AUSSIE MONTH with Monique McDonell

Monique McDonell


AUSSIE MONTH with Monique McDonell

Describe yourself in one word:

Tell us about your latest novel:
The first novel in my Upper Crust Series tells the story of Piper who sets up a chain of Australian meat pie trucks in Boston, unfortunately her Visa is expiring and she needs to get married in order to stay. Meet pies and sexy guys, what could be more Australian than that?

What inspired this novel?
I read a marriage of convenience novel where the woman was at a pretty major disadvantage and I wanted to write one where it was the woman who benefited most from the marriage.

What are you reading right now?
I’m a fairly eclectic reader and I read quickly but I have The Evans Trilogy by Jen Collin waiting for me.

Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I really want to ride in a hot air balloon.

Best thing about being an Aussie?
Just one? I think our laid-back attitude is a pretty great thing, and the weather, our weather is great.

What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Romance isn’t just one size fits all. Just like in real life we’re all attracted to different people and qualities and we all have different interests. The romance genre is the same there’s a really wide variety of stories being told that appeal to different tastes from sweet to steamy, iurban to rural. I think there really is something for everyone out there.

What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
I will have all six books in the Upper Crust series out by mid-year, I have a Valentine’s novella ready to go and I’m getting to work on a new series in January.

What were your big achievements of 2015?
I did a challenge in 2015 to write one thousand words a day. I didn’t do it every day but I will have written over 365,000 words in 2015 and that’s pretty cool!



Anyway You Slice It, An Upper Crust Novella
Monique McDonell

Piper Adams has one month to find a husband, and get a green card, or be kicked out of the country just when her chain of Aussie Pie trucks is about to start making some serious money.

Aaron is an ambitious lawyer keen to make partner but his Boston law firm only promotes lawyers who are married.

A marriage of convenience could solve both their problems if they keep it strictly business but convincing everyone else that this is true love while trying to convince themselves that it isn’t is a sure recipe for trouble. All the kissing and touching to prove that this is a true love sets the heat rising faster than the pies in Piper’s kitchen.

While Aaron is happy to be friends with benefits, Piper knows better than to mix business with pleasure, despite the undeniable chemistry. Getting married to save her business is one thing, but falling in love would mean risking her heart. Any way you slice it she’s getting more than she bargained for.

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