Barbara Monajem Returns Discussing Two Harlequin Novellas

Barb & husbandBefore we get started talking novellas I thought you might like to see a picture of Barbara not working, but out and about.   She and her husband are standing on Derry Peace Bridge in Northern Ireland. The Peace Bridge is a cycle and footbridge across the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland. It opened on 25 June 2011, connecting Ebrington Square with the rest of the city centre.  Ireland is one of the places that inspires Barbara. She tells me she gets knots in her stomach when she thinks about all the strife in Ireland over the years. She has long wanted to write a historical about Ireland but not sure she has the emotional stamina to do it.

As I’m getting to know Barbara’s work better I asked her why her Regency stories are novellas. She’s written nine of them.

She wrote, “The Regencies are novellas because I was writing them for the Harlequin Undone line of short historical novellas. I have written several full-length Regencies, but all of them need work! One of these days I’ll get around to revising them. The Undone line is being phased out, so I am writing longer novellas now.

Ever since reading Georgette Heyer’s romances (I think I read her for the first time when I was twelve years old), I wondered about writing a Regency. Then Harlequin put out a call for historical novellas, and I couldn’t resist! I wrote Notorious Eliza and submitted it, and the editors at Harlequin liked it.”

All her novellas are still available in e-book format at Here are two that are easily read in sequence: Notorious Eliza and To Rescue or Ravish?

Barbara remarked, “When I wrote Notorious Eliza, I wasn’t thinking of writing a sequel as well. The novella opens with a few short setup scenes. In the second setup scene, a young woman’s temper tantrum convinces Patrick, the hero, not to ask her to marry him. Long after I finished writing Notorious Eliza, I found myself wondering if that young woman, whose name was Arabella Wilbanks, was really as spoiled and unpleasant as she seemed. I thought about it, got to know her better, and then wrote her story in To Rescue or Ravish?.”

Notorious Eliza- JAN 2010 - undone.inddNotorious Eliza
Publication Date: January 1, 2010

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Official Blurb:

Eliza Dauntry was infamous. Most people assumed she was a wanton because she supported herself and her son by painting portraits of courtesans. Yet Eliza hadn’t been tempted by a man since her husband’s death…until she met Patrick Felham. An old friend of her husband and a one-time rake, Patrick awakened a yearning in Eliza that demanded to be satisfied at once….
Patrick was looking for an upright woman to become his wife and stepmother to his daughter, not a siren like Eliza Dauntry! But Eliza had aroused his desire ever since he saved her scandalous self-portrait from the auction house. The chance of an affair with the alluring widow was irresistible, but this notorious woman could also turn out to be his perfect bride…

Review comments taken from Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 starsA beautifully written short historical September 21, 2012
By Alicia Dean
Format: Kindle Edition
Notorious Eliza is a perfect short read with compelling characters and a most unusual story line. I love, love, love that the heroine paints nudes. The romance is well-developed, the setting vivid and the ending satisfying. An engaging story all the way around. Kudos to Ms. Monajem!

5.0 out of 5 stars Hero takes a turn August 6, 2012
By Kathy Crosby
Format: Kindle Edition
“In this Regency novella, Eliza has carved out an interesting career for herself. She is an artist. But, she paints portraits of men’s mistresses and courtesans. She has done a fine job of dodging these scoundrels advances. But they just can’t seem to understand that the nude women do nothing for her and she is far from accepting the same position for herself. The hero has a lot to overcome, and the author does an excellent job of showing us how he does just that. This story is well told for as short as it is. Worth the buy.”

To Rescue or Ravish - JULY 2012 UndoneTo Rescue or Ravish?
Publication Date: July 1, 2012

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Official Blurb:
London, 1802
When heiress Arabella Wilbanks flees a forced betrothal in the middle of the night, the last person she expects to find at the reins of her getaway hackney is Matthew Worcester. It’s been seven long years since they gave in to their mutual desires and shared the most incredible night of their lives, but Matthew is still racked with guilt for leaving her without a word. He should escort her to safety, but the chance to re-claim and ravish her once more is proving impossible to resist!

Review comments taken from Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars A dashing Regency July 27, 2012
By Scarlet
Format: Kindle Edition
Ms. Monajem packs a lot of action and regency ton into this small package. A spitfire heroine running away from a forced marriage and a rogue to the rescue. I loved every moment of reading this fast paced Regency Romp. If you love regency romance and sexy heroes this is one not to miss.

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12 Responses to Barbara Monajem Returns Discussing Two Harlequin Novellas

  1. Sandra Owens says:

    Love those five star reviews, Barbara. 🙂


  2. vondasinclair says:

    Wonderful post, Barbara! I loved learning about your novellas.


  3. Bookworm says:

    Reblogged this on bookworm2bookworm's Blog and commented:
    Another post I couldn’t pass up today and hope you take the time to read.


  4. Barbara Monajem says:

    Yes, when I get 5 star reviews it makes my day. 🙂


  5. Barbara Monajem says:

    Thanks, Vonda! One of these days I’ll set a novella in one of those fabulous castles in Scotland…


  6. Barbara Monajem says:

    Thanks very much, Mel! 🙂


  7. texasdruids says:

    Terrific reviews and gorgeous book covers!


  8. Thank you Lyn. I hope you stop back and read about Barbara Monajem’s other novellas. She’s written nine of them. I’ll be touching briefly on 7 of the 9 this month. We’re featuring Barbara’s work. I’ll be reviewing two of her paranormals which I’m still reading. Busy month.

    I stopped by your blog and I need to take a better look. So I’m following you.



  9. Barbara Monajem says:

    Thanks, Lyn! I’m following your blog, too.


  10. Fabulous reviews!! But that doesn’t surprise me in the least. I love your books!! Does this mean you’re staying with HQ and writing full-length Regencies? Tweeted and shared on FB.


  11. Barbara Monajem says:

    Ella, I’m revising a full-length and have submitted a longer novella. We’ll see what happens…Thanks for the tweet and share. 🙂


  12. My pleasure, Barbara!


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