“5 Minutes with…” is a section of the blog that is a a set of questions that are pretty much the same give or take a few. That are meant for us to get to know our favorite authors a little bit more. Some are funny, some have nothing to do with their books; while others hopefully get to the “nitty-gritty” of what the author is thinking. And as with all of our 5 minutes we have a contest to honor our writers. Stay tuned at the end to find out how to enter. Kismet is Monica newest release. Here is a little bit about it.
It was a gamble she was born to make…
Raised in a brothel at a young age, Allegra Synnford quickly learned that survival meant taking charge of her destiny. Now, a renowned courtesan skilled in the pleasures of the flesh, she chooses her lovers carefully—vowing never to be vulnerable to any one man. Until a mesmerizing Sheikh strips that control from her…
With a man who wasn’t used to losing.
Sheikh Shaheen of the Amazigh has been hiding from his past for a long time, but not enough to forget how another courtesan made him abandon his life as the Viscount Newcastle. It’s why the yearnings this dangerous temptress ignites within him are so troubling. Worse, thoughts of Allegra pervade every fantasy, threatening to undermine his cover. With old enemies circling, experience tells him he must resist her charms at all cost. In fact, he’s betting on it. That’s a risky wager when it comes to a woman of pleasure. But Allegra has her own reasons for playing games…with a man who can’t afford to lose.
What happens between them is Kismet…
What project are you currently working on? (C’mon, give us a hint!)
I’m working on a historical about a courtesan and a virgin hero who happens to be younger than the courtesan. *grin*
What is your favorite snack?
Snack…hmm…Ahh! Nope, not that…yep this is the one! White corn chips and a whole jar of salsa. I love that the salsa is so low in calories and so tasteful…but…yep you guessed it, those white corn chips are fattening when you need almost a whole bag to go with the salsa. But it’s still my fave snack.
I have heard from numerous authors that chocolate is the staple of their diet. Is it in yours?
I like most chocolate, but I wouldn’t call it a staple. Not unless you happen to show up at my door with a bag of milk chocolate maple creams. They’re specialty chocolates that I will NOT share with family or anyone unless pressured to do so. LOL
Will electronic readers ever take the place of the humble paperback?
I think they’re going to coexist for quite some time. Eventually though eBooks will dominate, just like DVD took over VHS and VHS beat out beta. But print books won’t ever go the way of wind. There’s something about the feel of a book that’s wonderful. OTOH, I can’t wait for some extra money to get me an eReader. Font size increases and no need to hold in my hand (I’ll lay it on my knee) will mean a lot to me. I have fibromyalgia and it makes it hard to hold a paperback. Hardbacks? Not anymore for this gal.
If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?
Phaedra from my Sep 2010 release. Because she gets hooked up with Lysander. *sigh* One of my favorite heroes who is totally 2Die4
Who or what influences you when you write?
The fact that I’m not happy if I’m not writing. It drives me.
When you have writer’s block how do you break free?
Generally, when I have writer’s block, it’s because I backed myself (my characters) into a corner. So I go do something else. Walking or taking a shower are a great way to have a breakthrough when I’m stumped on something.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Thomas Jefferson. Suave, debonair, super intelligent, a terrific architect and builder, a good lover (per sources), a lover of books, nature, art. A Renaissance man. Oh, yeah and he was a rebel despite his quiet nature.
What do you do for inspiration?
Watch TV, read a book, play a video game. It depends on what I’m in the mood for. Of course, inspiration comes to me when I’m NOT looking for it. I like it best that way.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven’t yet?
Yes, romantic comedy and mainstream fiction, something along the DaVinci Code type of writing.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
Research is an addiction for me. I sometimes get so caught up in the learning process when I’m researching something I forget that I’m supposed to be writing. So yes, I love it. Research I do is pretty extensive. I consult the web, read books on top, query experts about the research topic in question. You name it. I’ll hunt it down.
What is your favorite movie of all time? The one where you can watch it and still get affected at the same spots each and every time?
It’s a tie. Dead Again with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson and Henry V with Branagh. Every time Branagh gives that St. Crispin Day speech in Henry V, I’m ready to pick up a sword and charge into hell with the man. Brilliant acting. Dead Again because it’s a reincarnation theme and I love those! (See Sep 2010 release Assassin’s Heart)
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you have with you? *mind you, you do have a strong hunky man to help you with things* *grins*
- A lifetime supply of soap. I can’t stand to get sweaty and then not get clean.
- An eReader that runs off a nuclear battery with five thousand books on it, give or take a few
- Bug spray
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Something to write on and something to write with – Once I finish reading, I’ll need to write more.
Who would you want to be tied to for 24hours?
The idea of being tied to someone for that long a period is horrifying to me!! LOL I like my freedom. Although I guess I could stand it if it was Patrick Stewart and he read Shakespeare to me for the entire time. LOVE his voice. Makes my toes curl.
What is your favorite way to relax after a hard day working and writing?
Playing on the Internet, playing a game with my youngest daughter, watch my favorite TV shows, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Modern Family, Sanctuary and Numbers
What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?
The late 1800s; because it was a time of great change, of invention and discovery. And DAMN the women had clothes that made them look elegant and yet incredibly sexy.
Have you ever faked sick?
Hmm, sick or sick not. There is no fake. (Sorry Yoda)
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes, but I believe it is rare.
What is your perfect pizza?
Pizza Hut Supreme Pizza, but with lots of cut up veggies. They way they used to make them years ago before they started making the veggie chunks larger.
Do you have a celebrity crush?
