Today’s guest is Ann Monclair. She’s on a virtual book tour for her newest romance, Good Things Come in Tall Packages.
tour. All you have to do to be entered to win is to leave an e-mail address with a comment below. And if you’d like more chances to win, you can follow her tour and comment at other stops.
sneak-reading all my mom’s steamy romance novels. She kept them high on a shelf
in her closet and warned, “You better not read those…” Of course, I
read them. And now I write them! I strive to take readers on a fun, emotionally
charged, and highly sensual ride to happily ever after. Available now: TThe Billionaire’s Bauble (Soul Mate Publishing 2011), One Wet Summer (Musa
Publishing 2012), and Good Things Come in Tall Packages (Musa Publishing 2012).
Next up: Lady in Deed, my debut novel in historical romance set in Tudor
England (Musa Publishing Winter 2012).
I am a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a community college
English professor. I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York with my sexy
hero and our teenage son. Our grown daughter lives in Los Angeles,
Thanks for learning a little about me. You can contact me at
us about your current release.
opposites, but despite those differences find common ground. I wanted to write
a story where the ideal isn’t perfect harmony but dissonance. We’ve all seen
those couples where you’re scratching your head, thinking, “How did that happen?” But it works. They’re
perfect. Perfectly imperfect.
Connors and socialite lawyer Lucy Alcott come from two different worlds, two
very different cultures. But will those differences keep them apart when their
attraction is too strong to be denied?
socialite Savannah attorney Lucy Alcott entered the Hyatt looking for fun,
martinis, and hot sex, the last thing she expected to find was Dr. Joe Connors.
Joe is Lucy’s opposite in every way: he’s dark, she’s pale; he’s tall and
reserved, she’s tiny and vivacious; he wears his compassion and deep
spirituality on his sleeve, she wears designer bags and clothes. That night at
the Hyatt Lucy found herself not in the arms of a casual encounter but reaching
out to a man who challenged the walls she had built around her heart—and when
he gave her his number, Lucy knew Joe deserved a woman as warm and tender as he
was. So she threw his number away. When an unexpected meeting six months later
brings them together again, will Joe overcome Lucy’s fear of losing her heart,
or are their two very different worlds destined to keep them apart forever?
inspired you to write this book?
at a time when my Puerto Rican mother and Irish father were considered an interracial
couple. My father’s parents refused to meet me for two years. They hoped my mom
and me would disappear. But we didn’t. My parents will be married fifty years
next year—just a few months before I turn fifty! I’m a love child from a
forbidden union. That’s what inspired Joe and Lucy.
whooshed open, and Joe swept his arm out in front of him, indicating Lucy
should precede him into the elevator. She inclined her head to acknowledge his
chivalry. Inside the elevator, the quiet assaulted her senses. She leaned
against the shiny walnut wall, and a sigh of relief escaped her lungs.
world is still,” Joe murmured. “Let me remove your shoes.”
lifted her left foot, and Joe knelt before her and took off the pump. She shrunk
five inches before raising her other foot, so Joe could squeeze it from the
rich, red leather.
whispered in relief, “that feels a lot better.”
bent on his knee as if he were about to propose and rubbed the ball of first
one tired foot and then the other. Lucy wasn’t wearing stockings, and the firm
massaging motion he applied to her foot felt like a little bit of heaven. If
she believed in such a place.
the juxtaposition of her white foot in his black hands, enamored by the
lightness of his palms as they stroked the pink soles of her feet, she noted
together they created a rainbow—a cascade of color, vibrant and beautiful to
you, Joe. You’re hired.”
administrations on her feet and the melody of his jazzy chuckle, proved to be a
potent formula. A quiver ran through her body.
edits for my Tudor romance, A Lady in
Deed. It will be released December 7, 2012.
Rutherford planned to be a nun until the reformist movement closed her
cloister, forcing her to live with her mysterious benefactor and his rakish
son. Lord Trenton Stanley returned home from a decade of service to King Henry
VIII to find his estate in ruins, his family depleted, and a provocative
novitiate under his roof. Can duty and honor be enough to sustain them, or will
their ideals be compromised for love?
you first consider yourself a writer?
an MFA in Creative Writing and published lots of poems before I attempted
romance novels. I think publishing helps solidify the idea, “I’m a writer,” but
the intention and the emotion is born long before anyone ever publishes. Writers
write. I always wrote. Most days, my whole life. Publication just made it
write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other
than write and how do you find time to write?
pays my bills and writing sustains my heart. I write in the evenings and on
weekends. Right now, my son and husband are watching the original Rocky movie, and I’m writing on my
laptop on the couch. That’s my life. It works.
you say is your interesting writing quirk?
stop writing if my characters are in crisis. I have to write to a happy or
settled scene, so I can sleep without anxiety or nightmares. My characters are
real to me, and I worry about them if I leave them in a bad place. I don’t know
how thriller and horror writers do it! I’d be a wreck.
what did you want to be when you grew up?
be a writer who lived in a little cabin in the woods. Guess what? That’s what I
am. It took 45 years, but when it happened, I believed all that Oprah stuff
about putting your intentions out to the Universe then seeing them come true.
additional you want to share with the readers?
you, to help you believe in true love, to believe love will come when you least
expect it, and when it arrives, hold on tight and work for it every day. Love
is the ultimate reward. I believe we all deserve it.