Friday, December 27, 2013

One of A Kind -- Part of Author Yvette Hine's Shoe-Gasm Contest




(I'm currently participating in Author Yvette Hines' Shoe-Gasm Scavenger Hunt. Check it out: http://yvettehines.com/shoe-gasm/)

Let the countdown begin...ONE OF A KIND will be ready for your reading enjoyment in less than a month.

Announcing Mr. Kent Fraser, executive coach of CEOs, please take your place on stage. My gorgeous British hero is all kinds of HOT and then some.

Can he handle the no-nonsense Dana Meadows, heiress-apparent of a media empire, a grandmother's Meadows Media Enterprises?

(Book Blurb)

She’s like no woman he’s ever met…
Acting CEO Dana Meadows is being groomed to one day take over her family’s multimillion-dollar empire. She doesn’t need a perfectionist executive coach to take her through the paces…even if he’s the sexiest hunk she’s ever laid eyes on. But Kent Fraser isn’t taking no for an answer—in business or in pleasure.

Kent’s orders were clear: transform Dana into an inspirational leader who sets an example for her employees. But is the fiercely independent heiress apparent tough enough to become a media mogul? And is Kent strong enough to resist the desire that’s flowing between them? A tempting passion that could turn their collaboration into a partnership for life….


(Here's an excerpt...)

Dana slid into the seat next to Kent. She didn't want to think about what had stirred her to make that move.

"Look at me." No matter the cause, the effect landed her next to his warm body. "Please?" She'd beg if she had to. 

Right now, here under the glaring bright lights, on a rumbling train, she wanted more than a taste of a wild ride. 

Kent turned his handsome face toward her. It was all she needed. Taking a deep breath, she mounted his lap. her hands anchored his face. She gazed into those beautiful eyes.

"Kiss me?" Her question hung softly in the air, begging for his assent.

His gaze shifted to her mouth. Under her fingers, she felt his chin lift toward her face.

The kiss, the first contact, was soft, tentative, an introduction of sorts to each other's lips. She wrenched her mouth away because logic wanted a point of intrusion. Her breathing was heavy, as if she'd hit the treadmill for a challenging mile set on incline.

Available for pre-order on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and other major retailers in e-book and mass market paper back (release late January '14).

Namaste,

Michelle Monkou
“I'm not so arrogant to think I'm the only guide someone needs ... but I might be the guide that someone needs.” ― Laura Anne Gilman

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Holiday Romances To Warm The Heart; part 2

(Part 2) Holiday Romances abound and a few of my writing buddies are cross promoting these wonderful holiday treats. Check them out, please. Remember books always make great gifts. (More great books to be featured)


Love At Christmastime by Lisa Y. Watson
Sometimes a glimpse of the past can hold the key to your future.
The Love at Christmastime series is two sweet holiday novellas, A Heart for Christmas, and Two Hearts for Christmas to warm your heart and soul any time of the year.

In A Heart for ChristmasYvette Stilwell, a young widow, has overcome a terrible loss. Her eight year old daughter, Lacey, is her primary focus and romance is a thing of the past...until now.
When Christopher Darcy realizes that the woman sitting next to him in the airport is the “one that got away” so long ago, he is amazed at his good fortune.  But Yvette is not exactly ready to rush into anything, even after she discovers just how attractive a holiday romance may seem...

Will the magic of the season and some well-placed mistletoe bring them together?

In Two Hearts for Christmas, the Darcy’s have a two-year old son, a pre-teen daughter, and work keeping their family on the go.  When Christopher begins spending long hours running his parent's Christmas tree farm, it causes stress at home. 
Will a hidden secret and unexpected news threaten their bond, or will they find a way bring their family joy at the holidays? Amazon; Barnes & NobleConnect with Lisa

Anya's Wish by J.L. Campbell
Even with love in the air, Anya has some Scrooge-like moments that put a damper on the holidays...

One man. One woman. One wish.

After five years in a dead-end relationship, the last thing Anya needs is a man to upset her ordered existence. A quiet, Christmas season with family is all that’s on her agenda, until her job puts her in contact with Christophe Mondesir, who refuses to play by her rules.

Caught between an interfering ex, a secret that gives her anxious moments, and a man with the power to make her forget promises to herself, Anya faces more complications than she can handle.

If her ex would stay gone, she might take a chance on romance with the man determined to spin her world off its axis. But the obstacles in her way leave Anya stuck in a groove with work as the main diversion from her problems.

Only Christophe’s resolve to win Anya’s love makes the difference between staying in a rut and pursuing her dreams.

Anya’s Wish is the prequel to Chasing Anya. Amazon linkSmashwords 

Give A Little Love by Rhonda McKnight
Brooke Jordan thought her Christmas was going to be boring, particularly since she’s stuck working in Montego Bay, Jamaica, instead of home in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family. Paradise isn’t
paradise when you’re not where you want to be, but this Christmas is anything but uneventful. Three airplanes land on the island and Brooke finds herself in exchanges that cause love, temptation, and HATE to surface.

Marcus Thompson has pain in his past, but he’s decided it’s time to try love again. A widowed orphan from a wealthy family, he’s alienated from his grandfather and wants a family of his own. His feelings for Brooke can’t be denied, but she won’t give him a chance to prove he’s not the playboy she thinks he is.

Though she finds Marcus tempting, Brooke is determined to get off the island without falling for his charms. The two people she trusted the most betrayed her in the worse way, and she isn’t prepared to risk love again. But when her worst enemy stands on her doorstep needing the generosity that has always been a part of Brooke’s character, she begins to question who she is and what she’s allowed heartbreak to do to her. Will she let   anger and hate take over and turn her into someone else? Or will she find that even in her pain, she has the capacity to give? Website: www.rhondamcknight.net

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Holiday Romances To Warm The Heart; part 1

Holiday Romances abound and a few of my writing buddies are cross promoting these wonderful holiday treats. Check them out, please. Remember books always make great gifts. (More great books to be featured)

Christmas Angel by Deatri King-Bey
I’m just spreading a little Christmas Cheer! Enjoy….
The madness must end. All Abigail wants for Christmas is to be left alone. She has grown tired of her family’s horrible matchmaking schemes and her daughters’ deceptive plans to get her to take her ex-husband back. It’s not that she doesn’t want a relationship. She’s more than ready for Mr. Right to sweep her off her feet. She’s just come to the realization that there may not be a Mr. Right out there for her—and that’s okay. Now if she could only convince her family of that.
Jeff is all work and no play, which is why he found himself stranded in the middle of nowhere with a blizzard quickly approaching. Desperate for cover, he spots a house in the distance. Upon meeting the kindhearted, gorgeous owner of the home, he deems Abigail his Christmas Angel, and thanks Santa for the early gift. But is she too good to be true? Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Visit Deatri online.

Seducing Sheri: A Climax Creek Short by Kianna Alexander
Welcome to Climax Creek, North Carolina
Established 1858
"Built on Tradition, Moving Toward the Future"

Climax Creek is a small, quaint town situated between Greensboro and Sanford in North Carolina. Bordered by I-85 and three North Carolina state highways, it's occupied by less than sixteen hundred people. Climax Creek is the kind of town where you won't find a Starbucks, but you can get a great cup of coffee from Paulina down at Cool Beans. Watch out for Paulina- she'll talk your ear off if you let her. Down at Phipps Pharmacy, Quinn Phipps has got a cure for whatever might be ailing you. Say the wrong thing to your significant other? Minnie Hughes has got an "apology special" running down at her flower shop- she'll fix you up. Feel the need for some spiritual guidance? Climax Creek has four churches- take you pick. If you're looking for something fancy and pretentious, this isn't the place. But if you're looking for a little Southern comfort, the kind that you can't get out of a bottle, then stop on by.

Home for the holidays... 
Sheridan Cole works hard as an accountant and financial planner- so hard she's barely had to to sleep, let alone date. She's looking forward to a relaxing Christmas at her parent's home, in the tiny North Carolina town of Climax Creek. But a chance encounter with a handsome man from her past changes everything.

