2017-04 April Newsletter

 

News From Monica

 

 

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In This Month’s Issue

 

 

  • Monthly Chatter
  • Lady Quicksilver’s Tidbits
  • Monthly Giveaway
  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Nicole Zoltack Spotlight
  • Vauxhall Anthology
  • New-to-you Authors

 

April Greetings!

 

They say April showers brings May flowers, but WOW!! We’ve been having rain more like frog strangles (LOTS of rain to drown even a frog) than light showers.

News!! News!! News!!

I’ve some exciting news to share. This month I signed a contract with Entangled Publishing for the reissue of Mirage. I’ll be getting a new cover, and they’re going to work on expanding my readership. The more readers I get, the more money I make, which means being able to pay help, which frees up my time to just write!! And that means more books per year. So I’m doing whatever I can to improve the odds!

Dangerous

As for my other Samhain title, DANGEROUS, I kept it with my indie books and it’s part of the Rockless Rockwoods series. After some fumbles, it’s finally up on Amazon and B&N again at a REDUCED price! It will be on Kobo and iBooks soon. Tell me what you think about the new cover?? I partnered with Viviana Izzo on it, and I’m thrilled with the end result. There’s something so right about this photo and how it relates to Constance and Lucien.

Life in General

Life here has been somewhat chaotic and serene depending on the day of the week. My youngest is struggling so hard to find herself. Olivia’s suffered from mental illness all her life, and she recently wound up in the hospital after a suicide attempt.

I’m exceedingly grateful she didn’t succeed in her attempt to leave us. Knowing how we almost lost her, and knowing that it’s still possible is something that weighs on me. But she’s reassured me that she recognizes the difference between having suicidal thoughts and actually acting on those feelings.

Mental illness is a major health concern in the US, and it carries a stigma with it that can be almost as painful as the disorder itself. Olivia is fighting to come back into the light, but it’s been tough going for her. There are personal issues she needs to work out. Relationships that will take years to work on.

As someone who’s fought off the demons, I understand what Olivia is dealing with. I’ve struggled with mental illness all my life as someone with bipolar disorder. A lot of people don’t understand, which makes it extremely difficult to fit in with what society declares is normal. But for us, there is no normal. Just who we are, and what our feelings are. Working through the negativity and depression is all one can do. She’ll survive and be stronger because of it.

Writing

Jane and Lincoln’s story is coming along nicely. I had some things interrupt my writing, but I’m about four or five chapters from finishing. So it will be soon! I’ve not decided on a title yet. I’ve a tentative one in mind that’s connected with Jane Eyre, but I’m not sure I like it. LOL

Every time I go to the pool, I listen to the same songs over and over again. It’s music that helps me think about Anna and Sebastian’s story. While I’ve not put a lot of their story on the page yet, my head is clear in what direction I need to go with the book. After that, I’ll have Louisa Rockwood’s story to write, then another contemp (providing sales are good), then another Sicari book. I’ve enough books on the backburner to make my head spin!

Home Improvement

The house is still in disarray as the dear husband has finished painting and we’re now waiting on carpeting, which comes next week. I’ll be so grateful to have things going back in their rightful place. As I said last month, this is not the type of life if one is a practitioner of Feng Shui.

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,

Oh I have such wonderful news, dear reader. Our son, Jonathan, has finally proposed marriage to the delightful Miss Smallwood. He had been dragging his feet, but apparently another man had been courting the lovely young woman, and Jonathan realized how terrible it would be if he allowed happiness to slip out of his grasp. Hugh and I are delighted. We are looking forward to meeting Miss Smallwood’s parents and the celebrations that will ensue.

Our two daughters, Evelyn and Alexandra have already inquired as to whether or not they will be in the wedding. Alexandra makes her debut this coming November when Parliament opens. Evelyn came out two years ago, and her father is in despair of her ever finding a husband. She is a head-strong girl who takes after her father. Evelyn has turned down at least three offers that we know of, and I would not be surprised to discover if there were more.

