Today I welcome another of the fabulous Harlequin Presents authors that I review for RT Magazine, USA Today Bestselling author Lucy Monroe. And after you get to know her a bit better, learn a favorite recipe of hers, stick around because Lucy's publisher Harlequin has set aside TWO copies of Million Dollar Christmas Proposal for my readers, US & CANADA only please.
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Tycoon Vincenzo Tomasi needs a new nanny for his niece and nephew by Christmas. And the million-dollar salary on offer will be more tempting than anything in Santa's sack! Audrey Miller already works for Enzo and loves children, and stepping into his family would dramatically help her own.
Read an excerpt:
Lucy Hi! Welcome to The Reading Frenzy
Hello, Debbie. :) Thanks so much for having me and letting me spend some time with my fellow romance addicts here.
Tell my readers about your holiday novel Million Dollar Christmas Proposal
When I write a holiday story, I give myself permission to jump into the deep end of emotional and sentimental. Million Dollar Christmas Proposal is a story about family love as much as it is about steamy romance.
My mom used to play the game with us, "What would you do if you had a million dollars?" (Or you know, won the lottery, etc.) Her list always started with giving to her family. Mom's been gone for over two years now, but I got to thinking...what would you do for a million dollars (or in this case an eventual ten million dollar payout)? If you were a woman like my mom, which Audrey Miller decidedly is, it wouldn't be anything bad and you'd want that money primarily to help your family.
Enzu is looking for a loving mother for his orphaned niece and nephew. Audrey is desperately looking for a way to make her brother's dreams come true. When those two realities collide, so do Enzu and Audrey.
The attraction between them is as hot as it is unexpected, but the prospect of love between the power driven, cold alpha male and the innocent, emotion driven Audrey is still a real long shot.
Lucy, who was your favorite character in this novel and why?
I usually fall in love with my heroes because they all have a little (or a lot) of my husband in them. But this time, my heart belongs to Audrey. She's so willing to do whatever she has to in order for her brother to have the best life possible. She cares about Enzu's niece and nephew before she ever meets them. She's the sympathetic friend willing to actually do something to make the world a better place for the people around her that we all want in our own lives. Or at least I do in mine.
Lucy, you said in your bio that you still adore your husband of 25 plus years. Congrats!!
Thanks! It's hard to believe it's been more than two decades, but when we renewed our vows on our 25th, I was as giddy as I was the day we got married. I just smiled and smiled and smiled...both days. :)
|Lucy's 25th Anniversary Pic|
Have you modeled any of your heroes after him?
All of my heroes have something of my husband in them, but the one I see the most of him in is Simon from "The Real Deal" (my first single title now out of print).
Because it changed my life and I believe it makes the world a better place. I started reading romance as a young girl. And while I knew the books were fiction, I figured men with honor, men who put their loved ones first – those men had to exist for someone to write about them. I certainly didn't see that type of man at home, but I became determined. I would marry a man like the ones I read about, not my own dad. And twenty-five years ago, I did just that. Romance gave me the hope the world wasn't just the four walls I lived in. My first trip abroad happened between the pages of a book, but I've made many since then because of the desire to see new places reading about them birthed in me.
My editors have often referred to me as an issues writer. My books deal with the realities of life in an admittedly fantasy setting. It's those realities readers connect to though. I get letters from all over the world from readers either happy to simply read about someone like them, or glad they aren't alone facing the kinds of challenges I write about.
What is one of your favorite holiday traditions you share with friends and family?
We have a lot and I do mean a lot of them. Our family is large and very close and we stay that way by celebrating together. One of my favorite traditions is our Christmas Eve service project. My sisters and I take turns hosting our big family Christmas Eve celebration and each year's host comes up with a service project for the year. We've adopted families to provide their holiday meal and gifts for Christmas. A big favorite is to gather and drop food and necessary clothing by the local shelters. We always try to do something personal, like writing cards to deliver on the night of Christmas Eve with whatever we've gathered to take to the shelters, etc.
A purely indulgent tradition that I love is watching White Christmas together every year. We used to do it on Christmas Eve, but with how big our family has grown, most of us just watch with our own children and their spouses now before or after the big celebration.
What is a favorite holiday activity of yours in your hometown?
The giving trees. They are everywhere and my grown children still delight in bringing me tags from the trees so I can get gifts for other children. But those are kind of universal, aren't they?
Hmmm...something unique to my hometown is the Festival of Lights and choral presentations at The Grotto (http://www.thegrotto.org/christmas/). We take our grandchildren and it is a truly magical experience for all of us. Not only are the lights breathtaking, but The Grotto invites area high school choirs to sing carols in their cathedral every night. There are puppet shows and a petting zoo for the little ones as well. It's really, really special.
Do you have a favorite holiday recipe you could share with us?
Shirley-Ann's Cream Corn Casserole
(This is my mother's recipe and the one side-dish my children ask for every year.)
2 Cans of Creamed Corn
1 Cup Egg Substitute (liquid)
1 Package (unsalted tops) Saltines (crushed)
1/2 tspn garlic powder
1/2 tspn onion powder
Options: if you like onions, add either onion flakes (3 TBPN) or fresh finely chopped onion (about 1/3 of a cup). Also you can add breadcrumbs or more finely crushed crackers to the top.
Mix all ingredients and pour into a glass or ceramic dish (or dishes) no larger than 9x9. Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes in preheated oven at 375. Let cool at room temperature at least 10 minutes before serving.
|Making it with my Granddaughter|
Lucy thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions.