Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lamb's Wool & a Christmas Novella #Giveaway

Today I'm over at Embracing Romance with a recipe for Lamb's Wool, an old-fashioned drink that features in some of my Christmas novellas. It's a truly lovely holiday beverage and well worth trying.

Also, there's a giveaway - a copy of one of the aforementioned novellas. For a chance to win, go on over to Embracing Romance and leave a comment telling me about your favorite holiday beverage.

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Merry Christmas and Best Wishes!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

New Release, A Recipe, and a #Giveaway

Today I'm at Embracing Romance to celebrate the release LOVE AND THE SHAMELESS LADY, Book 3 in the Scandalous Kisses series!
There's a recipe for rock buns/rock cakes, as well as a chance to win a Kindle download of the two other books in the series -- To Kiss a Rake and The Rake's Irish Lady (or two others of my books if you already have those ones). Just hop on over to Embracing Romance and leave a comment there.…e-and-a-giveaway/


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Erotic Dreams and a #Giveaway

I'm at Embracing Romance today to celebrate the release of the 99 cent anthology, A Very Wicked Christmas, which includes my novella, Love at First Dance.

And to discuss erotic dreams. Not mine (I'm way too shy for that), but those of my characters. ;)

And there's a giveaway -- a paperback of A Very Wicked Christmas. So hop on over and comment for a chance to win.

Barbara :)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cover reveal: Love and the Shameless Lady (second try)

So... I had already posted the cover I thought would be it, but there was a last minute change, and I think it was for the better. Here's the shiny new cover for Love and the Shameless Lady, which comes out in November:

I think it works. She looks as if she could easily be shameless. He looks delightfully mischievous, something I always appreciate in a hero. As long as he doesn't set something on fire...because I don't think he's paying much attention to those candles he's carrying.


Disgraced lady, Daisy Warren serves ale in a tumbledown inn, sings crude songs for the smugglers, and writes romantic novels in her spare time. Shunned by her own class, she’s resigned to her lowly life—until someone tries to kill her.
Gentleman spy, Sir Julian Kerr noses out seditionists and traitors. When he visits the inn to investigate two suspicious Frenchmen, he meets the lovely but hostile Daisy. He doesn’t intend to get involved with her—but then he learns that someone is threatening her life.
He wants to find out more—it’s part of his investigation.
He wants to protect her—he’s a chivalrous man.
He just wants her.             
But will Daisy’s bitter past allow her to risk love again?

The pre-order links should be up soon. :)


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

17 Sweet Contemporary Romances

Two of my author friends, Josie Riviera and Mona Risk, have stories in this fabulous set of sweet Christmas romances, so I just had to post about it here. And there's a release party today, too! Enjoy!

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Ring in the holiday season with 17 all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 takes you around the globe from small-town USA, to London, England, and even to Africa with a foreword written by USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano. Don’t miss out on this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to touch your heart, make you smile, and put you in the mood for Christmas.

Mona Risk 

On Christmas Eve by Mona Risk

She yanked him out of her heart years ago. But fate throws him in her path again and his tender gaze erases her loneliness. Can they forgive each other and create a new future?

Christine Bush 

Christmas Holly by Christine Bush

 Can a lonely single father of five-year-old triplets find love on a South Carolina beach? It might just take a Christmas miracle!

Lyn Cote 

Mistletoe and Sage by Lyn Cote

 New deputy in town, a single mom, two wounded hearts with a puzzle to solve together—will love spark under the mistletoe?

Denise Devine 

A Merry Little Christmas by Denise Devine

Merry Connor and Anthony Lewis search for treasure and find true love.

Raine English 

The Christmas Gift by Raine English

When Riley Wayne receives a dog for Christmas, it’s not just the pup that makes her heart flutter, the rescue group’s handsome owner does too.

Untangling Christmas 

Untangling Christmas by Shanna Hatfield

Tricked into helping with Silverton’s Festival of Trees, electrician Mike Clarke battles faulty outlets, tangled lights, and a woman determined to share the spirit of the season.

Ciara Knight 

A Christmas on Miracle Mountain by Ciara Knight

When it takes a miracle to heal a heart.

