Monday, July 06, 2015

Makeup Monday #6: Taming Lily by Monica Murphy + Giveaway

Makeup Monday is a weekly feature on Black Heart Reviews where we combine two of our favorites things: books and makeup! Hope you enjoy, and feel free to join in by posting your makeup regiment or beauty products on Monday via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #MakeupMonday!

This week, we have Monica Murphy stopping by the blog to talk about her upcoming new release, TAMING LILY, which hits bookstores tomorrow! Taming Lily is the third book in the Fowler Sisters series, a sexy contemporary romance series about three fiery and determined sisters with their own ideas about life and love.

Series: Fowler Sisters #3
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

I’m in trouble. Again. And instead of facing my problems head-on, I’ve run away. Far away this time, and no one can catch me—not my two younger sisters, Violet and Rose, not my father, my grandmother, or that witch Pilar who wants to take control of my family’s cosmetics company. Now I’m in Hawaii, enjoying the sun and sand and water, where nobody knows the hot mess known as Lily Fowler. And I’m loving every minute of it.

But someone is watching me. Following me. He’s gorgeous. Soon we’re talking, and against all my instincts, I reveal bits and pieces of myself to Max. It feels good, though I know he can’t be the man for me. These sudden feelings we share are way too complicated, too fraught, too intense.

Then everything explodes and I’m forced to return home. My intentions have always been true, but now everyone’s mad at me. I don’t know who to turn to anymore . . . except to Max. He’s the one I want to trust. But I’m not so sure I should. Maybe it’s worth the risk—what-ifs be damned. . . .

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | iTunes | Nook

Romance + Cosmetics = Awesome

I’ve always had a thing for makeup. I remember having my first part time job in high school and spending what little money I made (and it was little) on makeup I found at the local drugstore or Target. I read fashion magazines like they were going out of style. I devoured them actually and thought I wanted a job in the fashion world. That was one of my dreams and I kept up on trends, reading those magazines for years (Vogue was my bible!).

Alas, a career in the fashion industry never happened. But what happened is the next best thing because instead of working in the fashion world, I can write about it instead! How fun is that?

So it was sort of natural to me to want to create a series revolving around a cosmetics business. Part of my research was reading a book about Estee Lauder (what a powerhouse she was). She became the inspiration behind the woman who started Fleur Cosmetics, Dahlia Fowler, in my Fowler Sisters series (OWNING VIOLET, STEALING ROSE and TAMING LILY).

Right around the time I was writing OWNING VIOLET I discovered MAC Cosmetics created a new makeup line called A Novel Romance. Their advertising for the collection features images of beautiful models posing for mock romance covers, their poses looking as if they’re in the throes of passion, though their makeup is always impeccable (even the guy’s LOL).


(The one pirate looking dude can wear a smoky eye like nobody’s business, I might add.)

The names are fabulous, all with a romance theme. Haute and Naughty mascara. Reckless Desire lipgloss. Lingering Kiss lipstick. Love Power eye shadow. If my girls from Fleur Cosmetics could’ve come up with a line featuring cosmetics with romance novel-themed names, they would’ve done it! MAC beat them to the punch.

I hope you check out the last book in the Fowler Sisters series TAMING LILY, which is out July 7th.

Most of the cosmetics from the MAC collection aren’t available any longer (I think they’re really only up on eBay now) but lucky for you I have some pieces from the collection and I’m doing a giveaway of them here!

OWNING VIOLET: Amazon US | Amazon UK | iTunes | Nook
STEALING ROSE: Amazon US | Amazon UK | iTunes | Nook
TAMING LILY: Amazon US | Amazon UK | iTunes | Nook

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children. She's a workaholic who loves her job. When she's not busy writing, she also loves to read and travel with her family. She writes new adult and contemporary romance and is published with Bantam and Avon. She also writes romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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Monica is giving away the following from the MAC A Novel Romance collection (limited edition, no longer in stores and worth over $100!)

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