Spotlight & Giveaway: TORN by Monica Murphy

Posted November 4th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 67 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy to HJ!

 Hi Monica, welcome to HJ!

5 things HJ readers should know about you?


I also write contemporary romance as Karen Erickson.
The most important men in my life (my husband and two sons) were all born on the 26th.
My sons are also named after cheese (this is kind of embarrassing but I love both names dang it!)
I have a sad, pitiful addiction to diet Coke.
My dream vacation is somewhere alone with no deadlines so I could read all day and night. I miss reading – I don’t do it nearly as much as I wish I could.

Let’s talk about your newest release: TORN

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

Gage and his two friends had made a bet (and you witnessed that bet if you read the first book in the Billionaire Bachelors Club – CRAVE) that the last one not tied down would win one million dollars. All three of them were pretty confident they wouldn’t fall but of course, I as the writer, had to prove them wrong.

TORNSo Gage meets Marina and discovers her family owns a piece of valuable property he wants. Marina doesn’t want to sell. She thinks Gage wants to be with her only for the property. Gage at first felt that way but…he eventually falls for her. Naturally.

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

Gage is young and smart and determined. Sexy and charming yet completely dumbfounded when it comes to Marina. She renders him borderline stupid every time he gets around her, he’s that enraptured with her.

Marina, on the other hand, has this air of confidence and a don’t mess with me attitude but deep down, she’s scared. Scared of losing her family business, scared of what might happen to her if she does actually lose it. And she’s scared of her growing feelings for Gage.

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

It was definitely not love at first sight, at least for Marina. She pretty much hated Gage on sight despite her attraction toward him. Gage on the other hand, was completely intrigued with Marina and wanted to get to know her better. He had no problem laying it on the line for her, while Marina would rather run away and hide.

He finally gets her to come around though. Don’t worry. 😉

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

Since I’m a person who doesn’t believe in changing or regretting things, I’m going to say my characters wouldn’t want to change a thing either. If Gage or Marina changed what happened in their past, they might’ve never met, you know?

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

There’s a scene where Gage picks up Marina and they’re driving to a restaurant and um, Marina becomes aroused by watching him drive. As I was writing it, everything just came to me out of nowhere. I had no idea Marina was such a speed/adrenaline junkie until that moment!

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The turning point or “black moment” as writing classes/books like to call it. That moment in the book (and I’m not really going into detail so I won’t spoil it) where things are discovered that could ruin their relationship. Sometimes I really dislike being so mean to my characters. But that would make a very boring story, no? 😉

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

Hmm, the both of them were working hard and worrying about their own personal issues. Doesn’t sound like much fun but Gage and Marina needed each other so they could find balance in their lives. They just didn’t realize it yet.

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

I never used visuals for any of the characters in this book so I really don’t know! This question is always so hard for me… 😉

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

The third and final book in the Billionaire Bachelors Club (SAVOR) will be out January 21st. The third book in my One Week Girlfriend series, THREE BROKEN PROMISES, will be out 12/31, with the fourth book (FOUR YEARS LATER) out February 25th. There’s also a Drew + Fable novella coming out in January as well. And as always, there are other things in the works and I hope I can announce more information soon!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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“Well. He sounds horrid.” Gina sniffs.

I hold back from rolling my eyes. My mother’s younger sister loves to rush to judgment. It’s one of her finer qualities, my mom always says. Her steadfast loyalty is always appreciated. And we work well together, despite her occasional moodiness and uneven temperament.
Of course, she could probably say the same about me, so . . .

“He wasn’t that bad.” Major understatement. No, Gage Emerson definitely isn’t horrid. Handsome, yes. Sexy, indeed he is. Confident to the point of smug, oh yeah.

I’ve always found confidence in a man attractive. I blame my father. He embodies all of those traits in a most handsome package.

“Do you forgive him?”

Blinking, I turn to find Gina studying me, her gaze shrewd. “What did you say?” I ask.