Milou Koenings 

The Kampala Peppermint Twist by Milou Koenings

A twist of fate. An overbooked flight. Christmas in Africa will flip her life upside down.

Magdalena Scott 

The Road Not Taken by Magdalena Scott

Francie Standish Carrington has some tough decisions to make and a lot of questions about a past she thought she understood.

Roxanne Rustand 

A London Christmas by Roxanne Rustand

When Catriona heads to London for Christmas to meet a guy she met online, he steals her purse and disappears, but will a handsome photographer in the pub end up being the man of her dreams?

Alicia Street 

Her Christmas Secret by Alicia Street

 Desperate to help her sister’s family, Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but learns Christmas has a way of bringing surprises where they’re least expected.

Kristin WallaceFalling For You at Christmas by Kristin Wallace

 One expectant mother. One gorgeous innkeeper. Three days that will change her life forever.

Merrillee Whren 

Second Chance Christmas by Merrillee Whren

A young boy helps his estranged parents find love again at Christmas.


Christmas Eve Wedding by Cindy Flores Martinez

 A maid of honor is swept up in the chaos of planning her best friend’s spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding.

Victoria Pinder 

Secret Wish by Victoria Pinder

Luke Morgan doesn’t believe in miracles, but this season Christmas brought him Caro Soliz, the family maid.

Josie Riviera 

Candleglow and Mistletoe by Josie Riviera

 A rising pianist and a pro stuntman winding down his career find love amid the glow of Christmas candles.


Couple by Christmas by Pat Simmons

Divorcee Derek Washington wants to reconcile with his ex-wife by Christmas. Although he’s got a plan, with the help of his six-year-old son, Derek only has two weeks.

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All 17 authors in this boxed set write sweet romances and are members of Sweet Romance Reads, a group of authors whose books contain no sex, violence, or strong language. While the emotional stakes are high as the characters’ relationships grow, these stories are wholesome. Think movies rated G or PG. Therefore, Sweet Christmas Kisses 3 can be enjoyed by romance readers of any age.

Snuggle into a chair by a cozy fire with a cup of hot chocolate and allow these bestselling and award-winning authors to bring the holiday season alive as they warm your heart.

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A tireless traveler, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Mona Risk, writes contemporary romance, medical romance, and romantic suspense novels, all simmering with emotion, sprinkled with a good dose of humor and set in the fascinating places she visited— or in Florida, her paradise on Earth.

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Christine Bush is an award winning author of many sweet romances, mysteries, and novellas. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching Psychology at a local college, working as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or (mostly) spending time with her twelve grandchildren.

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Award-winning author of over 40 romances, Lyn Cote writes inspirational historicals and contemporary romantic suspense in her distinctive brand, "Strong Women, Brave Stories." Lyn lives in a cottage on a lake in the northwoods with her real-life hero husband and (for comic relief and furry cuddling) her two cats.

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Denise Devine is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and she also writes inspirational fiction. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at thirteen and has been writing ever since. She writes about true love, happy endings and stories that touch your heart.

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USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Raine English writes sweet small-town contemporary romance, paranormal, and romantic suspense. She's a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist and a Daphne du Maurier Award winner. Raine lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic, USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments and relatable characters.

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Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author who writes 'A Little Edge and A Lot of Heart' that spans the heat scales. Her popular sweet romance series, Sweetwater County (rated PG), takes readers into small town romance full of family trials, friendly competition, and community love.

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Milou Koenings writes heartwarming romance novels because she believes sweet stories with happy endings are like chocolate – they bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. She’s lived all over the world, working as an editor and newspaper columnist, but loves staying home with her family most of all.

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USA Today bestselling author Roxanne Rustand is the author of thirty-five traditionally published novels, plus four indie novels. She was a Golden Heart finalist twice, and a Golden Heart winner in 1995. She has won two RT Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and was nominated for an RT Magazine Career Achievement Award. Her earlier books were secular, but she now writes sweet indie romance, and inspirational romance for Love Inspired.

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USA Today bestselling author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and women’s fiction with small town settings. She invites readers into her world to find out what’s hidden just below the surface of those tiny dots you can barely see on the map—mystery, romance, and the occasional unexplained occurrence.

