Spotlight & Giveaway: A Facade To Shatter by Lynn Raye Harris

Posted October 3rd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 41 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome USA Today bestselling romance author Lynn Raye Harris to HJ!

 Hi Lynn, welcome to HJ!

What would you say are the 5 best things about being a writer?

Lynn-Favorite_smallThese are not in order.
1. The wardrobe! I get to work in jammies if I want!
2. The power of creating characters and worlds.
3. The hours. I work a lot of hours, but I get to set them. And if I need time off for an errand, I can take it. I can schedule appointments whenever I want them to be.
4. Fellow writers! There’s nothing more fun than having friends who totally get you and your special brand of craziness.
5. The readers! Y’all are amazing. I love talking to people who love to read books.

 Let’s talk about your newest release: A Facade To Shatter

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

AFTSWell, Harlequin wrote a summary but they left out the best parts! Here’s theirs:
Dismissed & discarded: Can he deny the forgotten Corretti?
Zack Scott wakes from nightmares to the echo of gunfire. So when he stirs from a trance and finds himself not in his fighter jet but at a party, pressed up against the soft, womanly figure of Lia Corretti, he quickly rages against her sweet pity.
For years the forgotten Corretti has hidden her pain behind a façade. So Lia recognizes the shadows in Zack’s eyes. But there’s nothing familiar about the hot heat of Zack as he traps her to him. Can she lower her guard long enough to let him see all of her?

And here’s mine:

Lia Corretti is a sweet virginal girl who’s been ignored and sheltered by her family – when she spends two wild nights with Zach Scott, she doesn’t expect to come away with a more permanent souvenir of their time together. When Lia realizes she’s pregnant, she leaves Sicily to find Zach and inform him about his impending fatherhood – and that’s when the sparks fly!
Zach isn’t prepared to be a dad. He’s still trying to get over the effects of the war and he’s in no shape to be responsible for a wife and child. But of course he has to man up and protect Lia and the baby from the fury of her conservative Sicilian family. In the end, Lia might just be what he needs to dig himself out of the chaos of the past.
Now that tells you what you need to know, right? Passionate encounter, surprise baby, marriage of convenience.

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

Zach Scott is the son of a United States senator and heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. He’s also a military hero and he’s suffering from post traumatic stress. Zach was a fighter pilot and when he was shot down over enemy territory and too injured to get out alone, a team of Marines were sent in to extract him. But Zach is the only one who survived the ensuing battle with the enemy and he’s harboring a lot of guilt!
Lia Corretti is the forgotten child. Born to a movie star mother who died when she was a baby, she’s been shunned by her father ever since because she reminded him too much of his wife! Her father married another woman and had a family with her, but Lia was raised by her grandparents. She doesn’t quite know where she fits in, but when she meets Zach, she knows she’s tired of being the forgotten one and she’s ready to do some living of her own!

Was it love at first sight for your characters? If not what was the pivotal moment of change?

I don’t think it was love at first sight, but I think they fell for each other very quickly. Their two-night stand was explosive! But they both fought the implications of falling for someone after so short a time. When they have to marry for the sake of convenience, they have a lot of issues to work through before they can admit how they feel.

If your characters could go back in time and change one thing what would it be? Why?

Lia would change the moment that her mother drove off a cliff. If her mother had never died, she might have had a whole family and grown up very much loved and appreciated.
Zach loved to fly very much, but he can no longer do so. The one thing he would change would be the moment he was shot down. He’d still go on the mission, but he’d come back whole and unharmed and without the crippling headaches that changed his life.

What scene did you have the most fun writing? Why?

