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Sophie A. Monroe
Romance Author
Newsletter - October 2020


  • Diary
  • News
  • November's Reads
  • Recommendations

You might know this about me or not, but I have an eating disorder. More specifically, Binge Eating Disorder, or BED. I've had one form of eating disorders or another for the past thirty years, and only began treatment, on and off, 8 years ago. I've only gone back to therapy properly last year, and while it's hard and slow work, progress is being made.

My biggest obstacle has always been exercise, but I've manage to start a walking routine. One of the key factor is this: anti-mindfulness.

Mindfulness is highly recommended for all areas of life, regarding mental health, but not good for doing the things you don't like to do.

And I have to say, this has been a life-saver when it comes to any sort of exercise. 

Both as a reader and as a writer, I have an elevated capacity of abstraction. Escapism, if you will, which means that I can disappear into a book or into my mind, with the help of music. 

And that's exactly what I do. Headphones in, and handwarmer in my pocket (I had a bad fall ten years ago and my hand hurts like a demon every time the weather gets too cold or too humid. I live in Northern Ireland, so you can imagine), I go out every evening and take a walk around the village. I'd say the dark is concerning but I don't see it, because I use this time to build my plots and develop my characters.

These days, my walks are heavily centered around Jamie and Eric. If you've read book I and II of Southwater Stories, you will be familiar with both characters. I want them to have their own story and, while I did considered a full-length novel, I think I'll go for a novelette or novela and give it to you for free, hopefully by Valentine's day. I'm really excited and the details of their story are really coming along. 

And yes, it's going to be gay romance, which might not necessarily be everybody's cup fo tea, which I understand. The thing is, I read a fair bit of yaoi and BL manga and comics, so my mind is bursting with ideas for them.

 I am also planning a short story, chapter-length maybe, about Anna and Tobias, which I hope to have a bit sooner.

Other than that, it's Christmas in the time of Pandemic. Not a very exciting prospect, but we'll sure make the best of it. In case of doubt, we can always read a book.

And on that note, does anybody do Jolabokaflod at home? If so, you can e-mail me here and tell me which books you're gifting this year that you're the most excited about, I'd love to hear what everybody is going to be reading!

New Book Out!

Last Book of Southwater Stories. Will Jo and Adam finally get their HEA?

As announced previously, A Dance of the Past will be out on Amazon on the 7th of December. Watch your e-mail for a launch offer on all books of the series.

This book is a bit on the long side. I had two more books about Adam and Jo in me, but I've taken in consideration your feedback. It seems that the open ending of the first book didn't go down so well. I wish I could have finished their story then, but neither one of the two characters was ready just yet.

This said, I have put everything in this one book. My first draft ended at 180000 words. It's now 140000, pretty much two novels. I wish I could have made it shorter. I even asked friends and Beta Readers to tell me what I could cut, but they weren't able to add to what I had already removed.

If length is a problem for you, I am so sorry.

If, on the other hand, you prefer long-ish books, well, you're welcome?

Still, I am so excited for you all to read it. I genuinely hope you like it. Jo and Adam have been with me for a long time, longer than I have been writing about them and, while this is not the last you will hear of them, it still is a closing of their proper story as such, and it is both a satisfying and sad time. 

But I digress. Book recommendations now!

What I Read Last Month
Carrie Pulkinen

Shift Happens

This is the second book of this series. You can see the complete title list in her website, but this is my favourite. Each book treats about a different kind of supernatural being, but this one is about werewolves, and, let me tell you, it has one of the few scenes in written form that has ever made me laugh out loud. 

Book three also has such a scene, if you must know. That's about four scenes in my history of reading, that have actually made me laugh.

But that's not the only reason I liked them. They are simple, and somewhat cliche at times. But they are sweet and short, and yet, the author manages to fit in a fairly rounded story for so few chapters. The characters are easy to love too.

They are, in essence, good fun.

Kat Ransom

Lights Out

You might remember I recommended this author previously. It was for her F1 romance novels, the Fast Series. This is her new saga, Donington Racing, and it starts with a bang. You get all you asked for: hot, cocky drivers, strong-willed, kickass women, and the thrill of the plot behind it.

Plus, in this case, the most satisfactory I-told-you-so, you've-learnt-a-lesson-today scene I've read in a very long time.

Trigger warning, though. Description of scary, abusive behaviour in the content. 

Still, if that's not a problem for you, I recommend it and I already can't wait for the next books in the series.

December's Movie Recommendation
Marc Lawrence
Music and Lyrics

Ok, I know, this was really a Valentine's Day release and it's about to be Christmas, but, while this movie is not a Christmas one, it's still has that nice, happy, feelgood quality that we look for in the seasonal film offerings.

I love this movie. I think it's greatly underrated, and I'll explain why.

First, it has the best, fake 80s pop song ever written. It's better than most actual 80s pop songs.

Second, it has Hugh Grant in it, dancing. If you've seen him in Love Actually, you know what I am talking about.

This is a lovely movie about a singer has-been who is happy that way, but is forced to reconsider when he is given the opportunity to write a new song for superstar singer Cora (imagine young Britney meets young Christina, meets Justin Bieber...)

Drew Barrymore's character is a bit annoying at times but, still, great, easy, romantic watch for a rainy day and a cup of hot chocolate.

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

Good month, and good reading!

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Sophie-Anne Monroe

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