Today's Day 7, and our special featured author is someone I met over at Tote Bags 'N' Blogs, where we're both columnists for Lee Hyat - Michelle Monkou. Michelle always has such presence, and yet she's so very friendly and welcoming...I always look forward to her posts. I'm very pleased she's joined me this week!
Michelle Monkou became a world traveler at three years old when she left her birthplace of London, England and moved to Guyana, South America. She then moved to the United States as a young teen. An avid reader, mixed with her cultural experiences, set the tone for a vivid imagination. It wasn't long before the stories in her head became stories on paper.
In the middle of writing romantic fiction, she added a Master's of International Business to her Bachelor's in English. Michelle was nominated for the 2003 Emma Award for Favorite New Author for her debut novel -- Open Your Heart. Her second book - Finders Keepers - earned Top Pick by the Romantic Times Bookclub magazine. Her third book, a Kwanzaa-themed story - Making Promises - was featured as a holiday pick by the Baltimore Sun. Her recent April release - Island Rendezvous garnered rave reviews, which also happens to be a sequel to Finders Keepers.
Since September '06, Michelle became part of the launch of Harlequin's new African American romance line, Kimani Romance. She launched her three-book series about the Masterson family and will debut a new five-book series, Ladies of Distinction, with No One But You and Gamble On Love due for release in April and October 2008.
Michelle has sent for the gift box Sweet Surrender, and No One But You.
You can learn more about Michelle at her website, http://www.michellemonkou.com/.
Today's clue is Eggnog
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