Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Barbara Monajem - Author (new to me)

Today I was reading Ella Quinn's blog interview with Barbara Monajem. The excerpt from Barbara's new novella, A Lady's Lesson in Seduction  really caught my eye. I love regency romance and I love novellas!!! Click on the link to read the interview -

Ella Quinn - Author Blog Interview with Monajem

The first thing I did, as always, was to head over to Goodreads (Monajems Page) to check her books out. Monajems has written 5 regency novella's and they all look good enough to read! ;) She has also written 2 full length paranormal romance novels.

Then I headed to Barbara Monajem's Website.

I have a surprise......she has a free novella on Smashwords I downloaded it for my Kindle but there are a number download options.

Lady Ambleforth's Afternoon Adventure is a collective writing effort by 6 authors who each wrote 2 chapters (Barbara Monajem, Ann Lethbridge, Annie Burrows, Elaine Golden, Julia Justiss and Louise Allen). All 6 are published romance authors.

I love a free read to see if I'm going to like the style of the author. I'm super picky about my romance novels!

Goodreads Description -

Lady Araminta Ambleforth has been looking forward to her outing to Maidstone from the moment she'd thought of the idea yesterday. Sadly, it looked as if her journey would end almost before it began. Her brand new phaeton disabled, Araminta decides to enjoy the fine afternoon and walk home rather than wait by the dusty roadside.

If only one handsome gentleman after another didn't distract her along the way. Will one of them steal the lady's heart?

My Review -

This has some humor, the situation was absurd and it made the whole novella enjoyable and just plain fun. There was that touch of regency wit, adventure, intrigue and a surprise twist of fate that I didn't see coming. It's probably why I enjoyed it so much! Oh and there's a highway man, pugilism, a naked man in a stream and a group of men handsome enough to make any regency lady want to swoon or wash her hands of men forever!!!!!

I love the freedom of a novella. You go into it knowing it's probably not going to be long enough to assuage your hunger for a novel but you also figure that it's exactly you have time for, an hour or two in the evening is sometimes all you get. A novella is going to be quick and hopefully well written so you don't feel like a jilted bride left at the alter. It's a bonus if you want to read more by the author!

I don't think you'll feel jilted by this novella, I didn't!

Here's a quick look at Barbara Monajem's other Regency Novella's -

A Lady's Lesson in Seduction (A Scandalous Regency Christmas)
Amazon Book Description:
Once a notorious rake, Camden Folk, Marquis of Warbury, is now consumed by desire for only one woman: beautiful young widow Frances Burdett. And the Yuletide festivities at his country estate present the perfect opportunity for seduction…
After her brief and unsatisfying marriage, Frances Burdett swore never to become tied to another man. Then a passionate kiss under the mistletoe reawakens longings she thought buried forever. But can she give in to the pleasures of the body with a rogue like Cam—without losing her heart?
To Rescue or Ravish?
Amazon Book Description:
London, 1802
When heiress Arabella Wilbanks flees a forced betrothal in the middle of the night, the last person she expects to find at the reins of her getaway hackney is Matthew Worcester. It's been seven long years since they gave in to their mutual desires and shared the most incredible night of their lives, but Matthew is still racked with guilt for leaving her without a word. He should escort her to safety, but the chance to re-claim and ravish her once more is proving impossible to resist!
The Unrepentant Rake
Amazon Book Description:
England, 1802
Beatrix March chose to be a governess rather than let an overbearing husband rule her. Even though she never intends to marry, it doesn't mean she can't enjoy a man' —especially when presented with one as tempting as notorious rake Simon Carling!
Simon doesn't usually seduce virtuous governesses, but Beatrix is unlike any woman he's ever encountered. Her luscious curves were made to grace a man's bed, and he's never denied himself such satisfaction before. Flouting society's tedious conventions, in favor of thrilling chemistry, may force Beatrix and Simon to contemplate the unthinkable—marriage!
The Wanton Governess (Fortney Follies)
Amazon Book Description:
Sussex, 1801
Governess Pompeia Grant thinks pretending to be Sir James Carling's wife as a favor to his sister will be harmless. She is haunted by his rejection of her youthful advances, but she's desperate for a place to stay after losing her last post.
When James unexpectedly returns home from America, she assumes the game is up—until James encourages her to stay, and enjoy the pleasurable consequences of their charade.
Notorious Eliza
Amazon Book Description:
Eliza Dauntry was infamous. Most people assumed she was a wanton because she supported herself and her son by painting portraits of courtesans. Yet Eliza hadn't been tempted by a man since her husband's death...until she met Patrick Felham. An old friend of her husband and a one-time rake, Patrick awakened a yearning in Eliza that demanded to be satisfied at once....
Patrick was looking for an upright woman to become his wife and stepmother to his daughter, not a siren like Eliza Dauntry! But Eliza had aroused his desire ever since he saved her scandalous self-portrait from the auction house. The chance of an affair with the alluring widow was irresistible, but this notorious woman could also turn out to be his perfect bride...
**If you get busy like me and want a nice quick regency read these novellas are all between 49 and 58 pages long and they are $2.51 each on Kindle. I'll let you know how they are as I read them too!
"Mischief Managed" ~ Kelly

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