Looking for your next book hangover? I’ve got just the thing: Gannon King.

I always like to do a blog about my new book right around its release date. But thanks to a vacation, a move, and a really great launch, I dropped the ball on the blog! But you’re all too busy reading Mr. Fixer Upper to care about a blog post, right? Right!

I don’t need to blab all about all the reasons I love this book. So let me give you the highlights.

  1. Gannon King is the grumpy, fiery kind of hero that I LOVE. He reminds me a bit of Mr. Lucy if you know what I mean ;)
  2. That. Shower. Scene.
  3. Paige is one of my favorites. She undergoes a transformation throughout the story that I really enjoyed writing. She’s smart and a little cool and has lady balls. But she’s lonely and doesn’t always speak her mind. At least not until a temperamental, loud mouth Italian contractor who hates being on TV comes along and drives her insane.
  4. The slow burn. This is not a love-at-first-sight story. This is co-workers who don’t like each other. But where there’s smoke—or in this case, sparks—there’s freaking fire.
  5. Home renovations. I can’t get enough of those shows so I wrote a book about it!

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Listen to these really smart folks who loved Mr. Fixer Upper and aren’t even related to me or on my payroll!:

I started Mr. Fixer Upper right after work at 5:00 p.m. and I finished it at 12:30 p.m.. My family had to make a run to town to get supper because I was not going to stop reading. I laughed, cried and according to my husband gasp a lot. – Ptacekjill

As is always the case with Lucy Score, I laughed and cried through the whole book. If there is one thing that gets me every time, it’s a strong character showing vulnerability.  – Joyce Hiebert

Sexy and snort-laugh funny, just as you’ve come to expect from Lucy Score. – E. McLeod

You can grab yourself a handful (or two) of Gannon King for free on Kindle Unlimited or buy him on Amazon. Thank you for reading and for telling your friends :)

Stay tuned for lots more news (INCLUDING READER INTERVIEWS!!), information on Blue Moon #5, and a peek at my brand new office in our new house! Keep reading, friends!

xoxo,

Lucy

 

The idea started last year when a handful of readers came to me and where like “Yo, Lucy! We want to read John and Phoebe Pierce’s story.” I, of course, was like “Uh, y’all know that John dies, right? And Phoebe gets remarried and lives HEA. How am I supposed to write John??” They were like, “You’ll figure it out. Do it!”

And damn if they weren’t right.

I decided to write the book as an experiment to see if a) it could be written and b) if it should be written. And as soon as I started it, I realized this was the perfect story and the perfect time for it. There were so many overlaps to the rest of the Blue Moon series, so many connections between John and his sons, and Blue Moon circa 1985 to present day.

I got to really dig in to why this community is so much more than just a collection of neighbors. And I’m so happy and grateful and blown away that you guys asked for this book… and that I delivered. *patting self on back*

Anyway, if you haven’t read it yet, here’s what I want you to know:

  1. You’ll probably cry. I did. A lot. But I think there’s enough funny and enough happy and enough hope in there to still feel really good when you close the book.
  2. You get to meet all your Blue Moon favorites as much younger characters. I.E. The barf fest on Pierce Acres and that time John had to have THE TALK with his boys.
  3. If you like the show This is Us, you’ll probably like this book. 
  4. This is the prequel to the Blue Moon series. I strongly suggest that you read at least the first 3 Blue Moon Books before this!!

Here’s What Readers Are Saying:

It is 2:20 AM and I just finished Where It All Began… Tears trickling down my face. THANK YOU Lucy for something that is truly a very special, emotional story…a once in a lifetime book for me as a reader. — Caroline

Holy cannoli what an amazing blue moon book. Got up super early so that I could let the tears flow without my family staring at me like I’m a nutcase. I love this series to the core. Thank you for taking us back to where it all began. —Robin

Damn you Lucy Score!! You made my heart full today and of course you made me laugh and cry too! — Clair

So here it is and don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!

Lucy

When you’re a writer and your readers come to you and say “We really want you to write this,” you have to at least think about it. That’s what I did when a handful of readers decided they’d like a prequel to the Blue Moon series that followed John and Phoebe–the parents of the hot, irresistible Pierce brothers. So I thought about it. And then I said, “hell no.”

How can I write a love story when everyone already knows (SPOILER ALERT) that John dies? His only appearance in the Blue Moon series is through the essays that he wrote. Did I mention (ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT) Phoebe has since happily remarried?

