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

Another month and 2020 doesn’t seem to be going any better, not globally, not even personally. Since I last wrote to you, my mother-in-law passed away, and my best friend’s mum was diagnosed with cancer. 2016 was so bad John Oliver blew it up at the end of his last show of the year. One must wonder what he is going to do this year, because it’s catastrophic so far. If they let him out of his house, that is.

Still, one good piece of news for the upcoming year, tampons are finally going to be considered essential items in the UK, and they’ll remove the VAT on these products. Thus far, the product considered essential for menstruation where the old belts, used until the 60s. I mean, I get it that they met a need back then, but they are not even sold anymore, although I am sure there is some hippy grandma still making them and selling them on Etsy. So, while everything else might be awful, we have this one bit of sociological and commercial progress to look forward to, yippee!*

In other news, and due to the pandemic, the minister in the UK has banned casual sex. That’s Tinder out of business, then. On the other hand, a great opportunity for PornHub…

It’s funny how I say that like I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been married for ten years, I can’t even remember what casual sex is, and I don’t know what Tinder looks like. Mind me, the way married life goes sometimes I might need it in a not too distant future.

Married life is hard, especially in times of global health crisis (Love in Times of a Global Health Crisis, there is a romance novel for you). Humans are not meant to be locked in the same house for this long, and it doesn’t matter how much you love each other. I’m putting a case together for Marriage Retirement; I think a lot of people would back me up on that one. Nobody gets better with age; if your husband is already driving you mad, imagine what it will be in twenty years.

Anyway, enough rambling, and more books.


Light attempts at comedy aside, I’ve finished the first draft of A Dance of the Past. I am aware that people are not keen on cliffhangers (I do take your reviews on board, my lovely readers), so this novel will have a proper ending for Jo and Adam. This said, I never considered the end of Across the Line as a cliffhanger. Rather a UFN (unhappy for now) ending. But it’s not like Good Boys Breaks your Heart abandons Jo and Adam. While the second book of the series deals with what happens to Anna after Across the Line and Through the Lens, you’ll be happy to hear you still find out what happens to Jo and Adam in the meantime

The problem with trying to avoid a cliffhanger is that I am avoiding a third book about Jo, and that means ADotP is over 170 thousand words. That’s two books worth, really. I’m going to try to cut it as much as I can during editing, and it will go on sale as a single e-book, but as for the paperback, it might need to go in two parts. I don’t know just yet.

I've announced the book will come out in December, but I thought I'd give my readers the full thing. It will be available on Monday 7th of December, with special offers on Across the Line  and Good Boys Break Your Heart during launch week.

What I've Read this Month

With the personal issues this month, I've only managed one book, so here is my own review this month.

Lucy Score
Riley Thorn and The Dead Guy Next Door

Recently published, this is Score’s first incursion in what we could call paranormal romance, since Riley Thorn, our main character, is a psychic-medium, but it reads like contemporary romance, which is the author’s field of expertise so far or, more specifically, romantic comedy.

Add to our powerful heroine a hot as hell PI, and you’ve got yourself some suspense too.

I like Lucy Score, and I was introduced to her by the series I’m recommending for October, so I was keen to read this, but I have to say I’m not finding it as good as her other stories. Not to say it’s bad, it’s just that I like the other ones better. The characters are well built but maybe not as engaging as her other heroines, and the pace is slower. It took me longer to really sink into the story.

It’s a fun read, but Lucy Score has done better.

September's Book Recommendation
Lucy Score
The Benevolence Series

Protecting What’s Mine is the first book I read by Lucy Score, which means I started with the last one. The series starts with Pretending you’re Mine followed by Finally Mine and ending with Protecting what’s Mine.

I really loved this series. They take place, as Lucy Score likes to do, in a small town, in this case, Benevolence. All three novels have one main character who is or was in the military, in one capacity or another. There is also, yes, one fireman.

One of the reasons I really enjoyed these stories is because they treat issues such as domestic abuse, or physical trauma, with such straightforwardness and sensibility. It’s real and it’s gritty and it’s approached in a natural manner. And yet, the stories are full of humour and lighthearted moments too.

It’s difficult to pick a favourite out of the three, but if I had to, I’d say Finally Mine is probably the best one for me.

I think there is something for everyone in these books, and I strongly recommend them, especially if you haven't read anything from this author before.

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 November. 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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