I honestly don’t recall. Because I wrote this book twice and it was very hard for me. The first time through, I wrote it the way I thought the editors wanted. This story is a continuity and I was given a synopsis. So I followed it. And it just didn’t work! (See, even veteran authors can write books that don’t work!)
So after a long conversation with my editor, I threw out everything but the first three chapters and started over. It was hard and I was not happy. But the resulting story is much, much better and I’m very proud of how it turned out.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

They were ALL hard to write for the reasons I listed above!! But quite possibly the scene were Zach realizes he’ll never get better was the hardest. My heart just broke for him and Lia both! Here’s a taste of it for you:

The rain washed over him, soaking his hair, running in rivulets down his chest. He looked lonely and angry and her heart went out to him. She knew what it was like to be lonely and angry. She wanted nothing more than to fix it for him.
“Zach, please talk to me.”
He spun to look at her. “You don’t want to hear what I have to say.”
She took a step toward him.
He held a hand up to stop her. “Don’t come out here. You’ll get wet.”
“It doesn’t seem to be hurting you,” she said, though she stopped anyway, folding her arms around her body. “And you’re wrong. I do want to hear what you have to say.”
He shoved his wet hair back from his face, but he didn’t make a move to come inside. Thunder rolled in the distance. A flash of lightning zipped along the sky, slicing it in two for a brief moment.
“I should have known better,” he said. “I should have known it was a mistake to think this could work between us.”
Her chest filled with chaotic emotion, tightening until she thought she wouldn’t be able to breathe. But she held herself firmly, arms crossed beneath her breasts, and refused to let him see how much he hurt her. He thought she was naïve, trusting. Unworthy.
It stung. But, worse, the idea she was a mistake threatened to make her fold in on herself.
“You can’t mean that,” she said tightly, though her brain gibbered at her to be quiet. To detach. To roll into a ball and protect herself. “These last couple of weeks have been perfect.”
“Which is why it was a mistake,” he snapped. “There’s no such thing as perfect, not where I’m concerned.”
“Because you don’t deserve those medals?” she threw back at him, anger beginning to grow and spin inside her belly. “Because you have bad dreams and think you’re so terrible?”
He took a step toward her, stopped. His hands clenched into fists at his side. He was close enough he could have reached out and touched her. But he didn’t.
“You want to know the truth? I’ll tell you,” he grated. “The whole, sorry story.”

How did your character spend the week just before the story starts?

Zach was making speeches and getting funding for his veterans’ causes. Lia was secretly excited about being a bridesmaid at her cousin’s wedding.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book was optioned for a movie?

Oh man. I’m never any good at this! Truthfully, I love the characters on the cover. The model playing Lia might be a little thinner than she is in the book, but she’s so innocently pretty. And the guy playing Zach – yum!
Still, I’ll take a stab at it. You know how sometimes Scarlett Johannsen looks plain and then other times she’s so gorgeous? Maybe Scarlett as she was in LOST IN TRANSLATION, but then she blossoms into that beautiful exotic creature she can be.
As for Zach, I’m tempted to say David Gandy because he works for so many heroes. But he really doesn’t for Zach. I’m thinking a younger Josh Brolin or Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

Oh wow, here’s where it gets fun! I’m working on the second book in my Heirs to the Throne of Kyr series and a book for my Hostile Operations Team series. But here are my upcoming releases in the best order I can give them:
HOT MESS (A Hostile Operations Team Novella)(Book 1.5)- out right now!
HOT PACKAGE (A Hostile Operations Team Novella)(Book 1.75) – coming in November 2013 in an Christmas anthology with other indie authors!
THE CHANGE IN DI NAVARRA’S PLAN and UNNOTICED AND UNTOUCHED – a Harlequin Presents 2-in-1 coming in December!
DANGEROUSLY HOT (A Hostile Operations Team Novel)(Book 2) – coming in the spring of 2014
GAMBLING WITH THE CROWN (Heirs to the Throne of Kyr, book 1) – coming in May 2014 from Harlequin Presents
Book 2 in the Heirs to the Throne of Kyr – coming in July 2014 from Harlequin Presents
HOT SHOT (A Hostile Operations Team Novel)(Book 3) – coming in the summer/early fall of 2014
There are more books in the works from Harlequin, but they’re being scheduled and I don’t know when they’ll be out!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: 1 copy of A FACADE TO SHATTER via ebook or a signed copy.