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Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Alicia Street writes both sweet and steamy romances and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Roy. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher and is a compulsive reader of every genre.

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Kristin Wallace is a USA Today bestselling author of inspirational, contemporary and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith.” Her popular series include the Covington Falls Chronicles and Shellwater Key Tales.

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Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who writes inspirational and sweet romance—stories that stir your emotions. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty plus years, and has two grown daughters.

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Cindy Flores Martinez is an Amazon bestselling Spanish romance author. She writes sweet romantic comedy and Christian romance. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world.

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Victoria Pinder is a bestselling author of science fiction/fantasy and contemporary romance where her stories all include “Bold Women and the Brainy Men who love them.” Her popular series include the House of Morgan and the Collins Brothers.

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Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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Pat Simmons is a three-time Emma award-winning author for Best Inspirational Romance. With more thirty Christian romance titles, Pat is the bestselling author of the Carmen Sisters series.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Two Christmas multi-author collections and a #giveaway

Hi! Today I'm over at Embracing Romance to talk about two super collections of Christmas stories-- Once Upon A Historical Christmas and A Very Wicked Christmas. At only 99 cents each, they're obviously great deals.

I'm also giving away a gorgeous PAPERBACK of A Very Wicked Christmas, so hop on over to Embracing Romance for a chance to win.

Here are all the blurbs for Once Upon a Historical Christmas. It's already available, and you can check it out here. (Later, I'll do the same for A Very Wicked Christmas, which is up for pre-order and releases October 18.)

Once Upon a Historical Christmas includes:

A knight’s Christmas wish is fulfilled in an unexpected way when he meets a lady in need of rescue.

Deep in the Scottish Highlands sits an ancient well fabled to grant true-love’s wish to those who visit it near the winter solstice. To test the powers of the legendary well, Keita Cameron trespasses onto the lands of her clan’s enemy. She never expects to come face to face with the man they call the Demon of Loch Moy—or succumb to the dark heat her captor stirs within her.

MISTLETOE MAGIC by Laurel O’Donnell –
A confident knight arrives home to find his childhood friend grown into much more then he remembered. The lady of the castle keeps a dangerous secret that threatens all she holds dear. Will Mistletoe Magic save them?

THE CHRISTMAS KNOT by Barbara Monajem –
It’s bad enough being a governess, but far worse that Edwina White’s new employer is the man who deceived her years before.

Richard Ballister’s estate has a ghost and a curse, and if that’s not trouble enough, the new governess is the woman who spurned him for a richer man.

Richard and Edwina don't want to work together, but they have no choice. Can they overcome the bitterness of the past in time to unravel a centuries-old knot and end the Christmas curse?

THE WOLF OF SKYE by Hildie McQueen –
Fate's wicked sense of humor strikes Highland guard Faolan Mackinnon when he ends up betrothed to Catriona Grant, a fiery lass, who he met only minutes earlier.

A heartbroken Highland guard's last desperate attempt to regain the woman he loves becomes a journey across Scotland to a mysterious well that grants wishes. However upon getting to know a beautiful lass in the village of Moy, Faolan Mackinnon questions his true feelings.

Spend the holidays in Regency England! Seeking an heir to her fortune, a widow challenges her family to a wild holiday scavenger hunt in the novella "A Partridge in a Pear Tree"--and two people find a lasting love seeking the Twelve Days of Christmas...

A week before Christmas, snow falls gently on the Highland hills, and once more an adventure awaits the Sutherlands! Dunrobin Castle is overflowing with excitement and holiday spirit because of the upcoming Sutherland clan gathering. Arbella and Magnus’ marriage has flourished, their passion and love growing stronger daily. But when a mysterious missive arrives begging Laird and Lady Sutherland for help in a rescue mission, they leave the safety of the castle, and ride headlong into a trap. Will they thwart their enemy and make it home in time to celebrate the holiday season in good Scottish fashion? Or will warring clans prevail? ***This is a Stolen Bride novella--an extension of THE HIGHLANDER'S REWARD***

A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER by Catherine Kean –
Kissing Lord Renfred de Vornay, her late brother’s best friend, under the mistletoe was the last thing Lady Liliana Thornleigh ever expected days before Christmas. Seven years have passed since Ren played his foolish prank on her, but she hasn’t forgotten that humiliating incident—and neither, it seems, has he. Now a wealthy and respected lord, Ren has important information for her father, but Liliana is suspicious of Ren’s reasons for spending Christmas at her sire’s castle. As dangerous secrets come to light, will her hatred of Ren intensify, or will she finally put the past behind her and accept Ren’s love?


