I write what I write because I truly believe in the HEA (which I see as an HB - happy beginning - but that's another topic), no matter the difficulties life throws at you. And believe me, this comes from deep personal experience.
Which leads me to my current book. Although I am always honored and frankly pleased to be asked if I suffer from (or have personally) faced the issues I write about, up until now I have had to say, "No." (Though honestly...I usually have at least one dear friend or relative who has done.) But my heroine in "The Shy Bride" is dealing with an almost debilitating introverted nature. She's a brilliant pianist and composer, but cannot enjoy her fame or the connections it might give her.
Few who meet me would think I am shy. When I was a young person, I realized if I allowed my natural introverted nature to reign, I would not make friends. Being very stubborn, I put on the smiling persona I now wear. But the last few years, I have begun to have bouts of agoraphobia or social phobia if you'd rather - but I really struggle sometimes being online or leaving the house. What is really funny, is that I had started "The Shy Bride" (and then set it aside for a different book) before this challenge began to manifest itself in my life. I guess my subconscious knew I'd fought my own nature too long and the ramifications of doing so were coming.
Like my heroine, with the help of a sexy alpha hero (my dear husband), I refuse to let these circumstances win.
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The Shy Bride
Traditional Greek Husbands mini-series
Harlequin Presents #2929
July 2010 North America
Untouched — and bought for $100,000!
Thrust into the limelight, child star Cassandra timidly enchanted audiences night after night...But when her parents died, Cass retreated into her own world — too shy to leave her home. Once a year she shares her musical passion by offering lessons in a charity auction... This year, money talks...the winning bid: $100,000!
Enter: Neo Stamos, arrogant Greek tycoon. He wants Cass with a burning desire, though he knows that, shy and sweet, she will need a gentle awakening... But Neo’s the master of seduction!
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Award winning author Lucy Monroe published her first book in September 2003 and will celebrate the release of her 50th book this September. Visit her online at http://lucymonroe.com/ or her group page on Facebook.