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and Post a comment to this Q: I notice that readers are often very divided on the question of the heroine informing the hero about her pregnancy. In this case, Lia goes to Zach and tells him immediately. But sometimes it’s not possible for the heroine to do that — or sometimes she decides not to. How do you feel about a heroine who keeps her pregnancy a secret for one reason or another? Are you more likely to understand if she tried but couldn’t find him? Or is it a deal breaker for you no matter what? Why do you feel so strongly about it?

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The evening was hot and muggy, and Zach stood off to one side of the crowd gathered at the country club. He took a sip from his water glass, cleverly disguised as a mixed drink by the addition of a lime slice and a cocktail stirrer, and then set it on a passing tray.
He never drank at functions like this. It was something he’d learned growing up. Always keep your head and always be prepared for any eventuality. His father hadn’t made a career in politics out of being imprudent, and Zach had learned the lesson well.
These days, however, he was less concerned with the good impression than he was with the opportunity to escape. Once he’d done his duty—made the speech, shook the hands, accepted the honor, cut the ribbon, got the promised funding for the Scott Foundation’s causes—he was gone.
Tonight, he’d had to give a speech. And right now, his father was holding court with a group of people he no doubt hoped would become campaign donors. His mother was circulating with the skill of a career politician’s wife, smiling and making polite small talk.
There were reporters in the room—there were always reporters—but the cameras were thankfully stowed at the moment. They’d come out during his speech, of course, and he’d had to work hard to concentrate on the crowd and not the flashes. He hated flashes. They took him back to the night he’d thought he would die. The night where everyone except him had died.
A matron came over and started to talk to him. He nodded politely, spoke when necessary, and kept his eye on the exit. The second he could excuse himself, he was gone. He’d already been here too long, and he was beginning to feel as if the walls were closing in.
He scanned the crowd out of habit, his gaze landing on a woman who made him think of Sicily. She was standing near the door, her head bowed so he couldn’t see her face. The crowd moved, closing off his view of her. His pulse started to thrum, but of course she wasn’t Lia Coretti. Lia was in Sicily, no doubt making love to some other lucky bastard. A current of heat slid through him as he remembered her lush body arrayed before him.
If he’d been a different man, he’d have stayed in Sicily and kept her in his bed until they’d grown tired of each other. It’s what the old Zach would have done.
But the man he was now couldn’t take that chance. He’d spent two nights with her and she’d made him feel almost normal again. Yet it was a lie, and he’d known it.
He didn’t know Lia at all really, but he knew she deserved better than that. Better than him.
“Zach?”
His head whipped around, his gaze clashing with the woman’s who’d moved through the crowd unseen and now stood before him. Shock coursed through him. It was as if he’d blinked and found himself whisked back to a different party. Almost against his will, his body responded to the stimulus of seeing her again. He wasn’t so inexperienced as to allow an unwanted erection, but a tingle of excitement buzzed in his veins nevertheless.
Lia Coretti gazed up at him, her blue-green eyes filled with some emotion he couldn’t place. Her dark red hair was twisted on her head, a few strands falling free to dangle over one shoulder. She was wearing a black dress with high heels and a simple pair of diamond earrings.
She wasn’t dripping in jewels like so many of the women in this room, yet she looked as if she belonged. The woman who’d been talking to him had thankfully melted away, her attention caught by someone else.
“Hello, Lia,” he said, covering his shock with a blandness that belied the turmoil raging inside him. He spoke as if it hadn’t been a month, as if they’d never spent two blissful nights together. As if he didn’t care that she was standing before him when what he really wanted to ask her was what the hell she was doing here.
But he was afraid he knew. It wouldn’t be the first time a woman he’d slept with had gotten the wrong idea. He was a Scott, and Scotts were accustomed to dealing with fortune hunters. She hadn’t seemed to be that type of woman, but clearly he’d been wrong.
