2017-09 September Newsletter


News From Monica





In This Month’s Issue



  • Monica’s Chatter
  • Pleasure Me Reissue
  • Four Giveaways
  • Sabrina Jeffries Spotlight

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

— Edgar Allan Poe

First, I want to tell my readers in Texas and Florida that I’ve been thinking of you as you’ve bravely faced incredible battles with Mother Nature. My heart is with you and your loved ones as you struggle to regain your footing.

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

I’m not sure that adage is applicable to me, but if you read my newsletter regularly, you might have noticed there’s been a huge time lag since my last newsletter. I have a valid reason. While I don’t hide the fact that I’m bipolar, I try not to whine about it. In fact, I try hard to practice positive thoughts. Sometimes I fail, and when I fail, I generally do it spectacularly, as I have recently. As a result, July and August have been two of the darkest months of my life in years.

Poe’s quote illustrates how debilitating depression can be. You can be insanely high one minute, but the next you’re deep in the snake pit, which can be horrifying. And you might recall, I’m terrified of snakes! I’d been tumbling downward for months actually, I just didn’t realize it. By mid-July, I’d try to write, open my email or work on the newsletter, and I’d have major panic attacks. I avoided social media. I barely had the energy to do work for my clients. When I realized I wouldn’t survive without help, I made an appointment. Thanks to some new medication, I’m doing a hundred times better.

Pleasure Me Reissues On 9/25

Old Age Isn’t For Sissies

Adding to the debilitating depression was the fact that I am hitting a milestone birthday at the end of the month. I think my loathing of aging is one of the reasons why I love PLEASURE ME so much. I identify with Ruth on a number of levels. I also love Garrick who’s truly tortured.

One of my goals when I first set out to become a published author was to hit a big list like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, or the USA Today lists. I’m a bestselling author on Amazon thanks to my readers, but I’ve yet to reach the status of being a USA Today or NY Times bestselling author, but I would love to do that!

If you’ve been wanting to read PLEASURE ME or you’ve wanted to add the digital book to your collection, please consider buying it now. It’s priced at just .99¢ on pre-order,

and after first of October, the price will go back up. The more people who buy at the special pre-order price, the better the odds I’ll hit the list.

Buy the Book — Click on your favorite retail button here and preorder the digital book for just .99¢ The special preorder .99¢ price goes away after the book releases and will revert to normal retail price with no sales in the foreseeable future.

Readers Have Great Power

Readers sometimes forget just how much power they have when it comes to an author’s success with a new release or a reissue of an old favorite. So I’m hoping you will be able to help me shoot for the brass ring. Can you help?

If you already have the book, there are still things you can do to help me out.

Tell a Friend — Share this newsletter link with a friend that you think would enjoy reading Pleasure Me and encourage them to buy the book.

Gift the Book To a Friend — Buy the book for a friend you think might enjoy the read.

Share a Facebook Post — If you’re on Facebook, I’ll be doing some posts with graphics advertising the sale. All you need to do is click the share button on Facebook and the post will share with all your friends.

Retweet A Tweet — If you’re on Twitter, follow me and every time you see a tweet for Pleasure Me, retweet it. Getting the word out is half the battle.

Any one of these things will help push Pleasure Me up out of the water onto dry land where others will see the book.

Monthly Bonus Content

The current newsletter is jammed pack with content, specifically four different rafflecopter giveaways. For this reason, I decided it would be best not to include Ophelia’s and Mathias’s story in this issue. So I’ll email you sometime next week with a special bonus content email.

Are you enjoying the serial? Would you prefer to read short bits of the serial twice a month? Tell me what you think with this quick survey. We’ll see where the majority of folks want to read.

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Read bi-monthly in Email

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I hope you enjoy all the extra special giveaways in the newsletter this issue. A special thanks to the authors for helping me celebrate. Keep an eye out in about a week or so for more of the Reckless Rockwoods in  Ophelia’s and Mathias’s story in the serial installment, and THANK YOU for reading!

Pleasure Me

is just 99¢ until the end of the month. I’d Love to make the USA Today list, and with the help of readers it’s possible!

Special Pre-Order Price


Buy Links

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Milestone Celebration Giveaways

 Last Newsletter Winner

Congrats to Bonnie at bon….@ave.com on winning a copy of The Highlander’s Woman! Check your email.

I don't really want to celebrate my birthday, but I'm forcing myself to look at reaching a new decade with as much grace as I can (It's not working well. LOL). I have no idea why earlier decades were easy numbers to deal with!


To celebrate the beginning of this new decade, I have several different giveaways this month. First up is my monthly giveaway, then Vanessa Kelly has offered a print book of her upcoming release, and Miranda Liasson has generously donated a book too. There's also a mega free download you might be interested in. On top of all that, Sabrina Jeffries is giving away a book too!! Scroll down for links to enter!


Monthly Giveaway

Because it's my birthday this month, I'm going to give away my favorite book of all time. This is a rarity, so if you've not read this book, you need to make sure you enter. I only give this book away on special occasions.

This month's giveaway is One digital copy of FOREVER MINE  to one winner.


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Vanessa Kelly Giveaway

Vanessa has kindly agreed to give away on print book of her newest release. 

In Vanessa Kelly’s enchanting series, three young women descended from royalty overcome their scandalous beginnings to win the hearts of the ton’s most eligible men . . .

The illegitimate daughter of the Prince Regent might be expected to pursue various dubious professions. Actress, perhaps, or artist’s model. Even courtesan. Victoria Knight, however, has become a governess—a respectable choice, until she travels to Scotland to meet her new charges. The younger brothers of Nicholas Kendrick, Earl of Arnprior, aren’t children at all. They’re brawny, wild Highland men. As for the Earl, he’s handsome, guarded, and far too compelling . . . especially for a woman hiding a dark secret.

Nick needs a proper teacher to transform his unmarriageable brothers—and a sensible, straight-laced wife for himself. Miss Knight seems to fit the bill on both counts. But he soon discovers there is more to Victoria than he thought. It’s not just her notorious origins, or the danger that’s followed her all the way to Scotland. It’s the fiery loyalty beneath that sedate façade. This, the real Victoria, is the woman Nick is starting to desire so desperately. And what an earl wants, he’ll use every seductive means to get . . .

One print copy of The Highlander’s Princess Bride  to one winner. (US and Canada Only)


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Miranda Liasson Giveaway

Miranda is celebrating the release of book 3 in her Kingston Family series. The Baby Project. For her giveaway, she's offering up a free digital copy of Heart and Sole Book 1 of her popular series.

Heart and Sole

Maddie Kingston just walked away from everything in order to take over her family’s struggling shoe business. And she’s in some serious trouble. The majority of the company’s shares have been bought out by none other than Maddie’s ex-boyfriend, self-made billionaire Nick Holter. Now Maddie needs his help…even if it means buying Nick from a charity bachelor auction.

After the Kingstons destroyed his grandfather’s career, Nick vowed to take over their company. He’s inches from victory when he finds himself bought and paid for…by his sexy ex-girlfriend who’s hell-bent on saving her family’s company. Between their families’ feud and their own unfinished business, tempers – and emotions – run hot. Too hot.

Because kissing with the enemy is a guaranteed shoe-in for trouble…

Each book in the Kingston Family series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 Heart and Sole
Book #2 A Man of Honor
Book #3 The Baby Project

One digital copy of HEART and SOLE  to one winner.
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Big Bundle of Romance Giveaway

Check out the Big Bundle of Romance Books page where there are more than 45 books for download. This an all genres giveaway with historicals, contemporaries, paranormals and more. All of them are free, although some may request your email for newsletter signup, so read the fine print.




Sabrina Jeffries

I've been a fan of Sabrina's books since I read Pirate Lord, years ago. I LOVE that book! (And WOOT!! It's on sale for just 99 and I now have the digital to go with my signed print copy!)

I've been fortunate enough to become friends with Sabrina as well, and it's always a treat for me to share her books with readers. So here's part of her interview, and you'll be able to read the whole thing on the website!

Do you listen to music when you write? Favorite genre of music to write by? Have a playlist to share?

