Saturday, September 29, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance Contest Winner


Weekly Contest Winner!

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

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance! Contest


Pregnancy of Passion 
by Lucy Monroe
December 2006 North America
US ISBN 0-373-12590-9


“Lucy Monroe is a master at depicting strong passion between her two main characters, and again in Pregnancy of Passion she has delivered a powerful punch. Be prepared for sorrow and pain but also a passion not to be denied.”
—Marilyn Shoemaker, Contemporary Romance Writers Reviews


It was a year since their tempestuous affair had ended. So why was he back? Elisa trusted Salvatore di Vitale about as far as she could throw him. And, as the Sicilian security expert was over six feet of pure muscle, that wasn’t very far.  Salvatore told Elisa he had come to protect her, and that much was true.  But if their close proximity led to passion he wouldn't exactly be complaining. And if passion should lead to pregnancy…so much the better! Because then Elisa would have to marry him – which was Salvatore’s plan all along…

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Pregnancy of Passion hit two best seller lists.  Name one of them. 





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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Humpday Hottie!



Don't forget to enter...just 4 days left!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Not Just the Greek's Wife by Lucy Monroe

Not Just the Greek's Wife

by Lucy Monroe

Giveaway ends September 30, 2012.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Not Just the Greek's Wife - ONE WEEK 'til release date!

Not Just the Greek’s Wife
Harlequin Presents #3089 - October 2012
© By Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0373130953
ISBN-13: 978-0373130955



“Chloe and Ariston’s emotions leap from the pages in this evocative second-chance romance, packed with vivid scenery and love scenes that sizzle.“
 —4 Stars, RT Book Reviews


Ariston Spiridakou had one reason and one reason only for marrying Chloe: he needed a biddable bride to provide the requisite heir. Yet three years later Chloe’s status as good Greek wife is a distant memory—and her defiance has had her cast out of Ariston’s life....

Infuriatingly, Chloe now finds herself at Ariston’s mercy—but his help comes with a wicked price: the unyielding condition that he won’t even consider her request until she’s shared his bed...and is expecting his baby!

Out October 1st, 2012



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Not Just the Greek's Wife by Lucy Monroe

Not Just the Greek's Wife

by Lucy Monroe

Giveaway ends September 30, 2012.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance Contest Winner!

Weekly Contest Winner!

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

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

52 Week's of Romance

The Greek's Innocent Virgin
by Lucy Monroe

US ISBN 0-373-12464-3
May '05 - NA



Greek tycoon Sebastian Kouros thinks he knows all about Rachel Long: she’s a scheming money-grabber who deserves nothing from him or his family.  Rachel has come to Sebastian’s island to claim her inheritance – but although the bitterness between them is ripe, neither is expecting their searing sexual chemistry. Sebastian takes Rachel to his bed, but it appears she’s not the virgin she claims to be. Perhaps now is the time to take her as his mistress, and discard her when he sees fit…

Only Rachel is telling the truth – she’s an innocent and a virgin…


Question:
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The Greek's Innocent Virgin was a book I dedicated to a very special woman, who was this book dedicated to?




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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Humpday Hottie





Just two short weeks before my Fall release of Not Just the Greek's Wife is released.  You can enter Goodread's Book Giveaway to win an advanced copy. 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Not Just the Greek's Wife by Lucy Monroe

Not Just the Greek's Wife

by Lucy Monroe

Giveaway ends September 30, 2012.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Not Just the Greek's Wife - Coming Soon!

Not Just the Greek’s Wife
Harlequin Presents #3089 - October 2012
© By Lucy Monroe
ISBN-10: 0373130953
ISBN-13: 978-0373130955




Ariston Spiridakou had one reason and one reason only for marrying Chloe: he needed a biddable bride to provide the requisite heir. Yet three years later Chloe’s status as good Greek wife is a distant memory—and her defiance has had her cast out of Ariston’s life....

Infuriatingly, Chloe now finds herself at Ariston’s mercy—but his help comes with a wicked price: the unyielding condition that he won’t even consider her request until she’s shared his bed...and is expecting his baby!


“Chloe and Ariston’s emotions leap from the pages in this evocative second-chance romance, 
packed with vivid scenery and love scenes that sizzle.“
 —4 Stars, RT Book Reviews


Out October 2012


Monday, September 17, 2012

Simply stated...Trees

I have a deciduous tree outside my office window. It's some kind of Maple, but don't ask me which one. That's Hubcap's department and he's not here to reference. :) Right now, the leaves and little reddish-pink flowers block my view of anything but the sky and the tree itself.

While I may not be a dab hand at identifying the subspecies (is that even the right word?) of a tree, I love them. Always have. Our last house backed up to a greenbelt (area that could not be developed) filled with towering Douglas Firs that danced in the wind like tall-skinny hula masters. I loved that view and will never forget the morning mists that made the small forest magical. I still miss it. Sigh...

So, if you think I'm saddened all I can see is a tree out my window, you'd be wrong. Its gorgeous and inspiring and does a lovely job of blocking off the rest of the world. Which sometimes I need. Want. Enjoy. Not absolutely sure which is the exact feeling, but think need may be the closest. :)

When I was a little girl (maybe 8), I used to sit under the big willow tree in our front yard and draw. I loved that tree and when it had to be cut down because the roots were growing into the plumbing and basement foundation, I cried. I still love willow trees more than any others, though when we went to Hawaii this past spring, I fell deeply in love with the Banyon trees. They're so old and majestic and intricate - just like a great book!
I loved trees so much, I counted the number in our yard back then and proudly proclaimed it to all who would listen. (There were 13.) We have trees now, but they're young...the house isn't old and it was built on a cleared lot. One of the trees in our back yard died this year. We don't know why, but we're looking at it as an opportunity to plant a fruit tree. Both Hubcap and I like them. :)

We had a play area between two trees that I spent a lot of time playing make believe in too, when I was young. Before my parents divorce, before we moved to a mobile home park space with no trees. The play "house" was between two huge Evergreens. One of them had something like a cave on the opposite side to where the branches had been trimmed to make the "house". It was another spot where the lower branches did not all grow together, but the ones above draped down, protecting it from sight. I hid there once in a while, from the world.

