Spotlight & Giveaway: Heat Seeker by Lucy Monroe

Posted February 10th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 40 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome USA Today bestselling author Lucy Monroe to HJ!

Lucy thanks for stopping by to talk about your newest release Heat Seeker, over to you 🙂

Life is about change, right? Some of it is so much harder to accept than other though. Heat Seeker was heavily influenced by a major change in my life. The book was originally slated Shirl-Bday029to be released in 2010 but I could not write it. Not then. My mom was dying and it was the last story I told her. I don’t think I wanted to let it go, so it took a loooooongggg time to finish.

And when it was done, it turned out to be one of the books I’m most proud of. A book that reflects my mother’s belief in second chances and the beauty of love, whatever form it takes. Mom would have loved Kaden and Rachel, two people who have spent way too many years believing they’d lost their one true chance at love. She would have loved the secondary romance too. Mom was like that, the more happy endings the better. And she would have loved the growth of all of the characters because my mom believed life truly is about change and we can all grow to become better and stronger people.

Heatseeker_bigShe passed that love for the HEA and belief in people gene on to me. I’d like to think you can see it in all my books, but I know you can this one. Heat Seeker is so very important and special to me and getting to FINALLY share it with readers is one of my greatest joys right now as we come up on my mom’s birthday and she’s not here to share it with us.

Losing Mom changed me and made me stronger and even more committed to sharing the gift of love and romance. I think my writing is deeper now; I know it’s harder sometimes because it comes from a place I used to keep hidden. That’s what change does for you, right?

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HEAT SEEKER The Atrati — Goddard Project Final Book
Trade Paperback
Kensington Brava
ISBN-10: 0758242034
ISBN-13: 978-0758242037

Heatseeker_bigAlways ready, always deadly. That’s the motto of the Atrati—a mercenary organization of black operatives who specialize in doing what no one else can.
A former sergeant in the Marine special forces, Kaden Marks dreams of one day having a family. But he’s haunted by the deeds of his past and won’t let anyone get close. Then a new mission comes his way. A fellow operative has had her cover blown—and it’s up to Kaden’s team to bring her out safely. What he doesn’t realize is that the beautiful but stubborn Rachel Gannon has no intention of letting herself be rescued…
Rachel will come out only when she can promise adequate protection for her unwitting informant. As a former DEA agent, Rachel still blames herself for her sister’s death—and is unwilling to let someone else get hurt because of her. But she hadn’t counted on falling for Kaden Marks, and falling hard. Now she must convince him to help her bring down the enemy’s entire organization—without risking the life of the man she’s come to love…


Bodyguards In Bed by Lucy Monroe, Jamie Denton & Elisabeth Naughton

BIB_bigThere’s just one cardinal rule when it comes to being a bodyguard: no matter how tempting it may be, never, ever get romantically involved with the person you’re protecting. But as these sensual novellas prove, even the most important rules are made to be broken – again and again and again. Join acclaimed authors Lucy Monroe, Jamie Denton, and Elisabeth Naughton as they open the files on an undercover operative who finds a sexy surprise under his covers, a hot case involving mixed messages and mistaken identities, and a mission impossible protecting a provocative beauty who lives to love dangerously.




40 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Heat Seeker by Lucy Monroe”

  1. Sarah M.

    I would say that my two most defining life events have been the birth of my daughter and my divorce. Both were times of new beginnings and renewal in my life and I am left stronger and more empowered facing each. These days, life is good. It’s all about focusing on the blessings that I have and actively working to change things in my life that just aren’t working.

  2. Melody May

    When a girl, I thought was my friend decided to backstabb me, because her boyfriend was an idiot. That would short version. Which change me from being too trusting.

  3. Anne

    This past year has changed me and my outlook due to a breast cancer diagnosis which was totally unexpected. I have recovered but the trauma has made my life.

  4. Evelyn

    One event that stands out above the rest would have to be getting me degree especially when I thought that I would never get it because of familial commitments. But that day walking to the podium and hearing my day was the best day of my life so far. It made me believe that I could do anything.

  5. Pennie M

    Lucy, I am so sorry for your loss but glad you are stronger and carry on with the good memories of your mom! My life changing event came with the birth of my twins. I didn’t think I was ever going to have babies and finally had twins! They are now 20 and have grown into healthy, productive, accomplished adults… a college student and a Marine. They make me proud to be their mom.

  6. Mary Preston

    Having my children has made me a stronger person. Just having their lives in my hands is life changing.

  7. Becky M.

    13 years ago we were living at an army base in Texas and I was a stay-at-home mom to our two little kids. (Not because we didn’t need the money that my working could bring in–enlisted men make laughable salaries–but because our kids were 2 1/2 and 6 months, and there was a real possibility that my husband was going to be moving to a new post soon, so we figured we’d make do until the kids were older and we were more settled.) Then one morning my husband’s truck was hit by a train while they were heading out to a training exercise–and yeah, life changer. The kids and I moved back home (western New York state) and after about a year or so I went back to school for my graduate degree and soon after got a job teaching in the junior high of a small private school.

    On the plus side, I really do love my job most days (but not all of them. It *is* junior high, after all) and I’ve made some wonderful friends since moving back here that I never would have met otherwise. I’ve also been grateful to have been here for the rest of my family for many of the events of the last thirteen years and of course have found out just how strong the three of us really are. BUT…well, I’m sure everyone can figure out the “but”. Let’s just say I’ve become a hard-core HEA seeker in my reading material ever since, for obvious reasons. 🙂

    (And if I ever manage to sit my butt down in a chair and take time from reading fiction to write fiction–and actually finish a manuscript for a change–you’d better believe it’ll be HEA all the way!)

  8. Belinda

    Life changes for me in trying to be grateful for what you have. Being unemployed been has the hardest thing yet to deal with. Thank goodness for the family.

  9. Sue Peace

    Losing my Dad when he was too young to go, my husbands brother very unexpectedly and also too young to go, and working in the Intensive Care Unit has really proved you never know what’s around the corner. It sounds cliche but really you have to live each day to the fullest as if you or your loved one won’t have another one because you really don’t know and I do not want to have any regrets.


    Growing up with both parents was a real plus. Married a wonderful man when I was 30, had 3 kids, happily ever after. Love my life. Thank you for sharing your work. 🙂

  11. Kai W.

    My life changing experience was when my two uncles and cousin died in a freak car accident which left my Mom and my other cousin seriously injured. It made me take charge of my life and to find a better job than what I had before the accident.

  12. Timitra

    Deciding to go back to school which lead to the reignition of my childhood dream of writing.

  13. kim brooks

    My son being born….I learned things about myself I would have never guessed were possible

  14. Annwitch

    I had my first son and my husband and I wanted one more child close in age. Well instead of one we has identical twin girls. That was a huge adjustment, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. We survived and had another son after the girls. Children change your life in so many ways.

  15. Marcy Shuler

    I lost both my parents, seven months apart. At the time I had just started dating my now hubby so he never got to meet them and vice versa. It was a difficult time in my life, but my hubby was there to give me strength. We married a year later. My only regret is that they never got to see my boys.

  16. cahmmerritt

    Being the strong one for my daughters as we lost my husbands grandfather. Their great pop-pop Bob was their world. It changed mine learning to mourn quietly while I held my head up and heart strong for our girls. Life changing moments…are an opportunity to grow stronger and stand taller.

  17. Sara HJ

    Lucy, your post got me all emotionally…such a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.
    I have been reading all the comments here and couldn’t help but jump into say, You ladies are an amazing group – Strong, Resilient and Brave :). I am so glad and fortunate that you choose to hang out at HJ!
    Sara 🙂

  18. Cecilia

    Losing my lovely dad.. i dont even see him in last minute.. i feel so sad, angry.. but when my son was born i feel that he can remind me of my father. .

  19. Veronica

    My grandparents moving back to Europe. We were incredibly close and them moving so far was devastating, especially since we were kids. We still talk and go and visit but the move changed everything, since we used to spend most of our free time at their place.

  20. Lori P

    I would say that my mom’s illness( the drs weren’t sure that she would survive) when I was only 19 years old and this last year my husband and I thought we were going to adopt our foster daughter and the court placed her with her birth mom. Both things made me grow and become stronger, but not until they broke me first.

