Spotlight & Giveaway: RAND by Lucy Monroe

Posted August 9th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 37 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Lucy Monroe to HJ!
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Hi Lucy and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, RAND!

 
Hi! Thanks for inviting me!
 

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

RandRAND is a super smart businessman who love throws for a loop! The first of the 3 Brides novellas, Rand is a widower who has given up on love, until Phoebe, the virginal platonic friend who owns an island that has value to his family, makes him a sexy offer he can’t refuse – the island in exchange for a week in his bed!
 

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Rand Alexander should have a warning sign.

Danger. Radioactive material. Beware.

Because he impacted Phoebe’s senses like a nuclear power plant going meltdown.

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

  • The original working title for this was “A Deal is a Deal,” because of Phoebe’s deal with Rand, instead of Carter (the second brother in the 3Brides for 3Bad Boys trilogy). When the 3 Brides trilogy was released, the name was changed to reflect the brother’s names – Rand, Carter and Colton.
  • The music that I listened to when I was working on this book was mostly positive Country music, such as John Michael Montgomery, Alan Jackson, Little Texas and Colin Raye
  • These three bad boys share a father, but three very different mothers.

 

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Oh, yes! Phoebe surprised me with her tenacity and boldness! When I began to write her, she was somewhat timid, with the idea of her proposition to Rand being contrary to her nature and quite unnerving for her! As I wrote her, I found that she was a lot bolder than I had originally thought!

Rand, however, did not surprise me so much as delight me as he showed her he had a heart as the story came to life.

 

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

RAND, as well as CARTER and COLTON, are not only romantic, but there is a strong element of humor in them. Sure, it’s sexy, but it is surprising because the virgin is blackmailing the sexually experienced, savvy hero into her bed. It will make you smile, and hopefully laugh out loud, because even hot sex can be funny!
 

The First kiss…

Rand: “Hot, male lips that caught her mouth mid-word. It was the sexiest kiss she had ever experienced, and she went under like a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a hot fudge sundae.”

 

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

I love the first scene! It made me laugh as I wrote it, and still provokes a giggle!

Phoebe is at a formal affair with her great-aunt, ex fiance Carter and Carter’s mother. A conversation about Rand ensues:

“He’s not really your type, Phoebe.” Carter sounded as though he almost pitied her.

And that hurt because although he was dead wrong that his half-brother wasn’t her type, there was

no denying that she wasn’t in a league to entice Rand, and that amounted to the same depressing thing.

Aunt Emmaline bristled as only very correct old ladies can do. “Of course he’s not.”

Phoebe turned on her aunt. “What’s wrong with Rand?”

A tinkling laugh sounded from the other side of the room, snagging her attention in time to see the

blonde rub up against Rand like a horny cat, eroding Phoebe’s temper one more notch.

“He’s unsuitable.”

“That’s ridiculous. He’s an incredible man. His charitable contributions last year were twice that of

any other businessman in New Hope. You know he is one of tonight’s major supporters.”

Aunt Emmaline went to speak, but Phoebe plowed on, her fury overcoming her good sense. “He’s

only thirty years old and the business he started without any help from his family is already a Fortune

500 company. His father may have been an unfaithful rat, but Rand never even flirted with another

woman during his marriage.”

In that moment, Phoebe begins to speak her mind. The conversation is stirring and funny, and was a romp to write!
 

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?

Again, I love the first scene, but a little later, when Phoebe actually speaks with Rand:

“I’d give up my trust fund to have Rand Alexander notice I’m female.” Ignoring the inner voice that warned her to stop while she was ahead, she added, “And I’d give everything I own for just one week in his bed as his woman.”

Aunt Emmaline’s lips moved, her mouth opening and closing, but no sound came out. Her eyes focused over Phoebe’s shoulder and she waved her hand in front of her face like a fan. Carter looked like he’d swallowed a fish whole. Mrs. Sloane’s lips pursed like she’d just sucked on a lemon, but they remained closed. Good. That had finally shut them up.

