03-2017 March Newsletter

 

News From Monica

 

 

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In This Month’s Issue

 

 

  • Monthly Chatter
  • Lady Quicksilver’s Tidbits
  • Monthly Giveaway
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Lynne Connolly Spotlight
  • New-to-you Authors

 

Happy Spring!

 

Well, spring has finally arrived, but there’s still the possibility of cold, cold weather here in Virginia. I’ve got the air running tonight, but the hubby says we’ll need the heat in the next day or so.

I know summer isn’t far behind spring, and I’m working on getting my laps in the pool up to a more reasonable length. It will take months I think for me to get back up to a mile each day I go to the pool (36 laps), but it’s my goal. I went swimming twice this week and swam 1/2 mile each time! That’s a mile for the week!! WOOT!! I’m on a roll.

So much has happened in the last month. As some of you may know, one of my publishers, Samhain, recently closed their doors. I have since had the rights for both Mirage and Dangerous returned to me. I’m waiting on my cover for Dangerous to be completed so I can reissue the book as it sits smack dab in the middle of the Reckless Rockwood series. If you’re waiting for that book, you won’t have to wait much longer!

Writing hasn’t been the only upheaval in my life. As you may recall from last month, I shared that I was taking care of my father-in-law full-time here in our home. On March 2, Tom crossed over into the light. Only 35 days prior my mother-law-died.

I truly didn’t expect Tom to go so quickly. And it was painful to watch him struggle to breathe toward the end. There was a delay communicating with hospice, and I wasn’t giving him as much morphine as I could have to ease his distress. Watching someone die isn’t an easy thing to do. I left him to go eat dinner, and when I went to check on him about forty-five minutes later he was gone.

The one unexpected thing was how I felt. As I’ve mentioned before, my relationship with my in-laws left MUCH to be desired. But in the last month of his life, Tom and I seemed to connect. Even though I’m a writer, I find it hard to explain that bond. But I know it was there because I’ve been incredibly depressed for the last month.

It’s been a subtle form of grief that makes me wonder if I did enough to ease his suffering in the last hours. The hospice nurses tell me I did everything right, but I still second guess myself about it. It was a huge responsibility, but I do know that if he’d been in a home somewhere else, his decline would have been much more unpleasant.

The one thing that I lived for was my writing. The first book in the Rochester Sisterhood was slow going during the time Tom was with us, and I’m woefully behind. It hasn’t helped things that I’ve had some issues with my writing arm. My fibromyalgia has been acting up, but it’s much better now that I stopped using it for a few days, in the meantime I binged on Penny Dreadful over the past weekend!! What an awesome mix of Victorian England and the dark stories that came from that era such as Dracula and Frankenstein. If you’ve seen it, tell me what you thought about it.

Playing  Catch Up

That said, I’m eager to finish Jane and Lincoln’s story because I’m just itching to get to the time travel that is Anna/Sebastian’s story. If you missed the prologue I’ve already written, you can click on the January 2017 newsletter in the sidebar of the newsletter website and scroll down to read.

I’ve already figured out how Nora, from Forever Mine, is thrown back in 1895 and becomes Anna. This particular book might wind up in the hands of a publisher, so I’m uncertain of publication dates. Although in all honesty, I’m not sure I can bear to wait on a publisher to put the book up for sale!

 

Forever Mine

 

My writing isn’t the only thing that keeps me busy. I do graphics work for authors on the side to stay afloat. Recently I did a cover below for Vanessa Kelly and her short story in her Renegade Royals series. It’s a part of her very popular The Renegade Royals series. The book is just 99¢. Vanessa is an extremely talented writer. I can recommend her for a great read. Just click on the cover.

 

Three Renegades and A Baby

 

I’m also busy managing the My Forever HEA website. This isn’t just a place to find quality bargain reads. We post reader events in you area, from conferences to book signings. A lot of times, readers just don’t hear about signings. We want My Forever HEA to serve as a connection between readers and authors. The website updates the first part of April with new listings and event info.

On top of everything else, the dear husband decided it was time to paint the bedrooms. If I were into Feng Shui I’d be going mad. Everything is Everywhere! I’ll be glad when he’s done and the new carpet is down. Hopefully I’ll be able to report good news on that front next time! Until then, be sure to check out the new-to-you authors and recipes below, along with the usual features of the newsletter.

 

 

Lady Quicksilver’s Society Tidbits

 

 

 

Dear Reader,

What a difference a month can make. I am now completely recovered from my recent bout of illness, and I have resumed my usual daily activities and social engagements. While I was ill, the Empire Theatre of Varieties brought something new and quite wondrous to it’s stage

The theater has treated the public to a series of ten short films by Auguste and Louis Lumière. Hugh took me to see it last week, and I was enthralled. Ms. Burns was kind enough to find a picture of the projector that was used to show the short films that I saw with Hugh. Such a marvelous invention.