I confess I am most glad that Evelyn is being selective with her heart. I wish for all our children to have the same kind of happy marriage Hugh and I have. Our first meeting was quite inappropriate, but Hugh swept me off my feet. I shall have to have Miss Burns write our story one day. If I can keep from blushing at all the romantically intimate parts.

There has been much excitement in the Rockwood family. There will be new additions to the households of the Laird and Mistress of Crianlarich, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Percival Rockwood. With all these new members to Rockwood family, one can only wonder if the next generation of Rockwoods will be as reckless as their parents.

I’ve also had it on good authority that the youngest Rockwood sibling, one Louisa Rockwood Morehouse, Viscountess of Westbrook, is said to be retiring to Callendar Abbey with her aunt, Matilda Stewart. I

hope the young viscountess fares well at her aunt’s home. It was such a tragedy when Lady Westbrook lost her husband and brother in the terrible fire at the viscount’s country estate. One can only imagine the poor woman’s sorrow.

As always it seems that every new day brings the promise of something new and exciting. Just a few short weeks ago, a gentleman by the name o f Marconi sent a wireless message over the open sea.

By Victorgrigas (Own work)
via Wikimedia Commons

My darling Hugh says it was only a short distance, but that it is only the beginning of communications to be carried around the globe simply through air. I find it astounding and quite exciting. Hugh found this picture for of Mr. Marconi’s marvelous invention.

Imagine, soon letter writing will go out of fashion. Oh, I hope not. Letter writing is such a comforting task.

 

 

Eleanor Rutland,
Viscountess Quicksilver

 

 

 

April Giveaway

His To Command is a short novella that is the prequel to His Mistress. This month’s giveaway is One digital copy of HIS TO COMMAND to one winner.

 

ENTER APRIL GIVEAWAY

 

March Giveaway Winner

 

 

Congrats to jadexxx@email.com on winning a copy of Kismet! An email has been sent to you with instructions. Be sure to check your inbox.

Eat salad then indulged in the divine!

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Walnut-Cheese Spinach Salad

Quick, easy and delicious!! Light enough so that it’s easy to make way for cake!!

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Text —  MasterCook 1-4

MasterCook 5-9  —  MealMaster

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Marie’s German Chocolate Cake

Growing up my parents had four mouths to feed and limited funds. So for our birthdays, part of our present was the choice of meal and dessert for our birthday dinner. I ALWAYS chose Mom’s German Chocolate Cake. In fact, I’m adding ingredients to the shopping list so I can make it this coming week!

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Text —  MasterCook 1-4

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WARNING: This title contains explicit sex with a hero whose torment equals that of Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester and a heroine who has the courage to save his soul, despite the fact that his love could be the death of her.

When Constance Rockwood Athelson, Viscountess Westbury, hides her face to attend the Black Widows Ball, she never expected to find erotic passion in a masked stranger’s arms. The torrent of lust isn’t enough to drown out her dubious “gift” for seeing visions and talking to the dead.

Terrified of being found out, she secures a position cataloguing archaeological artifacts for the Earl of Lyndham—where she encounters a ghost begging her to break a curse plaguing his family.

Before his mysterious lover disappeared, Lucien Blakemore was tempted to throw caution aside. Yet he knows one taste of love will unleash the curse that drove his father and brother to murder their wives. When he returns home empty-handed and empty-hearted, he’s shocked to discover his new assistant is the goddess who fled into the night. But could her presence be part of a murderous plot to unearth the location of a secret Egyptian tomb? The answer—or his doom—lies behind the desire shining in his seductress’s eyes.

PageBreaker

Nicole Zoltack

What is the one story you wish you’d written? Why?

I assume saying Harry Potter would be cheating, huh? Outlander too… And Game of Thrones… All right. I wish I wrote Tiffany the Walking Disaster. It’s the first book I read and reread in the first and second grade. I couldn’t get enough of it. It made me fall even more in love with books.