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Weepy heroines and a #giveaway on Embracing Romance

I'm on Embracing Romance today talking about weepy heroines (and confessing my own earlier tendency to cry for hours). I'm giving away a copy of Rakes and Rogues (or another of my books, winner's choice) to one lucky commenter.…-barbara-monajem/
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Do please drop by and weigh in with your opinion on whether romantic heroines should be allowed to cry -- and if so, how much.


Sunday, August 21, 2016


Hello, hello, hello!! TO KISS A RAKE, the first in my Scandalous Kisses series, is free on Amazon for Kindle for a few days!! There's no better deal than FREE. :~))


Melinda Starling doesn’t let ladylike behavior get in the way of true love. She’s secretly helping a friend to elope…until she’s tossed into the waiting coach and driven away by a notorious rake.

Miles Warren, Lord Garrison, comes from a family of libertines, and he’s the worst of them all—or so society believes. When Miles helps a friend to run off with an heiress, it’s an entertaining way to revenge himself on one of the gossips who slandered him.

Except that he abducts the wrong woman…and as if that wasn’t scandalous enough, he can’t resist stealing a kiss.


(In case you didn't know, there's a second book in the series, THE RAKE'S IRISH LADY, and the third, LOVE AND THE SHAMELESS LADY, will be out soon...possibly November. Now I have to figure out how to redeem an obnoxious heroine--a secondary character in Love and the Shameless Lady--for Book 4.)


Friday, August 19, 2016

A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology is up for #pre-order #99cents

I'm excited -- A Very Wicked Christmas Anthology is now up for pre-order for only 99 cents! My novella, Love at First Dance (or Jane and the Vile Seducer) is included. (It's the sequel to The Reluctant Seductress, which is in the boxed set, Rakes and Rogues. It's the story of Sir Colwyn North, who was a secondary character in The Reluctant Seductress. He needs a Happily Ever After, too!)

Have Yourself A Very Wicked Christmas!

Six of today’s most popular regency romance authors come together to deliver a holiday anthology full of passion, promise, and scandalous dalliance.

In Heather Boyd’s The Christmas Affair, a lonely shopkeeper offers shelter to a beautiful, not so innocent miss to overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past, but could such a wicked connection ever lead to a happily-ever-after? A dashing spy with marriage on his mind seeks to rekindle the spark by any means possible with the woman who claimed his heart in Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem. A scandalous widow rescues the man of her dreams - but his secrets could destroy their love in Nicola Davidson's Joy to the Earl. A masquerade ball was no place to be reckless with your innocence, and yet one scorching look at the masked highwayman urges Miss Partridge to do just that in Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella. In Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, a young widow chooses a handsome rogue to be her first lover, but his regrets from a past Christmas may end their affair before it even commences. A blue-stocking becomes a courtesan to escape a murderer in The Glittering Prize, an intrigue-filled romance by Beverley Oakley about finding love where it’s least expected.

This is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works.

Here's the blurb for my novella, Love at First Dance:

Sir Colwyn North’s uncanny seductive powers made him an excellent spy—but they also gave him the worst sort of reputation. Given his dreadful past, his only hope of winning the hand of the very proper Lady Jane Dew is to trick her into marriage. By way of seduction. While in disguise.

Jane has had enough of tedious propriety; she wants excitement. Duty-bound, she attends a Christmas house party at the estate of a scheming marquis, who has plans of his own for her. She intends to choose her own husband, and the son of the marquis is not on her list. The enthralling but nameless seducer who visits her nightly in her dreams might be…but first she has to find out who he is.