By Victorgrigas (Own work)

By Victorgrigas (Own work)
via Wikimedia Commons

Ms. Burns informs me that films are an everyday occurrence in your time. I have no doubt I would be stunned by the splendor that Ms. Burns describes. She told me there is a character named Lumière in a film that has been recently released. How amusing when it was the Lumière brothers who made the first film.

The weather has been particularly pleasant these last few days, and I have enjoyed walking with Hugh along the Serpentine in Hyde Park. He shares with me all the intrigues in House of Lords. I have often told him that a woman would do just as well as a man in Parliament. I am a fortunate woman because Hugh has alway agreed with me on this belief. He even paid me the high compliment by stating I would be a formidable foe within the House of Lords if women were ever to hold a seat there.

Hugh is a great admirer of the Queen, as am I, but in social circles, I am aware that she is often at odds with the Prince of Wales. Bertie, as he is so affectionately called, is a charming man, and I find him most intelligent and thoughtful.

I think it a shame the Queen does not have more faith in his ability to take on more royal duties. But who am I to question Her Majesty? There are always facts one is not privy to. Despite the liaisons His Royal Highness undertakes, I know he holds Princess Alexandra in the highest regard. However, I know I could not be so forgiving and understanding if Hugh were to indulge in a liaison. I fear I would face the gallows if he were ever to betray me so terribly.

Of course, I know I have nothing to fear as he is quite devoted to me. For that I am most grateful as I am far more fortunate in in love than most women I know.

In closing, I understand Ms. Burns is soon to begin working on her time travel. I look forward to reading the book. I think it would be quite exciting to travel to the future. Ms. Burns has often mentioned her own desire to travel to the past. What a pair of intrepid explorers we are.

 

 

Eleanor Rutland,
Viscountess Quicksilver

 

 

 

March Giveaway

I was in the mood for a Sheikh and thought one of you would be too! This month’s giveaway is One digital copy of KISMET to one winner.

 

ENTER MARCH GIVEAWAY

 

February Giveaway Winner

 

 

Congrats to toni.barrXXXX on winning a copy of Love’s Portrait!  An email has been sent to you with instructions. Be sure to check your inbox.

Two great recipes this month! Love the
fettucini and the cheesecake is to die for!!

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Fettucini Alfredo

This recipe is quick easy and a delicious side dish to just about any meal!

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Text —  MasterCook 1-4

MasterCook 5-9  —  MealMaster

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White Chocolate Cheesecake

Although the recipe doesn’t call for, adding a few raspberries on top of one slice makes this delicious cheesecake taste even better!!

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Text —  MasterCook 1-4

MasterCook 5-9  —  MealMaster

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Lynne Connolly

 

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

It was Leicester in the UK. It was a typical boring Midlands city. My Dad was a cobbler and Mum worked in the rag trade. She’d left school at fourteen to work in the local factory. By the time I was born she was very good at what she did and she started to work with designers after getting her qualifications as a pattern cutter and grader. Now computers do most of that work.

The designer she had most time for was Yves St. Laurent. She said he could do everything she could, and he loved working at a sewing machine.

Is there an author that makes you go all “fangirl?”

There are plenty of those! Laura Kinsale and Robin Schone do fantastically well as recreating a past age and really getting the readers to empathise with their characters. Of past writers, it’s Dickens. He mastered every technique effortlessly. He could introduce a hundred characters and make you remember them all, and he created images I’ve never forgotten.

What’s the weirdest thing you do/collect/enjoy?

Probably doll’s houses. I had to stop at three big houses, which aren’t finished, because that’s the nature of it. They’re never finished. I work with a big half-timbered house in my sight. At the moment the top electrical circuit is out, so I have to turn the thing around and reconnect the junction box. But I can turn the lights and fires on and watch it through the windows. Creating worlds, you see.

What inspired you to write this new book/series?

I read gossip sheets, scandal sheets, newspapers and letters from the eighteenth century. There’s enough material in those to keep ten writers busy! I’m currently setting up a new series with more of a detective element, but the emphasis will still be on the romance.

What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

Going back in time. It’s better than a TARDIS!  (For those who don’t know, this is a time machine in relation to the Dr. Who TV series.)

What’s are some favorite food groups?

I can do crispy fish and chips, burned toast and floppy pasta. Basically, you don’t want to know!

Do you find it harder to write a full-length novel or novellas?

Novellas. Keeping it tight and short. It’s a great exercise for any author.

What is next for you book wise in 2016 and 2017?

I don’t know and it’s quite exciting. Two of my publishers went belly-up, so it’s been a turbulent time recently. However, I will continue, and I do have two wonderful publishers. I’m excited to start a new world, with new characters, but I never completely leave the old ones behind. The Emperors of London finish soon, and The Shaws begins, a spin-off. One of the books features a gay pairing, something I’m very excited about, because it’s going to test the market, as the pros put it!

Do you listen to music when you write? Favorite genre of music to write by?

So many! For each book I have a song or a piece. It’s my way in to the story. Sometimes the book has the title of the song! I love opera, especially Baroque, and of course Mozart. Mozart’s my favourite composer, but Richard Strauss is so good, too.

And rock. I need that hard, driving music. Metallica, Slayer, that kind of thing.

My favourite band is Radiohead, as most of my friends know. They put their heart and soul out there, lay them out for us, and it takes a lot of courage to do that. Every song has its own feel. And they are even better live. Their albums are springboards for the development and beauty that comes later. “Bloom,” for instance was interesting on the album, but transcendent when they do it live.

Any vacation plans this year?

I’m going to the States, to attend RTBOOKreviews Conference, visit friends, and do a book signing or two. I’m looking forward to exploring New England, where I’ve never been before!

A riotous passion and a forbidden love jeopardize the future of the Emperors of London . . .

Ravishingly beautiful and accomplished, Helena has her pick of suitable bachelors—and because she is the only daughter of a powerful duke, her mother is determined she makes a good marriage. But Helena won’t marry any of them, because she is in love with the son of her family’s most dangerous enemy. Though she has now been rebuffed by her beloved, she is resolved to win him back—no matter the cost.

Tom’s forbidden love for Helena has only intensified over the years of their separation. But the discovery of his true roots has changed everything. His secret spells danger for his family and everyone he loves. Devoted to Helena, he will sacrifice anything—even his one great love—to keep her safe. And soon, caught between warring factions and hounded by a deadly assassin, the couple will be swept back together in a fight for their lives, and their destiny…

Temptation In Green
 

 

 

3 Flames — 4 Stars
$4.99

As always I found some books from other authors you might not know. All of these books have at least a 3 Star rating with 5 or more reviews on Amazon or Goodreads OR I happen to know the quality of the author’s work. NOTE: Just remember!! Unless otherwise stated, I’ve NOT read these books, so I can’t recommend them one way or another.

Temptation In Green
 

The Emperors of London

She holds the key to more than a fortune…

There’s more to love than meets the eye…

The daughter of a wealthy merchant, Sophia Russell has no interest in marriage, especially after a recent humiliation—and especially not to Maximilian, Marquess of Devereaux. But it’s the only way to save herself from fortune hunters—and those who wish to seize a powerful connection she prefers to keep secret—even from her future husband…

Marrying Sophia is the only way Max can regain the wealth his father squandered on an extravagant country palace. And while Max and his bride are civil, theirs is clearly a marriage of convenience—until a family enemy takes a questionable interest in Sophia—one that may lead all the way to the throne. Forced to become allies in a battle they hadn’t foreseen, the newlyweds soon grow closer—and discover a love, and a passion, they never expected…

 

 

3 Flames — 4 Stars
$2.99

Georgian Romance

“Lynne Connolly writes Georgian romances with a deft touch. Her characters amuse, entertain and reach into your heart. This book is a Must Read.” –Desiree Holt

“Romantic and entertaining…plenty of erotic passion for good measure. This romance is well worth reading.”—Library Journal

Romantic Comedy — NA

 

4 Flames — 4.5 Stars
$2.99

 

 

 

The Spark

 

 

When your back is against the wall, can you change the person life’s experiences have molded you to be?

Fiona Pierce is many things to many people. Dutiful daughter to her loving parents, fiercely loyal friend to her very tolerant bestie, half-assed employee to her laundry list of bosses, and dedicated fashion goddess and spreader of good cheer to the world at large. But Fiona is hiding something behind her irresistible smile – something she’s determined to keep to herself.

Mark Beckett doesn’t do complicated. Saddled with lingering baggage from his childhood, Mark sails through life one girl at a time – with frequent gym breaks in between. He likes his life just how it is and doesn’t see any need to change his work-hard/play-harder attitude.

When an unexpected blast from the past threatens to turn his family’s life upside down, Mark finds help in the unlikeliest of places – specifically the pint-sized princess who has a knack for pushing his buttons.

Border Series, Book 1

Medieval Historical Romance

 

 

4 Flame — 4.5 Stars
$2.99

 

 

The Thief’s Countess

 

 

A thief turned reluctant protector… A countess who resents but can’t resist him…

THE REIVER

Sir Geoffrey has dedicated his life to exacting revenge on the men who killed his parents and stole his birthright. The son of a baron, he has been reduced to stealing the resources he needs to reclaim his family legacy. Just when he’s on the verge of success, his uncle asks him to put his plans on hold to help protect a wealthy countess. It’s a distraction Geoffrey resents, even more so when he meets Lady Sara. The gorgeous, complicated and alluring lady is everything he’d want in a woman—and everything he can’t have.

THE COUNTESS

With her betrothed coming to claim her hand in marriage and a distant cousin intent on usurping her earldom, Lady Sara Caiser feels beset by controlling, unwanted men. As if that weren’t enough, her father’s deathbed request was for two lawless border reivers to serve as her protectors. Despite her misgivings, an undeniable attraction pulls her into Sir Geoffrey’s arms. The man she thought nothing more than a thief is more dangerous than she believed, for he’s noble, caring and sinfully attractive. As the threats against her continue to mount, Sara must decide what’s more important—her duty or her heart.

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