09-2016 September Newsletter

I know I say this every month, but it’s true. WHERE did the month go??

First off, WELCOME to all my new subscribers! I’m so glad you signed up.

Things are busy here on the home front. I’ve been hard at work finishing up Percy’s book so it’s ready for sale this time next month. It’s still not complete!! Oy.

Things are also crazy with the upcoming wedding, although it’s not too much work for me. Marie has done all of it herself. I am in final throes of completing her video for the reception. It’s a surprise, and I couldn’t resist. It has that proverbial baby in the wash bucket image. She’s going to kill me or laugh or maybe both. I do hope she likes it though!

I finally settled on a dress. I’m not wild about it, but it’s about the only thing I could find that looks decent on me, is comfortable, the right length, and right price.

Here are a couple of engagement photos from their photographer’s shoot. They got a lot of great shots.scearce-88

Marie & Philip
October 8, 2016



 In this issue, you’ll not want to miss news about:

  • FOREVER MINE Giveaway;
  • Special Sale – Newsletter notification only
  • Lady Elysse Quicksilver’s Society Notes
  • Two new recipes
  • An author spotlight with author Rachel Grant;
  • some new-to-you author books


fmebookfireToday, September 26th, is my birthday. I’ve been wishing I could go back 35 years and do things different. Not so much because I have regrets, but wondering if I missed opportunities because I was afraid to go in different directions.

Anyway, because I was wishing about going back in time, I thought, hey! I can do a giveaway with FOREVER MINE it’s a time travel, and of all the books I’ve written this one is my favorite. I rarely read my books over. But this book I’ve read four times now, and I’m sure I’ll read it again front to back. See below for details!


Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to the Countess of Quicksilver. The countess (Elysse to her friends) is always the first to be in the know when it comes to proposals, liaisons, births, deaths, and scandals of all kinds among the Marlborough Set. I thought you would enjoy reading her musings about the Set and the latest gossip of the month, including tidbits about my characters and their antics!

Lady Quicksilver’s Society Notes

 Dear Reader,

When Miss Burns first approached me with regard to writing this column, I confess I was a bit cautious. It isn’t often one is given an open forum in which to comment on the diversions of the Marlborough Set. So be forewarned, I do not take this responsibility lightly. I shall provide you, my dear reader, with the facts as they are presented to me, while providing the occasional commentary regarding the topic du jour. Shall we begin?

It’s no secret that the head of the Reckless Rockwood clan is observing forty years of good life and fortune. Indeed for a man in his prime, the Earl of Melton is not only fit, but he cuts a fine figure in the Stewart colors. Recently, the earl and his countess hostessed a ball at Melton Park in honor of the earl’s milestone birthday for family and friends. I’m told there will be another party here in London in the near future. I am confident I shall receive an invitation and will be able to provide you with all the details in next month’s column.

Now my dear Reader, I confess this next piece of news is quite the shocking to say the least. Another member of the Reckless Rockwoods appears to have fallen hard. Word has it that Percy Rockwood is head over heels in love with one Miss Rhea Bennett. Will there be wedding bells ringing in the future?

Now naturally not all is happy in our fair city. It was brought to my attention just yesterday that Lady Ruth has entered into a liaison with Baron Stratfield. Such an event might not be so extraordinary, if it were not for the rumors that she is far older than he is. It is a most interesting possibility, do you not think?

The Prince and Princess of Wales attended a recent soiree last week, and at the event, the Countess of Warwick made a minor spectacle of herself while entertaining the Prince. It is said the Princess has refused to attend any further outings where the countess might appear.

And I must finish on a sad note. Lord Foxworth has left this world after a most trying illness. His son has returned from the continent to assume his role as the new Viscount Foxworth. Dear reader, I must share that a scandal many years ago revolved around Foxworth and one Mrs. Beatrice Freemont. It is not difficult to imagine what the viscount will do where Mrs. Freemont is concerned. This is a liaison to watch.

Until next month dear reader when I shall bring you more insights into the loves, scandals, life and death of the Marlborough Set.


Monica’s Birthday Forever Mine Giveaway

Ok, there are two chances to win. I’ve two digital copies of FOREVER MINE to giveaway to two different winners.

What’s The Book?

The first drawing for one of the digital copies of Forever Mine is to answer what book the following paragraph is from. Provide your answer here. Forever Mine Giveaway

The sharp intake of her breath excited him. The scent of citrus drifted up into his nose as he lowered his head toward her.

“And you’re willing to put yourself completely into my hands?”


“Are you certain of that? I’ve not earned my title without a great deal of wickedness.” He bit back a smile at the flash of trepidation in her wide eyes.

Need help? Download Monica’s free sampler of first chapters from all her books. The answer is in one of the chapters of the sampler. Decadent Bon Bons Sampler

Not read Forever Mine?

Read first four chapters here


Give Your Opinion

I’d like to know what types of romance you read. It will help me better coordinate the authors I introduce you to here in the newsletter. Give your opinion in a short six-question survey (complete in under five minutes). Visit the What Flavor Of Romance survey here.

The survey I did last month indicated that everyone loves dessert recipes!! No surprise there. Who doesn’t like dessert? Second choice was a tie between meat and poultry. So this month we’re doing dessert and poultry.

There was also a definite interest in being able to download the recipes in a number of different formats. So starting with this issue of the newsletter, I’m going to have the recipes available for download off the newsletter website in the following formats: Mealmaster, MasterCook 1-4, MasterCook 5-9, and Text. The HTML is already in place here in the newsletter. My software doesn’t provide any other formats.

Marie’s Strawberry Fluff Creamy Baked Chicken Breasts

1972 Roanoke Times Cook-off

This recipe is one my mom created like a real chef! It won first place in the Roanoke Time Cook-off many years ago, and it’s still a family favorite.

Ingredients Step One

1 1/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Oleo (Butter)
Ingredients Step 2
4 cup Marshmallows, small
1 cup Milk
30 oz Strawberries, frozen, drain
3/4 cup Water
4 1/2 Tbs Cornstarch
4 Tbs Sugar
Ingredients Step 3
2 cup Whipping cream
1/2 tsp Almond extract

1. Combine the flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in the oleo until particles are fine. Spread mixture over the bottom of a 13×9 pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Remove 1/2 cup of the mix and reserve. Press the rest back into the pan. Step 2:

2. Melt the marshmallows with the milk over low heat. Chill until completely cool and thickened. Thaw the frozen strawberries and drain the berry juice. Add the water to the berry juice. Mix the cornstarch and sugar and stir in the berry juice. Cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mix thickens and boils for 3 minutes. Cool. Fold in the berries.

3. Beat the whipped cream and almond extract until thick and it stands in peaks. Fold the cooled marshmallow into the whipped cream. Turn 2/3 of the mixture into the crumb-lined pan. Spread to cover the crumbs. Spoon berry filling over the marshmallow layer. Top with the remaining marshmallow. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs over the top. Chill at least 6 hours.

Servings: 12

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (1.4 ounces).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137.11
Calories From Fat (94%) 129.34


Text —  MasterCook 1-4

MasterCook 5-9  —  MealMaster

I got this recipe from sister who got it from mom. Marsha who is an excellent cook. I’m the baker in the family, but she, like my brother, tops the charts with general meals.

8 Chicken breast halves, boned
And skinned
8 Swiss cheese slices, 4×4
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup Dry white wine
1 cup Herb seasoned stuffing mix
1/4 cup Butter, melted

1. Arrange chicken in lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Top with the cheese slices (or grate cheese). Combine the soup and wine, stirring well.

2. When completely blended, spoon sauce evenly over chicken and sprinkle with the stuffing mix.

3. Drizzle butter over the crumbs.

4. Bake at 350ø for 45-50 minutes.

Servings: 8

Text — MasterCook 1-4
MasterCook 5-9 — MealMaster


And because there’s room! A bonus recipe from my maternal grandmother.

Pineapple Fluff

10 Marshmallows, large, halved
1 pk Vanilla pudding (3 1/4 oz)
1 cup Milk
1 cn Evaporated milk
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 cn Crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup Graham cracker crumbs

1. Prepare pudding according to package directions, but using only 1 cup of milk. Remove from heat. Immediately add marshmallows; stir frequently until dissolved. Cool slightly.

2. Chill evaporated milk in ice cube tray. Keep milk in the chilled bowl, whip until milk is very stiff; add vanilla.

3. Beat a little whipped milk into pudding; fold in remaining milk and pineapple. Spread half of crumbs in bottom of greased 9-inch square pan; cover with pudding mixture. Top with remaining crumbs. Chill several hours or until firm. Cut into squares; serve on dessert plates. Servings: 9

Text — MasterCook 1-4
Master Cook 5-9  — MealMaster

New Authors
cold-evidenceThis month I’m pleased to have the talented Rachel Grant in the spotlight. Her book BODY OF EVIDENCE (more information below) was recently optioned for film by Nancy Cartwright’s Spotted Cow Entertainment. So without further ado, please enjoy my chat with Rachel.

Monica:  Welcome, Rachel. Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?
Rachel: Hi everyone. I was born in the Bay Area in California, but lived there for only 7 years. Then Michigan for 7 years followed by Florida for 7 years. The result is I don’t feel like I’m from anywhere – but Washington State, where I moved right after college when I was 21, is home. I’ve lived here minus 2 years in DC and 3 years in Hawaii, since 1992.