LOTS! Patrick Stewart, Eric Bana, Johnny Depp, Gerard Butler and Hugh Jackman , Daniel Craig, Ray Stevenson, and James Purefoy – He was incredible in Rome (HBO)
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
The real question is WANT. Would I want to change my name? Answer – no. I picked my pen name out at the age of 9. I strayed from that name when I returned to writing eight years ago. I picked a really pretty, nondescript name. Nothing happened, until one day I remembered my childhood pen name, decided to give it a shot, and in six months I had my first ePub contract and an agent and I finaled in the RWA Golden Heart. That nine-year-old kid knew what she was doing.
Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one? If not, then which one is closest to?
Asking an author to pick a favorite book is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child. *grin* I can tell you that Kismet is a very special book to me for deeply personal reasons. The initial draft of Kismet was written to try and capitalize on a trend I’d seen discussed on blogs. In the process of trying to write a book with a forced seduction scene, I wound up opening up some really deep and ugly wounds. It wasn’t pretty, it was a horrible first draft that disappointed my agent and threw me into a deep, dark depression. I put the book aside for a long time, but eventually went back to the first draft because I couldn’t let go of the characters. I knew how wonderful their HEA was, but I just had to get them there. It was a difficult and cathartic journey, but the book and I are better for it.
What character out of all your books is the closest to your personality?
None and all. I don’t try to write characters like me. I write characters that I would like to be like and would like to know. Is there some of me in them? Bits and pieces, good and bad.
Have you ever been nervous over reader reaction when a new book comes out?
This is a trick question, right? LOL I’m always nervous about how a book will be received. Like everyone, I want my work to be good enough for reader appreciation.
How much does reader response mean to you over your books?
I write for me AND the reader. The reader is my best friend because without a reader, I’m only a writer. I need readers to be an author.
What do you hope readers get from your books after they read them?
An escape for a few hours; a little bit of fantasy, maybe learn a little history or something about the area where the story is set. But mainly, just to have a good time and the pleasure of enjoying a HEA, or what I call the Ahh…Sensation
If you could make a movie of any one of your books which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?
My September book, Assassin’s Heart; Hero – Daniel Craig Heroine – Kate Beckinsale
Who is your favorite author?
Loretta Chase – Your Scandalous Ways LOVED IT!
What is the weirdest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?
It wasn’t a reviewer; it was a reader who thought I only wrote Middle Eastern books, which isn’t the case. Although I can see where they might think that since my last two books have been desert books. LOL
What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?
I’ve been really lucky in that I’ve only had one bad review from an actual reviewer and only a couple of bad comments from readers. Thus, it’s tough to pick out one single comment. However, this one from Kerin at TwoLips Reviews was her take on Kismet. It said she totally “got” the book.
“After reading the bio posted on her website, I was afforded a deeper understanding into the wealth of emotions she poured into Kismet. Tenacious, sassy heroines and strong, sexy heroes are her signature style and she’s boldly penned one of the best books I’ve read in years.”
Do you have a bucket list? If so, what are 2 things on it?
It’s in my head. A-Going to Italy B-Gaining access to the private vaults under the Vatican
What is your favorite color besides YELLOW?
Boxers or briefs?
Boxers – and I hope you mean what do I like to see on a guy! LOL
Red Pill or Blue Pill?
I take so many now it doesn’t matter!! LOL
Great Questions and thanks for inviting me along to answer them. Thanyou for being here Monica. I am really happy to have you. I love you books.
Recent Book list:
Book 2 in The Order of the Sicari series
ISBN – TBD (Print
Archeologist Emma Zale sees the past when she touches ancient relics. It’s how she uncovered evidence of an ancient order of assassins—the Sicari. When a sinfully dark stranger shows up on her Chicago doorstep demanding an ancient artifact she doesn’t have, he drags her into a world where telekinesis and empaths are the norm. Now someone wants her dead, and her only hope of survival is an assassin who’s every bit as dangerous to her body as he is to her heart.
Ares DeLuca comes from an ancient Roman bloodline of telekinetic assassins. A Sicari, he’s honor bound to kill only in the name of justice. But when the woman he loved was murdered, Ares broke the Sicari code and used his sword for revenge. Love cost him dearly once before, and he’s not willing to pay the price again. At least not until hot, sweet, delectable Emma walked into his life. Not only does she hold the key to a valuable Sicari relic, she might just hold the key to his heart.
ISBN 1-59998-882-8 (eFormat)
ISBN 978-1-60504-121-6 (Print)
Constance Athelson, Viscountess Westbury has a gift she can’t reveal. She sees things others can’t, including the dead. The only thing she can’t see is into the heart of Lucien Blakemore, Earl of Lyndham. After one blissful night in his arms, she knows if she’s ever to win his heart, she must free him from his tortured past.
Lucien Blakemore met the Egyptian goddess Isis at a masked ball, but she vanished into the night before he could learn her real name. It’s just as well, since the Blakemore Curse makes love a dangerous and deadly emotion for him. But the erotic night he spent with his mysterious lover makes him want to throw caution aside-if only for one more night with his masked goddess.
A man without a country…
Half Bedouin, half English, the Viscount Blakeney has always been Sheikh Altair Mazir in his heart. A victim of prejudice from both cultures, he’s learned to trust no one. But a feisty American archeologist and the heat she ignites in him is about to change all that. And more.
An independent woman hunting for a Pharaoh’s treasure…
Alexandra Talbot is used to men questioning her intelligence simply because of her sex. But the mysterious Viscount isn’t like other men. He never questions her ability to find the lost city of Ramesses II, only her resistance to the sinful pleasure of his touch.
An ancient prophecy…
Bound by a Pharaoh’s prophecy, desire flares between them beneath the desert stars. But murder and betrayal turn their quest into a deadly game, pushing their fragile trust to the breaking point. Their survival hinges on rebuilding that trust.
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