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Sophie A. Monroe
Romance Author
Newsletter - October 2020
  • Diary
  • News
  • October's Reads
  • November's Recommendations

For whatever reason, I've spent a very Pride and Prejudice-y month. I started re-watching the BBC mini-series, which, for me, is the best version.

I then re-watched the Keira Knightley adaptation. I have always had problems with that one. On the one hand, it feels very rushed, and not only because it's obviously shorter, but even in the delivery of the lines. It's very likely it has a lot to do with the editing on it.

I did not, however, watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies again. I know, I know, it's a pretty terrible movie, but I have to say, there is something to be said for that one scene where the Bennet girls kick ass. It makes a change from their constant state of underlying panic at what bridge will they go to live under once their father dies and Mr Collins takes ownership of their home.

I did watch another related movie, but I will leave that for the recommendation. With the editing work for A Dance of the Past, I have spent most of my month reading the one crime book.

Meanwhile, I find it hard to go to sleep every night, because my head is full of ideas. It's what happens to me when I'm not writing, because I have to force myself to work through the editing. 90% of the ideas are garbage, but I can't go to sleep until I write them down. When I read them in the morning I laugh at myself most often than not.


I'm happy to announce I am in the last stages of editing and I am hoping to reveal the cover for A Dance of the Past in two weeks or so. I will reveal it first to all of you, my lovely readers, and onto social media the last week of November. That's the plan, anyway.

I'm also planning a surprise for December, a free story for you all, but I will keep the main characters to myself. 

What I've Read this Month
Lauren Rowe
Bad Liar

This is book 1 of the Reed Rivers series.

Picture this. Young man is getting a blow job from a college girl he pays. Man is also a college man, thinking he has it easy with this girl because she is happy to prostitute herself. Turns out girl thought it was all a game and this was leading to a real relationship.

This, however, is only taster of what Reed Rivers thinks about relationships. 

The story, however, doesn't start until some ten or thirteen years later, when Reed Rivers is a big music mogul, hotter than the Devil's sauna, and completely commitment-phobic. 

Enter twenty odd year old Georgina, journalism student with the confidence of Queen Elizabeth I and determined to make a living as an investigative journalist. She is hot tempered and knows what she wants.

Now put these two together and  you get fireworks.

It's not as well written as I'd like. Repetition of names gets quite frustrating. There is such as thing as pronouns.

But, I really enjoyed it, namely because of Georgina. She's badass and vulnerable at the same time. I love a badass girl. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

November's Movie Recommendation
Sharon Maguire
Bridget Jones's Baby

When I heard this movie was coming out, I rolled my eyes. Partly due to misconceptions I had. Namely, that Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth would not be able to play character who were, in my head, much younger than the actors are.

I was wrong. Not in the actor's being able to play younger characters, but rather, in the  age the characters themselves would be. Bridget is forty-three when she get pregnant.

I'm not going to give many details on the movie, I don't want to spoil it for anybody, but here are my impressions.

Hugh Grant said, talking about Edge of Reason, said they had doubled down on everything that worked on Diary. Namely, Bridget was fatter, everybody more ridiculous, and his fight with Colin Firth even more childish. I had noticed that myself, so what I expected from this movie was a tripling down on these same factors.

And I was wrong again!

For one thing, Hugh Grant is not in the movie. The anti-hero is Patrick Dempsey, better known as McDreamy. I have to sasy, the older he gets, the dreamier I find him.

But here is what I think. This was far better than I expected. Bridget is more mature, far less ridiculous, although she is still her. The comedy is more subtle, and the story more engaging that I expected for a third part. It all made sense to me when I saw Emma Thompson was one of the screenwriters. 

You see, many movie franchises and TV shows capitalize on things that work by making them more and more exaggerated. If you remember Monica, in Friend, for example. By season ten she was pretty much hysterical, and, as a character, had become more and more ridiculous. 

I was thrilled to see this was not the case in Bridget Jones and this really makes up for how bad I found Edge of Reason. If you haven't seen it yet because, like me, you are sceptical, well, have no fears. It's entertaining, the development of the characters is refreshing, compared to what we've seen in the second movie, and the movie is fulfilling.

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 December. In the meantime, I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. You can e-mail me to 

Have a good month, and good reading!

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Sophie-Anne Monroe

Northern Ireland
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