 Monica:  When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?
Rachel:  Definitely savoury! I love desserts and sweets, but in small portions, whereas I have no control when it comes to entrees…

Monica:  If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?
Rachel:  The Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Mountains, old growth forest, rainforest, ocean, rivers, lakes, and strait, it has everything. It is my husband’s and my dream to get a vacation/retirement property out there some day, a place for me to write and for him to hike and play in the woods.

I’ve set two books there, the first book I ever wrote (second one published) GRAVE DANGER, and the last Evidence Series release, COLD EVIDENCE. I loved visiting Neah Bay, Washington, the setting for COLD, as research for the book. And I took the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, BC, for the shortest trip to Canada, ever. I had a scene in the book set on the ferry, but no scenes in Victoria, so as soon as I arrived I went through customs then got right back in line for the return trip. I was on Canadian pavement for all of ten minutes.

Monica:  What is next for you book wise in 2016 and 2017?
Rachel:  POISON EVIDENCE (Evidence Series #7) releases October 25th, and I hope to launch a new series in December. TINDERBOX (Flashpoint #1) is set in Djibouti, Africa, a place where my husband has worked as an archaeologist and I can’t wait to share this world with my readers.

Monica: Tell us about your featured book.
Rachel:  BODY OF EVIDENCE (Evidence Series #2) was recently optioned for film by Nancy Cartwright’s Spotted Cow Entertainment. Nancy is best known as the voice of Bart Simpson and I’m so thrilled to be working with her. I met her and the others in the studio in July, it was so much
fun to see their excitement for the project.

In other news, the book just came out in audiobook format along with 3 other Evidence books. To celebrate, I’ve made the book free everywhere, so readers can download the free Kindle version and purchase the audiobook for only $1.99. The price will revert to $4.99 for the ebook by October 10th.

Monica: What do you like best about your hero?
Rachel:  His integrity and drive. And his brains. It was daunting, writing a US Attorney, and then having to include a trial scene in which he shows off his mad-lawyer skills. But I consulted with several lawyers – prosecutors, defense attorneys, tort lawyers, law professors, JAG, and I was amazingly lucky and even served on a jury while I was writing this book. Yes, I was the person in the jury pool who was practically waving to the plaintiff and defense “Pick me! Pick me!”

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“An exhilarating read that could easily be a blockbuster on the screen.” — Kirkus Reviews

When archaeologist Mara Garrett traveled to North Korea to retrieve the remains of GIs lost in combat, she never imagined she’d be arrested, convicted of spying, and sentenced to death. Her only hope is Curt Dominick, the powerful, ambitious, and infuriatingly sexy US attorney.

What starts off as a rescue mission quickly morphs into a race across the Pacific. Someone is after Mara, and they’ll risk everything to stop her from reaching Washington DC. Desire clashes with loyalty when Mara and Curt discover a conspiracy that threatens not only their lives but the national security of the United States.


New Authors

This month, there are TWO historical romance books to take a look at!  The best way to make your buying decision is to read the reviews, if there are a lot of top rated reviews, and the book looks interesting to you, odds are you’re going to enjoy the book.

NOTE: Please remember I’ve NOT read these books, so I can’t recommend them one way or another. I’m simply acting as the “middle man” between you and other authors. Helping people out is a part of my life’s journey.

She didn’t know if she would ever forgive him for putting her through this and not believing in her—in their love. She hated that she still wanted him, had longed for his love these past five years. What did that make her, weak? She wasn’t weak. She’d survived. Some things could never be forgiven.

Once he’d handed her into the carriage his touch was gone, and coldness took its place once more. He followed into the carriage and took the seat opposite her.

Their eyes suddenly locked in the dim streetlight filtering in through the carriage window. She knew from the look on his face that he was remembering the last carriage ride they had shared. On their last journey together, he had pulled her into his arms, reaching down to caress her, stroke her, arouse her. The memory of his lean, elegant hands fondling the swell of her breasts and hiking up her dress to stroke her wetness, fingers seeking her most private place until she moaned his name, made her nipples peak with longing. For a moment he simply stared at her, his gaze dropping to her breasts, probably noting her reaction.

“Memories are best left in the past, where they no longer have the ability to hurt you,” she whispered into the darkness as the coach rumbled off.

Bronwen Evans

“A TASTE OF SEDUCTION is a grand love story, tremendously exciting, and the wonderful, fabulous ending promises for the next book to be at least as brilliant!”

50+ Reviews




“Book 1 in the Chase Family series

England, 1815: Lady Alexandra Chase has always done what was expected of her. But when the man she’s loved since her girlhood returns from a long spell abroad, she quite suddenly finds herself hoping the fine lord her brother has picked for her *won’t* propose…
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“Royal brings her flair for mixing richly detailed historical settings with sinfully sexy romance to the Regency world.” —John Charles, Booklist

“Top 10 Bestseller on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks!

Finalist for the Holt Medallion, Golden Quill, Book Buyers’ Best, Award of Excellence, and Beacon Awards!”

Lauren Royal


500+ Reviews



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