“What with the flowers and the card he sent you, do you now forgive this man who insulted our family? And why would he go so far and apologize like this? How long did you two talk?” she asks.

“I don’t know. Ten minutes?”

Her lips tighten to the point of almost completely disappearing from her face. How does she do that? “So a man you spoke to for ten minutes and treated you rudely sends you flowers that probably cost hundreds of dollars? I smell a rat.”

“You always do,” I joke with her, trying to lighten the moment, but she won’t have it.

Shaking her head, she rounds the counter and stands on the other side, sticking her face into the bouquet and breathing deep. “This is by far the most beautiful arrangement I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot.” That was the truth, considering Gina used to create beautiful cakes for wedding receptions. We gave that up when I took over. I’d streamlined the business completely, something my aunt was very grateful for. She’d been working herself to the bone.

Now I guess it’s my turn.

“He’s just trying to impress me with his money,” I joke, making her smile. “Probably hoping I’ll fall to my knees and praise him for his lavish gifts.”

“Now that sounds like an interesting scenario,” a man’s voice said from behind her.

Gasping at the sound of the faintly familiar, velvety deep voice, I glance up to find Gage Emerson himself standing in the middle of the bakery, looking disgustingly gorgeous, clad in another one of those perfect suits he owns. The man dresses to perfection. And why didn’t I hear the bell ring over the door? “Oh my God,” I whisper, absolutely mortified. His suggestive tone said he found my words . . . titillating. Great.

And while we’re standing in the presence of my very overprotective and slightly angry aunt.

“I take it this is the rat?” she asks, making me groan inwardly.

“At your service, ma’am.” Gage goes to her, his hand outstretched. Gina eyes it warily, as if it was a snake that might strike her at any moment. “Gage Emerson, aka The Rat.”

She laughs and takes his hand, charmed. Just like that. It might not last, knowing my aunt, but come on . . . everyone seems to fall for him.
Why does her positive reaction rub me the wrong way? Why does Gage rub me the wrong way?

If I’m being honest with myself, I could get on board with him rubbing me the right way. And I don’t normally fall for smug assholes. I’m attracted to confident men, but there’s something about Gage I don’t like. His arrogance is over the top. He seems like he’d be bad for me. And I’ve never had a bad-boy fetish.

Not that he’s a bad boy, per se. But he’s definitely trouble. Trouble I don’t want.

Yeah, you do.

I’m arguing with my own self inside my head. Clearly, I’ve lost my mind. I don’t get it. I don’t get my reaction to him.

Correction. I don’t want to react to him, and I can’t seem to help myself.

Book Info:

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy mixes business with pleasure in the second book of her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series …
Marina Knight came to this party for one thing only: to slap Gage Emerson in the face. Poised to snatch up her family’s real estate empire, the sexy tycoon is on the verge of making an enemy for life—even if he can make her melt with a single kiss …
When Gage discovers that the alluring woman before him is the key to his latest acquisition, claiming her as his suddenly doesn’t seem quite so cut-and-dried. To get what he wants, he must get to know the fierce woman willing to face him down—as she steadily steals his heart.
Gage’s persistence and intense passion war with Marina’s determination to protect her family. As they delve deeper into an affair they didn’t see coming, Marina’s torn: Will she lose her heart to Gage—or everything she holds dear?
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Author Bio

Monica Murphy is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series. She writes new adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite.
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67 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: TORN by Monica Murphy”

  1. Margaret

    What’s my favorite type of romance? I do like the three you mentioned: Friends to lovers; Opposites attract; and Boss/assistant. I also like the enemies to lovers trope as well. I am getting a little tired when too many obstacles are thrown in the way of the HEA – after the first four or five hurdles the H/H must overcome, please just let them have their happy ending – you’re killing me already! I find for me it’s more of the dialogue and the personality of the characters that draw me in no mater the trope.

