Thursday, October 2, 2014

This Week's Special Guest - Lucy Monroe

Award winning author Lucy Monroe sold her first book in September of 2002. Since then she has sold more than 50 books to three publishers and hit national bestsellers lists in the US and England.

She's a passionate devotee to the romance genre and loves talking writing, the industry and books with other writers as well as readers. Her highly charged, sensual stories touch on the realities of life while giving the reader a fantasy story not easily forgotten.

Whether it's a passionate Harlequin Presents, a sexy single title for Kensington or a steamy historical or paranormal for Berkley, Lucy's books transport her readers to a special place where the heart rules and love conquers all.


I have always been fascinated by the brooding Russian hero, but somehow never actually wrote one. When the idea of writing the stories for two old-money but very unconventional San Francisco heiresses came to me, I'm not sure why, but I knew both needed her Russian-American brooding hero. Those are the heroes I love best, the men with their feet stuck in two worlds (the one they come from and the one they live in now). Viktor has a Russian heart (he denies even exists) with an American head and he drives Madison crazy, but that's nothing new for these two who have been circling each other for years. I adore the hero that decides it's time to make his move and makes it, so it comes as no surprise that's exactly what Viktor does.

Fun notes of trivia - I went on a research trip to San Francisco with my youngest daughter for this duo and we rode a pedicab from the warf back to our downtown hotel (much of it on sidewalks as the streets were clogged with traffic).

I bought my first pair of Juicy Couture earrings on this research trip. Little dangly elephants that I wear all the time.

The traditional Russian lacquer box mentioned in the book is one I saw in an antique consignment shop, which I later bought and gave away as a reader prize off of my FB page.


Ruthless Russians mini-series
Harlequin Presents #3274
October 2014 (09-16-14)

The story: Innocent debutante Madison Archer has hit the headlines for a scandal not of her making. Now, marriage to the unscrupulous Viktor Beck is the only way to save what’s left of her reputation!

The contract: Maddie has always featured in Viktor’s plans to take over her father’s company and expand his empire. The intense attraction between them only sweetens the deal he’s offered....

The secret: Though love doesn’t beat in Viktor’s heart, he’ll show Maddie just how hot their chemistry can be. But even this corporate shark is in for a shock—his wild socialite is still a virgin!


WIN - Leave Lucy a comment this week here at the Tiki Hut and your name goes in the hat for a signed copy of A VIRGIN FOR HIS PRIZE (Book 2 in the Ruthless Russians duo.) - Please leave your email address so Lucy can contact you for your address if you are this week's winner!  Good Luck!

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