America




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.)

When the book opens, Piper is nervously on a plane.  Where is the plane headed? (Hint: read the excerpt.)





Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mary Wine - Book Release

I know that we usually devote Tuesday's for upcoming books or recently released Lucy Monroe books, but I'm so excited for my friend, Mary Wine's new release, that I'm highlighting her book which is out today! 

A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious.
Top Ten Pick by Publishers Weekly for Fall 2012.

Beneath the Surface of Victorian Life lies a very different world…
Hated and feared by the upper classes, the Illuminists guard their secrets with their lives. Janette Aston’s insatiable quest for answers brings her to their locked golden doors, where she encounters the most formidable man she’s ever met.

Darius Lawley’s job is to eliminate would-be infiltrators, but even he may be no match for Janette’s cunning and charm…

You can read an excerpt on her website

Book is available from the Publisher, Amazon print, or Amazon Kindle



Monday, August 06, 2012

Breaking the Rules without Breaking Reader Hearts

I'm a rulebreaker. Yep. Sadly, it's true. I just can't seem to follow other people's strictures for my life, but particularly for my writing. Like I remind my doctor, I'm not a statistic and just because something works for the majority does not mean it will work for me. And vice versa...simply because a path is not a widely accepted one to take doesn't mean I won't be glad I traveled it. In fact, considering my sometimes contrary nature, I'll probably be happier taking the less trodden path.


I'm not sure if that makes me courageous or just plain dumb, but there it is. :) It's also probably why I fought so many of the "rules" and "accepted wisdom" when I first started writing and continue to do so. But lest you call me a rebel without a cause, let me share mine with you. I want to touch readers hearts. I want to share the stories that come from deep inside me with others and in doing so, sometimes I just can't follow the rules.

When I first began to pursue my dream of becoming a published author, I was told by many that it would not work to write more than one subgenre of romance when trying to build my career. I heard and understood the advice given to me in this regard. I even saw the legitimacy to it, but I could not dismiss the stories clamoring in my head to be written merely because they didn't all fall within the same easily identifiable
categories. How could I tell one set of characters they were more worthy than another? So, I wrote the stories I had to write and amazingly enough (to me anyway), I sold those stories to four different publishers as time went on. No, I don't recommend writing different subgenres if you are not a fast writer, but if you are...it may be the only way for *you* to stay fresh and...well, uh...sane. :)

So needless to say I've published over 50 books in five subgenres. And along the way, I've broken a few more strictures and instead of turning readers off, I've been lucky enough to connect with a group of them hungry for the kind of stories I want to write. I can't tell you how grateful I am that is true. One thing you have to accept when breaking a rule is that there can be and often are negative consequences. I won't pretend I haven't run into any. I have. Has the cost been worth it? Absolutely. I find a lot of joy in pushing past preconcieved notions regarding what belongs in a romance, both in the writing itself and discussing it with those igorant of the power and depth of romance novels.


I want to keep trying new things and writing stories that touch my readers' emotions. Because of that, although I'm happy to break rules, I never want to break a reader's heart. So, I guess you could say one rule is still sacrosant for me: my romance novels end with an HEA that sticks and they always will. I guess you could say that's *my* rule.

What are some rules you think should never be broken? Ones you wouldn't mind seeing trampled, or at least stretche a little bit?

Hugs,
Lucy

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Weekly Contest Winner!

Hope you are enjoying the Olympics!


Weekly Contest Winner!

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy
Congratulations Rebe you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book The Prince's Virgin Wife. Please email me your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Guest Blogger - Susanna Carr

Welcome Susanna Carr!  I'm so excited to share about your new book.  I will be placing on my TBR stack of great reads.


What is your favorite thing to do when you are not writing?
I like going on weekend trips with my family, crossing items off my bucket list and watching all the TV shows I’ve missed. I’m currently catching up on Warehouse 13. I wasn't too sure about the series because I'm really not into paranormal, but I love the characters in this show!
What books are sitting on your TBR pile? What books are you currently reading? 
I’ve been reading a lot of RITA nominated books. It’s a great way to find new (to you) authors. I'm currently reading Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe. It won the RITA and it's up for the Romance Writers of Australia's RUBY.
Please share something you found most interesting or fun that you did to research for a book. 
It was fun creating a fictional desert kingdom. I had to think about the history, culture and even the geography! I drew upon a lot of pictures and places I’ve traveled.
How did you come up with the name and plot for The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar? 
This story was inspired by an Indian fairy tale I read many years ago about a woman who is sold into marriage with a monster prince. I wanted to write a marriage of convenience romance and I thought about this fairy tale.
Action adventure or romantic comedy? What is your favorite movie lately?
I’m greedy—I want both in my movie! Give me a story has an adventurous element that ups the ante so the couple faces challenges together. I would love to see more movies like True Lies or Romancing the Stone.


Check out Susanna's newest North American Release available now as an ebook!

Available in print
August 7th
From one desert prison to another…
Jeweled veil weighing heavily on her head, Zoe Martin waits for her sheikh husband-to-be. The shame of her adoptive family, orphan Zoe has endured six years of being kept a slave--now she's being sold into marriage… to a man known as The Beast!
The stakes couldn't be higher… or more sinfully pleasurable!
Being discarded to the sheikh has one bonus--this could mean freedom! Zoe must play along with the three-day--and three-night--ceremony, but she isn't expecting the blazing attraction from just one stolen glance at playboy sheikh Nadir….

Read an excerpt. 

Thursday, August 02, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance by Lucy!

Week 31
The Prince's Virgin Wife
by Lucy Monroe
ISBN 0373125356
If I find you naked in my bed, I will fire you on the spot. - Maggie didn’t need Tom Prince’s warning. She knew her gorgeous Italian boss was far out of her league. But it didn’t stop her wanting him…

Now Principe Tomasso Scorsolini needs to marry. He’s had enough of gold-diggers. Innocent Maggie will make a highly convenient wife! She doesn’t know that her new royal employer is the man she’s dreamed of for years, or just what he intends her duties to be. Being naked in his bed is no longer a sacking offence – but a requirement!

Visit my webpage to watch the book trailer or read an excerpt.


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.)

The Prince's Virgin Wife is the first book in a trilogy of Royal Brides. What are the other two books in the series?

Wednesday, August 01, 2012