Sometimes books are my trees...when I'm so stressed by deadlines, I *can't* think of my own stories, I hide in someone else's. It works. For me. Reading is a place to go when where I am is tough, or scary, or simply boring. :)

Sometimes the hot-tub is my tree. With all the bubbles going, I can't hear anything else and I can just float and think about stuff that isn't going to make my heart bleed. It's okay, we've all got stuff like that in our lives and sometimes its more prevalent than others, but joy is so much sweeter because it rarely comes without cost.

Maybe that's why I write romance, I want to be a beautiful, blocking tree for someone else - I want to give books that will make hearts glad and remind us that no matter how harsh the pain, there is the hope of redemption. Does that sound too grandiose?

I'm not sure, but one thing I do know...I love trees.


What do you turn to to soften the rough edges of the world, or simply block it out entirely?



Saturday, September 15, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance Contest Winner


Weekly Contest Winner!

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

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance...Week 37


The Sicilian's Marriage Arrangement 
by Lucy Monroe
US ISBN 0-373-12604-2
February 2007 US


Hope Bishop is stunned when darkly sexy Sicilian tycoon Luciana di Valerio proposes marriage. Brought up by her wealthy but distant grandfather, she is used to fading into the background. But Luciano’s sensual lovemaking makes her feel vibrantly alive. Hope falls in love with her husband and is blissfully happy—until she discovers that Luciano married her to fulfill his own ruthless agenda...!

Question:
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The setting of the book covers multiple cities.  What are three of the four cities where The Sicilian Marriage Arrangement takes place? 




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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dragon's Moon Review

Dragon's Moon has been out for a week and reviews have been great!  Here's a great review from Louise VanderVliet at All About Romance

Children of the Moon Novel #4
Buy the Book ~ Read an Excerpt
It was a wonderful Saturday afternoon treat. The world is magical and definitely pulls you in. The characters are engaging and the plot is rich. For me, I have found another author to add to my anxiously awaiting list.



Saturday, September 08, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance Contest Winner

Weekly Contest Winner!

52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy
Congratulations   June M.  you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Housekeeper to the Millionaire. Please email me your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance - Week 36


Housekeeper To The Millionaire
(titled What the Rancher Wants... in the UK)
by Lucy Monroe
Harlequin Presents Extra
US ISBN-10: 0-373-82078-X
ISBN-13: 9978-0-373-82078-8


IN BED WITH THE BOSS

Vacancy: housekeeper needed for eligible millionaire!

Sexy Win Garrison wants a new housekeeper to make his life easy, not someone who tries to get a ring on his finger!

When curvy Carlene Daniels arrives on his doorstep, Win isn't fooled by her oversized jumper and hastily pulled-up hair. She's a knockout! So why is she trying to look like a frump? It makes him want to get her out of those clothes—and into his bed! Carlene doesn't seem to want to play...but what this millionaire wants, he gets!


Question:
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Housekeeper to the Millionaire is part of a series, what is the name of the series?




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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Humpday Hottie




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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Dragon's Moon Release Day!

Yay!  It is finally here....Dragon's Moon is released today! I just love this book trailer.  It captures the book so well. 

Monday, September 03, 2012

Cyber Launch Party for Dragon's Moon

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Changing things up!


To Go Boldly...Maybe not "where no one has gone before", but perhaps someplace new for you?

As anyone who has seen me at a coference or book signing knows, I like to change my hair styles. Often. Or at least more often than most people. You can count on me having a different cut, style, or color from one event to the next.

What can I say?  I like to play.  And I like bold statements with both my cut and color.

The best way to try something new colorwise without a lot of risk is to use a color that washes out. If you end up liking the new color, switch to a semi or fully permanent color. Be aware though, that not all "wash out" colors really do.

Testing new styles isn't as easy, or at least it didn't use to be. But now you can go to www.thehairstyler.com and using a photo of yourself, try out tons of different styles and color combinations. It's a blast!
Audacious color is fun, but grow-out is not our friend.  So, I've learned a few things along the way to try to mitigate that.

If you have dark hair, but want to try blonde or the brighter reds...give multi-colored highlights a try rather than an all over single color change.  The grow-out won't be as obvious and you won't be getting touch-ups three weeks later.  You can even frame your face with blond or red sections, but try having an inch out from the roots and the back of your hair died a color similar to your natural color so that the grow-out won't look distressingly out of place.

Saucy color is fab, but can fade.  Here are a couple of tricks I've used successfully.

Blondes who attempt to go black with their hair have a problem with fading.  I found that when dying blond to black at home, adding a little heat made for shinier, more long lasting color. (Just cover with a shower cap and heat with blow-dryer set on medium for ten minutes of the processing time.)  And remember, gloss can always be added with the right hair products. :)  A dark brunette will hold its color longer, but probably won't satisfy the goth-wannabe in you.

Red shades tend to fade as well, no matter what the natural hair color. Using a red color boosting shampoo once or twice a week can really help. I use color care shampoo and color protective products all the time. Salon products cost more, but I find the extra $ more than worth it.

I've like Biolage's line for color care products and have used it a lot.  While not strictly for olor care, I currently use the Fekkai gloss line and get sleek, shiny hair with half the effort I used to put into it.

What do you like to do to change things up a bit?


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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Contest Winner!

Weekly Contest Winner!

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

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