He noticed that her golden skin somehow managed to look pale in the ballroom lights. Tight. There were lines around her lips, her eyes. She looked as if she’d been sick. And then she closed her eyes, her skin growing even paler. Instinctively, Zach reached for her arm.
He didn’t count on the electricity sizzling through him at that single touch, or at the way she jerked in response.
“I’m sorry,” she said in English, her accent sliding over the words. “I shouldn’t have come here. I should have found another way.”
“Why are you here?” he demanded, his voice more abrupt than he’d intended it to be.
She looked up at him, her eyes wide and earnest. Innocent. Why did he think of innocence when he thought of Lia? They’d had a one night—correction, two night—stand, but he couldn’t shake the idea that the woman he’d made love to had somehow been innocent before he’d corrupted her.
“I-I need to tell you something.”
“You could have called,” he said coolly.
She shook her head. “Even if you had given me your number…” She seemed to stiffen, her chin coming up defiantly. “It is not the kind of thing one can say over the phone.”
Zach took her by the elbow, firmly but gently, and steered her toward the nearest exit. She didn’t resist. They emerged from the crowded ballroom onto a terrace that overlooked the golf course. It was dark, but the putting green was lit and there were still players practicing their swings.
He let her go and moved out of her orbit, his entire body tight with anger and restlessness. “And what do you wish to say to me, Lia?”
He sounded cold and in control. Inhuman. It was precisely what he needed to be in order to deal with her. He’d let himself feel softer emotions when he’d been with her before, and look where that had gotten him. If he’d been more direct, she wouldn’t be here now. She would know that her chances of anything besides sex from him were non-existent.
He would not make that mistake again.
Lia blinked. Her tongue darted out over her lower lip, and a bolt of sensation shot through him at that singular movement. His body wanted to react, but he refused to let it. She was a woman like any other, he reminded himself. If sex was what he wanted, he had only to walk back in that ballroom and select a partner.
Her gaze flicked to the door. “Perhaps we should go somewhere more private.”
“No. Tell me what you came to say, and then go back to your hotel.”
She seemed taken aback at the intensity of his tone. She ran a hand down her dress nervously, and then lifted it to tuck one of the dangling locks of hair behind her ear. “You’ve changed,” she said.
He shook his head. “I’d think, rather, that you do not know me.” He spread his hands wide. “This is who I am, Lia. What I am.”
She looked hurt, and he felt an uncharacteristic pinch in his heart. But he knew how to handle this. He knew the words to say because he’d said a variation of them countless times before.
“Palermo was fun. But there can be nothing more between us. I’m sorry you came all this way.”
He’d expected her to crumple beneath the weight of his words. She didn’t. For a long moment, she only stared at him. And then she drew herself up, her eyes flashing. It was not the response he expected, and it surprised him. Intrigued him too, if he were willing to admit it.
“There can be more,” she said firmly. “There must be more.”
Zach cursed himself. Why, of all the possible women in the world, had he chosen this one to break his long sexual fast with? He’d known there was something innocent about her, something naïve. He should have sent her back to her room. Unfortunately, his brain had short-circuited the instant all the blood that should have powered it started flowing south.
And it had kept short-circuiting for two long nights and an ill-advised day spent walking around Palermo like a happy couple.
“I’m sorry if you got the wrong idea, sugar,” he began.
She didn’t let him finish. Her brows drew down angrily as she closed the distance between them and poked him hard in the chest with a manicured finger. He was too stunned to react. “The wrong idea?” she demanded.
She swore in Italian, curses that somehow sounded so pretty but were actually quite rude if translated. Zach was bemused in spite of himself.
“There were consequences to those two days,” she flashed. “For both of us, bello.”
Ice shot down his spine, sobering him right up again.
“What are you talking about?” he snapped.
Her lips tightened. And then she said the words that sliced through him like a sword thrust to the heart.
“I’m pregnant, Zach. With your baby.”

Book Info:

Dismissed & discarded: Can he deny the forgotten Corretti?
Zack Scott wakes from nightmares to the echo of gunfire. So when he stirs from a trance and finds himself not in his fighter jet but at a party, pressed up against the soft, womanly figure of Lia Corretti, he quickly rages against her sweet pity.
For years the forgotten Corretti has hidden her pain behind a façade. So Lia recognizes the shadows in Zack’s eyes. But there’s nothing familiar about the hot heat of Zack as he traps her to him. Can she lower her guard long enough to let him see all of her?
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Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her stories have been called “exceptional and emotional,” “intense,” and “sizzling.”

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41 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: A Facade To Shatter by Lynn Raye Harris”

  1. Ashtrie Karana Putrie

    Reading a lot of romance, I found it that I’m more likely to forgive the heroine whose keep the pregnancy secret than the straight to the point tell. It just my preferance though ;p

  2. bookcaselaura

    I think the father has a right to know ASAP. If the expectant mother cannot get a hold of him, I wouldn’t hold that against her. I do feel like it’s a deal breaker if the mother doesn’t even try to tell the father and then raises the kid on her own. I just read a book like that where the parents got back together after 6 years or so,and I had such little respect for both parties for thinking that was okay. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Marcy Shuler

    In real life I believe the father should know right away. But if the writer gives a good enough reason for the heroine to wait to tell the hero than I’m fine with it.

  4. Emma Fitzgerald

    I don’t mind it so much in stories if the heroine can’t tell the father right away as it usually adds more drama or intrigue as to why. But I do like it when he finds out ASAP too as then they are both usually in shock or finding it hard to deal with and that can make for a great storyline too.

  5. Lynn Raye Harris

    I agree that real life is different! But I sometimes really like it in a book if she doesn’t tell him for one reason or another. I always want it to be a really good reason though!

    Thanks for the comments, y’all! Keep them coming. 🙂

  6. DebraG

    It is not a deal breaker for me if she does not tell him but she has to work hard to redeem herself. It would depend on the circumstances.

  7. Erin J.

    Never being pregnant, I cannot say for sure how I feel. It seems like something you need to go through to totally understand. Although I think I would NEED to tell the father as soon as I could…especially since I am now married…

  8. Jenn McElroy

    I’m not a fan of the hidden pregnancy, but the plots I’ve read generally show the heroine making an attempt that was thwarted by another character. I can handle those. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  9. Winnie Lim

    I don’t think I’ve thought much about this. If it’s a storyline in a book, I don’t really care how it goes as long as the story is well written. In real life however, I think it would be best to let the father of the baby know. Think that it’s always better to reveal than hide the truth.

  10. elizabeth gray

    I like it when the heroine at least tries to tell the hero about the pregnancy. Not telling leads to a lot of different ways to tell the story, but telling or attempting to tell the hero is a change from the norm in books.

  11. EllenToo

    I can live with a heroine that doesn’t tell the hero she is pregnant but she better have a really, really good reason.

  12. Mary Preston

    I’m in two minds about this. A great story told either way. Not a deal breaker by any means.

  13. Jan Vanengen

    Depends on the circumstances, either- also storyline. Love the Corretti series 🙂

  14. Lori H

    Oh that’s a dfficult question because it depends on the situation. However I feel the father should know and the child will eventually want to know their father too.

  15. Diana

    For me, how and when the woman tells the man that she’s pregnant with his child really depends on how the man reacts to certain circumstances. The woman will know if the man is ready for this or not. But either way, she still has to tell him about the pregnancy.

  16. Aline

    I prefer she tells him right away but if for some very understandable reasons she kept it a secret I’d understand too. But to be honest, I’d really prefer if she didn’t get pregnant in the first place LOL

  17. SnarkyMom

    First of all, thanks for “clarifying” the blurb — you’re right, Harlequin did it an injustice. Secondly – I think as long as the mother-to-be makes a LEGITIMATE ATTEMPT to notify the baby daddy, all should be good – especially if there are repeated attempts!