John Pierce has plans for these two hundred rundown acres. He sees a farm, a family, a future. He’s not about to drag someone in on the ground floor, not before he’s put in the work to turn rubble into home. The grad student he agreed to take on for the summer was supposed to lend a hand. Hell, he was supposed to be a man. Not an opinionated, smart-mouthed woman who does nothing but distract him from dawn to dusk.

She’s ruining his nice, quiet life. And he can’t wait for her to finish her thesis and get out of his hair.

What You Need to Know:

  1. This is the prequel to the entire Blue Moon series and it’s set in 1985. Imagine this, the town rooted in the 1960s is dabbling in stonewashed jeans, blue eye shadow, and like totally bitchen vocabulary.
  2. This is a novel (60,000+ words).
  3. I strongly insist that you read at least the first 3 Blue Moon books before this one. You will understand why!!

xoxo,

Lucy

People I didn’t pay called me brilliant and then I choked on my own spit. Just a typical launch day for Lucy Score and That’s What She Said Publishing.

Yesterday was the release of Not Part of the Plan, the fourth installment in my small town romance Blue Moon series!

It was a day of good cheer all around, especially the part where I choked on my own spit during a Facebook Live video. See my face below. ????

The feedback on Not Part of the Plan has been freakin’ awesome with some of my favorites being…

“Lucy Score is brilliant, and Blue Moon is spectacular!” — AndiQ

“I put this book down for two days near the end because I couldn’t bear for it to be over, I loved it so much.” — Joyce Hiebert

“I LOVE BLUE MOON!!! I want to live there!” — LeeLee83

“I absolutely love Lucy Score and her amazing storytelling…” — Nicole S.

Believe it or not, none of these were my mother! These were all real quotes from real people not related to me and therefore obligated to lie to me :) Social proof, yo!

If you haven’t picked up the Blue Moon series yet, let me tell you why I love it so much. Right now every time I get on Facebook or Twitter or turn on the TV it stresses me out. It’s like badness overload. And Blue Moon is one of those places I can escape where all the people are kind and hilarious and ridiculous and true love always wins… at the hands of the Beautification Committee. It’s small town romance at it’s best with quirky characters, really freaking funny situations, and the kind of love we all want to find in our lifetimes. Plus, there’s a goat that eats pants.

Check them out when you get the chance. All four of the Blue Moon books are on sale for 99¢ each right now (U.S. and U.K. only) for the next few days! Get ’em while they’re cheap!

No More Secrets

Fall Into Temptation

The Last Second Chance

Not Part of the Plan

Get ready to head back to Blue Moon, folks!

There’s a new release heading to Kindles everywhere. You can expect to download your copy of Not Part of the Plan onto your Kindle on April 11!

Let’s talk details… this is the fourth book in my Blue Moon series. Each book can be read as a standalone, so if you haven’t picked the first ones up yet, you can jump right in with Not Part of the Plan.

For the record, Blue Moon books are sexy AND hilarious. They’re set in the small, idyllic town of Blue Moon Bend in upstate New York. Taken over by wandering hippies after Woodstock, the town still clings to its sixties roots with a heavy dose of nosey small town mixed in. The men are sexy alphas and the women are complicated, confusing, and charming.

In this sweet and sexy story, Nikolai Vulkov is a famous, womanizing fashion photographer whose life has suddenly lost its appeal. He decides an extended vacation with his best friend Summer Pierce and her husband Carter will be just the cure. Spending a few weeks on a farm in the middle of nowhere with twin one-year-olds? If that doesn’t make his old life more appealing, nothing will.

And speaking of appealing, when Niko meets Emmaline, the fiesty, no-nonsense brewery manager, he senses a challenge.

Emma’s not into bad boys or flings and lets Niko know it. She likes an orderly life, a plan, a direction. But once in the friend zone, Niko works to wear her down. Emma starts to wonder just how bad could one night with him be? How good could one night be?

The rest of Blue Moon reassembles for this book, picking up their stories nearly a year after the last book ends. Catch up with your favorite Pierce brother and all of your eccentric Blue Mooners and their hippie ways. There’s a Knit Off, Clementine the goat strikes again, and everyone’s favorite dead head Fitz reveals a very interesting side career.

Here’s a handful of my favorite snippets from Not Part of the Plan…

“What’s a dildo, Mama?”

 

“Crap. Four seconds in my house and we’ve already ruined your very nice Tom Ford. Sorry about that. Fluids just fly constantly around here,” Summer apologized.

“I figured that’s how you got twins,” Niko joked.

 

Carter glared at him and stroked a hand through his own beard. “I thought you hated facial hair.”

“Where did you ever get that idea?” Beckett asked innocently.

Carter threw his cards down on the table. “Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because of every snide comment you’ve ever made about my beard in the past five years?”

“What are you talking about?” Beckett feigned confusion. “I’ve said nothing but nice things about your beard.”

“Bullshit!” Carter shouted, pointing at his brother. “Bull. Shit. ‘Don’t get beard hair in my food, Carter.’ ‘You look like a wookie, Carter,’” he mimicked in a falsetto voice. “Bull fucking shit.”

Check out Chapter One here to wet your whistle! Can’t wait for April 11th! Sign up for my newsletter here to make sure you never miss a hot, new release.

xoxo,

Lucy

When Mr. Lucy and I decided to turn Pretend You’re Mine into an audiobook, we had a very strict list of must-haves:

  • The narrator needed to make Luke and Harper so real, you’d forget you were listening to an audiobook.
  • She needed to deliver the story with energy.
  • She had to be the perfect Mrs. Moretta.

We found all that and more with voice talent Melissa Moran. Melissa was kind enough to chat with me about her experiences in the world of audiobooks in general and what it was like recording Pretend You’re Mine.

Me: How did you get involved with narrating audiobooks? 

MM: A colleague of mine had just started doing audiobooks on the side and suggested I give it a shot. He knew that I had a love of acting and had access to the equipment and technical know how to produce an audiobook through the radio station I work at. I thought, “What the heck!” and gave it a shot. Over 70 books later and I now have a home studio and another career path! Thanks, Dave :)

Me: Do you do other voice work/acting/etc.?

MM: For my day job, I’m a morning radio personality for a country station, so my obnoxious voice is all over Central Florida! I’ve also done some voice work for CNN, Six Flags, and businesses on the local TV news outlet. As far as acting goes, you’ll spot me every now and then on Home Shopping Network. Want some fancy towels? Rice cooker? Decorative fragrance products for your home? I’ve sold them all! I’m also a huge fan of improv comedy and was in an Atlanta troupe for a while. SO much fun.

Me: You did a great job differentiating between the characters in Pretend You’re Mine. How do you choose who gets what voice?

MM: I usually let the text guide me on that. As a narrator, it’s so important to pick up on the words used to describe the character and allow the personality to form the voice. I have some ‘go-to’ voices for non-specific characters, but I can usually start hearing their voices come through in my imagination as I read. Oh- and you HAVE TO read the whole book before you start actually narrating it. For example, I’ve heard of some horror stories where it’ll say on page 297 of a 300 page book, “she whispered in her thick Scottish accent”…and the narrator was American the whole way through! Ouch. Tough lesson to learn.

Me: Are you a reader when you’re not working? Have any favorite books?

MM: I’m always working, BUT I make sure to only sign on to projects that I’ll truly enjoy and I really did love ‘Pretend You’re Mine’. I’ll listen to audiobooks while driving and I tend to go for stuff that makes me laugh. So, some of my recent purchases have included Martin Short, Jessie Klein, Jenny Lawson, David Spade, and Kathy Griffin. One of my favorites, though, is ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd. I was crying like a freaking baby!

Me: Did you have a favorite character to voice in Pretend You’re Mine?

MM: Of course I love Luke and Harper, but I really liked the scenes with Aldo! He’s funny, sexy, strong, and inspiring- plus I had a lot of fun with him and Mrs. Moretta!

Me: Were there any scenes in Pretend You’re Mine that were particularly challenging or entertaining to voice?

MM: This is an easy one. The show at Remo’s toward the end had me laughing and crying at the same time. There was so much love in that scene. And when Luke stepped out? Oh. My. Word. It was like I was there…and it was epic. As classic as the famous “Time of my Life” scene in Dirty Dancing. Seriously.

Me: What’s the best part of your job?

MM: Getting paid to read amazing stories! Is there anything better than that?!

Rapid Fire Round

Favorite food:

Anything Mexican

Binge-worthy TV show:

I have a 4-year-old. The only thing I binge on are cookies while hiding in a closet.

Dogs or cats:

Woof

Staying in or going out:

I would love to go out more, but I’m usually pretty sleepy after a long day of work and wrangling a toddler. Watching a rented movie curled up on the couch is more my jam.

Night owl or morning person:

I’m a night owl with an early morning day job. I’m a peach at 4am *eye-roll*

Best advice on achieving world peace:

Raising our children to live with love and not with fear is a good start. Talking about and celebrating the differences of each culture. Education is the best weapon against ignorance and intolerance.

What’s the key to success:

Never stop learning! Even professionals at the top of their game take workshops, hire private coaches, and attend seminars. I make it a point to save a percentage of my pay to go toward education in my field. Keep learning = stay working! Also, LOVE what you do!

Note from Lucy: Listen to Melissa take on the voices of Benevolence in the Pretend You’re Mine audiobook, available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

I had an inkling that today would be a rough Monday for many of us so I went to great lengths to bombard people with hilarious memes on FB.

And together, through laughter, snarkiness, and some alcohol, we got through the day! Nice job, everyone!

In writing news, I’ve officially started writing Blue Moon #4 (working title, unless I literally can’t come up with anything decent). So I’m getting to know Nikolai and Emma as they get to know each other, if you know what I mean… WINK. I’m really excited to be working on a Blue Moon book again. It feels a little bit like coming home… if home were a hippie commune in upstate New York.

In other non-news, we’ve got a Sinner & Saint: Crossing the Line GIVEAWAY going on on Amazon! So if you have any friends who haven’t read it yet, tell them to visit the contest and enter for a chance to win a free ebook.

Okay, I’ve got to take a shower before Mr. Lucy starts sniffing the air when he walks in the room.

xoxo,

Lucy

Happy Monday morning to you! First, a shoutout to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his day. It’s always a pleasure for me to mark the day that honors a man so focused on love and peace. May we all remember his Pinterest-worthy wisdom…

Speaking of love, my new release, Heart of Hope is out! This long-ass novella is set in the Kindle World of Hope Falls created by the lovely writing duo Melanie Shawn. Melanie and Shawna have been kicking butt at the romance game and I was thrilled when they invited me to write in their Hope Falls world. And not just because there was a town Bible so I didn’t have to make up any places or secondary characters myself ????

However, you know me. I can’t tell a short story. So I ended up with a 50k-word novel following Bristol Quinn as she and her family grieve the loss of her younger sister, Hope, in a tragic accident. Writing the prologue involved a lot of tissues for me. Bristol is a single mother of an eight-year-old daughter and runs her own business. She doesn’t have the time or the energy for love, but as her older sister’s Christmas wedding approaches, she decides to reach out to Hope’s heart recipient to invite him or her to the wedding.

When Bristol doesn’t get a response to her letter, she throws herself into coaching her daughter’s peewee hockey team…badly. But sexy stranger Beau arrives in town and scrapes her off the ice, offering to teach her how to skate and coach. He says he’s in town for a yoga retreat, but he’s definitely hiding something.

Bristol discovers that something when he disappears after a magical night together only to reappear at her sister’s Christmas wedding with a very special gift for her family.

This book seriously murdered my feelings over and over again as I was writing.

And the idea for it came to me from this story that went viral this summer. I remember watching the video of the bride putting her hand over her father’s heart that now beats in someone else’s chest and needing to take a five minute break to stop hyperventilating and sobbing.

You know I love viral videos that turn me into a mushy mess. The idea for Pretend You’re Mine came from all the military homecoming videos I was binge-watching at the time. And thankfully, according to my ARC team and early reviews, I wasn’t the only one who got a tad bit teary over Heart of Hope. I hope you pick up the story, cry your face off, and tell all your friends.

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breaking_the_rules_600x900Oh, happy day! Thanks to Mr. Lucy’s tireless work, you can get your hot little hands on the conclusion to the Sinner & Saint duet five days early! Breaking the Rules is available on Amazon now. Consider it my Christmas gift to you!

Breaking the Rules

Lucy’s Tags: steamy and suspenseful and hot as hell

He killed for her.

And then he walked out on her.

Xavier Saint has spent the last five years growing his private security firm and trying to forget Waverly Sinner and everything she meant to him. But you can’t forget a love like that, an all-consuming need like that. She’s in his blood and when it looks like Hollywood’s princess is in trouble again he knows he can’t stay away any longer.

Waverly doesn’t want to be rescued and certainly not from the man who abandoned her. She’s not making room for Xavier in her new life. Waverly calls the shots now and not just in the home she’s made or her thriving movie career. Her acting talents have opened up a whole new world of adrenaline-spiking opportunities.

But when her side job takes a life-threatening twist, Waverly is forced to turn to the one man she swore she’d never trust again. Now, with a bullet hole in her side and Xavier demanding a second chance, the clock is ticking for her to find her partner and clear her name before she ends up on trial… or worse.

Xavier is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Waverly safe and win her back, even if it means finding her missing boyfriend and delivering him to her. But the secrets she’s keeping could get them killed.

Last-Minute Christmas Gifts

Did I mention Crossing the Line and Breaking the Rules would make amazing Christmas presents for your friends and family? :)

A Few More Reasons to Get Excited

  1. The Pretend You’re Mine audiobook is done and freaking amazing and will go up for sale as soon as it clears the production process. So all you audiobook fans, get ready!
  2. My NEXT book, Heart of Hope, is a short novel in the Hope Falls Kindle World of fabulous writing duo Melanie Shawn launches on January 12! There’s a Facebook launch party for all the new books and I hope to see you there in my time slot of 10-10:15 p.m. EST. Stay tuned for more info on the audiobook and Heart of Hope!

 

ctlHave you ever been so focused on a project that when you emerge from it you kind of forget how to be a normal human being again? That’s me right now. Back in July when I started writing Sinner & Saint, I was super pumped. I’d been thinking about the characters and the story for quite a while and the writing was going well. Too well.

Before I knew it, I was staring down the barrel of 100k words. And I was only halfway through the story. So one book became two. Now, if you’re anything like me, you hate cliffhangers and unfinished stories (and then as soon as you’ve finished a story, you wish you were still reading it). Well, I can’t do anything about the second thing, but I can help with the first!

I didn’t want you to have to wait an eternity between Sinner & Saint books so I wrote and wrote and wrote until I had told Waverly Sinner and Xavier Saint’s story in two full novels.

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  • Sinner & Saint: Crossing the Line will be available for purchase on November 28.
  • Sinner & Saint: Breaking the Rules will be available for PREORDER with Crossing the Line’s launch and will be released on December 28. 

I wrapped up Breaking the Rules on vacation in Barbados and it was an amazing feeling to finish the story I’d been thinking about for almost a year. And let me tell you, celebrating in Barbados was pretty freaking cool! But that’s not important. Let’s talk about what you need to know about Sinner & Saint! Check out the synopsis to Crossing the Line here.

In a Nutshell

Waverly Sinner is a 20-year-old actress trapped by fame—and her manipulative parents. Xavier Saint owns the country’s most prominent private security firm and he’s tired of babysitting entitled celebrities. Waverly is sick of allowing everyone else to make decisions for her. She’s determined to shake him loose. He’s determined to stick. Things get very sparky, very fast, and as they get to know each other, the line between personal and professional gets blurry.

When a stalker gets too close, Xavier needs to stay one step ahead of him to keep Waverly safe. He vows that no one is going to get through him to get to her. But will his personal feelings end up endangering her instead?

Random Fast Facts About Sinner & Saint

  1. Five Years: The books take place five years apart, so that’s a pretty big hint on how the first book ends.
  2. What I Love About Waverly: When we meet her, we find a resilient girl who’s hanging on by a thread. Her life is a wreck, but she’s not giving up until she gets to start calling the shots. She’s damaged and a little desperate for change. Catching up with her five years later, she’s a bad-ass woman with a kick-ass life. And she’s not big on second chances.
  3. What I Love About Xavier: EVERYTHING. The man is a Boy Scout. I know bad boys are hot, but man, I love writing a good guy. He’s protective, possessive, and has hero written all over him. He will do anything to protect Waverly and, in the second book, anything to get her to forgive him.
  4. Secrets, Trust Issues, and Really Messy Relationships: I was in reader/writer heaven.
  5. The Middle: Don’t be discouraged by how the first book ends. I’m Lucy Freaking Score, I don’t believe in unhappily ever after. This is just the halfway point of their story. I make up for it in the second book!

Bottom Line

These two novels are hot and angsty and suspenseful. If you liked Pretend You’re Mine, I think you’re really going to enjoy the Sinner & Saint books. I’m really excited for you to fall in love with Xavier and Waverly! See you on the 28th!

xoxo,

Lucy