  21. DebraG

    My husband and I thought we were done with children. We had one do it at home daughter and one ready made from Poland. Then we got pregnant and our new daughter is a joy and a delight. each one is unique and bring us different joys and we would miss her if she was not around.

  22. Leanna H

    My health has had the greatest effect on my life. I have Lupus and it effects every aspect of my life.

  23. Chris Mead

    Hi Lucy,
    I am so sorry to read of your mother’s passing! It is so hard to lose a parent, I lost my mom as a teenager and it is one of the hardest things I have ever lived through! Right now my family is going through an uncertain time that has changed us all. My boyfriend of 15 years was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last year in May. We have two teenage sons and I fear that they will lose their father as I lost my mother. I have learned to appreciate him and the time we have together so much more! I am able to get through the days so much better because of writers like you who help me to escape the scary day’s! Thank you for writing wonderful books that keep me entertained and engrossed, with happy endings that brighten my day!

  24. parisfanca

    for me loosing both my parents with in four months of each other PLUS my buisness a couple of years ago still affects me today. have had a hard time finding work ever since

  25. Rebe

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mother! For me, living in Spain and several years later getting married are the big moments.

  26. Wilma Frana

    Deciding to go back to school at age forty made a big difference in my life. Some years later I lost a son to cancer and then my husband to open heart surgery that went wrong.

  27. Tawnya Bentley

    I was in an emotionally, sexually, and rarely sometimes physically abusive marriage. Married at 18 and didn’t have a very high self-esteem as I was a survivor of sexual abuse from my dad, and my ex seemed to have targeted me well. Two years into the marriage I gave birth to a son, 26 months later a daughter, that was my turning point. Even laying in the hospital bed looking at her in the “bassinet” I lay thinking “What am I going to teach her”? Seven weeks later his affair with the piano player at our church became public and I thanked God; you see up until that point he had somehow kept his affairs from becoming public, now I had what I needed to walk away from the marriage and stay “safe” in the eyes of the church. Their opinions later become to mean less and less as I realized some of them had know of previous affairs and kept them secret.
    But the point that really got me into gear was when I asked myself “What am I teaching this beautiful little girl? That it is okay for a man to treat her this way? And what am I teaching my son, this is how you treat a woman?” I packed our things and moved us into the studio apartment that use to be my mom’s garage. Fifteen years later, I can tell you it was the best decision I ever made. He eventually gave up all parental rights to the children, and although many disagree with me I have a “Never lie to my children” policy, and will tell them the truth about the whole thing every time they ask.

  28. setephani

    When I must change my place to work due to the highly stress and no sosial life but paid all my expenses,it’s difficult decision because I have finance responsibilty and not easy to have another work that paid so high as previous work, but God help me to find this work and now I have social life and have many time to relax and enjoy my life.

  29. Winnie Lim

    My younger sister was diagnozed with a brain tumor at 16 years old. She suffered a lot but she was still always cheerful and her faith in God never wavered. She thought me to hold on tight and never give up even when everything seems bad. Even though she passed on 5 years later, she never have up hope and fight until the very last moment. Having her in my life changed my life.

  30. Olga

    At the age of 12 I was abandoned by my mother and my entire family and was raised in children’s home. It made me stronger, independent.

  31. Cindy H

    The event that changed my life was when my husband and myself was living in Florida and Hurricane Ivan came thru our area and completely destroyed every thing we had. With the new re-buiding laws and trouble with our insurance company, we decided to move to Alabama and this is where we got back into the church and both my and husband got re-baptized. This was life changing experience for us.

  32. Michele H

    Thank you for the beautiful post and sharing your stories with us. The passing of my mother, father and mother-in-law all within a 12 month period was the biggest change I’ve ever gone through. I learned a lot about myself, my family and friends, and the strength of my relationship with my husband through it all. I miss all three dearly but try to remember the wonderful times we shared and how much they taught me over the years.

  33. Michelle Harlan

    My life changing moment came in 2000, when I was diagnosed with Lupus. I freely admit that at the time I was diagnosed, I thought of it as a life sentence. Luckily, I have since learned to see it as a wake up call for me to enjoy every day of my life with my husband and my children.

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