An Unfulfilled Desire 
Nick Dunn has spent the last several weeks trying to keep his family's business from being taken over by a large corporation. As the eldest of the four Dunn children, keeping his family legacy intact is important to him. That situation holds his entire focus...that is, until he runs into his high school crush at the local coffee shop.

A Burning Passion 
The heat between Sheri and Nick is palpable, undeniable, and inescapable. Before Sheri can even get a sip of her coffee, she's on her way home with Nick. But is this just a sexy holiday fling? Or is Nick using his sexual prowess to convince Sheri to enter a business deal with him?

Or could he be after her most guarded possession of all...her heart? Website is also linked to email signature. Purchase Links: AmazoniBookstore; Barnes and Noble; Smashwords

Christmas Ultimatum by Unoma Nwankwor
This was the most wonderful time of the year, or was it?
Freelance journalist, Olanma Obinze, just landed the interview of a lifetime. She didn’t like the commercialism of Christmas, so the trip to Dubai was the perfect destination and it was happening at the perfect time. She’d get to escape the Christmas hoopla; and the big paycheck once the article was sold would ensure she didn't have to go crawling back to her father for money.
Abayomi Rice was in charge of scheduling interviews for his grandfather, but would only grant Olanma's request if she accepted his ultimatum—a trip half way across the world to Cape Town, South Africa. After all they did have unfinished business.
Olanma wasn’t falling for the charm of a recovering playboy and a rich one at that. But with her plans going up in smoke before her eyes, Olanma must decide whether to give in to the ultimatum or leave empty handed. Who said it was the season to be merry? Author WebsiteAmazon; Barnes & Nobles 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My Kimani Romance: One Of A Kind Has Arrived!


Happy Holidays!


I'm in celebration mode. (Commence with the Snoopy Dance) My author copies have arrived in that familiar Harlequin-labeled box. Next up my Kimani release - ONE OF A KIND - arrived this afternoon.

Announcing Mr. Kent Fraser, executive coach of CEOs, please take your place on stage. My gorgeous British hero is all kinds of HOT and then some.

Can he handle the no-nonsense Dana Meadows, heiress-apparent of a media empire, a grandmother's Meadows Media Enterprises?

(Here's an excerpt...)

Dana slid into the seat next to Kent. She didn't want to think about what had stirred her to make that move.

"Look at me." No matter the cause, the effect landed her next to his warm body. "Please?" She'd beg if she had to. 

Right now, here under the glaring bright lights, on a rumbling train, she wanted more than a taste of a wild ride. 

Kent turned his handsome face toward her. It was all she needed. Taking a deep breath, she mounted his lap. her hands anchored his face. She gazed into those beautiful eyes.

"Kiss me?" Her question hung softly in the air, begging for his assent.

His gaze shifted to her mouth. Under her fingers, she felt his chin lift toward her face.

The kiss, the first contact, was soft, tentative, an introduction of sorts to each other's lips. She wrenched her mouth away because logic wanted a point of intrusion. Her breathing was heavy, as if she'd hit the treadmill for a challenging mile set on incline.

If you're game, help me get the word out. Looking for the first 20 (books are all gone) eager readers willing to accept a gift copy from me. In return, please leave a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads and any other willing venues (word of mouth is also appreciated). Recipients must reside on the U.S. mainland. Simply fill out, with your name and full address, the contact form in the top right of this website/blog with your information. The information will remain private and unseen by others, and will be sent directly to my email.

Here are a few of my fave Korean Pop videos to keep me singing and tapping my feet while I write address labels for the lucky 20 (books are all gone) people.


TAEYANG (also a member of Big Bang) - Ringa Linga


SHINee - Everybody


Join me in making ONE OF A KIND a successful roll out.

Available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major retailers in e-book and mass market paper back (release late January '14).

Namaste,

Michelle Monkou
“I'm not so arrogant to think I'm the only guide someone needs ... but I might be the guide that someone needs.” ― Laura Anne Gilman