  18. Debra A.

    In some cases the secret must be kept. If he and she had a misunderstanding (book plot point) the secret kept. If she falls pregnant over a one night (sometimes weekend) she should tell. But if he walks away with out keeping contact ??? The plot thickens. I love your take over HP description.

  19. Autumn Kelley

    It isn’t just the heroine who is pregnant! She didn’t get herself pregnant. I think that it should be said right away and see where it goes from there. Unless she can’t find him.

  20. Christine Merritt

    What a thought provoking question… the only time I feel strongly about the “I didn’t tell you” scenario would be if the hero hasn’t thought or cared about the loss of the relationship and moves on… then when he finds out from whatever source that heroine had his child – gets all angry, alpha and “that’s my kid how dare you keep him/her from me.” I side with the heroine on that one – I didn’t tell you because you didn’t care about me enough to keep in touch so why would I tell you anything. I don’t even want the h/h to get together after that. I don’t like when the hero is selfish and put out in a manner that it makes it unbelievable that he could truly love and eventually care for the heroine or really the child.

    However, there are a zillion scenarios of misunderstandings and circumstances that make the reunion centered around a child filled with laughter, a little heartache, communication and then an HEA – in my mind that is what makes a great author, exploring the vast circumstances and emotions that are centered around a precious child and an ending that makes it all okay for everyone to have their HEA.

  21. Texas Book Lover

    It is not a deal breaker for me. If every story was the same I would get bored very, very quickly so I like when they are all different. I only care that it makes sense in the end.

  22. conniefischer

    I think a heroine owes it to the “hero” to tell them right away that she is pregnant. It takes two to make a baby and both are its parents. If, however, the hero is not interested in being part of it, then the heroine has every right to take whatever steps she wishes.

  23. Maureen

    I think the heroine should tell the hero but I do feel if she tries everything and just can’t find find him or he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her then there is nothing else she can do.

  24. Rena B

    No matter the reason, you should always tell someone right away. The truth will prevail anyway. What if someone becomes angry that you held onto a secret for so long instead of telling the truth right away?

  25. Lori P

    For a story line I’m okay with it, but it’s not my favorite way to go. I think that right away works best.

  26. Lynn Raye Harris

    Hey, y’all! In Atlanta today, but thanks so much for all the comments. I really appreciate you taking the time. And SnarkyMom, glad I could clarify what the book was about for you! So irritated at the Harlequin summary — it just doesn’t tell you the story!!

  27. Kai W.

    Being pregnant cuts both way. I, as a woman, could tell the father of the baby that I’m pregnant and risks abandonment or that the baby would make him sacrifice his dreams. I could keep it as a secret and risk his anger of not sharing those precious moments when the baby is growing up. It is a difficult choice but I have to prepare myself for the worst case scenario. If I have a happily ever after, I would not make all this preparation believing I would raise the child alone.

  28. Josette Schaber

    I would rather a heroine tell the hero right away… but understand situations can happen. The problem I have is when the heroine makes a conscious decision to keep it from him. I’ve read a few where the kid is 10 years old and the hero never knew because the heroine made the choice and didn’t want him to take the kid. I don’t go for that, because when the hero does come into the picture it’s really hard on that kid and the hero has a child that he never was given the chance to know. I’ve read one book by Tivac that the hero and heroine couldn’t find each other and had never shared names. They find each other 4 years later… that’s understandable and made a unique situation as they build a relationship and a family.

  29. Jennifer Zorko-Legak

    I read alot of romance stories, and I don’t have issues with keeping the pregnacy a secret. Usually there is a good reason, but it comes out in the end.

  30. Lisa B.

    I don’t like when they keep it a secret if the guy is around to tell, but if she can’t find him that’s different.

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