Actually, I do listen to music while I write, at least when I’m at Starbucks (I find that my noise-cancelling headphones work much better if I’m listening to music). I have two sorts of playlists. One is for each book, and that includes lots of pop and Celtic music. I listen to those while I’m researching, etc., and the choices are sort of subliminal, whatever fits the story.

The other kind of playlist is made up entirely of New Age pieces and soundtracks from costume drama movies. I can’t write to songs with lyrics, so these playlists have no lyrics and are organized by mood or type of action: Dramatic, Pensive, Love Scenes, Happy, Dancing, and Suspenseful. It’s like having a soundtrack to a particular scene in my story. Anyway, I’m happy to share the playlists for the individual books, because I actually have them up on my website here: http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/playlists/

How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?
I think I’m easygoing, but apparently my assistant sees me as temperamental. My husband (a wise man) says I’m easygoing sometimes and temperamental sometimes. So who knows?

When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Mostly savory. I do like the occasional dessert, but mostly I crave chips and salty stuff. And cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.


If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

That’s hard. I ought to choose somewhere in Europe, because it would make it easy for me to visit all the places I want to see—like Italy, Spain, Germany, etc. But the truth is, I love the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, which is where my family vacationed in my youth. It’s rainforest but in the mountains, and I adore the mountains. I would love to live up there and see all that beauty all the time.

When did you know that writing was something you wanted to do as a career?

Believe it or not, when I was twelve. I used to make up romantic fantasies based on the books I was reading—Lorna Doone, Robin Hood, King Arthur, Zane Grey’s westerns, to name a few. I distinctly remember thinking, “When I grow up, I’m going to write these down and sell them to people.” So I wanted to be a romance writer for a very long time.

Tell us about your featured book.

The Pleasure of Prince, book #4 in my Sinful Suitors Series, involves one of my favorite tropes—second chance at love. Years ago, the hero fought a duel over his sister’s rape, but then was forced to flee. He asks his secret love to flee with him, but doesn’t tell her what the duel is over (he’s been sworn to secrecy by his father), and since she has an ailing mother, she refuses. Seven years later, he returns, bitter over the fact that she remarried and had a child after he left. But nothing is as it seems, and as he and his former sweetheart unearth the secrets of the past, they realize that the only important thing was their love. It’s still the only important thing, even if it takes them a while to sort that out.

What do you like best about your hero?

He’s honorable, yet a bit naughty. I like reformed bad boys, and that’s what he is. Also, he was briefly a spy. I like spies because they are conflicted, at least in my rendition. How could you not be conflicted when you’re forced to lie for a cause that may not be your own?

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Complete with the signature charm, “delectably witty dialogue…and scorching sexual chemistry” (Booklist) she is known for, New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is back with the fourth romance in the Sinful Suitors series!

When Niall Lindsey, the Earl of Margrave, is forced to flee after killing a man in a duel, he expects his secret love, Brilliana Trevor, to go with him, or at the very least wait for him. To his shock, she does neither and sends him off with no promise for the future. Seven years and one pardon later, Niall returns to England disillusioned and cynical. And being blackmailed by the government into working with his former love to help catch a counterfeiter connected to her father doesn’t improve his mood any. But as his role as Brilliana’s fake fiancé brings his long-buried feelings to the surface once again, he wonders who is more dangerous—the counterfeiter or the woman rapidly stealing his heart.

Forced to marry another man after Niall was exiled, the now widowed Brilliana wants nothing to do with the reckless rogue who she believes abandoned her to a dreary, loveless life. So having to rely on him to save her father is the last thing she wants, much less trusts him with….But as their scheme strips away the lies and secrets of their shared past, can she let go of the old hurt and put her pride aside? Or will the pleasures of their renewed passion finally enable them both to rediscover love?

The Pleasures of Passion



4 Flames | 4 Stars

As the passion between them rises, Serena wonders, can she deny the Norman her body? Or her heart?


Sabrina Jeffries Giveaway

The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.

Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

One print copy of The Danger of Desire  to one winner. (Open to International)

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Because this birthday issue is jammed pack with content, I decided it would be best to send you Ophelia’s and Mathias’s story separately. So I’ll email you sometime next week with a special bonus content email.