• sweet kisses roses graphic

    It’s release week for the Sweet Kisses Box Set.

    I’m so excited that the Sweet Kisses Box Set is finally live – it’s been a delight to work on this project with the twenty other sweet romance authors included in this set.

    Kissing the Captain and the Sweet Kisses Box Set
    Kissing the Captain coming soon in the Sweet Kisses Box Set


    Twenty-one novella-length sweet romance stories from twenty-one of your favorite authors in a limited-time box set called Sweet Kisses. It will release on all major retailers on July 21. 


    21 New Heartwarming Romance Books that’ll make you swoon

    A sweet contemporary romance anthology collection with twenty-one original, never-before-seen stories from bestselling and award-winning authors, Including WSJ and USA Today Bestselling Author, Judith Lucci.

    Each piece written for this anthology is to benefit Pets for Vets. Sweet Kisses Box Set is only available for a limited time, so one-click your copy before it’s gone. Twenty-one swoon-worthy heroes. Twenty-one chances to fall in love. Twenty-one happily-ever-afters.


    One great way to help veterans who’ve been injured in service to our country and the Pets that need them. 100% of pre-order profits will be donated to Pets for Vets!



    Tamie Dearen – The Billionaire’s Practice Kiss

    Judith Lucci – Kissing the Cow King

    Evangeline Kelly – Kissing an Alaskan Man

    Lorana Hoopes – Sealed with a Kiss

    Jo Noelle – Eight Second Kiss

    Jean C. Gordon – Trusting His Kiss

    Jessie Gussman – Dreaming of His Kiss

    Donna K. Weaver – Don’t Kiss the Enemy

    Melanie D. Snitker – Don’t Kiss Me Goodbye

    Monique McDonell – Kissing the Captain

    Michelle Pennington – First Kiss Train Wreck

    Kit Morgan – To Kiss a Sheriff

    Emma St. Clair – If You Want to Kiss a Billionaire

    Jeanette Lewis – Kissing the Mountain Man

    Anne-Marie Meyer – A Magnolia Kiss

    Judy Corry – Stolen Kisses from a Rockstar

    Bree Livingston – A Geek Girl’s Guide to Kissing a Video Gamer

    Juliette Duncan – Never Kiss a Preacher’s Son

    Vivi Holt – Meet-Cute Kiss

    Brooke St. James – Kiss & Tell

    Joy Ohagwu – Raspberry Kisses


    sweet kisses roses graphic
    It’s release week for the Sweet Kisses Box Set


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  • Blog

    A competition for the launch of Building Attraction


    Building Attraction - Monique McDonell - CoverI’m launching Building Attraction this Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

    That’s exciting news isn’t it? Well I think so- hence the big print.

    Did you know that also happens to be a very big day in the Australian calendar – Melbourne Cup Day. If you don’t know it’s a very famous horse race – it’s Australia’s version of the Kentucky Derby. People have long, lunches, bet on the fillies and possibly have a champagne or two.

    As you can see from the cover here is a horse or two in Building Attraction.

    Here’s the book blurb:
    Hers has been a life of too many responsibilities and his has been a life of too few. Could the thing that initially repelled them from each other finally be the ultimate source of attraction?

    Holly Adams has two jobs in the city, two petulant teenage sisters to support, a farm with a big mortgage and a terrible secret that propels her forward. Brad Winchester has a reputation for being a spoilt playboy who has abandoned his family business but he also has a secret that has finally brought him home.

    When they are forced to together at work (Holly works at the cut-throat PR Consultancy that handles his family’s account Winchester Homes – They don’t build homes, they build dreams”) a series of misunderstandings has them at odds.

    Still while working together they learn they have more in common than either might have imagined – common friends, family loyalty and dreams of something different. When life keeps pushing them in each other’s paths they must decide whether this is an attraction that might be worth building on after all.

    Would you like to win a copy of Building Attraction and a prize?

    There are two ways to win:
    1. If you’re a regular follower of my blog, my Facebook author page or on twitter this one isn’t to hard (Hint: pretend it is my horse)… Guess what I named the horse in the novel? That’s it. What is Holly’s horse called? Tell me in the comments
    section and which prize you would like with your e-book – a tote or a mug!

    2. Choose your own name for the horse and I’ll choose one at random. Tell me in the comments section and which prize you would like with your e-book – a tote or a mug!

    Simple….leave a comment here on the BLOG…the prizes are an e-book and a mug or an e-book and a tote – you choose your prize.

    Good luck and I hope you back a winner.

    Building Attraction Tote and Mug


    Nic Herrmann
    10/31/2013 04:25:51 pm

    Mmmm sorry Monique I clearly don’t read your blog😥

    Karen Mate
    11/1/2013 11:33:50 am

    Sapphire. I would love to have one of tote bags and an ebook!
    11/4/2013 03:12:06 pm

    Karen looks like you won! 🙂 I’ll send you the book via Amazon…I’ll need you to e-mail me your address so I can send the tote bag!

  • Blog

    Sunday at Pam Cook’s Book Launch for Blackwattle Lake


    Pam Cook and Monique McDonell at Book Launch for Blackwattle Lake
    Pam Cook and Monique McDonell

    Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend Pam Cook’s book launch of her just-released novel Black Wattle Lake. Te launch was held at the NSW Writer’s Centre which funnily enough is where I first met Pam.

    Pam and I have been in the same writing group for what I’m assured is eight years. That seems impossible to me but I am reliable sources confirm that is the case.

    So for eight years I’ve been with Pam on her journey to publication so I was very, very happy to help her celebrate yesterday.

    There were lots of other wonderful people at the launch who I also happen to like so it was a wonderful day. Lots of members of our writing group were there and it was wonderful to catch up with them. It was also lovely to see the delightful Vanessa Radnidge Pam’s publisher at Hachette Livre who I had the pleasure of meeting back in 2008 when I did the QWC/Manuscript Development course.

    Below are some snapshots from the day…I took lots of photos and I know many many more will be over on Pam’s site.

    Bridget McKern, Pauline Reynolds and Yvonne Louis at book launch
    Bridget McKern, Pauline Reynolds and Yvonne Louis


    Angella Whitton, Margaret Wilcox and Terri Green at Book Launch
    Angella Whitton, Margaret Wilcox and Terri Green

    Tanuj, Jules Jones and Angella Whitton at Book Launch

    Tanuj, Jules Jones and Angella Whitton

    Deborah Green, Yvonne Louis, Angella Whitton, Bridget McKern at Book Launch
    Deborah Green, Yvonne Louis, Angella Whitton, Bridget McKern


    Vanessa Radnidge and Pam Cook at Book Launch
    Vanessa Radnidge and Pam Cook


    Monique McDonell and Jen Tomasetti at Book Launch
    Monique McDonell and Jen Tomasetti. (You’ll always find us in the kitchen at parties!)


    Jen Tomasetti as M.C.
    Jen Tomasetti as M.C.


    Pam Cook signing copies of Blakwattle Lake.
    Pam Cook signing copies of Blakwattle Lake.


    Pamela Cook
    12/2/2012 11:30:28 am

    Thanks for sharing the day and the journey Monique and for posting these beautiful photos.
    12/2/2012 12:37:21 pm

    Such a pleasure Pam!

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    Thrill Seekers’ Sydney Book Launch July 3rd


    Pile of BooksIf you are in Sydney then you might be interested in attending the local launch of Thrill Seekers by the lovely Edwina Shaw.

    I interviewed Edwina on this blog earlier this year. Go have a read of the interview and learn more about Edwina here.

    The launch will be held at Better Read than Dead, Newtown on Tuesday July 3rd at 6pm.

    For more information visit: