Author: Monica Murphy

Violet’s thoughts on the Christmas season

Posted December 3, 2014 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post | | 2 Comments



Ah, Christmas—such a bustling, magical time of year. The heroine from my new book OWNING VIOLET, Violet Fowler, is a busy woman. She helps run her family’s cosmetics company and she has a new man in her life whose taking up all of her time, not that she’s protesting.

So let’s hear from Violet and her thoughts on the Christmas season. Take it away, Violet!


I love schedules and lists because I’m big on staying organized. It’s what keeps me in line and on top of my responsibilities at work. Some people (ahem, my sisters Rose and Lily) might say I’m rigid, but I know when to relax. Really, I do. *looks around guiltily*

At my family’s company, Fleur Cosmetics, we receive a lot of invitations for holiday parties and no way can I attend them all. Some, my father goes to. Some, my sisters go to. And there are a few important parties where all of us go, even my grandma, who founded the company. When you have this many parties to attend (it sounds glamorous, I know but really it’s exhausting and besides, how many outfits can I wear? Yikes), it keeps your weekends (and sometimes your weeknights) busy. Meaning, where do I find time to shop for Christmas gifts?

And this year, I have a new special someone to buy a gift for…my boyfriend, Ryder. I have some ideas on what to get him but I need to shop on the downlow so he’ll never be the wiser to what I get him. This is why I love to shop online. Helps when I’m trying to find something for my sisters too.

Really, when I’m shopping for my sisters? It starts out with me shopping for myself. Don’t we all deserve a little something for ourselves during the holiday season? I’ve always been a big believer in that. So as I’m shopping for my sisters (we all pretty much like the same thing – sparkly, pretty, girly things), I also shop for myself.

So with the packed schedule and the constant rushing around this holiday season, the thing I’m most looking forward to is…sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace with my boyfriend, staring at the pretty twinkling Christmas tree. Ryder hasn’t experienced much of what I would call a normal life. He admitted to me he’s never even had a Christmas tree so I plan on decorating our place to obnoxious levels and doing as much as possible with him to enjoy the season.

Including plenty of quality cuddling on the couch time staring at the tree.



Owning Violet Owning Violet (The Fowler Sisters #1)
by Monica Murphy
Paperback, 400 pages
Publication: December 2nd 2014 by Bantam

Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

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 won. The one who devoted herself to her family’s cosmetics 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 experienced 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.

My everything.


 a signed print copy of OWNING VIOLET to one winner

US Shipping Only

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Checkout what Jeffe Kennedy is talking about over at:


About Monica Murphy

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, and is published with Samhain Publishing and Entangled Brazen and Bliss.

Cruel Intentions! Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

Cruel Intentions! Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

Posted December 3, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 0 Comments

  First Impression: OWNING VIOLET reminds of the 1999 movie, Cruel Intentions but much more adult. What worked for me: I like how Monica Murphy writes where we get the story through both Violet and Ryder’s POV. Each chapter is from a different POV. This kind of writing lets us learn about both characters and what makes them tick. I’m so glad that there wasn’t a virgin and/or billionaire in this contemporary romance. What didn’t work for me:  I almost OD on all the foreplay. I was just a sexually frustrated as Violet and Ryder. I wanted them to just do it. LOL Narration: I originally started reading OWNING VIOLET via eARC from Netgalley but I got sick and didn’t feel like reading so when I […]

Owen’s All Grown Up! Four Years Later by Monica Murphy

Owen’s All Grown Up! Four Years Later by Monica Murphy

Posted October 7, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

We’ve seen Owen as Fable’s kid bother but in FOUR YEARS LATER we get to see him more of a man. Well, on his way to being a man. He’s an adult of the ripe age of 19 and he’s in college. Owen appears to be the stereo type dumb football player that needs tutoring so that he can get back on the football team. Chelesa is the quite wallflower nerd that screams “I’m a virgin” to everyone that meets her. (Yes, she’s a virgin but I didn’t hold that against her and the story because of her age and background.) So let’s throw these two together and see what happens…. Chemistry happens and that’s not even the subject Chelesa is tutoring Owen in. Chelesa […]

Audio Review: Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy

Audio Review: Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy

Posted March 7, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

Let’s start with the narrators, I really enjoyed Rip Griffin’s narration of Colin and he even does a pretty good job with Jen’s voice.  I like how this series has dual narrators for the dual POVs. Amy McFadden does a good job with Jen’s POV but I found myself missing Kate Rudd’s narration job from books 1 & 2 but since she did Fable’s POV it only makes sense to change narrators for Jen like they did with Colin. As far as the plot of Three Broken Promises I’m glad we get a couple that has known each other for a few years instead of an instant-a-love. Jen and Colin first showed up in book 2, Second Chance Boyfriend and ever since then I’ve been wanting their […]

Audio Review: Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy

Audio Review: Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy

Posted January 20, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

WOW. So Drew and Fable are still dealing with the things that happened in One Week Girlfriend. It’s been about 2 months since they’ve seen each other and they are both miserable without each other. During their time apart Drew has been seeing a shrink to help him deal with his twisted relationship with his step mother, Adele. Thanks to an absentee mother, Fable is still taking care of her younger brother Owen. Fable and Drew are still so young themselves, he 21 and she 20 but they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Drew is dealing with his pass and Fable working hard to keep herself and Owen off the streets and feed. Fable gets a break when she gets a […]

Audio Review: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

Audio Review: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

Posted January 10, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

I’m still pretty new to audios with more than one narrator. One Week Girlfriend is narrated by Kate Rudd and Luke Daniels. With the story switching between the two main characters’ (Fable and Drew) point of views the narration switches. Kate Rudd narrates for Fable’s POV and Luke Daniels for Drew’s POV. But both narrators do both characters’ voices. This is where it was different for me. Kate Rudd’s narration was very good for both Fable and Drew. She really pulls of the male voice while making Fable sound very different and feminine. Honestly I would have enjoyed the narration with just her as the narrator not to say that I didn’t enjoy Luke Daniel’s narration. Luke Daniel has a great masculine voice but with […]