Hey there Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome award-winning author Monica Burns to our sites today.
Monica made her first sale in 2004. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and was a 2005 RWA Golden Heart Finalist, as well as winner of the 2009 EPPIE for Best erotic historical romance. In June of 2011, she received the PRISM award for Best of the Best and first place. She has consistently earned top reviews from RT BOOKreviews and other reviewers.
Monica holds a bachelors of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications.
Monica writes historical and paranormal romance novels. Her paranormal romance series the ORDER OF THE SICARI has won numerous awards and has gotten rave reviews. It has been said that the ORDER OF THE SICARI is “A uniquely smart, erotically sexy stand-out read!” and that “This is a definite reread. The series is on line with the Black Dagger Brotherhood...give this series a try, it won't disappoint.”
Well, I know after that statement you will definitely want to learn more about the Sicari Brotherhood so let's take a look at a brief synopsis of the first two books in the series "Assassin's Honor" and "Assassin's Heart" and the upcoming release "Inferno's Kiss" which will be released on October 4, 2011.
Assassin's Heart (Book #2) sysnopsis -
The truth of the soul.
Inferno's Kiss (Book #3) synopsis -
WOW! They sound great don't they? Let's get to the interview now so we can learn more about the Sicari Brotherhood and the amazing woman behind the books….
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Monica! Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us! We’re so happy to have you with us today!
Monica: Thanks for having me. It’s always fun to chat romance, especially when I can remember a time when I had *no one* to talk with about my love for the genre.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We always like to start out by getting to know you a little bit better.
2) You wrote your first romance story at the age of 9, thats amazing! Do you remember what the story was about and can you share it with us?
Monica: I can only remember a couple of things. One it was a pirate story and two, I remember the heroine being tied to the mast while there was some sort of battle going on. I do remember the hero vividly. Tall, dark, and handsome. LOL
4) What inspired you to write a novel in the paranormal romance genre?
Monica: Truthfully? My agent suggested I write paranormal because that was what was selling so strong. The popularly of Historicals was declining, and my agent wanted to sell me to New York.
6) Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
Monica: I write best in complete silence, and when my desk gets too cluttered, it’s impossible for me to write.
8) You have a very inspirational story of surviving and overcoming some horrible and challenging events, and I must say that we truly admire the strong, determined woman you are. Is there any advice you can give to others out there that may be struggling with the same or similar situations?
Monica: It’s not your fault. Do not take the blame for someone else’s act of violence. That’s the hardest thing to do, and that challenge will never go away. That idea that “if I hadn’t done this…” Strength comes from within, and you can and will survive.
9) Can you please give us some more detailed information about who the ORDER OF THE SICARI are and what it is that they do?
Monica: That’s a tall order given the scope of the series, but here goes. My heroes and heroines are descendants of ancient Romans who were once members of the Praetorian Guard, before there was a power struggle in the Guard. The fight revolves around the ability to possess both telekinetic and telepathic abilities.
The villains in the series are called Praetorians who hid behind the cloak of faith and abused the power of the Church to label the Sicari as outlaws and hunt them down.
My Sicari have been fighting to survive for almost 2000 years. In the beginning they became assassins to survive. Now they assassinate only the dregs of society from drug dealers, sexual assailants, mobsters and other vermin.
9) Where do you get your information or ideas for the series?
Monica: I was watching HBO’s series ROME. I needed to pause the DVE. I reached for the remote and realized it was four feet away on my desk. When I got out of my Laz-Boy armchair to get the remote I was wishing I had telekinetic abilities. That’s when it hit me.
Monica: Unfortunately, Berkley hasn’t expressed any interest in continuing the series. I’m hoping that as time progresses, I’ll have writing time to write several more stories. There are a couple that I’d love to do about an inner power struggle with the Praetorians themselves. I’d like to show more of who they are. There is always good and evil in everything, and so far, all I’ve been able to show are the evil Praetorians.
11) What can we expect as the series progresses?
Monica: If I’m able, I want to write Marta and Draco’s story. Marta is a survivor and Draco is the man who struggles to save her.
13) Is there a character in the series that you are finding it a challenge to write about?
Monica: I found Dante to be a challenge. I’d just finished writing one virgin hero, and here I was attempting to write another. A man who “chose” to take a vow of celibacy, and how he deals with his growing attraction to Cleopatra, the daughter of the Sicari commander-in-chief who is also his mentor. I was also going through a difficult personal struggle at the time I wrote this book
14) What's next for Monica Burns? What do you have planned in the upcoming months?
Monica: Later this month, I’m reissuing a really hot historical novella, first published in 2005. Love’s Portrait is one of my favorite novellas. Morgan is ALL alpha and incredibly sexy. I love him. Then, as you know, the third book in the Order of the Sicari series, Inferno’s Kiss, will be released October 4th.
I’ll be attending Lora Leigh’s RAW (Reader Appreciation Weekend http://www.readerappreciationweekend.com/) in October, Readers & ‘Ritas in November, and I’m planning on attending RT in Chicago this coming April.
I’m also currently working on a proposal for a historical series, so I’ll be pretty busy for the next six to seven months.
Thank you so much Monica for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and talk to us. We wish you the best of luck with the release of "Inferno's Kiss" on October 4 and we would love to have you back again in the future.
Monica: Thanks so much for having me and spotlighting Inferno’s Kiss. I hope everyone enjoys the new book and be sure to look for Love’s Portrait on sale at the end of September for $.99
If you would like to find out more about Monica and THE ORDER OF THE SICARI series you can visit her at any of the sites below.
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