“I know you’re a woman.”

She heard the voice, and everything inside her rebelled at the knowledge of who it belonged to. But even if the sexy timber wasn’t undeniably familiar, she could not mistake the feel of Rand’s presence.

It took all of her courage to turn around and face him. He was alone. Relief whooshed through her. It was bad enough that he had heard her, but to have the spangle clad blonde privy to Phoebe’s stupidity would have been the limit.

She went hot, then cold with embarrassment as she forced herself to meet his eyes. “Good evening, Rand.”

He didn’t so much as crack a social smile. “I don’t need the inducement of your trust fund to recognize you are a woman.”

Another man would have pretended not to hear, but Rand lived by his own rules and none of them included polite social lies.

 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Get a good attorney! (LOL)
 

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I am currently taking a mental health break from my writing. I have two books that I have been working on – a Harlequin Presents, and the second in the Northern Fire series, but I am not sure when they will be finished.
 

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

 

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Excerpt from RAND:

Rand Alexander should have a warning sign.

Danger.

Radioactive material.

Beware.

Because he impacted Phoebe’s senses like a nuclear power plant going meltdown.

She sucked in air, trying to regulate breathing that had gone haywire the moment his to-die-for body had filled the doorway of the swank hotel’s reception room.

Heart racing, she fought the painful intensity of desires that would shock Rand silly. Like she always did. Every time the man walked into the room, she lost control of her body’s reactions.

And he didn’t even notice.

It wasn’t that he ignored her. They were friends, after all, but if she danced naked on the hood of his car, he would politely ask her if she needed a hand down. All the while his real focus would be on something, or someone, else.

Like the blonde whose dress looked like it was made of shimmering silver spangles glued to her body. The one that had just caught his arm and his attention.

“He looks wonderful, doesn’t he, Phoebe dear? So mature now.” Aunt Emmaline’s voice buzzed at the edge of Phoebe’s consciousness like a bee trying to alight.

Wonderful? He looked edible, six feet, four inches of solid sex-appeal with glossy black hair and eyes the color of molten steel.

“Fancy him coming back after all these years and still unattached.”

Of course he was unattached. He had buried his heart with his wife and son six years ago.

“Oh, look he and his mother are coming this way.”

It was only as her aunt’s last words registered that Phoebe realized the old woman was not discussing Rand, but rather his half-brother, Carter Sloane. Her ex-fiancé.

While Rand turned aside to talk to the blonde, Carter was indeed headed their way. Walking beside his elegant mother, he looked more like a California golden boy than an East Coast executive.

“Carter, how well you look.” Aunt Emmaline beamed at him.

“Thank you and may I return the compliment?”

The old woman’s paper thin cheeks pinkened under the warmth of Carter’s smile. It was the same smile that four years ago had made Phoebe’s heart race, but it did not have the slightest impact now. Rand, on the other hand, only had to look at her and her brain stopped working.

The older women greeted each other.

“Phoebe, how are you?” Carter’s attention was fixed wholly on her now and she tried to return the favor.

Only Rand and the other woman were laughing together and the sight of red fingernails against a white dinner jacket had Phoebe fighting green demons she hated almost as much as her status as a twenty-five year old virgin.

“I’m fine, Carter.” She forced her eyes away from the couple on the other side of the room. “It’s been a long time.”

“Yes, it has.”

“How long will you be staying?”

He shrugged. “I may be back for good.”

His mother looked unmoved by the prospect, but not so Aunt Emmaline. “How wonderful!” She smiled with a definite gleam in her eye. “You and Phoebe will have to catch up on old times.”

A sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach told Phoebe she had to divert this conversational by-way but fast. “The past is over and I’m sure Carter has no more interest in it than I do.”

Aunt Emmaline frowned. “You don’t mean that, dear.”

“I do.” Phoebe smiled at Carter to show no offense was intended by her blunt declaration, but blunt was all that worked with her great-aunt.

“Standing on four-year old pride makes for a lonely existence.” The acerbity of her aunt’s tone didn’t bother Phoebe nearly as much as the implication she’d spent four years pining for a man who’d dumped her.

“I’m not being proud, just practical. It’s only fair to tell you that if you’re considering Carter as a candidate for great-nephew-in-law, then don’t bother. We’ve been there, done that and it didn’t work. Right, Carter?”

She turned to Carter and willed him to agree with her.

His expression was regretful, but he said nothing, which did nothing to help the situation or settle her temper.

“I suppose you think Rand Alexander is a better prospect?” Aunt Emmaline demanded, warming to an old argument. She glared in disapproval toward the couple on the other side of the ballroom, now blatantly flirting.

“That could hardly be the case.” Mrs. Sloane’s well-bred sneer grated on Phoebe’s nerves.

She had her reasons for resenting Rand, but Phoebe would not stand silently by while she and Aunt Emmaline criticized him.

“You’re interested in my half-brother?” The incredulity in Carter’s voice was almost enough for her answer in the affirmative, putting her feelings for Rand on public display.

Almost, but her pride was still stronger than her indignation so she remained silent and let Carter draw his own conclusions.

“He’s not really your type, Phoebe.” Carter sounded like he almost pitied her.

And that hurt because although he was dead wrong that his half-brother wasn’t her type, there was no denying she wasn’t in a league to entice Rand and that amounted to the same depressing thing.

Aunt Emmaline bristled as only very correct old ladies could do. “Of course he’s not.”

Phoebe turned on her aunt. “What’s wrong with Rand?”

A tinkling laugh sounded from the other side of the room, snagging her attention in time to see the blonde rub up against Rand like a horny cat, eroding Phoebe’s temper one more notch.

“He’s unsuitable.”

“That’s ridiculous. He’s an incredible man. His charitable contributions last year were twice that of any other businessman in New Hope. You know he is one of tonight’s major supporters.”

Aunt Emmaline went to speak, but Phoebe plowed on, her fury overcoming her good sense. “He’s only thirty years old and the business he started without any help from his family is already a Fortune 500 company. His father may have been an unfaithful rat, but Rand never even flirted with another woman during his marriage.”

Her hand flew to her mouth. She hadn’t meant to say that and she belatedly looked at Carter and his mother to see how they’d taken her reference to Hoyt Sloane. Carter’s expression looked carved from granite and his mother was doing her best to pretend not to have heard. Filled with remorse, Phoebe opened her mouth to apologize.

“He may have been faithful during his marriage,” Aunt Emmaline said, forestalling the apology and completely ignoring Phoebe’s reference to Rand and Carter’s father, “but he’s certainly made up for it since his wife’s death. The man’s a womanizer, plain and simple.”

“Rand is not a womanizer!” Phoebe slotted in.

Carter shrugged. “Oh, I’m not offended. Rand’s a big boy. He can take care of himself. Sweetheart, you’ve got to admit that you’re not up to Rand’s speed.” Carter’s tone was conciliatory, but Phoebe didn’t feel like being soothed.

“And why would she want to be?” Mrs. Sloane asked.

Regret for her hasty words dissolved and Phoebe’s slow burn rose to a boil.

“My niece can do much better,” Aunt Emmaline added with a significant look at Carter.

The thread holding Phoebe’s temper in check snapped.

“I’d give up my trust fund to have Rand Alexander notice I’m female.” Ignoring the inner voice that warned her to stop while she was ahead, she added, “And I’d give everything I own for just one week in his bed as his woman.”

Aunt Emmaline’s lips moved, her mouth opening and closing, but no sound came out. Her eyes focused over Phoebe’s shoulder and she waved her hand in front of her face like a fan. Carter looked like he’d swallowed a fish whole. Mrs. Sloane’s lips pursed like she’d just sucked on a lemon, but they remained closed. Good. That had finally shut them up.

“I know you’re a woman.”

She heard the voice, and everything inside her rebelled at the knowledge of who it belonged to. But even if the sexy timber wasn’t undeniably familiar, she could not mistake the feel of Rand’s presence.

