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Virtual Book Tour–Author Monique McDonell

6 Aug

I know I don’t do enough of these virtual book tours, but I hope eventually to get into a schedule where I host a couple authors per month. It’s a great way to meet other peers, help them market their work and give my readers the chance to win copies of wonderful books.

Today stopping by is Monique McDonell, a talented australian author whose comedy contemporary romance  Mr. Right and Other Mongrels just came out in May of this year and already received lots of encouraging reviews on Amazon. 

For your chance to win an e-copy of Mr. Right and Other Mongrels click here.


Blissfully happy in her own universe Allegra (Ally) Johnson is the sweet best friend everyone wants to have. Quietly and independently wealthy she runs a charming second-hand bookshop in beachside Manly. Heck, sometimes she even goes downstairs from her flat to run the shop in her Chinese silk pyjamas. It sounds like bliss. But is it enough?

When dog-phobic Allegra is rescued from an exuberant canine by the chivalrous Teddy Green, Australia’s hottest TV celebrity and garden make-over guru, her life begins to change. Dramatically!

Unaware of Teddy’s fame Allegra finds herself falling for him, despite her best attempts to resist his charm. Supported by her eccentric family and her fabulous gay friend Justin, Allegra embarks on an on-again off-again romance with Teddy, complicated by his jealous ex-girlfriend, fashionista Louisa and her own narcissistic hippy mother Moonbeam.

Will Ally be able to overcome her insecurities and find happiness with this possible Mr Right or will Teddy’s celebrity lifestyle prove to be too much? Mr Right and Other Mongrels is a light-hearted story about how one chance encounter can change your life.

About the Author:

I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women’s fiction including chick lit and romance. I live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter, and despite my dog phobia, with a dog called Skip.

I have written all my life especially as a child when I loved to write short stories and poetry. At University I studied Creative Writing as part of my Communication degree. Afterwards I was busy working in public relations. I didn’t write for pleasure for quite a few years although I wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And I still do in my day-job!)

When I began to write again I noticed a trend – writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since. I began a year-long writing course at the NSW Writers Centre and (thank goodness) its members morphed into a writing group known as The Writer’s Dozen. We published a highly successful anthology, Better than Chocolate, in 2008.

In 2008 I was also selected for the QWC/Hachette Livre Manuscript Development Course for my novel Mr Right and Other Mongrels. In 2009 I received a Highly Commended in the Romance Writers of Australia’s Valerie Parv Awards for my novel Hearts Afire.

These are the first two books I will be e-publishing in 2012 along with a third novel, A Fair Exchange. I’m not really like the characters in my books at all although I do share something in common with each of them – Allegra (Mr Right and Other Mongrels) has a dog phobia like me, Cassie (Hearts Afire) falls in love on a tropical island and I met my husband that way and Amelia (A Fair Exchange) was an exchange student who is now all grown up.

Website: http://www.moniquemcdonell.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MoniqueMcDonell or @MoniqueMcDonell

Why Do You Write?–Guest Connie M. Barrett

19 Nov

My next guest in the series “Why Do You Write?” is author Connie Barrett, whose cats rule her life. Literally. To see why she writes about dragons when she obviously loves cats, you’ll have to check out her books, which are listed at the end of this blog. But first of all let’s get to know her writing story.

“Why Do You Write?”

Why do I write? It would make a nice story to say that I started to write as soon as I was able to put more than two words together, that I can’t imagine a life without writing, and that writing is kind of like breathing to me.

All of the above is true, but lately I’ve been considering the possibility of a more sinister explanation: The Cats Made Me Do It.

The first word I learned both to read and write was “cat.” In retrospect, I think this must have been a message from the Great Cat Goddess because a lot of the writing I’ve done in recent years has involved felines.

My fantasy series, A Dragon’s Guide to Destiny, has major cat characters who have a way of taking over every scene, much in the way cats invariably occupy the most comfortable spaces in any room. Recent short stories have likewise been cat-ridden.

Part of my professional work involves counseling people about their cats’ misbehavior (not that any cat would ever admit to behavior less than stellar). That work led to a recently published book about holistic remedies for cats.

I can’t get away from them. On an everyday basis, they rule my life, directing me to meet their many needs, and in my writing life they’re equally omnipotent.

Some day, cats will figure out how to use their paws for typing purposes. One of my cats already displays alarming talents in that area. Then I will be rendered redundant and free to write about other subjects. Until then, I remain their servant.

I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t dare.

The cats would like you to know where you can get their books. If I sell enough books, I get treats.

These books are also available at Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and other outlets.

Visit http://www.adragonsguide.com for more information.