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March 31, 2015

@BarbaraMonajem 's latest book is on fire! Lady of the Flames #MFRWorg #historical #paranormal

What a wonderful day for the Princesses as we welcome author Barbara Monajem!

Barbara Monajem wrote her first story in third grade about apple tree gnomes. An embarrassing number of years later, she still sneaks magical little creatures into her books, although they’re romances for grownups now. She lives in Atlanta with assorted relatives, friends, and feline strays.

Speed Round:

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite book: Oh, come on now. Impossible!
Last book read: Murder in Hindsight by Anne Cleeland (for the third time)
Favorite color: Red!
Stilettos or flip-flops: Sneakers
Coffee or tea: Both, but not mixed together. Tea plus coffee does not equal toffee.

E-book or paperback: Both
Pencil or pen: Pen
Favorite song: Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney
Streak or not: Not likely!
Favorite dessert: Apple crisp
Champagne or gin: I don’t drink. But if I did, it would be Scotch whisky.
Paranormal or Historical: A mixture
Ginger or Mary Ann: Mary Ann
Favorite TV show: I don’t watch much TV… I’m too antsy to stay still… I’ve been known to sit all the way through Sherlock and Dr. Who.
Hot or cold: In between
POV: 1st or 3rd. Either.
I'd die if I don't have: Air, water, food…

 Perfect lady, disgraced lord, traitor, spies, magic with blades, magic with fire, 
and love (of course).

Excerpt from Lady of the Flames: 

Fen poured warm water into the basin and reached for Andromeda’s slippers. “I’ll wash your feet.”
She slid them under her skirts. “You mustn’t. It wouldn’t be proper.”
“My dear girl, nothing about this situation is proper.”
True, they were alone in his bedchamber. I’m completely ruined, she thought. Word of her disappearance must be all over London. 
“You’re bleeding,” he said. “You’ll ruin my carpet if I let you go on this way.”
She gave a sputter of a laugh, and he took her left foot before she could stop him. Their eyes met briefly—and both looked away. Did he remember their love of long ago, the summer when she was seventeen years old? Stolen kisses, whispered vows. They’d sneaked off to a meadow and lain in the long grass in each other’s arms, and when he kissed her bare feet, desire coursed all the way to her core.
He’d refused to go further, insisting it wouldn’t be right. She’d well-nigh thrown herself at him, but still he refused. She flirted with his rakish friends, but neither tantrums nor jealousy moved him. In despair, clinging to the remnants of her belief in magic, she called on Mama’s locket to come to her aid.
A few days later, he gave her the cut direct. She tried to talk to him more than once, but each time he went still and cold, then turned away as if she didn’t exist.
 That was the day her belief in magic died.

Find Barbara at: Website
Find Lady of the Flames at: Amazon
Contact Barbara at: Email

Thank you, Barbara, for being with the Princesses today!


Sylvia said...

Hi Barbara, Thanks for being at the Plotting Princess blog. Love the title of your book.

Sloane B Collins said...

Hi, Barbara. Welcome to the home of the Proncesses. Love your cover! I can't wait to read your book.

Barbara Monajem said...

Thanks, Sylvia. Plotting Princesses rock! Glad you like the title -- it took forever to come up with it. Sometimes finding the title seems harder than writing the book, LOL.

Barbara Monajem said...

Hi, Sloane. Thanks! I'm getting lots of compliments on that cover, which makes me very happy, 'cause I love it so much, too. :)

Ashley York said...

Apple tree gnomes? That's great. What an imagination :)

Barbara Bettis said...

Great cover--and apple tree gnomes! Love to see that story :) So The Princess Bride is a reasonable favorite! I do enjoy that movie. So many fun lines.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, Barbara! Welcome to the PP. I love the Beatles song you picked. In Jazzercise, we are doing a Roberta Flack rendition of Friends and Lovers. (I actually like hers better.)

Barbara Monajem said...

Thanks, Ashley. Maybe I should revive the gnomes for one of my romance novels. Hmm...

Barbara Monajem said...

Yeah, Barb, I can't help but love The Princess Bride. And I may well put those gnomes in a new story (because I can't remember much about the childhood version, alas).

Barbara Monajem said...

OMG, Vicki, you do Jazzercise!?! Where do you get the energy??

Thanks for inviting me here. :)

Ally Broadfield said...

Love the tagline for your book, and I have to agree with The Princess Bride.

Barbara Monajem said...

Hi, Ally. Thanks for stopping by. Lately my daughter was reading a book about the making of the movie The Princess Bride. Sounds like it was a fabulous experience.

Kathy Ivan said...

Hi Barbara

Welcome to the Plotting Princesses. Definitely intrigued after that excerpt. Lovely cover too. Sounds like I've got a new book to be checking out. Thanks for spending the day with us.

Collette Cameron said...

I agree about not being able to pick a favorite book, Barbara! There are just too many great reads out there. Super congrats on your new release.

Ella Quinn - Romance Novelist said...

Fun interview. I loved the book!! Shared!

Barbara Monajem said...

Thanks, Kathy. My cover thanks you, too. It's getting pretty vain what with all the compliments. ;)

Barbara Monajem said...

Thanks, Collette. I think most writers are readers foremost. That's what inspired us to write. :)

Barbara Monajem said...

Thanks so much, Ella. I'm enormously pleased that you enjoyed Lady of the Flames. :))