12-2016 December Newsletter


News From Monica





In This Month’s Issue



  • Monthly Chatter
  • Lady Quicksilver’s Tidbits
  • Monthly Giveaway
  • Jalapeno Corn Pudding
  • HUGE Giveaway
  • New-to-you Authors


Happy New Year!!


I hope your Christmas or other family celebration was awesome. Are you ready for 2016 to be over and done with? I certainly am. It’s been such a tumultuous year for everyone, and I hope the new year will bring a less stressful environment in which to live.

New Series

I’ve been working on developing a new contemporary series. Now don’t gasp in horror, I’ll still be writing my historicals. I couldn’t bear to give them up. And yes, Louisa’s book from the Reckless Rockwoods series will be out in 2017, no date yet. I’m expanding because, hey an author has to make a living. With contemporaries being the genre of the moment, I’m focusing on expanding my offerings. The books in this contemporary series will be around the reading length of the Harlequin Presents line, but the stories will be steamier. *grin*

Rochester Sisterhood

This new series is called the Rochester Sisterhood. It’s about five sisters who are the children of Jane and Edward Rochester. Yes, you read that right. *grin* Jane and Edward have six children, and they teach literature in the Richmond, Virginia area. Jane’s favorite book is Jane Eyre (go figure, LOL), while Edward’s favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities. They also have one son, Charles Rochester. So there will be some historical tie-ins with some of the classic reads from the Victorian era.

I’ve been contemplating this series for a while, and I already have two chapters done of the oldest daughter Jane (named after her mother). I think it will be a fun series to write and for you to read. The couple above is the base image that will be used for the cover of Jane and Lincoln’s book. Jane owns a temp staffing agency, and Lincoln has grown his real estate development firm into a Fortune 500 company. Not bad for a 29-year-old. and she’s an older woman by about seven years. *grin*

2016 Coming To A Close

While I know January 1st is technically just a new day, there’s something about thinking of it as a new beginning that makes it feel like you’re about to have the slate wiped clean. It’s a new start. Nonetheless, events such as the loss of icons somehow affect all of us in ways we don’t expect. The 2016 year has been incredibly brutal to Hollywood this year.

The loss of Carrie Fisher this week has been heartbreaking for me. I fell in love with her in her iconic role as Princess Leia. She was a feminist role model in the best sense. She was smart, feisty, a fighter, and a witty, funny woman. She’ll be greatly missed.

As if losing Carrie wasn’t hard enough to lose Debbie Reynolds the very next day defies belief! If there’s one movie that I’ve loved for a long time, it’s the Unsinkable Molly Brown. That movie is based on the real Molly Brown, although I think the romance wasn’t so great for her as the movie depicts. But I truly believe one can die of a broken heart, and I’m positive this happened to Debbie.

There are other beloved stars of screen and stage we’ve lost as well. Some whose passing has saddened me deeply including Alan Rickman who I loved as Colonel Brandon in Sense & Sensibility, and David Bowie with his music and his movie Labyrinth, and many other celebrities.

With all the craziness that was 2016, I am hopeful that 2017 will not contain the prolific negativity that seemed to pervade everything we saw, heard, and read on social media and in the news. As we approach the midnight hour on New Year’s Eve, I wish for you and yours a happy, joyous new year filled with hope, wealth, health and happiness. Be safe as we discard these last few hours of annus horribilis (Latin for horrible year), and wipe the slate clean for 2017.


2016 — In Memoriam




His For The Holidays



For those of you who missed it, HIS FOR THE HOLIDAYS is now out and available on Amazon for just 99¢. It has just the right mix of romance, sexual tension, heat, and Christmas all rolled into one short story.

Margaret Caulfield has loved Zachary Montjoy, Viscount Tunbridge since she was girl. When she accidentally mistakes his room for hers one holiday night, she gives in to desire. But when Zachary fails to propose marriage, she flees to Boston to try and forget the only man she’ll ever love.

Zachary never realized until it was too late how much he loved Margaret. Now she’s returned from America, and he’s determined to heal the breach between them and make her His for the Holidays.

This SHORT Story is long on sexual tension, but is the kind of story that you can finish in one sitting.

Available only on Amazon and
in Kindle Unlimited



Lady Quicksilver’s Society Tidbits



Dear Reader,

I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas holiday with your family. Here at Quicksilver House, everything is still looking quite festive with all the pine boughs, garland, and the tree with it’s candles a glow in the evenings.

Lord Quicksilver spoiled me terribly on Christmas Day with a beautiful new tiara. What do you think of it. I’ve always loved emeralds, and I cannot wait to wear this at the New Year’s Eve ball at the Marlborough House. The Prince and Princess of Wales are hosting a gala affair. It’s certain to be the event of the season as the Prince is known for being a true connoisseur of delicious foods. No doubt we shall find it difficult to resist all the treats that will be offered, plus the exquisitely delightful champagne the Prince is known for providing his guests.

Another Boxing Day has coming and gone. For those who are unacquainted with the holiday, it originally originated as tithes to the church that were placed in small tithing boxes or in alms placed in small boxes and given to the poor. More recently it became the gifting of money in small boxes to tradespeople in gratitude for their hard work throughout the year. For Lord Quicksilver and me, our Boxing Day consisted of presenting our household staff with small gifts. We held our annual servants ball the weekend before Christmas. It was a delightful time. There was dancing and laughter filling the library that we had converted into a small ballroom.

I confess our butler, Mr. Samuels, is quite skilled at dancing a waltz. Lord Quicksilver even displayed a small amount of jealousy, which made me feel quite cherished. When

you have been married as long as my darling Hugh and I the visible display of love and affection is quite gratifying.

Cook outdid herself for the ball preparing a delicious roast, along with a variety of freshly cooked vegetable dishes and the ever traditional Yorkshire Pudding. The trifle was also wonderful on the palate, and I told Mrs. Barstow that she is the best cook Quicksilver house has ever had the joy of seeing in the kitchen.

One happy piece of news on the social scene is that Mr. Percy Rockwood has finally won the heart of the delightful Miss Bennett. The poor dear mistakenly thought the scandal of her terrible ordeal would cause the Rockwoods considerable gossip, but as always this remarkable family have stood firm in their support of the lovely Miss Bennett.

I have it on good authority that the couple will retire to the country for some time before they venture back into the London social season. I cannot be more delighted for the happy couple.

As the new year is fasting approaching, please allow me to convey Lord Quicksilver’s and my best wishes for a happy and healthy new year for you and yours. Our son, Jonathon is still residing with us until after the new year. His lordship and I are enjoying his stay most happily. The young lady Jonathan introduced us to might very well become a member of our family in the future.

Jonathan seems to be dragging his feet  but I believe Miss Mabel Smallwood is quite capable of bringing Jonathon up to scratch. From what I have observed, I believe she will have our son dancing a merry tune if not by years end, then surely before the end of winter. That is all of my news for this month my dear reader. Until next time, I remain your faithful servant,


Eleanor Rutland,
Viscountess Quicksilver




December Giveaway

This month, to celebrate the New Year, I’m giving away to ONE winner a digital copy of HIS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, HIS TO COMMAND(part of the Self-made Men series) and A BLUESTOCKING CHRISTMAS



November Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Betty O. who won an autographed copy of Dangerous, Book #2 in the Reckless Rockwoods series!


Have you read Redemption yet? I could really use your help when it comes to leaving reviews to increase the book’s visibility on Amazon. Please share your thoughts. It doesn’t have to be much, just a few lines that indicate what you liked or didn’t like about the book. Reviews are very important, particularly on Amazon. Just click on one of the vendor icons below to leave you comments. Thank you!

