Thursday, November 29, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance

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The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress
Lucy Monroe 
ISBN 0-373-12438-4
December 2004

December 17, 2013 Harlequin is rereleasing book as a stand alone ebook.  Check out my webpage for more details. 


When Greek billionaire Dimitri Petronides is forced to give up Xandra Fortune, his beautiful mistress, he's certain she won't be too distraught.  For all the intense passion they've shared she's never let him into her heart, and such a commitment-shy woman could never be his wife...  But after their split, Dimitri discovers that Xandra Fortune is not who he thought she was - and she is also pregnant with his child.  Now he has to track her down and claim his mistress as his wife!




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 Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress is being rereleased on December 17th as a stand alone ebook in Harlequin's Special Releases.  As a "Thank You" to the readers, they are releasing it at a special price of $2.99, but for a limited time only.  When does the special pricing end?





Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Humpday Hottie!





Don't forget to preorder your copy Silver Bella.  Check out this link...the ebook is on sale!
You can find more information about Silver Bella on my website

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Silver Bella Excerpt

Silver Bella
by Lucy Monroe
Cowboy Contemporary Romance Novella
Electronic Re-Release of a novella originally published in print only
in the Merry Christmas, Baby Anthology
Samhain Publishing - December 4, 2012
ISBN 978-1-61921-542-9

Pre-order the book from Samhain Publishing for less than $2.00! 







CHAPTER ONE

Sexless mannequin.

The words reverberated through Bella Jackson’s head as she stepped out onto the catwalk.

“A man could get frostbite touching you.  You’re all smoke and no fire, babe.  If the world knew what a total fraud you are, you’d never get another modeling job again.  Who wants the original ice queen modeling clothes for today’s sensual woman?”  Curt’s vitriol echoed around her, drowning out the announcer’s modulated voice, even though the confrontation had taken place miles away and days ago.

She couldn’t forget.

Maybe because Curt had taken his story to the press and her face and body were plastered all over the tabloids with headlines that made her cringe.

Bella Jackson, Ice Queen or Sexpot?

Model Freezes Boyfriend Out of Bed

Lexi’s Creations Cover Model Fraud

Ex-boyfriend Says This Model’s Bed Needs an Electric Blanket to Stay Warm

And the one that had given her mother heart palpitations: Ex-boyfriend Speculates Bella is Gay.

She’d done hundreds of trunk shows in her ten year modeling career, but never had she been so nervous stepping onto a stage.

Had everyone in the audience seen the stories?  Were they laughing behind their hands as she modeled clothes that only a woman extremely in touch with her own sexuality would wear?

That woman was not Bella.

She didn’t have hang-ups, no matter what that jerk, Curt had said.  It was just that she’d been so career minded since her teens the whole man-woman thing had pretty much passed her by.  Not to mention the fact that she wasn’t interested in getting intimate with a man who couldn’t see beyond her body to the woman inside.

She’d had her bad experiences with idiots who thought her bra size was equivalent to her I.Q. and men who wanted a trophy on their arm, not a living, breathing woman in their life, so she’d pretty much stopped dating.  Until Curt.

When he’d pressed for sex, she’d been unable to share her secret with him...or her body.

The truth was, she hadn’t wanted to.

His kisses and what he’d wanted to do afterward had left her as cold as he’d accused her of being.

She was a twenty-six year old virgin with a reputation for extravagant sex and a supposed list of lovers the length of the Miami yellow pages.  It wasn’t her fault that the press speculated, or that men who hadn’t made it to first base had bragged about their homeruns, but neither had she denied the rumors.  Lexi said her reputation was good for the line and Bella had considered it another cost of her career.

Her bad-girl reputation had done its own job keeping her insulated from the type of men she could actually want.  The men attracted to the persona she presented to the world were very rarely the type of men she could be honestly attracted to.

Curt had been different, or so she’d thought.

She’d found out too late that the conservative accountant had only wanted the bad girl, not the real Bella.  He’d wanted to take a walk on the wild side with her as his tour guide.

The last daywear model was returning up the catwalk when the announcer introduced Lexi’s eveningwear and Bella began her signature glide down the Plexiglas stage, her hands damp and her heart beating too fast.

Subdued lighting made it possible for her to make eye contact with the audience, but that was the last thing she wanted.  Still, she couldn’t help subtly scanning the patrons seated in the ultra classy Dallas hotel, looking for signs that the tabloid stories had done their damage.

But this audience seemed just like all the others, their gazes fixed on her shocking white silk dress.

She was halfway down the catwalk when her gaze snagged on a pair of green eyes.  The color of new grass, they were set in a face as hard as granite and as sexy as sin.

The look in those eyes caught her as effectively as if the man’s hands had closed over her shoulders and halted her mid-step.  She did in fact stop, her body freezing with a blast of sensations totally alien to her.  Sensations that belied every one of the nasty headlines.

Her pause lasted only a second, but she felt the first blush she’d had in years crawling hotly up her skin.

The man’s thin lips quirked in a knowing smile.

Obviously aware that he was the cause of her hesitation, his expression reflected a mixture of mocking humor and blatant male approval.

She’d spent years learning to ignore the masculine admiration her body elicited.  For her, the perfectly proportioned curves were a tool of her trade, nothing more, but this man’s look went zinging to the very heart of her.

Frissons of awareness skittered along her nerve endings, leaving goose bumps of sensation in unlikely places.

She stopped at the end of the stage, which happened to be right in front of his table while two other models wearing eveningwear came down the catwalk to flank her.

His eyes flared with pleasure as she stood in a mannequin still pose before him and his dark blonde head tilted slightly, as if he was adjusting his angle to look at her better.

An electric current vibrated across the space between them, inexorably connecting them.  Unbelievably, her nipples grew hard and her breasts felt tight while her thighs trembled with the effort it took to maintain her pose.

She’d never reacted during a show this way.  Not ever.

Only years of practice and discipline made it possible for her to move through her choreographed routine with the other two models.  However, no matter which direction she turned, she felt that amazing connection.

It was scary.

Relief mixed with disappointment when the announcer cued her to return up the catwalk.  She walked away from the green-eyed man, supremely aware of the almost non-existent nature of the back of her gown.

It dipped to a V that ended right above her bottom, the white silk semi-transparent.  She wore minimal undergarments and if he was looking closely enough, he would see the shadow of her cheeks and the outline of her legs beneath the fabric.  Shards of excitement speared her inner thighs at the thought.

For the first time in her modeling career, she felt exposed, as if her body was more than a living mannequin used to show off a designer’s creations.

That the dress was in fact showing her off.

She could not help wondering what he thought of an outfit that left so little of her body’s secrets to the imagination.

***

Jake Barton watched the beautiful brunette retreat up the catwalk with the biggest, most painful hard-on he’d had in years...maybe ever.

It was such an unexpected turn-on that he wanted to howl at the moon.  “Damn it, Lise, you didn’t tell me this was going to be a lingerie show.”

“Shh,” his sister hissed from her seat beside him, not turning to look at him.  “Haut couture tends to be more revealing.  The lingerie comes later.”

“You’re kidding.”

“No, I’m not.  It’s on the program if you’d bothered to look at it.”

He looked at it now and sure enough, there was a finale of nightwear by Lexi.

He didn’t know how he was going to stand seeing the model who had been introduced as Bella in anything sexier without coming in his pants.

That little lady was a walking work of art.  A perfect pocket Venus.  She definitely didn’t fit the current trend of boy-thin, Amazon tall models that graced most magazine covers.

The other models in the show for Lexi’s Creations designed especially for petite women were small in stature too, but none of them had this model’s voluptuous curves or the air of sensual promise her pouting lips gave her.  Despite those sensual lips, her brown eyes had reflected an unconscious vulnerability that he found every bit as enticing as her sexy body.

For the first time since his sister had talked him into attending a series of trunk shows with her while she researched the professional world of fashion for her latest book, he thought he just might enjoy himself.

