November 2009
Dear Reader,

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy your family and friends, even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in your traditions. I am truly blessed and thankful for all the gifts that come my way. Below is a mini-interview about me. Enjoy!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Hi, I’m Michelle Monkou. I’m a wife, mother, and writer of romance fiction. I live with my family in Maryland. My favorite activity outside of writing is reading a good book. I’m also a movie buff, but must have nachos and cheese to make the experience that much better. I love to travel and I try to visit a new place every year.

What motivated you to be a writer?

I started my storytelling at a young age when my brother often accused me of lying. What did he know? Then in my teens, I wrote romances after becoming an addicted fan of Harlequin romances. I continued writing, but only thought about getting published years later. I joined Romance Writers of America and attended lots of workshops to learn the craft. In November 2002, my debut novel was published.

Why did you write a story about sorority sisters?

I’m a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I had good memories of my sorority life, along with enjoying the many activities we did. I wanted to create a group of sorority sisters who had recently graduated from college, embarked on their careers, and found their way on the road to love.

Tell me about Trail of Kisses?

For recently laid-off Asia Crawford, an all-expenses paid vacation to the Colorado Rockies—courtesy of her sorority sisters—is just the getaway she needs. Until Trace Gunthrey shows up, claiming he’s booked in the same rustic cabin! The only solution? To split the two-week time share. But with the gorgeous single father sharing her intimate living space, sleep is the last thing on Asia’s mind.

In Atlanta, Trace is a judge who moves in high-powered circles. Here, he’s just a man at one with nature and the earthy beauty who seems set on seducing him. Trace came out West to get closer to his daughter. Instead, Asia’s the one who’s bonding with both of them, making the captivated widower long to let nature take its course—one scorching kiss at a time!

How can someone reach you?

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Title: Trail of Kisses
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani
ISBN: 978-0-373-86151-4
Price of Book: $6.25
Release Date: February 2010

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Newsletter Contest!

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Contest deadline - November 30th, 2009

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