It took all of her courage to turn around and face him. He was alone. Relief whooshed through her. It was bad enough that he had heard her, but to have the spangle clad blonde privy to Phoebe’s stupidity would have been the limit.

She went hot, then cold with embarrassment as she forced herself to meet his eyes. “Good evening, Rand.”

He didn’t so much as crack a social smile. “I don’t need the inducement of your trust fund to recognize you are a woman.”

Another man would have pretended not to hear, but Rand lived by his own rules and none of them included polite social lies.

“Of course not. I mean it’s obvious I’m not male.” Then mentally considering her curves that could better be described as bumps, she amended, “Fairly obvious anyway.”

He raised his brow, his gaze sweeping over her with tactile intensity. Things happened to her insides that had no business happening in the current situation.

He took her wrist in his hand. “Are you ready to go?”

The feel of his skin against hers had her staring at him stupidly. For all the time they’d spent together since Carter’s desertion, he’d never touched her before. “What?”

“You said you’d give everything you own for a week in my bed. I’ll settle for the deed to Luna Island.”

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Book Info:

After tragedy struck six years ago, Rand buried what was left of his heart. But Phoebe Garrison isn’t giving up, and she’s got an enticing deal: the coveted deed to property his company needs in exchange for one hot week in her bed. It’s an offer even the brooding Rand can’t refuse. Now, as every hunger is explored, every secret revealed, Rand knows he’ll need more than one week to indulge his fantasies with this amazing woman…

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Meet the Author:

Lucy MonroeWith more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all. A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers
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37 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: RAND by Lucy Monroe”

  1. belindaegreen

    Has there ever been anyone that you wanted to date badly enough that you were willing to take a risk to date them? Did you take that risk?

    I wish there was but never met anyone that made me feel like that. Even my ex wasn’t a must date. We were friends first then drifted into the next level. I guest maybe that’s why I love romance novels so much! I would loved to have experienced that excitement and tension. Sigh… 😀

    Belinda

  2. Mary Lynde

    There was a guy in HS that I instantly liked the minute I met him. I knew that if I ever dated him he’d break my heart, so I never persued him.

  3. Cheryl Hastings

    Nope, I’ve never met anyone like that…I would have probably run in the other direction if I had.

  4. Kate Sparks

    Boy, we’re a pretty sedate group…. I’m also in the no camp. Are we just not meeting the ‘right’ guys or what?

  5. kermitsgirl

    Definitely in high school – doesn’t everyone have stronger emotions in high school? Sadly, even though we had almost all our classes together all four years, and participated in some of the same after school activities, I don’t think he knew my name. He was so smart, kind, and sweet – and very attractive – I would’ve ended up with a broken heart for sure.

  6. Nicole Wetherington

    I first saw my bf when he was performing in a show singing a tribute to JC. I took a huge risk and found him on fb and started to chat with him. We have been in a 2 yr long distance relationship ever since! Best risk ever!

  7. Selenity Jade

    Yes, there was, and I took it, but it didn’t work out. The timing of it. When I think of it, I suddenly think I should have tried again a few years later, maybe life would have turned out different. It makes me sad and I regret it. BUT that’s life.

  8. Suzanne

    There was someone I wanted to date but I told him that I aready had a date because he did not bother to ask me until the last minute. I only accepted the date I told him I already had because that guy waited too late. Now, get this. I was bored about 20 min after I got to the dance and asked the guy I did not really want to date to take me home. Then, I called the guy who waited too late and talked to him a while on the phone. I was a pathetic person at dating. No social skills and no guidance. Mama was useless and older sister was married and moved away. I wish I could do the dating thing again.

  9. Pennie

    A hockey player in college, should have remained friends instead of taking it further. The friendship didn’t last after we tried romance…

  10. Sylve T.

    yes actually, it was one of my coworkers and we went out for a few months, against my mothers wishes and it started to become too complicated so i had to end it, which he then showed his true colors by being a total ass until the day i quit lol

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