The program said the sexy beauty was the official cover model for Lexi Creations, which meant she would no doubt feature in all of the shows.  Considering the number of them he’d promised Lise he would attend, he would have ample opportunity to meet Bella.  He smiled, the prospect affecting his mood and his libido in a very definite way.

His dick was already making emphatic statements about what it wanted to do when they met and it wasn’t to engage in polite conversation.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Guest Blogger - Jami Davenport

An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.

Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.



The Non-Traditional Family

I love the holidays, which is probably why I decided to write a Christmas short story this year. Love at First Snow is not my typical book as it runs a little on the sweet side. It’s also a little more serious than most of my books, at least in the beginning. It confronts the issue of spending the holidays without a traditional family unit.

Christmas is a time for family, but what if you don’t have a traditional family made up of brothers, sisters, mother, father, grandparents, and aunts and uncles? Maybe they don’t exist anymore or maybe they’re just too far away or maybe you’ve never had a traditional family.

I know how this feels as I lost my father when I was three and my mother when I was twenty-five (my mother never remarried so there’s no stepfamily), and my only sibling about five years ago. I have plenty of relatives, but they’re hours away and have their own families with which to celebrate the holidays. My husband has three children but doesn’t see them for holidays, as they spend both holidays with their mother’s family. It’s always been that way, and we’ve accepted that it always will be that way, fair or not.

So hubbie and I created a non-traditional family made up of friends, step-family, and my ex-husband and his new wife and their daughter. Yes, you heard me correctly. We are good friends with my ex-husband. His son is essentially my son, and we introduced him to his new wife a few years ago. Definitely a non-traditional family, but it works for us.

In Love at First Snow, both the hero, Blake, and the heroine, Sarah, have lost those closest to them and find themselves alone at Christmas. On Christmas eve Blake finds an emaciated kitten near death in a snowbank. He takes the kitten to the vet clinic just in the nick of time as the veterinarian, Sarah, is about to close up for the night.

These two lonely souls find each other on Christmas Eve with the help of an injured kitten and a rare Orcas Island snowstorm. After all Christmas is about love and they find love on this magical night.

I wish you a very Happy Holidays and hope you surround yourself with your “family” and experience the joy of the season.


Love at First Snow 

Christmas is a time for family--if you have a family.  

Four years ago on Christmas Eve, NHL hockey player Blake Daniels lost his entire family in a float plane crash. Every Christmas Eve he mourns his losses by returning to the family vacation home in Friday Harbor, Washington, his family's destination that fateful night. Only this year he's also mourning the loss of his hockey career and wondering what's left to live for. When he finds a kitten starving and half frozen in a foot of snow, he rushes the tiny thing to the local animal hospital.  

Still reeling from the unexpected loss of her father on Christmas Eve two years ago, Dr. Sarah Whitney opens the door to her clinic and finds a rough and tough professional athlete holding a minuscule kitten in his big hands. Only a miracle can save the frozen creature and only a miracle can heal the devastating losses suffered by both Sarah and Blake.  

But Christmas is the time for healing and miracles if you only believe and give love a chance.

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Holiday Reads - Week 5

It's Black Friday and for a lot of you that meant getting up at O'Dark Thirty to hit the mega sales.  We didn't exactly sleep in, but we didn't go shopping either.  We had a sleepover with the granddaughters so their parents could.  I'm pretty sure we got the better end of the bargain. :)

We are down to 13 days until the release of Silver Bella on Dec 4th from Samhain!  I'm already singing Christmas carols with the children and my feet are itching to dance around the office to Andy Williams.

Pre-order the book from Samhain Publishing for less than $2.00! 

A few more holiday reads for your enjoyment this week.

Do not miss this short, fun read!
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Hugs and happy reading,
Lucy




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Humpday Hottie



Don't forget to preorder your copy Silver Bella.  Check out this link...the ebook is on sale!
You can find more information about Silver Bella on my website

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

December Release - The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress

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The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress
Lucy Monroe 
ISBN 978-14603-1182-0
December 2012

December 17, 2013 Harlequin is rereleasing book as a stand alone ebook.  Check out my webpage for more details. 