  2. Marcy Shuler

    I like beauty and the beast, friends to lovers, best friend’s brother and wounded warrior the best.

  3. Diane Sallans

    I like all three too, and also strong but kind female stands up to strong but a bit arrogant male.

  4. Jenn McElroy

    I think I enjoy friends to lovers most. I really like seeing the evolution of a relationship. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  5. DJ Sakata

    I don’t enjoy when they are constantly at odds and struggling against each other, what a waste of energy.

  6. Mary Preston

    I’m a push over for a marriage of convenience story, but will enjoy lots of different tropes.

  7. cahmmerritt

    Oh, I like it all! Friends to Lovers, Second Chance Romance and probably if well written; absolute hate and rivalry turning to love and loyalty the most. I have to say I do love alpha shifters finding their mate and doing any and everything to prove themselves, too!

  8. Sandy Xiong

    I’m not a truly big fan of friends to lovers but I love opposites attract and boss/assistant. Those are a must read for me in contemporary romance

  9. Marcy Meyer

    I love friends to lovers and when the guy falls for his best friends sister. Those are just two of my favorites!

  10. Leanna

    I would say my favorites are friends to lovers, boss/assistant and second chance. I don’t really HAVE one that I am looking for. I have TO have my HEA.


    Yeah, I’m a sucker for all of them too. Opposites attract would probably be one of my faves. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  12. Erika

    I really love the friends to lovers (especially childhood friends) or enemies bantering all of the time to lovers! Thanks!

  13. Kimberly

    Friends to lovers is good, because they’ve been around for a while. But nothing beats a nice paranormal romance. Alpha growly males mating with a seemingly helpless female. Love it!

  14. Kai W.

    I’m for all three and the fairy tales theme. Can’t get enough of them especially with the HEA ending.

  15. Chelsea B.

    I love the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ trope, where the guy is physically/emotionally scarred, gruff, doesn’t think he deserves love and the heroine is all understanding, sassy and stubborn 🙂 Also, friends to lovers!

  16. KateS

    I like all three… but frankly I’m sitting here thinking about your son’s names…. and all I can come up with are chedder and stilton… surely not…..

  17. Demitra

    I have never thinking about it, actually I don’t have preference, I prefer the good stories. But I think ‘opposites attract’ is more interesting

  18. Texas Book Lover

    I’m a sucker for any and pretty much all romances. I like to mix them up to keep things different and interesting so it doesn’t feel like I am reading the same thing over and over.

  19. Tawnya Bentley

    I actually enjoy reading about them all, however I’m starting to realize the opposites attract has more fireworks in the story-line. And some great witty conversations.

  20. Krysten M

    Oooh, I think my favorite is opposites attract. It’s always fun to watch those types of stories unfold 🙂

  21. Josette Schaber

    I seriously do not have a favorite. I have some I’ve liked and some I haven’t liked in all of the different storylines. I really just look for a good story. Some days I’m more in the mood for one over another, but it’s not because it’s a fave.

  22. Anne

    Friends to lovers or best friend of sibling to sibling (usually older brother’s best friend to younger sister).

  23. Timitra

    I love them all as well as best friend’s little sister/best friend’s older brother!

  24. Amy Pollard Woolard

    I like all three as well! I tend to lean a little more towards the “opposites attract” aspect though.

  25. Christine L.

    Of the three, I’d give opposites-attract the edge, though IRL friends-to-lovers would be my preference.

  26. Janice U.

    I love all types of romances. As long as I sense chemistry between the two characters, I’m in.

  27. Anita Powers

    I love romance stories with a Boss and his assistant but then I also love when opposites attract, I am a sucker for all romances. Great giveaway thanks

  28. shadowluvs2read

    I like all three. Boss/assistant is a favorite! One of my top two! My all time favorite tho is the little sister falling for her big brothers best friend or the big brother falling for his sisters best friend. i love this trope!

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