Thursday, September 26, 2013

Throwback Thursday!

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

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!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

Who doesn't love them some cowboy!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday!

Mass Market Paperback
Harlequin Presents #2993 - June 2011
ISBN - 10:0373129939 ISBN -13: 978-0373129935

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Angele slid around the partially opened door to Zahir’s office. He had disappeared from the wedding feast and she’d known she would find him here.

“Shirking your duty, Prince Zahir?” Her arms crossed over the sweetheart neckline of her short-short Juicy Couture original. “Tsk, tsk, tsk. What would your father say?”

The room was very much like Zahir, masculine, rich and imposing. And yet there was something in the artwork and the old world furnishings that reflected more, something special — an appreciation for beauty that she knew few were aware of.

But while Zahir didn’t pay her any particular attention, she had watched him closely and probably knew more about the real man than most. She still wondered at her ignorance of the secret revealed short months ago.

She’d decided it was willful blindness on her part, but that had not made her feel any better. Only mind-numbingly stupid.

She was a twenty-three year old virgin with no prospects and she knew she was to blame for that fact and no one else. She had clung to hopes and fairytales that never came true in the real world. Her parents’ marriage should have made her realize that.

Zahir looked up from some papers on his desk, his grey eyes widening a fraction at the sight of her. He
quickly stood to his full, imposing six-feet, four-inches. He wore the traditional robes and head covering of a crown sheikh over a tailored Armani suit that did nothing but make him look mouth-wateringly attractive to her.

Not that he was even remotely aware of the effect he had on her. She would have to be on his radar as an actual woman for that to happen.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

What more is there to say...yum!

Monday, September 16, 2013

It all started with....

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The Greek Tycoon's Ultimatum 
by Lucy Monroe
US ISBN 0-373-12353-1

My first sale to Harlequin Mills&Boon Modern Romance/Presents/Sexy
September 2003 - UK
October 2003 - North America
November 2003 - Aus/NZ

Savannah has returned to Greece with the intention of making her peace with the Kiriakis family. But Leiandros Kiriakis has other ideas. He still believes the lies about Savannah, and is set on making her pay for the past.

Savannah is reluctant when Leiandros demands that she share his home.  There's an unbearable sexual tension already throbbing between them. As for Leiandros, now he has Savannah right where he wants her - and in a short time he'll be giving her an ultimatum: if she doesn't want to lose everything she holds most dear, she'll agree to be his wife!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Throwback Thursday!

Take Me
by Lucy Monroe
Berkley Sensation 
October 2006
ISBN: 0425212211

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

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

Can't quite leave my summer beach hotties...Fall's not officially here,
so let's post a few more summer hotties.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Celebrating 10 Years of Publication!

It has been 10 wonderful years since The Greek Tycoon's Ultimatum was published in September 2003.  I thought I would share My Call story with you as we reminisce together. 

The Call

The Call from Harlequin Presents came at 7:20 in the morning on September 27th, 2002...but that's not when it all began.  Some authors write a selling book their first try.  My friend and mentor Theresa Scott is such an author...I'm not.  I wrote twelve manuscripts before the one I sold to Mills & Boon.  I'd been seriously pursuing a career as a romance author for almost five years (and writing longer than that).  That
equals three hanging file folders of contest judge comments, a rather full file of editor rejections and a matching one for agents.  It also means I've attended many conferences, both regional and national, numerous workshops, listened to dozens of tapes and experienced the best and the worst the world of critique has to offer.

There were times over the years I wondered if I would ever sell...if I were capable of writing a selling novel.  Those times of doubt would have devastated me if I hadn't had my "file of good thoughts" to fall back on.  That file is a compilation of some very special mementos to mentorship that kept me believing in myself.  My mom's email saying, "You will publish one day.  Believe it."  A pen from my critique partner with my pseudonym engraved on it, with the belief I would one day publish and use it to sign my first contract.  An email from Sandra Marton saying she believed I would make it.  A card from my mentor, Debbie Macomber that affirmed who I was as a person as well as a writer.  A drawing my husband did that affirmed his belief in my vision.

If you are where I was, I urge you to make a memorial to future success...small and big mementos that remind you that others believe in your dream and so must you.

I met my editor at the RWA National Conference in Denver and pitched my manuscript "The Greek Tycoon's Ultimatum" (October 2003 Harlequin Presents) to her.  She was excited by the story idea and my knowledge of the line.  She asked for a partial, which I sent to her on my birthday a couple of weeks later.  A week after receiving the partial, she emailed, requesting the full.  I sent it to her immediately.  A week after she received it, I got another email saying she wanted revisions and would call to talk them over.

That phone call was one of the most exciting moments of my wasn't just about possibly selling a book.  It was about becoming the best author I could be, getting concrete editorial input to improve my story.  I was ecstatic and did the revisions over the next two days.  I sent them back and ... Kim called to buy the book that beautiful September morning.

A little over a year later, I got another Call from Kate Duffy at Kensington Publishing and believe me when I tell you that this call was no less exciting than the first.  A lot of people believed I could sell a book, but almost everyone I told my dream of writing for more than one publisher right away warned me off of it.  My dear friend, Lori Foster was one of the exceptions.  She passed on my first published book, The Greek Tycoon's Ultimatum, to her editor, Kate Duffy,  to read.  Kate read it and emailed me to say she planned to read everything I published from there on out.  I emailed back to ask if that might possibly include what I hadn't published...I had a single title for her to look at.  Incredibly in November 2003, Kensington bought that single title in multi-book contract along with four novellas for the Brava imprint.  A month later they bought two more single titles for the Zebra imprint.

And in early 2004, I got the call from Berkley for my first historical.   I have a Regency era trilogy coming out with them and then a Regency werewolf story.  There are no words to express my joy in selling to the subgenres of romance I dreamed of writing in...I love my job! :)

I have no idea what the future holds, but I do know that the story doesn't end here.  I've just started on this incredible journey and I hope you'll share it with me.

Take care,

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Throwback Thursday!

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

An Excerpt from Chapter 1

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

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

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

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

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


And he wanted her.

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

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

"Are you all right, my love?"

"Yes.  Please.  Kiss me again."

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

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Humpday Hottie!

End of the summer beach Hottie!