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Sophie A. Monroe
Romance Author
Newsletter - September 2020
  • Diary
  • August's Reads
  • September's Recommendations

If you're anything like me, you might be happy to see the back of August. Well, I think we'll all be happy to see the end of 2020, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

For me, it has been a month of a lot of labour and very little writing. I've changed my kitchen and, together with the potential break of my marriage, as are the collateral damages of DIY, it also has brought the breaking of my back. 

This is all to say: I'm sore all over.

Just as we were trying to get the sink working, I had an I-told-you-so with my husband, where I claimed I was right when I said we should fit the kitchen last year. You see, we were still thirty-nine, then, and it makes all the difference.

If you haven't gone through forty yet, let me tell you the trope that everything hurts from then on is absolutely true. I've always had minor pains here and there, but this is another level.

See? I'm even getting on like my grandmother, telling you all about my ailments. 

On the bright side, I only need my hands for my jobs and, bar any issues with carpal tunnel, I should be ok to finish Show Me Your Scars (working title) on time to publish for late November, so at least my career is not over.  

What I've Read this Month

I've been reading some non-romance books (shock, shock, horror), and if you like a bit of paranormal suspense with a lot of humour, then I recommend you the Rivers of London series

But that's not the sort of books I want to talk about. Here are some of my reads this month.

Ivy Smoak
Made of Steel

This story starts with a nice romantic connection between children and continues in quite a tortured, journey for the main character. There is romance, of course, but a lot of suspense and even tension, as we fear for Summer's life at times. 

I got this because it was number 1 on Amazon, but I can't say I liked it too much. I found it difficult to root for any of the characters and I was too tense for Summer's safety. This has probably more to do with my state of mind than the quality of the story itself, though. It's just not what I expected, I suppose.

Esther E. Schmidt
Cowboy Bikers MC #1

This one I didn't like at all. I discovered it through Red Feather Romance and expected something quite stereotypical and a tiny bit ridiculous, and wanted to have a good, free from though, fun read.

Unfortunately, I didn't.

It is a novelette of sorts, with only eight chapters, but there is enough there to make it into a full novel. The problem also is that, being so short, it gets quite jumpy. At times, we follow the character out of the office and then, all of a sudden, they're in her house. 

The writing is not spectacular either, I'm not going to lie.

There is a lot that could be done to this otherwise promising story to make it readable. 

This said, Schmidt's fans love it, since it has a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.

September's Book Recommendation
Kat Ransom
The Fast Series

I've read this series over the summer and loved it. The four stories work well together, but can be read independently without too much trouble.

All four books have a strong alpha male type, all F1 drivers, who are brought down to their knees by four equally tough as nails women. 

Even if you know nothing about F1 (and I don't), you would love these books. The characters are lovable and easy to root for, and their particular universe is well sculpted, making you want to live in it for as long as possible.

If you don't fall in love with Lennox, Cole, Dante and Brodie, you're mad. 

And if you don't fall in love with Mallory, Emily, Danica and Mila, then you're downright certifiable.

I hope you have enjoyed this month's newsletter. If you want more romance to read, you can get Across the Line and Good Boys Break Your Heart here.

My next newsletter will be the first Friday of October. In the meantime, have a good month, and good reading!

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Sophie-Anne Monroe

Northern Ireland
United Kingdom

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