07 April 2010

Romance Spotlight: Monica Burns

~author website~
~pre-order Assassin's Honor~

Doesn't this cover immediately grab the attention? It did with me, but when I read the blurb all bells and whisteles went off; it contains all the markers for a story that has my panties in a twist of excitement!

1. ancient relics
2. ancient order of assassins—the Sicari
3. a sinfully dark stranger
4. an ancient Roman bloodline
5. revenge. Love

Heck, let me give you the whole blurb so you can all go nuts with me:
Assassin's Honor by Monica Burns

Book 1 in The Order of the Sicari series
Penguin/Berkley
ISBN - 978-0-425-23416-7
Available June 1, 2010

COVER BLURB

Archeologist Emma Zale sees the past when she touches ancient relics. It’s how she uncovered evidence of an ancient order of assassins—the Sicari. When a sinfully dark stranger shows up on her Chicago doorstep demanding an ancient artifact she doesn’t have, he drags her into a world where telekinesis and empaths are the norm. Now someone wants her dead, and her only hope of survival is an assassin who’s every bit as dangerous to her body as he is to her heart.

Ares DeLuca comes from an ancient Roman bloodline of telekinetic assassins. A Sicari, he’s honor bound to kill only in the name of justice. But when the woman he loved was murdered, Ares broke the Sicari code and used his sword for revenge. Love cost him dearly once before, and he’s not willing to pay the price again. At least not until hot, sweet, delectable Emma walked into his life. Not only does she hold the key to a valuable Sicari relic, she might just hold the key to his heart.

Is everybody in the same salavating spot as I am? Good! At least I'm not the only one feverishly counting down the days for the release of this novel. So when I read this info and got my fix of the second book cover in this series I just knew I wanted to know what Monica Burn's view on romance was, so I contacted her and even though her time was precious she gave me the 411 on her kind of romance. So  please welcome Ms. Burns to my Realm, have something to drink, something to nibble on and get comfy...

What does romance mean to Monica Burns?

Romance for me is real life mixed with a healthy dose of fantasy. When I write, I know that real life doesn’t always have a happy ending. I also know that not every woman is drop dead gorgeous (I love looking at pictures of Elizabeth Taylor and Jean Simmons in their heyday). And I don’t know about others, but I’ve never had any hawt guys like Brad Pitt or Hugh Jackman give me a second look. But in my books, I can visualize all of that for my heroes and heroines. I get to mix real life themes of love, hope and empowerment into my fantasies so that I see a HEA every time. That’s what it’s all about for me. The fantasy, the HEA and a little bit of real life mixed in.

What does romance mean to Emma Zale and Ares DeLuca?

Romance to Emma and Ares…hmm…that’s a tough question. These two characters have to go through some tough changes before they can be together, but the bottom line is acceptance. Emma has to accept all the changes in her life and learn that things will never be the same no matter how hard she wants them to go back the way they were. Ares has to accept that he’s not perfect, and that he can’t control things no matter how hard he tries. But in the end, the HEA these two enjoy is pretty special, and I love how they come together.

A delicious taste of what is to come....UNEDITED EXCERPT

He studied her long and hard for a moment. There was something about the intensity of his gaze that stole her breath from her. Something dark and sensual crossed his face, while a storm brewed in his dark, mysterious blue eyes. He slowly closed the distance between them. With only inches between them, she knew she should run like hell, but she didn’t. The man mesmerized her. His fingertips lightly stroked her cheek.

“You’re trouble of the worst kind, carissima. Smart, brave, a good sense of humor, compassionate, beautiful, and incredibly sexy. Life was complicated enough before you came along. I knew getting involved with you would cloud my judgment, but it’s too late. I can’t stay away from you.”

The husky sound of his voice made her heart skip a beat and then another. Naked desire crossed his face and it sent her senses reeling. It threatened to drown her in a sensually wicked heat. No. She couldn’t do this. She couldn’t just forget the fact that he’d brought her here under false or near false pretenses.

“Stop it, okay,” she said in a low voice. “Just stop.”

“What do you want me to stop, dolce mia? Stop craving you? Stop dreaming about touching you?” His words were a gentle caress on her senses. “I’ve tried, carissima. I’ve tried hard to forget how you feel against my body. I’ve tried to forget because I know being with you is the worst thing that could happen to both of us. There are things I need to tell you, and yet every time I get near you, I lose my head. You slide into my senses until I can’t think straight.”

She drew in a deep breath. Oh God, if she were a piece of ice, she’d be completely melted by now. Definitely time to leave. With as much aplomb as possible, she turned away from him and headed toward the door. The sooner she got out of this cottage, the safer she and her heart would be.

“Look, let’s just say we had some hot sex and let it go at that. Okay? There’s no need to repeat it.” She casually tossed the words over her shoulder as she headed for the exit. Almost to the door, she flinched as a hard, sinewy arm snapped down in front of her to block her way out of the bedroom.

“If I want hot sex as you call it, I know women who can give me that and they understand it’s just that—sex,” he ground out in a fierce tone. “You are not one of those women, carissima.”

There was a primal note of possession in his voice, and it made her heart slam into her chest as she absorbed his words. The tension in him was easy to see by the way his hand gripped the doorjamb. It was a beautiful hand, strong and masculine. She slowly ran her gaze over the length of his muscular arm. An arm that had held her close on a number of occasions. And every one of those times, she’d enjoyed it far more than she should have. She turned her head to look up at him. The hunger she saw on his face sent her pulse racing, but she was reluctant to give in to the need slowly spiraling its way through her.