When Greek billionaire Dimitri Petronides is forced to give up Xandra Fortune, his beautiful mistress, he's certain she won't be too distraught.  For all the intense passion they've shared she's never let him into her heart, and such a commitment-shy woman could never be his wife...  But after their split, Dimitri discovers that Xandra Fortune is not who he thought she was - and she is also pregnant with his child.  Now he has to track her down and claim his mistress as his wife!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance Contest Winner

Happy Thanksgiving
52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy Contest Winner!


Congratulations penney you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book The Scorsolini Marriage Bargain. Please email me your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail.



Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Reads - Week 4

This week we're gearing up for the December 4th standalone eBook release of Silver Bella from Samhain with a more comprehensive guest blog on holiday themed romance novels to get you into the spirit of the season.

Stop by and share your favorites for a chance to win a hardback of The Christmas Treasury of Romance with my story The Playboy's Seduction in it.  This story is almost impossible to come by in either print or electronic format and is another one readers email me about frequently.  I have very few author copies, so give them away RARELY.

This is your chance.  All you have to do is stop by the blog and leave a comment on my post to be entered in the contest.

Hugs and happy reading,
Lucy

Thursday, November 15, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance

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The Scorsolini Marriage Bargain
by Lucy Monroe
ISBN 0373125488
July 2006

Duty-bound to marry and bear the King an heir…

Principe Claudio Scorsolini had strict criteria when he selected his future wife – she must make a suitable figurehead for his people and provide him with an heir…

Claudio’s convenient union with Therese is hailed a success: his subjects have fallen in love with their future queen, and she’s performed her duties in the bedroom – to Claudio’s immense satisfaction…

However, Therese has secretly fallen in love with her regal, dutiful husband. How can their marriage survive when she knows she can never give Claudio a child?




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 Scorsolini was part of a trilogy in the Royal Bride Series.  What are the names of the two related books?



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Humpday Hottie



Giving away 3 ARC copies of the long awaited Heat Seeker.  
Enter the giveaway at goodreads by following the link below.
Taking entries until November 30th.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Silver Bella Reveiw

Silver Bella
by Lucy Monroe
Cowboy Contemporary Romance Novella
Electronic Re-Release of a novella originally published in print only
in the Merry Christmas, Baby Anthology
Samhain Publishing - December 4, 2012
ISBN 978-1-61921-542-9

"Ah, romance as only Lucy Monroe does it!  Experience the joy, passion and heartfelt emotions when two people meet and change their lives forever. Christmas is a time of family, bonds and new beginnings. All of this is depicted beautifully in Silver Bella. Bella and Jake are great characters and I’d love to see more of them someday! " - The Road To Romance

Monday, November 12, 2012



As you may have heard, the Harlequin More Than Words voting phase has been extended to Monday, November 26th due to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

Harlequin needs your help to spread the word! Please see link
and cast your vote for your favorite More Than Words candidate.

Remember – the top three finalists with the highest number of votes wins $15,000 for each of their organizations and three of our authors also donate their time and talent to write short stories inspired by the life and work of the recipients. The short stories will be available in 2014 in ebook format to download at no cost.

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Hugs,
Lucy
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Saturday, November 10, 2012

52 Week's of Romance Contest Winner

The value of friendship!
52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy Contest Winner!


Congratulations Peggy Brown you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book Blackmailed into Marriage. Please email me your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail.



Friday, November 09, 2012

Holiday Reads - Week 3

Silver Bella's release is getting closer!  (Only 25 more days...woo hoo!)  
Here are a few more holiday themed romances for you to read while you're waiting. :)

Okay, so she's one of my favorite Christmas story writers, but here's another one by Debbie Macomber.

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Hugs and happy reading!
Lucy

Thursday, November 08, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance!


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Blackmailed Into Marriage
by Lucy Monroe
North America 2005
ISBN #0-3731-2484-8


A reader comment:

Dear Lucy, I have reread Blackmailed Into Marriage at least ten times since I borrowed from the library on 3rd January, 2006 (I have renewed it twice). I love Lia, Kaylee and Damian to bits!  Generally, I prefer Tender Romance because I sometimes find the men in Modern Romances too overpowering. I love the way you write your male characters, Damian's strength is phenomenal and yet he is incredibly considerate and patient. I have since read The Greek's Innocent Virgin, which I also loved. I am now a huge fan of yours and look forward to your future offerings. Regards.~ Lexy


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 week I received news that I have a second December release.  A Harlequin stand alone ebook!  What is the title of the second December release?
(Hint: Not Silver Bella)





Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Humpday Hottie!



 
 

    Goodreads Book Giveaway
 

   
        Heatseeker by Lucy Monroe
   

   
     

          Heatseeker
     
     

          by Lucy Monroe
     

     
         
            Giveaway ends November 30, 2012.
         
         
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Saturday, November 03, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance Contest Winner


52 Weeks of Romance from Lucy Contest Winner!


Congratulations  Shantea G you will receive a copy of Lucy's Monroe's book The Rancher's Rules. Please email me your name and address and I will get your prize in the mail.



Friday, November 02, 2012

Holiday Reads - Week 2

We're counting down the days to the eBook release of Silver Bella. (It's 32 in case you were wondering!)  But there's a lot of great holiday themed romance to read between here and there.

Here are this week's picks:

Who doesn't love Debbie Macomber's angels, Shirley, Goodness & Mercy?  They're back in a brand new story for this holiday season.

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An oldie but a goody by Carole Mortimer, recommended by a reader and seconded by me.

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Fan favorite Theresa Scott has written some of the best researched Native American romance and her Christmas story is no exception.

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 Gail Harkins takes us to Scotland for her story set near both Christmas and the Winter Solstice:

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Hugs and happy reading!
Lucy

Thursday, November 01, 2012

52 Weeks of Romance!


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The Rancher's Rules
by Lucy Monroe
Mills&Boon Modern Romance Extra/Promotional Presents/Sexy Sensual
US ISBN 0-373-82057-7
December 2007 - North America



Just friends…just married!

What Zoe thinks…Loving your best friend is never easy – and when he’s sexy and turned you down flat once before…it’s even harder! Loving Grant is what Zoe has always done best…but now it’s time to move on. She already feels like she’s the oldest virgin in America – so she vows to find herself a man!

What Grant thinks…Grant can’t keep his eyes or his hands off Zoe – but she’s his best friend – a no-go zone! The fact that Zoe looks at him like she wants to rip his clothes off isn’t helping the situation… So he implements some important rules for them to obey. First is the No Kissing rule – well, that’s broken before it’s had a chance to be written… Then the Strictly No Sex rule…and that’s out of the window (well, on the kitchen table, actually!).

Then the best rule of all: some rules are only made to be broken!



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.


It is time to start thinking about my holiday release, Silver Bella!  Silver Bella will be release an eBook Stand Alone Novella.  In which 2004 Novella was Silver Bella originally released?





52 Week's of Romance by Lucy

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The Rancher's Rules 
by Lucy Monroe
US ISBN 0-373-82057-7
Mills&Boon Modern Romance Extra/Promotional Presents/Sexy Sensual
December 2007 North America

Just friends…just married! 

What Zoe thinks…Loving your best friend is never easy – and when he’s sexy and turned you down flat once before…it’s even harder! Loving Grant is what Zoe has always done best…but now it’s time to move on. She already feels like she’s the oldest virgin in America – so she vows to find herself a man!

What Grant thinks…Grant can’t keep his eyes or his hands off Zoe – but she’s his best friend – a no-go zone! The fact that Zoe looks at him like she wants to rip his clothes off isn’t helping the situation… So he implements some important rules for them to obey. First is the No Kissing rule – well, that’s broken before it’s had a chance to be written… Then the Strictly No Sex rule…and that’s out of the window (well, on the kitchen table, actually!).

Then the best rule of all: some rules are only made to be broken!




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 Rancher's Rules received great reviews and was a bestseller.  
List one of the awards or bestseller lists this book received.