Will Lady Jane reject Sir Colwyn when she discovers the truth? Or will he find another devious way to capture her heart?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Comfort Reads and a #Giveaway

I should stop apologizing for posting so seldom. It must be obvious by now that I'm not meant to be a blogger. But while I wasn't blogging, I did finish two stories -- a novella and a full-length historical romance. The novella will be in a Christmas boxed set, and the full-length is with my beta-reader now. I'm blogging at Embracing Romance about comfort reads, and I'm doing a giveaway. (I like doing one every month.) So hop on over and tell me about your comfort reads, and maybe you'll win a copy of Rakes and Rogues, or a substitute if you already have it.…-barbara-monajem/

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Release Day! Rakes and Rogues

Today is release day for the boxed set, RAKES AND ROGUES. For only 99 cents, it's a great opportunity to try six different authors of Regency romance. Five of the titles are previously published first-in-series stories. Mine, The Reluctant Seductress, is being published here for the first time.


Here's the blurb of The Reluctant Seductress:

When the lady in distress is a rogue…what’s an honorable gentleman to do?

Forced to work as a spy due to her uncanny seductive powers, Lettice Raleigh emerges from the war with her virginity intact and her reputation in tatters. When she is sent for a month to the estate of England’s starchiest marquis as a step toward reentering polite society, Lettice knows it’s a hopeless cause—but she doesn’t reckon with Lord Hadrian Oakenhurst, a younger son with a strict sense of right and wrong and an agenda of his own. Will Hadrian succumb to her seductive wiles—or has Lettice at last found the one man she can’t resist?

And here are some taglines for the whole set:

Rakes and Rogues abound in this six-book collection of secrets, spies, vengeance, and lust. From London’s glittering ballrooms to the intimate mischief of a pre-season country house party, be captivated by these sexy first in series Regency romances.

A duchess and her son’s heir join forces to solve a family mystery in ENGAGING THE ENEMY by Heather Boyd.

Barbara Monajem’s lady spy is a rogue in distress in THE RELUCTANT SEDUCTRESS.

An earl’s sensible plans go awry as he becomes embattled with a sworn enemy, and his best friend’s sister, in TO LOVE A HELLION by Nicola Davidson.

In Wendy Vella’s LORD GALLANT, newlyweds hide secrets and confront dangers of the heart as well as a deadly foe.

When a sizzling encounter with a handsome stranger at a masquerade ball leads to love, Fanny's dreams have nearly come true in RAKE’S HONOUR by Beverley Oakley.

In LORD WASTREL by Donna Cummings, a former rake needs a scandal-free wife to help him raise his child, but he's falling for London's most notorious woman instead.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NOT DEMONS! And a #Giveaway

Today I'm on Embracing Romance talking about...well, Not Demons about sums it up. You'll have to go over there for more. It's in relation to The Reluctant Seductress, my novella in the upcoming boxed set, Rakes and Rogues.

And there will be a giveaway -- winner's choice of The Rake's Irish Lady or another of my ebooks.

Rakes and Rogues abound in this six-book collection of secrets, spies, vengeance, and lust. From London’s glittering ballrooms to the intimate mischief of a pre-season country house party, be captivated by these sexy first in series Regency romances.

A duchess and her son’s heir join forces to solve a family mystery in ENGAGING THE ENEMY by Heather Boyd.

Barbara Monajem’s lady spy is a rogue in distress in THE RELUCTANT SEDUCTRESS.

An earl’s sensible plans go awry as he becomes embattled with a sworn enemy, and his best friend’s sister, in TO LOVE A HELLION by Nicola Davidson.

In Wendy Vella’s LORD GALLANT, newlyweds hide secrets and confront dangers of the heart as well as a deadly foe.

When a sizzling encounter with a handsome stranger at a masquerade ball leads to love, Fanny's dreams have nearly come true in RAKE’S HONOUR by Beverley Oakley.

In LORD WASTREL by Donna Cummings, a former rake needs a scandal-free wife to help him raise his child, but he's falling for London's most notorious woman instead.

Publisher’s Note: With the exception of The Reluctant Seductress, these stories are all previously published works.

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