“What are you saying?” she asked in a breathless voice.

“I’m saying you’re special, cara. It will never be just sex with you.”
CRITICAL ACCLAIM
“Monica Burns writes with sensitivity and panache. Don’t miss this one!” —Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times bestselling author
“[Monica Burns’s] excellent love scenes and bold romance will have readers clamoring for more.” —Romantic Times
“No one sets fire to the page like Monica Burns.” —eCataromance
“The love scenes are emotion-filled and wonderfully erotic . . .Enough to make your toes curl.” —Two Lips Reviews
“Wow. Just Wow.” —Fallen Angel Reviews
“A satisfying read complete with intrigue, mystery, and the kind of potent sensuality that fogs up the mirrors.” —*A Romance Review  

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18 comments:

  1. I just got this one for review...I've never read this author and I am really looking forward to it :)

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  2. OMG, you got an ARC of Assasin's Honor?! *speaks as the green monster right now* You're so lucky!!

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  3. Sounds good, I do like assassins for some strange reason ;)

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  4. Leontine, Thank you for spotlighting Assassin's Honor. I can only hope that the book lives up to readers expectations.

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  5. Is everybody in the same salavating spot as I am?

    Heck, yes!! This sounds so different from the usual books! It's making me curious :)
    Thanks for spotlighting this, hon!

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  6. This book looks great - and that excerpt was hot! I'm definitely gonna be checking it out!

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  7. A hot man in leather pants never gets old to me.

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  8. I fell in love with this author after devouring her current release, KISMET. She's amazing and her words paint vivid pictures of the exceptionally exotic locales of her stories. And her heroes *fans self* are breathtakingly alpha. Oh my are they ever!!

    I'm absolutely dying for this series.

    Congrats on the ARC Leontine. I can't wait to read what you think.

    Hugs, VFG

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  9. Did you say something......I was staring at those covers..LOL.
    Adding this series to my TBB list.

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  10. Monica, I cannot wait to read this book! Yummy cover and very intriguing excerpt! You better bring one for me at Lori's event cause I want to buy an autographed copy! *wink*

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  11. I've only read one of her books but I loved it and this sounds like it's going to be another winner.

    sstrode@scrtc.com

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  12. If you're just now discovering Monica Burns welcome to great writing. I've throughly enjoyed reading her books. She can pull you into a story, make you laugh and cry, oh, and make you hunt down the nearest hot guy for some relief!

    Bring on the next book Monica!

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  13. Yeah, I have the first book on my wish list. I'm definitely looking forward to meeting a new author.

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  14. OKay had to re read a couple of times to get what you were trying to tell me, lol. Her covers are hot!!!
    And the stories look very intriguing!!
    Thanks for showcasing this Leontine!!!
    Hope all is well honey! Love ya!

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  15. Leontine, wonderful post and great taste in books!

    Don't hate me because I'm one of Monica's betas and had the chance to read both books. You won't be disappointed--actually you will because they end. And I really can't believe she said Ares isn't perfect! Pssst...he is!

    The Sicari series is a fabulous read! Don't worry, I keep bugging Monica to write more of it so we won't have to wait too long for the others!

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  16. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is eager for this series LOL

    @Blodeuedd - Assassin's like these is me screaming; Me.Wants.Now!! Don't get scared, it's my addiction going in a frenzy regarding this series LOL

    @Janna - You're welcome and yes, it does sounds different, and hot and good, and with a great storyline. Jeez, can I drool more...yesterday I didn't think so :)

    @Heather - YAY come over to the Sicari side, it is so exciting on this side :D

    @Smokinghotbooks - Hon, leather on a man = me in a quivering puddle of wantom female flesh. It's a quirk I can't seem to shake.

    @VFG - Hon I wish I gots and ARC, nah, Mandi got an ARC which brought forth my green monster LOL And I remember your review from KISMET, very good stuff to read!

    @Elaing8 - That's my kinda girl!!! Of course you couldn't help but stare at the covers, though the blurb and excerpt are very good stuff too :)

    @Renee Vincent - *drool* an authogrpahed copy LOL

    @Sherry - I look forward to investigate the fact if it is going to be another winner....is it June yet???

    @Jerrie Alexander - quote: "She can pull you into a story, make you laugh and cry, oh, and make you hunt down the nearest hot guy for some relief!"

    Oh yes, major button for me, I love to laugh...and cry...and hunt for the nearest hot guy for some relief...hubby is so doomed when I receive my copy LOL

    @Donna - I heard you were busy and have more reading time so this is definitely a book that can keep you very pleasantly occupied for a day or two ;)

    @Cecile - You came by late hon, I would've been a sleep at that time. A was bugged by another migraine and coming out of it, perhaps the message wasn't as claer as i hoped when i wrote it (((hugs)))

    @Gabrielle Edwards - your one of monica's betas 0-0 can you be bribed LOL Ares sounds so good!! And yes, you must bug Monica for more books and I'm really hoping I will join her experienced cheering crew by June ;)

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  17. LOL, Leontine! I can be bought...let's chat. *snort*

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  18. oh yeah, I'm definitively waiting for this one - loved the other books and now I'm counting the days *gg*

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