This morning I have an interview with Monica Murphy, as well as a copy of Owning Violet to give away!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Monica Murphy] Wife, mom, workaholic, dedicated
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Owning Violet?
[Monica Murphy] Absolutely! OWNING VIOLET is the first in The Fowler Sisters series and is about the middle Fowler sister, Violet. She works for her family’s cosmetics company (Fleur) and when the book starts out, she believes her life is set and is going to follow a specific pattern. But it doesn’t. She gets thrown for a loop and then Ryder McKay enters her life…and really starts messing with her head. He works for Fleur as well and wants to use Violet to get ahead. But of course, he ends up falling madly in love with her…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?
[Monica Murphy] It’s fairly late in the book and I don’t want to reveal too much because of spoilers but there’s a moment where Violet rushes back to her place to meet up with Ryder and he’s waiting for her. And he’s jealous but doesn’t know how to deal with it. Here’s a glimpse:
The moment I enter the lobby of my building I see him.
Pacing near the bank of elevators, the expression on his face fierce. He doesn’t even notice me at first, what with the way he’s scowling and staring at the ground, and I watch him for one unguarded moment, loving the way he checks his cell. In the hopes he has a message from me, perhaps?
I clear my throat and he whirls around, his expression softening in an instant. But he remains coolly impassive, keeping his distance as I approach him and reach out, pressing the button for the penthouse floor.
“Hi,” I murmur, stepping back.
“Hello,” he greets in return, shoving his hands into the front pockets of his dark-rinse jeans. He looks amazing. The spring night has turned cool and he’s wearing a black Henley shirt that hugs his torso, his biceps straining against the sleeves. I always see him in suits—or naked—and I savor these moments when I get to admire him in such casual clothing.
He looks good no matter what he wears.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Monica Murphy] I loved Violet’s journey. She really changed and grew in this book. So did Ryder. But I loved how strong Violet became. She surprised everyone, including me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Monica Murphy] My cell phone! Oh God, I am so dependent on that thing it’s pitiful.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Monica Murphy] My iPhone (see? LOL), a now empty can of diet Coke and a pile of receipts I need to file.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s your favorite snack when you’re working on a deadline?
[Monica Murphy] Lately it’s been Sour Patch Kids watermelon flavor. They’re so good! I blame my daughter for turning me on to them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Monica Murphy] Umm, that’s a tough question! I’m going to say Jennifer Lawrence because I like her attitude and she knows Liam Hemsworth so win/win. I’d go visit Liam and ask him to invite his brother Chris over. Heh heh.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
[Monica Murphy] Teletransport! So I can go wherever I want whenever I want. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I’d be doing a lot of heavy traveling that week.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Monica Murphy] I read a YA book entitled The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel and OMG so so good. Another book I read was Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick – loved! I went on a YA binge.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Monica Murphy] My website is: http://monicamurphyauthor.com
I’m on Twitter all the time: http://twitter.com/msmonicamurphy
And Facebook of course: http://facebook.com/MonicaMurphyAuthor
Pinterest too! Oh that place is a dangerous time suck: http://www.pinterest.com/msmonicamurphy/
Thank you for having me at your blog!
[Monica Murphy] Thank you for taking the time to answer my question!
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy new contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves.
I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.
Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.
One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.
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