Monday, March 29, 2010

Guest - Barbara Monajem

Good morning everyone! Today's guest, author Barbara Monajem, wrote her first story in third grade about apple tree gnomes. After dabbling in neighborhood musicals and teen melodrama, she published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. Now her kids are adults, and she writes paranormal and historical romance for grownups. She lives in Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

The world we live in is pretty fabulous as is, but adding the paranormal makes it even more fun. One of the great pleasures of writing paranormal characters is imagining the advantages and disadvantages that would arise from having extraordinary abilities in an ordinary world. Ophelia Beliveau, the heroine of Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil, is a hereditary vampire. She has fangs and is sexually irresistible.

Those are the disadvantages.

No, I’m not kidding!

It’s one thing to be attractive. It’s another to be hit on constantly and pursued by obsessive boyfriends who just can’t let go. As for the fangs… sure, they’re an added perk during sex (for both the biter and the bitten), but what if the fangs scare a desirable man away? There are jealous wives and girlfriends to contend with, too.

On the other hand, Ophelia’s a lot stronger than ordinary women, and she has enhanced senses – night vision, extra-sensitive hearing, and a fabulous sense of smell – particularly when it comes to delicious male pheromones...and of course blood.

I love to believe in the almost possible – like Ophelia, for example. There are real people with incredible sexual magnetism. Some people have sharper senses than others. Why shouldn’t they come in a genetic package that gives them fangs as well? What if people who are good at being unnoticed could literally fade into the background? Jack Tallis, the hero of my September release, Tastes of Love & Evil, can do just that. There are plenty of opportunities to do good with that talent...or bad. (But Jack is good. He’s a hero, so he has no choice.)

The hero of the third novel in the Bayou Gavotte series (which I’m working on now) has dangerous telepathic abilities. I love all this stuff. It’s close to reality (well, close enough to have fun with, anyway), but with endless possibilities and consequences.

What do you think? In what way would you like human characteristics and abilities to change and be just a bit magical? How would these changes affect people’s lives?

Leave a comment by noon Friday. One lucky commenter will win a signed copy of Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil.

Also, I’m holding an overarching contest until the end of April, with signed books and sundry other prizes. A comment on any of my guest blogs gives you one chance to win. You can get extra chances by signing up for my newsletter, or by posting links to any of my guest blogs on Facebook, MySpace, and/or Twitter. Just fill out the form on the Contact page of my website ( to sign up or to let me know where you've posted links.

Dark secrets abound in the town of Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, from blackmail to fetish clubs to murder, and when blood-and-love starved vampire Ophelia Beliveau calls in the police to scare away whoever is desecrating her garden, Detective Gideon O'Toole unearths more than he ever dreamed...


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SiNn said...

ur book sounds awesome deff willbe addingyou to my wish list heading over to ur site now

Barbara Monajem said...

Thank you, SiNn, and thanks for signing up for my mailing list. (Not that I have a newsletter yet, but I'm getting there!)

I love your profile photo!

Mary Ricksen said...

Let your fantastic imagination soar. May all your books be successful and sell well.
And may that imagination sustain you during tough times, because it will always bring you right back to that success!
Good stuff. We love you at PFS.
And we are all so happy for you, especially me!

Pauline B Jones said...

it IS fun to play "what if." I remember back in the 80's reading THE MEMOIRS OF THE INVISIBLE MAN. I could tell he'd really thought about what it would be like to BE invisible.

And its fun to wish for powers! Hmmm, what power would I like? I know I wouldn't want a great sense of smell with a litter box in the house. Or hearing in case I hear something I wish I hadn't! Invisible might be good, as long as I can stop when I want. LOL! Really, though, I think I'd like to fly. :-)

Pauline B Jones

Barbara Monajem said...

Mary - Thank you for all those lovely wishes, and hooray for the Fuzzies!

Pauline - Me, too. Flying would be great, as long as we have the instruction manual. I always think of the Greatest American Hero...LOL.

Liza Quisisem said...

Barbara - All this talk of heroes made me remember my childhood where I grew up in the era of "The Six Million Dollar Man", "The Bionic Woman, and "Wonder Woman". If they had their powers today, they would be much stronger! Good luck with selling your books.L

Liza Quisisem

Pauline B Jones said...

Oh, the Six Million Dollar Man! I remember a sign by one of the dolls in a store: Six Million Dollar Man - One dollar off! LOL!

Now they'd probably jump to the moon.

I have to say, I do admire someone who can set their imagination loose in this way, Barbara. And think of the world in a new way.

Barbara Monajem said...

Lisa - I loved both Wonder Woman and the Bionic Woman, and thinking of it now, I realize how different they were - Wonder Woman very flashy, and the Bionic Woman far more reserved, so to speak. But both great heroines!

Paula - LOL. Another superhero show I really like is one of the old British sitcoms. I forget what it's called, but it's about a superhero and his long-suffering wife. Tons of fun.

Nightingale said...

I really find this cover and the blurb intriguing. A must read for me.

Barbara Monajem said...

Thanks, Nightingale. I like the cover a lot, too. I find covers quite fascinating. In fact, I've been thinking of blogging on the Pink Fuzzies about covers (again, lol).

susan said...

Your book sound out of this world and I have it on my list. I love make believe but sometimes I wish the strong powers were available. ha ha susan L.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Happy Easter everyone and congrats to SiNn who won a signed copy of Barbara's Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil!

To collect your prize, please email Barbara at

Thanks to all who left comments!