If your friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?

Imaginative

Who are your favorite literary characters and Why? (Yours or someone else’s)

Hermione! She’s my spirit guide.

If you could co-write with another author (any genre) who would it be and why?

Oh, that’s a great question. I would love to co-write with George RR Martin, but it would turn into me writing the story because he’s so slow, but if his name is still on the cover, it’ll sell, so I’m okay with that! LOL

Share one of your favorite recipes

POOR MAN’S COOKIES

Ingredients

1 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda

Directions

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in water and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in oats.

Drop dough by tablespoonful onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to stand 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.

What’s next for you? What do you have planned in the upcoming months?

I’m going to be writing and publishing more in my twisted fairy tale series, Once Upon a Darkened Night. I’ll also launch the first book in my first UF series, Bethlehem in Bedlam, in the Spellbound boxed set. So excited!

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

Diana Gabaldon. I would LOVE to meet her!

How much research do you have to do for your books?

I do a ton of research for my writing, whether historical or fantasy or paranormal or fairy tales. Oh so many story ideas to be found! But whoa, the time suck! The rabbit hole is deep, my friend.

The stories about her have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, she is beautiful, with wavy blond hair and big, blue eyes and flawless skin, but her charming façade is a lie, a mask, a deceit.

Yes, yes, I’m sure you think me merely jealous. I’m not. I’m the victim, and I can prove it.

You see, Eleonore deserves to be locked away. My, she even deserves to be killed!

This gripping retelling of a much-loved fairy tale will make you question all you think you know about the girl who steals away to a ball and leaves behind a slipper.

 

 

1 Flames — 4.5 Stars
$2.99

Of Cinder and Madness
 

Kindle Only

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.

A Question of Faith
 

It’s not every day you learn you’re the incarnation of magic.

After learning her birth mother sought the help of witches to conceive her, fifteen-year-old Crystal’s previously unwavering faith is shaken. God hasn’t been answering her prayers like she thought–she was.

Flying and conjuring fireballs attract dangerous attention. A witch hunter kidnaps her boyfriend, and shamans and witches hunt Crystal, desperate to use her to end a centuries-old war between the supernatural races. If Crystal can’t figure out what she’s capable of, she won’t just fail to protect those she loves and end the war–she might start the apocalypse.

She holds the key to more than a fortune…

There’s more to love than meets the eye…

Paranormal Romance

 

 

1 Flames — 4.5 Stars
$2.99

Regency Anthology from
USA Today and bestselling authors

_____________________

Vanessa Kelly
Christi Caldwell
Theresa Romain
and
Shana Galen

3 Flames — 4 Stars
$3.99

 

The Dukes of Vauxhall

 

 

“Four dukes. Two balls. One prizefight. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens will never be the same.

After England’s victory in the Battle of Waterloo, the Prince Regent arranges a series of lavish celebrations at London’s notorious Vauxhall Gardens. The royal festivities bring together the rich and the desperate, the criminal and the lordly…and allow four very different dukes to find the love of a lifetime.

A proper viscount is kidnapped by a duke of the criminal underworld, only to encounter a mysterious woman from his past. A retired prizefighter, once known as the Duke of the Ring, stakes his reputation on a scrappy young boxer for the sake of a long-lost love. A traveler who inherited a dukedom needs a tightrope dancer’s help with a fake engagement that just might turn real. And the buccaneer son of a royal duke goes hunting for a respectable, highborn wife to salvage his scandalous reputation.

Let the pleasures begin…”

A Lake Chelan, Book 1

Contemporary | Small Town

 

Sawdust and Satin

 

 

“They will have to battle scheming women, deep seated fears, injuries and the demands of their careers. Can they do it, are they committed enough? Or will they allow their love for each other to be broken and drift away?

Join Chris and Barbara Clarkson as they face the biggest challenge of their lives. Love… is it worth everything they have.”

 

 

4 Flame — 4 Stars
$3.99