WARNING: One sexy male psychic known for taking risks falls for a woman with a questionable background. The Reckless Rockwoods never shy away from danger or a challenge. This Rockwood is no different as he plunges into danger to save the woman he loves and prove to her that she truly is redeemable.

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A different twist on historical romance. This book has all the things I like in a historical novel: drama, danger, sensuality and love.

—Amazon reviewer, Nancy Perry Johnson

OMG, you will love this book

—Amazon reviewer, Joy Brown

Newsletter-REcipeCorner Due to long recipes, and layout issues, I’ve chosen to provide you with files for you to download rather than typing out the recipes here on the page. Both of these recipes are easy to make, and they’re both delicious.



Jalapeno Corn Pudding

At this past Thanksgiving dinner, Kathryn and Cliff (my nephew and niece) had this awesome jalapeno corn pudding. It was spicy delicious. On top of that, it’s quick and easy to make! Five minutes to prep, let the slow cooker ride for four hours and you’re read to enjoy a great side dish.


Text —  MasterCook 1-4

MasterCook 5-9  —  MealMaster

Brown Betty – Grandma Alma

My paternal grandmother wasn’t a chef, but she always made things I enjoyed eating. This recipe is one of hers. I love apple pie, and we all have the standard recipe for one. Baby made hers using the Betty Crocker recipe. But Brown Betty is something she’s not made yet, and she needs too use this recipe of my grandmother’s. No pie crust, just as the delicious topping on apples. Add a little ice cream, and WOW! go the taste buds.


Text —  MasterCook 1-4

MasterCook 5-9  —  MealMaster




The Author Spotlight will return in January. The holiday season has me running behind.




As always I found some books from other authors you might not know. All of these books have at least a 3.5 Star rating with 25 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.

Highlander’s Ransom

(The Sinclair Brothers Trilogy, Book 1)



He was out for revenge…

Laird Robert Sinclair would stop at nothing to exact revenge on English scoundrel Lord Raef Warren. When he finds a beautiful English lass on her way to marry Warren, he whisks her away to the Highlands.

She would not be controlled…

Lady Alwin Hewett had no idea when she left her father’s manor that she would be kidnapped by a Highland rogue out for vengeance. But she refuses to be a pawn in any man’s game. She will stop at nothing to regain her freedom, but her heart may have other plans…

#1 bestseller in both Scottish
and Medieval romance on Amazon


4 Flame — 4 Stars



Available only on Amazon and in
Kindle Unlimited


4 Flames — 3.8 Stars



Historical Romance


The Earl’s New Bride



USA Today Bestseller

No woman dared to love him…

England, 1819. The Earl of Amhurst has returned to his estate in search of a wife and, more importantly, an heir. Simon Devere isn’t interested in some comely, simpering creature. A beautiful woman only brings heartbreak and ruin, and Simon’s disfigured visage is proof enough of that. No, he wants a wife who is unattractive and undesirable-and the homelier, the better.

But nothing about Lady Henrietta Beauchamp is homely. She is lovely and sweet… and struggles to mix with polite society when she would so much rather have plants for company. And yet Simon is her only hope for keeping Plumburn Castle in her family’s possession. Even if it means marrying a man she doesn’t love.

It’s an impossible and unlikely match… unless this awkward beauty can bring hope back into a solitary beast’s life.


No Greater Hell




4 Flames — 4.5 Stars



Romantic Suspense

Former Army helicopter pilot Jake Donovan is lucky to be alive. At least that’s what his team of neurosurgeons said. But he knows differently. Jake almost cost Holly Hoffman her life, and even though he can’t remember, the pain in her eyes is something he’ll never forget.

Holly’s done being a victim. As a trauma nurse her skills are needed by a humanitarian group providing medical aid after a killer storm ravages the Gulf Coast of Texas. Saving lives won’t be an option when a madman wants her dead.

Can Jake and Holly shed the weight of his dark past, or will their happily-ever-after have a fatal ending?